Wolfblood is a supernatural tween British series that will soon be run on the Disney channel. The main character, Maddy Smith, is a “wolfblood”. This means she has heightened, animal senses and can change into the wolf at will, or when particularly stressed, and always during the first moon. When the series starts, she has not yet experienced her “first change” or become a wold yet. Both her parents are wolfblooded, and this is their territory that they’ve been on for years. Their condition is a secret, and Maddy cannot even tell her friends what she is. Things change, however, when an exchange student, Rhydian Morris, moves into town. Maddy slowly realizes that he too is a wolfblood and at first tries to chase him out of town because it’s her families territory, and not his. Then she finds out that he is a foster child and has no family – and so her family takes him under their wings to teach him how to safely live his life as a wolfblood.
Maddy is a cool character, and it’s fun to watch her. Called an allegory for anyone who is an outsider, Maddy and Rhydian find solace in having someone else their age who understands them and are allowed to be themselves. Even though it’s supernatural, there are not very many horror elements and most episodes don’t even involve anyone changing into wolves – possibly because the CGI wolves are laughably badly done. Despite this, the first episode was intriguing enough to keep watching. The cast is diverse and it’s not just Maddy and Rhydian that overcome issues. Her best friend, Tom, has a sick sister and doesn’t get enough time to spend with his parents alone. Her other friend, Shannon, is teased and not believed for her faith in the supernatural. A school bully is shown to be not all bad, as he is far too critically judged by his overbearing father. Even the stereotypical popular girls have more depth to them than usual – one is particularly skilled in science, for example (though she does play rather recklessly with chemicals).
Warnings: Wolfblood is actually, ironically, a pretty tame show. There are some arguments between the characters, that can lead to property damage. There are also some tense situations and much of it is set in the darkness and characters are frequently stressed by the struggle of fitting in. Recommended for children ten and up. -Margaret A