This Bug’s For You – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “Galvanize”

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pocahantas

“Can you paint with all the colors of the wiiiiiiiiiiiiind?”

Aloha, Werebangers!  Since the main driving force behind Season 3B is to illustrate the consequences of our Beacon Hill’s Scooby Gang landing on a Hellmouthsuccumbing to a Kryptonite-Infused Meteor Shower,   dropping The Veil between the Natural World and the Supernatural One, temporarily sacrificing themselves as a tribute to the Supernatural Beacon Tree that is the Nemeton, it makes sense that this collection of episodes would seem a bit more disjointed and “freak of the week”-y, than the ones that preceded them . .  .

never the same stilinski stiles

Let’s see, so far, in addition to our usual round-up of Alphas, Betas, Omegas, Banshees, Were-hunters, Emissaries, and people who REALLY, REALLY HATE MOUNTAIN ASH .  . .

mountain ash

. . . we have met Were-Coyotes . . .

coyote

why am i naked

. . . Fly Guys . . .

firefly people

. . . Bug Tummies (who may or may not be related to the Fly Guys) . .  .

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This is kind of like what happens to me whenever I eat burritos . . .

 .  . . Samurais (who also may or may not be related to the Fly Guys)  . . .

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It’s like the Scream Mask on Steroids . . .

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.  . . and Kira the Kitsune . . .

i so want to hit that

There’s a benefit to this type of narrative structure.  For one thing, the plot possibilities are endless.  (Consider how long shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, and Scooby Doo managed to stay on air!)  Freaks-of-the-Week also enable episode plots to be self-contained.  This means that new and casual viewers can join the fandom at any time, without getting bogged down in the quagmire of complex series mythology.

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The downside?  End-of-the-season payoffs on these type of shows tend to be much smaller, and the rewards for loyal viewers, who stuck by the show since episode 1, are less substantial.

crying stiles

But hey, it’s only been three episodes.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Perhaps, all of these seemingly disconnected episodes are about to tie together in some brilliant way we have yet to discover.  Maybe the entire season is taking place inside Stiles’ Brain Tumor!

mischeivous stiles

not a tumor

On that note, let’s review, shall we?

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[As always, a special thanks to Andre, whose X-Men esque spectacular screencapping abilities, unique YouTube video-finding powers, magically delicious capacity for internet research relating to all things supernatural, and undeniably awesome propensity toward snarky commentary, have all clearly been brought on by his being born next to a Nemeton-Tree .  . . on a Hellmouth . . . surrounded by meteors.]

Making Mischief

mischief

“To be honest, I wasn’t sure this show had actual seasons.  But apparently, it’s almost Halloween!  YAY!”

It’s Mischief Night over in Beacon Hills and Scott and Stiles have just broken into the school to play a very kitsune-approved prank on everyone’s favorite teacher, Coach Crackhead . . .

stiles with wolf hat

four years younger

Meanwhile, over at The Hospital Run Entirely By Scott’s Mom, a child-killing psychopath is being wheeled in for an emergency operation by, you guessed it, Papa La Douche McCall.   Seriously!  This guy is basically a magnet for mentally disturbed, murderous, and basically sh*tty people.  He brings them wherever he goes, like some Pied Piper of Evil.

evil pied piper

“I’d like you to meet someone.  He murders kids who look just like our son, so I brought him to your hospital just for you.  You’re welcome!”

woah

“And to think I had honest-to-goodness sexual intercourse with this person.”

Papa La Douche wags his eyebrows suggestively at his ex-wife, as he casually tells her that the man she will be feeling up with her stethoscope is an Electrician Turned Child Blower-Upper with shrapnel in his tummy, and basically no remorse for his bad deeds.

yet another scott face

To her credit, Mama McCall maintains her composure, even as Mr. Bug-Eyed McCrazypants  totally invades her personal space and stares into her eyes like he wants to swallow her whole.  Bug-Eyed McCrazypants pretty much goads Mama McCall into asking him why blowing up tots is his favorite pastime, and he explains, quite tellingly, that “Their Eyes Were Glowing.”

sounds like your heart

“Sounds like your heart is two sizes too small.”

also i eat kids

grinch smile

“Yeah . . . I can see that.”

Then, he goes all batsh*t, and practically bites Mama McCall’s face off  . . .

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.  . . once again reminding the Mother of the Alpha that she totally should have taken the job at Seattle Grace / Grey’s Anatomy, where she could spend her days humping doctors who look like Jesse Williams in the on-call room  . . .

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. . . instead of having to put up with this crap . . .

mommy dearest

In other news . . .  glowing eyes, huh?  We know a few guys with glowing eyes on this show?  Don’t we?

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“SH*T!”

Greenberg Strikes Again

It’s a Beautiful Day in Beacon Hills!  It’s Mischief Day!  It’s Coach Crackhead’s Birthday!  It’s . . . a Day of Forgiveness?

we want t be in your cub

“We want to be series regulars part of your pack.”

um no

Not so much on that last one . . .  as Scott and his Scooby Gang totally reject the not-so-much Alpha anymore Twins from joining their Pack . . .

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And why shouldn’t they?  After all, the Twins are responsible for the death of Boyd . . . and Erica  . . . and their entire range of emotions can pretty much be summed up in two expressions: Growl . . .

gotcha twins

. . . and Smirk . . .

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moon face

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These are NOT the kind of dudes you want in the foxhole with you, when you are battling Lizard People, Skeletor, Gorillas on Steroids, and Crotchety Old Men . . .

matt and ma

darach

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funny face grandpa

Besides, Scott doesn’t need lame-o Growlers and Smirkers in his pack!  He doesn’t need anybody!  He’s The Hottest Girl in School!

hot girl

yay

Wait . . . what?

Yeah, apparently, that’s Scott’s new nickname!

BabyScared

(I hear gender identity disorder is particularly common among werewolves.  Basically, this is what happens when your private parts are covered in fur, and you can’t always see them.)

Elsewhere in school, Coach Crackpot learns an important lesson:

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screws fall out

A lesson that inadvertently led to our first “Greenberg” reference of the season  . . .

not trusting

happy birthday

love greenberg

OK, I’m calling it right now.  Somewhere around season 7 or 8 of this show (if it lasts that long), Greenberg will be revealed as the Ultimate Uber- Big Bad of this show, and Coach Crackpot will be his first official victim . . .

hand down greenberg

(P.S. I like how, with all the bardo, and mental breakdowns and murder going on in Beacon Hills, Stiles and Scott still somehow find the time to pull elaborate pranks on their favorite Psycho Coach.  It’s kind of sweet, actually . . .)

punks evi

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By now, we all know that being a teacher in Beacon Hills is a pretty dangerous profession.  Of course, it’s not nearly as dangerous as being a medical professional in Beacon Hills . . .

Just ask This Guy  . . .

bloody doc

“Is there a doctor in the house, or just Scott McCall’s mom?”

. . . who learned the heard way that joking about “accidentally” killing your psycho patient on the operating table, while he’s not quite unconscious, is the easiest way to earn a first class ticket to your nearest Morgue.

haha not funny

“That joke about my dying was hilarious.  You should have gone to clown college, instead of medical school.  Maybe you still can .  .  . IN HELL!”

Ever see those weddings, where, SURPRISE, a flock of doves fly out of the wedding cake and probably poop in it on the way out and it’s supposed to be “Oh So Romantic.”  Well, this is kind of a variation on that . . .

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(Andre had a great screencap of this up close.  But I just didn’t have the “stomach” to use it.  TOO GROSS!”

puked on your shoes

Seriously, they are coming up with new and inventive ways to off doctors every week on this show!  (Perhaps, Jeff Davis secretly flunked out of medical school, and this is his subtle way of exacting revenge.)

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Teen Wolf has used insects as a tool of doctorly demise.  Remember THE MOTHS IN THE CAR?

eating the moth

Except, this time, if we want to get technical about things, Bug Tummy didn’t actually murder Doctor Snarky by making him choke on flies and/or crash his car.  He just killed him the old-fashioned way . . . with a deft hand and a scalpel . . .

we all go a little psycho

See?  This is another problem with Freak-of-the-Week villains.  They croak before we ever get to really know them!  Bug Tummy is already dead (at least he is by the end of the episode), and I have so many unanswered questions about him.  Like . . .  why does he have bugs in his tummy?  Does he eat them?  Keep them as pets?  Did he just accidentally swallow them one night, while on one of his usual child-killing rampages?  How did he manage to stay awake under anesthesia?  How does he keep his model-thin figure?  Do bugs contain carbs?

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The world may never know . . .

In other, seemingly unrelated news, that nifty box Derek and Peter Hale stole from the Mexican baddies contains .  . . wait for it . . . dirty nail clippings from Derek’s dead mom.

nail of mother

“Would it have killed her to add a little red polish?  Geez!”

Man, this show is gross . . .

Peter then wears the dirty nails, for reasons I still don’t quite understand, homoerotically stabs them into Derek’s backside . . .

fisting

. . .  and then Derek, sort of / kind of talks to his wolf mom in a dream / hallucination thingy?

is this a dream

“Worst . . . acid trip . . . ever!”

In which Beacon Hill’s School Security System Fails Yet Again

Bug Tummy steals an ambulance (the preferred method of escape for Beacon Hill baddies everywhere, like Zip Car for Evil People), and heads to . . . where else . . . the high school, of course!  In response to Bug Tummy’s presence, Lydia’s eardrums start being bombarded with incessant buzzing, which the Scooby Gang takes as a sign that they need to scour the school for Bug Tummy ASAP, before he murders everyone and Teen Wolf is forced to end prematurely without any Stydia sex scenes at all!  Oh the horror!

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no longe crazy

“Well, it was nice while it lasted . . . wasn’t it Lydia?  Looks like you’re the looney tune of your social circle, once again.”

At the school, despite being surrounded by hundreds of students, an entire troop of cops, and a pack of werewolves, Bug Tummy is able to (1) waltz in undetected . . .

waiting patiently

.  . . (2) hang out calmly in coach’s office, while Lydia the Banshee, who supposedly senses his near-dead presence, and Aiden the Werewolf with his GLOWING EYES and superior sense of smell, make out inches away from Bug Tummy’s grossly bloody, rather malodorous-looking, body   .  . .

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“There’s something different about this room.  But I can’t quite put my finger on it.”

. . . (3) staple his stomach together (Well, at least now we know how he keeps his girlish figure.). . .

haha hah

“Now, I’m the hottest girl!  Eat that, Scott McCall!”

. . . (4) stop off in the chemistry lab to casually mix a few chemicals, and draw painfully cheesy,  and completely unnecessary Sesame Street-like, clues about his motives on the chalk board (more on that later)

. . . (5) stalk Kira in the library a midst the chaos of a pulled fire alarm, and

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. . . (6) escape without anybody ever laying eyes on him at all!

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Now, that’s impressive!  So, impressive that I actually think Bug Tummy would make a great Alpha.  I mean, sure, he’s kind of socially awkward, makes weird, sometimes off-putting, facial expressions, has some issues with impulse control, and looks way too old to be a high school student.  But hey, the same could be said about Scott!

trust scott

Stiles tries to get his dad and the rest of the cops to stick around school and search for Bug Tummy some more.  But Stiles’ dad isn’t biting.  As much as Papa Stilinski is sort of/kind of coming around to the idea that pretty much everything that happens in Beacon Hills is somehow supernaturally related, he’s still not quite ready to buy into the idea that the annoying scream of a pretty red headed teen will solve all his murder mysteries . . .

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Parents can be so short-sighted sometimes . . .

With the adults out of the picture, the werewolves of Beacon Hills form their own search party, following their noses, just like Toucan Sam, into the school’s boiler room, in an attempt to literally sniff out evil.  Unfortunately, all these wolves seem to be able to smell is sex . . .

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sad aid

my heart bleeds marlak

Then, Lydia figures out that getting all the school’s wolves into the boiler might actually have been Bug Tummy’s plan all along . . . to get all the Glowing Eyed kids into one place . . . and THEN BLOW THEM INTO SMITHEREENS!

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So, Stiles, our hero .  . .

batman catwoman

holding hands

. . . thinking fast, decides to pull the fire alarm, in order to get all his classmates out of the building before they can be turned into rainbow sprinkles . . .

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meddling kids

Bug Tummy’s plan is foiled!  The children have been saved!  All is right in the world!  And Stiles is filled with the spontaneous need to dance . . .

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Really, it’s the dancing that gets him busted.  (Should have saved that for your bedroom, Stiles . . .)

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As for Scott, while the school and all its wolfy and non-wolfy inhabitants are being silently terrorized, and the apocalypse is becoming increasingly imminent, our hero . . . plots his Master Plan to Save the World from Bug Tummy . . . keeps his pack safe, by shuffling them off to a secret hideaway, where Bug Tummy can’t rip out their Glowing Eyes, and insert them into his abdomen as food for the creatures he has living in it enjoys a sushi dinner?

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Scott Gets a Little Culture . . .

I really like Kira’s house.  It’s uber modern, definitely Asian-inspired, has a real estate value of upwards of $2.5 million, and absolutely looks nothing like the cookie cutter, white bread, lower middle to upper middle class homes we’ve come to expect from the suburban neighborhood of Beacon Hills, CA . . .

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. . .  which makes me wonder, just how much to teachers get paid to teach at Beacon Hills high.  Maybe they make a lot . . . simply because of the super high mortality rate.

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Or perhaps, Kira’s mother is the big wage earner in this family.  After all, HE kept HER name.  And considering that she’s Japanese, and Kira’s dad is Korean, Kira’s kitsune traits are probably inherited from her mommy’s side of the family.

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“I wear the foxy pants in this family.”

Hey, maybe she’s an “arms dealer,” like Allison’s dad!  He also seems way richer than a seemingly unemployed werewolf hunter should be  . . .

cool dad

“It’s expensive to look like this much of a bad ass.”

Anywhoo, Scott tries to use chopsticks, accidentally inhales a mouth full of wasabi, and hilarity ensues, which basically has positively nothing to do with the ongoing plot . . .

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Here Scott, eat my fish.  You’ll like it!”

Elsewhere in Adorable Town . . .

Stiles and Lydia Figure it out . . . Again

Lydia and Stiles are lounging on Stiles bed, wrapping each other’s fingers in balls of red yarn (kinky?),  as they discuss the Stilinski Family Board of Shame . . .

colored strings

blue just pretty

. . .  and what Lydia believes to be her first failure in her short career as a Banshee.  Seeing Lydia experience self-doubt, and insecurity . . . seeing her doubt her powers, and feel guilty about getting Stiles in trouble at school, by convincing him to pull the fire alarm . . .

stydia love

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. . . shows just how far Lydia has gone as a character since Season 1. The Lydia we met back then  .  . . the proud, selfish, arrogant Lydia, who was concerned only with popularity and appearances, would never spend an evening geeking out in bed with Stiles, his yarn, and his detective theories.  She would never feel bad about getting someone else in trouble.   She would never question her own abilities and their consequences, or, for that matter admit to having those abilities and that intelligence at all . . .

awesome lyd pic

I love watching Lydia and Stiles together, because (as clichéd as it is that they always come up with the answers seemingly out of the blue at the last minute),as characters, they definitely bring out the best in one another.  Stiles makes Lydia more humble, more caring, more willing to be her true self.  He helps her untie the red “unsolved” yarn from her fingertips, and makes her feel more “solved.”  More whole.

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In turn, Lydia makes Stiles more confident, more mature, and more self- assured in his intelligence, and problem solving abilities . . .  she also reminds him how to read, and gently (without judgment) keeps him from going insane.

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So, when Stiles tells Lydia he believes in her, despite her recent setback, I believe him . . . but kind of wonder where her parents are .   . . because, seriously, this girl never goes home.

Somehow, Lydia’s mere presence inspires Stiles to tramp back into school in the middle of the night, break into the chemistry lab . . . magically change into his “This is Only a Dream” Shirt for a split second . . .

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. . . and proceed to solve yet another “Freak of the Week” mystery, with his Lady Love Lydia by his side.

blood on floor

Yes, boys and girls, Engineer Bug Tummy, in addition to his bug cultivating skills and tendency toward invisibility, also apparently, is a master chemist, capable of masking his horrible scent, even to werewolves, as a result of his in-depth, knowledge of the periodic table that he just can’t help but share with the world, even if he is certain it will result in his inevitable capture / killing.

kira

draco malfoy facepalm

“Silly villain!”

Long story short, Stiles and Lydia find out that Bug Tummy wasn’t inside the school to capture werewolves at all . . . he was only interested in nerdy foxes with multiple tails and an impressive understanding of the concept of Bardo and eating with chopsticks  . .  . only interested in Kira . . .

Back at the Asian Inspired Dojo that is Kira’s Casa . . . .

Stiles and Kira eat pizza, and eye f*&k a bit.

eating pizza

“Should I be offended that you didn’t enjoy the taste of my fish?”

Then, Kira gets kidnapped, and Scott “You’re Going To Hear Me Roar Because I Am the True Alpha” McCall does nothing to stop it  . . . (though, in his defense, he’s sort of/ kind of unconscious at the time).

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“If you won’t eat Kira’s fish, I will!”

With the help of Lydia’s big mouth (Ears be damned!) and Stiles’ encouragement . . .

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The Scooby Gang finds Kira tied up in some electrical warehouse thingy, where Bug Tummy is seconds away from electrocuting her . . . just because.

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electrifying

P.S.  Bug Tummy is also going to take pictures of Kira while he electrocutes her, using her Nokia phone because. . .  you know . . . product placement.

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Villains don’t like iPhones . . .

But Silly Bug Tummy  .  . . he messed with the wrong girl.  I mean, really, of all the girls you decide to electrocute you choose the one that has the kitsune-like ability to ABSORB ELECTRICITY!

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“This is SOOO going to help me get laid . . .”

Not too smart, Bug Tummy.  Perhaps, you aren’t the Good Prospective Alpha I thought you would be . . .

And so you’ll die.  Goodbye, Bug Tummy!  May glowing eyed children angels carry you to your much-deserved rest  . . . IN HELL!!!!!!

kind of dead

Meanwhile, Allison and Isaac are in Allison’s house, busily studying the beastiary in hopes of locating something about  the now-obsolete villain of the week.  Isaac cleverly suggests he’s Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies, i.e. The Devil . . . also the name of one of my favorite books from high school, coincidentally.

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Then Isaac tries to kiss Allison.  And Allison, in order to show Isaac that she is Not That Kind of Girl, takes off her shirt for him . . . wait what?

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her turn

“I am not the kind of girl who just makes out with her exes’ best friend /roommate /sort of adopted brother!  I have more class than that!  Get naked with him?  Sure.  F*&K him?  Absolutely.  But I will never ever kiss him!  Get that through your wolfy weiner, Isaac LAY-HEEEEE!”

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Not amused . . .

Then Allison’s dad walks in, and wonders why his daughter insistently falls in love with canines, and kind find a nice human boy to hump in her bedroom, while her dad is downstairs, plotting the destruction of animal kind.

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another werewolf

While Allison’s dad is hilariously scolding his daughter about her choice of suitors . . .

mwah haha

.  . . some weird samurai things are taunting Isaac in her bedroom?  Thus proving, once in for all, that having sex with Allison, or even thinking about having sex with Allison, is not without its consequences . . .

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Next week on Teen Wolf, everybody goes to a rave?

Nikki Minaj makes out with Stiles?

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And a bunch of other bad stuff happens to our Scooby Gang . . .

Until next time, Werebangers!

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4 responses to “This Bug’s For You – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “Galvanize”

  1. East Coast Captain

    Actually Jewls, he’s an electrical engineer, it’s like an electrician but with more math in it. But the always wonderful Doug Jones brings a certain dread to his role. But even if his serial killer character has been electrified he can always resurface in New York City as a vampire in the Strain.

    I think the Kitsune follows that path somewhat. I’m not familiar with the creature so much.

    But Malia was a hot werecoyote!

  2. Johan

    Peter then wears the dirty nails, for reasons I still don’t quite understand, homoerotically stabs them into Derek’s backside . . .

    Remember when in first season Derek cut Jacksons neck and gives him memories, also when Peter did the same with Scott.

  3. Andre

    Well, this was a nice recap of yours. No TVD gifs (YIPPIE!!!!), but I still have to give my two cents (well more like 200 dollars) to it.

    That was a pretty good idea to have the listing of convenient plot devices of the famous shows of the last 20 years when it comes to attracting monsters. Because I think that this is what the Nemeton is, a plot device. Albeit with Malia they seem to act as though Beacon Hills was always like that (btw. was it her who ripped open the car or someone else and if it was her, why was she stuck in coyote form?) and technically the glowing bugs were around last season as well before the fake sacrifice, which is odd I mean does that mean the Nemeton was attracting supes all the time? Not that I will ever believe that Davis & Co. had actually planned something like that from the beginning. I am just happy Jackson is gone (although Davis is so infatuated with him he gives him the possibility to return) and we don’t have to deal with his “redemption” story since God knows we already have enough of these rich douche bags who constantly whine about having such a bad life and being redeemed although doing nothing to even remotely deserve that. And why do they get all that? Because people think they are hot. So hurray to Jeff Davis for once again sending a pretty screwed message and just doing the same shit over and over, since isn’t that kind of like what we have with Scott now? Suddenly he has money for all these clothes, can afford a bike, and all this without seeing him work or his mother getting a promotion or anything. And he gets everything despite doing nothing for it, being dumb as a rock, unreliable and seriously… well we get to that point later.
    Btw. What I said about Scott is the same we see with the twins, who as we all know are physical Jackson copies.

    Samurais (who also may or may not be related to the Fly Guys)
    I wouldn’t say that the mask in the opening titles is a samurai mask, they tended to look very different:

    I think this apparent western mask is a not so subtle hint to the “nogitsune” (field fox) that will feature in this season. But more on those foxes later.

    Considered what we have seen on this show I am very suspicious about this Freaks-of-the-Week style that they seem to be going for. Since this structure is very susceptible to plotholes and we all know Davis & Co. couldn’t even finish the last two seasons without adding tons of plotholes that are even more apparent now (we get to that trust me), especially since these episodes here aren’t actually self-contained. And when they already cannot do a cohesive single plot, how are they supposed to manage multiple plots?

    As always, a special thanks to Andre, whose X-Men esque spectacular screencapping abilities, unique YouTube video-finding powers, magically delicious capacity for internet research relating to all things supernatural, and undeniably awesome propensity toward snarky commentary, have all clearly been brought on by his being born next to a Nemeton-Tree . . . on a Hellmouth . . . surrounded by meteors.
    Well actually I was born in a hospital in Demmin in Mecklenburg Vorpommern and raised in Vorpommern-Greifswald in the municipality Groß Kiesow. So nothing special. Albeit there are some werewolf-legends, naturally since I am in Germany, like the one of the werewolves of Greifswald (translated: Griffon’sforest) which apparently is famous enough to be retold by Brad Steiger. Wrongly portrayed by Brad Steiger by the way, you see he cited his sources and as a German I was able to get them and check and he changed several details of the story.
    But enough on that, as to my snark, research and youtube… you will see a lot of that here.

    “To be honest, I wasn’t sure this show had actual seasons. But apparently, it’s almost Halloween! YAY!”

    I guessed that he wanted to do some sort of Halloween episode. At least that would make more sense since they had ignored season altogether so far.
    And if pranks on that day are so common, why do we only see Stiles? This is nearly as strange (albeit nowhere near as creepy and pedophilic) as the thousand year old serial killer who knows about US-teenage rituals.

    This guy is basically a magnet for mentally disturbed, murderous, and basically sh*tty people. He brings them wherever he goes, like some Pied Piper of Evil.
    I was thinking the same thing. Is this area his jurisdiction or something? Why is he the guy we see all the time? Why is he even there, he surely doesn’t actually seem to add anything to the story.
    Unlike his ex-wife, whom we are told in this episode had the maiden name Delgado, which I guess is supposed to confirm that Scott is a “Latino” and thereby non-white, albeit her insistence that his name is McCall and therefore she kept it reveals the show’s strong patriarchal nature and only confirms that Scott is nothing more than an Anglo-American boy who just happens not to be pale. But you know how it is in American media:
    White U.S. Hispanics and Latinos, Asian U.S. Hispanics and Latinos, and Black U.S. Hispanics and Latinos are often overlooked in the U.S. mass media and in general American social perceptions, where being “Hispanic or Latino” is often incorrectly given a racial value, usually mixed-race, such as Mestizo or Mulatto, but it is actually an ethnic grouping comprising many different races while, in turn, mixed-race and white U.S. Hispanics and Latinos are overrepresented and admired in the U.S. Hispanic mass media and social perceptions. If white U.S. Hispanics and Latinos are to be considered Hispanics/Latinos, they possess typical Southern European features. Latinos in general are often depicted as all being part of one homogeneous cultural or ethnic group and/or having no defining characteristics; if a country of origin is specified, it is almost invariably either Mexico or Puerto Rico, regardless of whence the individual or group in question actually hails.

    Spaniards and Americans of Spanish blood are often overlooked in the U.S. mass media and in general American social perceptions as separate from whites and Europeans because perceptions of Anglo-American society towards Southern Europeans (e.g. Italians), including Spaniards, were not considered white, they are mostly categorized as Latin Americans and Latino Americans despite being racially white and that U.S. social perceptions of Hispanic and Latino Americans is that of mixed races usually Mestizo or Mulatto.

    And what sort of features do Scott and his mom have? Stereotypical Southern Europeans, aka White people, and they show no trace to belong to any Latino or Hispanic ethnicity. And sorry, a name is not enough, not even a family name. After all I hear no one saying that Scott is Scottish or that Stiles is Slavic/Germanic, despite their, often mentioned (partially even screamed) names.

    PS. This is why I call bullshit on the claim that Matt Damon was the only white guy left on earth in Elysium. There were thousands of white people in the film, actually I wondered where all the black, Asian and Mulatto/Mestizo Latinos were.

    But back to Scott’s mom:
    Why is she the one having to do all this? Are the writers really not capable of coming up with something better? I mean she is in on the whole supernatural thing, just let her look out for stuff like that. Would work just fine and also let her be more active.

    To her credit, Mama McCall maintains her composure, even as Mr. Bug-Eyed McCrazypants totally invades her personal space and stares into her eyes like he wants to swallow her whole.
    Are we sure she is Scott’s mother? I mean has there ever been a DNA test?
    I mean sure children don’t have to turn out looking like a parent, as Bruce Lee’s brother and kids, as well as Rowan Atkinson’s daughter’s show, but seriously, ever since season 1 we never saw any similarities between Scott and his mom. And considered that she mostly raised him there should be something.

    once again reminding the Mother of the Alpha that she totally should have taken the job at Seattle Grace / Grey’s Anatomy, where she could spend her days humping doctors who look like Jesse Williams in the on-call room
    Or she should have stayed on The Walking Dead. After all it’s not as though the werewolves on this show are any smarter than the “Walkers” (btw. why do they call them that?).

    “We want to be series regulars part of your pack.”
    Ok, here we have a pretty good example of a plothole:
    Why are the twins asking? Weren’t they already at the end of last season? Not to mention that we have actually never seen any Alpha getting stronger or weaker from gaining or loosing pack members. Derek and Deucalion surely showed no difference. So once again just told and not shown.
    And btw. WHERE THE HECK IS CORA????
    Is this show so anti-female werewolf that they just don’t care?

    But back to our resident Chippendales in training:
    Why do Stiles & Co (come on is there any doubt regarding that?) people suddenly act this way towards them? Don’t get me wrong, this is actually a justified response but why do they come with this now, when none of them cared about it at the end of last season? Or the start of this. Is it because this episode was not written by Jeff Davis?
    So basically this is just another in a long line of plotholes on top of other plotholes. And who wants these guys anyway? What are they good for except tokenism of gay characters and forced love triangles? Come on we know it will happen. Albeit I still hope it won’t.
    And why go back to Highschool? And what is their legal status? Highschool isn’t the Bush administration, at least not in California (Kansas and Kentucky are another matter), not every idiot can just join like that.

    Seriously:

    Btw. I was in Rostock, back when the G8 summit was, (it’s the biggest city next to it) and I tell you the shit hit the fan. It had everything, demonstrations, masked hooligans, water cannons, running people, music, street fights, burning cars, destroyed side walks.
    *sniff* It was beautiful. *sniff*

    Ok back to our “teenage” Chippendales:
    What are they afraid off? Oh they are the Omegas, the “bitches”, so what? The last time they were in that position was before they knew they could join into some giant muscle hunk. So they are Omegas, so what? On a power level an Omega is the same as a Beta and these two can join into a big muscle mass. So what do they have to fear? They don’t seem to be concerned about Deucalion after all.

    BTW. Why did they keep their pants on and Malia was naked?

    And why shouldn’t they? After all, the Twins are responsible for the death of Boyd . . . and Erica . . . and their entire range of emotions can pretty much be summed up in two expressions: Growl . . .
    Exactly. Why should they be trusted? And their eyes pretty much betray them. But apparently the writers don’t bother to go through with it.

    And speaking about the writers:
    I have the suspicion that something is going on there. Because, do you remember the Motel California episode last season and how it was so disconnected to the episode after? Well these two were written by different writers and now we have the same writer that wrote Motel California and maybe that is the reason for the differences to the other episodes as well as the additional plotholes. Not that Davis needs him for that, after all he created several on his own since after Motel California Davis wrote all the episodes until this one. But maybe the difference between writers is the reason why our Scooby guys suddenly care about Boyd and Erica.

    Besides, Scott doesn’t need lame-o Growlers and Smirkers in his pack! He doesn’t need anybody! He’s The Hottest Girl in School!
    So every guy who isn’t gay wants to bone him, every girl wants to be him or eat him out, he has no actual friends, all girls secretly hate him, all guys think he is a slut, and high school will be his peak and he is gonna end up with some washed out jock?… Yeah, that sounds like Scott.

    But on a more serious note. This “unawareness of hotness” might have worked back in season 1 when Scott was practically unknown but now it’s just painfully ridiculous.
    Interestingly Lacrosse no longer features in this show, did you notice? Just like Scott’s working class background. I mean am I the only one noticing his improved wardrobe and use of hair gel?

    At least the coach and his “present” were funny, even if it was painfully obvious what all the loose screws inside his head, I mean in the box, where meaning. 😉
    Albeit I do wonder why the rest of the stuff in his office stayed up for so longer and why he didn’t realize what was going on. Well maybe he is a werewolf after all ,considered his weird sentences and idiocy.

    I like how, with all the bardo, and mental breakdowns and murder going on in Beacon Hills, Stiles and Scott still somehow find the time to pull elaborate pranks on their favorite Psycho Coach. It’s kind of sweet, actually . . .
    Well from a realistic point of view such things would be necessary to keep sane in face of constant mortal danger. But since the writers don’t care about that anymore as it seems I would say that this is just some regular comic relief for the alleged teen audience of the show.

    Andre had a great screencap of this up close. But I just didn’t have the “stomach” to use it. TOO GROSS!
    Come on. You watch the Vampire Diaries and read Cassandra Clare but you cringe away from this?

    Seriously, they are coming up with new and inventive ways to off doctors every week on this show! (Perhaps, Jeff Davis secretly flunked out of medical school, and this is his subtle way of exacting revenge.)
    Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Teen Wolf has used insects as a tool of doctorly demise. Remember THE MOTHS IN THE CAR?

    Perhaps he has some serious issues to deal with maybe he had a doctor once who was kind of Steve Martin’s dentist:

    And perhaps he suffers from Entomophobia and therefore portrays insects as the agents of evil.

    See? This is another problem with Freak-of-the-Week villains. They croak before we ever get to really know them! Bug Tummy is already dead (at least he is by the end of the episode), and I have so many unanswered questions about him.
    And that might in my mind be the biggest problem of this season: one plothole after another.

    And speaking of plotholes:
    So Derek went into the burned down house to get the claws of his mother? Well apart from the fact that this begs the question why her claws remained unharmed, respectively why they were out in the first place since upon death werewolves revert to their human form, despite the fire. But also why it was him who did that? Why not Laura? Wasn’t she the Alpha at the time? It is like the writers completely forgot that she even existed. Stuff like this makes me think this show is actually sexist hiding behind feminism.
    Not to mention that I wonder whether we start to see a pattern here: Derek doesn’t know what to do, he instantly goes to a relative.
    As a matter of fact I wonder what this plot with Derek and Peter is actually good for. Will it be some “big secret” of “great importance” that will turn out to suck pretty much and be a total waste of time? You know like the Alpha pack.
    And why did he need to sew on Peter’s finger anyway?
    Not only could they just have used Peter’s left hand and in addition if that little bit of sewing is already enough to make Peter’s finger stable enough to be used in this fashion, all they would have need would have been some tape and wrap it around his finger and that would be it.
    Another example of the writers not knowing how to handle what they have there.

    PS. Just a side note: So far Talia Hale is the only true werewolf we have seen on this show. The others are rather hairy demon elves of various shapes but not lupine in any way.

    Teen Wolf is forced to end prematurely without any Stydia sex scenes at all!
    I would be happy if that never happens. The whole Stydia thing is forced enough as it is. Just like pretty much every other current relationship on the show.

    At the school, despite being surrounded by hundreds of students, an entire troop of cops, and a pack of werewolves, Bug Tummy is able to (1) waltz in undetected . . .
    They don’t care about that apparently.

    . . . (2) hang out calmly in coach’s office, while Lydia the Banshee, who supposedly senses his near-dead presence, and Aiden the Werewolf with his GLOWING EYES and superior sense of smell, make out inches away from Bug Tummy’s grossly bloody, rather malodorous-looking, body . . .
    There is that, the writers once again not being able to work with what they have, even if non-professionals like us would know that.
    But there is one thing more: It paints Lydia as a slut. Boyd and Erica… who cares anymore. She has the murderer right there and bang, they can fuck again. Is anyone surprised why I think this show isn’t nearly as progressive as people claim it to be?

    . . . (4) stop off in the chemistry lab to casually mix a few chemicals, and draw painfully cheesy, and completely unnecessary Sesame Street-like, clues about his motives on the chalk board (more on that later)
    That really did seem kind of cheesy, as if we are just assumed to believe that he is that nuts, just like that.

    . . . (5) stalk Kira in the library a midst the chaos of a pulled fire alarm, and
    This must have been the first smart question the coach had ever stated:
    How loud was that damn thing of Kira’s?

    . . . (6) escape without anybody ever laying eyes on him at all!
    Could it be that the people of Beacon Hills are all descended from the people of Sunnydale? At least that would be some sort of explanation.

    Now, that’s impressive! So, impressive that I actually think Bug Tummy would make a great Alpha. I mean, sure, he’s kind of socially awkward, makes weird, sometimes off-putting, facial expressions, has some issues with impulse control, and looks way too old to be a high school student. But hey, the same could be said about Scott!
    He would never be an Alpha, he is way too smart. Sadly, think about what a werewolf could do, with actual brains. Even Legolas would not be able to keep up.

    As much as Papa Stilinski is sort of/kind of coming around to the idea that pretty much everything that happens in Beacon Hills is somehow supernaturally related, he’s still not quite ready to buy into the idea that the annoying scream of a pretty red headed teen will solve all his murder mysteries . . .
    Well from a realistic point of view you could say: this is the one he saw coming naked out of the woods. Another plothole by the way.

    Unfortunately, all these wolves seem to be able to smell is sex . . .
    Yeah, considered how this show handled “queer” topics so far, this made me kind of pissed. The straight twin gets a slut who still wants him and the gay one has a guy already moved along and kissing the next one, despite the fact that the gay pair actually had relationship development and all and the straight pair had sex and plotholes at most.
    If someone should be over someone it is Lydia over Aiden, especially since Aiden and Ethan killed Boyd. Danny doesn’t know what’s going on but Lydia does. So what is her excuse?

    Then, Lydia figures out that getting all the school’s wolves into the boiler might actually have been Bug Tummy’s plan all along . . . to get all the Glowing Eyed kids into one place . . . and THEN BLOW THEM INTO SMITHEREENS!

    So, Stiles, our hero . . .
    Again: WHY IS SCOTT THE PROTAGONIST?????
    What does he really do? Without his superpowers he would be even more useless than the coach and Isaac.

    Really, it’s the dancing that gets him busted. (Should have saved that for your bedroom, Stiles . . .)
    And when I saw him busted I was: “This is the guy doing the sacrifices but Scott gets the credit.”


    As for Scott, while the school and all its wolfy and non-wolfy inhabitants are being silently terrorized, and the apocalypse is becoming increasingly imminent, our hero . …enjoys a sushi dinner?

    This is Scott. Stuff like this makes me think that Scott is not a reluctant hero in any way. Because there is no justification for this disregard of the imminent danger.

    I really like Kira’s house. It’s uber modern, definitely Asian-inspired, has a real estate value of upwards of $2.5 million, and absolutely looks nothing like the cookie cutter, white bread, lower middle to upper middle class homes we’ve come to expect from the suburban neighborhood of Beacon Hills, CA . . .
    Believe it or not but this part of the family make-up is probably the least problematic of the entirety of the scenes with them.

    . . . which makes me wonder, just how much to teachers get paid to teach at Beacon Hills high. Maybe they make a lot . . . simply because of the super high mortality rate.
    You should become a writer for this show. I am sure you would do a better job than they.

    Or perhaps, Kira’s mother is the big wage earner in this family. After all, HE kept HER name. And considering that she’s Japanese, and Kira’s dad is Korean, Kira’s kitsune traits are probably inherited from her mommy’s side of the family.
    Maybe she is super rich, you know another legacy, another “average” person looking like a supermodel and being well dressed all the time.
    But you know, that didn’t occur to me when I saw this scene. I was more conscious on the whole family background. It is pretty apparent that Kira’s “special” status is from her mother, but why on earth they don’t just tell her is anyone’s guess. Also her mother seems to stress it that her family is in America for several generations now, possibly included by the writers to tackle the eternal foreigner stereotype, and maybe taking the mother’s name and being special due to her mother is a tackling of common notion that when a half-human character has special powers/ancestry it must be from the father’s side (see Twilight or Cassandra Clare novels as a recent example). The only other somewhat recent example I know off such things is Kamen Rider Kiva where the main character Wataru is half “Fangire” due to his mother being a Fangire (albeit in Kamen Rider Decade we see an alternate version where the father is the “Fangire”), and Kiva is a pretty good example as to why that doesn’t have to mean anything since his mother was very downplayed and his father, whom he never knew, was overplayed dramatically:

    And that show actually reminds me of Teen Wolf, it looks very good and many characters were endearing, the acting was at least decent, but it was also incredibly sexist. Teen Wolf is similar in that Allison’s fighting skills are only used when convenient but that was it.

    Because here is the problem with the whole situation of Kira’s family:
    For some reason her parents married in Japan, which seems odd to me considered the historical animosity between Koreans and Japanese ever since the Japanese occupation of Korea, so them marrying in Japan is at least odd, also odd since it was stressed that Kira’s mother’s family has been in America for generations. Also I wonder whether Kira’s father is only Korean simply because Arden Cho (the actress playing Kira) is a Korean American and not Japanese American. Also of all foods they serve, they serve sushi, the most cliché choice for Japanese cuisine, and not a staple of Korean cuisine, making me more than ever think as to why Kira’s father is Korean. Seriously, they could have picked a lot of other dishes from the Japanese cuisine that would have worked just fine and may not have underligned the “exotic” stereotype.
    And speaking of that:
    The whole exotic family line of Kira via her mother would probably not be as great as you might think because of two reasons:
    1) Asian American women have it much easier to earn decent and non-stereotypical roles than Asian American men and are also overrepresented in the media. And so far Kira has a very stereotypical portrayal.
    2) An East Asian female kitsune is about as cliché as a white male, heterosexual American werewolf (and remember apart from Ethan, all current werewolves of the show fit that description).
    And coupled with Kira’s shy and odd behavior and it, again, doesn’t look very good for Davis.

    Not to mention that should Kira be a “half-blood” she would be referred to as a hanyou. Now, before anybody gets any ideas, let me make it clear that this is not a historical term, but originated in modern Japanese fiction.
    I think the best known example in the USA would be the character Inuyasha:

    Actually does this particular Inuyasha design look familiar to you?

    They seem to handle this aggression thing much better than Teen Wolf where you have to ask yourself what this werewolf side actually is. A separate entity of a part of the personalities? It doesn’t even make sense why Scott had troubles suddenly with his werewolf side simply because Allison was no longer his anchor when they, officially, had not been together the entire season 3a.

    And speaking of Inuyasha: I think in Davis’s mind Scott is supposed to be of special status like Sesshomaru:

    This is actually a pretty good sub, they even kept the Japanese specific word parts like “sama”.

    But it’s pretty obvious that Scott has nothing of that dog-yokai, not the character, not the power level, not any drive, nor nothing. Sesshmorau actually wants to become stronger, Scott needs to have his ass dragged everywhere.

    Or perhaps, Kira’s mother is the big wage earner in this family. After all, HE kept HER name. And considering that she’s Japanese, and Kira’s dad is Korean, Kira’s kitsune traits are probably inherited from her mommy’s side of the family.
    Which also would be extremely cliché since even in Japanese stories the Kitsune parent is nearly always female. This goes so far that some fans even ask whether there are any male Kitsune.
    Btw. “Kitsune” actually means nothing but fox in Japanese. They are not werefoxes the way you would understand it, thereby being humans that transform into foxes, but they are foxes that have gained, due to their age and experience, the power to transform into humans, and not always successfully (e.g. some retain fox tails or fox shadows). Albeit I doubt that Davis will ever touch upon any of that since that might fall within the realm of bestiality. And this show is definitely not daring or progressive in any way.

    Anywhoo, Scott tries to use chopsticks, accidentally inhales a mouth full of wasabi, and hilarity ensues, which basically has positively nothing to do with the ongoing plot . . .
    Shouldn’t his nose have warned him? Or maybe his hosts? It’s pretty damn obvious the guy has no idea what he is doing.


    . . . shows just how far Lydia has gone as a character since Season 1. The Lydia we met back then . . . the proud, selfish, arrogant Lydia, who was concerned only with popularity and appearances, would never spend an evening geeking out in bed with Stiles, his yarn, and his detective theories. She would never feel bad about getting someone else in trouble. She would never question her own abilities and their consequences, or, for that matter admit to having those abilities and that intelligence at all . . .

    At least once we have development, apart from Stiles, without one plothole after the other in it, like with the rest of them.

    I love watching Lydia and Stiles together, because (as clichéd as it is that they always come up with the answers seemingly out of the blue at the last minute),as characters, they definitely bring out the best in one another.
    Julie, it is not “always”, actually within the show it’s only a few months, so since the end of last season, before that Lydia was actually still pretty often quite bitchy and arrogant. Not to mention that it’s once again a cash-in on the dumb idea that putting someone like Stiles together with the object of his obsession. And you can’t deny it, now that Aiden is back this whole set-up screams love triangle. Currently I only hope that it will be very much in the background.
    And in what way does she make him more mature? He was already capable of that before. He was the most mature of the teens and tweens here from the start. So I don’t get how you got to that conclusion.

    Yes, boys and girls, Engineer Bug Tummy, in addition to his bug cultivating skills and tendency toward invisibility, also apparently, is a master chemist, capable of masking his horrible scent, even to werewolves, as a result of his in-depth, knowledge of the periodic table that he just can’t help but share with the world, even if he is certain it will result in his inevitable capture / killing.
    That he was able to hide to easily is another testament to werewolf idiocy. Since it occurred to none of them to look there. And I think the rest was plain plot convenience.

    Long story short, Stiles and Lydia find out that Bug Tummy wasn’t inside the school to capture werewolves at all . . . he was only interested in nerdy foxes with multiple tails and an impressive understanding of the concept of Bardo and eating with chopsticks
    Actually no, her Bardo knowledge seems pretty screwed. And Kitsune do not have multiple tails by design but rather gain additional tails when they age, like I said, they are fundamentally red foxes and they gain tails as a sign of their power and knowledge, ranging from one tail to nine.

    Then, Kira gets kidnapped, and Scott “You’re Going To Hear Me Roar Because I Am the True Alpha” McCall does nothing to stop it . . . (though, in his defense, he’s sort of/ kind of unconscious at the time).
    Do I really have to say anything to this level of character and writer incompetence? First Aiden’s lack of smell and now Scott’s lack of hearing.

    The Scooby Gang finds Kira tied up in some electrical warehouse thingy, where Bug Tummy is seconds away from electrocuting her . . . just because.
    Plot convenience, just like Lydia’s loud screams can be heard by no one but the Scoobies apparently.

    P.S. Bug Tummy is also going to take pictures of Kira while he electrocutes her, using her Nokia phone because. . . you know . . . product placement.
    They really could have done that better. And does every episode need product placement?

    I mean, really, of all the girls you decide to electrocute you choose the one that has the kitsune-like ability to ABSORB ELECTRICITY!
    As far as I know that is not an ability Kitsune have. I read that they can generate lightning from their tails, but nothing about absorbing electricity. Sure they have a multitude of abilities but usually that is shapeshifting, invoke fertility or calamity, make fire with their snouts or tails, create illusions, sometimes even fly or possess people. Some can bestow luck or be invisible. Often they are said to be of superior intelligence, long life or omniscience. Some are presented with round or onion-shaped white balls known as hoshi no tama with some stories identifying them as magical jewels or pearls. But either way I never heard of electric manipulation as a power of them. If you want a short example of Kitsune powers watch this episode of Inuyasha, where they feature heavily:

    Note: I kept it at Japanese with English subs. Thereby you can hear the actual words yokai and kitsune. You see the subs here and the English dubs always translate “yokai” with “demon” albeit that is a category much broader than yokai.

    Meanwhile, Allison and Isaac are in Allison’s house, busily studying the beastiary in hopes of locating something about the now-obsolete villain of the week. Isaac cleverly suggests he’s Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies, i.e. The Devil . . . also the name of one of my favorite books from high school, coincidentally.
    Actually Beel-Zebub was a deity worshiped in the city of Ekron. Later it was used as a name for the devil or one of the seven princes of hell, as is typical for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, just be a dick and say all other religions are bad.
    And you know what I also thought?
    Why don’t these idiots just search for the Latin word for flies via word search? Don’t these morons have Optical Character Recognition? Sure Latin is a dead language but I am sure it’s available for OCR. They can use their smartphones for translation of text so they should be smart enough for OCR.
    Plus, I have no idea where this “flies as carriers of dead souls” come from. Flies are sometimes associated with death and decay in some cultures but I never heard of any of this “soul carrier” stuff. I heard that for crows, dogs and eagles (plus some other animals), but not for flies.
    Plus seeing them interact again makes me, again, question why they are together. Seriously, what is it? They just are suddenly and that’s it. They don’t even act as though they are a couple, they, at most act like fuck buddies who try to think they are a couple.

    . . . some weird samurai things are taunting Isaac in her bedroom?
    Once again, that is not a samurai. Not even remotely. These are more like demonic ninjas.

    Thus proving, once in for all, that having sex with Allison, or even thinking about having sex with Allison, is not without its consequences . . .
    Yeah for about ten seconds. And what do they even want with Isaac anyway? You know this guy is so useless I couldn’t care less when he was captured and dragged away.

    Well these were my thoughts on this episode. Thankfully the one after that was much better, but my thoughts on that in the next recap.

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