Family Values – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “The Alpha Pact”

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Every single one of us has two families.  We have the family into which we were born . . . our parents, siblings, aunts and uncles . . . with whom we share a genetic code and a legacy.

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And we have the family we choose . . . our friends and lovers . . . with whom we share common interests, a history, and bonds of loyalty.

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lets die together

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To each of these families we owe certain obligations.  To the former — who have given us the gift of life, and enabled our existence — we owe a duty to fight for our survival at all costs, so that we can carry on the family name, and secure its place in history, no matter how small or insignificant that place might seem to outsiders.

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To the latter, we owe our devotion and support.  We vow to stand by them in times of strife.  Carry them when they are weak.  Bolster them, when they are strong.  And we hope they do the same for us.

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“The Alpha Pact” saw each of the members of our stalwart Scooby Gang struggling to simultaneously fulfill their obligations to each of their respective families, even though those obligations seemed to be in conflict with one another.

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This week’s “family-friendly” installment of Teen Wolf is brought to you by the letter “S” for “suicide” (sort-of) . . .

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“sacrifice”

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“sucking face”

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“Scott’s Dad” (Surprise!)

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And, of course, “Stiles” . . .

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Let’s review, shall we?

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[As always, a big hearty thanks to stellar screencapper Andre, who has never once tried to drown me while I was submerged in an ice bath, no matter how many times his sage veterinarian told him to do so . . .]

Rude Awakening

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“My new alarm clock is very aggressive.”

We begin the episode with Stiles b*tch slapping the crap out of Derek, while straddling him in the middle of an otherwise abandoned elevator . .  . or as Sterek fans like to call it . . . “foreplay.”

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“Doing this isn’t going to get me pregnant, is it?”

Derek wakes up just seconds before Stiles can punch him in the face . . .

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 . . . which is weird, because punching people in the face is usually what you do when you want them to pass out, not wake up.  Of course, after Stiles breaks the news to Derek that his psycho girlfriend made off with his friends’ parents, Cora’s still dying, and Scott may have just decided to join Team Evil, the D-list Alpha wolf is probably wishing he had hit the snooze alarm a few more hundred times . . .

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Cheer up, Der Bear!  It’s not so bad!  At least you got to get your arm fondled by Stiles in an enclosed space . . .

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Outside the hospital, the mere sight of Allison and Chris Argent, a.k.a. the folks whose aunt / sister he killed, back when he was the Big Bad Gorilla-Looking Thing, make this little Piggy, Peter Hale, cry “wee wee wee wee wee,” all the way back to Derek’s loft.

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“Oh hey, look, it’s Allison and Chris Argent!  Yoo-hoo, Argents!  Come meet my new pal, Peter!”

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“Peter? Maybe he had to pee . . .”

If the cast of Teen Wolf were ever sorted into Hogwarts houses, Peter would totally be  the Slytherin, to Scott’s, Allison’s, and Derek’s Gryffindor, Isaac’s Hufflepuff (He IS a really good “finder.”), and Stiles’ and Lydia’s Ravenclaw.  When he’s not pumped up on Epinephrine, posing as a teen in Lydia’s hallucinations, or dressed in a gorilla suit, Peter’s a total wussy.  And I love that about him.  It’s all very Draco Malfoy . . .

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Sometimes bravery in the face of total and complete danger is akin to stupidity.  And  say what you will about Peter Hale.  But the dude is definitely not stupid . . . which is more than we can say for some other “braver” characters on this show .  . .

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Speaking of Scott . . .

The Bad Dad

After waking up from his little Elevator Nap, Derek rushes to retrieve Dying Cora, so he can bring her back to his loft.  In doing so, he inadvertently abandons Stiles, who, in turn, gets to hang out in the hospital waiting room, looking broodier and sexier than we’ve seen him look in quite some time . . .

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Misery looks good on you, Sweetie.

It’s there that the unofficial Alpha of Team Human runs into This Guy . . .

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We find out This Guy’s true identity soon enough.  (Hint: See the title of this section.)  However, since, at this point in the story, who he is has yet to be revealed, I’m simply going to refer to him as . . . FBI Douche.

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As an American viewer, I am comforted to know that if my hometown sprouted a serial killer every few months,  by the 23rd or 24th death in under a year, my government would finally care enough to send its very best douche to investigate.  That’s your proud tax dollars at work, Wolfbangers!

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As with most federal law enforcement guys in film and television, FBI Douche seems like he has an axe to grind with our heroes, a personal vendetta that may or may not take precedence over the case that he’s trying to solve.  Case-in-point, when the Sheriff of a town with a Dead Cop Problem, mysteriously goes missing, FBI Douche’s first instinct is to badger the guy’s teenage son about his dad’s alcohol consumption habits.

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FBI Douche isn’t totally useless, however.  He does reveal a heretofore unrecognized talent of our current lady killer . . .

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Apparently, in addition to having a Magic Coochie, being capable of performing (and un-performing) plastic surgery on her face just by turning head from side to side . . .

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 . . . forcing people to chant in Druid against their will, and causing them to experience intense hallucinations, Jenny the Darach is also a master graffiti artist . . .

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Who knew?

Speaking of females with odd talents, let’s talk about Cora Hale, or, as I like to call her, The Girl Who Spewed Too Much . . .

The Lone(ly) Wolf

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“I hate puking up black goo all the time, but it sure makes for a rocking shade of lipstick.”

Derek’s chilling in the loft with his girl Cora.  I mean, sure, he’s pretty much just letting her die, and ignoring the fact that she needs obvious medical attention.  But hey, at least he changed her out of that unflattering hospital gown, and dressed her in sexy army fatigues.  Because, really, who wants to die while wearing blue plastic?

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Unfortunately for Derek, his beta boo, Isaac, doesn’t agree with me about the importance of being “fashionably dead.”  He believes Derek should do penance for his brief (and ridiculous) communion with the Evil Magic Coochie .  . .

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“This porn is AWESOME.”

 . . . and like . . . actually try and save people and stuff . . .

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“You are way too hot to suck this bad as a half- human being.”

For me, the most interesting part of the scene is when Isaac asks Derek why he bothered to turn him, Boyd and Erika, in the first place, especially since, at least on the surface, he never seemed to have any interest at all in leading them, or even protecting them .  . .

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It’s pretty gut wrenching when Isaac accuses Derek of turning  three innocent teens into supernatural monster killers, just because the latter wanted to have friends; and Derek doesn’t immediately disagree with his pack member’s assessment.

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The accusation begins to sound even worse, when you consider the fact that, had Derek not turned Boyd and Erika into werewolves, last season, they’d probably both be alive today .  . .

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When Isaac storms off to be with his new love interests, Allison and Scott  (Can you say, “threesome”?) . . .

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Sassy Peter magically appears to comfort his nephew.

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“Don’t feel bad, DerBear.  Isaac isn’t abandoning you because you are a sucky leader.  He’s abandoning you because he’s bored of humping you, and wants to hump Scott and Allison.  The fact that you are a sucky leader is just an added bonus!”

Good Ole Uncle Pete . . . always managing to look on the bright side of life.

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Peter also intimates that Derek can save Cora, by using his Alpha power to transfer her pain on to him.  But doing so could render Derek un-Alphaed, or worse dead.  Peter cleverly tries to reverse psychology his not too bright nephew into doing this, by telling him how much he shouldn’t do it, and how, by doing it, he would be playing right into Jennifer’s Darach-y hands.

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Basically, Peter is using the old “Red Button Trick.”  You know, the one where someone tells you:  “Don’t push the red button.  It’s SOOOO COOL to push it, but totally dangerous.  So, whatever you do . . . don’t push it.  No matter how much you really, really want to . . . or that it’s the only thing you can think about right now . . . or that it seems to be your life’s mission to push that red button.  Just don’t push it.  PUSH THE RED BUTTON!    PUSH IT GOOD!  PUSH. . .  THE . . . BUTTON.  The red button is SEX.  Don’t push the red button.  Do you hear me?”

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Some have speculated, based on this scene alone, that taking the Alpha status back from Derek may have been Peter’s design all along . . .the reason he’s been “hanging out” with the Scoobies, all this time.  Some have even gone as far as to suggest that it was Peter and not Jenny the Darach, who poisoned Cora, for this exact reason.  I wouldn’t put it past him . . .

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In other spunky relative news . . .

Parental Guidance Suggested

Papa Argent attempts to reassure his daughter and Stiles, that he won’t end up tied to a big ole tree like some other parents on this show, because he has a big . . . “gun.”

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Though he doesn’t want to be rude to his friend’s dad, Stiles is unimpressed and particularly comforted by this, basically because Stiles, himself, also has a big “gun” . . .

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And if Stiles has a big “gun,” there’s a good chance Sheriff Stilinski has one as well.  I mean, he’s the Sheriff, right?  What’s a Sheriff, without his big “gun?”

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And he still ended up tied to a tree by a girl  . . .

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As for Isaac, he KNOWS the size of his gun, is no match for the Argents or the Stilinskis.  But he’s got other assets to offer the ladies (and men).  For instance, he’s REALLY good with his hands . . .

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While Stiles heads back to school to retrieve his Dead Body version of a Metal Detector, Lydia Martin, Isaac and Allison accompany Papa Argent to the vault, where he surprises the two kids by electrocuting them, and handcuffing them to a wall, respectively.

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It turns out, Papa Argent isn’t planning on using his big gun on Jenny the Darach at all.  He’s planning to join the Parents-Tied-to-a-Tree-Party!

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“I make bad decisions.”

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“That’s OK.  I find incompetence a major turn-on.  It’s why I dated Derek for three episodes.”

To be honest, I’m not really sure how exactly Papa Argent thinks he’s going to save Beacon Hills, without the use of his “Big Gun,” or his “Dexterous Hands.”  But I’d really, really like to see him try .  . .

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ISAAC: “Would it be inappropriate for me to make out with you, right after you just found out your dad is probably going to die?”

ALLISON: “A little . . . yeah.”

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ISAAC: “Can I still fondle your boobs?”

ALLISON: “That would be nice.  Thanks.”

That’s right, Werebangers.  Strife brings people closer.  It reminds us that our time on Earth is limit.  It lowers our inhibitions, and forces us to seize the moment.  Which brings me to . . .

Leave Me Breathless

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This sweet mother/daughter moment between Lydia, and the-mom-who-didn’t-seem-to-notice-that-her-daughter-had-a-different-strange-guy-in-her-bed-every-night-this-summer . . .

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. . . is brought to you by Tampax Tampons . . .

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All kidding aside, I enjoyed this quiet, subtle scene.  Not only does it offer a nice bonding moment between two characters who we rarely get to see interact with one another.  It also illustrates just how far Lydia has come as a character since Season 1.

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This once shallow, vain, girl, who hid her intelligence, because she thought it would make her less popular . . . who was ashamed by her connection to the dead . . . who would never be caught dead without makeup on, is now displaying the neck scars she received last week from Jenny the Darach proudly, because their existence makes her a Survivor.

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You GO GIRL!

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So, of course, a new, wise and mature, Lydia needs a new, wise and mature boyfriend, am I right, ladies?

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Upon receiving an update on the first twenty minutes of the show from Stiles, Lydia decides that Jenny the Darach might have had some other reason for trying to murder her, apart from her being a banshee.  So, the pair inexplicably head off to school, to talk to Aiden?

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Unfortunately, before they can do this, Stiles gets a text message from Isaac that Papa Argent is missing.  And that Jenny from the Block of Druids now has not one, not two, but THREE parents in her murder collection.

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Oh, hello, Stiles’ Panic Attacks!  Long time, no see . . .

Lydia pulls the hyperventilating Stiles into the skanky boys locker room, in hopes that the stink of male teenage sweat will stop Stiles from breathing in through his nose so much . . . but to no avail . . .

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“It smells like feet in here.  And I wanna die!”

Next Lydia tries the old “Think Happy Thoughts” cure.  After all, it worked for those kids in Peter Pan.  It made them fly!

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“Happy Thoughts?”

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Unfortunately, for Stiles, his “Happy Thoughts” involve his good relationship with his dad . . . who is about to be killed . . . the girl who was going to get him laid . . . who is ALREADY DEAD . . . and his best friend . . . who just gave his soul to some guy called The Demon Wolf.

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Fortunately for Lydia, Stiles has one happy thought left in his bank, that has yet to be marred by Jenny the Darach . . .

(Werebangers, if the Play button on the below video looks a little funny, it’s because I wore it out by pressing it 85,000 times this week . . .)

Let’s over-analyze this scene, shall we?

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Let’s start with Lydia . . . there are two possible ways to read her reaction to this moment.  The first is by taking her at her word.  She read somewhere that holding one’s breath stops a panic attack.  And so, in a moment of impulse, she covers Stiles’ mouth with hers, forcing him to involuntarily hold his breath . . .

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But there’s something about the intense, dare I say, loving way that Lydia looks at Stiles, right before she pulls him in for the kiss that makes me think her explanation of her actions is less than truthful . . .

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A clinical “hold your breath” kiss would have involved a brusque and cursory pressing of Lydia’s mouth against Stiles.  But Lydia kisses Stiles slowly, caressing the sides of his face, and tilting his head upward, as she makes the connection.  When Stiles does begin to hold his breath, she doesn’t stop kissing him.  Instead, she deepens the kiss, pressing her lips against his even more intensely . . .

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When Lydia finally pulls away from Stiles, she seems entranced by what just happened.  Upon coming to her senses, Lydia appears almost reluctant to break the connection that they shared.

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Oh yeah!  She was definitely into it!

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When Lydia gives her explanation to Stiles of what just happened, the usually confident girl seems oddly timid and uncertain, like a girl who just realized she’s developed a crush on a boy she never really noticed in that way before.  She licks her lips, a clear cut sign of attraction . . . and also, coincidentally, a telltale sign that someone is telling a lie . . .

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Stiles reaction during and after the kiss is a bit more clear cut.  At first, he’s surprised . . . (after all, the kid did feel pretty much on the verge of death, about two seconds earlier) . . .

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Then he’s aroused.  I mean, here is the girl he’s been dreaming about kissing since kindergarten . . . the girl he recently accepted that he could never have, finally kissing him . . . REALLY kissing him.  And, what’s better, she seems to be just as into it, as he is . . .

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After it’s all over, Stiles is in awe, of this beautiful, smart, strong woman, who pretty much just saved his life.  And maybe, just maybe, he’s a smidge disappointed that her explanation of the kiss was more clinical than his interpretation of it.  But that doesn’t make what she did for him any less awesome . . .

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But when Lydia jokes that Stiles should go get some help for his panic attacks from the school guidance counselor, Stiles gets an idea . . .

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And it’s right back to business as usual again for our resident Mulder and Scully . . . (sigh)

Seeing the Forest Through the Obsessive Compulsive Drawings of Trees

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“Hello, Teen Wolf Contest Winner, who has now gotten speaking lines in not one, not two, but THREE episodes, and is prominently featured in the MTV Teen Wolf after show!”

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Seriously, I thought “Danielle” attended private school with the Dead Chick who almost screwed Stiles.  Why is she seeing the Beacon Hills Guidance Counselor?

Anywhoo, Special Guest Star brings the funny, when she quickly cedes her therapy session with the Missing Ms. Morrell to Stiles and Lydia, upon learning from Lydia’s files that she’s a freak of nature who obsessively draws creepy looking trees all over all her notebooks, rather than ever doing any actual school work . . .

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And yet she still gets straight A’s!  Now that’s impressive!

That’s when Stiles figures out that what Lydia is actually drawing is the Nemeton, i.e. the root cellar where all the TV parents are now being kept . . . i.e. the place where Derek killed Paige.

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In other words, Jenny the Darach didn’t try to kill Lydia, because she’s a banshee.  She tried to kill her because she saw her drawing the one key piece of information that, if exposed, could cause all of the Darach’s plans to go up in smoke . . .

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So, Stiles sends Lydia off to give Derek this important information, while he heads off to distract FBI Douche.

Awkward Encounters

That’s right, FBI Douche.  Stiles’ dad is missing.  And all his friends didn’t show up at school today.  So, you should totally let him go off with the strange gentleman, who is creepily lurking around the school, at the exact moment when this clearly fragile teenage boy needs a place to stay . . .

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“I like emotionally fragile teenage boys!”

Well, FBI Douche.  The good news is that no one would ever accuse you of being a good guardian.  That means you are totally safe from Jenny the Darach . . .

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“Season 3B, here I come!”

Deaton has an idea as to how the Scooby Gang might be able to save their parents.  But, surprise, surprise.  They are going to need Scott for help.

Meanwhile, downtown . . .

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Peter was hoping he wouldn’t run into Lydia again, until he found a Hallmark card to send her that says, “Sorry I mind controlled you into trying to kill all your friends, and then pretended to be a teenager, so you’d make out with my grimy corpse.”

As instructed, Lydia tells Derek and Peter about the root cellar.  Unfortunately, thanks to a nice little neck rub they got from Mommy Dearest, Talia, both werewolves have conveniently forgotten its location  . . .

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Hale Fail #247 . . .

Over in a forest somewhere . . .

Mountain ASSSSSHHHHHH 2: Electric Boogaloo

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If I had one gripe about this otherwise pretty flawless episode it would involve this scene . . . you know, the one where Scott has supposedly made the hugely dangerous decision to join Deucalion’s Alpha Pack, in order to save his mom . . .

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“I’m a bad guy now . . .”

 . . . and that Big Sacrifice seems to mainly involve standing around in a forest with the villains for a few minutes, while they fail to kill Mrs. Morell.  And then going right back to Deaton and his Scooby Gang . . .

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You were fun, while you lasted, Random Plot Twist!

But hey, at least now Kali, and the Alphas know that Deucalion was the one who actually killed Ennis!  That ought to . . . have no impact on the plot, whatsoever . . .

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“But I was such a good artist!”

The Circle of Life . . . and Death

There’s this old movie called My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the old grandpa believes, for some reason, that the World’s problems can be solved, by merely spraying some Windex on them . . .

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I feel like that’s how Deaton feels about ice baths . . . Isaac lost his memory?

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Try an ice bath!  Stiles’, Scott’s, and Allison’s parents may be murdered by an Evil Darach?

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Let’s put them all on ice!

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Now, while logically, I think the idea of surrogate sacrifices brought on by near death experiences is a TERRIBLE IDEA, I must say that it made for an incredibly poignant way to end the penultimate episode.  Let’s see . . . there was the ominous warning, that, not only will temporary death cause Allison, Stiles and Scott pretty much permanent emotional damage, it will also open up Beacon Hills as a Hell Mouth for every Big Bad in the world recently kicked out of Sunnydale, who is looking for a place to commit carnage . . .

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There was the ritualistic offering up of Totems to represent the deep bonds that exist between each parent and child . . .

items of value

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There was the part where Matchmaker Deaton outed Stiles and Lydia, and Allison and Isaac as future lovers, by pairing them together in the sacrifice, and basically left poor Scott out in the lonely cold . . . literally . . .

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And then, if that wasn’t enough, right when they are all on ice, ready to die, Stiles reveals to the audience that FBI Douche is actually Scott’s dad, who is officially back in town . . .

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Yikes!  When the promos said that this season of Teen Wolf might hurt, they weren’t kidding!

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*gurgle gurgle*

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*tssssssst*

P.S. Derek just un-Alphaed himself to save Cora.  How do ya like them apples, Peter?

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He really ought to consider doing something about those varicose veins . . .

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Next week, on the season finale of Teen Wolf . . .

See ya then, Werebangers!

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8 responses to “Family Values – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “The Alpha Pact”

  1. East Coast Captain

    Nice to meet you Papa McCall.

    Okay so you are a werewolf and your daddy is a Fed? That´s bound to create some problems. Speaking of which Scott looks more like his mother but he had his father´s prominent nose.

    The nemeton is a makeshift hellmouth how…interesting. But it does make me wonder what things will creep into town. Things that will fill up the Argents bestiary and then some…we know one of those things will be a Kitsune. Though again I think it will be a variation of the werewolf due to budget they will make it half man half animal type of creature like the werewolves.

    I will not spoil anything but episode 12 was released on iTunes I saw it and well…tune in monday.

    • Andre

      The whole Nemeton as a beacon… Well I will go into it in my final comment but I think this is not such a smart decision. It has the strong potential to act as nothing but a plot device to get the monster of the week without putting some effort into it.

  2. we are the kin, the limbs of the Family Tree of Real Believers, Real Live-ers, who are the Real Givers, who everyday decide to Be

  3. Antonia

    Can I just start with how much I LOVE your recaps! I’ve followed them ever since Season 1 Eoisode 1 but I’ve never been able to review because I don’t have a log in (and didn’t know I didn’t need one). But yeah, you’re so awesome!

    And Teen Wolf is awesome! I love love love it! Stiles is the best character in my opinion, able to express all emotions effortlessly, but his jokes especially are hilarious! I really like the original pairing of Scott/Allison, just because they worked together, and we can see the evolving Stiles/Lydia pairing (although I am a fan of the near non-existent Sterek ;)) I’m not sure how I feel about Isaac/Allison though…what do you think?

    This episode was by far one of my favourites. The split between Peter/Derek/Cora scenes, Stiles/Lydia, the parents, and Scott was brilliantly done, and Papa Stilinski’s recounting of his wife’s death was heartbreaking! (I don’t think you mentioned that btw)
    The ending was such a excellently delivered masterpiece, with the music and the scenes out together brilliantly!

    As much as I hate to admit it, (because Peter Hale is also one of my favourite characters),there is definitely something up his sleeve, because he had that sly look when his face was to the camera when Derek said he’d do the cure thing :/

    I live in the UK so I have to wait til tomorrow to watch the mid-season finale online, but I eagerly wait your recap! 😀

    P.S Something I’ve been confused about: because Jennifer is this weird monster darach thing, why when we first met her was she so scared of Boyd and Cora in the basement? She didn’t know that Derek was gonna come in to rescue her, so could,nt she have just used her powers to gt out? :/

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Antonia! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recaps. And you are right. I totally flaked on that awesome moment when Stiles’ dad recounted the death of Stiles’ mom. I think that kiss scene probably distracted me. 🙂

      As for Isaac and Allison. I’m not entirely decided yet. The actors have great chemistry with one another. So, I enjoy watching them together on screen. But as characters, the writers haven’t really shown us that a real connection exists between them, aside from the fact that they both think one another is really hot. I’m hoping the writers develop the actual meat of their relationship in the second part of the season.

      You bring up a good point about Jenny the Darach seeming genuinely afraid of Cora and Boyd at the beginning of the season. My theory about that is, at that point in the show she had only killed the virgins. Each group of people Jenny sacrificed granted her a specific power. The soldiers gave her strength. The philosophers made her crafty. I think she used the virgins to become pretty and appear innocent, so that she could seduce Derek. So, at that point in the story, she might well have been legitimately weaker than Cora and Boyd. On the other hand, she did have the power to pull that first victim out of the window of her wine cellar. So, who knows? 🙂

  4. Johan

    I doubt a relationship between Stiles and Lydia would work. Stiles has have a crush on Lydia for eight years, the Lydia in his head may not math up with the real thing.

    And yeah, activating a Hellmouth will not bite them in the ass in the future, though I understand that they didn’t have much of a choice but I wonder if they will tell their parents what they sacrificed for them?

    And Peter has plans within plans, DONT TRUST HIM!!!

  5. Andre

    Well this was a pretty good episode, except for the fact that the big twist of last episode and everything connected to it in this one was totally pointless and ridiculous.
    Seriously, can anybody tell me he/she honestly thought this little plot twist was of any use in any way?

    And we have the family we choose . . . our friends and lovers . . . with whom we share common interests, a history, and bonds of loyalty.
    If just Scott and Allison would be as loyal to Stiles as he is to them. Especially Scott, considered that both are supposedly best friends, is severely lacking in that regard. And I am not someone to say that the important stuff happens off-screen since important stuff should never happen off-screen.

    “The Alpha Pact” saw each of the members of our stalwart Scooby Gang struggling to simultaneously fulfill their obligations to each of their respective families, even though those obligations seemed to be in conflict with one another.
    I would not really agree with that. I know that this is what they were meant to do, but as usual this season, when werewolves are in the spotlight stuff tends to suck. Derek did, like usual, shit for his “pack” and was easily manipulated by Peter, and the fact that there was another thing he did not know about his general Alpha werewolf condition just screams that he once again did nothing to improve, so yeah he actually is like Scott in that regard, both seem to think that stuff just comes to them. Of course Isaac switches his “family” constantly.

    As always, a big hearty thanks to stellar screencapper Andre, who has never once tried to drown me while I was submerged in an ice bath, no matter how many times his sage veterinarian told him to do so
    Where did you find out that Prof. Insano is my veterinarian? 😀

    We begin the episode with Stiles b*tch slapping the crap out of Derek, while straddling him in the middle of an otherwise abandoned elevator . . . or as Sterek fans like to call it . . . “foreplay.”
    Yeah that is something I will never understand. Never. These two, especially Derek, have barely been nice to each other. Seriously, being mean is not sexual attraction and definitely not love or anything.

    Outside the hospital, the mere sight of Allison and Chris Argent, a.k.a. the folks whose aunt / sister he killed, back when he was the Big Bad Gorilla-Looking Thing make this little Piggy, Peter Hale, cry “wee wee wee wee wee,” all the way back to Derek’s loft.
    And isn’t it astounding that a weak Beta such as Peter can run faster than our oh so powerful Alphapack who were all apparently in Elderly mode the previous episode? Considered that Kali could not catch that elevator or the twins apparently could not do more against Peter and Scott. Or sniff out Stiles and Cora, or stop Julia or… why exactly are we supposed to take these idiots seriously?

    And I love that about him. It’s all very Draco Malfoy . . .
    You mean Peter is a whiny, petulant racist who is nothing without his daddy?

    But speaking about that, maybe Prof. Umbridge could beat him and the Alphas in shape:

    Sometimes bravery in the face of total and complete danger is akin to stupidity. And say what you will about Peter Hale. But the dude is definitely not stupid . . . which is more than we can say for some other “braver” characters on this show . . .
    Yeah that is really… wasn’t Scott supposed to be smart? I mean what were all those books good for if the guy is still so dumb? I mean I know some of the books they showed in episode 1, they should at least have broadened his vocabulary and horizon beyond the, quite idiotic, word of the day App.
    And the bravery of the werewolves in this show really is rather stupidity; after all if moon crazy Boyd (may he rest in peace on the token guy graveyard) and Laura could outsmart them they can’t be particularly intelligent. Makes you wonder whether werewolfism makes you dumber on average.
    Maybe they should do something like that totally useless stuff at the end of the American version of Sailor Moon or Thundercats.

    It’s there that the unofficial Alpha of Team Human runs into This Guy . . .
    You know what this reminds me off? On deviantart I recently met a guy who had not really watched the show, and warned me of episode 12, and he told me that from watching an earlier episode he thought Stiles was the main character and was surprised when he learned that it was supposed to be Scott. If random viewers have to be told who the main character is, I think Davis is doing it wrong.

    In doing so, he inadvertently abandons Stiles, who, in turn, gets to hang out in the hospital waiting room, looking broodier and sexier than we’ve seen him look in quite some time . . .
    No reason to get your hopes high, he won’t turn into an impulsive serial killer. At least I hope not, because I have my reservations with the whole surrogate sacrifice creating a darkness within the three thing, It sounds, like the tree, like a convenient excuse for some stuff and here it would be darker character traits.

    As an American viewer, I am comforted to know that if my hometown sprouted a serial killer every few months, by the 23rd or 24th death in under a year, my government would finally care enough to send its very best douche to investigate.
    Well it was about time if you ask me. I was wondering whether they would go the TVD route and simply not care. Albeit Mystic Falls’ death rate is even higher than that of Beacon Hills, especially since as to now the main characters are not bloodthirsty maniacs. Well as to now. The show already wanted us to feel sorry for a rich and spoiled douchebag and whenever the werewolves come into play, as well as the druids, on this show I am more and more reminded of TVD here. Especially in regards to dress, background and the druid characters and their relations to werewolves.

    As with most federal law enforcement guys in film and television, FBI Douche seems like he has an axe to grind with our heroes, a personal vendetta that may or may not take precedence over the case that he’s trying to solve. Case-in-point, when the Sheriff of a town with a Dead Cop Problem, mysteriously goes missing, FBI Douche’s first instinct is to badger the guy’s teenage son about his dad’s alcohol consumption habits.
    Like I said I no longer give Jeff Davis the benefit of doubt but this scene with the douche and Stiles I originally thought that Stiles only acted like this because of the guy’s questions. But maybe not. We don’t know whether he remembers Stiles, since there is nothing to suggest the two even knew each other, but apparently Stiles knew him, and now consider what was stated in season 1 (if Davis remembers that that is, we all know he tends to forget as it seems) during the parent teacher talks and how Scott’s mom stated that her and Scott were much better off without her ex-husband. So maybe that is why Stiles acted so aggressively, at least partially.

    forcing people to chant in Druid against their will, and causing them to experience intense hallucinations, Jenny the Darach is also a master graffiti artist . . .
    How and when did she do that? And why? I mean she seemed pretty surprised when Mr. Argent offered himself to her and so she apparently did not plan this. I mean isn’t stuff like that a sure way to make your next prey run from you?
    You know this stuff just screams plot convenience to me.

    Derek’s chilling in the loft with his girl Cora. I mean, sure, he’s pretty much just letting her die, and ignoring the fact that she needs obvious medical attention.
    There must really be something wrong with lycanthropy here. This guy gets dumber by the minute, or is he so racist, that he doesn’t trust human Medicare?

    Unfortunately for Derek, his beta boo, Isaac, doesn’t agree with me about the importance of being “fashionably dead.” He believes Derek should do penance for his brief (and ridiculous) communion with the Evil Magic Coochie . . . . . . and like . . . actually try and save people and stuff . . .
    When I saw this I knew that:
    a) you would use that screencap of openmouthed Isaac
    and
    b) I remembered that Davis stated towards the end of last season that there would be big plans for Isaac and so far I have to say: Where? What did this guy do ever since the start of the season? Apart from being tossed around by all sites. Even here he was mostly a tool.

    For me, the most interesting part of the scene is when Isaac asks Derek why he bothered to turn him, Boyd and Erika, in the first place, especially since, at least on the surface, he never seemed to have any interest at all in leading them, or even protecting them . . .
    Well it took him long enough to notice considered that Derek must be the worse leader on this show, well Scott wasn’t really a leader yet so maybe Derek will be on place 2 one day, but so far he is the most incompetent. I mean he never actually trained them, never … What did this guy actually do? And if that Alpha pack was so dangerous why didn’t he drill them some more or make more werewolves? Are we to assume, that this happened offscreen? It sure as hell doesn’t show. Then again considered the training scene of last season that might not mean much, I mean what can you expect from Deweedle-Dumb and Dweedle-Dumb-Boobs who either attacked Derek always the same way or rather than attacking tried to make out with him?

    It’s pretty gut wrenching when Isaac accuses Derek of turning three innocent teens into supernatural monster killers, just because the latter wanted to have friends; and Derek doesn’t immediately disagree with his pack member’s assessment.
    I have to be honest, I didn’t really care about all this drama. The whole thing was obvious for more than 1 season and so for me that was like saying that the day sky is blue. :/

    The accusation begins to sound even worse, when you consider the fact that, had Derek not turned Boyd and Erika into werewolves, last season, they’d probably both be alive today . . .
    Ah come on don’t be so hard, what could Derek have done? Boyd was black and Erica a female werewolf. Their chances of long-term survival were never high since Erica was something that in werewolf genre is rare and mostly frowned upon to begin with and Boyd was, well black, of course these two had no real chance of survival. Like Davis said he wanted to create a world without homophobia, sexism, racism and classism. By having mostly, white, male and straight people that are always perfectly groomed and fashionable… Wait a minute, something is not right with this picture. What could it be?

    When Isaac storms off to be with his new love interests, Allison and Scott (Can you say, “threesome”?) . . .
    “Don’t feel bad, DerBear. Isaac isn’t abandoning you because you are a sucky leader. He’s abandoning you because he’s bored of humping you, and wants to hump Scott and Allison. The fact that you are a sucky leader is just an added bonus!”

    That will never happen, but it gave me and idea for a smut story….

    Sassy Peter magically appears to comfort his nephew.
    Wasn’t there this talk that he has an apartment somewhere? How did he even pay for that? The guy is homeless. Or did he so to say release himself from hospital and is now officially cured?

    Peter cleverly tries to reverse psychology his not too bright nephew into doing this, by telling him how much he shouldn’t do it, and how, by doing it, he would be playing right into Jennifer’s Darach-y hands.
    As if it’s difficult to fool Derek Hale. All you need is a set of boobs and be over twenty and he will do everything for you.

    And of course the parts of wolf information tossed into here was just as cringe-worthy as usual. It is true that there are cases of care, e.g. the female wolf Delinda in Banff National Park surprised the researchers by bringing food to her den to nurse an adult kid of hers back to health but what Peter spit out there was as generalizing and incorrect as always on this show.

    Some have speculated, based on this scene alone, that taking the Alpha status back from Derek may have been Peter’s design all along . . .the reason he’s been “hanging out” with the Scoobies, all this time. Some have even gone as far as to suggest that it was Peter and not Jenny the Darach, who poisoned Cora, for this exact reason. I wouldn’t put it past him . . .
    It would at least be a good explanation and make more sense with Cora’s scenario and finally be something where the Gang’s or better the werewolves’ and Allison’s stupidity and Stiles passiveness in their regard bites them in the ass. After all, who is so stupid to trust Peter? The guy is definitely a killer who did not even shy away from fratricide to get his revenge. He is clearly not the darach and all and no big master player but what he did leaves no one untouched, which is why I am skeptical about the whole Aiden/Ethan thing, and so it would be in-character to seize his chance. Also did you notice that so far we got no explanation why Peter was the only one taking on this giant hybrid form?

    Papa Argent attempts to reassure his daughter and Stiles, that he won’t end up tied to a big ole tree like some other parents on this show, because he has a big . . . “gun.”
    Yeah that was a particularly stupid plan of his. Maybe it was desperation … or plot convenience again. If it was, it was at least somewhat well done in showing later that he had a lot of weapons with him, so this time I think this was a genuine last minute plan/attempt, not like the big “plot twist” from last episode.

    As for Isaac, he KNOWS the size of his gun, is no match for the Argents or the Stilinskis. But he’s got other assets to offer the ladies (and men). For instance, he’s REALLY good with his hands . . .
    … what did Isaac do afterwards in this episode again? Oh yeah he drowned Allison. Hm… I am sure Papa Argent will not like this.

    “That’s OK. I find incompetence a major turn-on. It’s why I dated Derek for three episodes.”
    This was a masterpiece of snark. And it makes sense. Maybe you should write Julia’s/Jennifer’s lines.

    ISAAC: “Would it be inappropriate for me to make out with you, right after you just found out your dad is probably going to die?”
    ALLISON: “A little . . . yeah.”

    No comment on that, you know what I think of that ridiculous pairing.

    This sweet mother/daughter moment between Lydia, and the-mom-who-didn’t-seem-to-notice-that-her-daughter-had-a-different-strange-guy-in-her-bed-every-night-this-summer . . .
    You know what I was thinking?
    Her mother is still alive? Where has she been all this time?

    This once shallow, vain, girl, who hid her intelligence, because she thought it would make her less popular . . . who was ashamed by her connection to the dead . . . who would never be caught dead without makeup on, is now displaying the neck scars she received last week from Jenny the Darach proudly, because their existence makes her a Survivor.
    Well there is some development, which unlike the one at the end of season 2 makes sense, but after all she dared to go to school after her whole naked running episode, which still isn’t explained, so I guess she had some practice with stares already.

    So, of course, a new, wise and mature, Lydia needs a new, wise and mature boyfriend, am I right, ladies?
    That would fall into the “too fast development” category, which many teen shows use to get new pairings even if they make no sense. And Lydia having Stiles as a boyfriend makes no sense.

    Upon receiving an update on the first twenty minutes of the show from Stiles, Lydia decides that Jenny the Darach might have had some other reason for trying to murder her, apart from her being a banshee. So, the pair inexplicably head off to school, to talk to Aiden?
    Was that really the reason? Wow, I actually missed that, so fleeting was it. Well when the show concentrates on werewolves it always gets dumber and rushed as it seems.

    Oh, hello, Stiles’ Panic Attacks! Long time, no see . . .
    Actually this is the first time we see him having a panic attack. We are only told that he had some in his past. However in his case this reaction makes sense since I actually buy that he has enough information and intelligence to grasp the situation, unlike our werewuffs who seem to be able to generally think no further than the tip of their snouts.

    After it’s all over, Stiles is in awe, of this beautiful, smart, strong woman, who pretty much just saved his life. And maybe, just maybe, he’s a smidge disappointed that her explanation of the kiss was more clinical than his interpretation of it. But that doesn’t make what she did for him any less awesome . . .
    I have no problem with the thing in general but I said it once and I say it again. Stydia should not be. Not only does the show already head towards the direction of pairing of everybody with everybody, the show needs actual male female friendship instead of again falling back on relationship. And there is also the problem that Stiles was quite obsessed with Lydia for some time and now having a relationship with her might actually eradicate a lot of his character growth. He might become obsessed again and fall back into old habits. Not to mention: Is it really good to have a relationship with a girl that quite literally ignored you despite you standing directly in front of her?

    But when Lydia jokes that Stiles should go get some help for his panic attacks from the school guidance counselor, Stiles gets an idea . . .
    Yeah, he thinks of that. But of course our hero Scott does not.

    “Hello, Teen Wolf Contest Winner, who has now gotten speaking lines in not one, not two, but THREE episodes, and is prominently featured in the MTV Teen Wolf after show!”

    Oh so that is why she is there. I thought she was there to cash in on the angry, big, black girl stereotype.
    And actually… why is she there? I mean it could have been any other person sitting there. Was the contest over a number of appearances?

    Seriously, I thought “Danielle” attended private school with the Dead Chick who almost screwed Stiles. Why is she seeing the Beacon Hills Guidance Counselor?
    Exactly! Why is she there?

    That’s when Stiles figures out that what Lydia is actually drawing is the Nemeton, i.e. the root cellar where all the TV parents are now being kept . . . i.e. the place where Derek killed Paige.
    Too bad everyone else is too dumb to even think of that.

    In other words, Jenny the Darach didn’t try to kill Lydia, because she’s a banshee. She tried to kill her because she saw her drawing the one key piece of information that, if exposed, could cause all of the Darach’s plans to go up in smoke . . .
    Why should she have wanted to kill Lydia for being a banshee when she clearly had not known that? I thought she wanted to kill her because Lydia was for some reason, which Jennifer/Julia did not know, coming close to her and as such presented a problem that had to be eliminated. Of course there is still the question why Lydia is a banshee and why that showed itself only after being attacked by Peter.

    So, you should totally let him go off with the strange gentleman, who is creepily lurking around the school, at the exact moment when this clearly fragile teenage boy needs a place to stay . .
    Yeah, I do not know about American laws, but wouldn’t that be illegal to let Stiles go with a person that is neither guardian nor parent nor any other sort of relative? I mean granted I did saw dark-skinned men father much lighter skinned children before:

    “Season 3B, here I come!”
    That definitely. Hopefully they will be doing something decent with him.

    Deaton has an idea as to how the Scooby Gang might be able to save their parents. But, surprise, surprise. They are going to need Scott for help.
    Why? Oh yeah, because he is the protagonist, he must be there.

    Peter was hoping he wouldn’t run into Lydia again, until he found a Hallmark card to send her that says, “Sorry I mind controlled you into trying to kill all your friends, and then pretended to be a teenager, so you’d make out with my grimy corpse.”
    This sucks! This is all she does? This? First Mrs. McCall and now Lydia? Are these people that good at repressing or is their memory so bad?

    As instructed, Lydia tells Derek and Peter about the root cellar. Unfortunately, thanks to a nice little neck rub they got from Mommy Dearest, Talia, both werewolves have conveniently forgotten its location . . .

    Hale Fail #247 . . .
    Yeah, maybe she wasn’t so smart after all. I mean why erase that memory? And why did no one else ever found that thing? If the police could get there, and again how did they know that, it could not have been that remote? And also if that is where Kali slaughtered her pack, doesn’t that mean she knows where it is? Seriously Talia doesn’t look so smart now doesn’t she? I am not surprised that Derek never searched for it considered that he is dumb anyway, but Peter and shouldn’t Kali be a bit smarter than that?

    If I had one gripe about this otherwise pretty flawless episode it would involve this scene . . . you know, the one where Scott has supposedly made the hugely dangerous decision to join Deucalion’s Alpha Pack, in order to save his mom . . .
    That was a huge flaw of the episode for various reasons:
    1) It was totally useless, they said nothing the rest of the gang hadn’t figured out already.
    2) The running of the werewolves was once again way too slow and their stunts where just show-off.
    3) The male werewolves stood around like models.
    4) It again asked the question why Deucalion doesn’t stay half transformed all the time.
    5) The talk about druids and how Deucalion feared them was completely ridiculous since it is clear to anyone with half a brain cell that these druids are nothing but slaves to the werewolves considered that even Ethan and Aiden’s previous pack had one and they were killers.
    6) It did not bring Scott any closer to his mom.
    7) Deucalion did not restrain Scott in anyway but lets him come and go as he pleases.
    8) The whole stopping the others from killing Emily screamed plot convenience and plot armor, since why should they listen to Scott? Deucalion is the leader. If he told them not to harm Scott then they should have shown it. This way it comes along as just another attempt to shove Scott into our face.
    9) There is no sacrifice or anything.
    10) There was no drama or tension or sense to this scene. It was a total waste of time.

    And I will call Morell Emily from now on since that is who she is and I will keep doing this until proven otherwise. Think about it: she is a magic user that allegedly is about balance in nature, is good but works for the evil guys without any explanation as to why and is there on the show to provide guidance and information and have some half-assed plan to stop the bad guys. And she is related to the only black character that has been in the show from the start. And despite all her power she can do nothing against her white masters. She is Emily from TVD emerging in Teen Wolf. It’s even the same actress.

    But hey, at least now Kali, and the Alphas know that Deucalion was the one who actually killed Ennis! That ought to . . . have no impact on the plot, whatsoever . . .
    That was the biggest shit of the whole scene. Aiden and Kali really did not hear the conversation between Deaton and Deucalion? In season 1 Scott could hear Allison and Jackson from the hallway and that was across a room and hallway full of people and these two could not hear that in a building with barely any people and wide spaces? The werewolves could all hear Lydia scream only two episodes ago. They expect us to buy this shit? In an episode where they even stated that Alphas have heightened senses in comparison to Betas?
    Really when it comes to the werewolves it is as though an entirely different team of writers is working on this. A team that has no regard for consistency and continuity. What is going on there? Are two teams wrestling for control of this show?

    Now, while logically, I think the idea of surrogate sacrifices brought on by near death experiences is a TERRIBLE IDEA, I must say that it made for an incredibly poignant way to end the penultimate episode. Let’s see . . . there was the ominous warning, that, not only will temporary death cause Allison, Stiles and Scott pretty much permanent emotional damage, it will also open up Beacon Hills as a Hell Mouth for every Big Bad in the world recently kicked out of Sunnydale, who is looking for a place to commit carnage . . .

    Yeah not only did they jump a bit too readily into that plan, but also did I suspect something like that ever since seeing all the werewolves in the flashback episode (you know “Beacon Hills”, a place being able to be seen from a great distance from all directions) and I also have my reservation about this “Hell Mouth” thing. It sounds like this way the tree will function as a deus ex machina to bring the regular monster of the week to the town so they can drag out high school indefinitely and not let the characters grow up as they should have. This whole stuff really sounds quite Buffyesque, but this is not Buffy, in that show it made sense with the slayer thing, but here there is no such thing and thereby if people will get killed it definitely will be the threesome’s fault.

    Yikes! When the promos said that this season of Teen Wolf might hurt, they weren’t kidding!

    I think they actually are kidding. The emphasis is truly on might since there wasn’t that much to hurt the characters, if at all the viewer got hurt with Scott’s and Derek’s constant stupidity.

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