Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar is the queen of teen-focused supernatural leisure, and now we will reconnect with the TV icon in MTV’s Wolf Pack (episodes available weekly on Paramount+, beginning Jan. 26).
The collection relies on a ebook collection by Canadian writer Edo Van Belkom, written and produced by Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf, Prison Minds) for the small display screen, with Gellar as an government producer and a star within the present.
What’s ‘Wolf Pack’ about?
Whereas Gellar is probably going the actor most individuals need to see, we do not see her very a lot within the first two episodes.
Alternatively, the story is basically centered on a gaggle of California excessive schoolers. The present begins by introducing us to Everett Lang (Armani Jackson), a scholar attempting to handle his anxiousness, however issues take a activate a bus journey the college.
As a wildfire erupts, a pack of untamed animals run out of the woods in the direction of a road the place a bus stuffed highschool college students is among the many stopped autos.
Everett, after getting off the bus, acquired bitten by one thing, as did his classmate Blake Navarro (Bella Shepard). Blake now and Everett now have these learn scars on their our bodies from the bites, and each of them sense that one thing has modified. Blake’s pimples has cleared up and Everett’s abs have remodeled to a six pack.
There are two different excessive schooler that Everett and Blake find yourself creating an inexplicable reference to, Luna Briggs (Chloe Rose Robertson) and her brother Harlan (Tyler Lawrence Grey). Luna and Harlan had been adopted 16 years in the past by a park ranger after a earlier wildfire within the space. The 4 teenagers kind a form of alliance as they dodge questions from Gellar’s character, Kristin Ramsey, an arson investigator attempting to determine how this hearth began.
“You’re going to listen to that the police suspect arson, that’s solely a part of the reality,” investigator Ramsey tells Everett, attempting to probe him to speak to her concerning the teenagers at his faculty. “As a result of it’s not only a suspicion, I do know for sure this hearth was attributable to arson.”
“The arsonist is a youngster, would possibly even be somebody you go to high school with. Actually, it’s fairly doable this teenager was on that bus with you.”
Is ‘Wolf Pack’ value watching?
There’s one factor we have now to get out of the best way, addressing the apparent. Wolf Pack is not Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So for anybody hoping for one thing much like begin watching in 2023, notably after the publicized abuse allegations towards Buffy creator Joss Whedon, this probably will not scratch that itch for you.
Within the first two episodes of the collection supplied to reporters, Wolf Pack comes throughout as a little bit of a generic teen-based drama. There’s additionally a major emphasis on connecting the specter of these monsters to issues like anxiousness, and different points and stresses these teenagers are dealing with.
Wolf Pack provides you a way that it is attempting to go for a form of “sluggish burn” tactic to have this supernatural thriller unfold all through the present, so we’re hoping that because the collection strikes past the primary two episodes, there shall be extra room to truly spend extra time with these character. At this level, there simply is not rather a lot there to actually emotionally join with.
Gellar could be very a lot on the skin wanting into the lives of those teenagers, a standard thread for reveals based mostly round excessive schoolers. She does successfully tease, with simply the look behind her eye, that there is probably extra backstory for her character, and her intentions, to come back. So hopefully the present delivers on that entrance.
The primary scene of the wildfire and the animals operating in the direction of the highway is definitely very compelling and extra graphic that you could be anticipate, however to date, Wolf Pack is missing that aspect that basically sucks you into the drama it is attempting to construct.