Lady Geek Girl’s Wishlist for Season 5 of Teen Wolf

Teen-Wolf-season-5-logo-888x456Teen Wolf is coming back at the end of June and I am very excited! Last season, like most seasons of Teen Wolf, was good, bad, and problematic. Every year I hope it will get a little better and every year I’m sadly a little disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong; Teen Wolf is not at the level of Supernatural, which I watched despite the fact that I almost constantly wanted to bang my head against a wall. But Teen Wolf has its own set of problems. Despite the diverse cast, Teen Wolf still tends to portray minorities poorly (or they’re just murdered). The women tend to be portrayed decently, and are usually not just love interests, but they do have a problem with ending up dead far more often than the men. There are many problematic, ableist tones in the show, which seem to just get worse instead of getting better. And don’t get me started on the show having a token gay character, which shouldn’t even be an issue considering there have been at least four gay characters on the show. Then there is the constantly rotating cast that makes it difficult for any good writer to construct a decent plot, especially when your main characters leave every other season. I can already foresee a lot of issues in the upcoming season, but my fingers are crossed that the good parts can be salvaged.

So instead of focusing on everything that could go wrong, I decided to think about what I hope will happen in the upcoming season of Teen Wolf.

1. Please God Let Braeden Be on the Show More

Braeden2TWInstinctAt the end of Season 4, I was really excited because it seemed like Braeden would be getting much more of a story arc. Though Braeden did get a lot of play the previous season, a lot of her background was just hinted at and never actively explored. It seemed like the show was setting up for it, though. Braeden explains to Derek that she lost her job hunting the Desert Wolf, who we already know is Malia’s mother. And considering that Malia is Derek’s cousin as well, I was predicting a whole lot of fun, interesting drama revolving around these three characters, especially Braeden. However, news that Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale) was downgrading to a supporting role in the show made me nervous. Though Braeden was kind of connected to our characters through Scott—and even Peter to some extent—she was mainly connected to our other main characters through Derek. And with Derek taking a more background role in the show, I thought that Braeden might disappear. If there is one thing I would beg the writers for, it’s to keep Braeden around, especially since she is so obviously intimately tied into Malia’s plotline. There is no reason Braeden shouldn’t be a main character just because Derek’s not one anymore. And Teen Wolf has not really been the best when it comes to Black characters (I’m still mad about Boyd), so really, it’s time for Braeden to take center stage.

2. Please Bring Back Danny and Caitlin

danny-on-teen-wolfAt the end of Season 3, it’s revealed that Danny knew about werewolves the whole time. Most of the fans thought this meant Danny would finally become a series regular, get more screen time, and bring some much needed representation. But alas, Danny disappeared without a trace in Season 4 (despite how useful he would have been that season). There wasn’t even a mention of what happened to him. It’s time for Danny to come back and be featured as a main character. But Danny isn’t the only queer character I want to return.

UnknowGirlCaitlin was brought onto the show because Jeff Davis heard the fans’ pleas for bisexual representation. Even though fans wanted Stiles to be bisexual, since having a main character be bi would be awesome representation, I was excited for Caitlin’s appearance. Queer women rarely get the same representation as queer men, and bisexuality in general is a mostly ignored sexuality in our media, so I was really looking forward to learning about Caitlin. Sadly, we only see her twice; the first time her sexuality isn’t mentioned, and the second time her sexuality is basically used to queerbait Stiles’s bisexuality. Since it’s pretty clear by this point that Stiles won’t be bisexual, I want—nay!—demand that Caitlin return to the show as at least a supporting character.

3. Please Make Mason a Main Character and Not an Idiot

Teen-Wolf-Season-4-Episode-4-The-Benefactor-MasonThis falls along the same lines as the last one. Mason appeared in Teen Wolf as the gay friend of newly made werewolf Liam not long after Danny’s disappearance. Sadly, it seemed Mason was going to be regulated to the same space as Danny: “the queer best friend of color to a white main character”. I loved Mason but was very upset about the role he was obviously fulfilling in the story. However, at the end of Season 4, Mason ends up stuck in a dangerous situation with Lydia, which leads to the supernatural being revealed to him. Sadly, this doesn’t mean that Mason will now know about the supernatural and get a main or even just a larger role, as the writers always mysteriously have their characters not realize they literally faced a magical being. More than once, a character from Teen Wolf has been confronted with the supernatural and then they just conveniently doesn’t remember anything about what happened or rationalizes it as something else. It’s silly and makes the characters seem stupid (even geniuses like Lydia!). So can we please not do that to Mason and upgrade him to main character status while we’re at it?

4. Can We Abandon the Eichen House Plotline? Please!?

lolololUgh! Eichen House! The poor man’s Arkham Asylum was introduced in Season 3 and Ace and I have been cringing about the ableism the whole thing represents ever since. At the end of Season 4, however, it’s revealed that Eichen House has a secret prison filled with insane supernatural baddies. And our heroes decide to put Peter there, because none of them are familiar with Batman! Peter is a very bad man, but also very smart and it’s not hard to guess that Peter will probably break out and release all the other scary prisoners while he’s at it. I don’t know how to fix this ableist nightmare so I’m asking the writers to just abandon it, please. Just leave Peter there and let us never speak of Eichen House’s existence ever again.

5. Make Dergent Canon!

otp: biting the silver bullet, otp: you're not my enemy anymore!!!

OTP: biting the silver bullet, OTP: you’re not my enemy anymore!!!

What!? Yeah, no one ships this but me, and yeah, Chris and Derek are practically written out of the show, but I’m allowed to want one frivolous thing right?! Besides, they are clearly perfect for each other…. no, really!

Well, there is what I hope happens next season. What would you like to see in the upcoming season of Teen Wolf? Do you agree with what I have listed here? Let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Lady Geek Girl’s Wishlist for Season 5 of Teen Wolf

  1. I’ve found a lot of genre shows have a bad habit of having lots of representation when in the first couple of seasons, but as the show goes forward they start getting lazier and lazier about itand falling back on the typical all, White, mostly mostly male cast.

    But i have to applaud Tenn Wolf. Unlike a lot of shows they’re at least trying. Trying and sometimes failing but at least trying. I cannot say the same for any of the teen shows i’ve seen on the CW.

    • The CW is pretty good with diverse race & gender & even sexual orientation representation currently, though, and really is not all “Teen Shows” anymore. That Network is shifting it’s focus, and has been shifting it for a while. I mean, consider how many black people are on The Originals this season, or how hard they’re trying by making Joe & Iris black on The Flash, or what the show Nikita was, or how they now have Jane the Virgin!

  2. I want the show to be less confusing with some of the mythology and plots this year. Season 4 was particularly bad with that at times, and I want to get more focus on the heart of the show, the characters and relationships (friendships and otherwise) we fell in love with.

    I want Melissa McCall & The Sheriff to start dating too… I think everyone wants that. 😛

    I hope I actually like the Malia/her mother storyline they expand. I hope maybe Jackson comes back now that Roy seems to have been written out of Arrow. I don’t know. It’s hard to say what I hope for. I want more awesome female character stuff, and I agree with pretty much everything you said. I have high hopes for Liam and Mason to be fun characters and Kira to continue to be great and just all of it. I don’t know.

  3. I started watching the show a few years ago and immediately stopped because it seemed so incredibly infantile and teeny with cookie cutter characters and I would have continued like this if it hadn’t been for a friend who is a die-hard fan of the show. Her urging made me watch the show again but even then I would have probably stopped after a seson if it hadn’t been for Allison.

    Allison’s characters was one of the best, female character growth arcs that I have seen in a teen drama. Her strength and real relevance to the plot is what really turned it around for me. Rarely (aside from in Buffy) do we see lead females who are more than damsels or girlfriends making their existence entirely unnecessary to the plot, but Allison was different, she was a complete badass.

    I became a fan of the show because of her and then Lydia; the fact that there were such strong female characters in this show really made me appreciate it so much more. I agree that the show does have issues and the portrayal of LGBTQ characters is at times iffy but the fact that they attempt to do it is still a big deal.

    I think most of the problems brought up are fixable, with the additions of Kira and Breaden I think the show is on the way to correct many of the issues that plague it.

    (P.S I still have my fingers crossed that Stiles might be bi)

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