The last two episodes of Wolf Pack have left me wanting more. It’s an intense supernatural show with teenagers not only trying to figure out their lives but also what being a werewolf means.
While Wolf Pack isn’t a spin-off of Teen Wolf, it felt a bit like the MTV teen show in the first episode. The second two episodes have set it apart from Jeff Davis’ first wolf show and other supernatural shows. Teen Wolf was goofy. So was Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While Supernatural could get pretty intense it was good at throwing in fun episodes like “Wishful Thinking” to give fans a break from the intensity.
Wolf Pack doesn’t appear to have any humor, which isn’t bad. The breaks in intensity are when the teens realize one of their abilities and are in awe of it.
The show is also taking its time to let audiences get to know the main four: Everett Lang (Armani Jackson), Blake Navarro (Bella Shepard), Luna Briggs (Chloe Rose Robertson) and Harlan Briggs (Tyler Lawrence Gray). The pace isn’t too slow, though. A lot is happening as Blake and Everett are figuring out what’s happening to them. The writers love to leave the audience with cliffhangers. Something The Vampire Diaries was very good at. It’s a good way to keep people coming back weekly when there is so much TV. (There were 599 TV shows last year to put that into context.)
It’s also set against the backdrop of a forest fire. It’s suspected that one of the high school students set the fire. This certainly sets it apart from other supernatural shows. It’s unclear how it ties in, but it adds to the feel of the show.
Sarah Michelle Geller had little to do in the first two episodes as arson investigator Kristin Ramsey. I was a little disappointed after watching the first episode. A lot of the press has centered around Sarah, so I assumed she would be a big part of the show. She’s also an executive producer, so she could play a bigger role behind the scenes. With her knowledge of the business and a supernatural show. She will probably make her mark on it regardless of how much time she spends on screen.
Sarah did play a bigger role in the episode three, “Origin Point.” Everett has anxiety, and so does Kristin, and she spoke to him about anxiety. It was a great moment seeing Sarah more like Giles from Buffy or Deaton on Teen Wolf. I still hope it integrates her more into the show, but I love the other characters enough that I won’t be completely disappointed if it doesn’t. But we learn more about Krisint in episode three, which also makes me want to see her more.
Unfortunately, I’m not hearing people talk about Wolf Pack much. It’s awful to get into a show just to have it canceled. In the day of streaming, it’s hard to know how many people are watching the show, especially if they aren’t talking about it much on social media. It’s a double-edged sword when you want to wait to see if it gets picked up for a second season because if you had watched, maybe it would have got renewed.
I hope people who check out the show aren’t turned away when they realize Sarah is not a central character. Sarah was a draw for me, but it wasn’t the entire reason I wanted to check it out. I like supernatural shows, and with how much I liked Jeff’s first take on werewolves, I wanted to see what he did the second time. But with so many TV shows, they need a lot to attract people. So if you did come for Sarah, I hope you stay for the central four characters.
It’s only $4.99 a month for an Paramount+ essential plan, and it’s well worth subscribing to check out this show. Of course, you can also check out Teen Wolf: The Movie.
The first three episodes of Wolf Pack are now streaming on Paramount+. Episodes drop weekly on Thursdays.