of Superman displacing him as Metropolis’ favorite son. In a non-genre context, it’s Iago being passed over for Othello and, as a result, setting in motion a chain of events that leads to death and destruction. With Derek, Teen Wolf has *turned that on its head*. In any other version of the story, his failures as an Alpha and Scott’s rise to position of true Alpha would’ve turned to poison in his veins. It would’ve made him Peter or Lex or Iago. But because Derek has Scott and because having Scott is way more important to him than beating Scott, Derek’s actually grown as a person. Learning to be an advisor to Scott, accepting that maybe he was never supposed to be an Alpha, all of that actually made him *better*, instead of destroying him, the way it would in almost any other version of this story where a character had a trajectory like his. They’ve subverted the trope with Derek, and done it in a way that I love. like. CAKE.
yes yes yes i love how they avoided going the typical route with it, and tbh i think that’s because it’s not a traditional “chosen one” trope. i think scott being a true alpha was something he had to choose rather than something he was chosen for. i mean, he didn’t know it at the time, of course…but when he stopped resenting his lycanthropy and started working to be better at it, that’s when he took his first steps toward becoming a true alpha, like that’s how those powers manifested for him. and i think part of the reason derek was able to be mature and accept it is because he recognizes that scott has traits and qualities he lacks, and that scott being a true alpha isn’t like some prophecy being fulfilled, it’s not his destiny written in the stars or anything, it’s just scott being certain things derek is never going to be. and i love seeing derek become more like scott, not in an effort to dethrone him or whatever, but just because he admires him in a way. and i love seeing scott learning from derek and admiring him too. MUTUAL ADMIRATION. WOLF BROTHERS.
but can we talk about scott mccall standing right across from his father and yelling in his face about the injustices that are going on. can we talk about scott mccall being the most typical kind of teenager, except he isn’t angry about curfew or allowance or something typical at all - he’s furious about his best friend and the man who is essentially his surrogate father being hurt by his own flesh and blood. do you ever wonder if maybe scott’s just a little bit guilty. do you ever wonder if scott gets scared that that’s the same blood running through his veins. do you ever wonder if scott thinks what part of me is like him and doesn’t come up empty. do you ever wonder if that terrifies him.