Burning Up for Your Love – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “The Fox and The Wolf”

the photo

Memories, like the corners of my mind . . . misty water-colored memories, of the way we were . . . before you got burned alive by grandma, and had to wear toilet paper around your head . . . and I accidentally got you possessed by an evil fox spirit . . . and killed you with my big ole sword .  . . and you came back to terrorize the entire cast of Teen Wolf . . .

Hey there, Werebangers!  This week’s installment of TeenWolf took us back in time to 1943, in order to finally “unwrap the bandages” on the Nogitsune’s sort-of origin story.  Turns out our evil villain was simply following orders from Kira’s mom????!

worst

“I’m kind of The Worst.”

We also learned that the Nogitsune’s tendency to possess attractive likeable boys with good hearts didn’t start with Stiles.

my balls

“Hey Kira’s mom?  Wanna play with my balls?”

But hey, now that we see what happened to the Nogitsune’s previous host, I’m starting to think our loveable hero has it easy.  At least Stiles gets to keep his pretty face for all his troubles  . . .

stiles upward looking

 A face that’s too pretty to be wrapped in Charmin. . .

It wasn’t my favorite episode of Teen Wolf.  I’m not going to lie.  While I appreciated the cinematic beauty and standalone-quality “The Fox and The Wolf” offered, I’ve never been one for flashback episodes that are focused almost entirely on supporting cast members.  While I feel like the episode was important to Season 3B in its reveal of the Nogitsune’s “humble beginnings,” and its finally tying the ever- pervasive theme of Japanese internment camps (and the Nemeton, for that matter) to the Story Proper, part of me feels like the narrative could have been condensed to one or two scenes, leaving more time to focus on the present-day dilemmas of our Scooby Gang, as they prepare to wage war against the Nogitsune.

let me out big

(I mean, Dylan O’Brien literally had no lines in the entire episode.  All he got to do during the entire hour was wave at the camera for two seconds.  What the f*&k was that about?)

Nevertheless, I appreciated Arden Cho’s impressive efforts in an episode that fell almost entirely on her shoulders, as she tackled the dual role of both Kira, and a younger version of her nearly 900-year old mother (Now , that’s some GOOD plastic surgery!).  And hey, I like looking at pretty soldier boys as much as the next girl.  So, who am I to complain?

handsome thank you

Let’s review, shall we?

nodding oh yeah

[As always, special thanks to Andre my screencapper, for whom I would totally steal a baseball, if we were ever stuck in an internment camp together.]

Why I’ll Never Look at a Bottle the Same Way Again . . .

head snappy

excedrin

Let me start by saying that the Nogitsune will likely go down in history as my favorite Teen Wolf villain ever.  He’s crafty.  He’s terrifying.  He took Dylan O’Brien’s acting to a whole other level . . .

dont trust the fox

But one of the things that always pissed me off about him was his insistence on spouting off those annoying childish riddles.  He’s like the only kid in your elementary school class who still found knock-knock jokes funny after age 5, and continued to spout them off annoyingly to anybody who would listen all through middle school.

gay dancing riddler

But now we know that the Nogitsune’s reliance on riddles is merely ironic.  He’s just making fun of his first (scratch that second  .  . . ) victim (who was kind of an asshat, anyway, truth be told).  And that makes him SO much cooler . . .

YOLO

“YOLO!”

The episode opens in 1943.  Two mildly attractive soldiers are disposing of dead bodies.  One of them keeps trying to annoyingly pepper his comrade, who is clearly unamused, with stupid riddles.

Q: “What has teeth, but doesn’t bite?”

A “A comb.”

Q:“What has a neck but no head?”

A: “A bottle”

What has two hands

“OK. I’ve got one.  What has two thumbs, a really bad sense of humor, and is about to be killed in the most ironically awful way possible? THIS GUYYYYY!”

Then Mr. Toilet Paper Head himself appears out of nowhere in the middle of the field.  Non-joke loving comrade tries to shoot him to no avail.  In fact, Mr. Toilet Paper Head wrenches his gun from the put-upon shoulder and shoots him, multiple times, in the chest.

a hug

“Kiss me, Sweetheart.”

Bad Riddle Teller tries to run, but it isn’t long before Mr. Toilet Paper Head Nogitsune’s got him by the throat as well.  “What’s got a neck, but no head?”  He asks slyly, before decapitating the annoying soldier, and holding his blood dripping face toward his disembodied corpse.

holding the head

potato head

Now, that may very well have been the first riddle I actually enjoyed.  Does that make me a bad person?

nodding oh yeah

Probably . . .

The Older the Tail, The Stronger the Oni

Having broken free from the nuthouse, a slightly sleep-deprived, but still sexy scary Stiles pays a visit to everybody’s current favorite history professor, Kira’s dad.  Why is it that history professors are constantly put in mortal danger on these supernatural teen shows?  Did all the writers of these television series flunk history, back in high school?  Because, personally, I did fine in history.  If I wrote a teen television series, it would be the math teachers, who’d be in serious trouble . . .

feeling kind of dead

kind of dead

reading lessons

“Oh, hello Stiles.  Let me guess.  You want me to teach you how to read again.”

books bad

“No way!  Books are bad!  I hate you and your stupid books.”

He knocks over a few books with his long, oddly erotic fingertips,  as he opines the location of Kira’s mom’s hidden tails . . .  the tails that, when broken create the Darth Vadery-looking Oni, the Oni that are out to murder Nogitsu-Stiles, but, so far, haven’t been all that successful.

the tale

have a tail

It appears that a Kitsune obtains a new tail for every 100 years of life, and Kira’s mom has already lost seven of hers attempting to eradicate Nogitsu-Stiles.  But there is one left.  And it’s the oldest, and therefore, strongest, one of all . . .

darth vader

When Kira’s dad won’t willingly give up the location of Tail number 8, Nogitsu-Stiles makes him swallow a bug, which gross, but an entirely effective method of torture.

gulp

I mean, I’d auction off my first born to not suffer the indignity of having to choke on bugs in front of a sexy evil Dylan O’Brien.  So embarrassing. . .

Picture Perfect

Last week, we saw Stiles’ first possible sex partner escape the Loony Bin, in order to offer up a photograph as payment to Scott McCall, the one person with access to the knowledge Kira needs to turn back into a coyote forever.  (Hey Kira, are you sure this is what you really want?  Because, last I checked coyotes, only got to screw other coyotes . . .in other words, no more Stiles Sex for you!)

sexing

coyote

This week, we see Scott studying the photograph recently retrieved from the Nogitsune’s pocket.  The woman in the photograph looks just like Kira, herself, though the black and white photo was clearly taken before Kira’s birth, and the man in it is unknown to her.  Suspecting the photograph is of her a relative of hers, Kira takes Scott to the high school for a long-overdue confrontation with her parents.

help daddy

By the time they arrive, Kira’s mom is already there, helping her husband un-choke on a bug.

hack pooey

“I don’t get it.  He wanted me to talk, but then he made me swallow a bug so that I couldn’t.  He must really hate books.”

Kira’s mom immediately cops to being the woman in the picture, and the true reason for the Nogitsune’s appearance in Mystic Falls.

stupid bitch chasing the ghost

In other words, it’s HER fault Stiles might die.  KILL HER!!!!!!

4 8 thendie hoyt full dead

Reap What You Sow . . .

Back in flashback era, we see Kira’s mom stealing apple crates and baseballs from soldiers at olden-day Eichen House, and are SOOOOO not amused.  That Stiles killing biatch!

less apples

gotcha balls

“I’ve really got you by the balls!”

Present day repercussions aside, we learn that Kira’s mom was actually a bit of a Robin Hood, stealing from the soldiers to give to the hungry and deprived in her WW2 Japanese Internment Camp.  She even stole a baseball for a little boy, something that would have seemed out of character in her cold-hard, present-day incarnation.

broken katana

“I eat small children for breakfast.”

A grandma type warns Kira’s mom, who is about 800 years old at the time, that she is “young and reckless” and itching for a beatdown, if she doesn’t become more careful about what and when she steals.   Kira ‘s mom just blows her off.  After all, what do people who age naturally know about getting ahead in the world?

dont mess with granny

“Botox is for pussies.”

Especially, Granny here.  She does nothing to save her friends in the internment camp but sit around and play that wanna-be chess game, Go.  And Go has absolutely nothing to do with defeating the villains of this season . . . or does it?

game of go

Besides, Kira’s mom will never get caught . .  . not as long as she keeps boning the enemy. . .

love story

dropped the ball

Someone’s balls are about to drop about to drop the ball.

Save Stiles

Back at jail, Papa Stilinski breaks Derek and Papa Argent out of jail in the hopes that they will help rescue his son from Evil Fox Mind Control.  With a couple of brain scans in his arsenal, Papa Stilinski reveals what many Werebangers have already surmised, that Stiles’ supposed brain legions were nothing more than a trick perpetrated by the Nogitsune to break down Stiles’ emotional defenses to mind control.    He’s not brain damaged!  He’s just possessed.  SOOOOO MUCH BETTER, right?

brain scan

This is your brain on Nogitsune. .  . Kind of looks like a frog, doesn’t it?

glee frog

Kira and Scott want to save Stiles too, but Kira’s mom insists that murdering him is their only way out?  Why?  Because that’s what she had to do LAST TIME . . .

The Ring of Fire

When the entire internment camp comes down with pneumonia, and the medics find themselves without the medication required to cure it, Kira and her American boyfriend discover that the army doctor and those two dorky soliders who died in the beginning of the episode, have been selling the stuff on the black market at the expense of their patients.

44 mad eric

The little kid with the baseball dies and his dad is furious.

dead kid

sad daddy

The entire internment camp readies itself for revolution.  Of course, angry sick prisoners with sticks are no match for well-armed soldiers, right?  Unless, of course, one of those well-armed soldiers messes with grandma . . .

beating ladies

not cool romeo

NO ONE BEATS UP GRANNY (the secret werewolf), AND GETS AWAY WITH IT!

Sorry sexy American boyfriend.  It looks like this Bud is for you!

ill take that

“I’ll take that.”

dont ruin his balls

“Don’t ruin his balls!”

fire crotch a whole

“This takes the term fire crotch to a whole new level.”

why did she hit that one

“Why did she waste my flaming beer on the only nice soldier in this episode?”

feeling hot hot hot

my pretty face

“Give me back my pretty face!”

Then, Kira’s mom gets shot a couple times, and decides to play dead long enough to get shipped off to pasture with the other actually dead bodies, including her boyfriend’s.

not sexy

not an orgy - Copy

Back in the present day, Allison cries to Stiles’ dad in the elevator at the hospital, for no conceivable reason.

got the sads

“I’ve got the sads.”

hugsies al

“And I’ve got a really inappropriate boner.”

But it fits the mood, and Papa Stilinski is relatively sweet about it (especially considering that HE is the one with the possessed son).  So, we don’t think much of it . . .

Nogitsune Rising . . .

Back in Beacon Hills, the Nogitsune makes his next move, right from the bedroom of his host . . .

hi dad

“Where the magic happens . . .”

But in 1943, the Nogitsune has not yet arrived, because Kira’s mom has yet to call it.

sleepy kira

“Catching a quick nap, before I do something REAALLLLLLY stupid.”

Then, she does call him, unwittingly offering up to the trickster spirit an entire truck filled with the bodies of potential hosts.

nogitsune teeth

“It keeps my burnt crispy skin Charmin soft.”

But only one has a toilet paper head!  And boy is Nogitsu-Burned-Up American Boyfriend Pissed Off!

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again . . .

Nogitsu-Boyfriend responds to his girlfriend’s call to action, by killing, not only those jerky soldiers, but also Kira’s mom’s internment camp friends.  Talk about biting the hand that feeds you with your gross pointy teeth!

teeth

Realizing that she pretty much brought about the deaths of everyone who croaked in this episode, Kira decides to take down her Nogitsu-Boyfriend once and for all.  And she does it with the big fat sword under her bed that nobody thought to find, despite the fact that (1) she lived in an internment camp, which was inspected daily for contraband, and (2) her internment camp friends REALLY could have used it during the revolution they lost miserably earlier in the episode . . .

dying nogi

yah

“Grandma, what big teeth you have.”

Long story short, Kira’s mom stabs Nogitsu-Reese with her big fat sword, and the help of the Wolf Granny responsible for burning him to a crisp.  She shatters her big fat sword in the process.

But then, just in case Kira’s mom hasn’t done enough stupid things in the context of this episode, she decides to do something REALLLLLLLLY stupid.

draco malfoy facepalm

A fly comes out of Nogitsu-Boyfriend’s mouth.  Now, let’s guess what Kira’s mom does with the evil fly.

holding fly

“My precious.”

Does she

(1)    Crush it with her fingers

(2)    Squash it with her heel.

(3)    Keep it alive, put it in a jar, and bury it underneath an ALL POWERFUL SUPERNATURAL TREE.

Did you guess 3?  Of course, you did.  Because you know that being really friggin old doesn’t necessarily make you smart.

fireflies

“This is a souvenir of my sex life.”

Back in the present day, Kira uses her electric fingers to put her mom’s Big Fat Nogitsu-Killing Sword back together.  Then, her and Scott rush off to “save” Stiles, by chopping up his insides with the largest sushi knife in the world.  Let’s just hope Kira is smart enough to bring along some bug spray . . .

big stick

Meanwhile, the rest of the Scooby Gang has found a little gift in Stiles room.  It’s a chess set with all the Teen Wolf characters helpfully labeled.  Derek is the king, of course.

on the board

looknig at the pieces

derek dream 1

“I’m the King of the Woooooorllld!”

(I smell another Kung Fu Fighting scene to the tune of Mortal Kombat at Derek’s house!)

hello folks

“You know, you really ought to consider getting more furniture in here.  At least a bed . . .”

Everyone else is pretty much pawns.  And Isaac’s already out of play.  Sorry Isaac.  It looks like having Allison grab your ass has done little to improve your chances for longevity on this show.

isaac scarf

It all sounds pretty ominous.  But what does it mean?

ephemeral

Only Nogitsu-Stiles knows .  . . and Jeff Davis, of course.

gives me joy

 

Until next time, Werebangers!

winky stiles

 

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  1. east coast captain

    Excellent use of mythology. Kira’s mom is the first immortal-ish character as in someone who has lived for hundreds of years. I wagering Davis will break his no vampire rule. Sorry I’m a little peeved after Thursday’s episode of the vampire diaries.

    • Andre

      Well technically kitsune are not immortal, but to be honest these two have so little in common with their mythological counterparts that I think its safe to not call them that any longer.
      And as for the “no vampire” rule: I am pretty sure he will break it, we already had ghosts and witches so vampires are only a matter of time and I doubt it will be something unusual, like the vampire Aswang from the Phillipines.
      And speaking of vampires:
      Did TVD finally screw it up big time?

      • East Coast Captain

        We already have magic essentially. I’m just waiting for the right moment, he’s probably not even going to say anything about it. Slip it in hoping the audience won’t notice his blatant attempt to use vampires as a major antagonist. I can see it now, one or two characters will know immediately what they are up against.

        Oh well let’s just say I’m finding myself wondering why I even watch that show. A fan favorite was killed off in the most dumb way possible and the writer gives some BS excuse for it especially when said fan favorite is played by the lead actress. You know who I’m talking about…

      • Andre

        That might very well be that they do it just like that and shove in some sort of vampire. They did it with Lydia’s and Jackson’s alleged “big love”, to which I say that even Dennifer was more believable than that. And I think everyone here knows how I think of that “couple.”
        Not to mention all the things that made no sense this season so far.
        And the worst thing is that they can do better, they can do so much better, but apparently they chose not to and that is just… the best word I can think of is “devastatingly disappointing.” Why do they do this?

        And I wondered the same thing about TVD.
        If you wonder why you watch TVD, why not simply stop? From what I heard most people watching this do it because of the cast or because they think these crazy relationships are healthy.
        Now I doubt you belong to the latter part but possibly to the former. And I think that no one is doing the cast any favour by continuing to watch the show. After all just because a cast is good doesn’t mean the directors and writers give them something to do with, look at Star Wars and The Happening if you do not believe me, or to give something more current: Lone Ranger and 47 Ronin, or After Earth.
        I agree the cast of TVD are good actors, but what use is a good actor in a shit storyline?

        And that they used some BS excuse for getting rid of Katherine is no surprise to me. They did it with Tyler in season 4 despite it running totally counter to what they have been developing him and do I have to bring up Bonnie and Jeremy? The only thing TVD seems to be about now is recycling the same stuff about the main three over and over and together with what I consider the show’s sexism and racism I decided to stop once and for all at episode 17 of season 4 (when they suddenly had Lexi fall for Damon). I can understand if you like season 1 and 2, they had their problems in this regard but they had their better moments:

        But after the start of season 3 it all went downhill in my mind. And they started to rehash the same thing over and over (love triangle, deaths, when characters left the show, plotlines, dialogue) and I think Teen Wolf is doing the same thing now as well (revenge plot, insta love, family constellations etc. Etc.).

        Btw. Have they tortured Caroline yet? So far they did it in every season.

        Also, this is just a rumour, but in this case the slashers seem to have actually gotten it right:

        Allegedly both actors where down to letting it happen, which would make a lot more sense considered how friendly they suddenly were once Vicky was out of the picture.

        But like I said, I am done with TVD, if you like season 1 and 2 I can understand that, but I see no reason to watch it now. It is just a waste in my mind. I rather spend my time trying other things, I still haven’t finished The Borgias and I am giving The Musketeers and Twisted a try.

  2. East Coast Captain

    Andre I’m going to give this new vampire TV show premiering in July. It’s called The Strain, it’s much more gritty than Vampire Diaries in fact the vampires are actually vampires as in terrifying. I will try to NOT watch TVD especially since the storylines are recycled. Not passion, not originality.

    • Andre

      Well if that “The Strain” is this:

      It looks kind of odd to me. But maybe that is just the teaser.
      Del Toro’s viewpoint at least sounds interesting:

      But I think what he misses is that many vampire fans can no longer differentiate between a bad boy and a mass murderer.

      Now as for TVD and being recycled, I feel the same is happening on Teen Wolf now, not yet with the storylines but with the elements, e.g. Kira seems to me a repackaged Allison and barely anything more, but with a higher Mary Sue element. Sure riddle-demon (that is how I call him now) is a huuuuuggggggeeeee step up from Deucalion but Derek is equally as useless as he had been all of season 3a. And there are of course the many actors on the show that are the same type as Colton Haynes. Seriously, would it kill them to give us an actor portrayed as desirable that looks like this:

      Or this:

      Or maybe even this:

      or this:

      Since apart from Derek and Scott the majority of white men who are more than extra have surprisingly often light brown/dirty blond hair. And I find it hard to believe that this is a coincidence.

      Also for a world where racism allegedly doesn’t exist, there don’t seem that many people you would call racially ambiguous. I mean was there ever someone like this:

      Granted Wentz looks pretty European, maybe someone like this would be better:

      Or siblings like these?

      And have we ever seen a female on this show being like this?

      Considered all the things Davis claimed to try to make his show he didn’t seem to have spend much effort on it. Or was there something else preventing his “utopia”?

      • East Coast Captain

        Yes Andre, THAT Strain. 🙂

        It is since it’s only the book trailer according them they’re putting much more effort into a television format. Prosthetics, puppetry, CGI, artists, stuntmen, the works. I get where he’s coming from, vampires like in Twilight or Vampire Diaries have these vapid, vain teenage girls fall for these mass murderers with hairgel and look like they came from a fashion show runway, there is no story. It gets annoying but I justify it as they write for a teenage demographic.

        Katherine according to the writer she was pulled into a ”Dark World” Aka a hell or a hell dimension and she’s not coming back huh? The whole ending was a cliffhanger!!!! It pisses me off that these writers assume most viewers are morons who can spot errors better than them.

        The Strain is much more character driven beyond vampirism. Characters from all walks of life find their worlds being turned upside down by this vampiric outbreak ravaging New York City and soon the world. A lot of dread and fear. It should make for great television. As you well have seen these vampires are NOTHING like the vampires in Twilight and Vampire Diaries, these vampires are as alien, disgusting and terrifying as possible.

      • Andre

        Well we will see how it is. After the last several dissapointments I am cautious now. The book summary sounds kinda like a survival story: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6065215-the-strain?from_search=true

        And as for TVD having no story due to being for teenage demographic: so was Buffy and it had story. And as many holes as it has, Teen Wolf has story. And so seems Twisted. So I don’t justify it at all, writers are just lazy and what it is about these shows I gave up on finding out anyway since even on the emotional level I see no justification for their existence.

        Wow, that “ending” to Catherine sounds even wprse than anything they had come up so far. Good riddance I stopped a long time ago.

        And as for maing great televsion: Like I aid I am cautious. Maybe they do it right with Strain or maybe they mess it up, I mean look at the SHining Miniseries. But we will see.

  3. Andre

    Like I already mentioned in my e-mail, I really didn’t like this episode. In my eyes it once again illustrated what is wrong with Teen Wolf now, they enhanced the visuals, at the same time made everything more clean and the story suffers for it. And while the last season already broke canon laws and introduced one plothole after another, this one is even worse in that regard. I have no idea what is going on with the writers. It looks like they are starting to throw out the raw ideas know without anyone checking whether it actually makes sense in the big picture. This results in episodes and story elements that are very good (like the current one) but in others that are just crap. And this episode belongs to the latter. It was bearable in the last 10 minutes but apart from that it was for me nothing more than an idiotic plot mixed with revisionist, and totally cliché, history and plotholes. I am convinced now, as season 3a was the Invasion of the Jackson clones, season 3b is the Invasion of the plotholes. But only because the number of plotholes outnumber the new Jackson clones significantly.
    To quote Linkara:
    This story is asking me not to think and I refuse that request.

    Something light first before we go into the grizzly stuff for as to why I think this episode is a giant failure:
    Memories, like the corners of my mind . . . misty water-colored memories,
    You know, according to stereotype I should probably know this song by heart but since I am not a gay guy on Glee (and I guess after the clothing comment in season 2, we can be lucky they never came with that), I would have never heard of this song if it weren’t for the Nanny named Fran:

    our evil villain was simply following orders from Kira’s mom????!
    Aka we have another revenge plot on our hands… Yeah never had that before on this show. Seriously, are the writers unwilling or incapable of coming up with something better?

    “I’m kind of The Worst.”
    Maybe not the worst Kira’s mom (I am not calling her by the name Noshiko since she has not actually earned the right to be addressed as an independent character, the actress played a more significant role in the 2010 Tekken movie and there she was only for 10 minutes screen time max.) but with what she did here she is definitely in the race of dumbest character in Teen Wolf this season.

    We also learned that the Nogitsune’s tendency to possess attractive likeable boys with good hearts didn’t start with Stiles.
    Well I guess he has a type.

    While I feel like the episode was important to Season 3B in its reveal of the Nogitsune’s “humble beginnings,” and its finally tying the ever- pervasive theme of Japanese internment camps (and the Nemeton, for that matter) to the Story Proper, part of me feels like the narrative could have been condensed to one or two scenes, leaving more time to focus on the present-day dilemmas of our Scooby Gang, as they prepare to wage war against the Nogitsune.
    I considered this flashback episode to be a total idiot plot (meaning it can only work if all characters act like idiots) and partially infuriating due to its treatment of the topic of Japanese internment camps in World War II. I really hope they wanted to raise awareness and simply messed it up but considered how Davis & Co. have for the most part played it safe in this show and apparently never wanting to offend anyone even when they better should (e.g. the whole purity rings thing is usually tied to a strict patriarchal stricture and an unwillingness to let teenagers grow and learn to handle their sexual urges, plus it increases the likelihood of performing oral sex., well I guess you have one good thing coming out of it) I think the treatment of the topic is nothing more than romanticizing history. I will explain later why I think this is the case.
    Not to mention that the “nogitsune” did something out of character and what we learn about him contradicts earlier episodes.

    (I mean, Dylan O’Brien literally had no lines in the entire episode. All he got to do during the entire hour was wave at the camera for two seconds. What the f*&k was that about?)
    To show that an episode without him sucks!

    Nevertheless, I appreciated Arden Cho’s impressive efforts in an episode that fell almost entirely on her shoulders, as she tackled the dual role of both Kira, and a younger version of her nearly 900-year old mother
    While her acting was good, I am not sure whether there were really that many challenges since Kira’s mom seemed pretty stereotypical in her approach and all in all “make-up”.
    So I doubt it was difficult to play. After all Kira herself is basically a stereotype, and a Mary Sue. And it’s never difficult to play these, since you already know how they react.

    Let me start by saying that the Nogitsune will likely go down in history as my favorite Teen Wolf villain ever. He’s crafty. He’s terrifying. He took Dylan O’Brien’s acting to a whole other level . . .
    True, but let’s not forget, that his forerunners didn’t exactly set a high standard. Remember?

    But now we know that the Nogitsune’s reliance on riddles is merely ironic. He’s just making fun of his first (scratch that second . . . ) victim (who was kind of an asshat, anyway, truth be told). And that makes him SO much cooler . . .
    And that is what I don’t get. Why insisting on it? Is it simply so he can use it to torture Stiles? Plus, the guy didn’t actually had that many riddles in the flashback. Was it something he did all the time?

    Two mildly attractive soldiers are disposing of dead bodies.
    Which should probably have told us already that they are the bad guys.
    Plus, isn’t it pretty dumb to be laying dead bodies simply down on the plains and then burn them on the naked ground where everyone can see it and it leaves visible traces? Sounds pretty dumb if you ask me. And this is the first instance of the idiot plot, since I am pretty sure it would have been way more effective to dig a pit, burn them and then bury what is left. This scenario is clearly only there for the “shock” value of the nogitsune’s first appearance. You know what, I don’t call them nogitsune or kitsune anymore. They have so little in common with their mythological counterparts that I call them riddle-demon and MarySuewer-witches (Mary Sue werewolf) now.

    In fact, Mr. Toilet Paper Head wrenches his gun from the put-upon shoulder and shoots him, multiple times, in the chest.
    He asks slyly, before decapitating the annoying soldier, and holding his blood dripping face toward his disembodied corpse

    If he is that strong, why doesn’t he just… never mind, I am sure that I can bring that up in later episodes.

    Why is it that history professors are constantly put in mortal danger on these supernatural teen shows? Did all the writers of these television series flunk history, back in high school?
    I guess probably because the writers think they are cool and that teens always hate history. To which I say:
    No! They hate math and chemistry. History can at least be exciting based on how the teacher performs.

    He knocks over a few books with his long, oddly erotic fingertips
    Julie, stop hiding, just come out and admitted: You are Stiles-sexual!!! 😀

    the tails that, when broken create the Darth Vadery-looking Oni, the Oni that are out to murder Nogitsu-Stiles, but, so far, haven’t been all that successful
    That really is another odd thing here. Why didn’t she send the strongest shadow-ninja first? Is her “ninth-tail” that special?

    It appears that a Kitsune obtains a new tail for every 100 years of life
    In actual mythology there is sometimes put a number on this, but the basic rule is: the more experienced = the more tails, with 9 being the upper limit. So considered how she acted in this episode she probably shouldn’t have even one.
    Plus, if she would be a nine-tail she wouldn’t need those, she would be able to fry riddle-demon with a snap. You see according to legend 80000 trops had to be sent out to kill one specific nine-tailed fox, they are that dangerous. In comparison Kira’s mom is a joke, more than she already is thanks to this episode.

    and Kira’s mom has already lost seven of hers attempting to eradicate Nogitsu-Stiles. But there is one left. And it’s the oldest, and therefore, strongest, one of all . . .
    That would mean she has actually 2 left. However based on the 5 first shadow-ninjas and the three additional ones, that means she truly has one left. Is the ninth the strongest in mythology? Not as far as I know, made up and possibly making no sense in the terms of actual foxes since there the tail is not a power source but simply a symbol of their power. And would these be foxes I would have an easy answer to the question as to how the power is stored in these objects: shapeshifting. She transformed the tails into these shapes and then separated them from her body. But these MarySuewer-witches are nothing like that, so I guess the “however that works” comment by Stiles is basically the writer saying: “We will never tell you because we haven’t thought this through.”

    I mean, I’d auction off my first born to not suffer the indignity of having to choke on bugs in front of a sexy evil Dylan O’Brien. So embarrassing. . .
    Actually: How do you choke on a fly? These things aren’t exactly big you know. Or was that a super fly? Since apparently it wasn’t crushed by the book. Or did demon-Stiles revive it?

    Last week, we saw Stiles’ first possible sex partner escape the Loony Bin, in order to offer up a photograph as payment to Scott McCall, the one person with access to the knowledge Kira needs to turn back into a coyote forever.
    And where is she now? I mean based on the end of the previous episode you would think that she has a bigger part in the story.

    . .in other words, no more Stiles Sex for you!
    This is a bad thing why exactly? After all do you want Stiles to have sex with a 10 year old in an 18 year old’s body?

    Suspecting the photograph is of her a relative of hers, Kira takes Scott to the high school for a long-overdue confrontation with her parents.
    And as the Mary Sue and stereotype that she is, it never occurred to Kira to confront her parents on her own. So… feminism?

    Kira’s mom immediately cops to being the woman in the picture, and the true reason for the Nogitsune’s appearance in Mystic Falls.
    Which I suspected already. Not because her story was so detailed, but simply because it was obvious the writers would do it that way. So her “isn’t it obvious yet” question was pretty dumb and unfounded since she revealed no information that would hint in that direction.
    And you know what was also pretty dumb? Making her nearly 900 years old! This way we have problems:
    In 1943 she was more than 800 years old and looked like she is in her mid-twenties and now 71 years later she suddenly looks in her 40s (amazing what make-up and lighting can do can it? She is actually 48). Why? No idea. And since these MarySuewer-witches have next to nothing in common with foxes I will not try to explain it with actual fox-powers.

    In other words, it’s HER fault Stiles might die. KILL HER!!!!!!
    And if the writers knew anything about that time a lot more would have been her fault. But the writers are idiots, aka:

    And as such they have no idea what they are talking about. I am pretty sure some people will go and say “look they raised awareness” and probably even applaud them. But they also did that for Asian F in Glee (an episode that to me shows that the writers also are idiots there) and for Cassandra Clare’s parade of stereotypes so that isn’t saying very much. But since we are at it now. Let’s start and show why I think the writers are idiots who screwed the whole Internment camp episode in their history up:

    Back in flashback era, we see Kira’s mom stealing apple crates and baseballs from soldiers at olden-day Eichen House, and are SOOOOO not amused.
    Translation:
    She proves to the Japanese haters that Japanese Americans cannot be trusted and as such deserved to be interred. She is basically putting all of them at risk. And isn’t it astounding that she has to steal food but they apparently have enough to make their hair and put on make-up, lipstick and nail polish? Japanese internment camps were en vogue at the time apparently….

    Present day repercussions aside, we learn that Kira’s mom was actually a bit of a Robin Hood, stealing from the soldiers to give to the hungry and deprived in her WW2 Japanese Internment Camp.
    Which is bullshit for two reasons:
    a) they all looked pretty well fed and dressed
    b) that is not how Japanese internment camps were. The food was bad at first but they didn’t starve and didn’t had to steel.
    Kira’s mom, and thereby the writers, are just idiots that apparently use this story to gain points without understanding history.

    Not to mention that this isn’t a Japanese Internment Camp. As Internment Camps only the Relocation Centers were referred to as such and even the smallest one (Granada) had 7381 prisoners, this here has at best 50. So they wouldn’t have been able to squeeze these 50 in there? Several of the camps were over populated, so why would it be different here? This would have made more sense as an 1942 Civilian assembly center or maybe a detention center but not as a Relocation camp. But in the first case they would have needed a reason for them to be there all the time and in the latter case they would have suggested that these might have been criminals. Despite both options fitting history much better and making more sense.
    In either case this thing looks like a hotel in the best area. This is how the Camps actually were:
    Inside the camps, Japanese toiled under scorching desert sun in Arizona and California, swamplike conditions in Arkansas, and bitter cold in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah, and were paid a paltry of $12 per month for unskilled labor and 419 for skilled.

    Don’t get me wrong, these were not the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia or North Korea, but they surely weren’t anything like this quasi hotel in the episode. In those camps they had to deal with freezing cold, scorching heat, mosquitos everywhere and devastating sand storms, plus all of them were in desolate areas.
    This is playing down history. And not their last attempt in the episode. Or the only one in American media. After all when it comes to World War II only the Wild West has been more romanticized.

    She even stole a baseball for a little boy, something that would have seemed out of character in her cold-hard, present-day incarnation.
    There hasn’t been enough characterization of Kira’s mom to say that for sure, but that isn’t really the problem. The problem is that this is allegedly a Japanese internment camp and there is only one kid? Why? Oh yeah, to show how “evil” it all is and how bad bad bad. Nope writers, you get it wrong, the evil back then was due to the USA imprisoning its citizens and taking away their rights without due process simply on how they look. So basically the same thing your government does ever since the start of the last Bush administration.

    Furthermore the majority of the internees lost their property. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at these videos:

    Interview George Takei:

    Interview Pat Morita:

    Interview:

    Documentary:

    Does anyone here think they did a good job of presenting Japanese Internment camps?

    A grandma type warns Kira’s mom, who is about 800 years old at the time, that she is “young and reckless” and itching for a beatdown, if she doesn’t become more careful about what and when she steals. Kira ‘s mom just blows her off. After all, what do people who age naturally know about getting ahead in the world?
    And here is the first giant problem with this scenario. The elder woman is right and Kira’s mom is wrong. But we are meant to side with Kira’s mom, to support a behavior that back then would have given the internees even more trouble and put them at extra risk. But nope, Kira’s mom is apparently the one that has it right and the old woman has it wrong. And is further vilified later on. Again: we will get to that.

    Ps. The phrase “shikata ga nai” (roughly: “it cannot be helped”) was commonly used to summarize the interned families’ resignation to their helplessness throughout these conditions. This was even noticed by the children.

    Especially, Granny here. She does nothing to save her friends in the internment camp but sit around and play that wanna-be chess game, Go.
    1) that is not wanna-be chess. The game is rich in strategy despite its relatively simple rules. So basically someone playing this would be smarter than a wanna-be Robin Hood like Kira’s mom, written by idiotic writers.
    2) What “Granny” is doing would have been the right thing to do, apart from involving the law and fighting in court against it like some people did. Again: what Kira’s mom did, was the exact opposite of helpful!!! This is rewriting history and saying, only the way Anglo-Americans do it, is the right way. Despite that your government and the idea of American exeptionalism have basically made you the bullies of the planet ever since the end of World War II:

    Despite the fact that American intervention caused more problems than it solved and so would Americanized Kira’s mom, if this were real life.

    But in accordance with the nostalgia of WW II in American media it doesn’t and she is supposed to be the hero, thereby taking away and besmirching the suffering of the true victims. But hey that is done time and again in movies when the glory from the Soviet’s for beating Hitler is stolen from them, or when it’s still claimed the A-bombs were necessary for the capitulation of Japan, or when Korea got messed up, or started the war in Vietnam under falls information, or deposed Mossadeq in Iran, or the stuff in South America, or the Iraq invasions, etc. etc. etc.

    This is the reason why this episode really pissed me off!!!! Once again an American show comes along and basically rewrites history to make its country look better. And the worst thing is that the writers probably don’t even notice that.

    Furthermore the three soldiers/guards we see at first are stereotypes as well. The darker haired ones are the bad guys and even molest female prisoners and the blue-eyed, dirty blond haired guy is the good one that has sex with Kira’s mom. Total stereotype!!!! Not just in the colorism department but also in the “white guy bones Asian female”, we had that already with Scott and Alison, I mean Kira of course. Kira is nothing like Allison, she is not capable with weapons, is not pale and dark-haired, is not from an allegedly special female lineage that turns out to be doofuses and does not have insta-love with Scott and no reason for them to be together except for sex and circumstance…. No wait, that is exactly what Kira is!!! Kira is just Alison repackaged. Except that in Allison’s case we at least got some sort of actual explanation, Kira simply has Mary Sue powers due to her “magic” roots.
    Plus, of course the “good white guy” must help them because of “love”, they couldn’t be childhood friends or he simply didn’t agree with the policy of the time. Nope it has to be “love” again. Yeah, really imaginative writers!!!

    Papa Stilinski reveals what many Werebangers have already surmised, that Stiles’ supposed brain legions were nothing more than a trick perpetrated by the Nogitsune to break down Stiles’ emotional defenses to mind control.
    How? Seriously, how did he do that? We saw the scans being made, so how on earth did he pull of that trick? I really have the vibe here that it looks as though they made it up as they went along. Once again I could explain it with fox powers, easily in fact, but since they have not truly established what riddle-demon can do, I will not do that.

    Kira and Scott want to save Stiles too, but Kira’s mom insists that murdering him is their only way out? Why? Because that’s what she had to do LAST TIME . . .
    Not to mention that last time all the killing did was releasing the riddle-demon in form of a fly and that was it. So don’t they think they should give them something to catch said fly?

    When the entire internment camp comes down with pneumonia
    Kind of odd, considered how well-fed, dressed and clean the entire “camp” is. Seriously look at the surrounding “camp”, they have asphalt streets, the houses apparently are in peek condition and have been built with care, they are in a mild Californian climate, and they have a huge building with a peek medical ward right next to them. Why that building isn’t used more? No idea!!! Oh wait, to show how eeeviiillll the guards are. But again: That is not how internment camps were!

    Kira and her American boyfriend discover that the army doctor and those two dorky soliders who died in the beginning of the episode, have been selling the stuff on the black market at the expense of their patients.
    Technically it’s Kira’s mom, but since both are not really characters, who cares. And why did the doctor think he would get away with this? No idea and makes no sense. This is a pretty small “camp”, such a thing would be easily detectable and traceable. So after female bodies, psychological development, canine behavior and mythology the writers now also screw crime. What will be next?

    The little kid with the baseball dies and his dad is furious.
    Aka, the kid is nothing but a plot device to show how eeevvvillll the “camp” is.

    The entire internment camp readies itself for revolution.
    Again: in real life this would have made everything even worse.

    Of course, angry sick prisoners with sticks are no match for well-armed soldiers, right?
    Astounding how strong they are aren’t they? And there were what? 10 guards max? Why didn’t they do more? Or get some guns themselves? Or … oh right, because they are Asians and normal Asians are not strong and have brains. Of course that would happen; I mean on this show we have a Japanese that apparently looks Korean, fake matriarchs and pseudo-Latinos, so it fits perfectly well.

    NO ONE BEATS UP GRANNY (the secret werewolf), AND GETS AWAY WITH IT!
    Isn’t it astounding how the “bitten werewolves have a harder time controlling themselves” rule is followed and ignored when it’s convenient for the plot?
    So basically this 50 something Japanese American woman who may have been a werewolf for who knows how long has less control over herself than our white, hormone-driven teenage upper class (if you still think Scott is presented like a blue collar you need a psychiatrist) werewolves…. Yeah, the show has no sexism, classism or racism at all…
    And you know I doubt the writers, and possibly the majority of fans, notice that. They are still so hyped on Davis’ claim of an Utopia, that they don’t get that it doesn’t exist, that it never existed.

    Sorry sexy American boyfriend. It looks like this Bud is for you!
    Why did she do that? No werewolf who we saw so far ever reacted like that. Every time when a werewolf lost control on this show, they attacked head on – maybe stood there and roared first for dramatic convenience,, they didn’t try to “run?”, I guess, then stopped and grabbed something (here a flaming bottle [what was inside that thing anyway? Medical alcohol?]) and threw it at someone. None ever did that or anything similar. So what apart from plot convenience could be a reason for her to act this way?

    “Why did she waste my flaming beer on the only nice soldier in this episode?”
    Plot convenience. What I am more interested in, is how could he survive long enough to scream and all? When 80 % of your body is burned like that you are practically dead, either from lack of oxygen or blood poisoning. And maybe some other stuff. I let it slide with Peter back in season 1 since he is a werewolf but this here is simply impossible. So another of the million plotholes of this show. And btw. this is the first Jackson clone since Ennis whom we saw die.

    Back in the present day, Allison cries to Stiles’ dad in the elevator at the hospital, for no conceivable reason.
    I think the reason is supposed to be that she is scared for Isaac. What I don’t give a fuck about since their “love” is inconceivable and what we saw of them together makes them barely more than fuck buddies. And like I said in earlier comments: When Isaac dies I don’t give a fuck.

    But it fits the mood, and Papa Stilinski is relatively sweet about it (especially considering that HE is the one with the possessed son). So, we don’t think much of it . .
    So in this scene he is the Stiles and Allison is the Scott? Since this is basically what we have with Scott and Stiles all the time.

    Back in Beacon Hills, the Nogitsune makes his next move, right from the bedroom of his host . . .
    Which is exactly the reason why those 10 minutes of the episode were bearable. They had a good antagonist. But sadly I have my worries that this is not to last.

    Then, she does call him, unwittingly offering up to the trickster spirit an entire truck filled with the bodies of potential hosts.
    And this is where the trouble lies. Episodes ago it was stated that riddle-demon is a kitsune as well, simply a dark and malicious one. But now he is apparently some summoned spirit, like a demon, and thereby something different. So apparently the writers once again didn’t check for consistency.

    Nogitsu-Boyfriend responds to his girlfriend’s call to action, by killing, not only those jerky soldiers, but also Kira’s mom’s internment camp friends. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you with your gross pointy teeth!
    This has more truth to it than you think. The riddle-demon was established to feed on pain and chaos, but by slaughtering everyone it would basically eradicate its primary food source. So WTF??? Why did it do that? That runs completely counter to how it was established and is presented later on.

    Realizing that she pretty much brought about the deaths of everyone who croaked in this episode, Kira decides to take down her Nogitsu-Boyfriend once and for all. And she does it with the big fat sword under her bed that nobody thought to find, despite the fact that (1) she lived in an internment camp, which was inspected daily for contraband, and (2) her internment camp friends REALLY could have used it during the revolution they lost miserably earlier in the episode . . .
    That and one thing: By that Kira’s mom basically confirmed Anglo-American fears of dangerous Japanese aliens. So basically what she did was:
    1) Stealing food and toys
    2) Fraternizing with a soldier and thereby undermining military structure
    3) Bringing a weapon to an “internment” camp (a very badly concealed weapon by the way)
    She might just as well hang a big sign around her neck saying “I am the Yellow Peril incarnate, you were right to fear me!” Basically messing it up for the internees in other camps.

    Long story short, Kira’s mom stabs Nogitsu-Reese with her big fat sword, and the help of the Wolf Granny responsible for burning him to a crisp. She shatters her big fat sword in the process.
    This was not only clumsy foreshadowing to Scott and Kira, it was apparently the bad justification for this episode’s title, but it also showed that the show is far from being free of sexism. After all, granny looked in pretty good shape and apart from some hair out of place she was pretty clean, so where was she when we saw the still alive inmates hunted by the riddle-demon (why they ran downstairs instead of out of the camp or still had perfectly done hair and skin is anyone’s guess)? Would the show truly lack sexism and all, Kira’s mom would have come in on this scene:
    Granny exchanging blows with riddle-demon, biting, slashing, roaring (after all we saw how fast she could run so she surely would have been able to), fighting to the death among the slaughtered.
    Than Kira’s mom would have ran to get her sword and then they would have teamed up on the riddle-demon. Possibly by riddle-demon gaining shortly the upper hand over granny, then Kira attacks, and while he is distracted granny comes in, delivers the blow to his back and they finish him off.
    But as usual claiming not to be sexist is easier than actually not being sexist.
    And if this weren’t enough there is the whole “they covered it up” by Kira’s parents. Which is the biggest “fuck you” to history this episode could make next to the “internment camp” they showed. Because I see no reason why there would be a cover up. That the doctor would cover his tracks up I can understand, after all, the black market thing could get him arrested, but the officials covering up the massacre just like that makes no sense. The situation at hand is that there was a camp with a small number of Japanese where all get slaughtered and the only people truly missing (based on lists) are two Japanese women. This would have been fuel to the fire of the anti-Japanese sentiments since in their eyes it would look as though they had been right all along. And if anyone here thinks this slaughter would be too horrible for Americans back then so they had to cover it up or so, let me remind you of some known attitudes towards them:
    What Pyle told his impressive audience, right away, was that the enemy in Asia was different. “In Europe we felt that our enemies, horrible and deadly as they were, were still people,” he explained in one of his first reports from the Pacific. “But out here I soon gathered that the Japanese were looked upon as something subhuman and repulsive; the way some people feel about cockroaches or mice.” To Pyle himself, this seemed a perfectly appropriate response, for he went on to describe how, soon after arriving, he had seen some Japanese prisoners in a fenced-in enclosure. “They were wrestling and laughing and talking just like normal human beings,” he wrote. “And yet they gave me the creeps, and I wanted a mental bath after looking at them.”

    And sure you could say that it wasn’t the same all the time, but still this here showswell as the development of American sentiments of the time:
    In August 1942, Captain Paul Tibbets, who would later pilot the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, expressed apprehension at the possibility of causing civilian casualties as he prepared to lead the first day-time raid by U.S. bombers against German targets in occupied France. He told a reporter that he felt “sick with thoughts of the civilians who might suffer from the bombs dropped by this machine.” Watching the bombs fall, he thought, “My God, women and children are getting killed!” But as the war continued, American’s scruples began to soften. The October 1943 area-bombing raid on Münster was an important turning point. The most tragic exception to the earlier standards was U.S. participation to the Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945.
    The United States adopted a far more ruthless bombing policy in Japan. When Major General Haywood Hansell, head of the 21st Bomber Command, resisted orders to use incendiaries against large urban areas, Air Force General Henry “Hap” Arnold replaced him with General Curtis LeMay. Nicknamed “Iron Ass” by his men because he was so relentless and demanding, LeMay had made his reputation in the air war in Europe. In Japan, he revolutionized bombing tactics and took what was already being referred to as “terror bombing” to an entirely different level.
    On the night of March 9-10, 1945, Le May sent 334 planes to attack Tokyo with incendiary bombs consisting of napalm, thermite, white phosphorus, and other inflammable materials. The bombs destroyed sixteen square miles, killing perhaps 100,000 people and injuring even more. The scalding inferno caused canals to boil, metal to melt, and people to burst into flames spontaneously. The victims, LeMay reported, were “scorched and boiled and baked to death.” By May, 75 percent of bombs dropped were incendiaries designed to burn down Japan’s “paper cities.” According to Japanese scholar Yuki Tanaka, the United States firebombed over a hundred Japanese cities. Destruction reached 99.5 percent in the city of Toyama, driving Secretary of War Henry Stimson to tell Truman he “did not want to have the US get the reputation of outdoing Hitler in atrocities,” though Stimson did almost nothing to halt the slaughter. He had managed to delude himself into believing Arnold’s promise that he would limit “damage to civilians.” Future Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, who was on LeMay’s staff in 1945, agreed with his boss’s comment that of the United States lost the war, they’d all be tried as war criminals and deserved to be convicted.
    Hatred towards the Japanese ran so deep that almost no one objected to the mass slaughter of civilians. Oppenheimer recalled Stimson’s disappointment over America’s indifference: “I remember Mr. Stimson saying to me that he thought it appalling that there should be no protest over the air raids which we were conducting against Japan, which in the case of Tokyo ked so such extraordinary heavy loss of life. He didn’t say that the air strikes shouldn’t be carried on, but he did think that there was something wrong with a country where no one questioned that.” Brigadier General Bonner Fellers called it “one if the most ruthless and barbaric killings of non-combatants in all history.” Arnold felt that “90% of Americans would have killed every Japanese.”

    So I have my serious troubles to belief this cover up to be realistic. Such hatred lasting for so long doesn’t just come into being overnight, it must have built up over some time. So why would they ever cover this up when it would be so fitting to propaganda?

    But then, just in case Kira’s mom hasn’t done enough stupid things in the context of this episode, she decides to do something REALLLLLLLLY stupid.

    A fly comes out of Nogitsu-Boyfriend’s mouth. Now, let’s guess what Kira’s mom does with the evil fly.
    Does she
    (1) Crush it with her fingers
    (2) Squash it with her heel.
    (3) Keep it alive, put it in a jar, and bury it underneath an ALL POWERFUL SUPERNATURAL TREE.
    Did you guess 3? Of course, you did. Because you know that being really friggin old doesn’t necessarily make you smart.

    Which is one of the many reasons why making her more than 800 years old was such an idiotic idea. Had they gone with 90 they might have gotten away with it, but 800 years and being this dumb is just incredibly idiotic. And put Kira’s mom in the race of being the dumbest character of this season.
    And not only that, this episode tells us that the “sacrifice” at the end of 3a “reawakened” the riddle-demon. But why? How is that possible? The “sacrifice” gave the Nemeton power but at the time Kira’s mom hid the glass “in/under” the Nemeton it was in full bloom and power, so why on earth didn’t riddle demon break out back then as well?
    And why was its body hidden behind that wall in the asylum? How did it get there? Did she place it there, did someone else? If yes, why? Why not burn/bury the thing? If she is Japanese that is what she would have done and if she wanted to honor his Anglo-American traditions she would have buried him. This is a pretty huge and important plot hole.

    Back in the present day, Kira uses her electric fingers to put her mom’s Big Fat Nogitsu-Killing Sword back together.
    Aka her Mary Sue powers come into play again.

    Let’s just hope Kira is smart enough to bring along some bug spray . . .
    She is an Asian stereotype, they are never that street smart.

    Derek is the king, of course.
    Why? Oh right to feat the Stereks and claim that Derek is actually important for the show. Seriously have you ever seen a more useless main cast than Derek Hale/Tyler Hoechlin?

    It looks like having Allison grab your ass has done little to improve your chances for longevity on this show.
    He should just die. He is about as useful as Derek and the rest of the Jackson clones.

    Only Nogitsu-Stiles knows . . . and Jeff Davis, of course.
    I wouldn’t count on that. I have my suspicion he made some stuff up on last minute.

    Thankfully the episode after this was a huge step up. And that makes me wonder, once again, why they do such crap? Why? They proofed they can do better, but they do this dung-heap anyway. Why? Just… why?

    • East Coast Captain

      To answer the above, yes the Strain is very much a survival story. I understand and so I am, the writers who created the book have control over the show. Del Toro directed the Pilot and will direct as many episodes as his schedule permits him. A lot of scare moments very insidious. WWII happens to include in many of the plots of the book.

      The difference is Buffy was written really in a different time. Attitudes have changed since then.

      In my opinion, many of those in the top that you mentioned regretted their role in the mass murder of thousands of civilians. 155 scientists in the Manhattan project sent a petition imploring the bomb not be used.

      I didn’t get it something like that, you can die from the pain alone but alas you’ve said it best, a plothole.

      • Andre

        Well lets home Del Toro’s work will live up to its hype, but you know adaptations are tricky. But maybe it works this time. Time will tell.

        I know attitudes have changed since Buffy but apparently in the wrong direction. Now its back to the stupid damsel as it seems, at least if the current popular heroines are anything to go by. And now I am not talking about Bella Swan anymore, trust me, she has been overthrown as the biggest dumbass in distress there. Just a tip: Never read Tiger’s Curse by Houck, I couldn’t even finish 1/3 of it.

        I know that the scientists who developed the bomb tried to stop it, I know 6 of the 7 five star generals who got their fifth star in WW II were against it, I know even LeMay said it had nothing to do with the end of the war, and this guy wasn’t called “demon LeMay” by the Japanese without reason. But the said fact is that back then nearly nobody objected to all the bombing and the myth that the A-bomb was absolutely necessary to end the war is still the stronger one and so are all the other myths about WW II and sadly Teen Wolf is in line with the myth making here. And I know many people say “its just fiction” but the sad truth is here also that this is were most people get their knowledge from. They don’t read history books, they don’t watch several documentaries on the same subject, they just watch films and TV-shows and get their information from there. So fiction actually has a power that I think is underestimated.

        And I just remembered something that is missing from Teen Wolf:
        The social critical humor: You know when the sheriff said that its funny that the kids who get beaten are usually the ones least deserving it while Jackson was in front of it, no one calls Scott out anymore on his stupid comments, neither on Derek’s. And all the other humor is just gone now. It feels like a different show in that regard. Posey’s acting range also seemed to be bigger in season 1 and 2 then now and I doubt that is due to the actor but due to the director and writers.
        Plus when I compare the last episode to this episode, which was a huge step up by the way, I think its clear that Teen Wolf sucks whenever they want to get near history and the wider world. They should keep it small, in the same town as much as possible. Without pulling the TVD trope of not having the wider world react at all. Of course they should try to get out of town as well, since clearly the actors look nowhere like teens anymore. But either way, I think the writers should stay as far away as possible from real world events.

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