June 9th, 2011
01:53 PM ET
As Jordan Bienstock pointed out in his recap, if you looked for any similarities between MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie when the new series premiered on Sunday, you didn't find much.
First of all, there’s not even a Bateman sibling. Michael J. Fox played the title character in the mid-‘80s comedy while simultaneously appearing as Justine Bateman's brother, Alex P. Keaton, on the sitcom "Family Ties." Two years later, Jason Bateman (Justine's real-life brother) starred in the sequel, "Teen Wolf Too."
Fast forward almost 25 years and a non-Justine Bateman sibling – fictional or otherwise – has been cast in the latest incarnation of the franchise.
To be fair, the new hour-long drama does contain some nods to the original. The protagonist in both the series and the original film is a typical awkward teenager named Scott dealing with high school and life as a werewolf.
In both versions, Scott is joined by a T-shirt-wearing sidekick named Stiles. But while the new Stiles wears shirts featuring the Beatles and the Royal Air Force Roundel symbol, the original Stiles favored shirts that included highly-offensive phrases.
(Speaking of offensive, there is one Stiles scene in the original "Teen Wolf" that we can’t even talk about here. Fortunately the comedian Eugene Mirman breaks it down in one of his hilarious bits. Be warned, however, it's probably too offensive for most readers.)
The 1985 version features Scott reaping the benefits of werewolf stardom. With all his senses heightened, he can be seen getting good grades and the girl of his dreams, break-dancing, bowling a perfect game and surfing atop a moving vehicle when he’s not leading his basketball team to victory.
In the MTV reboot, Scott also achieves confidence and acceptance from his peers with his newly discovered powers, however, lacrosse is his game of choice.
And of course, a big difference that gives the series its darker spin: In the original, Scott inherits the werewolf trait from his father, who hid his lycanthropy from his son in the hopes that it would skip a generation, while the Scott on MTV's show gets bitten by a werewolf in the woods.
What about you? What are your favorite scenes from the "Teen Wolf" movies of the 1980s? Do you prefer the classic movie or the new MTV series?
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