For all intents and purposes, Derek is human in this scene. And yet, look at the way he protects Stiles from Liam. He puts himself in danger, fully knowing his strength and healing abilities are diminished, to keep Stiles safe. He restrains Liam’s arms, he’s physically turned his body so that Stiles his behind him, his shoulder is up as an extra barrier between Stiles and Liam’s claws. Even when Stiles gets the idea, we can see through the bars (in the 6th gif) that he’s trying to reach over Derek’s shoulder to get at Liam, but Derek pushes his shoulder up higher to keep Stiles away. And after Liam’s calmed down and Stiles says, “I got it,” Derek still keeps a hold of Liam’s wrist, not letting go until Liam is in full control. Tell me again how Derek doesn’t care about Stiles. Tell me again how Derek doesn’t consistently and knowingly put himself in danger to protect others. Tell me again how Derek doesn’t possessive the right abilities to be a good Alpha.
Please note that the rapidly falling red line is the current season of Teen Wolf, the one that the majority of my dash (and apparently of the viewers in general) has given up on watching. This week’s episode was supposed to be the big lead up to the extra-long finale, and I was fully expecting it to rise in the ratings, as nearly every season has done in the final two episodes. Instead, it’s the second lowest rating of the entire show, with that big yellow dip being a season 1 anomaly.
So, Teen Wolf and Jeff Davis: this is what happens when you completely mangle the tone and characterizations in your show and then tell your loyal, passionate, free marketing powerhouse fans to fuck off. We do.
i know you guys are mad but don’t you realize the whole show might get canceled
Yes, and we are enoying it. Without us, the show wouldn’t be here now anyway. THEY treated us like shit and told us to fuck off, and we are doing just that.
To the earlier person’s point, the fans who are angry and/or have largely stopped watching are perfectly aware of what might happen.
However, here’s the thing that you, and a lot of other people, are missing.
Television is a business. Yes, it is a business that involves art, but it is fundamentally a business.
No one can force another person to patronize a business that does not make them feel welcome.
Put this in context. Imagine TW is a restaurant. I love the food, I love the staff, I love the other patrons I see daily, but then the owner randomly decides he’s not going to serve my favorite dishes anymore. He hires new staff who seem nice, but incredibly awkward and, sometimes, outright rude (however much they don’t seem to mean it).
The head chef loses his patience one day and rants about the customers who love a dish he hates, tells them they’re patronizing the restaurant for the wrong reasons, and seems to give up all pretense of liking anyone who orders that dish. Worse, his mother comes in every day and does the same. Now, granted, some of the old patrons have been excessively rude and hostile, but this behavior is not directed solely at them. It’s universal, directed at anyone who speaks up.
And people speak up, but the owner ignores them and completely renovates the restaurant. He changes the design, changes the names of the dishes on the menu (though the dishes are, by and large, comprised of all the same ingredients but with minimal changes to appearance), and, around the same time, one of his most prominent and popular staff members abruptly quits.
Though she says it’s her choice, we later find out that the business has permitted a toxic atmosphere behind the scenes for she and her other female coworker. A similar atmosphere that’s been bothering the head chef and, possibly, is the real source of his anger, but he can’t actually say so without offending the owner.
Okay, I’m kind of really belaboring the point, here, but would it be any surprise if that restaurant started hemorrhaging customers? Because that’s what’s happened to Teen Wolf.
It’s not the fault of the fans that left if the show fails. They’ve been VERY vocal and VERY honest about their opinions and it simply is not their responsibility to keep the show on the air. That is the responsibility of Jeff Davis and his staff. If the show fails, it is because that Jeff forgot the important thing about a business: no customers, no profit.
For whatever reasons, he decided to retool his series. He seemed to gamble on the chance that he would be able to replace any fans that didn’t like the changes.
Except he hasn’t. He drove off those fans (yes, apparently primarily sterek fans) and no one came in to replace them. That’s on him. That’s his choice. It’s not the fans responsibility and they have no obligation to save him from himself.
Now here’s the real kicker. It’s not just sterek that has driven fans off.
I didn’t stop watching just because I ship Sterek. I stopped watching because A: it was quite obvious that’s what they wanted and B: I don’t want to support Jeff Davis.
He’s soundly mistreated Tyler Posey for years (and I fully believe that’s where Tyler’s frustration *really* comes from. That doesn’t change the hurt i feel because of his actions, but I do understand it) and I suspect did the same of Crystal and Holland.
The stories that came out of the atmosphere on the set seemed patronizing at best where they’re concerned and then there’s the attitude that seems to have emerged around Arden Cho. She’s been shunted to one side in most of the PR work in favor of Shelley Hennig and that shouldn’t have happened.
And don’t even get me started on what he did to Sinqua Walls & Gage Golightly. I will rage for DAYS.
Not to mention, as a bisexual woman, I don’t particularly enjoy finding out that Jeff, like so many others in the Gay Community (as opposed to the Queer Community, believe me they’re different things) treats my identity a joke. Too many gay and lesbian people erase and belittle the bisexual identity; having him make a major character in the show bisexual would have been *huge* in that context.
Instead, he fell in line with the status quo and, worse, but kept it vague enough, long enough, that he could coax a few more viewers out of it. I get enough of that from the heterosexual community. I don’t need it from someone who’s supposed to understand and know better.
And yes, I didn’t like some of the story choices this year, and that’s not a crime or a betrayal of the show.
None of this is, in fact.
Yes, we are perfectly aware that the show may be cancelled because of all this, but here’s the kicker.
It hasn’t been Teen Wolf for a long time.
Actually, it never was.
It’s not the fault of fans that we’re no longer patronizing this business.
I’d suggest speaking to Jeff Davis, but good luck finding him. It seems that Mr. Davis is no longer interested in speaking to fans.
"What do you think? Tighten a few screws here, replace a belt there?" "I think I’ve seen roadkill that looks better than this engine.” "So… that means you can fix it, right?" "Maybe, if you’re not in a hurry.”
Sterek AU: Stiles’ car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately for him he finds a lonely gas station manned by a ridiculously hot mechanic who might be able to help him. Not so fortunately for him, there’s a reason Derek Hale is lying low out here in careful obscurity. When the danger from Derek’s past catches up with him before the repairs are finished, Stiles finds himself sucked into the adventure of a lifetime. Thrown together in a struggle for survival, Stiles becomes increasingly drawn to his taciturn new companion while Derek discovers to his confused surprise that apparently not everyone in the world is willing to betray him just to save themselves.
This is interesting because it really sums up Draeden- he doesn’t love her, he doesn’t trust her, he’s just handling her in the most efficient way he can think of. It’s a testament to the live he has lead that that way is sexual, but honestly, if a female character had acted like that (Malia) we wouldn’t be surprised at all.
The beautiful person binding themselves sexually to a stronger character for protection is an old, old story. Once again, Jeff is turning the ‘Damsel in distress’ trope on it’s head.
It’s magnificently clever on his part, which is why I’m excited to see where Season 4 is going. This clever, clever mind is writing us a love story, and when it breaks, there’s not going to be a dry eye in the house.
Absolutely, cause this is want he has learnt from Kate. To put it in her words “You got tricked by a pretty face!”. He knows he is HoT aesthetically pleasing and now that all his other defenses are gone he has to rely on his hotness looks. RT now as he sees it “Intelligence and looks are his only Defense”! So he uses it. And he is being smart for once i hope for his sake something good comes out of it.
I was really struck by Derek’s actions in 405 with Malia. As Cupid observed, he did so much with only the tiniest piece of information, and all the while hiding his weakness from Malia.
Derek is the sane version of Peter- Beautiful, vastly intelligent, charming, manipulative, and a survivor. But he has a clear sense of right and wrong and isn’t on some crazy quest to gain power. He’s trying to survive and be the guardian of Beacon Hills his mother told him to be. His motivations come from a much healthier place (thank god) and he has boundaries on what he will or will not do.
Braeden was never about romance. The shows been very clear on that. It’s about sexual chemistry, I’ll agree with that, but love or even really affections, were never in the cards.
And that shows that Derek is learning. He knew he can’t trust Braeden, and he’s not. He’s not letting his emotions get involved, because he knows that she’s not letting her emotions get involved. This is a sexy game of chess- don’t confuse it with a love story.
Sterek AU: Derek disappears without a word. While the pack is trying to find out what happened to him, the sheriff’s station receive several alarmed calls about a wolf wandering in the woods. Stiles should stay away from there but there are no wolves in California and now he might know where Derek is.
"It’s Derek. The wolf is Derek, he recognized me."