“It all happened so fast” – A Recap of the Teen Wolf Season Finale “The Divine Move”

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Que pasa, Werebangers! This second half of the third season of Teen Wolf has been a bit of a whirlwind. Just thinking about how much has gone down in the span of twelve episodes makes me dizzy, and a little sleepy.

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Stiles got some nookie . . .(a lot of nookie actually . . . more nookie than he’d gotten in the first 2 seasons combined).

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kissed stiles

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make out stora

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sexing
He also went temporarily evil and killed a lot of people . . .

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death 1

the effing angel of death
. . . while simultaneously deciding that wrapping toilet paper around one’s face would make for a great fashion statement . . .

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Also, 1/3 of the cast left the show . . .

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. . . to eventually be replaced by all these other people we’d never seen before (except for maybe that one time we watched The Secret Circle).

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this sucks

daddy o

handsome thank you
Teen Wolf Season 3 set the impressive record of being The Season with the Most Swallowed Bugs . . .

hand in mouth

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the bug

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It was the season during which we learned a whole slew of Japanese vocabulary words like Kitsune, Nogitsune, Oni, and Go and Bardo, none of which will ever help us find the bathroom, if we ever find ourselves stuck in Tokyo . . .

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And yet still no one has figured out what Greenberg looks like?!!!!

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Crazy, right? Let’s review, shall we?

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[Special thanks to Andre who fearlessly and loyally provided me with the spectacular screencaps you see here each week. Without him, this website would be nothing more than my own often drunken ramblings about Derek’s abs, and how I find Stiles’ long fingers weirdly sexy . . . ]

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The Tragedy Hangover

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Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one will tell you that the initial Moment of Death is not the hardest part. I mean sure, you might scream, or cry, be frozen in shock or fear, laugh inappropriately, or feel oddly empty . . . void of any emotion at all.

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But the real pain of that loss doesn’t usually come until hours later, after the dust has settled, the rush of adrenaline has faded, and you’ve stumbled back to your empty home. Its then, and only then, that the realization finally settles in. This person is really gone. They aren’t coming back. That’s the part that’s most devastating . . . the one that could truly wreck you, if you let it.

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I think Teen Wolf portrayed that moment of understated, but excruciating pain, well, in the initial moments of the finale, as Lydia, Scott and Isaac had to sit in that police station and calmly lie to the police about what really killed their friend and lover. There are no screams or wails of anguish. Few tears are shed. But still the tragedy of the scene is palpable, and can be summed up in five short words  . . .
“It all happened so fast.”

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J.R. Bourne gave a particularly nuanced performance in this episode as a heartbroken father who has now lost his entire family to the Argent Code of Honor, but must lock away his grief beneath a wall of stoicism and steely determination. He does this because he still believes in a cause greater then himself, and because that Cause is the only thing that is keeping him from falling apart.

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In some ways, Chris Argent is like a modern day Ned Stark from Game of Thrones . . . only he got to keep his head . . .

ned stark
The Game of Go-gurt

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Holed up in The Lady Fox house, and in desperate need of some self-tanner, and maybe some blush, sickly no-longer-Nogitsuned Stiles is understandably a little ticked off that, while he and his friends seem to have mere hours to live, Kira’s mom seems more interested in drinking un-magical tea, and rambling on about a lame Board Game than in kicking some ONI ass . . .

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this ish

“What is this ish?”

News flash, Kira’s mom! The Game of Go sucks! And nobody understands that better than Stiles, who was forced to play it in his trapped subconscious for days on end . . .

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“Let’s go pay a visit to Everybody’s favorite Magical Veterinarian, Deaton!” Stiles offers helpfully. “He too speaks in annoying metaphors. But at least he doesn’t make me play board games, when I should be out fighting crime!”

take that taser
Speaking of fighting crime . . .
It’s Oni Time!
At the sheriff’s station, Stiles’ dad and The Hot Sheriff Whose Probably Something Supernatural get paid a visit by a couple Really Pissed Off Oni. Why are they pissed, you ask?

hey hear that joke about the ninja

“So, guys.  I got this great joke.  A ninja walks into a bar . . . wait, there’s a ninja standing behind me right now, isn’t there?  Why is there always a ninja behind me, every time I try to tell a ninja joke?”

Maybe it has something to do with their party clothes being so binding. Don’t think that’s a good excuse to go around shooting officers of the law? Well, then YOU try to have fun at a rave while dressed as a cross between Darth Vader and Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Or how about having to work for a real slave driver of a boss, who never lets you take days off, remove your ridiculous uniform, or break for lunch, just because this one time the dude happened to break a stick in front of your face?

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“It’s not easy being Oni.”

Come to think of it, the Onis may very well be the most misunderstood baddies on this show. Suck on that, Grandpa!

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Stand up and Fight!
From a brooding badass mentor with dubious motives in Season 1, to a tragic, severely flawed antihero, destroyed by his own pride in Season 2, to a not particularly bright, has-been Alpha, with ridiculously bad taste in women and a peculiar blindness for large Neon Warning Signs placed right in front of his face in Season 3a, it’s clear that the character of Derek Hale has seen better days.

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But this week gave us a glimpse of another Derek, one from another life, and another type of show . . . a show where he didn’t have to settle for being the Past His Prime Guy . . . or The Guy Who Hangs Out with High Schoolers, Because He Doesn’t Have Any Friends His Own Age. The Derek of “The Divine Move” coulda been a contendah . . . or at least a really inspirational drill sergeant or high school football coach . . .

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When the Alpha twins, after being nursed back to health by Doctor Der contemplate blowing the popsicle stand that is Beacon Hills, Good Ole Der gives them a good old fashioned “Hell to the no,” and a speech that was clearly cribbed from this song . . .

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhpZfltbnAQ

(Just swap the word “Scott” in for “love.” And the similarities are truly uncanny.)

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Truth be told, Scott has always struck me as more of a sweet dopey puppy, than a heroic Alpha wolf. But the dude IS loyal and persistent in the face of adversity. So, at least he has that going for him . . .

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bad scott
Speaking of Derek, did I mention that his pretty little box with his mother’s gross toenails in it just so happens to be the key to saving the world from Evil Stiles? Now, I did!

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There’s a Bathroom on the Right

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If I had to choose the most disturbingly powerful, and viscerally impactful scene of the season, my vote would most definitely go to Nogitsu-Stiles’ slo-mo hospital massacre to the tune of one of the most eerily awesome covers of the song “Bad Moon Rising” on the planet.

Jeff Davis and co. definitely didn’t pull any punches here. No one was safe. Nurses, interns, children, mommies, daddies, receptionist, young, old, fat, thin . . . everybody got eviscerated for no other reason than because Nogitsu-Stiles thought murdering them all would be fun. It was awful. It was bloody. It was oddly beautifully choreographed, and glorified its violence with the cool panache of a Tarantino movie. Do not try this at home kiddies.
A word about “Bad Moon Rising.” My dad was a major Creedence Clearwater Revival fan. So much so that I feel like a good portion of my childhood was spent listening to this song on long road trips to family vacations. To this day, it reminds me of that terrible feeling of really having to pee, while stuck in a car, and knowing that there won’t be a rest stop for another twenty miles. . . .

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“There’s a bathroom on the right.”

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Indeed . . .
Seriously, listen to the original version of the song and tell me that doesn’t sound like what they are saying . . .

Say Hello to My Little Friend

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Apparently everyone in Beacon Hills owns a gun with unlimited bullets, but is a terrible shot. So many shootouts in this episode. Cops shooting Oni, Oni shooting cops, Oni shooting Scott’s mom in the leg. No one shooting Scott’s douchey dad, because . . . been there, done that . . .

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In Beacon Hills’ law enforcement’s defense, to the Oni, getting pelted with bullets probably feels like the way you and I would feel about being pelted with rubber bands. It’s annoying, and may sting a little, but probably isn’t going to leave you with much in the way of permanent damage. That doesn’t stop the cops from shooting though . . . and shooting . . . and shooting.

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They say the definition of an idiot is someone who does the same thing over and over again, expecting different results . . .

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I hate to rail on Sheriff Stilinski, because he seems like such a nice guy. But I’m willing to bet Stiles got his brains from his mother’s side of the family, vulnerable to evil spirit possession and deadly disease though they might be . . .

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Discoveries Abound
All the shooting and murder packed into this hour left little time for plot exposition. So, they kind of threw it all together into about two minutes. At the same time that Isaac and Papa Argent clue in to Allison’s posthumous discovery that silver is poisonous to the Oni, and can kill them if it penetrates their bodies at the right angle, Lydia figures out that Stiles is dying (which Stiles confirms by popping up, looking kind of dead, and basically saying “I’m dying.”) Simultaneously, all the shot Scooby Gang parents (and Deaton, because you could bet the Oni found him too) figure out that the smoke blowing Oni-induced bullets in them are ALSO poisonous . . .

gross wound
With all that pesky plot out of the way, I’d say it’s time for another fight scene . . . or ten. Wouldn’t you?

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Oni Baloney
Divide, conquer, and mindf*&k. That’s always been the Oni’s game. It’s how Nogitsu-Stiles gets the Scooby Game to think they are all in the same place, but actually find themselves in two different places, both fighting two versions of Nogitsu-Stiles . . .

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Who knew this guy had copy machine-like cloning abilities?

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Or does he?

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While Derek and the twins fight Nogitsu-Stiles and the Oni in one place, and Scott and co fight him seemingly someplace else, it all gets very confusing, very quickly.

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For example, since when did it start snowing?

beautiful snow
How did Nogitsu-Stiles get back his toilet paper face?

moon walk
And why is he Moonwalking?

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But as is usually the case with the trickster spirit who feeds on chaos, all is not as it seems . . .

dont trust the fox

its an illusion
Nogitsu-Stiles offers Stiles and Co an alternative to all this mass murder. Stiles can disembowel himself, and Scott and chop off his head. Then, everyone else gets to live.

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Sounds great, right?

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Nahhh!

You see, Stiles still has one move left. And it’s . . . wait for it . . . The Divine Move.

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In a flash, our wise hero/villain discovers that it’s not really snowing, and the Scooby Gang isn’t really in “Bardo,” as Nogitsu-Stiles had suggested.

They are just outside the school. And the Oni . . . and toilet paper head they are fighting? Nothing more than mere illusions.

what up
Because the real Nogitsu-Stiles and Oni are fighting Derek and the twins.

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So, what’s a Scooby Crew to do?

confused scot

Face the illusion, head-on, of course. Wake up and smell the toilet paper head!

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Because any experienced sufferer of nightmares knows that the easiest way to defeat a bad dream is to discover that you are having one . . .

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“You can’t kill meeeeeeee.”
Ahhh, the Villain’s Anthem. Every Season has one . . .

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mountain ash

always been the alpha
And 3B is no exception.

cant kill me big
There’s a point in every narrative where the Bad Guy, whose been performing flawlessly up to this point, finally allows his own hubris to get the best of him. And so he gets his last Monologue of Evil. It’s both his theme song and his death rattle.

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Because, it’s precisely when Nogitsu-Stiles is proclaiming his immortality that he is at his most vulnerable. Isaac and Papa Argent are silver sniping his Oni, left and right. Scott and Kira have pullen the fabric off his deftly created hallucination.

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Stiles and Lydia . . . well, they aren’t doing much of the fighting. But they look pretty darn cute, spouting out sassy things to the Evil One, don’t they . . .
And then comes the clincher: “Change the Host, kill the Void.”

bite is a gift
All this time, everyone assumed that meant that Scott would have to bite Stiles. But with Nogitsu-Stiles out on his own, the True Alpha has things much easier. He just gets to bite the Bad Guy.

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And like that poof . . . he’s gone.

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Literally, the bug flies out of his mouth and straight into Mama Hale’s gross nail jar. And then Evil Stiles, well, he cracks up and turns to ash . . .

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You gotta hand it to this baddie. He even knows how to die cool.

Then, magically all those dying people with festering Oni wounds are just peachy.

all better
With one or two very big exceptions . . .
Exception 1: Stiles, who collapses mere seconds after the death of his doppelganger.

zzzz
Stiles is dead. NOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Just kidding!

alive

wake up stiles
Dude just needed another nap. It’s been a long season, after all.
Exception 2: Aiden

gory
This one might be a bit more permanent.

hurt you as much
You see, that’s the trouble with redemption arcs. They can often be deadly . . .

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In the end, the Alpha twins were finally able to prove themselves to the pack into which they so desperately wanted membership. But membership just wasn’t in the cards for them . . .

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Regression to the Mean
Back when I was a kid and I had a really bad day, I would always comfort myself with the knowledge that I was “owed” a couple of good days for my troubles, or at least some less crappy ones . . . because I believed that things generally evened out in the end.

regression to mean
Who knew that was actually a real scientific principle? Thanks Deaton!

watcha doing

clearing head
Season 3A ended with an almost unrealistically cheery concluding montage, particularly after all the death and carnage the Darach had created in Beacon Hills. This season ended with a montage too, but it was a much more somber one. The Scooby Gang had lost members of its own tribe . . . important members that they loved and cherished. And though they will regroup and move on, they know, deep down, that it will never be quite the same.

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It’s for that reason that Ethan decides to leave Beacon Hills, a place where the death of his twin will never be far from his consciousness. Danny understands. In fact, he’s actually pretty content about the whole thing. He knows there will be other guys for him . . . guys that don’t howl at the moon, and haven’t murdered their entire family . . . guys that aren’t werewolves.

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Yep, that’s right Werebangers. Danny was in the know about the supernatural whozits and whatzits of Beacon Hills all along! He just chose to play dumb about it, because he’d prefer to stay alive and retain his humanity, thank you very much.

its beacon hills
I take back what I said about Stiles and Lydia. Danny is actually the smartest teen in Beacon Hills.

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In other news, Malia has enrolled in high school, despite only having a third grade education. But it’s totally cool, because she has, as coach said, “Really good muscle definition,” and can make her nails grow at will, like Wolverine . . .

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She’s also screwed Stiles, thereby saving his life, in the event that a Virgin Killer happens to find her way to Beacon Hills again . . .

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Speaking of returning She-Devils . . .
La Loba of a Different Color
Derek Hale is having a dream, in which he is in a gym locker room with Stiles, touching his “fingers,” which is pretty much the first chapter of every Sterek fanfiction I have ever read . . .

is it real

extra fingers in dreams

extra fingers

thats gross

“That’s gross.  But also kind of hot.”

In real life, things are much less rosy, however. He’s in his house, and those pesky Mexican hunters are there again, babbling on about “La Loba” “La Loba.”

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Derek immediately assumes they are talking about his sister Cora. But Cora’s off in Europe pretending to be the Queen Mary.

hell is cora

skeptical cora
So, it’s not her they are after.
It’s this b*tch!

its her
She’s baaaaaaaaaaaack.

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See ya in the summertime, Werebangers!

the return date

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6 responses to ““It all happened so fast” – A Recap of the Teen Wolf Season Finale “The Divine Move”

  1. East Coast Captain

    Actually she’s not a bitch well she is metaphorically speaking she is more like La Gata or the Jaguar she’s a werejaguar. You’ve certainly outdone yourself Davis. What an original idea! 😦

    I’m waiting patiently until he decides to break the no vampire rule. Maybe a last season type of thing.

    • Andre

      I also thought that she doesn’t look like the other werewolves. Now that you mentioned jaguar… I wonder, will he twist the lobison myth to his own liking now?
      But either way, a jaguar would not be very original, it would be ripping off Grimm probably, and they weren’t particular original either since they called them “Balam” which is a stupid name since it simply means jaguar.

  2. Andre

    Well, all in all, this was a pretty good episode. It had suspense, actual drama and things were at stake. Sadly it was not without its really dumb moments which show that the writers seem to be unable to realize what they have created there. Not surprising considered that Jeff Davis things he is feminist, his show progressive, Scott and his mother Latinos, or that Deaton and Morell are not magical negros etc. etc. etc.
    But mostly not on that now. Let us focus on the episode and your recap at hand. Like I said it was a pretty good episode and a big improvement over the last two season finales, it did not have giant plotholes like season 2 and it wasn’t such a ridiculous joke full of racism and sexism like season 3b. Not to mention the two really ridiculous antagonists there. But perfect it wasn’t.

    Just thinking about how much has gone down in the span of twelve episodes makes me dizzy, and a little sleepy.
    Really? I found it was pretty easy to follow.

    Stiles got some nookie . . .(a lot of nookie actually . . . more nookie than he’d gotten in the first 2 seasons combined).
    Yeah, because there he didn’t get any. And you can say what you want the sex with Malia is creepy in my eyes. She spent her entire puberty in coyote form, but she acts like an 18 year old who simply was a bit sheltered? Seems like they didn’t think this through, again.

    He also went temporarily evil and killed a lot of people . . .
    Which probably got a lot of fans wet between their legs. At least considered how there are people considering Geoffrey Baratheon hot when he is at his most evil:

    Speaking of him, maybe some of the people in this show need a lesson in power, especially the Alphas:

    while simultaneously deciding that wrapping toilet paper around one’s face would make for a great fashion statement
    It is something new on the show and isn’t that how fashion trends start? One idiot does it and the other idiots copy?
    Also he is still less bizarre than Lady Gaga’s typical outfits.

    Also, 1/3 of the cast left the show . . .
    We will wait to see whether that holds true. After all Derek was back in the first episode of 3b already despite him wanting to leave town at the end of season 3a.

    to eventually be replaced by all these other people we’d never seen before
    Who are nearly all white, and definitely light skinned. Ups. Scott’s father is not white he is a Latino some say, you see because Matthew del Negro allegedly is… seriously some fans really say that. Kind of scary if they think this guy, character and actor, is not white.
    But hey neither are Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal in their eyes and trust me, these guys are white as can be:

    Apparently for such people if you are not Anglo you are not white. Where that leaves me and the majority of white people on the planet? No idea.
    But to get away from the show’s and fandom’s proof that the Utopia Davis claimed to create doesn’t exist and to go to the episode again.

    It was the season during which we learned a whole slew of Japanese vocabulary words like Kitsune, Nogitsune, Oni, and Go and Bardo, none of which will ever help us find the bathroom, if we ever find ourselves stuck in Tokyo . . .
    And the majority are a total pick and choose on the behalf of Davis and have next to nothing in common with their real world counterparts.
    I think he only chose the foxes and the Oni because they are known enough to US-audiences and sound cool and so he would get points, but even within this made-up world based on our own they make no sense whatsoever. And you will see why I think that.

    I think Teen Wolf portrayed that moment of understated, but excruciating pain, well, in the initial moments of the finale, as Lydia, Scott and Isaac had to sit in that police station and calmly lie to the police about what really killed their friend and lover.
    Well Holden and Posey did a fine job I think, but Sherman’s performance I do not quite buy and to be honest, I also do not care. I just wish Isaac and the rest of the Jackson clones would just go away and never return. But considered how obsessed Davis seems to be with them my hopes aren’t high that they stay away.

    J.R. Bourne gave a particularly nuanced performance in this episode as a heartbroken father who has now lost his entire family to the Argent Code of Honor, but must lock away his grief beneath a wall of stoicism and steely determination.
    I totally agree with that. That was a really good performance and it’s bad that we did not see him more often. When he did it I actually believed it. Even Posey’s performance seemed a bit too dry eyed considered everything. But based on his performance a few episodes back I wonder whether that is due to him or due to the director.

    In some ways, Chris Argent is like a modern day Ned Stark from Game of Thrones . . . only he got to keep his head . . .
    And he isn’t played by an actor who apparently dies in every single role he is in:

    Holed up in The Lady Fox house, and in desperate need of some self-tanner, and maybe some blush, sickly no-longer-Nogitsuned Stiles is understandably a little ticked off that, while he and his friends seem to have mere hours to live, Kira’s mom seems more interested in drinking un-magical tea, and rambling on about a lame Board Game than in kicking some ONI ass . . .
    Kind of like me. This all seemed unnecessary complicated and “mystic”, kind of as if the writer applied the mystical Asian stereotype. Possible after all. Especially since apparently Kira’s mom (aka Noshiko) doesn’t seem to know how to kill a shadow-ninja. This is what I mean with this not working within itself. In the real world Oni can be killed in legend, and are a very prominent part of Japanese fantasy and legends, not to mention that nine-tailed foxes are usually attributed with a vast amount of knowledge unsurpassed by any human. Apparently Noshiko is nothing like that. And even within this world she seems stupid. Apparently these shadow-ninjas have been known in Japan for some time and no one ever figured out that silver is poisonous to them? I find that very hard to believe.

    “Let’s go pay a visit to Everybody’s favorite Magical Veterinarian, Deaton!” Stiles offers helpfully. “He too speaks in annoying metaphors. But at least he doesn’t make me play board games, when I should be out fighting crime!”
    Aka Stiles once again says the smart stuff and supernaturals are dumb on this show.

    At the sheriff’s station, Stiles’ dad and The Hot Sheriff Whose Probably Something Supernatural get paid a visit by a couple Really Pissed Off Oni.
    I suspected something like that as well, or maybe they simply ignore what they stated about the Nemeton in the previous season.

    Come to think of it, the Onis may very well be the most misunderstood baddies on this show. Suck on that, Grandpa!
    Can you explain why you think Gerard is misunderstood?

    When the Alpha twins, after being nursed back to health by Doctor Der contemplate blowing the popsicle stand that is Beacon Hills, Good Ole Der gives them a good old fashioned “Hell to the no,” and a speech that was clearly cribbed from this song . . .
    ….
    Truth be told, Scott has always struck me as more of a sweet dopey puppy, than a heroic Alpha wolf. But the dude IS loyal and persistent in the face of adversity. So, at least he has that going for him . .

    Which is the only thing this, as I call it, “biggest flaw of this episode” had gotten right. Scott is loyal and all, but his ass had to be saved and heaved up more than once and he barely figures anything out. Actually Derek’s speech is not only reminiscent of the constant “Scott is important” crap of season 3a but also makes no sense within the episode. If he thinks Scott figures stuff out, the why did he “dream” of Stiles to get advice later on?

    Speaking of Derek, did I mention that his pretty little box with his mother’s gross toenails in it just so happens to be the key to saving the world from Evil Stiles?
    Oh yeah the box Deaton made, which reminded me immediately that we still have no idea who this guy actually is. 4 seasons and we have no idea who he is outside of his plot device status.

    If I had to choose the most disturbingly powerful, and viscerally impactful scene of the season, my vote would most definitely go to Nogitsu-Stiles’ slo-mo hospital massacre to the tune of one of the most eerily awesome covers of the song “Bad Moon Rising” on the planet.
    I think most would agree with you on that. I think it was a pretty well done line of scenes, both in terms of visuals and audio criteria. And O’Brien did once again some good acting.
    Just one thing: Will any camera ever see that Stiles is so calm admits all the carnage and connect him to the murders?
    And also, will they build on that next season, the end montage here doesn’t suggest so, you would think after that people would try to move out of Beacon Hills finally. Beacon Hills seems to become more and more like Sunnydale, but the problem is that neither of the “heroes” (btw. wasn’t there some talk about Scott, Stiles and Allison being the protectors of Beacon Hills? Not really possible if Allison is dead, well her replacement will do) are on par with Buffy Summers, who apparently was known and at least somewhat acknowledged:

    Seriously, listen to the original version of the song and tell me that doesn’t sound like what they are saying . . .
    I can’t the videos are not working over here.

    No one shooting Scott’s douchey dad, because . . . been there, done that . .
    No that was stabbed with a sword and not being shot. That is a difference Julie 😉

    That doesn’t stop the cops from shooting though . . . and shooting . . . and shooting.
    Could this be a hidden reference to American police?

    I guess not, Teen Wolf is not that subtle.

    They say the definition of an idiot is someone who does the same thing over and over again, expecting different results . .
    Sadly no one seems to say that too many authors and writers as it seems, since they give birth to one idiot after the other.

    But I’m willing to bet Stiles got his brains from his mother’s side of the family, vulnerable to evil spirit possession and deadly disease though they might be . . .
    Well there is a figure of speech over here: Blond, blauäugig, blöd. Aka Blond, blue-eyed, dumb. Maybe this time that is true for the sheriff.

    All the shooting and murder packed into this hour left little time for plot exposition. So, they kind of threw it all together into about two minutes.
    I think it was sufficient. We really didn’t need to have been elaborated on that I think.

    While Derek and the twins fight Nogitsu-Stiles and the Oni in one place, and Scott and co fight him seemingly someplace else, it all gets very confusing, very quickly.
    So super idiot and the Jackson clones fight the only good antagonist season 3a and b had so far… seriously has there not been the silver deus ex machina these morons would have been slaughtered I am sure of it.

    You see, Stiles still has one move left. And it’s . . . wait for it . . . The Divine Move.

    In a flash, our wise hero/villain discovers that it’s not really snowing, and the Scooby Gang isn’t really in “Bardo,” as Nogitsu-Stiles had suggested.

    You know, this was smart of course, but I would not call that “divine” or anything. Stiles figuring such things out while everyone else is too dumb is pretty normal for this show.

    They are just outside the school.
    Nope, they were already inside the school, they had already entered before the illusion started, they are on the hallway to be precise.

    “You can’t kill meeeeeeee.”
    Ahhh, the Villain’s Anthem. Every Season has one . . .
    demon wolf
    mountain ash
    always been the alpha
    And 3B is no exception.
    ….
    There’s a point in every narrative where the Bad Guy, whose been performing flawlessly up to this point, finally allows his own hubris to get the best of him. And so he gets his last Monologue of Evil.

    I would say this time it is a big difference. This time the antagonist actually has a reason to be angry while in the other cases it was really just showing off and screaming/overacting. Riddle-demon actually had a plan and without the silver surprise he would have succeeded or at least they would not have been able to catch him.

    All this time, everyone assumed that meant that Scott would have to bite Stiles. But with Nogitsu-Stiles out on his own, the True Alpha has things much easier. He just gets to bite the Bad Guy.
    Of course, because would Scott bite Stiles we would have had a smart werewolf and we know this show cannot have that. :/

    You gotta hand it to this baddie. He even knows how to die cool.
    So the Japanese antagonist is killed while all the American ones (well the male ones) got to live… kind of offensive when you think about it, like Avatar:

    But at least it did look cool.

    Exception 2: Aiden
    This one might be a bit more permanent.

    Of course, since if the gay twin would be killed people might notice something off with the show. But anyway, one Jackson clone less, that is at least something.

    In the end, the Alpha twins were finally able to prove themselves to the pack into which they so desperately wanted membership.
    How? What did they do that they hadn’t done already against Kincaide? Seriously, where is the difference?
    Because they didn’t run away? They already did that at the start of the season and when called for they were already available, so where was the difference?

    because I believed that things generally evened out in the end.

    Who knew that was actually a real scientific principle? Thanks Deaton!

    You know, this is actually more philosophy then a scientific principle. It is rather that things are more or less in flux all the time. I think that was rather the writers being pseudophilosophical again. And of course like the magical negro that he is, he has a “good” advice for the white protagonist.

    Season 3A ended with an almost unrealistically cheery concluding montage, particularly after all the death and carnage the Darach had created in Beacon Hills.
    Of course it did, since that finale was full of plotholes, racism and sexism. And was quickly ignored at the start of this season.
    Which is my big problem with this episode. For all its good acting, pacing, dialogues, music and visuals the season got there by introducing one plothole after the other over its course and ever since I read the Cassandra Clare books plotholes are a big No-no for me.

    This season ended with a montage too, but it was a much more somber one. The Scooby Gang had lost members of its own tribe . . . important members that they loved and cherished. And though they will regroup and move on, they know, deep down, that it will never be quite the same.
    Also this end-montage had some unrealistically cheery scenes as well, when you consider what happened (e.g. the Malia stuff, how did she get into school after all?). And if Isaac and the rest are really gone… I think when you are white, male and a supporting character you won’t be killed off so easily on this show. If they do not return next season then I will … well not weep since I saw Allison’s death coming a mile away and I do not care about the Jackson clones but I will acknowledge that they are gone.

    It’s for that reason that Ethan decides to leave Beacon Hills, a place where the death of his twin will never be far from his consciousness. Danny understands. In fact, he’s actually pretty content about the whole thing. He knows there will be other guys for him . . . guys that don’t howl at the moon, and haven’t murdered their entire family . . . guys that aren’t werewolves.
    Yep, that’s right Werebangers. Danny was in the know about the supernatural whozits and whatzits of Beacon Hills all along! He just chose to play dumb about it, because he’d prefer to stay alive and retain his humanity, thank you very much.

    Pfff. To me that was just the usual bone tossed towards viewers but I don’t think anything will come out of Danny’s confession, he is mostly a plot device anyway and like I said I saw much better LGBT stuff over here in soap operas, so for me this is just tokenism here, nothing more.

    In other news, Malia has enrolled in high school, despite only having a third grade education. But it’s totally cool, because she has, as coach said, “Really good muscle definition,” and can make her nails grow at will, like Wolverine . . .
    Aka the next “big thing” of the next season and the walking talking plothole…come on she is a Hale how smart and important could she possibly be?

    She’s also screwed Stiles, thereby saving his life, in the event that a Virgin Killer happens to find her way to Beacon Hills again . . .
    Come on, did you had to remind us of the show’s take on pedophilia?

    In real life, things are much less rosy, however. He’s in his house, and those pesky Mexican hunters are there again, babbling on about “La Loba” “La Loba.”
    And proof once again that real Latinos are bad people and only people who are claimed to be Latinos due to their looks but are actually Anglo-Americans are good.
    At least they didn’t completely abandon this…. Wait a minute, does that mean Kate tried to shoot Derek and the twins last episode? Man she suddenly sucks at shooting doesn’t she?

    But Cora’s off in Europe pretending to be the Queen Mary.
    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    It’s this b*tch!

    She’s baaaaaaaaaaaack.

    You know East Coast Captain has a point, she doesn’t look lupine at all, even less so than werewolves of this show in general. He coloring looks more like these:

    Considered that they introduced real Latinos this time, makes me wonder whether they will introduce the Lobison stuff, which is basically a legend imported from the Iberian Peninsula and adapted to local customs by exchanging the gray wolf (a dog) with the maned wolf (a fox).
    I just hope she will not turn into another Deucalion or Jennnifer, since we both know apart from the Riddledemon so far Supernaturals on this show aren’t exactly known for their brain power. And say what you want about Kate but she was a memorable person and capable fighter with some brains, sadly she is probably the strongest female figure on the show and that after 4 seasons.
    So hopefully they don’t screw it up or suddenly changed plans like they did after the last two seasons.

    And before I forget that, I am currently reading the book of this guy about the massacres in Beijing on 04Jun1989 which many have forgotten since they, at most, only talk about the massacres on the Tiananmen square:

    However if you read his book “The Bullet and the Opium” I must warn you, first I don’t know whether its available in a language other than German and second it deals with heavy topics. In my country I can say most 16 year olds have the necessary tools to deal with the content but I do not know how it is in other countries.

  3. Johan

    So we finished 3A with Peter back to his old way and we end 3B with Kate. Oh yeah, this is on.

    Cait wait for season 4.

  4. Ashley

    Hey I don’t know if you remember me but I love your recaps they always make me look at the episode differently & I noticed that you stopped recapping tvd & I was just curious why

    • Hi Ashley. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I’m afraid some aspects of my personal life over the past few months have severely impacted my ability to spend the amount of time I’d like on recapping, replying to comments on this blog, and just writing in general. I’m hoping that will change in the coming months.

      As for TVD specifically . . well, I guess the best way to explain it is this: Have you ever gone on a message board for a show you really liked only to find it dominated by a commenter who very pointedly eviscerated the show, and explained all the reasons why he or or she disliked it / no longer wanted to watch? And then that commenter received a barrage of fan replies to the effect of “If you don’t like it, get off the boards?”

      Recently, I’ve feared I would start to become that commenter everyone hated, when it came to TVD. TVD has always been a show about which I was very passionate. I wrote blogs, fanfiction, went to conventions, made t-shirts, etc. And when some of that passion faded, I worried that it would bleed into my recapping, and turn it from lightheartedly snarky to downright mean. And that would be a disservice to the folks who remained as passionate about the show as I used to be.

      Does that mean I’m completely done recapping TVD, or have stopped watching? Not at all. I have no doubt I’ll write more about TVD someday, possibly in the near future. But even the greatest of romances occasionally go “on a break” from one another, right? 😉

      I apologize to all the people I may have disappointed in the process . . .I feel terrible about it, really.

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