Posts tagged Colton Haynes
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On this week’s season finale of Teen Wolf, Scott proves that he’s more than a pretty face thanks to a brilliant plan to take down Gerard. Allison continues trying to kill all the things with little success. Peter grows a gross goatee. Gerard goes balls-out crazy, as members of the Argent family are wont to do. And everyone spends all episode in a giant glass case of emotion, crying like they’re watching a marathon of Beaches. To take the Beachesmetaphor to its logical conclusion, obviouslyStiles is the wind beneath all of our wings.
The finale capped off a truly excellent sophomore season of MTV’s surprisingly fun and astoundingly good teen werewolf drama. With a name like Teen Wolfit would be easy to write the show off as just fluffy summer fare, but that would be a mistake. The series knows how to have fun (and especially how to pander to its female demographic) but it also weaves a tight story with truly well-crafted performances. The whole cast is really gelling together in a way that wasn’t even apparent in the first season.
Crystal Reed has especially stepped up to the plate this season. Whether Allison was lovestruck, helping Scooby Doo crimes or shooting people multiple times with arrows for no reason, Reed really committed to everything. Allison has certainly been through the ringer this season, but the finale left her in a hopeful place for the future. Hopefully this doesn’t involve multiple stabbings anymore, but with the Argent family it’s hard to tell what constitutes “healthy” behavior.
The finale also finally solved both the Gerard problem and the Kanima drama while leaving open multiple story avenues for season three. Since the third season will run for twice the length of the first two, the show is going to need all the story it can get! Certainly, there are no complaints here if that story involves more of the hilarious Uncle Peter, whose eye rolls and one-liners considerably lightened up this plot and emotion-heavy episode.
You know it’s going to be an emotional episode when Teen Wolf starts with a touching moment between Scott and the Coach. Usually our favorite Coach, fond of cupcakes and Independence Day speeches, is rattling off weird stuff like he’s high on at least seven different kinds of speed. This time, however, he’s getting heartfelt when he tells Scott he’s needed on the team. So he needs to get his grades up.
It’s funny how I completely forgot that Scott is failing all his classes in the midst of this craziness. This might be the most realistic supernatural teen on TV. I always wonder how teens on these supernatural shows (or even most normal teen dramas) manage to graduate if they never seem to go to class. If there was a class based just around locker room shirtlessness though, Scott and Jackson would be honor students.
Soon it’s right back into the business of the episode. Erica and Boyd are tied up down in the Argent Basement of Beating and Electrocuting Teenagers, being beaten and electrocuted. Stiles is added to the mix, where he says one old joke too many and ends up on the nasty end of a Gerard smack down.
Allison is on board with all of these shenanigans because she has gone totally insane and thinks torturing people is awesome now. Her dad is staring at her in shock, wondering at the monster he’s created and snapping her crossbows so she can’t shoot people a million times anymore. But Allison is like “joke’s on you sucka, I have a bunch of tiny knives!” Then she and Gerard giggle in a corner about how fun torture is and decide who to kill next while leaving Argent out, like the totally homicidal mean girls they are.
While all of this is going on, Scott is shocked to learn Uncle Peter is back and 100 percent less crispy than before. “I’m back! And I grew this molester mustache so you’d remember I was evil instead of just hot! How does it look?” Uncle Peter says. “Like you want to lure me into a van to see some puppies, so mission accomplished former dead alpha!” Scott replies. Isaac looks around in confusion and then just gives up, because these people are exhausting.
On this week’s episode of Teen Wolf, chaos reigns supreme as everything terrible happens all at once. Having learned Matt was the Kanima master in last week’s episode, we finally get a glimpse into his unhinged mind. And oh man is that mind unhinged! Matt is like every horror movie villain rolled into one. If he had a mustache he would have just spent the entire episode twirling it while laughing manically.
This season, every episode of Teen Wolf has raised the tension while also giving us insights into the characters. It didn’t seem like last week’s wolfsbane drugging party could be outdone, yet this episode was non-stop action the whole time. From the moment Matt showed up with a gun about ten minutes into the episode, it was clear this outing wasn’t going to be filler. The show wisely realizes the drama and suspense that can unfold from trapping the characters in a small space and watching them fight it out.
This isn’t to say that we didn’t also get a great deal of character development. Allison fully embraced her badass destiny with the help of some manipulation from Grandpa Gerard. Scott’s mother finally realized her son has been running around town as a teen wolf. I can’t wait until Scott runs away from home to become a waitress in a small town just like Buffy did when her mom found out. And last, but certainly not least, Stiles and Derek finally got that hug they’ve both been craving.
One of the many things I really appreciate about Teen Wolf, besides how fun and surprisingly meaty it is given the subject matter, is how well the show understands its audience. This show knows people want to see shirtlessness within the first ten minutes (thanks gratuitous dream shot of Derek!). It has clearly also cottoned to the fact that a large contingent of the online community is obsessed with the hilarious back-and-forth Derek and Stiles have. Throwing a paralyzed Stiles on top of Derek was basically a gift to the fanbase. Here you go, Teen Wolf magnanimously said tonight, have some pandering.
This week the episode began back in the not-so-distant past. Matt gives Jackson his camera; sure he’s going to use it to make a sex tape. So what does he do? He breaks into the camera to stream the video and watch a shirtless Jackson sleep like an enormous creeper.
Instead, he sees Jackson turn into the Kanima and realizes Jackson killed Isaac’s dad for him. Matt puts up his hand and Jackson puts up his scaly Kanima hand, and the two fall in love and live murderously ever after. And that, kids, was how I met your Kanima!
On this week’s episode of Teen Wolf, everyone went to a rave where some got drugged (unsurprising) and others murdered (more surprising) and a vaporizer has never been so scary. It was a big, dramatic, action packed episode in which the Argents got scarier and crazier than usual. Allison’s therapy bills are going to be through the roof, considering her family tries to murder her boyfriend on a fairly consistent basis.
But hey, at least they have a weapon of choice: the car! Last season, Allison found out about Scott’s true wolfy nature when Papa Argent tried to run him over with a car. This week, it’s Mama Argent wielding first the car and then the vaporizer of death. Why must Scott die? Because Mama Argent has finally seen proof with her own crazy eyes that Allison and Scott are still together
We’ve seen a lot of freaky, disturbing things on Teen Wolf this season. A snake literally popped out of Jackson’s eye! Somehow though, Mama Argent’s evil eyes were scarier than snakes bursting out of people’s faces. Such is the power of Mama Argent’s crazy Nicolas Cage face. In a family that does father-daughter bonding time at the morgue, Mama Argent still strikes me as the most unhinged of the group.
After the hit and kidnap, Mama Argent fills a vaporizer full of wolfsbane in order to kill Scott and make it look like an asthma attack. Unfortunately, Mama Argent falls victim to the oldest super villain trope in the book: she starts monologuing.
She calls Scott stupid for being a lone wolf omega which is the exact moment Scott remembers that he actually has a pack now. A surly, attractive, impressively eyebrow’d pack who just wants to be bros.
Derek rushes to the rescue and his brief skirmish with Mama Argent leads to the most shocking moment of the episode. As she falls into Papa Argent’s arms (did we always know his name was Chris?) it’s revealed she has been bitten. Good God, the only way Mama Argent could possibly be more terrifying is if she was also a murderous supernatural creature. Hide your wife and hide your kids Beacon Hills, because Mama Argent is going to sharpen some pencils and then probably kill everyone.
In somehow less terrifying portions of the episode, Jackson is still wandering around as a walking meat puppet with chiseled cheekbones. The Kanima seems to have full control of him now, even when he’s in his normal form. I can tell it’s not really Jackson holding the reins because he doesn’t take his shirt off once this episode.
On this week’s episode of Teen Wolf, Scott tries to figure out how to deal with Jackson while the Argent family puts cameras all over town, making Beacon Hill into a more murderous Big Brother. Thankfully, Allison and Scott manage to find the only place in town without cameras in order to declare their love to each other, sexy-style. Unfortunately for them, this is also the moment Jackson scales out and scampers off into the night to incriminate them for all their shirtless kidnapping escapades.
There’s a lot to love about this week’s episode, which managed to be one of my favorites in this already strong second season. It felt like this week they really balanced all the elements this show can do well and balanced them expertly. The episode had humor and character building while also adding in some mythology for good measure. I feel like we know a lot more about the Kanima than we did last week, while simultaneously learning more about Jackson in the process.
This show must also be one of the gayest shows on television, even beating out most of the programming on the Logo Channel, which is awesome. One of the highlights for me was when Stiles got upset because Scott was getting more drinks from attractive dudes than he was. Then later he is downright offended when his dad dismissed out of hand his ability to be gay based entirely on his fashion sense.
I like that Teen Wolf, which as a show on MTV is aimed at a younger audience, is showing gay teens as commonplace. No one freaks out that Scott and Stiles are at a gay bar. Jackson, the requisite jerky jock of the show is best friends with Danny, the openly gay athlete. He even teases him about having a crush on the photographer guy. This isn’t made into a big deal, because it isn’t a big deal. It’s nice to see a show that, unlike Glee, presents gay teens as just normal teens that happen to be gay, not after school specials or “teaching moments”.
There’s something else we can thank my favorite character for this week: shirtlessness! Of course gay bars would be filled with shirtless, hot men. We’ve already established the whole town of Beacon Hills is almost exclusively staffed by background dancers from Magic Mike. Our shirtless count this week was off the charts, with all the flesh on display at the bar. From our main cast we see Danny, Scott and Jackson all in undress. If there was an Emmy for Most Shirtless Performer, I’m pretty sure Colton Haynes (Jackson) would have that category on lock.