Wolf Pack

Wolf Pack season 1





Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

There’s a lot that Everett could say is the cause of his horrific anxiety. His overbearing mother is a definite contributor. The massive wildfire that threatens their California town doesn’t help, either. And, to top it all off, he has to deal with treating a bite from a wolf, apparently frightened by the flames.

The hospital calls his bite a nasty one—but, strangely enough, they soon begin marveling at how quickly it’s healing. That’s definitely not what Everett sees, though. To him, it looks like it’s getting more infected, not healing in the slightest.

And that’s when Everett gets a phone call from an unknown man who tells him that something is hunting him, and he needs to flee the hospital if he wants to live.

“What does it want?” Everett asks.

“To kill you before the next full moon,” the voice replies.

Everett’s not the only one dealing with strange circumstances. Blake, a girl at Everett’s school, was also bitten by a wolf, and she’s started to notice strange powers developing. She’s got super speed and endurance, and her senses are heightened.

Before long, the two come together and realize the truth: They weren’t just bitten by any old wolf. They were bitten by a werewolf.

Wildfires, Werewolves and a Warning

What do you get when you mix high schoolers and werewolves? At this point, all I see is an overdone trope.

In the wake of their respective bites, Everett and Blake begin grappling with their new superpowered lives. They’re drawn to two other people, siblings Harlan and Luna, both of whom were seemingly born as werewolves.

With only its premiere episode released, it’s hard to tell where Wolf Pack’s plot will lead. The show is based on Edo van Belkom’s book of the same name, and so if that story is anything to go on, we can expect a kidnapping arc and a story of how the other three werewolves work to get their pack member back.

Of course, the TV-MA rating means we will also get a lot of unsavory bits, too. In the first episode alone, we watch a man’s face get crushed in visceral detail when an animal steps on it. Pack member Harlan is gay, and the first episode includes him getting sensual with another man. And in terms of heavy language, that’s there, too.

Wolf Pack has bark and bite. It may have werewolves, but it’s also “packed” with content issues.

Episode Reviews

Jan. 26, 2023 – S1, Ep1: “From a Spark to a Flame”

After Everett and Blake are bitten by a wolf, they begin to experience strange changes.

A stampede of animals runs out of a flaming forest. They gore a couple of people, and one man’s face is brutally crushed inwards by an animal’s hoof. Other folks are seen dead, and people are slashed with claw marks and bloodied. We see deep bite marks on some, and shirts and cloths are stained through with blood. These bite marks are later seen enflamed and infected. An animal is seen on fire, and Everett later has a dream of a werewolf clawing its way out of the animal’s stomach. A werewolf and dog fight one another, and the dog is thrown across the room. People are called by a howl, and it causes their eyes to roll back into their heads.

Harlan passionately kisses another man, and the man puts his hand on Harlan’s genitals over his underwear. We see other people kissing, too, including a lesbian couple. Blake poses a hypothetical about sleeping with someone at a motel. A man is said to have been drunk. We see people dancing with alcoholic drinks at a nightclub. Everett, confused by his sudden growth in muscle mass, admires himself shirtless in a mirror. We hear a reference to prescription drugs. Someone practices yoga.

The f-word is used 19 times, and the s-word is used 10 times. “A–” and “h—” are also both used. God’s name is used in vain three times, and one of those is in the form of “g-dd–n.” Jesus’ name is used inappropriately twice.

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Kennedy Unthank

Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”

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