This week’s episode of Teen Wolf was absolutely amazing in so many ways. The most obvious things of course being the script which was written by our fearless leader Jeff Davis and the wonderful visual accoutrements provided by Tim Andrew’s skill, who is a perennial staple in our directorial pantry. But a huge shot out should also go out to Dino Meneghin, who is the Teen Wolf composer. With the creative gushing out of the way it’s time to get into the meat and potatoes of the episode.
I just can’t over how awesome this episode was. It was fast paced, well written and superbly directed. The strength of this episode for me personally was the fact that we didn’t a whole lot of the villains this week, the alpha pack or Jennifer. Heck, we didn’t even get a lot of Scott this week, which any other time I would gripe about but in the particular instance, it was stroke of sheer genius, it allowed everyone a moment to shine and break out of their usual patterns, which is the topic of this review.
The biggest character interaction shockers of this episode, for me both had to do with Lydia Martin. First of all, we caught a glimpse of the elusive Mrs. Martin. She was actually there for her daughter in the aftermath of a traumatic event. My jaw dropped. We as fans demanded and Jeff supplied it. Like the panic attack, not very believable but a well-crafted tender moment that was followed by a wonderful display of Lydia’s courage and strength. The next odd character interaction comes when Peter answers the door at Derek’s loft. It annoyed me because it was played for laughs. Lydia should have gotten angry or said something other than.
The coolest character interactions of the episode for me came in the form of Team Guardian Sacrifice. The story of Claudia Stilinski was a punch to the gut that they could have saved for another episode but hey we got a name. At least one of the Stilinski clan members has a name. I love that Melissa filled in the sheriff. I love that Chris had a backup plan. But I just want to know where he hid that thing, it seemed as though Jennifer did a very thorough search. Hopefully, Melissa, Chris and the sheriff can be emotional support for each other now that there are no secrets between them.
Scott, bless his heart, is such a sweet kid. I felt like he was looking for the good in Deucalion when he asked him about killing innocent people only to be disappointed by the response. But hey, at least Deucalion was honest about his agenda. While it’s my least favorite interaction, I can appreciate why it was written in. Seriously, though, we had to see another luminescent firefly?
Another one of my least favorite interactions was between Ms. Morell and the Alpha Pack for several reasons. They now know that Ennis was not killed by Derek (I mean they all must have been listening to her heartbeat, right?). But all that revelation got was a snarl from Kali. My biggest dislike is the breaking of canon when Deucalion hurls his walking cane toward the mountain ash circle and it manages to penetrate and stab Ms. Morell. We’ve previously been shown that can’t happen, specifically when a chair is thrown towards Deaton in his office and it bounces off. What can I say? I’m a stickler for continuity and laws of canon. But the good that came out of it, we finally know the name of the girl who saved Isaac.
The last interaction that I want to talk about is with Deaton and the gang. Deaton knows so much more than he’s letting on and I just don’t know why he is holding his cards so close to the vest. Deaton warns but not well enough for someone to really understand the consequences, sure granted Allison, Scott and Stiles would do anything to save their parents, I just think he should have thrown in some more doom and gloom to give the surrogate sacrifices more cause for pause. I think the pairings made absolute sense by the way. It’s very obvious that Isaac cares about Scott and knows that Allison is important to Scott and vice versa so it’s a kind of tertiary connection between those two, coupled with the few intense bonding moments they’ve had that forged the bond. Allison’s moment to shine came during this time when she explained about the silver bullet. But she also provided a little comic relief when Stiles was watching the Argents gear up as she twirled her throwing knives. Deaton is a father figure to Scott and their admiration, respect and trust in one another practically leaps out from the screen when they are in scenes together, so not a problem there either. But I have to say Deaton scooping Stiles out of Agent McCall’s clutches was awesome. As for Lydia and Stiles that’s self-explanatory. Stiles has been there for her in her times of need even when Allison wasn’t. Deep down, Lydia knows that and is grateful for that and wants to explore her feelings for Stiles, there is definitely something there between them.
My Favorite Stuff
• Stiles slapping Derek awake in the elevator
• Allison twirling her throwing knives as they gear
• The looks exchanged between Allison, Scott and Stile before they get immersed
• Isaac: Not to bring up uncomfortable memories; wasn't the last time you saw them the time you killed Kate and they burned you alive?
• Stiles: "All right, how about this? Next time I see him, I'll give him a field sobriety test, okay? We'll do the alphabet, start with 'F,' end with 'U.'"
• Isaac: You can sit here and perfect the art of doing nothing.
• Chris Argent: Retired yes, defenseless no.
• The surrogate sacrifice
• Mrs. Martin actually being there for her daughter after a traumatic event
• Sheriff Stilinski talks about the night his wife died
• Stiles being interrogated by Agent McCall at school
Shut up Scott Award
Scott: Like a TATTOO?
Fun Fact: The name Claudia means ‘lame’. Hmmm, just going to leave that tidbit right there.
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Don’t forget, next Monday is season 3A’s finale, so be sure to tune into MTV at 10 PM.