Unmasked – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “Illuminated”

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Happy Faux-Halloween Werebangers!  As much as this week’s installment of Teen Wolf was all about black-light parties, mostly naked people with paint on their toned torsos, and oddly-attired warriors, who may or may not have descended from fireflies, with the capacity to tattoo people with their fingernails and produce long swords from their stomachs . . .

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. . . it was also about masks . . .

time to die

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.  . . but not just the masks we wear on Halloween with the little eye holes cut out of them so we don’t bump into walls while we are trick-or-treating .  . .

got a rock

. . . but the more subtle masks we wear every other day of the year.  These are the masks that allow us to hide parts of our true selves from the rest of the world . . . parts of ourselves that we don’t like, or don’t think others would accept . . . parts of us that make us seem less . . . normal . . .

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Of all the characters on Teen Wolf, Stiles — goofy and virginal, though he might be  – always seemed to be the one most comfortable in his teenage skin.  It’s one of the things I always admired most about his character  . . . how unabashedly unafraid he was of being himself, even if being himself got him pushed around or excluded, or kept him from getting the girl . .  .

stiles with wolf hat

In “Illuminated,” however, we learn that Stiles too is wearing some masks.  And these masks are more dangerous than the ones donned by his friends.  Why?  Because he doesn’t even realize he’s wearing them . . .

wake uppppp stiles

So turn out the lights, break out the glow-in-the-dark body glitter, and beware of creepy neck-tattoo giving ninjas, because it’s time for another Teen Wolf-cap . . .

more dancing stiles

[As always special thanks to my supernaturally gifted screencapper Andre, who I would totally invite to my blacklight party if I had one, because I know I could trust him not to tattoo me against my will in a wine cellar . . .]

SMUSH!

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It’s a bad day to be a jack-o-lantern in Beacon Hills, with mean derelict kids around every corner, just waiting to put their foot in your skull, and turn your brain into the mushy stuff on the inside of a pumpkin pie . . .

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“What did I do to deserve this?

But worry not jack-o-lanterns!  The Neighborhood Watch has come to the rescue!

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why

“Dressing up like the guys from The Matrix for Halloween is SO last decade!”

Boy, the Neighborhood Watch has changed a lot since I was a kid.  It used to be a bunch of soccer moms in bathrobes.  But these guys are stylin!  I mean, check out those leather dresses.  I would not want to be Jack-o-Lantern Killer in Beacon Hills.  That’s for sure!

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Speaking of the Neighborhood Watch, Jack-o-Lantern Murder isn’t the only bad act that seems to royally piss them off.  They also seem to REALLY HATE THE POSSIBILITY OF PREMARITAL SEX.

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Sorry Isaac.   But the Neighborhood Watch is apparently very against the idea of your impregnating Allison with your were-cub sperm . . .

time to die

Population control . . .

When Allison and her dad find Isaac, he’s super traumatized and definitely still feeling the effects of his run-in with the black skirted ninjas, who he described as having Firefly Eyes . . .

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“Between this and my dad locking me in the freezer before getting killed by my classmate the were-lizard, I’m going to probably need to be in therapy until I die.”

Hmmm . . . now where have we seen fireflies before on this show?

firefly people

Something about the way Allison’s dad was behaving during Isaac’s “debriefing,” seemed to suggest this wasn’t his first time at the Firefly Eye Guys rodeo.  Maybe it was the way he instinctively knew that beating the sh*t out of Isaac to force him to wolf out would break the spell the Firefly Eye Guys had him under . . .

punch throat

(Then again, perhaps he was just using that as an excuse to beat the sh*t out of the current winner of the Teen Werewolf Most Likely to Bone his Daughter this Season award . . . sorry Scott.)

another werewolf

Or maybe it was the way he warned Allison and Issac to keep their mouths shut about the Firefly Eye Guys for the next 24 hours while he “figured things out.”

shifty dad

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Oooooorrrrr maybe it was the BIG OLE BROKEN FIREFLY EYE GUY MASK HE HAD HIDDEN AWAY IN HIS DRAWER, RIGHT NEXT TO HIS SECRET STASH OF HASHISH AND PORN MAGS . . .

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And if we think the Firefly Eye guys react poorly to kids smashing up jack-o-lantern faces, imagine how pissed off they get about people who smash up THEIR FACES!

kidnapped dad

Cue the theme song, which was a bit more “club dancey” than usual, wasn’t it?  I was only kidding about it last week, but this week’s version of the theme song REALLY did remind me of this . . .

This Girl is on Fire

Once upon a time, there was a popular young adult fiction character who wore a pyrotechnically enhanced outfit designed by Lenny Kravitz, and everyone called her The Girl on Fire . . .

girl on fire

But That Girl apparently, has nothing on our Kira, whose face literally appears to burst into flame, every time someone snaps her picture.  Now, most cameras these days have a Red Eye Reduction function that is probably very helpful for folks like Scott .  . .

red eyes

However, until iPhone invents a Face Flame Reduction Feature, Kira is kind of crap out of luck . . .

on fire

But hey, at least she didn’t end up chargrilled by Mr. “Their Eyes Were Glowing” Barrow!  Something that Scott’s dad honestly seems pissed off about, because dead kids have always been super good for his career.  Have I mentioned yet this recap that Scott’s dad is a douche?

le douche

Well, consider it mentioned!  Anywhoo, the Scooby Gang, plus Kira, find themselves in super hot water with Douchey Daddy for accidentally blacking out the entire town in their attempt to evade being murdered by a child-killing psychopath.  The nerve of these kids and their pesky survival instincts!

darn kids

Meddling Kids!

Douchey Daddy gets incredibly frustrated when he can’t get a straight answer about what happened from our characters . . . something Papa Stilinski finds positively hilarious, because, for once, he’s not the adult being made to look like a moron by a bunch of teenagers less than half his age.

winky stiles

“How come you and Lydia always seem to solve every mystery on this show, when no one else can?”  Scott’s dad asks, echoing the question in the minds of Teen Wolf fans everywhere.

“Because my dad’s in law enforcement,” Stiles replies with a wink.

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dad in law en

Adorable . . . but also not true.  I mean, Scott’s dad is in law enforcement too, and it hasn’t helped him a lick, when it comes to logical reasoning .  . .

no idea what im doing

I mean, Scott’s a sweet guy and all, but, let’s face it, he’s kind of dumber than wolf poo  . . .

teen wolf 12 cry scott

Of course, by the end of this episode, we have another, more logical, explanation as to why Stiles has seemed to miraculously have all the answers so far this season.  And it’s genius, on a Usual Suspects-like level that leads me to believe I haven’t been giving these writers nearly enough credit in my recaps this season.

mischeivous stiles

I like how the show took the inherent ridiculousness of the “Kill Kira” coded message on the chalk board last week, and immediately offered the explanation that SOMEONE ELSE, aside from Barrow, wrote it.    Now, while that assumption ended up being correct, I’m not sure, as a detective, I would have immediately arrived at that conclusion.  (In fact, if I recall from the message boards on last week’s episode, most fans, myself included, assumed that the code came from Barrow, himself.)  I mean the guy was basically a schizo psychopath who enjoyed killing kids with glowing body parts.  Why would he need a coded message instructing him to do the thing he loved doing so much in the first place?

glowing

Just a thought . . .

Speaking of glowing body parts . . .

Clothing Option . . . Paint Mandatory

At School in the Dark, Stiles finds a new mysterious key on his key chain, which I can totally relate to, because every time I stick my hand in my purse, I’m always finding things I don’t remember putting in there.  I swear I’m convinced my purse is a portal to another land . . .  either that or a very expensive trash receptacle for old receipts, candy wrappers, pens without ink and unmatched gloves  . . .

key enter

But enough about me!

Let’s talk about Kira . . .

i so want to hit that

Last week, Stiles was TOTALLY pro Kira, telling Scott he should absolutely hit that because he’s “the hottest girl” in school . . .

hot girl

Then again, maybe Stiles was just saying those things to hit on Scott . . .

attractie to gay guys

This week, Stiles basically thinks Kira is Jenny the Darach 2.0, which makes her more or less undateable, unless you are really hot for people who secretly look like Lord Voldemort . . .

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“Let’s leave the dating of secret murderers / super villains to MY future girlfriends, mmmm kay?”

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. . . or you’re a moron . . . like Derek . . .

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And because I had the exact same idea last week, I am now more convinced than ever that Stiles and I do, in fact, share a brain . . . which worries me, because I’m pretty sure Stiles’ brain has a tumor in it . . .

not a tumor

In the boy’s locker room, Aiden and Ethan are naked, and everyone else is fully clothed, because, like children in the 1950s, these are two characters that are at their best when seen not heard.

the nakeds

Danny’s there too.  He’s fighting on the phone with some unseen person, about a blacklight party, which will now have to be canceled due to the “blackout.”  Hello Irony!

make them want us

Ethan wants to help Danny find an alternative location for the party, because he feels that will help him find an alternative location into Danny’s very busy pants.  He also believes that helping Danny through a really bitchin party will make Care Bear Scott know that Ethan and Aiden “care a lot” about their fellow man.  And even if this doesn’t cause Scott to make Ethan and Aiden into fellow Care Bears like Stiles . . .

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. . and Isaac .  . .

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. . . and Lydia . . .

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stopped caring

. . . it might at least convince him to take the twins on as Care Bear cousins . .  . you know . . . the characters that weren’t bears, but still got to make an appearance every so often in the Care Bear Movies, and Specials, because they were basically nice people/ animals .. .

At first, Aiden is not down with being a Care Bear Cousin.  But then Lydia, whose mom will likely be brutally murdered very soon is now teaching at the school (?) and everyone knows that the only teacher at Beacon Hills High who can never die is Coach Crackpot tells Aiden that he can’t f*&k her in janitors closets anymore because his murdering Boyd just became a total turn off.

no bad guys

big boyd wolf

“Awww . . . how sweet . . . and also about 10 episodes too late.”

And Aiden and his blue balls decide being a Care Bear Cousin is better than being eternally celibate.  So, he decides to help Danny by suggesting he throw a party in Derek’s supposedly abandoned loft.  Yes, Aiden, because throwing a party in the place where Boyd died, will TOTALLY make Lydia forget you killed him.  Good thinking!

gotcha twins

Photo Finished!

Kira is sitting alone in the hallway eating her sad sandwich, and wearing very sad pants.  Scott completely ignores Stiles’ advice .  . .

bad scott

. . . and decides this is the perfect opportunity to hit on her . . .

sad pants

. . .to show her gratitude Kira shows Scott her nifty magical power that involves looking weird in photographs . . .

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(I don’t know, Kira.   I always look weird in photographs too.  And nobody’s ever tried to electrocute me for it . . . yet.)

Scott agrees to help get Kira’s cell phone (which contains evidence of her weird photographs) out of the police station’s evidence locker.

Meanwhile, Derek (rightfully) scares some kids who are stupid enough to go trick or treating in an abandoned parking lot during a blackout.   (Seriously, are all the parents in this town mentally retarded?)  But before he does that, he gives them candy.  Because grown men who carry Milky Ways and M&M’s  in the back of their truck, just in case they happen to come upon unaccompanied minors aren’t creepy at all . . .

candy for kids

“Hey kids, wanna hop in the back of my truck and eat Snickers?”

tee hee

“Sure sounds like fun!”

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“STRANGER DANGERRRRRRRRR!”

Obstruction of Justice 101

I’ve always said that watching Teen Wolf makes me smarter and more pervy.  This week’s installment of Teen Wolf had the added benefit of making me a better criminal!  Be amazed as Stiles teaches us just how easy it is to break into the police department and steal incriminating evidence against yourself!

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Step 1 – Clone the key cards

Thus proving that Stiles literally does own the keys to every door in this entire town . . . including the door to his own mind, Lydia’s heart, and of course, the chemistry lab.

stiles key

“This could be The Key to solving this week’s mystery . . . literally”

Step 2 – Avoid the completely incompetent police force, by merely crawling underneath them . . .

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“Off to get some donuts.”

Step 3 – Unlock evidence Drawer

the phone

Step 4 – Find evidence, and then dawdle for an unreasonably long time for no other reason than to increase narrative tension . . .

too long to charge

                Was it just me, or did that phone take a ridiculously long time to charge enough just to turn on?  That’s BAD product placement, if ever I saw it.  An iPhone takes about 20 seconds.  Just sayin . . .

Step 5 – Almost get discovered, just so Stiles will have to save your ass by being Stiles . . .

I don’t know about you.  But I vote when Teen Wolf gets canceled about 25 seasons from now, Stiles gets his own spinoff, which consists solely of him ragging on Scott’s Douchebag dad for an entire hour . . .  I’d watch that show.

the hero

P.S. What do you guys think the “big secret” Stiles’ dad has on Scott’s dad is that makes the latter hate the former so much?  Part of me thinks it has something to do with Scott’s mom . . . then again, maybe that’s because I’m totally rooting for Stiles’ dad and Scott’s mom to start boning in the next season or two.  They’d be adorable together!  Admit it!

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After they escape, Kira is totally turned on by her introduction into a Life of Crime.  She wonders whether Scott and Stiles have ever broken the law like this before, at which point, Stiles wryly hands Kira a DVD set of the first 2.5 seasons of Teen Wolf, and replies, “Only every Monday at 10 p.m., for the past three years.”

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Ain’t No Party Like a Firefly Guy Party

Danny’s blacklight party is banging!

time warp

The music rocks, the nudity and creative body paint all over the place is insane.

And what other place can you go to get drawn on by Kelly Osbourne!

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.  . . or at least someone who looks a lot like her.

kelly os

Danny is eagerly getting painted up, when someone calls for ice, and a flirty Ethan tells him he’ll   . . . BE RIGHT BACK . . .

very gay

painted 3

Silly Ethan.  Did you forget you were on a horror show?

be right back

Sex makes men stupid . . .

While Ethan goes off into a dark abandoned corner of Derek’s loft to get brutalized, Danny notices some uninvited guests at his party, who are wearing way too much clothes . . .

matrix guy

“Why is Neo from The Matrix at my blacklight party?”

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But they have cool firefly eyes, so he decides to let it slide.

Elsewhere in the loft, Allison and Isaac show up at the party completely overdressed (just like the firefly guys).  So, they decide to improvise and also hump . . .

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. .  . because really no blacklight party is complete without some good old fashioned humping . . .

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Also humping?  Stiles!  You go boy!

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So what if he may end up being this season’s Big Bad?  Stiles is so Geek Chic and Dorky Sexy that even lesbians whose girlfriends were recently brutally murdered want to bone him!  Because everyone knows that having Stiles in your mouth is better than any antidepressant.

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But who does Stiles want in HIS Mouth?  Answer:  Apparently EVERYONE!

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It’s always the “innocent” ones that end up being the biggest freaks in the sheets . . .

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Stiles takes a break from sucking face with a lesbian to notice that his Magical Mystical Key has chemicals on it . . . as in chemicals from a chemistry lab.

check out your key

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RUH ROH!  It looks like our baby may have done a bad bad thing . . .

Speaking of bad things . . .

Ashes, ashes, they all FALL DOWN!

At the blacklight party, relationships, advance, discoveries are made, people are attacked, and everyone gets tattoos, all in a matter of minutes!

After coming to a silent understanding with Allison that they are both going to screw other people this season, Scott finally sees Kira for what she really is . . . a fox . . .

No, I mean, like, a real fox . . . like the “fire” around her body in pictures actually has a fox shape . . .

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And being a member of the canine family himself, Scott totally digs it . . .

next victim

Allison and Isaac too finally give in to their mutually shared sexual tension, which causes Allison to discover Isaac’s brand new neck tattoo.  A backwards “five,” put there by the Firefly Guys?  Why, are they dyslexic?

found sign

Then again . . . it could also be an “S” for Superman . . . or STILES . . .

stiles rescue

Speaking of the Firefly Guys, Lydia spots them at a crowded party stalking her.  And so, rather than staying amidst the massive crowd of people who will undoubtedly keep her safe, she decides to say “I’ll BE RIGHT BACK,” to no one in particular, and heads out to balcony alone.

oh no

“Oh no, demons are trying to get me!”

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“Let me go out here, and make it so much easier for them to do so.”

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Silly Lydia!  This is what happens when you don’t hang out with Stiles, and allow him to makeout with lesbians instead of protecting you . . .

And they say you’re the smart one . . . sheesh.

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The Firefly Guys take Lydia’s Banshee scream, give her the dyslexic tattoo, and then seem to entrance her in some sort of way.   But I guess we’ll have to wait until next week to determine what the consequences of that entrancement are . . .

look into my firefly eyes

“Look deep into my firefly eyes.  You are getting very sleepy.”

really loved you in matrix

“I really loved you in The Matrix, Mr. Keanu Reeves.”

Also, attacked and tatted up?  Ethan . . . and Derek . .  . whose super pissed off about it, and breaks up the party, the exact same way he traumatized those pesky trick our treaters.

this partys over

“STRANGER DANGERRRRRR!”

The Scooby Gang, minus Stiles, reconvene in the now empty loft to face off against the Firefly Guys.  I smell a Musical Battle Sequence . . .

kung fu fighting laala

“MORTAL KOMBAAAAAATTT!”

Unlike most Musical Battle Sequences on this show, in which the Werewolf Always Wins.  This time around, the Werewolf Always Sucks Ass . . .

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In the Scooby Gangs’ defense, Firefly Guys are much better armed than our heroes, with Magical Tummy Swords . . .

sword maker

Hypnotic Tattoos . . .

superman

 

negativity and scarf

 

Bet Isaac is wishing he was wearing the scarf last night . . .

isaac scarf

“No tatt for me, Firefly Guy!”

And the Ability to Regenerate Heads . . .

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Then The Sun comes and saves everyone from getting murdered!  Hooray Sun!

the sun

Unfortunately, things are less sunny elsewhere in Beacon Hills, like back at the Argent house, where Papa Argent looks like he had a pretty crap day . . .

dying daddy

Also having a crap day, Stiles who has just learned that HE might be the one trying to kill Kira . . . which was a pretty ingenious development on the part of the writers, as it makes the oddity of Stiles magically figuring out the “code” on the board make so much more sense in hindsight.  It also makes Lydia’s comment about not wanting to be with the “bad guys” seem much more ironic / ominous.

evil stiles

Either that, or he’s dreaming / in a coma . . .

sleeping stiles

Or he has a brain tumor . . .

not a tumor

Whatever the reason, Stiles sure seems to be working very hard to make sure “The Hottest Girl” in school doesn’t get it on doggystyle with “The Fox.”

abominable snowman

Thus, proving that prolonged virginity can make you evil and/or cause brain tumors / comas.

So, go forth and get laid, Werebangers!  It might just save your life and YOUR SOUL!

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Until next time . . .

hi stiles

 

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5 responses to “Unmasked – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “Illuminated”

  1. Johan

    I just loved the scene were Sheriff Stilinski was having a laugh at being on the other side of The Secret.

    I also wonder if daddy McCall was abusing Scott? It wouldn’t look good for a FBI agent to be a abusive father and that is why he left when Sheriff Stilinski found out.

  2. Andre

    Well this was a funny recap, you actually noticed some stuff I didn’t, but don’t worry it’s also vice versa, and I must say in and on itself this was a pretty good episode. In and on itself, within the wider context of the show it showed the same problems this show has ever since the start of season 3 and even before that. But it was evident that this show is at its best when it keeps the supernatural and especially werewolf stuff at a minimum because they really proofed that they cannot or will not handle this consistently. Actually since this episode was once again written by another person, 3 writers this season so far, I do wonder whether some of the plotholes and general inconsistency of the show are due to something going on between the writers, albeit Davis added several himself already. Or they finally realized how much Jeff Davis fucked up with the last two season finales and they now try to fix it. By adding even more plotholes. You know maybe if this show can stay on a level like in this episode than it’s at least worth to make fun off, but when it gets as infuriatingly bad as TVD or Cassandra Clare novels (with all the stereotyping, racism, sexism and rewriting of history) I am out.

    Since you came with the Charlie Brown picture, how about a look at how Charlie Brown would be in real life after all the years of torture and abuse on Lucy’s hand:

    And personally I do not regard Stiles as wearing a mask, because that requires an actual choice, which I think he might not have.

    Let’s just skip all the pseudodrama with Isaac, since I really don’t care what happens to him, and let’s get right to the more interesting stuff:
    oddly-attired warriors, who may or may not have descended from fireflies, with the capacity to tattoo people with their fingernails and produce long swords from their stomachs . . .
    You know, that wasn’t actually subtle or anything. I suspected that these guys were the fireflies the moment they appeared on screen. I mean the dark clothes, they suddenly stump around, why they don’t teleport or go through shadows is anyone’s guess, dramatic convenience again (seriously don’t these writers get a briefing on the powers of these things?).
    Also, is that just me, or are you getting a serious mortal combat vibe from these things as well. Not just that but the way that one draws a sword from its chest makes be reminiscent of X (movie and series).
    And like Kali’s toe-tapping last season and the Independence Day speech from season 2 shows, the writers are not above stealing stuff from known movies, even crappy ones like Independence Day (which btw. is supposed to have two sequels, yay more stereotypes) and Mortal Combat. Don’t believe me that Independence Day is bad? Watch at this honest trailer:

    Actually if Davis is a fan that might explain a lot about this show (like this sort of trying of the show to apparently trying to hint that Scott and his father will reconcile [remember the show of kid-Scott?] or the constant telling of us instead of showing it).

    Still not believing me about Emmerich? Watch this:

    Hm. I guess since I am neither American nor Tibetan all these landmarks don’t mean anything to me and so I am one of the people never actually liking Independence Day. I think I only saw it once and never again. But it’s more than with Dances with Wolves, one scene of Costner in a dirty buffalo hide and I was “Who cares”. Hm… that is really how I feel about Isaac now, who cares if the Mortal Kombat guys beat him, rape him or eat him alive. Actually considering that next episode there will be Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, aka the guy playing Shang Tsung (and no, he is not the Mortal Kombat cast member that is also on Teen Wolf [have you finally realized who it is?]), I do think these guys are copied from Mortal Kombat.
    Sure, their attire is close to Denebe, but I doubt that Davis even heard of the Kamen Rider series. And probably not of the season called Den-O, which in many ways had a good comedy, was way less sexist than usual for this show, and actually made me care about the characters:

    As a matter of fact I think you might have liked the show, especially with the fact that the lead actor practically played 5 different characters constantly (you get a short introduction to all 5 in the first 4 minutes of the above film, considered the built up within the show I was actually a tad disappointed by the film but the others were better).

    Something about the way Allison’s dad was behaving during Isaac’s “debriefing,” seemed to suggest this wasn’t his first time at the Firefly Eye Guys rodeo.
    This was also the time in the episode when the suspicion grew in me that we might have another revenge plot coming at us; which would be the fourth then. I had feared that the entire season so far and I hope it doesn’t come to that, because, seriously, do we need another one? That would make the whole Nemeton thing an even bigger plothole than it already is.

    Anywhoo, the Scooby Gang, plus Kira, find themselves in super hot water with Douchey Daddy for accidentally blacking out the entire town in their attempt to evade being murdered by a child-killing psychopath.
    So not only is the police in this town incompetent but the people working at the power plant as well?

    Adorable . . . but also not true. I mean, Scott’s dad is in law enforcement too, and it hasn’t helped him a lick, when it comes to logical reasoning . . .
    Well Scott’s dad wasn’t around when Scott hit puberty and maybe that was for the best, considered that the guy has already done several things I am sure an FBI agent should never do.
    But still Scott’s mother is capable so why did her son turn out this dumb?

    I mean, Scott’s a sweet guy and all, but, let’s face it, he’s kind of dumber than wolf poo . . .
    With that statement and the picture below it I think you pretty much nailed it, what is wrong with this show since season 3 started. It’s not the same show anymore, actually I think Davis is trying to make Scott more like Jackson since his lover boy Haynes dumped his ass and now he seems to try and compensate with changing Scott (and casting the twins and pairing them up with Lydia and Danny).
    I mean can you honestly say you believe that this simple salary raise from season 2 allows Scott to buy all these new fancy clothes and maintain a motor bike at the same time?
    Furthermore more and more things get handed to him, without him really doing anything for it, there is nothing at stake. Kind of like Jackson in season 1 and 2. He was at most dragged along or guilted into something in season 1 and in season 2 he was just a douche whom we were suddenly supposed to feel sorry for because he doesn’t know his “real parents” (nice statement against adoptive parents btw. And no you can’t say it makes no difference because the words real and fake are laden with judgments, you know that). At the end he basically gets everything he wanted without doing anything for it. It’s even completely ignored how shitty he treated Lydia or that she had actually already given him the keys to his house and they are supposed to be all big love and he was even referred to as an orphan despite having parents. Seriously everything they showed about this guy said the direct opposite of what we were supposed to think about him. Sure Scott is not there yet but he is on the downward spiral storytelling wise.
    And like you said, he is dumb and while season 1 and 2 were aware of that, sure that he was still the “hero” was annoying, but at least they knew, and actually addressed it several times, now they don’t do that anymore. With all the books at the start of season 3 and the few references to the word of the day (all gone now) we are supposed to think Scott has changed and that he is now smart. But he isn’t, he is the same dumbass he was the whole time (as evident last season and the fact he never just alphaed up), but now it is no longer addressed.
    They just add plot convenience and –holes into the story so he gets where they want him to be and claiming constantly throughout 3a that he is oh so special.

    PS. I do wonder, since Scott is for some reason a Latino for the writers, not that he is of course, I do wonder whether he adheres to the werewolf stereotype of being dumb and defined by your body or to the Latino stereotype of being dumb and defined by your body.
    I mean no one seems to consider Scott Scottish despite his obvious Caucasian look and full blown Scottish name.

    So I would say that you should hold back with giving the writers credit, because who knows whether the whole think about Stiles might actually be well thought through or just another plothole.

    So while the whole thing with Stiles being a puppet/schizoid that gave the killer the target (after all, why did he attack those other eye-glowing kids?) is intriguing (it would fit with the fact that he could still write while “dreaming”), when last episode was he supposedly giving the guy the instructions? And where did he get the key anyway? Is that the original or a copy? You know copies take time to make so…
    Yeah, there are a lot of things unexplained about this and so I am careful. Also remember last season we had two episodes that were much better than usual, one was motel California and the other was episode 11 and I think we both still vividly remember what happened in the episodes afterwards. But don’t worry; since all surviving main cast members are now white and all werewolves male their survival chances are naturally much higher. Unlike if they were black (Boyd) or female (Kali). Once again: WHERE IS KORA???? Or Peter for that matter? And what was with all the other crap? I Derek cooking up some other half-ass revenge/survival plan?

    PS. Good thing about noticing the similar handwriting, I was wondering what was up with him writing the same stuff.

    Let’s talk about Kira . . .
    Is there any doubt that Cho looks like a woman in her mid-twenties? She could pull the high schooler off in Agents of Secret Stuff but not anymore:

    This week, Stiles basically thinks Kira is Jenny the Darach 2.0, which makes her more or less undateable
    Which is actually the smart thing to do and nothing that has a plothole. They don’t know anything about Kira, who she is, what she can do. She could very well be the Darach 2.0, but unfortunately this is Teen Wolf so we are supposed to think that Scott is the one that has it right and even earns Kira’s trust for basically nothing. You know this is a pretty good example of what I was talking about at the beginning: For itself the later sitting together of Scott and Kira is a pretty good scene, you see two people trusting each other and one revealing her secret. BUT, within the context of this show they didn’t even date and the meeting of the parents wasn’t even their idea. They barely know each other, so why would Kira trust Scott instead of going to her mother? I mean is she that dumb? And where are her parents anyway? But nope, screw realism, Scott has to be in the center and everything needs to be handed to him.

    In the boy’s locker room, Aiden and Ethan are naked, and everyone else is fully clothed, because, like children in the 1950s, these are two characters that are at their best when seen not heard.
    True, they are just there to be half-naked that is for sure. And you know you could say that its … no I have nothing. For some reason this whole party thing is about Scott supposedly trusting them. Sure you could say Ethan wants to do it for Danny and all but why after last episode? And why do they even think this party would bring them closer to Scott, I mean he isn’t that easy to have, yet, he isn’t Caroline Forbes, yet… the promo below suggests otherwise.

    And again: Why do they still have a power outage? The station cannot handle one strong electric current? Or did Kira suck it out, if yes, did that damage the generators?

    But then Lydia, whose mom will likely be brutally murdered very soon
    You mean she will die again? Will she once again be drowned in a well by some 1000 year old whiney sociopathic mass murderer whom gullible audiences love so much since they are too dumb to differentiate between a bad boy and a serial killer, and passive audiences too wrapped up in…. whatever that sexist, plothole ridden, racist show has to offer, love aaand adore, just like the writers, so much that they completely ignore morals and years of character development? Is that what will happen to her? Again with music in the background that is supposed to make us root for the murdering sociopath?

    And from her we go to our next little plothole (kind of fitting):
    tells Aiden that he can’t f*&k her in janitors closets anymore because his murdering Boyd just became a total turn off.

    “Awww . . . how sweet . . . and also about 10 episodes too late.”
    And again, in and of itself that is a good scene, with the priorities and moral compass right. But it is far too late. She didn’t care at the end of season 3a, she didn’t care since the start of the season and she didn’t care last episode, that was in the show just the day before. So: PLOTHOLE!!!!!!! MEGA GIANT PLOTHOLE!!!!!

    Yes, Aiden, because throwing a party in the place where Boyd died, will TOTALLY make Lydia forget you killed him. Good thinking!
    And why exactly are they there? Once again, good scene by itself but bad in context.
    And what sort of giant building is that anyway?

    As for Derek: Who cares…. I just wish, she would come:

    Somebody has to teach this idiot.

    This week’s installment of Teen Wolf had the added benefit of making me a better criminal!
    Really? For me it was more like: Do they try to make Scott look moral now?

    Was it just me, or did that phone take a ridiculously long time to charge enough just to turn on? That’s BAD product placement, if ever I saw it. An iPhone takes about 20 seconds. Just sayin . . .
    That long? My Samsung would be ready instantly.

    What do you guys think the “big secret” Stiles’ dad has on Scott’s dad is that makes the latter hate the former so much?
    Didn’t really think about it since who knows whether it won’t be shoved back and never talked about once Davis has a plotline hissyfit again.
    Maybe he did something criminal, cheated on his wife, maybe Mr. Stilinski is Scott’s biological father, maybe … yeah, I didn’t give it too much thought, like I said, I need some evidence that it will actually be important.

    After they escape, Kira is totally turned on by her introduction into a Life of Crime.
    A shy and kinda nerdy Asian girl who is shown the fun of rule breaking by a cool and attractive white guy… who ever heard about such a thing?

    The music rocks, the nudity and creative body paint all over the place is insane.
    Please, they didn’t even do this:

    And just some nitpick:
    They had Danny mistake Ethan for Aiden, despite Danny screwing Ethan for weeks at least, these two not actually looking like cartboard copies and both having completely different paintings on their bodies. I mean are we supposed to think that the guy being the convenient plot device for last season’s “ley lines” is so dumb he thinks Ethan got a new paint of that magnitude that fast?
    Btw. Lydia doesn’t seem to care much about her exes bff (btw. shouldn’t he mention Jackson?) since she doesn’t warn him about the murderer he flirts with.
    Well, Danny is just a plot device and a token gay character, so what can you expect? That he falls “in love” with some 300 year old whiney, fashion crazy warlock who despite all claims to the contrary cares shit about his relationships?

    Also wouldn’t Danny’s acceptance of Ethan just tearing his shirt hint to a level of intimacy these two don’t currently have?

    “Why is Neo from The Matrix at my blacklight party?”
    The dudes in black can’t be Neo, they have far too many facial expressions.

    But who does Stiles want in HIS Mouth? Answer: Apparently EVERYONE!

    like boys

    Yeah… just queer baiting, nothing more. They will keep teasing you, trust me, nothing is gonna come of this, so it’s best to move on.

    Ps. That girl is bisexual, and not a lesbian, these are two different things.

    Stiles takes a break from sucking face with a lesbian to notice that his Magical Mystical Key has chemicals on it . . . as in chemicals from a chemistry lab.
    Since when do all chemicals glow in blacklight?

    No, I mean, like, a real fox . . . like the “fire” around her body in pictures actually has a fox shape . . .
    No, actually that’s not a fox shape. That is pretty sloppy work. From the side it looks more like a doe than anything else, from some angles the snout did loot canine, but more like those of a sighthound than a fox, not to mention that the thing had no ears. So we are once again just told this and that (Scott said it was a fox) and not shown, like with the Argent’s matriarchy, or Scott being virtuous, or Deucalion and Jennifer powerful, or Derek caring about anybody etc. etc.

    And so, rather than staying amidst the massive crowd of people who will undoubtedly keep her safe, she decides to say “I’ll BE RIGHT BACK,” to no one in particular, and heads out to balcony alone.
    Once again, within the scene itself you could say she wanted to get out to get fresh air and all, since she wasn’t thinking clearly. But considered that this is Lydia and she knows who is a werewolf there, she should have gone to one of them.

    Unlike most Musical Battle Sequences on this show, in which the Werewolf Always Wins. This time around, the Werewolf Always Sucks Ass . . .
    That is just temporary. The plothole will reappear to give Scott superiority again.
    But on another level: Why do they use slow-motion? To hide that the actors/stuntmen can’t move fast enough? If yes this doesn’t make it any better. Slow mow might work if you want the viewers to see every detail but here it’s too dark, so the slow mow just kills the action.

    Then The Sun comes and saves everyone from getting murdered! Hooray Sun!
    Aka the biggest problem of the show: Scott is saved by pure plotconvenience. This was an element of the episode that actually sucked in itself already.

    • east coast captain

      Yeah Scott is a nice guy but he is unfortunately not the sharpest tool in the box.

      I generally blame it in the writing and the werewolf stereotype.

      Andre, these shows like teen wolf and the vampire diaries are written for teenagers. Some characters are good others are pathetic. Really gritty dramas like breaking bad now that is good tv.

      • Andre

        And you think teenagers do not watch Breaking Bad?
        Also just because its written for teenagers doesn’t mean it has to be stupid. Actually it should not, because teenagers grow up and so should the show. The show had some good starts in season 1 but now it has become like all other shows that promote wealth without criticism.
        And the writing more and more seems to rely on stereotypes. Now I agree Scott is the werewolf stereotype, but when you, like Davis apparently does, see Scott as a Latino he is also the Latino stereotype. Also the fact that Stiles constantly helps out and basically gets nothing for it, especially not sex, makes me wonder whether that is really a feature of a developed character or rather the geek stereotype at work.

        Also while the show was aware of Scott’s stupidity in season 1 and 2, now he is equally as dumb but they act as though he is the brightest guy there.

  3. I’ve been rooting for Mamma McCall and Daddy Stiles for EVER.

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