Fantasy tv has had a bit of a resurgence lately, with a new Teen Wolf movie and tv series, Wolf Pack, making their way to Paramount+.
As a fan of the likes of Grimm and Bitten, Wolf Pack definitely intrigued me, and there was something old school about waiting for the weekly episodes so of course I tuned it.
But what is it all about and, more importantly, is it any good?
What Is Wolf Pack About?
We begin with a major California wildfire that sends the animals out of the forest, and as our teens try to make their way to safety, some are bitten.
With no idea what is happening to them, two – Everett (Armani Jackson) and Blake (Bella Shepard) – find themselves inexplicably drawn to a brother and sister, Harlan (Tyler Lawrence Gray) and Luna (Chloe Rose Robertson) whose own father, a forest ranger, is lost in the fire.
It takes a bit of time but they soon realise that they have been bitten by a werewolf and must now deal with the everyday struggles of being teenagers while also having to conceal their supernatural identity from the rest of the human world.
And as if becoming a werewolf wasn't enough, Arson Investigator Kristen Ramsey (Sarah Michelle Gellar) believes that it was a high school student who actually set the fire, and as the bodies pile up, all four of the teens become suspects.
Relying on each other they must figure out what really happened and find a way to stop the werewolf from adding to the body count.
Through their adventures and conflicts, they learn more about themselves and what it means to be part of a pack.
Wolf Pack Official Trailer
Is Wolf Pack Worth Watching?
With the first season played out over eight episodes, Wolf Pack moves exceptionally slowly, and honestly, almost nothing of interest happens for the first five episodes.
It literally takes that long for Everett and Blake to figure out what has happened to them, so it's all teenage angst and little substance.
Then around episode six, things ramp up enough to hold onto your attention before the action sort of kicks in. However, the story is one note and it goes like this…
There's a fire and a werewolf and everyone is trying to figure out who started the fire and how to kill the werewolf. That's it in a nutshell. Everything else is about the characters and the drama that comes with being 17 years old.
I really think creator Jeff Davis could have broadened the scope of the show but instead opted to spend half the time laying the groundwork, and even then, there wasn't that much to cover.
Wolf Pack tries to be a grown-up tv series about a terrifying supernatural creature but instead is just a supernatural teen drama with perfectly beautiful cast members, lots of uninteresting sexual tension, terrible CGI, and more plot holes than a piece of swiss cheese.
I cannot stress how many times I rolled my eyes in disbelief at how stupid some parts really were. To give you a taster, the opening episode sees all of the kids on a bus as wild animals are fleeing from a forest, so instead of staying on the bus, they decide to get off and try to outrun them to safety???
That's the level of nonsense we're dealing with! And it really doesn't get better after that.
A couple of the actors do their best with the material they've been given. However, whoever does the hair and make-up needs to stop making them look like mannequins. Chloe rose Robertson spends every minute of the show looking like somebody has superimposed a Snapchat filter on her face she's wearing that much make-up, which actually becomes distracting.
And yet, despite all of that, I stuck with the show hoping for a resolution of some sort. I'll save you the trouble of looking it up and tell you there really isn't one.
Clearly, they are going for a second season of Wolf Pack to flesh out the show; whether or not they get one is another story.
Is Wolf Pack A Spin Off Of Teen Wolf?
The short is no, it is not. It was created by Jeff Davis for Paramount+, based on the 2004 book of the same name written by Edo van Belkom.
Cast of Wolf Pack Tv Series
Armani Jackson as Everett Lang a teen who suffers from anxiety but, after he is bitten has the power of strength.
Bella Shepard as Blake Navarro a social outcast who after she is bitten has the power of speed
Chloe Rose Robertson as Luna Briggs, Harlan's sister
Tyler Lawrence Gray as Harlan Briggs who was born a werewolf and has the power of hearing
Rodrigo Santoro as Garrett Briggs, a park ranger and Harlan and Luna's adoptive father
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kristin Ramsey an Arson Investigator who targets the four teens
Stella Smith as Tia Patterson, Zack Nelson as Cyrus Nix, Bailey Stender as Phoebe Caldwell and Chase Liefeld as Baron also star in recurring roles.
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