Unpopular Teen Wolf Fan Opinion
I would love to hear more from and about Jeff Davis. Because I think he is an intelligent person with interesting ideas. Also, his opinion on some fandom and show related things would be interesting. (without the PR in the neck)
I don’t know. Interviews with him are mostly not satisfying… because it is always about the actual or upcoming season of Teen Wolf, which is interesting but he can’t say much because of spoilers. It is a seldom pleasure when the interviewer asks him about his background, motives, inspirations, working for MTV and his life as a writer.
Meta/Review: Jeff Davis - Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds
Now, let me start this off by saying I don’t think that Teen Wolf is doing Criminal Minds, or that we’re going to find exact secrets to the next season’s episodes buried within the episodes of Criminal Minds. I do think it’s interesting, however, to take the two bodies of works that Jeff has created/written/produced and compare for commonalities.
So I dug out the DVDs. And there are lots of common things.
Run down on Criminal Minds for those who have never seen. It’s a crime procedural drama about an FBI unit referred to as the BAU - the Behavioral Analysis Unit, basically a group of FBI profilers. It’s been around since 2005 so was on the upswing of the Law &Order (1990, 1999, 2001)/NCIS(2003, 2009)/CSI (2000, 2002, 2004)/etc explosion and follows a fairly typical formula - there’s a team, something happens, they search for the bad guy, they catch the bad guy.
CM is different in that it got into the psychology of both the criminal (the unknown subject or ‘unsub’) and the victim (referred to as the ‘victimology’ on the show) which the team used to get into the head of the unsub and the victim so they could find the unsub and stop them from continuing. Thing with the show - the unsubs? Not always ‘evil’. They did bad things or hurt people - yes, absolutely. But the show takes great care in showing how they got there - their past, their present, their relationships, their experiences and how this ties into their mental health and the psychology of the crime.
Mental health is not criminalized, it’s also not an excuse nor is it the answer or dismissed. It’s also not black and white - it’s not point X directly concluding to Z. And that’s what drew me in to the show from day one - how psychology ties in to how someone can take certain paths, not necessarily determining what path they’re going to take. In fact - the show goes to great lengths to dispel myths about crime, mental illnesses and even calls themselves out for jumping on the easiest target (ie people in the area with mental illnesses, records, etc…).
And an overarching theme throughout the entire series is also how the psychology ties into the Agents themselves - how it drives what they do in the BAU, how they keep doing it, and why they keep doing it.
It’s a crime show - so it’s dramatized and has it’s issues of course. So not forgiving anything there either. But it’s a good show and hooked me to the extent that I own the first 5 seasons on DVD and have watched repeatedly. Especially the first season. Which I just rewatched.
It’s a show about a teenage werewolf. Or porn. No, pretty sure just werewolves. Maybe a little porn. Wiggle. Wiggle more. At any rate - it’s not a crime procedural drama, right?
Thing is - the same dude created both shows.