I will admit that some of the darker moments of Teen Wolf have impressed me. Allison’s reaction to her mother’s death and the death itself, Stiles’s grappling with the Nogitsune, anything to do with Stiles and his father and Allison’s death scene are all moments where the show cuts to the emotional core of what’s going on, and the actors sell it beautifully. However, the emotional moments are one thing and the “this is a super serious show” mode that the series has adapted over the past two seasons is another, and it’s something that’s taken the playful spark of season one and two out of the show. One of the show’s biggest assets at the start of its run was its playfulness and how the overall charm of the lead cast could outweigh the clunkier writing and laughable CGI. There’s a reason why Allison and Scott’s romance was my favorite part of season one–it was sweet, it was funny, and and it was genuinely lighthearted.
Not all of the broad comedic moments (primarily given to Stiles) work. But the show is at its best when it realizes that these are teenagers dealing with these problems, and teens are prone to poor decision-making–the humor builds itself out of that. This brings me my next item on the list…