Cat-People From Space!

The cherry on top of this supernatural sundae, of course, is the gay thing. TV bromances are nothing new, but purposefully playing into two male actors’ chemistry while winking at the gay guys and straight slash shippers in the audience is actually still pretty unique. Hawaii 5-0 does it. Community, too. But I’m having a hard time thinking of a show aimed at teenagers that unapologetically does the homoerotic thing without tagging it with a gay panic joke.

And then there’s Danny: the for real gay character who hasn’t been desexualized. He wants to see Derek take off his shirt as much as we want to see Derek take off his shirt, and in the meantime, he’ll happily show off his own pectorals. In a lot of ways, Teen Wolf feels like the future, where a character who looks like Colton Haynes can get offended when his gay best friend says, “You’re not my type.” Five years ago, that would have meant, “I’m your token gay, but don’t worry, there’s nothing terrifying/sexual about me.” But when Danny says it, it means, “Oh, I want to have sex, just not with you.”

Heather Hogan, AfterElton.com Teen Wolf 2.05 recap
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