By Kyle Price-Livingston
It’s a long day, living in Reseda. There’s a freeway running through the yard. Also, that insurance office down the street is absolutely crawling with werewolves. (I guess now we know where all those vampires moving west down Ventura Boulevard are headed.)
Wolfpack of Reseda starts off like any of the myriad “Joe Everyman” style workplace comedies that have risen to prominence in recent years. Ben (Tate Ellington) is a fairly smart, moderately attractive guy stuck in a dead end job because of a combination of bad luck, insecurity, and the motivation-sapping malaise of the San Fernando Valley. He’s basically the guys from Workaholics sans the constant drug use…which I guess makes him Chuck from Chuck. (Do they still make Chuck? Do people watch it?) It’s a story as old as the Millennial generation.
Ben isn’t happy, but he has settled into the kind of deep rut that takes a drastic event to escape. Fortunately, said drastic event is hiding in the bushes at the park near his house, and it’s got sharp teeth. A chance encounter leaves Ben terrified, bleeding, and more than a little lycanthropic.
Occult texts disagree about the exact nature of werewolf powers (as “scholarly” texts tend to when discussing totally made up stuff) but in this universe, wolfpeople get enhanced strength, improved senses (particularly smell and hearing, obviously), increased aggression and, in Ben’s case, cool-guy sideburns. Oh, and the keys to a brand new Kia Soul. I know, I don’t totally get that part either. Suffice it to say there appears to be some corporate branding going on here. I don’t mind that type of thing in a series, generally, because the shows in question are usually of high quality, just be aware that the scenes where cool music plays as Ben tricks out his Kia were probably not part of writer Brian Charles Frank‘s original concept. That being said, he and director Christopher Leone do a good enough job integrating these moments that they don’t detract from the overall experience.
Overall, Wolfpack of Reseda is an extremely entertaining horror-comedy. The episode lengths vary, running anywhere between 7 and 15 minutes, but each episode feels distinct and self-contained. As we have come to expect from the shows on Rob Barnett’s MyDamnChannel, the acting (from the leads and the supporting cast) is excellent and the writing and production values are all professional-grade. Watch this show if you’re looking for something funny that also has a bit of an edge or if you’ve always wondered what would happen to Teen Wolf if he didn’t make it as a professional basketball player.
Check out Wolfpack of Reseda on MyDamnChannel!