Unbelievers – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”

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We know the fire awaits unbelievers.  All of the sinners the same.

Girl, you and I will die unbelievers, tied to the tracks of the train.

-Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend

Belief . . . in our causes, in our selves, in our family, friends and lovers.  Believing in something is essential to our survival as human beings.  It gives our lives direction and meaning.  It gives us hope, and the strength to get out of bed each morning, and face another day.

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Sure, this week’s episode of Teen Wolf was about revealing the not particularly surprising identity of the Darach, and the even less surprising explanation of Lydia’s gifts.  But it was also about the Scooby Gang struggling to believe . . . in one another’s good intentions and abilities, and in their own capacity to become heroes, and defeat evil.

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For a show steeped in fantasy and the supernatural, “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” sure did see a lot of characters being forced to face Reality . . .

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Brush up on your Druid chanting, and artistic representation of Oak Trees, Wolfbangers, because it’s time for another recap . .  .

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[As always, special thanks to my awesome screencapper Andre, who I know would be kind enough to spare my life, if he ever forced to engage in the ritualistic sacrifice of obscure bloggers . . .]

Death Becomes Her

Can I just put it out there that I believe the TV Trope of Anonymous-Unimportant-Character-is-Introduced- and-Subsequently-Killed-Off-in-the-First-Five-Minutes-of-Your-Teleplay should be banned for all eternity?

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Yeah, yeah, I know.  Anonymous Character deaths are a necessary evil when your main story plotline is Serial-Killer-Murders-Three-Vaguely-Related-Characters-Each-Week.  I mean, there’s only so many “Important Characters” you could eviscerate in a single season, without causing fan revolt, right?  (Sorry Boyd!)

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And I also recognize that, in this particular case, the “entertainment value” of these scenes has much less to do with the murders themselves, and more to do with figuring out what “theme” will tie them together, so we know which of our main characters is currently in danger of not making it out of the episode alive.

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I just wish the writers would change it up a bit.  You know, instead of having the character get introduced and die in the first scene . . .

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Why not start with a lighthearted scene featuring the main characters, to lull the viewers into a false sense of security, and THEN bring on the random violent death . . .

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Or maybe you introduce the random character in the first scene, but, in a surprise twist, you let THAT character survive, and kill off the main character nobody was worried about . . .

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A third option?  What about making the anonymous character / assumed victim ultimately turn out to be the villain of the episode . . . kind of like the Teen Wolf writers did themselves, when they introduced Kate Argent, back in Season 2?

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My own petty grumbles notwithstanding, this week’s “Opening Kill” was actually pretty masterfully done.  For one thing, I found the victim’s stupidity maddeningly engaging.  Girlfriend looks about 100 pounds soaking wet.  And she still decides to wander around an empty school alone, even after she sees an unidentified being dragging a HUMAN body across the floor, with as much ease as if it was a cotton blanket.

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stupid bitch chasing the ghost

It takes a lot to get me to scream at the television, these days.  So, the fact that I am yelping, “GET OUT OF THERE!” and “CALL FOR BACK UP,” and finally “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOUUUUUU!” throughout the entire cold open is actually pretty impressive.

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Then comes that deliciously meta moment where the soon-to-be victim finally encounters the corpse she’s been watching the killer drag across the floor all this time, only to find that . . . wait for it . . . IT’S THE VICTIM HERSELF.  She’s been chasing her own dead body, this ENTIRE TIME!

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“At least I died clean . . .”

Now, that’s gotta hurt . . .

You know what else has to hurt?  This . . .

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“Oh no!  Lord Voldemort is going to kill me.  Where’s Harry Potter when you need him?”

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Speaking of meta, I love the self-referential nature of the scene that follows, during which Lydia gripes about how annoying it is to constantly be the one finding the all the dead bodies.  So, Scott graciously “finds” this one for her . . .

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the effing angel of death

(Speaking of Angels of Death, wouldn’t this be a slightly cooler thing for Lydia to be than what she ultimately ended up being?  Angels of Death are awesome!  Banshees just give you a headache.)

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Small town cops . . . always sleeping on the job .  . .

This show is quickly becoming the “Where’s Waldo” of Druid Sacrifices . . .

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Another nice touch is the later reveal that this particular “Anonymous Murder” isn’t quite so anonymous, in that both Stiles and his dad are personally acquainted with the victim.  As the son of the local Sheriff, who also happens to be a single dad, it makes sense that Stiles would spend a lot of his childhood hanging around the police station, and would, therefore, know most of the cops that worked there.  The fact that Stiles had a relationship with this female cop before she died adds some realism and poignancy to a supernatural series that can sometimes come across as a bit cavalier about its high body count . . .

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Meanwhile, over at the Argent Apartment . . .

The Morally Ambiguous Father Figure Club

It’s a surefire sign that something is amiss in your parent / child relationship, if a series of brutal murders occur in your hometown, and your first thought is “Yeah, my dad totally did that.”

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Unless, of course, your father is This Guy . . .

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The fact that Allison was so quick to assume her father was the Evil Darach, says a lot more about her than it does about him, particularly since, I suspect that few viewers ever genuinely considered him a suspect . .

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Then again, maybe all this cloak and dagger suspicion was just an excuse to get Allison rolling around on her bedroom floor with Isaac .  . .

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Because if anyone understands what it feels like to be the spawn of a possible sociopath, its the guy whose dad used to lock him in the icebox for sh*ts and giggles, when he breathed too loud at the dinner table . .  .

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For about two seconds, Allison seems genuinely annoyed that Isaac climbed through her bedroom window, simply because Scott told him to do so .  . .

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(Honestly, sometimes its hard to tell who Isaac has a bigger crush on, Allison or Scott. . . .)

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But then she gets to straddle him on the floor, while he’s sporting what I’m sure is a massive hard-on, and, instantly all is forgiven . . .

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Allison quickly fills in Isaac on the whole “My dad is probably the Darach” thing.  And the two quickly head to Papa Argent’s lair, where they promptly find, etched into his desk, an artistic representation of all the Druid Sacrifices that have occurred in the town this past season . . .

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OK, now I know I just said that Papa Argent never seemed like a legitimate suspect to me, but the whole desk art thing threw me for a bit of a loop.  For one thing, etching a Celtic symbol on your desk, with words like “Virgins” and “Guardian” emblazoned across its center, pretty as it might be, seems like a tremendous waste of time for a detective, who could have just as easily gotten the information across, using a piece of notebook paper and a black magic marker.  Secondly, it’s just plain illogical.  Say you catch this Darach, and all the murders are over.  Now, you are stuck having to buy an entirely new desk for when the next inevitable supernatural murderer waltzes into town . . .

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Anywhoo, after calling Stiles and warning him that his “Guardian” cop father might be next on the Darach’s hit list, these two crazy kids figure out where the next body will likely be discovered.  So, they head over there, pronto, for what they believe will be a Daddy / Daughter fight to the death . . .

Smells Like Sex and Plot Exposition . . .

Special congratulations go out to the two-weinered monster of Ethan/Aiden this week, for sprouting a second personality to match its second face and sexual preference!

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“It’s like looking in a gay mirror . . .”

It all starts when Aiden tells Ethan that just because the Demon Wolf told him to have sex with Danny, doesn’t mean that Ethan should actually enjoy it . . .

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But enjoy it Ethan does, soooooooo much!  And better yet, now that the Alpha Pack has decided that nobody else on the show gives two sh*ts about Danny, Ethan can enjoy the sex guilt free!

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Personally, I think Aiden’s just jealous, because HIS mandatory sexual conquest, Lydia, stopped f*&king him, after he used Derek’s claws to kill her sort of/ kind of / but not really pal Boyd . . .a total faux-relationship faux pas.

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But Lydia’s “friends” force her to start screwing Aiden again, so that they can pump Ethan for more information about Deucalion, which should probably make Lydia feel a bit prostitutety.  But it doesn’t . . .

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Hmmm . . . I wonder if werewolves have the capacity to transmit venereal diseases . . .

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Crabs . . .

Perhaps, they just transmit fleas like the rest of their species . . .

So, while one personality heads off to Pound Town, the kinder gentler one is punished with the much less glamorous job of Plot Exposition . . .

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Apparently, before Ethan/Aiden were the studly two-headed Alpha Wolf that occasionally shared a brain and a pair of pants, they were just a puny pair of Omega Wolves, who suffered regular abuse at the hands of their pack.

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That is, until one faithful day when a kindly Demon Wolf taught them to merge bodies, and become a Shrek-looking psycho killer . . .

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Question: How did Demon Wolf know they could this?  Is there some sort of a Werewolf Handbook out there that we should know about?

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Has Demon Wolf been eating Twins for breakfast, the way most athletes eat Wheaties?

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Oh, and did I mention that Alpha Pack wolves have a very bad habit of murdering their trusty pet Druid Emissaries, along with the rest of their pack?

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Sucks for you, Chick from Pretty Little Liars . . .

Also, now there’s a pretty good chance this Darach Thing is nothing more than an Undead Disgruntled Former Employee, which, in case you were curious, is kind of like a regular Disgruntled Former Employee . . . only smellier.

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We interrupt this Plot Exposition to bring you More Sex .  . .

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And we interrupt More Sex to bring you this Pretty Picture of a Swirly Thingy . . .

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Damn, Lydia and Straight!Wolf fogged up those windows FAST!

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Oh, I’m sorry, did I say Pretty Picture of a Swirly Thingy?  I meant MASSIVE ASS-KICKING BY DEREK HALE.

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Oh, I’m sorry did I say MASSIVE ASS KICKING BY DEREK HALE?  I meant Not Particularly Impressive Attempt at an Ass Kicking By CORA HALE . . .

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Still girlfriend gets points for spunk, along with what is probably a concussion . . .

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 Fortunately, Ethan has the magic power of being able to “feel” when his brother is being a douchebag (which is pretty much all the time).  So, he rushes in with the rest of the Scooby Gang to stop his brother from morphing from Pathetic Loser Who Beats Up Teenage Girls into Horrible Human Being Loser Who Kills Them . . .

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“B*tch ruined my black wife beater shirt . . . All the coolest wife beaters wear them!”

Speaking of horrible, Cora is kind of the most ungrateful wench ever.  She thanks the Scooby Gang for saving her life by telling them they suck at their job as Crime Fighters.  “All you guys do is find the bodies,” Cora quips.

BRRRRRR!  That’s COLD!

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Rudeness aside, Girlfriend’s kind of got a point . .  .  It seems like each season, the series’ Big Bad successfully murders increasingly more Casting Extras, before the Scooby Gang can finally pull their heads out of their asses long enough to stop them . . .

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Speaking of people with their heads up their asses . . .

Afternoon Darach elight

We interrupt this Scene of Actual Character Development and Plot Significance to bring you this completely pointless Moment of Derek and English Teacher Making Out in the Middle of a Creepy Dark Tunnel . . .

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Remember how I used to say the writers should hurry up and give Derek Hale a love interest, because watching a delicious male specimen like Derek Hale hump another human being would be a MAJOR turn-on, no matter who that human being happened to be?

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Be careful what you wish for Wolfbangers . . .

Let’s add “Thinks Only With His Weiner” and “Occasionally Forgets What Show He’s On” to the ever-growing list of character flaws the writers have saddled poor Derek Hale with this season.  Shall we?

We interrupt this makeout for yet another shot of Lydia Martin Screaming . . .

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That’s right, Wolfbangers, it looks like some other random extra has been taken.   It appears the Darach’s current target of “Guardians” is not actually “Cops,” as the Scooby Gang once thought, but . . . wait for it . . . teachers.

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Apparently, the Episode’s First Victim was a Teacher, Before she was a cop, which is convenient news for the storyline, but really sucky news for her . . .

As promised, Isaac and Allison track the new body to yet another abandoned warehouse.  (Sidenote: Beacon Hills apparently contains even more Abandoned Warehouses than it does werewolves and random assorted supernatural creatures.  They should put THAT in the brochure . . .)

There, they encounter the body  . . .

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the Darach .  . .

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. . . and Allison’s dad, who, SURPRISE, isn’t a Serial Killer After All!  Huzzah!

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Truth be told, Allison’s Pops looks mighty sexy, as he came out of the shadows guns blazing to attach the evil Darach . . .

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DILF . . .

And yet, considering the guy is supposedly this FABULOUSLY Talented Hunter, you’d think he’d be better at conserving bullets . . . or at least, actually hitting the target at which he was shooting . . .

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Darach: 1, Papa Argent: 0

It looks like everybody’s favorite Druid is going to have to Die Another Day . . .

Speaking of dying . . .

Dying to Be Heard

At least as far as TV Parents go, Papa Stilinski is typically beyond reproach, working hard every day to support his son financially and emotionally, while keeping him (mostly) safe from the evils that seem to lurk around Beacon Hill’s every corner.  The writers even allow him to solve a crime every once in a while!

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This week, however, Papa S has a bit of a setback, character wise, when Stiles, after weeks of procrastination and hand-wringing, finally decides to come clean to him about the fact that the two of them are actually characters on a supernatural teen television series, despite the sheriff’s belief that he is the star of CSI: Beacon Hills.

No amount of carefully-crafted chess metaphors are going to make an average blue-collar guy like Sheriff Stilinski take this information well . . .

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“You see, Allison’s the Queen.  Scott’s the King.  Danny used to be the pawn.  But now, I guess Lydia’s the pawn.  Isaac’s the Rook.  And I’m the Knight that actually gets sh*t done . . .”

Disbelief is one thing, but Papa S’s anger at Stiles for revealing this information makes the scene particularly hard to watch.

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But wait . . . there’s hope!  Stiles has an ACTUAL WEREWOLF, on hand!  Show him your funky wolf face, Cora Hale!  Make the man a believer . . .

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 . . . or just fall on the floor, and take a nap . . . whichever you prefer . . .

After taking Cora to the ER, Stiles tries again to get through to his father, who is now thoroughly fed up with his son’s “overactive imagination.”  But Stiles has one final hand to play, and it’s a doozy.

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Stiles’ mother’s untimely demise has always been an emotional lynchpin of this series.  The revelation of Stiles’ panic attacks, his belief that he somehow played a role in his mother’s death, his father’s struggles with alcoholism, all of these little peeks into the collective Stilinski family psyche have made these characters so much more complex and interesting than they otherwise would have been.  So as much as I love nerdy, jokey Stiles, Dylan O’Brien’s seamless ability to convey the character’s darker, more vulnerable side, never fails to impress me.  And we got a nice glimpse of that in this episode . . .

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That said, Papa Stilinski and I are kind of in a fight right now . . .

No one makes my Stiles cry, without incurring my WRATH . .  .

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Speaking of people who refuse to be silenced, Mama McCall helpfully recounts to Papa Stilinski the tale of a  female patient  mauled by animals a few weeks back, who somehow managed to get an entire flock of birds to mourn her death, by committing suicide against her hospital window?

Sound familiar?

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There aren’t any birds at Cora Hale’s bedside though, only one very guilty-feeling big  brother . . .

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Meanwhile, back at Beacon Hills High . . .

Concert of Horrors

You know your town suffers from way too many, untimely, unexplainable by traditional science, deaths, when you start foregoing the tradition funeral / memorial service, and start paying homage to your dearly departed by just throwing them a high school band concert, every once in a while.  You know, because nothing says “I’m sorry you were hung from your wrists and gutted like a fish,” like a bunch of sweaty 16 year olds playing a bad rendition of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” in a smelly gym . . .

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Our entire Scooby Gang converges on the school that night to watch a lame concert, and protect their beloved teachers from being the Darach’s next victim.  Danny is one of the players. So lovestruck Ethan wishes him luck by giving him a breathmint, before he goes on stage . . . a gift which not only implies that the poor kid has bad breath, but also is REALLY dangerous to be sucking while you are PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.  Hasn’t this kid already choked enough on foreign substances to last a life time?

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Though really dumb about the art of playing musical instruments, Ethan is smart enough about supernatural killers to know that something SUPER BAD is going to go down at his concert.  So, he tells Danny to find him, the minute things start to go wrong . . .  unless of course he’s under the control of the Darach at the time, and chanting in Druid . . . in which case Ethan will just see him later, Mmm-kay?

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Meanwhile, in the audience, Lydia has a surprisingly sweet moment with Scott, during which she promises to find the dead body BEFORE it dies this time around.  Scott promises her that, if she does that, he will put an end to the Darach.  They hold hands and silently remind the audience that they once sucked face, back in Season 1 . . .

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Then, Lydia gets a text to meet Aiden, in private for a matter of “Life and Death,” which in Aiden-speak is code for “Blue Balls.”

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Lydia goes to meet him, around the same time Aiden complains that he lost his phone.  Ruh-ROH!

Upon hearing that telltale chanting once again, Lydia finds herself face-to-face with the ever elusive Darach, who is . . .

Because Every Woman Who F*&ks Derek Hale Turns Out to be Dead or Evil (sometimes both)

DEREK’S F*&K BUDDY MAGIC COOCHIE THE ENGLISH TEACHER!  SURPRISE!  Not surprised

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This reveal reminds me of the time, back early in the season, when a disgruntled Sterek fan wrote publicly to Jeff Davis, about how much she hated the Dennifer pairing, a ship that seemed to come literally out of nowhere, caused Derek to behave in a manner that was entirely out of character, and had about as much substance as one of those bad romance novels my grandma used to buy for $2.50 at the local Shop Rite . . .

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Jeff Davis cautiously replied that he hoped the fan didn’t give up on the show, because there was more to Dennifer than met the eye . . .

Clearly, this is what he meant.  And while the Jennifer-as-Darach plot conceit mostly exonerates Davis for what appeared to be the poorest written romance in Teen Wolf history . . . (It was SUPPOSED to be SHALLOW, GUYS!  She’s EVIL!  It’s like writing Lord Voldemort as a romantic lead in Harry Potter . . .  Dude just doesn’t do hearts and flowers.)

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Be my Valentine?

 . . . it does present to viewers another, much larger problem, one which I like to call the “Dumbification of Derek Hale.”

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The two or three of you that have actually been reading these recaps of mine since Season 1 know that Derek was MY GUY . . .

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(I didn’t jump onto the Stiles Bandwagon with you smarter, less shallow, viewers until somewhere around late season 1 .  . .)

He was the “Bad Boy” . . . the “Brooding, Morally Ambiguous Anti-Hero” with the dark past, who was battling his own personal demons . . . and (as all TV Bad Boys do) just really needed the good love of a nerdy TV Recapper to solve all his problems . . .

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let me love you

But as the series progressed, I learned, much to my chagrin, that Derek is not an anti-hero because he’s morally ambiguous . . .  he’s an anti-hero, because he fails miserably at heroism . . .

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Let’s face it, in the past two seasons, the writers have made Derek terrible at solving crimes, lousy at battling big bads, unskilled at choosing pack members, uninspiring as an Alpha, inexperienced as a leader, not so hot at being a big brother, and an absolutely HIDEOUS judge of character, when it comes to the women with whom he chooses to share his Little Dog . . .

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Having Derek, a guy who supposedly has SERIOUS trust issues, fall so quickly for an evil vixen like Jennifer, who most of the fans pegged as being bad news, since the day she creepily texted all her students a quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, does terrible, horrible, no good very bad things for a character, who was already in serious need of image rehabilitation.

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And I’m just not sure the writers are going to be able to put the proverbial Humpty Dumpty back together, this time around . . .

Oh, and I almost forgot.  Lydia’s a Banshee . . .

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Jennifer tells her so, in one of those frustrating scenes where the Big Bad has it’s nemesis by the claws, and then proceeds to talk for 12 minutes, rather than just . . . oh . . . I don’t know, killing her, like she promised to do in the first place.

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“I know I was supposed to be doing something right no.  And I just can’t seem to remember what it is . . .”

(Here’s a fanfiction idea for you guys.  I think Stiles should have been the one to tell Lydia of her true nature.  I just think the reveal would have been a lot more poignant coming from him, given all the two have been through together, with respect to Lydia’s “gift.”  Start writing now! ;))

Meanwhile, back at the concert, the entire high school band becomes possessed and starts that creepy chanting, as one of the teachers, a piano teacher, quickly falls dead of Mistletoe poisoning .  . .

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But hey, at least Danny’s breath is super fresh!

Poor Stiles’ Dad.  He should have baby stepped into the world of Supernatural Knowledge, when Stiles gave him the chance.  Instead, in a matter of about two minutes, he (1) watches a Concert of Evil; (2) hears Lydia Banshee Scream; (3) sees Scott Wolf Out; (4) Gets kissed by a hot teacher, who turns into Lord Voldemort mid tongue lashing;

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(5) gets staked in the stomach with a flying knife thingy; and (6) probably gets kidnapped as the Darach’s next Guardian Sacrifice, while his son watches in horror from behind a locked door, in the episode’s chilling final cliffhanger moments . . .

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“Is it Friday yet?”

Methinks someone is going to be needing A LOT of therapy, after this all is over . . .

But hey, at least now, he knows his son is not a liar . . .

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Next week on Teen Wolf , Peter Hale finally comes out of retirement!  Stiles and Lydia MAKE OUT . . . and I’m sure some other stuff happens with that pesky Darach . . .

Until next time, Wolfbangers!

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12 responses to “Unbelievers – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”

  1. East Coast Captain

    I have to say the protagonists are never the most popular ones its not to say that Scott is a bad character he´s not its just bad writing but I feel he can better than that. Take example Elena and Katherine, the latter is more popular than the former.

    Okay remind me again why is Jennifer sacricing these people, what does she want to do?

    I can see why people often compare Derek and Scott, they aren´t the sharpest tools in the box. Its only Peter and Stiles that seem to get it and seem to make the plans that the main guys usually fk up.

    I hated that scene really anti climatic with Cora but I figure Stiles is more of the Bishop than the Knight I haven´t played in a while but the Bishop is more sneaky than the Knight. I wanted to see Papa Sheriff to see and believe but the ending was more of a payout than that. He´s known Scott since he was a little kid and to see him sprout fangs and claws would be a bigger shock and better proof of supernatural creatures than some girl he´s just met.

    Me and Andre were discussing the Kitsune character and I think it could probably be another part human part animal type of creature since I think a full version of the creature would be expensive. It would be like the werewolves or another variation of the shapeshifter genus if you will like the Kanima.

    But its Saturday, the day after tomorrow Teen Wolf is back again.

    • Hey East Coast Captain. You make a good point about protagonists in supernatural series. As characters who shoulder the bulk of the plot, their character development is often sacrificed for the sake of the story. This often makes their supporting characters, who have less of that burden, more colorful and popular. Perhaps, this tendency is partially responsible for Scott seeming a bit Marty Sue-esque and underdeveloped at times.

      So, this week, we did get a better idea regarding Jennifer’s motive for bringing on the human sacrifices. But just like with Kanaima Master Matt, the ends hardly seem to justify the means. I mean, yeah, it sucks that Jenny and her fellow emissaries were “overlooked” and subsequently murdered by the current members of the Alpha Pack. But she’s arguably murdered many more innocent people, and overlooked THEM just for her own petty revenge.

      Of all the Teen Wolf villains, Peter Hale seems like the only one who had a legitimately good motive for the murders he committed.

      I guess you are right about Stiles being more like a Bishop. The brains of the operation to the Knight’s brawn. Plus, Bishops get to move diagonally across the board, thereby making them cooler than Knights, which are forced to move in that awkward L shape. 🙂

      As for the kitsune, I hope this time they use a full animal version, even if they have to CGI the fox with the extra tails. 🙂

  2. East Coast Captain

    PS

    I know people like Stydia but I feel that Scydia would be a pretty unconventional and somewhat realistic endgame. We rarely end up with our first loves and Scallison are each other´s first loves. Damn Scott and his wolf maker Peter are going to rumble with them twins should be a fun scene perhaps he can regain his Alphadom.

    Well Jews a Banshee is pretty underused supernatural but so is an Angel of Death…

    • Andre

      I am personally against Stydia since the girl never even apologized to Stiles and seriously someone stupid enough to fall for Jackson and Aiden would be falling for Stiles? No way, that is a complete personality 180.

      Now the problem with Derek and Scott is the same as with so many protagonists, the same as with Elena, Bella, Clary, Tessa, Jace, Will, Damon, Stefan, Klaus, Edward etc.
      They are claimed to be something by their makers and even people within the show but their actions often show the complete opposite except for some small exceptions that seem rather due to inconsistent writing.
      With Derek Julie hid the spot perfectly: he gets dumber and dumber. He was introduced as this mysterious older werewolf and a sort of mentor to Scott. And although it was understandable that he did not know how to train Scott back then, the rest is just ridiculous. It is OOC and makes you wonder how this guy ever survived that long. Sadly the same with the Alphas, so far none has come along as particularly smart.
      And of course there is Scott. The nausseating factor is not simply that he is so dumb, it is that he is portrayed as the big hero who is supposedly to virtuous and strong willed that he deserves to be a special kind of Alpha, but the show does not show us such a character.
      Like you said it is bad writing and as we see with many other scenes Davis can do better than that, so why is he writing Scott this badly?

      • That was a really cool video, Andre. I liked how on the service, it looked like it would be just another throwback to the typical late 90’s boy band video, with the whole group dressed in white, dancing in synchronicity. But the dark lyrics and subject matter gave the music video a surprising and satisfying edge you would definitely never find in something written by say . . . the Backstreet Boys. 🙂

        You were right about my reason for not recapping the guidance counselor scene in this recap. I just didn’t feel like it added anything to the overall narrative of the story. Morrell merely rehashed a bunch of things we already knew about the mythology of the season. I also didn’t have anything funny to say about it. That said, if you are looking for a well done snarky rehash of that particular scene, I would definitely check out Price Peterson’s recap of this particular episode. He makes fun of Morrell way better than I ever could. 
        Just like with Jennifer and her “kill tons of innocent people to get back at Deucalion for killing a few,” Deucalion’s motivations this season are a bit murky. He wants Scott in his pack, because Scott is a “True Alpha.” But to get Scott to join his pack, he will make him kill innocents, thereby losing his “True Alpha-ness,” thereby rendering him no more special than D-list Alpha Derek.

        And I agree with you that if Deucalion’s ultimate modus operandi is merely to neutralize Scott as a future threat, the easiest way for him to do so would be to kill him BEFORE he realized / became a True Alpha. So, why go through all the trouble of pretending to want Derek, and using Derek to kill Scott, and blah, blah, blah, when just killing Scott, and skipping town would be the path of least resistance?

        I guess villain’s motives aren’t meant to be analyzed in this kind of detail in these series. 😉

        I also agree with you about the series touching on interesting psychological characterizations of its characters, but not quite going as far with them as they could: Boyd and his feelings of guilt over his sister’s kidnapping at an ice rink, compelling him to work cleaning ice on a Zamboni, day in and day out . . . Isaac suffering from PTSD flashbacks of his father’s abuse, yet instinctively seeking out similarly potentially abusive relationships in Derek (who mimicked Isaac’s father’s behavior to push Isaac away), and his new love interest Allison, who very nearly killed him . . . Allison’s fear of turning into Kate, her complex love/hate relationship with her mother, her inability to trust her father, despite him seeming to be the most morally righteous member of the family . . . Jackson’s identity issues due to his ambiguous parenting . . . Stiles’ panic attacks and his belief that he is somehow responsible for his mother’s death.

        These are some REALLY intriguing character portraits here. And the fact that they exist at all shows Davis to be a talented writer with potential to do amazing, possibly even Emmy award winning work. But Teen Wolf just scratches their surface, choosing instead to focus on repetitive fight scenes, and needlessly repetitive dialogue from Deaton, Morrell, Gerard, and Deucalion. Perhaps, this is partially due to Davis wanting to appeal to an audience he believes to be younger and less insightful than it actually is.
        As for Ethan and Aiden, I suspect we will get at least some more character development for them (or at least Ethan) inevitably joins the Scooby Gang next season. But their conversation did raise some questions about their origins. How old are they, actually? How long have they been members of Deucalion’s pack? Did they kill their own parents?

        Good catch on Julia Baccari dying in 2002. Given what we’ve learned in “The Overlooked,” this actually gives us a pretty close estimation as to Derek’s actual age. If he was 16 in 2002, he’s 27 now (assuming Teen Wolf takes place in real time). Tyler Hoechlin’s real age is 25. So, for all that talk about werewolves aging slower, Derek must have got some bad genes, because he only looks about two years younger than his actual age. 🙂

  3. The deputy that got killed at the beginning of the episode we were introduced to when she let Stiles behind the counter to go talk to someone way back in Season 1, and we’ve seen her off and on since then. We also saw her quite a lot this season, tagging around after Stiles’ dad.

    • Good catch, Nina! I like when shows like this incorporate a bit of character continuity into their stories. Even if they are only introducing characters for the sake of killing them off later. 😉

  4. Johan

    I do love when a plothole turns out not being one but a clue.

    Regarding Chris Argent and vasting bullets, remember our introduction to Kate Argent in season one and Chris attack on the Kanima in season two, the Argents have bullets to spare.

    When Lydia was screaming at the end did it seem to anyone else that it somehow affected Jennifer, like she froze for a moment? Did the Banshee scream stun her? What does the myth say about the scream of the Banshee? Could Jennifer be dead and needing the sacrifies to stay alive?

    Poor Derek, do you think he will look into munkhood? Perhaps Stiles is his only chance for happiness.

    • Andre

      Jennifer was not stunned at all, sorry but I think you read more into it then there is. Jennifer was simply awed as was shown by her reaction afterwards. And no the banshee’s wailing has no actual supernatural effects. The wailing was simply a signal of an approaching or already happening death.
      Many fictional banshees are given extra supernatural powers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnIbmFxqNYI

      It seems rather that the sacrifices make Jennifer stronger as implied by her “necessary evil” and “I know what the Alphas are capable off” speech.

      Also “bullets” to spare is not really an explanation here. No hunter no matter how rich who makes his living with stuff like this would ever waste bullets like that.

    • Hey Johan,

      It’s interesting that you mention Jennifer seeming hypnotized by Lydia’s screaming. I actually did a little research into that for a fanfic I was working on. And while the folklore Banshee doesn’t possess that kind of power, the Marvel superhero Banshee did have the capability to stun / mesmerize his victims with his screams. Perhaps, Davis will incorporate some of that into the character of Lydia.

      Derek as a monk . . . hmmmmm . . . I wouldn’t blame him for going that route, after all he’s been through. But, man, what a waste of an awesome pair of abs that would be. 😉

  5. Andre

    You know what would be a good track for this show? This:

    Sure it is K-pop, but it’s not as though anyone watching the show usually pays attention to the lyrics of a song.

    I need to post that video since I actually like it and I am not gonna comment on the trailer for Tuesday since the reason that Scott is affected by the wider mythology of the show seems really and totally forced.

    Nearly perfect recap Juli. I say nearly perfect, if the TVD gifs would not be there.
    But apart from that perfectly executed, you showed exactly what was wrong with this episode and what was good. You had the pictures and gifs at the right place and the right comments.

    And after watching this episode I must say:
    This episode finally convinced me to no longer give Jeff Davis the benefit of doubt. There are too many flaws and plotholes to do that anymore. From now on there will be harsh criticism and no longer good faith. Also this was a very weak episode if you ask me, not even Dylan O’Brian’s acting could make it worth. The others often gave many questions but at least they looked good, this one however did not. I felt no suspense whatsoever, was temporarily bored and the actual important stuff is glossed over. This was actually the first episode where I genuinely think a scene was poorly handled and executed, you will see what I mean.

    I don’t know why you didn’t include the councilor scene (why was she even acting this way?) but I think I can guess why:

    I wish Davis would stop telling us that Scott is special and start showing it.

    And you know what I was thinking when hearing that stuff in the scene?
    Thanks for the totally useless exposition guidance councilor, we knew that already and that Scott hasn’t caught on by now, that means he is the same idiot he always was.

    Seriously, they made Derek kill Boyd and then join their pack so what did he think Deucalion would do? Doesn’t this idiot have any theories?
    And why can’t Scott be a true Alpha if he kills someone? What is a true Alpha then? What does it take for that? What is that even?

    And you know what the biggest flaw of it all is?
    Would Deucalion never have showed up Scott would not even know he is alive and considered that Scott doesn’t want to be an Alpha Deucalion is even more moronic. And if Scott is such a potential threat, why doesn’t Deucalion just kill him? He can’t be that important for his pack. There must be some more Alphas around. Also if killing someone would prevent Scott, somehow, from becoming a true Alpha doesn’t that mean he won’t be an Alpha at all and thereby not be suitable for the Deucalion pack?

    In addition, I can’t really get invested in Scott’s pseudodrama and I guess neither can you.
    It feels like seeing Sunday School Musical:

    Trust me, it is as bad as it sounds. Another movie that is equally stupid was the movie battle dogs:

    Yes, these security guys see a room full of giant wolfbeasts that apparently slaughtered dozens of people but simply lower their weapons and stare and trust me that is one of the tiny idiocies of the film, the big ones are horrible. I called it “The Parade of Idiocy” and that name fits totally, the film is so bad it makes TVD look well written.

    PS. I still don’t see the connection of Kali and Deucalion to their names.

    But you know just because a show is steeped in fantasy does not mean that it is somehow a contradiction that characters have to face reality. Because in a show like this the fantastical creatures and occurrences are the reality. You don’t have to believe in that roaring monster in front of you, according to the system you were brought up in, what your senses tell you is real and your senses tell you, that there is an eye glowing, roaring, hairy monster in front of you, so belief is pretty much unnecessary. Which makes sheriff Stilinski’s behavior this episode quite out of character, both in regard to a real life general person and especially in regard to him being an experienced investigator.

    Can I just put it out there that I believe the TV Trope of Anonymous-Unimportant-Character-is-Introduce- and-Subsequently-Killed-Off-in-the-First-Five-Minutes-of-Your-Teleplay should be banned for all eternity?
    Sure you can and you are totally in the right there. It is true what Nina Lisa Tomlinson said, we did see her before but she wasn’t even a supporting character, she was just a regular extra, nothing more.

    So who cares about Tara and her demise? No one because this was the first time she was more than background and had actually been in a scene where she would be remembered easily. And even though many people always say, oh there and there is that and that one, nobody really remembers extras unless they are looking for them. With Heather we at least saw her interact with Stiles but here we are just told, so there is absolutely no emotional connection with Tara. Also lucky for her she wasn’t on the shift when Matt and Jackson had their little rampage last year.
    And speaking of that, wouldn’t a woman who had several of her coworkers butchered be a bit more cautious and alert? So I think that was just poorly handled, again. And scenes like that keep building up in this show.
    She seems like a freaking newbie and you know that would have made sense. They needed to fill in the holes left by the murders last season. But that topic is never brought up.
    Actually considered everything I wonder why the word killing spree never came up. Fuck, wouldn’t they have formed a fucking special unit by now?
    And are these government agents just there for the Darach murder? Because these people had about 30 people murdered in just 1 year; doesn’t that cause at least some suspicion about the state of this town?
    And is there a curfew again? I actually can’t remember any past season 1. It sure as hell doesn’t look like there is one now.

    But either way, tying the woman to Stiles was pretty useless. And together with everything else makes me think that Davis should get his priorities straight pretty fast or this season will be for Teen Wolf what season 3 was for TVD: a ride down to hell that only the biggest nutjobs enjoy.
    Like you and I said: Stupid bitch and that simply does not fit with someone of that background.

    And also this show is in its 3rd season now, does Davis think the audience gets dumber? Only a moron would not spot at least some of these and other flaws, and although books and shows like TVD, Mortal Instruments or Tiger Saga proof that plenty of people only demand the same repetitive crap over and over again, there is still a significant number who get bored by it and will stop watching such shows.

    And apparently Davis is already at the forget-your-supe’s-supernatural-abilities-unless-it’s-convenient-for-the-plot point.
    Let us take a look at the first scene of the Scoby Gang:
    Scott had to visually spot the body? Shouldn’t he have smelled it?
    There was no hint of any strong air currents around them so the smell of blood should have gradually dispersed itself and so Scott should have smelled it. But no, he looked towards that direction.
    And I can hear some people say now: He could have smelled it and then look in that direction.
    To which I respond: No! He did not. TV is a visual medium first and as such the biggest effect has what we are shown. If the scene was to imply that Scott smelled the blood than they should have shown that, by showing his nostrils flare or maybe by moving his head a bit, as if he is sniffing the air. But no such thing was there, they just cut from Stiles to Scott. So this “he could have smelled it” would just be a weak excuse for the maker’s violence of the first rule of film: Show, don’t tell!
    Off screen explanations especially when they are not even hinted at are a big NO. If it isn’t shown on screen there is no proof that the makers actually thought of it. Statements afterwards during press conferences and all are not reliable since they simply could have come up with that afterwards.
    If you come up with excuses and “explanations” for such errors, then you are basically excusing flaws in the making that could have easily been avoided by paying a little attention.
    And before anyone thinks, this is nitpicking:
    Nitpicking is when I would complain about Allison having brown eyes while her parents have blue. It is nitpicking because that trait has no consequence for the plot. Scott finding the body however is a crucial plot point so it has to be done right or otherwise it is a fail.

    PS. Angels of Death are overdone as well, but still there are less well known omens of death than a banshee. Visions for instance, black dogs, or fitting with the show: dog howls. Danielle Moonstar could see visions of death above the people’s heads:

    It’s a surefire sign that something is amiss in your parent / child relationship, if a series of brutal murders occur in your hometown, and your first thought is “Yeah, my dad totally did that.”

    I definitely agree with that. And since I no longer give Davis the benefit of doubt I would say this problem will never be touched upon again and was a poorly executed red herring.
    First there is of course the fact that no one considered him a suspect, I would say pretty much everyone here considered him investigating it all on his own, which fits his background.
    But also there are thinks totally odd in this episode about it and as such I think the whole storyline was a badly executed red herring.

    The whole invisible markings on the map make sense but I am with you that scribbling the words on the desk is plain weird, in either case. Actually the whole scene is weird plotwise. For one why is Allison only seeing that symbol now? I mean how long did Mr. Argent own that desk? And it’s not exactly small so how can you just overlook it?
    And did Allison take a page out of the “Scott and Derek Guide for Idiots” (also known as “101 ways to let yourself look like the dumbest person on the planet”)?
    Her dad has been in the business for a while now and she doesn’t think he might have connected the dots already? Albeit Mr. Argent really has a weird way of investigation. Actually even for planning sacrifices this is a very weird way of doing this. You could just as well hand out business cards reading “I am an incompetent psychopath”. In the real world such “sloppy” work would scream trap, but not here. Oh great, Davis actually does make this show more and more like TVD doesn’t he?
    Gosh the only thing missing is if he would hire Julie Plec, Cassandra Clare and Stephenie Meyer as co-writers.

    Because if anyone understands what it feels like to be the spawn of a possible sociopath, it’s the guy whose dad used to lock him in the icebox for sh*ts and giggles, when he breathed too loud at the dinner table . . .
    Isn’t it great how the show only brings that up when it’s convenient? Suddenly Isaacs’s dad was the good guy again. Correct me if I am mistaken but shouldn’t a guy with Isaac’s background and werewolf nature be much more unstable?

    Also Isaac was originally announced as:
    Sharman (first photo below; Immortals) is playing Isaac, a troubled young high schooler on the lacrosse team who will be given a unique gift by the new Alpha, Derek. His choices in how he uses that gift may prove far less noble than expected, however.
    Where is the unique gift? He is a totally normal run-of-the-mill werewolf. Or is that supposedly the unique gift?

    Now Aiden’s and Ethan’s little chat…
    I thought:
    They are not highschool students? What gave it away? Their muscular arms? The fact that they look like they are in their mid-twenties? Gosh what could it possibly be?
    And Aiden truly is the more aggressive one, of course, what a nice little stereotype we have again. You know I predicted that and damn it sucks to be right once again.

    You know the whole Danny Ethan drama sounds
    a) a tad forced
    b) a tad sick
    Ethan is a murderer there is no way around that no matter how tragic you make his background. Sure apparently Ethan really loves Danny. I would not have something against it in general, except for the tendency of teen shows to totally forget what people did. Would Ethan break up with him I can understand that, but the way he is acting now he is putting Danny in even more harm’s way both from others and himself, because if he was capable of slaughter once he can do it again. And considered how strong they are that is not good. That is the basic problem of these werewolves: they have no appropriate moral code.

    You know while I am happy that Lydia apparently did not bone Aiden for 2 episodes, why does she react like that to Boyd’s death? I mean did they ever even talk to each other? I mean it’s good to know that some people (Stiles, Cora and Lydia) actually reacted to the death of Boyd but Lydia’s seems pretty weird.

    And now to Ethan’s exposition:
    How did Demon Wolf know they could this? Is there some sort of a Werewolf Handbook out there that we should know about?
    I look into my crystal balls (what you think you are the only one who has those? ;)) and I can see that this will never be explained.

    The scene between Ethan, Scott and Stiles was for me another example of Davis shoving Scott in the front and using OOC and plot convenience to do it. Scott is way too calm and smart here (how did he know Ethan didn’t want to kill Boyd?) and considered what a drama queen he was so far, especially in the motel episode I would never believe that this is the same person. Unless Boyd was a true token, so of course no one will be sad then.
    Stiles was the only one of the three whom I actually thought had a believable reaction.

    Once again Davis reveals his ignorance: In normal wolf packs “Omegas” are not only not the scapegoats, they are also not normal. “Omegas” appear in captive packs where dispersal is usually not an option and wolves tend to develop an aggressive pecking order. In the wild the wolves that are either (for simplicities sake) Betas or Omegas are the first to leave the pack, and that can happen as early as 9 months of age, maybe even 1 month or two earlier, the average dispersal age is two years.
    And if they were Omegas, why are they special Alphas now? And why is the whole thing with Deucalion such a dept?
    And if Ethan and Aiden killed that pack of theirs first and the Alpha last, does that mean that they actually did not absorb their pack’s powers and are just regular Alphas?
    And if that pack was so violent, are we to assume that no one ever challenged their Alpha and got killed in the process?
    And Scott actually didn’t know about these guys (Ennis, Kali etc.) killing their packs? Did Derek not tell him anything?

    And what does Ethan mean with “not control it”? Couldn’t they merge? Couldn’t they stay focused?

    That the pack were killers sounds like a nice cop out to me.
    And why did that murder pack have an emissary? Do these druids have no rules whom they council? Seriously, they don’t seem like advisors, they seem like slaves. Hm…. magic using servants who have no spine are supposedly about the balance of nature but do nothing else but serve their wide super strong, muscular and sexy uberlords, where have I heard that before? I guess it was on Care bears

    And now to Aiden and Lydia again:
    Why does Lydia think she can stop Aiden with screaming? She knows what the guy is capable of and she thinks that will work? Is this supposed to be some sort of stress induced reaction? In that case it seems totally appropriate for someone of her background, knowledge, goals and experience

    And damn Derek and Cora are stupid with their little revenges aren’t they? Cora really thinks she can take on Aiden. Even if they weren’t werewolves and he not an Alpha, he outweighs her by at least 10 pounds, no way would she have a chance. Also Cora attacks Aiden, with the obvious element of surprise, but does not go for the throat immediately despite Aiden’s throat being openly on display and her claws being way too short for them to go through the muscles on Aiden’s chest (not to mention that they are too brittle to go through bones)… I guess being stupid really runs in the family. Strange considered that their mother seemed smart, the few seconds we saw her, maybe Peter is their maternal uncle.
    Of course the actual reason is “she does it because the plot says so.” And I hate it when characters have plot armor. It was bad enough seeing it in the movie 2012.

    So Ethan feels Aiden’s pain… what a nice cop out to stop the two from going against each other and one to survive. This is of course a reemergence of the old myth that twins feel each other’s pain and emotions an all. But you know I have a question:
    Does that apply to other sensations as well? So when one is hungry or horny the other feels it as well? Does that mean when you have sex with one of them there are always three people involved?

    At least Cora has one thing right, the others aren’t doing anything productive, although she doesn’t either.
    But hey she is a female werewolf on the side of the good guys so of course she is of no use.

    Rudeness aside, Girlfriend’s kind of got a point . . . It seems like each season, the series’ Big Bad successfully murders increasingly more Casting Extras, before the Scooby Gang can finally pull their heads out of their asses long enough to stop them . . .
    Especially our supposed big hero of the show, who actually doesn’t do anything productive. No wonder nothing gets done, 95 % of the work is laid on Stiles’ shoulders and the guy can only take so much.

    We interrupt this Scene of Actual Character Development and Plot Significance to bring you this completely pointless Moment of Derek and English Teacher Making Out in the Middle of a Creepy Dark Tunnel . . .
    I have no words for this except: the in-show reason for Dennifer is probably not magic. Even if it would be better. Not good of course but at least better then this.

    We interrupt this makeout for yet another shot of Lydia Martin Screaming . . .
    Is it just me or do waist up shots of Lydia in the classroom look like she is a lawyer?
    And can somebody tell me what Aiden was doing there next to Lydia?
    And why does Lydia scream “I am psychic” out in front of everyone?
    And why does Ethan ask Scott?
    And Scott doesn’t know the pattern behind the killings, wow what a surprise…. Why do they even bother with letting it look suspenseful? Of course he doesn’t know, everyone watching this show since season 1 knows that Scott needs ages to figure out anything. Scratch that you wouldn’t even need to start at season 1, start with season 3 is sufficient.

    As promised, Isaac and Allison track the new body to yet another abandoned warehouse. (Sidenote: Beacon Hills apparently contains even more Abandoned Warehouses than it does werewolves and random assorted supernatural creatures. They should put THAT in the brochure . . .)

    The warehouse scene… trust me that is not even the badly executed scene I was talking about albeit this one is also pretty flawed.
    Allison does not want to call Scott… Yeah why call Scott? Why call for any back-up? Man Allison is stupid. Seriously they are going against the thing that nearly got three werewolves killed not long ago and Allison things they are having a chance with just her and Isaac? And even if she thinks it’s her dad, the two would still not be enough. This guy has been killing werewolves since before she was born. She even says herself that when her dad wants to kill Isaac he would be dead.

    And to get back into the territory of plot convenience again:
    Why does Isaac take so long to figure out sniffing? He is a werewolf for probably 6 months by now. We can track by smell for Christ’s sake so why can’t he?

    And somebody tell me, how is it that this little metal deflects bullets, because that is how it looks like? Or is the darach bullet proof? It sure doesn’t look like the bullets are entering the far away wall behind him.

    And yet, considering the guy is supposedly this FABULOUSLY Talented Hunter, you’d think he’d be better at conserving bullets . . . or at least, actually hitting the target at which he was shooting . . .
    Not just that, but what is he shooting at? Look at the scene; look at the screencaps, there is nothing. He just shoots into space.

    And Allison is a bitch, no one is more important than her, and her dad has a point, Allison doesn’t actually have the best record regarding trust and honesty.

    And what sort of trap by Mr. Argent was that anyway? Letting kids run in there and then do nothing but shoot? In the case of the Kanaima back in season 2 I could understand it but here he knew the darach would be there or at least guessed it, so why didn’t he prepare an actual trap?

    Ps. Since when is a philosopher automatically a teacher, respectively the other way around? Has Davis ever seen what some teachers teach our kids?

    No amount of carefully-crafted chess metaphors are going to make an average blue-collar guy like Sheriff Stilinski take this information well . . .

    At least someone is doing a connection to previous seasons again. Because for the most part the show acts as though the stuff before never happened, actually I feel a certain disconnection between season 2 and 3, unlike the first two seasons. I mean the thing with Deaton investigating the black goo never went anywhere. And Stiles no longer went after Lydia did you notice despite him stating that he wanted to.

    Once again Stiles is the smartest, he came to the board stuff on his own and didn’t need daddy for that, like Isaac.

    At least Cora is more reasonable and useful than Derek, that guy would have just stood there and looked like a psycho all the time. Not that Cora did much but at least she looked normal.
    I knew something would be happening to delay the reveal, I just didn’t think it would be Cora passing out.

    Ps. Laura -> Cora, they weren’t exactly inventive with names weren’t they?

    And Stiles’s dad’s reaction does not fit an investigator; an investigator cannot afford to be in a general mindset that allows denial. I mean think about it. How would he just explain Matt’s ability to slaughter several police officers so quickly? How do they explain the claw marks on any of the Kanaima’s victims? You know this slash marks = animal attack… the marks were made by clawed human hands, that leaves a distinctive form found nowhere else in the animal kingdom.
    He is an investigator he must know something is off and as wild as Stiles’ stuff sounds, it fits the facts, so for the sheriff to be reacting like that is plain plot convenience for the last scene again.
    And it doesn’t work. This is not Sunnydale, the people there practically had a culture of denial, but not Beacon Hills, the police there must function differently especially someone like him and Stiles has been right before even when his dad didn’t believe him, so why didn’t he react better than this?
    This scene with Scott’s mother also showed how effective the two would be if the sheriff is in on the secret. The sheriff is the head of police and as a nurse Melissa is inconspicuous enough to not cause too much attention in talking with him frequently especially since a lot of their talk would involve their kids and they could easily code that into everyday talk.

    And one more thing:
    Something like the birds happened before only 10 years ago and no one talks about that?
    And why would birds fly through windows if the goal was a sacrifice? Wouldn’t a wall be more efficient?
    And if the current animals did the same as the birds back then, why did those crows/ravens fly into the classroom while Jennifer was in it? Does she need to be close to the sacrifice? Was she present when the deer and cats killed themselves or when Deaton was in trouble?

    And Julie you made a mistake. That “female patient” was not found a few weeks ago.
    The “Jane Doe” which is apparently Jennifer was according to the file shown by Scott’s mom found dead in March 2002 (you can see it in the upper right corner of the screencap I send you), unless someone assumes that 03/02 means February 3rd, but even then it would be according to sheriff Stilinski’s request at least over ten years old. Wait a minute, I think I am missing something, how did the sheriff even came to the number of 10 years?
    And was Jennifer a former druid from either Ennis’s or Kali’s pack, since why else would she know about them? If yes, this means that the whole thing with Derek and Paige happened more than 10 years ago. I did a quick research and found this:

    Apart from showing how stupid Scott was even then, and that neither Posey nor O Brian still look like teenagers, it also mentions at 10:05 that the Hale fire was about 10 years prior, so 11 years prior to the current events. However although there is music in this one:

    at 0:23 you can hear that Derek tells Scott that the fire happened 6 years ago back then, so from now 7 years ago. Which fits with a human aging of the werewolves. Since then the whole thing with Deucalion happened 3 years prior to the Hale fire and it also fits since Derek was stated as a 15 year old when he was with Paige and in season 1 that he was still at school when the fire happened. Although it does lead me to the question how old Laura was. Since the video suggests that she was at school also. But it would fit better with Derek trusting Kate back then since someone as vulnerable as him back then would be an easy victim. Also it fits better with the human actors playing their same roles and in that regard you can’t come with the slower aging stuff. Of course this all assumes that Davis still has a desire to keep all things consistent and I personally doubt that.

    By the way during my research, I stumbled upon this:

    I am sure you will be all over this.

    Now why is Cora suddenly staying in hospital? Isaac and Derek recovered from worse.
    Is this another example of Davis getting rid of characters he cannot use?

    Though really dumb about the art of playing musical instruments, Ethan is smart enough about supernatural killers to know that something SUPER BAD is going to go down at his concert. So, he tells Danny to find him, the minute things start to go wrong.
    You know what I would have wanted? Get right of Dennifer and show us Dethan development! If it is apparently already important to the plot and Ethan’s character development, then they should show it on-screen and not off-screen dammit. No one cares about Dennifer, give us Dethan. If Davis really wanted to show homosexual relationships as normal, than he should show them, really show them, not just give us glimpses.

    Meanwhile, in the audience, Lydia has a surprisingly sweet moment with Scott, during which she promises to find the dead body BEFORE it dies this time around. Scott promises her that, if she does that, he will put an end to the Darach.
    Showing Scott as the hero… too late for that to be convincing.

    Clearly, this is what he meant. And while the Jennifer-as-Darach plot conceit mostly exonerates Davis for what appeared to be the poorest written romance in Teen Wolf history . .
    Not in my eyes. Since it still doesn’t explain how this is possible and it is still OOC for all the reasons you and I already mentioned so often.
    And it wasn’t even unexpected that Jennifer was the darach.
    Some people actually speculated that Jennifer is the Darach (you for instance), of course that the identity would be revealed this time was clear from the clipshow at the start, I just didn’t think they would actually go with that lame idea. But only after a few minutes of the episode I guessed that Jennifer is the Darach. Of course the sentence in your E-Mail also suggested that something fundamentally lame was about to happen.
    And it was lame in many ways:
    Sacrifices weren’t usually considered a necessary evil back then; they were considered sacred offerings to the gods.
    If she just wants to kill Lydia, why is she doing it there and like this? This would leave lots of evidence, seriously a crime scene like that would give all away. It’s not like out in the woods where the elements give you an edge, this a regularly cleaned school floor.
    And seriously, she didn’t even gag her. Out in the woods is one think but any scream would echo through those empty school halls for quite some time.
    So is she doing the sacrifices to gain supernatural strength and healing as well as strategic thinking? At least her powers and statements suggest that. And she seriously seems to lack the latter.
    What is with the kiss of the sheriff at the end? Did Davis need sex appeal in a female villain again? Isn’t it enough that all of them look like models?

    Having Derek, a guy who supposedly has SERIOUS trust issues, fall so quickly for an evil vixen like Jennifer, who most of the fans pegged as being bad news, since the day she creepily texted all her students a quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, does terrible, horrible, no good very bad things for a character, who was already in serious need of image rehabilitation.

    And I’m just not sure the writers are going to be able to put the proverbial Humpty Dumpty back together, this time around . . .

    I doubt that they even want to try or even notice what they have been doing there. This Derek is the completely opposite from the mentor role he was supposed to be. He is an even bigger idiot than Scott. And we all know that means something. Even if they fix it, by saying she bewitched him, there is still the other stupid stuff he has done. Nothing there fits, this character is a failure.
    I tell you I see it coming that this season of Teen Wolf will be my last. I am able to laugh about some stupidity but not as much as I see looming on the horizon.

    And I really start thinking about getting on thumblr and the like to address Davis, somehow this pent up frustration must be gotten out. Or where did the fan you mentioned contact him?

    Jennifer tells her so, in one of those frustrating scenes where the Big Bad has it’s nemesis by the claws, and then proceeds to talk for 12 minutes, rather than just . . . oh . . . I don’t know, killing her, like she promised to do in the first place.
    Now that you wrote it: It really does come along like one of those stupid villain scenes.
    And not only is that revelation stupid and cliched (she is red-haired as well, at least she isn’t a drunk, you know Irish stereotypes) but it also made me wonder, if Lydia is a banshee and can sense death why didn’t that show sooner? I mean it was stated that she was immune to the werewolf bite so how could that have triggered her banshee nature? She showed none of these things in season 1.
    Of course a banshee was so unoriginal that I have lost faith in Davis actually doing something truly original or at least something less often used.

    PS. At first I thought Jenifer somehow meant Lydia with last philosopher, but luckily that wasn’t it. At least something out of that stupid thing.

    And there were certain thinks with the concert scene:
    1) If she can kill the victims like that, why do it so obviously in the other cases? I mean here it looks like an accident. Has she only gained that power now?
    2) Oh look, the show had the first definitive token Native American extra (the guy with the thin braids on the cello, or whatever that instrument was).
    3) They see someone die in what looks like a terrible accident and panic starts?
    4) Scott was the only one that ran towards Lydia? What about Isaac? And why the heck does no one else do anything against Jennifer?
    5) Why can Scott see in wolf vision without changing his eyes?

    The moment Scott came into the Darach reveal scene was the moment it was actually ridiculous and pointless and simply there to once again shove Scott into our face. It showed Davis’ obsession with it. First Scott roaring and his werewolf face were totally unnecessary since a) Stiles filled his dad in already and b) he had already seen what Jennifer can do and as such a man of his intelligence could have gotten 1 and 1 together and come to the conclusion that his son told the truth and as such all that was necessary for the end was for Jennifer to realize Scott was coming and get out of there with the sheriff.
    Scott in there was totally useless and actually revealed what a giant idiot he is, e.g. knows she is a murderer but Scott hesitates anyway. Jennifer was far away from both the sheriff and Lydia so all that was needed, and the best option, was to attack her outright. This would actually have been a good way to show that Jennifer is up to the whole thing of going against the Alphas by simply tossing Scott aside as if he wasn’t there. But no Scott has to do that pointless roar first, thereby alerting her to his presence (how did he get in there so silently anyway), do that slow jump sequence and we needed that pointless slow motion shot that already contradicted what was previously established about werewolf regenerating capabilities. That little punch already knocked him out and made him cough blood? He was thrown at walls by the merged twins and wasn’t that incapacitated. Not to mention that the chairs behind him didn’t even fall down. If they wanted to establish that Jennifer is stronger than the merged Alpha twins they should not have used slow motion. So that scene once Scott arrived was badly executed, completely useless apart from once again shoving Scott into our face and also showed that Scott is probably the least suitable person in this series to become a “true Alpha.”

    I have no idea what Davis s doing there. Does this really sell itself? Do people actually like this.?

    • Andre

      Well I think that band Exo-K is usually a lot like the Backstreet Boys, albeit with a tad more style if you ask me. And they tend more towards the bishonen style. Many stuff from that music direction is ok I would say, but some stuff from K-Pop is good and this one is among them.

      By the way I also found this cover from the Hobbit:

      I just read that scene from Peterson and he really captured it well. Sure the dialogue was good but also totally unnecessary, since we already knew that and technically so should have Scott, if Derek would not be a complete idiot that rather bones Jennifer instead of keeping his “friends” safe. Also Morell seemed so … psycho if you ask me.

      You are totally right with Jennifer and Deucalion. Why in each case go through all the trouble? Are they that dumb? And if Scott becomes a true Alpha, on what basis would he be loyal to Deucalion then… I will address it in my other comment.

      I guess villain’s motives aren’t meant to be analyzed in this kind of detail in these series. 😉

      And that is not a good thing, not on a show like this that tries to take itself seriously. You can’t just say “it’s fiction” or “it’s just tv” then. No. Power Rangers can get away with it, the Simpsons can. They were goofy, campy and over the top from the beginning, that was part of what made them famous and what people liked and like about them. But not this show, this show got famous not simply because of all the naked male bodies but also because it’s writing was not over the top, goofy and inconsistent. And as such the things in the show should be taken seriously. Also you can’t say that motives aren’t supposed to be analyzed in detail here, because that was exactly what we and everyone did in season 1 and 2 with Peter and Matt.


      These are some REALLY intriguing character portraits here. And the fact that they exist at all shows Davis to be a talented writer with potential to do amazing, possibly even Emmy award winning work. But Teen Wolf just scratches their surface, choosing instead to focus on repetitive fight scenes, and needlessly repetitive dialogue from Deaton, Morrell, Gerard, and Deucalion. Perhaps, this is partially due to Davis wanting to appeal to an audience he believes to be younger and less insightful than it actually is.
      .

      Maybe that is the reason, it definitely feels like it. But then we are at the same problem as in my upper paragraph. Davis doesn’t seem to know what made his show popular in the first place. It wasn’t fights and general action scenes. It wasn’t Derek’s constant brooding or anything. And it surely was not Scott’s stupidity or Jackson’s douchiness. It was the relationships, like the fact that Scott was getting totally desperate in episode 2 of season 1 when he found out who Allison’s father was. It was that the characters felt real, actually real and not these terrible stereotypes and crazy caricatures we see on TVD. But all of that seems to disappear more and more to be replaced by said stereotypes and caricatures. Scott and Derek are already there and Deucalion so far mostly comes along as a drama queen.

      By the way, I was thinking, maybe an Angel Death would have been even worse for Teen Wolf than a banshee. Because once people push angels in the shows seem to get worse. It was the case back in Xena and Hercules, it was the case in Supernatural and apparently nearly every show that started with them tends to do bad. Even films featuring angels as a main element rarely seem to do well.

      Like I said I have nothing against character development for the twins but the way it is now I fear that Davis will do it the same way as he does with Peter. Just don’t take about it, make no amends, never address what their actions say about them. Born out of abuse or not, they killed all of them, and even if there was no cooling down between it, “they are werewolves”, as Davis seems prone to say, is not excuse either, because the basic problem stays: they are dangerous.

      Tyler Hoechlin’s real age is 25. So, for all that talk about werewolves aging slower, Derek must have got some bad genes, because he only looks about two years younger than his actual age. 🙂
      But here is the question: will that stop Davis from suddenly have them age slower? The end of season 2 proved that he can and would work with plotholes to get what he wants.
      Well I think that band Exo-K is usually a lot like the Backstreet Boys, albeit with a tad more style if you ask me. And they tend more towards the bishonen style. Many stuff from that music direction is ok I would say, but some stuff from K-Pop is good and this one is among them.

      By the way I also found this cover from the Hobbit:

      I just read that scene from Peterson and he really captured it well. Sure the dialogue was good but also totally unnecessary, since we already knew that and technically so should have Scott, if Derek would not be a complete idiot that rather bones Jennifer instead of keeping his “friends” safe. Also Morell seemed so … psycho if you ask me.

      You are totally right with Jennifer and Deucalion. Why in each case go through all the trouble? Are they that dumb? And if Scott becomes a true Alpha, on what basis would he be loyal to Deucalion then… I will address it in my other comment.

      I guess villain’s motives aren’t meant to be analyzed in this kind of detail in these series. 😉

      And that is not a good thing, not on a show like this that tries to take itself seriously. You can’t just say “it’s fiction” or “it’s just tv” then. No. Power Rangers can get away with it, the Simpsons can. They were goofy, campy and over the top from the beginning, that was part of what made them famous and what people liked and like about them. But not this show, this show got famous not simply because of all the naked male bodies but also because it’s writing was not over the top, goofy and inconsistent. And as such the things in the show should be taken seriously. Also you can’t say that motives aren’t supposed to be analyzed in detail here, because that was exactly what we and everyone did in season 1 and 2 with Peter and Matt.


      These are some REALLY intriguing character portraits here. And the fact that they exist at all shows Davis to be a talented writer with potential to do amazing, possibly even Emmy award winning work. But Teen Wolf just scratches their surface, choosing instead to focus on repetitive fight scenes, and needlessly repetitive dialogue from Deaton, Morrell, Gerard, and Deucalion. Perhaps, this is partially due to Davis wanting to appeal to an audience he believes to be younger and less insightful than it actually is.
      .

      Maybe that is the reason, it definitely feels like it. But then we are at the same problem as in my upper paragraph. Davis doesn’t seem to know what made his show popular in the first place. It wasn’t fights and general action scenes. It wasn’t Derek’s constant brooding or anything. And it surely was not Scott’s stupidity or Jackson’s douchiness. It was the relationships, like the fact that Scott was getting totally desperate in episode 2 of season 1 when he found out who Allison’s father was. It was that the characters felt real, actually real and not these terrible stereotypes and crazy caricatures we see on TVD. But all of that seems to disappear more and more to be replaced by said stereotypes and caricatures. Scott and Derek are already there and Deucalion so far mostly comes along as a drama queen.

      By the way, I was thinking, maybe an Angel Death would have been even worse for Teen Wolf than a banshee. Because once people push angels in the shows seem to get worse. It was the case back in Xena and Hercules, it was the case in Supernatural and apparently nearly every show that started with them tends to do bad. Even films featuring angels as a main element rarely seem to do well.

      Like I said I have nothing against character development for the twins but the way it is now I fear that Davis will do it the same way as he does with Peter. Just don’t take about it, make no amends, never address what their actions say about them. Born out of abuse or not, they killed all of them, and even if there was no cooling down between it, “they are werewolves”, as Davis seems prone to say, is not excuse either, because the basic problem stays: they are dangerous.

      Tyler Hoechlin’s real age is 25. So, for all that talk about werewolves aging slower, Derek must have got some bad genes, because he only looks about two years younger than his actual age. 🙂
      But here is the question: will that stop Davis from suddenly have them age slower? The end of season 2 proved that he can and would work with plotholes to get what he wants.

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