I love both Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds, and consciously, I had always been aware that both were created by Jeff Davis. It wasn’t until now, however, that I realized just how similar the writing recipes of each show are, and how that ultimately contributes to some issues for Teen Wolf.
After bingeing on every episode of Criminal Minds to date over the last couple of months, I can say with confidence that the writing recipe boils down to a heavy emphasis on the unsub (killer) and victims/targets of the episode, with the growth and relationships of the main cast taking a backseat to the puzzle and action the current case presents.
Personally, I love this writing recipe for Criminal Minds. It works, and it works well. The format allows you to puzzle along with the team, while making it a little easier to gain insight and follow along because you are presented with long sequences of the killers’ movements and motivations, as well as the victims’. In this format, main character growth and relationships are secondary to the cases, though you learn quite a bit about each character through how they handle and behave during the work.
When Davis created Teen Wolf, he created it in Criminal Minds image. But as much as I love Criminal Minds, this writing recipe just doesn’t work for Teen Wolf for two distinct reasons—pacing and demographic.
this fight is hilarious. it’s like peter is aggressively modeling at the camera.
okay, with what kind of voodoo is Chris still standing? it was believable that an adrenaline rush could could help him live through the impalement, but how is he walking around and shooting things??????
Does anyone feel like this season is a little incomplete? The season finale is next week and it feels a little abrupt.
How could one turn a wolf into a berzerker?
And I guess Kate and Peter were never really a united force, since the pack killing Scott on accident was totally not what Peter had in mind.
I haven’t been the biggest fan of Derek and Braeden, but them spooning is adorable. And I don’t know what it says about me that I think them getting up and doing a sweep together in their underwear is adorable too.
Dylan O’Brien accepting Breakthrough Actor at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards