I know that maybe it’s a bit too early to judge, Season 3 isn’t even over yet, they’re just a few casting calls, blah blah blah, but just to put it out there…this whole “bringing in the next generation” thing it seems like Teen Wolf’s trying to pull? I don’t like it one bit.
Look, when a television show is centered around teenagers going to high school, it’s a common issue that must eventually be dealt with (unless the show takes place in a cartoon universe where time stands still): high school isn’t forever.
It’s not exactly a new problem, the ways of dealing with it have been very well documented. Some shows take “graduation” as a chance to reboot with an entirely new cast of characters (see: Degrassi). Others choose to stretch the timeline, delay the inevitable for the greater good of the plot (4 seasons of Pretty Little Liars later and it’s still 2011). The most successful shows, however, graduate their main cast yet still find a way to convincingly keep them together and keep the show going (see: Boy Meets World, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl, etc). And then there’s shows like Glee, that try to pull all of these off at once, and, well, we all know how well that’s going…
Right now, with cast members allegedly jumping ship left and right and a constant influx of under-developed new characters, who knows where the hell Teen Wolf is going. And with a Major Character Death coming within the next two weeks, which has got everyone sort of distracted for the moment, issues like graduation are the last things on anyone’s minds. But, even with Jeff Davis’ superhuman ability to leave plot threads dangling, he’s still set us up for some major resolutions that seem like they’re years in the making (notably the apparent slow build of Peter Hale’s Master Plan for World Domination), which is why this bringing in of younger characters worries me. There’s too much resting on the shoulders of our current cast of characters for Jeff to just cut and reboot come graduation (even though I wouldn’t put it past him at this point), but a younger cast would mean dead-weight anchors to the high school even once our current cast graduates…which looks suspiciously Glee-like from where I’m standing.
And if there’s one thing everyonein the TV industry should have learned in the past 5 years, it’s that nobody should ever use Glee as a role model.