Hello Darkness, My Old Friend – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “Silverfinger”

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Konnichiwa, Werebangers!  This past week, on a heavily Eastern Mythology-inspired episode of Teen Wolf, Scott and Kira read a children’s book together . . .

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“I’m not a great reader.  But I’m very good at looking at pictures.”

Isaac dressed up like one of the bad guys from The Matrix . . .

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Lydia . .  . did nothing, because she wasn’t in the episode.

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And in earth-shattering, climactic news, Stiles . . .

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. . . killed a firefly.

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Perhaps, more than any episode in the 3B block, “Silverfinger” was, at its heart, an origin story.  Nothing fleshes out a hero more than a Great Origin Story.  It shows us what drives and motivates this character . . . how he came to be the living, breathing entity you are watching on screen.

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But what about the Villain?  Too often writers don’t care enough about their villains to give them a satisfactory Origin Story.  Rather, their motivations for wreaking havoc are hastily explained in the moments before their demise at the hands of the hero.

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Writers neglect their villains at their peril.  Because the viewing public loves a solid villain, one with specific dreams, goals and disappointments, beyond the usual “Plans for World Domination.”  Cool villains like the The Joker, Loki,  and Magneto make their protagonist counterparts more interesting, and their inevitable final encounters more epic.  In short,  it’s  the ultimate love / hate relationship . . . a twisted romance of sorts.

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Now, I’m not saying that the Oni and Nogitsune we met this week, are particularly well fleshed out yet.  I mean, we aren’t even sure what the latter looks like.  And though there are five of the former, we still can’t tell them apart . . .kind of like those pesky not-so-Alpha twins.  Yet both of these baddies,  actually have fairly solid motivations for doing what they do.

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“It’s complicated.”

The Oni are kind of like cops.  As far as they are concerned, the Nogitsune is seriously bad dude, a dark spirit that infects society with evil.  Is it so wrong them, for these guys to hunt it down and try to destroy it?  I mean, they are even learning from past mistakes and trying to minimize harm.  Back in the day, they used to just kill everybody, in hopes that one of them would be the Nogitsune.

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“In hindsight, we might have overreacted just a bit.”

But now they test people first.  If they aren’t evil, they get a nice little neck tattoo and can go on their merry way.  That’s a pretty humane practice for a bunch of so-called super villains?  Don’t you think?

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As for the Nogitsune, we’re told he’s this awful guy.  But so far, all he’s been doing is hiding from the Oni and trying his best to stay alive.  Wouldn’t each of us do the same thing, if some pesky fire fly guys were trying to kill us?

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See . . . it’s all a matter of perspective, folks.  Let’s keep that in mind as we review, shall we?

[As always, special thanks to my Evil Genius Screencapper Andre,who is deftly plotting his path toward World Domination, one screenshot of shirtless men at a time . . .]

A Long Time Ago, We Used to Be Friends . . .

When Papa Argent first encountered the Oni (i.e. the new word we learned this week for the Firefly Guys), he wasn’t the badass Mr. Mom he is today.  Rather, he was a strapping young arms dealer, just trying to please his old man, by striking a deal with the Japanese Mafia.

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“I’m way too attractive not to get my own prequel . . .”

Enter the Oni, whose idea of successfully closing a deal is killing everyone on the other side of it.

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“Say hello to your intestines leaking out of your body.”

What a waste of some seriously swanky suits!

And then there was one left . . . and, as luck would have it, he was the one the Oni were searching for all along.

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“I feel pretty.  Oh so pretty.  I feel pretty and witty and bright.  And I pity any yakuza who isn’t me tonight!”

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This one supposedly had a dark spirit inside of him, and some awesome magical powers. But the only thing “impressive” I saw about him was impossibly large teeth and some bad cataracts.  He growled and made a lot of noise, but ultimately Nogitsune 1 died without putting up much of a fight.

king of the world

 

not really sir

 

“When are people going to learn that throwing your arms out and embracing the world pretty much guarantees you aren’t going to make it out of the end credits alive.”

Or did he?  Because I have this sneaking suspicion that a very important part of this story is missing.  And the Ole Horse Teeth was nothing more than a pawn in the Real Nogitsune’s game . . .

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But, of course, we can forgive Papa Argent for being a bit hazy on the details.  After all, he was young (and hot) and spent most of the experience peeing himself behind a rock . . .

Then Young Papa Argent shot an Oni in the mask, and learned he had no face, which pretty much makes the Oni the Japanese Cousins of the soul-sucking Dementors from Harry Potter . . .

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This little distraction allowed Little Papa Argent to escape  .  . .

Not satisfied with Papa Argent’s explanation of the leather suit-wearing freaks currently trying to murder them all, the Scooby Gang decide to gather additional intel from some old bald Japanese Yoda-like guy, who conveniently also survived the great Yakuza Massacre of 1980 something . . .

The problem, of course, is the last time Papa Argent attempted to find Beacon Hills Yoda, he kind of / sort of got his ass kicked . . .

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So, being a Good Dad, Papa Argent does what any self-respecting father would do . . . he sends the guy who wants to bone his daughter directly into harms way, to do his dirty work for him!

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It’s actually a pretty crafty idea, if you think about it. I mean, either way, the Elder Argent eliminates a threat . . . though the latter threat is only to his daughter’s panties . . .

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Beauty and the Beast

Awww how sweet!  After a night of battling Oni, Kira rode home on the back of Scott’s motorcycle, he showed her his goofy-looking wolf face, and she fondled it, and thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world, thus proving that this girl REAAAALLLY needs to get out more . . .

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In other romance news, Ethan and Aiden stalk Scott on their matching motorcycles and tell him that they will stay loyally glued to his side forever and ever, or until he gets eaten and brutally murdered by Oni, whichever comes first.  I smell a werewolf threesome!

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I guess there are some folks who were born to always be minions to “The Hottest Girl.”

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Now, while I’m not entirely sold on the twins as individual characters,  I’m actually not minding the idea of them as part of Scott’s pack.  After all, up to this point, Scott’s Scooby Gang basically consisted of Allison (weaponry), Lydia (annoying screaming / death detection), Stiles (brains), and Isaac (?).   Every good pack needs a little muscle power . . . no matter how empty the heads that come attached to those muscle bags might be.  And Ethan and Aiden, they give good muscle (and good bone), if nothing else .  . .

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Speaking of Stiles’ brains, they are beginning to look a bit less like hard boiled eggs, and a bit more like scrambled ones,  with each passing week . . .

This is your brain on Nogitsune . . .

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Scott wants to warn Stiles about the Oni.  But Stiles is too freaked out that someone had the nerve to erase his chalkboard encoded murder message to Barrow about Kira.  That same someone has stolen his key to the chemistry closet.  Hey Stiles, ever heard the phrase, “Take a picture.  It lasts longer . . .”?

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Maybe, next time, Kira will let you borrow her camera phone . . .

For his part, Scott is fairly confident that his best friend is not a love-interest murdering sociopath.  But, in all fairness, Scott and Stiles haven’t been spending all that much time together of late.  As for Scott, he’s been kind of busy swatting fireflies and eating mouthfuls of wasabi with his new girlfriend, the fox.  Meanwhile, Stiles has been making out with random bisexuals, going on investigation missions with his gal Friday Lydia, and, most recently enduring the horrors of a life that has become a perpetual waking nightmare.

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Scott and Stiles have been so out of sync lately, that Scott has barely had time to tell Stiles all about his most recent Oni encounters.  This is a shame, because we all know that demon-possessed or not, Stiles would have been all up in that amazing opportunity for Nerd Research  . . .

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Though not necessarily wise enough to retain evidence of his own serial killing tendencies, Stiles is smart enough to seek the help of a medical professional when he’s about to go full-on nutso.  He visits Mama McCall because she is clearly the only professional left alive in Beacon Hills hospital.  Being a mom first, and a nurse second, Mama McCall is loath to get Stiles any more riled up than he already is about the potential severity of his condition, before she knows what exactly is wrong with him.  And so, she diagnoses Stiles with “being sleepy, very sleepy,” shoots him up with some hospital-grade Ambien and shuffles the young lad off into Dream Land . . .

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. . . which is precisely the place where all Stiles’ troubles began in the first place.

“Thanks, Mom,” indeed . . .

In the “After Show,” Holland Rhoden suggested that Stiles half-asleep referral to Scott’s mother as “Mom,” is a foreshadowing of sorts . . .

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I’m going to take her word for it.  But, foreshadowing (and Mama McCall’s questionable medical tactics) aside, I actually think it was a very sweet, quiet, authentic moment between these two characters.  After all, why wouldn’t Stiles, whose spent at least the past few years of his young life without a mother, experience feelings of warmth and parental gratitude toward a woman he has known since he was a very small child and trusts very much, who has tucked him into bed, and is lovingly caressing his forehead as he drifts off into some much-desired sleep?

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As for Stiles’ biological mom, it appears, based on some quick research on the part of Mama McCall that she experienced the same symptoms as Stiles shortly before her own death, which actually dovetails quite well with my trusty ole Brain Tumor Theory.

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However, based on the last few moments of the episode, something a bit more supernaturally sinister may, in fact, be afoot here . . .

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Why it’s bad to take selfies on your dad’s computer . . .

Agent McCall / Daddy Douche, tech savvy scamp that he is, apparently installed some security function on his computer that takes pictures of people other than him that try to use it.  And while I’d say, just password protecting the darn thing would be a heck of a lot more efficient  /effective.  Doing it this way, does make it that much harder for the intruder in question to deny his guilt.  Not to mention the fact that secret selfies are just hilarious.  Because who doesn’t look super goofy, while they are staring into a computer screen?

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Anywhoo, Daddy Douche wants answers. So off he tromps to his son’s house to get them.

Meanwhile DARKNESS IS COMING . . .

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Isaac Plays Dress-up

Sure Daddy Argent, dress your daughter’s boyfriend up in a penguin suit and send him into a scary warehouse filled with roid-raging bouncer types with really bad manicures under the pretense of selling some old gun.  Sounds like a great idea!

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surrounded by idiots

Because Isaac is not a total moron, he’s a bit conflicted about the whole “entering the jaws of death” thing.  So, Allison puts her tongue down his throat and makes him grab her ass, and suddenly everything is totally cool!  (Everyone claims Allison is totally human.  But I’m not so sure.  Clearly she has a Magical Vajayjay.)

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As Isaac yammers on about stuff he knows nothing about, the Argents easily work their way through the lamest excuse for security ever.  Then Mr. Clean tells Isaac the true story about the weapon he’s “selling,” turns out it was used by one Argent to shoot another one, before he could turn into a werewolf, back in the day.

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Pretenses tossed away, Isaac and Mr. Clean both show their fangs to one another, while, upstairs, Papa Argent reunites with Silverfinger for the first time in 24 years . . .

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Silver Finger . . .

 

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Missing a Finger . . .

Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid is more than happy to explain to the Teen Wolf audience the mystery of the Firefly Guys.  They are Oni, demon warriors traveling through the darkness in search of one being possessed by a dark spirit, the Nogitsune, a form of kitsune.  They sift through individuals with supernatural auras, marking them with an S, once they have determined they are still themselves.  And once they find their target, they will kill everyone in their way to reach him or her.

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Mr. Miyagi politely thanks Papa Argent for saving his life all those years ago.  Then, he warns the werewolf hunter that if he finds the Nogitsune he should kill it, “even if it is his own daughter . . . or that goofy kid that hangs out with her daughter’s wolfy boyfriends . . .”

Meanwhile, Scott and co. are back at his house, learning about the Oni the hard way . . .

It’s an Oni Slumber Party!

Scott, that horndog, somehow convinces Kira that the place she will be safest for the night is right in his bed . . .

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So, Kira does what any girl would do when she finds herself in a sexual situation with the boy she likes.  She . . . pulls out a children’s picture book about kitsune and reads to him.

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Dear Sweet Kira.  Didn’t you get the memo?  You’re on MTV, home of sexed up series like The Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, and about six shows starring Snooki . . .

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Sesame Street is two studios down . . .

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Scott’s and Kira’s playdate soon gets rudely interrupted by Agent McCall, who is piping mad about Scott and Kira getting their grubby pawprints all over his MacBook Air.  Then, Scott’s mom comes home.  And this place is starting to get more crowded by the second.

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Honestly, for me, the funniest part of the episode, was when the CLEARLY DEMONIC AND SUPERNATURAL Oni materializes in the kitchen, and Scott’s dad’s response is not “AHHHHHHHH!!!”

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Or, “HOLY F*&K!  WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?”

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As most normal people would react.  Rather, he’s all, “Who is this tall, poorly dressed gentleman?  He is clearly not on the lists of people I approved for you and your mother to hang out with, before I abandoned you both years ago?”

Doofy Papa McCall then walks toward the Oni like he’s actually going to ARREST HIM  .  . .

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So, of course he gets a sword in his belly for his trouble . . .

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With Papa McCall out of commission and Mama McCall tending to his wounds, this were-house party can really get started.  Enter Twins . . .

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And Derek . . .

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And MORE ONIS . . .

It’s like the blacklight party all over again, minus all the body paint and bad choices!

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Mama McCall gains her hero wings by temporarily ejecting the Oni from her home using . . . you guessed it . . . Everybody’s Favorite Magical  Plot Device . . .

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Buuuuuut then they get in anyway . . .

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Allison conveniently calls Scott just in time to tell him that, provided he and his girlfriend are not totally evil, the Oni are just there to give them both nice neck tattoos.  So, chill out!

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And so, hands clasped, Scott and Kira meet the Oni head on and prepare to receive their brands . . .

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. . .  which they do.  So, the Onis disappear . . . in search of their real target.

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that was fun

 

“Zzzzzzzzzzzz…..”

That was easy.

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Eat Stiles’ Dust, Firefly Guy!

In the hospital, Stiles awakens to find everybody gone.   He wanders sleepily into a lonely dark corridor, just as the McCall family wheel in douchey daddy on a gurney.

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Then the Oni come to give Stiles his tattoo . . .

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But we all know how Stiles feels about tattoos . . .

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So, when the Oni moves to give him one he RIPS OUT THE ONI’S FIREFLY SOUL WITH HIS BARE HANDS, INSTANTLY KILLING THEM ALL .  . .

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It’s a miracle!  Stiles is a hero!  Yay Stiles!

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Oh .  . . wait . . . that means he’s evil.  Oops!

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Then, Scott comes in and Stiles acts like he’d didn’t just do something totally awesome and bad ass, which is not like Stiles at all.

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Because everyone knows if the REAL Stiles defeated a villain, he’d be acting like this . . .

more dancing stilesAnd this . . .

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And this . . .

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Not like this . . .

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Consider myself officially freaked out by you, Stiles Stilinski .  . .

(You know that Grinch Gif is actually really frightening if you look at it for too long . . . )

Next week on Teen Wolf. . . AHHHHHH STILES NOOOOOOO!

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.  Until next time, Werebangers!

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6 responses to “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “Silverfinger”

  1. Delly

    Great recap! When the Oni appeared near Stiles i got super scared and super confused because the Oni only mark supernatural creatures and I thought Stiles wasn’t a supernatural creature. Once Stiles did the creepy, evil (but seriously sexy ijs) move of ripping out the firefly soul is when I put two and two together. Oh snap Stiles is possessed by the Nogitsune.

    I’m curious how Stiles’ mother plays into this. My thought process is currently thinking that maybe Claudia was possessed by a Nogitsune as well and that lead to her death cause we still haven’t been told how she died.

    Also, it seems to me that maybe Stiles doesn’t actually remember doing any of the creepy and evil (and very sexy) things he’s been doing. He definitely didn’t remember writing the note on the board and I don’t think he remembered ripping out the firefly soul either because, like you said, he would have been celebrating. However, if he did remember and just covered it up, that would mean that he is completely possessed and from the promo next week it doesn’t look that way.

    But this episode was awesome and I love where they’re going with Stiles’ story line. Also I really like Kira. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy her character as much as I do, but I think she’s really sweet and nice and her and Scott are too adorable.

  2. Just an FYI: That wasn’t Mr. Moriyagi from the original Karate Kid. Pat Morita died in 2005. That was Emily Thorne’s sensei Takeda from Revenge. I’d say Stiles is definitely possessed, but I’m hoping it’s not by the Nogitsune because I don’t think the vet can help keep him alive while killing the evil spirit. There’s a definite link between him and his mother, tho!

  3. East Coast Captain

    Stiles, a supernatural makes me wonder if they’ll make him the witch of the group! But I believe he might be possessed by this Dark Spirit not even Stiles can do that, that is not Stiles at all. He uses his brain and well he screams like a little girl and runs away then thinking up a solution.

    I have to say the make up department is pretty good, Scott’s werewolf make up and the make up of the others is done well.

    • Andre

      Sure the visual is good but the story is still lacking if you ask me.

      And don’t worry, Stiles won’t be the witch of the group since Deaton is already in my eyes.

  4. Andre

    Before I post my comment for this recap, first a little tip. Go and watch Cesar Chavez when ist anywhere near you. You won’t regret it:

    I just came back from the premiere and it was a pretty good film.

  5. Andre

    Well, I hate to say it but your reviews improve more and more, probably to be expected with a show that is so easy to make fun off as Teen Wolf, albeit the lack of references to the show that must not be named probably helps as well.
    AAAANNNNDDDD since it’s so easy to make fun of Teen Wolf lets jump right into it. To quote a famous movie villain:
    Here we go!

    (PS. Can you guess whom I just quoted?)

    One thing first:
    Can anyone give me an explanation for the names of these episodes? Why was this one called Silverfinger if the guy with the silver finger is only seen for a few minutes and provides nothing than exposition and Japanese stereotypes?

    This past week, on a heavily Eastern Mythology-inspired episode of Teen Wolf, Scott and Kira read a children’s book together . . .
    I am not sure what is more ridiculous, that they use a children’s book (which btw. I am 99,99999999 % sure was just fabricated for this show) or the fact that Japanese mythology was ransacked here even more than Egyptian mythology was in Stargate, trust me, we will get to that when we are at it. “Inspired” already is really stretching it here. Also I think the whole “kitsune” thing shows that the writers just copied Wikipedia, pretty lazily to be honest, but like I said we will get to that. It is definitely not heavily Eastern Mythology-inspired I can guarantee you that. It has about as much to do with “Eastern” mythology as Stephenie Meyer’s werewolves had with the actual Quileute.

    “I’m not a great reader. But I’m very good at looking at pictures.”
    Hm… I am a bit confused as to who said it in the picture. Was it the pseudo-Latino or the Asian stereotype?
    Because if it was her, than she apparently is less of a stereotype than I thought, well in the version you created of course.

    Isaac dressed up like one of the bad guys from The Matrix
    If Isaac only had 1% of Agent Smith. Smith was a villain so cool they decided to clone him instead of come up with a new one. Kind of like when the writers were so obsessed with Jackson/Colton Haynes that they decided to not only had the physical clone Isaac and Danny’s ex in season 1 and 2 but also send us 4 more other Jackson clones in season 3 (the twins, Deucalion and Ennis [you can’t deny it, each of them only differs in type from Haynes in one feature each {twins: eye color, Deucalion age, Ennis size, ok Ennis maybe size and age, but that’s it}]).
    Technically you could say that Peter is also a Jackson Clone, especially when you see at his younger version in the season 3 flashback where he acted pretty much like Jackson.
    Actually speaking of that, so many people seem to say Scott is a Latino passing for white or written white (which makes no sense either way since Posey is white and Scott is an Anglo-American) but no one seemed to have reassigned Derek to Latino status despite the fact that the guy playing younger Derek had a similar skin-tone to Posey. Hypocrisy at its best as it seems.

    Lydia . . . did nothing, because she wasn’t in the episode.
    Why? I mean … why?

    And in earth-shattering, climactic news, Stiles . . . . . . killed a firefly.
    …. We’ll get to that.

    Perhaps, more than any episode in the 3B block, “Silverfinger” was, at its heart, an origin story. Nothing fleshes out a hero more than a Great Origin Story. It shows us what drives and motivates this character . . . how he came to be the living, breathing entity you are watching on screen.
    You are right, if writers actually stick with the characterization instead of having idiots suddenly do smart stuff and then suddenly be idiots again, having characters whom they had shown not to care for each other be each other’s great love, just forget blood-feuds, power levels, abilities, plot consistence or even forgetting (or wanting to gloss over) entire episodes (you will see what I mean), then you could be right in terms of Teen Wolf. But since they don’t do this on this show, sadly your wise words do not apply here. They apply for The Crow:

    But not for Teen Wolf.

    Too often writers don’t care enough about their villains to give them a satisfactory Origin Story. Rather, their motivations for wreaking havoc are hastily explained in the moments before their demise at the hands of the hero.
    Isn’t that kind of like in this show? Except that we are usually told mid-season and that was it? But mostly you are right, only in Peter’s case did we get an actual reason for his behavior (well season 1 behavior, after that they simply decided to make him a douchebag from the start). Afterwards… Matt shortly before he died and we all remember the idiotic reason as to why the Alpha pack was there. At least Jennifer had some sort of actual reason to be pissed. Albeit you have to ask yourself what she did in these 10 years and how she came to look the way she does and why she was so dumb to have sex with Derek. I mean didn’t she realize that having sex with a werewolf lowers your IQ and ability for independent thinking on this show?

    Writers neglect their villains at their peril. Because the viewing public loves a solid villain, one with specific dreams, goals and disappointments, beyond the usual “Plans for World Domination.”
    Which is exactly why Deucalion and his pack sucked major ass.

    Cool villains like the The Joker, Loki, and Magneto make their protagonist counterparts more interesting, and their inevitable final encounters more epic.
    Curse you!!!! You guessed the source of my quotes already.
    Albeit in Nolan’s Batman we actually know nothing about the Joker’s origin, but he was a villain so cool that he didn’t need one, which sadly none of the Teen Wolf villains can claim for themselves.
    Also there is no conflict between good and evil in Homer Simpson, evil Homer had won the fight a long time ago:

    Now, I’m not saying that the Oni and Nogitsune we met this week, are particularly well fleshed out yet.
    Trust me, that isn’t the biggest problem with these guys. But I will get to that when we are at Kira and her made up children’s book.

    Yet both of these baddies, actually have fairly solid motivations for doing what they do.
    I can give the show that, albeit what we see in the episode contradicts several things stated about them.

    The Oni are kind of like cops. As far as they are concerned, the Nogitsune is seriously bad dude, a dark spirit that infects society with evil. Is it so wrong them, for these guys to hunt it down and try to destroy it? I mean, they are even learning from past mistakes and trying to minimize harm. Back in the day, they used to just kill everybody, in hopes that one of them would be the Nogitsune.
    Trust me we will get to these “Oni”, let’s just say this for now:
    Just as Scott is a pseudo-Latino, these guys are pseudo-Oni.

    And you could say back in the day they… No seriously the weapons could not harm them, until Chris shot one then bullets suddenly work, so there was no reason to go all ballistic on these Yakuza. I think the whole reason was basically there to “look cool” and get the explanation for the destroyed mask… why that thing was necessary I do not get, I mean… seriously the whole thing doesn’t really make sense. I think it was really just there to look cool and add blood to the show. After all a horror show, as it is still claimed, this show isn’t.

    As for the Nogitsune, we’re told he’s this awful guy. But so far, all he’s been doing is hiding from the Oni and trying his best to stay alive. Wouldn’t each of us do the same thing, if some pesky fire fly guys were trying to kill us?
    Technically yes and if you ask me: Why is he still in Beacon Hills? Why doesn’t he just leave while these idiots are occupied with branding the other idiots of this show?

    “I’m way too attractive not to get my own prequel . . .”
    And hellooooo Jackson clone number 8 (when you count Peter, otherwise it would be 7).

    Rather, he was a strapping young arms dealer, just trying to please his old man, by striking a deal with the Japanese Mafia.
    Yeah… you know I was wondering:
    Why on the orders of Gerard? I mean didn’t they state in season 2 and 3 that the Argents are a matriarchy? So why not on his mother’s orders? Actually, who is his mother? Why was she never mentioned so far? Did she even exist? Where is she? And considered that Allison was turning 17 in season 1 and that was in-show about 1 year ago, shouldn’t she be close to 18 now? So why don’t we see anything of Mr. Argent grooming her for leadership? Why is she basically support now? Where is the matriarchial element here? Where? I don’t see it! Do you?

    This one supposedly had a dark spirit inside of him, and some awesome magical powers. But the only thing “impressive” I saw about him was impossibly large teeth and some bad cataracts. He growled and made a lot of noise, but ultimately Nogitsune 1 died without putting up much of a fight.
    I guess that was to make the contrast to later when he killed the “Oni”, yeah not so dangerous anymore they were, but apart from that:
    Gosh this looked goofy. It already looked goofy with the milky eyes and the overlarge teeth, which could be considered a reawakening of the buck-teeth Japanese stereotype:

    But also when we saw it all, the guy looked more like a humanoid tape-worm than anything else. He looked like a joke and not something to be actually scared off. Did they really think that looked threatening?

    Or did he? Because I have this sneaking suspicion that a very important part of this story is missing. And the Ole Horse Teeth was nothing more than a pawn in the Real Nogitsune’s game . . .
    I hope so, but after last season I am no longer willing to simply accept what is thrown at me from this show. After all the “baddies” of last season were stated to be oh so dangerous and clever and all and look what happened to them. 3 dead and 3 alive due to plot-convenience and possibly sexism.

    But, of course, we can forgive Papa Argent for being a bit hazy on the details. After all, he was young (and hot) and spent most of the experience peeing himself behind a rock . . .
    You’ve got a point there. I mean if he was so experienced that Gerard (again where is his mother?) send him to deal with some Yakuza on his own, why didn’t he fire at the “Oni” right away? Why didn’t he flee right away? The “Oni” ignored him anyway. Did he have a case of temporal werewolfism and so was unable to use his brain?

    Then Young Papa Argent shot an Oni in the mask, and learned he had no face, which pretty much makes the Oni the Japanese Cousins of the soul-sucking Dementors from Harry Potter
    Like I said: we get to that later!!!

    Not satisfied with Papa Argent’s explanation of the leather suit-wearing freaks currently trying to murder them all, the Scooby Gang decide to gather additional intel from some old bald Japanese Yoda-like guy, who conveniently also survived the great Yakuza Massacre of 1980 something . . .
    And who is conveniently right in the area, in some easily accessible old building and played by known Japanese American actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who once said if he had the choice to play a whimpy businessman or a bad guy he plays the bad guy because he has balls… hm his current incarnation does not seem to have either. Sucks to be him I suppose.

    It’s actually a pretty crafty idea, if you think about it. I mean, either way, the Elder Argent eliminates a threat . . . though the latter threat is only to his daughter’s panties . . .
    Well I would say it’s only crafty if he plans on getting Isaac killed, since technically this plan should have never worked. No one with half a brain would mistake some middle class, suburban, white Anglo teen for an experienced weapons merchant. So I guess no wonder the next werewolf didn’t pick it up right away. Or maybe he did and it was all… Ok serious if he did, why didn’t he contact his boss right away?

    Awww how sweet! After a night of battling Oni, Kira rode home on the back of Scott’s motorcycle, he showed her his goofy-looking wolf face, and she fondled it, and thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world, thus proving that this girl REAAAALLLY needs to get out more . . .
    Actually no, in werewolf fiction this is pretty common. If guys turn into hairy monsters they become more and more sexy, if girls do that they get stupid, vixened, killed and who knows what else to degrade them. So Teen Wolf is once again sexist. And trust me, there is more.

    In other romance news, Ethan and Aiden stalk Scott on their matching motorcycles and tell him that they will stay loyally glued to his side forever and ever, or until he gets eaten and brutally murdered by Oni, whichever comes first. I smell a werewolf threesome!
    If it just would be. I mean sure these guys are not quite as useless as Isaac since they so often flashed their man-boobs but seriously, what is this about? They don’t seem very capable of anything. These idiots even seemed to fall for Scott’s “I am an Alpha, you have no idea what I am capable off” bullshit. They belonged to the Alpha pack Derek ran from so it’s pretty safe to say that they have been Alphas for at least a full year, so probably 6 times longer than Scott and they were in a pack full of Alphas so by any logic they would know what Scott is capable off. Is this another round of the “Scott is special but not really” trope again or do these authors try to erase the fact that they wrote episode 12 and the entire season 3a? They did it last episode with Lydia suddenly remembering Boyd (whose death, like Erica’s, doesn’t seem to matter anymore) despite her boning Aiden just the other day.

    And Ethan and Aiden, they give good muscle (and good bone), if nothing else
    Only if they flash their man-boobs regularly, but so far they were surprisingly clothed this season. They didn’t even change into the hulk-wolf. Did Jennifer “killing” them not only, for some reason never explained, alleviate them from their Alpha status but also from their merging abilities? If yes that would be another plothole because according to season 3a they could do that before already.

    Scott wants to warn Stiles about the Oni. But Stiles is too freaked out that someone had the nerve to erase his chalkboard encoded murder message to Barrow about Kira. That same someone has stolen his key to the chemistry closet. Hey Stiles, ever heard the phrase, “Take a picture. It lasts longer . . .”?
    Actually it wasn’t stolen, since Scott said that Stiles only talked about the key but he never saw it so I guess we are supposed to believe the key was a hallucination I guess. But then why did that other girl see it and how could he enter the room with it.
    And the message could have simply been whipped off after the investigations were finished. And wasn’t there something about a curfew?

    As for Scott, he’s been kind of busy swatting fireflies and eating mouthfuls of wasabi with his new girlfriend, the fox. Meanwhile, Stiles has been making out with random bisexuals, going on investigation missions with his gal Friday Lydia, and, most recently enduring the horrors of a life that has become a perpetual waking nightmare.
    Again: Why is Scott supposed to be the hero?

    Btw. Some people accuse you Sterek’s as racist because you like them over Scott. As if that would be necessary. Just wanted to say that.

    This is a shame, because we all know that demon-possessed or not, Stiles would have been all up in that amazing opportunity for Nerd Research
    God forbid nooooo!!!! Julie, it would have shown how little these mythological creatures have in common with their real life counterparts.

    . . . which is precisely the place where all Stiles’ troubles began in the first place.
    To her defense, she probably doesn’t know that. After all Scott didn’t even tell her that Peter was back.

    But, foreshadowing (and Mama McCall’s questionable medical tactics) aside, I actually think it was a very sweet, quiet, authentic moment between these two characters. After all, why wouldn’t Stiles, whose spent at least the past few years of his young life without a mother, experience feelings of warmth and parental gratitude toward a woman he has known since he was a very small child and trusts very much, who has tucked him into bed, and is lovingly caressing his forehead as he drifts off into some much-desired sleep?
    You know as much as I make fun of this show. Stiles’s story is something I actually care about. I couldn’t care less what happened to the others since they are just… well: the Pseudo-Latino, the Asian stereotype, the Pseudo-matriarch and the convenient plot devices. So what is there to care about? Most of the problems they have are due to themselves and their own stupidity.
    Stiles is the only one with actual problems that are not directly his own fault and quite frankly, the guy gets nothing for it. Absolutely nothing. Which if you think about it, is often the trait of a main character, but allegedly Stiles is support and Scott the main guy.

    As for the foreshadowing… what if she legally becomes his mother later on?

    As for Stiles’ biological mom, it appears, based on some quick research on the part of Mama McCall that she experienced the same symptoms as Stiles shortly before her own death, which actually dovetails quite well with my trusty ole Brain Tumor Theory.
    However, based on the last few moments of the episode, something a bit more supernaturally sinister may, in fact, be afoot here . . .
    I retain a small slither of hope that he has a brain tumor or something. If they are going to rehash season 1 with Scott and Kira they could just as well do it with Stiles and go back to the whole “I don’t want the bite” lie we had back then.
    That is more interesting than anything Scott goes through.

    Sure Daddy Argent, dress your daughter’s boyfriend up in a penguin suit and send him into a scary warehouse filled with roid-raging bouncer types with really bad manicures under the pretense of selling some old gun. Sounds like a great idea!
    Also, how does he know Isaacs size? Then again we don’t even know his legal status, or that of Derek, or Peter, Cora, the twins etc. Or where they get their money from. After all bikes are expensive. Ever since season 3 started they don’t care one bit. It seems in many ways like a totally different show.

    So, Allison puts her tongue down his throat and makes him grab her ass, and suddenly everything is totally cool! (Everyone claims Allison is totally human. But I’m not so sure. Clearly she has a Magical Vajayjay.)
    I see something else:
    I see the old message that having sex makes you a man, because afterwards Isaac is totally relaxed and “cool”, never mind how wrong this message actually is. It was the great philosopher Muffler who had it right:

    But even more:
    This show allegedly targets the teen female demographic, but if that is the case why is there basically just watching and not touching? Why didn’t we ever see any of the female cast members have an open sexuality without being killed, hinted to be using it to getting over a guy or being slutty? None of them ever grabbed the asses of guys, none ever really undressed them with their looks or when they were active it fell under the three points above. And we surely never saw a guy using the kiss and sex thing to calm someone down. Why is that? If this show is so feminist as claimed, why don’t we see a different picture, why is it so gender stereotypical?

    As Isaac yammers on about stuff he knows nothing about, the Argents easily work their way through the lamest excuse for security ever.
    Of course it is. It is hired by a Japanese guy and these two are Pseudo-French people who are actually Anglo-Americans, as such they must be more competent than the actually hired goons who do this sort of thing as part of their job. Simply TV psychology.

    Then Mr. Clean tells Isaac the true story about the weapon he’s “selling,” turns out it was used by one Argent to shoot another one, before he could turn into a werewolf, back in the day.
    I think I asked that before and probably will do again:
    Are the Argents the only hunters in this world? None of their alleged recruits ever spawned some children of his own (let’s face it how many female hunters did we ever see?).

    Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid is more than happy to explain to the Teen Wolf audience the mystery of the Firefly Guys.
    That is not Mr. Miyagi, albeit it could easily be since he basically spews out nonsense.

    Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid is more than happy to explain to the Teen Wolf audience the mystery of the Firefly Guys. They are Oni, demon warriors traveling through the darkness in search of one being possessed by a dark spirit, the Nogitsune, a form of kitsune. They sift through individuals with supernatural auras, marking them with an S, once they have determined they are still themselves. And once they find their target, they will kill everyone in their way to reach him or her.
    Aka
    This is all made up bullshit with barely any reference to the real world whatsoever.

    Mr. Miyagi politely thanks Papa Argent for saving his life all those years ago.
    Actually it was saving his “honor”, which basically means since Chris shot that one Oni Silver Finger did not have the chance to run away, so his image as a loyal Yakuza remains intact.
    Aka, the biggest cliché in the book was once again used. Well not the biggest; that would have been ritual suicide (seppuku).

    So, Kira does what any girl would do when she finds herself in a sexual situation with the boy she likes. She . . . pulls out a children’s picture book about kitsune and reads to him.
    Of course she does that. Since she doesn’t adhere to the stereotype of the Geisha nor of the Dragon lady she can’t have a developed sexuality.
    And now there is the point I have been referring to the whole time when I said I would deal with the “Oni” later. You see, this book here called “Japanese Mythology: Creatures, Demons and Spirits” doesn’t exist. I already had my suspicion in the episode but a quick google search confirmed it. It is made up and has not much in common with the actual real world mythology. That is about as westernized and bastardized as the wolf-ancestor myth was in Stephenie Meyer’s Bella and Edward series.

    Let us start with the subject of the book, the “kitsune”.
    I knew the book was bullshit the moment I saw the picture of the white nine-tailed fox and the small one that also has nine-tails. This is mythologically speaking pretty much impossible and has more to do with Pokemon than anything else. You see the number of tails a fox has is equivalent to its age, rank and power. They are born with one tail as are all other foxes and gain them later on, with 9 tailed foxes being the most powerful and possibly being celestial and omniscient, but the stories differ there. Either way, there would not be such a thing as nine-tailed fox-cup in Japanese mythology. And their fur would not be white, since this is a feature impossible before they acquire the power of shapeshifting and even then it would be temporarily. Permanent it is when the number of 9 tails is reached and even then some stories say that the fox turns golden and not white. And being white doesn’t mean that the fox is good, since one of the most infamous fox in mythology is a nine-tail:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamamo-no-Mae

    And here we have another mistake the show and sadly Julie, you, have done. They refer to the “kitsune” and the “nogitsune” as a spirit. But it’s not. It is commonly translated as such, Wikipedia even says that the word “spirit” is meant differently, but the truth is that a “kitsune” is nothing different than a fox. I think “fox-magician” might be a better translation, since any ordinary fox can become one of these magical foxes since all that is required is a sufficient level of experience and as such if they live long enough they can become so. So basically these are “ordinary” red foxes and nothing else.
    And furthermore the other picture about the humanoid nine-tail and the black wolves (yeah really subtle there writers) is bullshit as well, since the writers clearly do not consider dogs to be wolves and Japan didn’t had black wolves, unless they were part dog. And that is the crux. Foxes are not featured in regards to wolves in that day and wolves do not feature prominently in Japanese mythology, except for some areas. The enemies of the foxes are dogs, they have an intense loathing and fear of dogs, they do not even use their powers against them as it seems. And not only is this whole “foxes and wolves don’t mix” stuff made up but it is also eerily reminiscent of the whole Scott/Allison thing in season 1 and 2. See what I meant with rehashing?
    And if this weren’t enough it sometimes sounds as though they just sloppily copied their info from Wikipedia. The whole 13 types thing… stands there. What they failed to mention is that there are different ways of categorizing these foxes not just 13. Also the statement of Kira about the kitsunebi aka fox-fire is nearly identical to the one in the article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsune
    fire or lightning (known as kitsunebi)
    However when you actually follow the link to kitsunebi it is noticeable that the article only speaks of it being a special kind of fire and not lightning. And I cannot remember a single story or book referring to lightning as kitsunebi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsunebi

    Neither do nogitsune feed on suffering and all. The word, just like Yako (the one Silver finger mentioned), literally means “field foxes” and that term is used in the two types categorization that assigns foxes as zenko or yako, meaning whether they serve the deity Inari or not. On average those nogitsune tend to be mischievous and not malicious. There is also a ninko, an invisible fox that human beings can only perceive when it possesses them. And there are other categorization and types, 13 is just one of them. There is also nothing about an aura or anything. Reflections and shadows are the main types of recognition apart from imperfect transformations:

    But at least these “kitsune” have something in common with their mythological counterparts. These “Oni” have nothing at all. Sure you could say the stupidity is a shared feature, but so far all supernatural beings on this show are stupid so this is nothing special.
    Either way, these beings have nothing in common with Oni: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni
    They do not look like them, they don’t act like them, their powers are different, their background and pretty much everything about them. They are Oni in name only.
    This digimon called ogremon is a pretty good example on how Oni look:

    They are more similar to European trolls and ogres than these Shadowninjas.
    They are a pretty good example as to why I think the writers, and especially Davis can’t really go past stereotypes and the current trends on a big scale. They can do it occasionally, like with Stiles and Melissa, but that is it. You see there would have been at least a few better blue-prints for these shadow-ninjas in Japanese mythology.

    Honestly, for me, the funniest part of the episode, was when the CLEARLY DEMONIC AND SUPERNATURAL Oni materializes in the kitchen, and Scott’s dad’s response is not “AHHHHHHHH!!!”
    Or, “HOLY F*&K! WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?”
    As most normal people would react. Rather, he’s all, “Who is this tall, poorly dressed gentleman? He is clearly not on the lists of people I approved for you and your mother to hang out with, before I abandoned you both years ago?”

    I can give the show that, that at least this time they did not go with the Abrahamitic way of family in stating that if you do not adhere to their model you are damaged as they stated with Jackson in season 1 and 2. However because of Jackson I will withhold my judgment on whether this is genuine or just another “drama” to have them reconcile later.
    Also this once again showed how dumb Scott is since he clearly should have prioritized and told his mom to immediately seal off the house, after all he has been through this shit for a year now, the guy should really know better.
    And speaking of shit: I really could have cared less on what he had to say to Scott.

    And when the twins and Derek entered without embarrassing themselves again, for about 5 seconds, it’s not only weird that all of them followed Scott and nonetheless did only now something, they also caused massive unneeded property damage and suddenly the shadow-ninjas seemed to have lost their competence.

    Btw. Derek was once again the inconsistent exposition guy, since he knows what “kitsune” are but apparently doesn’t know [pick whatever you want].

    And not only do I wonder why mountain ash works on Japanese beings but also why can the other wolves with their eyes see the aura as well? I figured the heat-vision was only a trait of Alphas. Scott never showed that ability in season 1 and 2, he only saw red and only when beserk.

    Buuuuuut then they get in anyway . . .
    Which I might care about if it weren’t for two reasons:
    1) It was never established that brute force is the only way to overcome the barrier. Like I said in my e-mail: Is it really so difficult to just get a vacuum cleaner or a broom to break the mountain ash line?
    2) Scott already broke the barrier in episode 12, so why shouldn’t five shadow-ninjas be able to do it? Because Scott is special and so much more powerful? If he is, why didn’t he kick their ninja-asses?

    And so, hands clasped, Scott and Kira meet the Oni head on and prepare to receive their brands . . .
    . . . which they do. So, the Onis disappear . . . in search of their real target.
    That was easy.

    As usual when things regard Scott. I have a two things to say:
    1) A small part of me hoped that Kira would be the nogitsune so Scott might actually deal with real problems for a change.
    2) The majority of my mind knew that nothing would happen because as usual when Scott comes up with something plot convenience makes him right now. That has been a staple ever since the season 2 finale.

    In the hospital, Stiles awakens to find everybody gone.
    Why? Do the ninjas now have plot convenience powers? You know, like Scott does.

    Then the Oni come to give Stiles his tattoo . . .
    Why didn’t they do that before, when he was sleeping? Would have been smarter… oh right, dramatic convenience again.

    So, when the Oni moves to give him one he RIPS OUT THE ONI’S FIREFLY SOUL WITH HIS BARE HANDS, INSTANTLY KILLING THEM ALL .
    Which makes you wonder why the nogitsune back then didn’t do that. And why didn’t the ninjas use their swords? And weren’t there 5 of them? I saw only three.

    Oh . . . wait . . . that means he’s evil. Oops!
    Of course, what else could it mean.

    Then, Scott comes in and Stiles acts like he’d didn’t just do something totally awesome and bad ass, which is not like Stiles at all.
    And Scott doesn’t notice. As usual.

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