Comic Con 2012: Teen Wolf (MTV) Panel

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Big news Teen Wolf fans, Tyler Posey kicked off the show’s panel by announcing that the show had been renewed for a third season. Excited? There’s more . . . the third season will be a whopping TWENTY-FOUR episodes! The audience packed to capacity in Ballroom 6A erupted in excited squeals and applause. And yes, at thirty-something years-of-age I was among those reveling in the news.

Admittedly, I was a Teen Wolf naysayer. Out of fierce loyalty to the awesome 1980s film featuring Michael J. Fox, I swore to never watch the show. What a difference a little Netflix instant streaming makes! It took a single episode for me to be drawn in and I’ve been hooked ever since. In its second season, the show has done an excellent job at not falling prey to the dreaded sophomore jinx.

On to the panel . . .

MTV treated the attendees to a screening of next Monday’s new episode. The episode was preceded by the trailer for MTV’s newest scripted show, The In-Betweeners which looks really funny. I don’t want to spoil the new episode but it was AMAZING. Here are a few spoiler-free tidbits from the new episode:

– Family is central to the episode, especially for Stiles and Allison. If you love Stiles and enjoy his rapport with his dad, this episode is for you.

– Speaking of Stiles, this was a standout episode for Dylan O’Brien. O’Brien is always great but this episode allowed him to demonstrate more range and depth than his usually funny, quick-witted sarcasm. Don’t worry, there’s no shortage of that either.

– The episode will be kanima-centered. In exchange for not getting any new information about Lydia, you’ll get significant information about the kanima.

– Although there are a few moments of levity, thanks to Stiles, the episode overall is pretty dark. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It is a really great episode.

After the episode screening the cast members and show creator entered the stage to share news about the new season and express their love for the fan support. Admittedly, I’ve found myself a bit frustrated with panels of this nature regarding this show. A few weeks ago, MTV aired an after show in which the host asked vapid questions about bromances and abs. The panel mediator continued along the same lines by asking questions such as, who Holland Roden thought was the hottest wolf. She gave a very smart, diplomatic response by simply responding “Tyler,” without giving any last names.

Teen Wolf is much more than shirtless guys and the star-crossed lovers dynamic between Scott and Allison. It is a well-written show that manages to get better with each episode. It also features stellar acting by many of the cast members, with Dylan O’Brien and Colton Haynes being the current standouts. Although I fully understand that the targeted audience is young, I don’t think it requires for the conversation to be dumbed down. I’m sure the teens sitting with me in the panel would have welcomed discussion about the great performance by Colton Haynes last week or the wonderful father-son relationship between Stiles and his dad. I also think the attendees would have enjoyed a little speculation about what was going on with Lydia – even if the discussion was spoiler-free.

The lack of substantive questions, however, did not ruin the panel. Although brief because of the screening, it was nice to see how grateful the cast was for their rapidly expanding fan base. As several of them noted, this was Teen Wolf’s third year at the Con. They recalled looking at a room of about 10 people at their first panel and marveled at the jam-packed room of loyal viewers presently before them.

I can’t wait to see your reactions to Monday’s episode. What do you think the rest of the second season of Teen Wolf has in store? Are you as excited as I am about a third season with more episodes? Sound off below!

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