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‘Wolf Pack’ 1×03 review: “Origin Point”

By February 11, 2023No Comments4 min read

Love for Wolf Pack on social media is sitting at a simmer right now. It hasn’t garnered a frenzy like other supernatural shows floating around, nor is it quite measuring up to Jeff Davies’ previous Teen Wolf series in numbers. Hopefully, that will change and grow in the coming weeks as some exciting answers to questions we’ve been asking may be coming to light.

Episodes 1 and 2 of Wolf Pack gave us two hot, steamy gay make-out scenes with Harlan Briggs (Tyler Lawrence Gray). Episode 3, “Origin Point,” accurately represents horny daydreaming often experienced by pubescent teenagers but with a supernatural twist, maybe. The vibes between Everett Lang (Armani Jackson) and Blake Navarro (Bella Shepard) are edging towards boiling point. Oddly, so are the vibes between Luna Briggs (Chloe Rose Robertson) and horses—don’t ask me why, I don’t know. All I can say is what I saw—a girl staring into the eyes of a horse and the world fading away until the horse spooked at the prospect of Beastiality. Like, I’m just saying what I saw. Until Jeffy-y baby gives me another reason, I’m sticking with my story.

This show is getting better. The chemistry and acting of the core four are growing on me. I still find some of Tyler’s performance a little whiplash-inducing, but part of that has to do with the writing of his character. If Tyler Lawrence Gray can grow as an actor, his character Harlan could be truly layered and complex, but as of yet, he’s a bit all over the place.

Armani Jackson is leading the way with his performance of Everett, but either he’s overacting the anxiety stuff, or it’s over-written. The panic attack in this episode could have been a lot better. Blake is another character that could be strong, but Bella Shepard struggles with the juxtaposing chip on her shoulder and caretaker nature. That’s something that both Tyler and Bella are struggling with—balancing the rough edges with the part that cares. Hopefully, the two figure it out soon, and their performances will blossom throughout the season. I still don’t have much to say about Chloe Rose Robertson’s performance as Luna because she’s still not being given much to say or do, aside from the horse thing, of course.

So, three episodes in, the Wolf Pack figured out their connection to the giant wolf when it didn’t kill Everett outside the Briggs household. Finally, the giant wolf is acknowledged as part of the pack. The alpha? Not yet, given that distinction, but I look forward to it.

Again, the cliffhanger of Wolf Pack Episode 3 is given the wrong piece of information. I don’t think Garett Briggs (Rodrigo Santoro) admitting to having silver bullets to kill werewolves is as big of a deal as the pack finding out they’re connected to the cop-eating vigilante. These things should have happened in the opposite order. Here me out—Garrett Briggs isn’t a supernatural expert, he just knew there was possible danger, and he wanted to be prepared for the worst outcome to protect his children and perhaps, like any good parent, protect the world from his children should they be evil. It feels pretty simple Parenting 101 stuff, but the Wolf Pack reveal was solid.

Most of the episode we spent with Wildfire Investigator Kristin Ramsy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) at the wildfire evac emergency headquarters or police station, maybe both. The ‘task force’ is questioning a bunch of teenagers about who the arsonist might be. It’s here that the pack discovers they can communicate through walls. That is a sick superpower if I’m honest. Although later at the Briggs’ residence, they can’t. The rules to the powers situation need to be ironed out soon because there are a few too many holes in how it all works. Regardless, it seems that Kristin Ramsy is gunning for this arsonist, and really wants to get to the bottom of this wildfire, but she also thinks the pack is hiding something else. Convenient.

I have a theory. What if Wildfire Investigator Krisin Ramsy is the giant wolf? I know it’s a reach! But wouldn’t that be so cool? Sarah Michelle Gellar, the Alpha. My mouth is watering.

Featured image courtesy of Paramount+

  • 'Wolf Pack' 1x03: "Origin Point" - 6/10
Isobel Grieve

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