In case you didn’t realize, this post is full of spoilers. It’s also hella long.
Special note: I marathoned most of seasons 1 & 2 during a drinking weekend, so this is just how I choose to remember it, and some details might be completely wrong. Sorry I’m not sorry!
Our story begins (I think) following Scott, a teenager, as the protagonist. And on a dark (and foggy?) night, Scott got his ass dragged out of bed by his best friend Stiles, that kid who was an intern at Google, who had eavesdropped on his father, the sheriff, to find a dead body in the woods. They totally find (half) the body, but while running away from the sheriff’s department, a werewolf bites Scott. So now Scott is a teenager and a werewolf. I hope you’re not disappointed that the title was so obvious.
So they go to highschool with other main and supporting characters which include:
-Allison Argent, Scott’s one twu wuv
-Lydia Martin, the queen bee and secret genius
-Jackson Whittemore, douchebag extraordinaire (who is no longer in the series, so don’t worry about it. Just know that he once turned into a were-lizard and killed a bunch of folks.)
-Danny Mahaelani, all-around nice gay (no, not a typo)
However, a plot device is needed to get Stiles and Scott back into the woods, so with the flimsy excuse of dropping Scott’s inhaler, they go out to search for it. And the body, again. Instead of finding either, they meet the mysterious and sexy Derek Hale, the only non-teenaged character that matters so far. He is (surprise!) another werewolf, but also a complete broody asshole who tells the punk teens to get off his lawn. There’s a throwaway line, that’s not actually a throwaway line, about Derek’s entire family dying in a fire some indeterminate amount of years ago. Also, he must have a stipulation in his contract about time spent shirtless in front of the camera.
(Side note: the amount of abs in this show is absurd.)
A lot of time is spent by Scott and Stiles trying to figure out how Scott can control his new wolf-powers and whatnot. Somewhere in there we find out that the school lives in a universe in which lacross is THE sport to play, Scott starts dating Allison, Stiles has been in love with Lydia for years even though she’s dating the school douche, and more people are getting killed left and right by bizarre “animal attacks,” and Allison Argent’s dad, that dude from Stargate (but not McGyver) turns out to be a werewolf hunter.
Then there’s a shitshow because the Alpha (yeah, I don’t know. Something about different ranks of wolves, and only Alphas can turn other people into werewolves. The writers have nothing but time to make this shit up,) that bit Scott is trying to control him and make him kill his friends, while at the same time going on this killing spree, (hence the dead bodies.) Chris Argent’s crazy sister Kate comes to town to help kill the rogue Alpha werewolf, and somehow the Argents find out that Scott’s a werewolf. But not necessarily in that order, and there’s a creepy implication that Crazy Aunt Kate statutorily raped Derek in order to burn his family alive, (but it’s totally glossed over so it’s okay.)
There are feelings shared, and Derek takes Scott to a nursing home that houses his uncle, Peter, the only survivor from the fire. And IRONY! He’s the Alpha that’s been killing the hell out of people that were involved in that fire. So Peter gets to be crazy for a few episodes, and crashes the big school formal to kidnap Lydia and bite her in front of Stiles on the lacrosse field.
Somewhere, we learn that Scott’s boss, Doctor Deaton (vet,) is some kind of witch dude, and that special wood shavings can repel werewolves IF YOU BELIEVE. (Side note: Stiles BELIEVES.)
Now comes the Big Giant Showdown in front of the ruins of the old Hale house. Everyone is there. Or everyone that knows about werewolves is there. Crazy uncle Peter kills Kate Argent for revenge. And Chris and Allison are there, so they both try to kill Peter. And then there’s a molotov cocktail courtesy of Lydia (even if she’s in the hospital,) so Peter burns a bit. And finally Derek rips his throat out with his claws, and his eyes glow red and he’s all like, “I’m the Alpha now, bitches,” and it is unintentionally hilarious. And so ends season 1.
Season 2 dawns with the implication that Jackson, the douchebag, was bitten by Derek after asking to become a werewolf. Lydia is still in the hospital, and no one knows if she’s going to make it. Kate is buried in public shame (all the deaths were blamed on her or something,) so Allison’s creepy grandfather Gerard is in town. Some other things happened, too, I’m sure.
BUT the monster of the season is a giant lizard creature called a Kanima. No one knows who it is, but it’s going around and killing the everloving shit out of people. (Hint: It’s Jackson.)
Derek decides to populate his entire werewolf pack with disturbed teenages, (a little creepy,) so he adds Isaac, Erica, and Boyd to his ranks.
Spoiler: Eria and Boyd are dead now, so don’t worry yourself about getting attached.
Allison goes through a period of BATSHIT INSANITY and tries to kill Derek and everyone in his pack. By the end of the season she gets more sane, though.
Important plot point: Peter had been using Lydia to ultimately resurrect himself, and then steals some of Derek’s mojo or whatever, and turns into Creepy Uncle Re-Peter (now with 200% more sass.) Boyd and Erica, I guess finally realizing how much of a jackass Derek actually is, decide to leave the pack.
(Yeah, I definitely didn’t get a whole lot from season 2.)
Boyd and Erica are missing, but the show must go on, (literally.) The school year starts with the threat of the alpha pack looming, and then holy shit, Isaac and some random chick are on a motorcycle and being chased by Alpha werewolves, and it’s this big exciting chase scene that ends with the chick being killed. She’s only mentioned briefly once more after that, so she really wasn’t that big of a deal. Also Jackson moved to London. However, Isaac had been trying to find Erica and Boyd, and instead found Boyd and Cora, Derek’s not-dead sister.
A love interest for Derek is introduced, ( teacher Jennifer Blake,) because someone on the writing staff realized it was getting too weird for him to just hang around teenagers all the time.
Through the season, people are getting killed. Again. For a seemingly small town, they have an absurdly high murder rate. First, a group of 3 virgins are killed, and then a group of “warriors.” Stiles figures out that they’re sacrifices, even though it’s blatantly obvious to everyone anyway. Deaton finally stops being cryptic for half a second and reveals that it’s an evil druid, and then goes back to being enigmatic. Except he also tells us that Druids have acted as emissaries for werewolf packs, and he used to be Talia Hale’s (Derek’s kickass mother.)
Meanwhile, a pack of Alpha werewolves led by Deucalion, a blind werewolf with a complicated backstory, is attempting to recruit Derek AND Scott (who is a magical TRUE ALPHA) into his crazy pack of egos. Some facts about the Alpha pack: Kali fights with the claws on her feet, and the wonder twins (Ethan and Aidan) can turn into a single SUPER ALPHA which is some creepy shit.
Lydia’s been having visions again, and showing up wherever there’s a body. Danny gets poisoned with mistletoe (we don’t know why yet,) and Boyd is killed by Kali, but using Derek’s claws as a human werewolf weapon. (Didn’t that happen with Wolverine, too?)
Creepy Uncle Re-Peter held a special storytime for Stiles and Cora, divulging everything he knew about Derek’s first true love. Re-Peter had been spying on Derek, proving that he was creepy uncle Peter even back in the day, and then urged him to get this turned into a werewolf, too. Instead she died, thus explaining more of the depths of Derek’s manpain. Creepy grandpa Gerard holds his own storytime with Allison and Scott, and describes how he blinded Ducalion, and set him on his path of killing and stuff.
And then we find out that it was Jennifer Blake the whole damn time! She used to be the emissary for Kali’s pack, (and had a different name,) (and it’s implied that they had a relationship,) but Kali killed her pack and left Julia/Jennifer for dead. I can usually spot that shit, but let me tell you: I was pleasantly surprised by it. She also managed to poison the hell out of Cora, so Derek gives up his Alpha powers to heal her.
And Lydia is a banshee. (What?) Though it helps explain why she’s been showing up to find the dead bodies.
Also, Jennifer/Julia captured Melissa McCall (Scott’s mom,) Sheriff Stilinski, and Chris Argent and takes them to the Ferngully tree to sacrifice them.
Plus, the lunar eclipse is coming, and apparently that night the werewolves will lose all their wolfy powers. That’s totally going to be relevant, right?
Not to mention that Scott joined up with the Alphas to save the sacrifices.
However, Deaton is being helpful again, so he’s helping Allison, Stiles, and Scott act as proto-sacrifices to save their parents (which may or may not work or kill them all.)
And Scott’s dad just happens to be the FBI agent assigned to the murders, so he’s in town to mix things up a little bit.
So what does that mean for tonight’s season finale? My theories include Derek regaining his Alpha status after killing Deucalion during the eclipse showdown, Kali and Julia/Jennifer throwing down, Scott becoming a full Alpha without killing anybody, and someone important dying (because that’s just how this show rolls.)
Despite thinking this show is beyond silly at times, I do actually enjoy it. The characters, including the badass ladies, have depth that you wouldn’t expect from a show on MTV that’s marketed for teenagers. And the season-long (and beyond) storylines are pretty engrossing (even the high school drama-filled ones.) Don’t be surprised if you start watching and get hooked, too.
If you want more accurate summaries, MTV has them all here.