DVD Review: Teen Wolf – Season 2

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Available now on DVD, the second season of MTV’s Teen Wolf (loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name), is decidedly darker than the first. As the season begins, Jackson (Colton Haynes) finds himself bitten by Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin). It’s generally accepted that when an individual is bitten by a werewolf, they turn into one. Teen Wolf decides to challenge this notion; he doesn’t turn. Why? What does this all mean?

Since Derek is now an Alpha, Jackson’s resistance presents him with a problem. He needs new members for his pack. Further, Derek is supposed to be leader of his pack, and be able to tell its members what’s going on. In reality though, Derek knows nothing about being a leader. Derek even tries to get Scott (Tyler Posey) to join his pack, to no avail. Lucky for him, there are kids susceptible to his bite.

derek_wolf_season_2With Derek on the hunt, the wolves must also deal with a mysterious shape-shifting creature. The being is wreaking utter havoc on the town, exacting revenge on very specific targets.  Scott, his best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and the rest of the gang must figure out who/what this creature, who is controlling it and how. In the midst of all this, Scott is dealing with having to conceal his renewed relationship with Allison Argent (Crystal Reed), due to her disapproving parents. Oh, to be a teenager!

The other love story at the center of this year’s story line is the one between Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and Lydia (Holland Roden). However, unlike Scott and Allison, their relationship is rather one-sided, with Lydia clearly not interested in his advances. However, the mental breakdowns Lydia suffers, and the secrets that surround her provide plenty of interest to keep viewers engaged in the story line.

This season has way too much going on to sufficiently explain it in a few hundred words. Suffice to say, the series found its stride this year, ratcheting up the action, introducing some new characters, and showing they weren’t afraid to kill off a character if it advanced the overall story. The season ends with an action packed season finale that gives some closure but also sets up some interesting new developments for the third season, which premieres Monday, June 3 on MTV.

It’s a little surprising that Teen Wolf: Season 2 wasn’t released on Blu-ray, given the fact that MTV airs the program in HD. Nonetheless, the DVD release is nothing to complain about. It looks as good as a standard definition transfer can. The 5.1 audio track captures dialogue clearly, but you won’t notice a lot of surround activity. English SDH, and Spanish subtitles are included.

The following special features are available:

  • Episode Commentaries: Executive Producers Jeff Davis and Christian Taylor provide commentary on three episodes—Omega, Raving and Battlefield. The commentaries are pretty standard stuff, providing some insight into the production and behind-the-scenes information.
  • Teen Wolf Season 2 at Paleyfest 2012 (18:52) Executive Producer Jeff Davis, and stars Colton Haynes, Holland Roden, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Posey discuss the changes for the second season of Teen Wolf.
  • Teen Wolf CGI Reel (3:32) Comparing scenes before and after CGI effects were fully rendered.
  • Fight Choreography Reel (3:36) Raw footage of stunt doubles performing the locker room fight scene between Scott and Jackson, a shootout scene and a fight with the shape-shifting creature.
  • Alternate, Deleted and Extended Scenes (7:37) Eight alternate, deleted or extended scenes play back-to-back.
  • Alternate Stiles Takes (4:44) Fun look at some of Dylan O’Brien’s alternate/extended takes as he delivers Stiles’ physical comedy.
  • Gag Reel (3:04) The cast flubs lines and goofs off on the set.
  • Shirtless Montage 2.0 (2:07) Montage of some of the season’s shirtless scenes set to music.
  • Teen Wolves: Meet the New Pack (5:03) A look at some of the new werewolves this season and the cast who play them.