Change or Die – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s Season 4 Premiere “The Dark Moon”

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Hey there, Werebangers! It’s summer time. It’s hot. School is out. We are just a few days shy of America’s Independence Day! What better time to check back in with our favorite assorted supernatural thingys and “boy normals” of Beacon Hills?

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There comes a time in every successful television series’ life, when it becomes faced with the inevitable question: Change . . .

always been the alpha

im the alpha

alpha now

. . . or Die?

 

cant kill me big

omg dead

Now, if it were up to the producers of these series, this point would never come. Good shows would stay forever the same. And why not? The Same is what made their series a hit in the first place. The Same is what got them this far . . . past the thousands of series like them that never made it past their first season . . . past the Curse of the Sophomore Slump. The Same is Good. Isn’t it?

nodding oh yeah

But then, usually around the series’ first or second season, THINGS start to happen . . . THINGS that kick The Same in the ass, and watch it to see how it responds. Cast members age . . . they leave the series . . showrunners abandon ship . .. . characters break the rules that made their season 1 selves who they are, and, eventually THEY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL.

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For Teen Wolf, the show that, in and of itself, can be described as one Big Ole Metaphor for Puberty, The Revolt against Same came a bit early. Scott and Stiles weren’t set to graduate for at least another year. And a good writer could make that year last about three seasons . . . or until one of their “high school” characters starts to look like Andrea Zuckerman from Beverly Hills 90210 . . .

undressed with mind

But then came the Mass Exodus. Jackson, Erica, Cora, The Twins, Isaac, Allison. They all jumped ship within a relative short amount of time. Scott suddenly found himself without a love interest, a frenemy, and a surrogate brother. And Stiles, well, it seemed like every woman his lips touched was destined to disappear . . .

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kissed stiles

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And so Jeff Davis found himself faced with the question every showrunner dreads: Change or Die?

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So, he decided to Change . . .Here’s how he did it . . .

enjoy the show

[As always, special thanks to my main man Andre, who screencaps like a maverick, and comments like a Pulitzer Prize winner in the making.  Welcome back, my friend.]

Como se dice “screwed” en espanol?

I don’t know about you guys, but when I think of ideal teen destination vacations in Mexico, I generally think of places like Cancun, Tijuana, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Playa del Carmen . . . sunny beachy party spots, accentuated with a continuous soundtrack of techno music with a loud thumping base, and all the watered down booze you can drink . . . where everyone around you is ridiculously thin, young and tan, and no one is sober.

I don’t picture a weirdly orange-tinted town that looks like the set design for the opening market scene in a high school production of Disney’s Aladdin. And yet, that’s precisely where we find our favorite not-so-much couple (damn you, Interloper Malia)Stiles and Lydia in the first few moments of Teen Wolf’s Season 4 premiere.

town of mexico

stydia in town

“I see Old, Pale and Fat People . . . Stiles, I don’t think we’re in Beacon Hills, anymore.”

Then again, the Teen Wolf gang aren’t exactly your average teenagers. They are werewolves . . . kitsune . . . banshee . . . survivors of Nogitsune possession . . .

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. . . girls who spent all of puberty licking themselves clean in a cave, relieving themselves in bushes, snacking on the legs of dead rabbits, and avoiding traps set for them by their homicidal father . . . who, despite all this, seem remarkably well-adjusted and verbal, apart from the occasional desire to cannibalize her friends . . .

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hungry

And they aren’t here for fun and games. They are here to rescue one of their own . . . their erstwhile leader . . . a mid twenty something guy , who would prefer nothing more than to party with 17-year olds, despite the fact that he’s legitimately old enough to get into actual bars and buy himself beer without a fake ID, view porn on the internet, by punching in his real birthdate, and even rent a car.

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sexy derek face

In short, he’s Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dazed and Confused.

. . . but much broodier, and slightly less high.

crazy derek

Every self-respecting Scooby Crew has one. And Scott and co. want theirs back, safe and sound . . . in his creepy unfurnished apartment, where half the main cast has died . . .

boyd wolf

Sorry Boyd.

So, like the true BAMF that he is, Stiles strolls up to the doorway of a secret, midday, siesta/ fiesta, flashes a tarot card to the surveillance camera .  . .

check out my card

“Whose up for a game of Dungeons and Dragons?”

 .. .  and cruises into   . . . a Girls Gone Wild video?

this is more like it

girls and boys gone wild

grindage

What show am I watching again?

Things begin to become a bit more clear, when Lydia drops a golden bullet into a freely proffered tequila-filled shot glass. Now, that’s just unsanitary . . . who knows in whom that bullet has been?

can i get you drunk

dirty drink

“Actually, we have a pretty good idea who got penetrated by this particular bullet.”

derek body

Kind of jealous of the bullet right now . . . not going to lie.

The proverbial gauntlet has been thrown, and Stiles and Lydia are immediately taken to a back room to negotiate with . . . that middle-aged Mexican lady who randomly appeared in a few episodes last season.

pain is fun

“Because the disappearance of Gerard left an opening for a Token Geriatric.”

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But Stiles and Lydia have not arrived at this party empty-handed. They’ve come with cash . . . lots and lots of cash, $50,000 to be exact. (That’s a lot of dough! I wonder how many ancient, highly impractical weapons Papa Argent had to pawn to come up with that kind of cash.)

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“Now my swords are all I have left . . .”

“Give us Derek Hale, and you’ll have enough cash to buy your creepy, poorly located night club a snazzy disco ball to hang from the ceiling,” Lydia challenges . . . more or less.

will kill a banshee

That’s when the guns come out.

lyd screams

Ruh roh!

Time to call in the reinforcements!

Unfortunately, James Franco’s character from Spring Breakers wasn’t available. So, they had to settle for these guys . . .

ola

“Hola!”

aqui esta

“Estoy aqui!”

donde esta el bano

“Uhh . . . donde esta el bano?”

Cue the opening credits . . .

You Got Tazed!

In our obligatory homoerotic portion of the episode, Malia and Kira attempt to “blend into the crowd,” by casually dry humping one another on the dance floor.

humping coyotes

more humping coyotes

(Because everyone knows coyotes and foxes are absolute experts when it comes to homoerotic dry humping.)

Unfortunately, this interlude of hot animal loving is interrupted by the people with guns trying to beat down the Scooby Gang for crashing their party and offering to pay them $50,000 just for the opportunity to attend. The nerve!

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Have no fear, Wolfbangers! Kira is prepared for a fight. She has . . . nunchuck glowsticks?

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It looks like someone’s been spending too much time with the Ninja Turtles .   . .

Malia’s fighting tactics are a bit more . . . direct.

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Then, of course, everybody has to go and get themselves gassed, which ruins everything. Let that be a lesson to you kiddies, raves are naughty.

gas

Smells a little like farts in here . . .”

And since white gas doesn’t seem to be enough to bring down our Alpha, Mr. Scott . . . meet Mr. Tazer!

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electrifying

It’s Potty Time!

Scott and co, regain consciousness in a seriously gross bathroom . . . the kind of bathroom you only use, if you ever find yourself on a deserted highway, about fifty miles from the next rest stop, and having just drank an entire 2-liter bottle of Coke Zero. Even then, upon getting the looks of this place, you may ultimately opt for a quick squat in the bushes instead.

gross bathroom

“If I were you, I wouldn’t be laying down.”

But wait. Someone’s missing! Where’s the banshee?

lyd back

“Lydia’s gone? Is she hurt, wounded, suffering from a really bad hair day? Let’s gnaw off her leg with our teeth, like it’s a drumstick,” posits everyone’s favorite wilderness girl.

lets leave that bitch

Oh Malia! Your rapidly changing coyote ways are adorable! Remember that time when you accidentally murdered your baby sister, and then proceeded to visit the scene of the crime every night for eight years, carrying the doll she loved most, while she was living, to pay your canine respects?

why am i naked

No? That’s OK! Because cannibalism is a much more endearing character trait.

eat her

Plus, Its Lydia. And let’s face it. As far as superhero powers go, hers so far, is pretty much lamest ever.

floating feather

(Make that the second lamest . . .)

Take for example her flashback attempt to find Derek by touching the bullets that may have penetrated his man parts. “He’s not dead . . . but he’s not alive,” Lydia offers helpfully.

feel like bullet

“Feels like bullets.”

Genius! Good thing Scott was there with his heretofore nonexistent ability to determine that Derek is in Mexico, just because the bullets that hit him just so happened to have pictures of skulls on them! Now THAT’S impressive!

totally mexico

By the way,  doesn’t putting your Gang Calling Card on the BULLETS YOU USE TO KILL PEOPLE make you the dumbest crime family ever?

Next we see Lydia with Mexican Mommy in the town square. “Hey Lydia,” says Mommy. “Tell me which of my guards is about to die.”

read the tea

“Feeling kind of sick.  Montezumas Revenge?”

Lydia considers this for a moment. “Hmmm . . . I’m not sure. Perhaps, it’s the one into whose carotid artery you just tossed a knife.”

that one is going to die

“I got it!  It’s the guy falling down dead!  He’s the one that’s about to die!  Best Banshee Ever!”

Very good! Then again, I probably could have figured that out, and I’m not a banshee. I’m not even Irish . . .

Electro-Shock Therapy

So, basically, these Calavares Mexican Hunter folks have this rather rude habit of tying up members of the Teen Wolf cast, and shocking them with electricity, in hopes that it will force the werewolves to provide information they aren’t aware they have.

brain games

no me gusta fun

“No me gusta.”

To me, it seems like a kind of odd interrogation tactic. Since having volts of electricity frying your brain at regular intervals seems like it would make seemingly unimportant things that happened during Season 1 of Teen Wolf more difficult to remember, not less.

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Nonetheless, Mexican Mommy forces Kira to repeatedly shock Scott, while she continuously screams at him to tell him where Derek is . . .

pain is fun

Derek, the same guy the Scooby Gang went to the Calavares’ trying to find.

yet another scott face

Color me confused. Hey Mexican Mommy! There are easier ways to do this. Perhaps, you can try letting Scott fondle your bullets. That’s how he figured out you were in Mexico. (Then again, maybe your accent gave it away.)

Meanwhile, still stuck in the grimy bathroom, Malia pretends not to be able to hear Scott screaming from electric shock in the room right next door, as an excuse to suck face with Stiles . . . not that I blame her . . . at least not entirely.   If it were me, I suspect I would have been a bit more blunt in my execution. “Hey Stiles, I think I may have left my werecoyote super hearing in the back of your throat.   Would you mind terribly if I extracted it with my tongue?”

nope cant hear anything

“Nope .  . . can’t hear anything.  Just the sound of flushing toilets.”

concentrate

“You can do this, Malia.  You can do anything.  Like the time you figured out how to have human sex, despite having spent the last eight years humping trees.”

malia kisses

so much better

Glowing blue eyes = were coyote lady boner

Hey, speaking of which, remember that time Lydia kissed Stiles to cure his panic attack?

Yeah, this was so much less epic than that . . .

Sorry . . . not sorry.

Back in Torture Town, Scott finally Alphas out and figures out what the rest of us learned back in the Season Finale, namely that Kate Argent, that evil wench whose been relegated to hosting that darn Wolf Watch after show all year, became a were – SOMETHING WITH BLUE FACE, back when Peter clawed her up back in Season 1, and, for reasons not yet apparent, kidnapped Derek and took him to good ole Mexico.

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trademark scott face

Hey, maybe shock therapy is an effective memory device after all!

La Loba Esta en La Iglesia

So, it turns out Mexican Mommy knew where Derek and Kate were all along! She was just torturing Scott and co. for sh*ts and giggles . . .oh, and possibly to see whether Scott’s True Alpha form was a cool scary gorilla thing like Peter’s . . .

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. . . or an angry kid, who forgot to activate the red eye reduction on his camera like Derek . . .

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*shrugs*

Better luck next time, Scott! On the bright side, at least you don’t have to wear those ridiculous ears and sideburns anymore . . .

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Mexican Mommy offers Scott and Co. the help of a familiar face in tracking down Derek and Kate.

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Welcome back, Bad Ass Braedan!

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On the way to the place where Kate was last seen, the Scooby crew pass the time, by helpfully summarizing the series’ first season for new fans . . . and Malia and Kira.

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“I love road trips!  Hey, mind if I stick my head out the window, while we drive?”

Remember when Kate set fire to the Hale house, killing the entire Hale family . . . except Derek . . . and Peter . . . and Cora . . . and Laura, who died at Peter’s hand later . . .?

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Correction: remember when Kate set fire to the Hale House and pretty much only killed Derek’s mother, and maybe an uncle or two who we never met?

Then Peter went on a murderous Alpha rampage, turning Scott into a werewolf, and murdering Kate . . . or so we thought?

cut me

What actually happened, was that the Calavares extracted Kate from her box in the morgue, and brought her all the way across the border to their magical mystical Mexico bathroom, so she could off herself, without suffering the ignominy of turning into the big bad in Season 4 of Teen Wolf.

not dead kate

“Looks pale, needs a manicure . . . lets take her south of the border!”

And that plan was a big fat failure . . .

wakey wakey

So, how does Scott know this? I guess we are supposed to assume that Mexican Mommy told him off screen. Either that, or electro shock therapy is so amazing, it helps you to remember even events for which you weren’t present.

We interrupt this trip down retconned memory lane to bring you a CLAW IN STILES’ JEEP.

love my jeep

this the problem

Since Braeden’s motorcycle is unfortunately only large enough to seat two asses, Stiles and Scott agree that the Alpha Wolf should be the one to enter the abandoned church.  Makes sense.   After all, Stiles’ days as a mass murdering Japanese fox spirit probably wouldn’t sit too well with the local bible thumpers . . .

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Plus, Stiles loves his Jeep, just a teensy bit more than he loves Scott . . .

And so our stalwart Scooby Gang break Rule 1 of Every Horror Movie Ever by Splitting Up in the Abandoned Desert After the Car Mysteriously Breaks Down.

still rated pg

“It’s too bad our relationship is still PG, otherwise I would be dry humping you so hard right now.”

“CHUMPS!” Yells out the now-deceased casts of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of Wax, Reeker, Wrong Turn, Vacancy, etc.

time to die in wilderness

“This may be the worst idea we’ve ever had.  And we’ve had some really crappy ideas.”

Things go slightly better for Stiles And Friends, who have the benefit of being the main characters in a television series. Because, clearly if this was a two-hour movie on Lifetime, they’d all be goners . . .

going to die

. . . except Lydia.   Girlfriend, just has one of those “I survived a horror movie, despite being the one in my group with the least survival skills” faces.

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The worst thing that happens is Malia wolf’s coyotes out, and dashes off in search of a potential predator, causing Stiles to fear that she’ll suffer the same fate of every other non-red haired character who had the bad luck of almost hooking up with Stiles , only to never be seen again . . .

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Either that or she’ll go back to coyote life, gnawing on rabbits legs, and imagining they are her weak and wounded friends, after a particularly poor hunting season . . .

Buuuuuuut, then Malia comes back . . . which is great . . . or lame, depending on where you fall on the Love Malia / Hate Malia spectrum. That’s one controversial coyote!

never leave

When Stiles calls Malia out on her “cut and run” attitude, the former cave girl promises the former Nogitsune host that she would never abandon him. As for Lydia and Kira, well, that’s another matter entirely.  So, in conclusion, if Stiles is injured or in danger, Malia will come to his rescue and stay by his side, for as long as it takes him to heal. If Lydia or Kira are injured or in danger, Malia will . . . possibly eat them.

jaws of death

Clearly, hos before bros is not a concept well known amongst the coyote community in Beacon Hills . . .

In which Tyler Hoechlin gets re-cast ?

You know those TV shows where they suddenly recast one of the main characters, and you, as the viewer, have to try really hard not to think about the fact that the person you’ve been watching on your screen for weeks, suddenly changed their face, and none of their friends or family seemed to notice?

That’s not what happened here . . .

Instead, after Braeden and Scott enter the Creepy Temple Covering an Aztec Burial Ground for Were Jaguars, and narrowly escape getting eaten alive by massive skeletony things, thanks to Scott’s roar . . .

iglesia

bear thng

roar

. . . they find Derek . . . from about ten years ago . . .

found him

“Peekaboo.  I see you!”

. . . the Derek from flashbacks . . . the one who is actually the same age as all his current friends.

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A church that can turn back time . . . while you sleep!

sleeping der bear

Cool! I’ll have what he’s having!

And that was the Teen Wolf Season Premiere. And it was definitely different. Whether that change was for better or worse, remains to be seen. But I’m intrigued enough to go along for the ride. How about you?

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Next week on Teen Wolf . . .corpses, lots and lots of corpses. I hope Malia is hungry!

Until next time, Werebangers!

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12 responses to “Change or Die – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s Season 4 Premiere “The Dark Moon”

  1. Andre

    You know for all your words about change, I fail to see where this show changed between the seasons. It has nearly the same characters, the same pacing and definitely the same problems. To me this episode was exemplary of all the problems this show has, seriously every last one of them except for Jackson-rip-offs was present.

    And in what way is Teen Wolf a metaphor for puberty? Since when do teenagers get dumber during puberty and turn into violent monsters whose homicidal tendencies are excused constantly? Plus puberty doesn’t give you superpowers and money out of nowhere.
    Then again I always thought these supernatural metaphors are screwed from the beginning, especially in shows like True Blood when most vampires, and here on Teen Wolf most werewolves, that you see give you every reason to be afraid of them.

    But then came the Mass Exodus. Jackson, Erica, Cora, The Twins, Isaac, Allison. They all jumped ship within a relative short amount of time.
    And good riddance, the show is better off without all these Jackson rip-offs, Jackson the rich Anglo asshole whom we were supposed to pity or these female werewolf sterotypes and the pseudomatriarch that was Allison.
    PS. Shame on you Julie, you did the Jeff Davis and forgot Boyd in that list.

    Good thing that they are gone. Now if we could just get rid of every Hale werewolf, including Malia, and Kira and her get and this might become an actually progressive and ground-breaking show instead of the keeping the status quo that it is.
    For the Hales I vote for getting a female werewolf ala Brienne to slaughter them all and for Kira and her family to get an actual Fox and reveal them to be fakes who stole their power via torture and murder of actual magical Foxes. Thereby bringing in something that this show is marketed under but it never had: Horror!
    Remember this is supposed to be a Horror show, but does it actually have that? In season 1 maybe, but it was missing from season 2 already and entirely absent from season 3 and b. And in case you don’t believe me, watch this again:

    Or this:

    Any doubts left?

    But back to the other problems at hand:
    This is not the first time I have seen it, so I wonder: how often when American shows have scenes playing in Mexico, is there this weird yellowish/orange color and such “Mexican” music in the background?
    Plus, the only way this set up could have been any more stereotypical Mexican is if they would have included sombreros, Virgin Maries and sleeping people on the street.
    Not to mention, where are they? I cannot remember an actual reference to where they are except “Mexico”. Does anyone else notice it?

    “I see Old, Pale and Fat People . . . Stiles, I don’t think we’re in Beacon Hills, anymore.”
    Well, not Beacon Hills season 3a and b, but when you go back to season 1 and 2, you see a lot of pale people. Lydia and Allison where so pale that they looked right out of a Tim Burton movie. Even Scott was a lot paler back then, especially in the Bowling Hall and the hospital.

    Then again, the Teen Wolf gang aren’t exactly your average teenagers. They are werewolves . . . kitsune . . . banshee . . . survivors of Nogitsune possession . . .
    Aka, they have nothing in common with their mythological counterparts. So they are:
    1) Hairy demon elves based on Lon Cheney Jr in The Wolfman (the makers even stated that this is what they are based on)
    2) Some sort of Japanese samurai-knockoffs or as I called them MarySuewerewitches that have next to nothing in common with Japanese foxes.
    3) A precognitive girl that is allegedly the basis of the myth of the fairy/spirit woman who is an omen of death
    4) A guy possessed by something that is not even remotely like a nogitsune.
    I know some people would say its fiction and all, but that no longer holds when you have a show with so much product placement and real world references. Not when you want to make a coherent and consistent show. Which I personally think Davis doesn’t give two shits about, at least not anymore.
    And from there let’s get to the humanoid plothole that is Malia, you summed it up pretty nicely:
    girls who spent all of puberty licking themselves clean in a cave, relieving themselves in bushes, snacking on the legs of dead rabbits, and avoiding traps set for them by their homicidal father . . . who, despite all this, seem remarkably well-adjusted and verbal, apart from the occasional desire to cannibalize her friends . . .
    This character makes no sense whatsoever and I quit frankly… nope, not going to say it now, you Stereks just have to wait for it.

    And speaking of Derek, there are the first big plotholes this story has:
    Why do these two have that card?
    How do they know the Hunters are down there?

    And the club… I guess it’s just showing off. I cannot think of an actual reason that makes sense, not even to say why the Hunters have money.

    The proverbial gauntlet has been thrown, and Stiles and Lydia are immediately taken to a back room to negotiate with . . . that middle-aged Mexican lady who randomly appeared in a few episodes last season.
    Aka the show’s first real Latino and first real matriarch. And she is clearly portrayed as an antagonist, ruthless, cold, blood thirsty and criminal… so another success for sexism and ethnic stereotyping.

    “Because the disappearance of Gerard left an opening for a Token Geriatric.”
    You know, I think you might be on to something there.

    But Stiles and Lydia have not arrived at this party empty-handed. They’ve come with cash . . . lots and lots of cash, $50,000 to be exact. (That’s a lot of dough! I wonder how many ancient, highly impractical weapons Papa Argent had to pawn to come up with that kind of cash.)
    Actually: Where do they have that money from? Does anyone remember whether they ever stated that? Because I can’t. Sure it is consistent ever since the start of season 3a that Davis promotes unquestioned wealth and just ignores the economic backgrounds he gave his characters in season 1 and 2, but even this goes too far. Does he think Jackson is still in this show and gave them his money?
    Not to mention that all vehicles we see is Stiles’ car. Did all of them drive down there in just that thing? Then how did they plan to get Derek back? As skinny as Malia is, she is not that skinny, there is no room for Derek.

    Uhh . . . donde esta el bano?”
    And you just did more for turning Scott into an actual Latino than anything this show ever did. However I am more concerned with these scenes since all three break the fourth wall and I cannot think of any reason apart from the director shoving it into our face. Not that this surprises me since they have been showing off more and more as the show progresses but they had never been this bland. It looks like establishing scenes, but we know these characters and actors already, if not from last season then from the opening credits (btw. why do Lydia and Derek still have the same?). So what is the point in this? Especially since they do nothing reinforcements do. So it’s just wasted time.
    Also: damn these Hunters are stupid! Scott, Kira and Malia are standing out just as much as Stiles and Lydia simply due to their clothes and lack of Spanish. But Lydia and Styles get spotted but these three not?
    And these Hunters have no security to keep supernaturals out? Why not simply install mountain ash around/inside the building? Why not blow some wolfsbane in Scott’s face or lace the drinks with it and sell it as drugs? See stupidity like this and all the claims to the contrary keep me from enjoying this show.

    In our obligatory homoerotic portion of the episode, Malia and Kira attempt to “blend into the crowd,” by casually dry humping one another on the dance floor.
    I did not like this pseudo-lesbian dance at all for various reasons:
    1) Kira’s lack of dance ability, reinforcing her social awkwardness, which has to be “cured” by the uberwhite girl Malia and show Kira how to have a good time is another Asian stereotype on top of the ones she already has. And sorry fans of Kira but for me she is nothing but stereotypes ever since she started. And despite this Cho even claimed this show breaks stereotypes but I don’t see it, at all. All stereotypes this might break have been broken already long before this show started and apart from that it perpetuates stereotypes.
    2) That Malia can dance this way and is so secure makes no sense whatsoever. She lived as a coyote for 8 years, away from human contact and thereby missed the majority of puberty. Among humans she would be incredibly awkward, possibly having trouble forming sentences, she would not know basic behavioral codes for teenagers (they touched a bit of that later but not enough) and there is no way she would know how to dance like that. Even if you say her mother taught her, sorry, not an explanation, because dancing like that takes training.
    3) A pseudo-lesbian dance is way too common and shows what is wrong with this show. For a show so allegedly geared toward the female gaze we never saw something similar done by two straight guys, not even remotely. Like we never saw a guys ass being grabbed by a girl (the only one ever coming close was homicidal Kate, just reinforcing another stereotype), or a guy using sex to make a girl feel better. I guarantee you, you will never, ever hear Scott tell Kira that she should envision him naked to make her feel better. I personally think this show has a total double standard when it comes to male and female sexuality.
    4) That dance does nothing for camouflage since they do it in an open spot and guys left and right stare at them. So it’s only there to have it there.
    5) It is another proof that Kira is not a fox, not even remotely. Foxes in Chinese and Japanese cultures, similarly to the European ones, are tricksters and lustful creatures. No fox would ever act like that unless it’s part of a ruse. An actual fox would have laid Scott already, she would have either thrown him on her bed and ride him, or seduce him. She would not have just cuddled with him and she would have kissed him already. Of course the problem is also that a female fox as the protagonist is as cliché and overdone as a male, white werewolf. Which currently all werewolves on the show are. More on why Kira is not a fox later, this episode really gave me a lot to work with, but for now let’s face on the gender and sex thing. If they would have been in character for foxes and really would have wanted to break stereotypes, you would have had a guy looking like this topping Stiles and taking his virginity:

    After all, if the show wants to be soooo progressive, why not cash in on the growing popularity of the Pan-East-Asian pretty boy? Well that and if I would use a guy like this we might get pedophilia accusations.

    And speaking of Stiles, I have not forgotten what I have in mind for you Stereks.

    Have no fear, Wolfbangers! Kira is prepared for a fight. She has . . . nunchuck glowsticks?
    I think they are actually just neon tubes, however this is…. First she just knows about Tibethan Buddhism, then she is kind of creepy with printing out all this stuff for Scott, then she is revealed as socially awkward, then her father is clearly subordinate to her mother, then the first and only dish her family serves is Sushi, then she develops magical powers, then she can suddenly jump and do a flip in the air, then she can do martial arts of some sort, then she can handle a katana just like that (because she picks it up very fast – never explained how), then even Allison’s crossbow and now neon nunchakus? Seriously? The way this progresses they will soon run out of Japanese stereotypes to use.

    Malia’s fighting tactics are a bit more . . . direct.
    Hate to break it Julie, but that screenshot was not Malia throwing the guy against the wall, that was Scott. Remember Malia is a female supernatural on this show, they don’t show true supernatural strength here as long as they are on the sight of the good guys.
    Also people being attacked, showing guns and being thrown around the room must happen pretty often in this club since apart from two girls no one really seems to be disturbed by it.

    Then, of course, everybody has to go and get themselves gassed, which ruins everything. Let that be a lesson to you kiddies, raves are naughty.

    And since white gas doesn’t seem to be enough to bring down our Alpha, Mr. Scott . . . meet Mr. Tazer!

    1st problem: Why do these Mexicans speak to each other in English over the line?
    Major problem: wolfsbane gas? They have wolfsbane gas but they have no actual security system against werewolves and other critters? You know I forgave it with the Argents since they had only been in Beacon Hills for a year and such modifications need a lot of time and resources, but these idiotic hunters apparently had enough time to install all these pipes and have such gas ready at hand but an actual security system, something that would prevent enemies to get in from the start was apparently beyond their peanut sized brains?
    How can I take these morons or this episode seriously if they are that stupid? This like in season 3a, Scott is not smart or anything, they just dumb down everyone else so he can somehow shine and gullible viewers think he is smart and brave and all the other crap that he definitely isn’t.
    And this 60 something woman is angry because Scott figured out that they don’t have Derek either? This doesn’t make Scott look smart or anything it only makes her look ridiculous and cliche.
    Plus their mark is a skull? And not even a wolf skull? Also did the writers forget that Kate shot as well so shouldn’t be there more bullets not just theirs?

    Ten minutes into that episode and there was already so much idiocy and stereotyping that it started to hurt my brain.

    You know when you have a show like e.g. Kamen Rider Fourze, I would not say anything:

    From the very first minutes on the show is established as goofy and over the top. However, that is not what Teen Wolf is. Jeff Davis and pretty much everyone else on the show have made it clear that although there is humor, they want to be taken seriously. And if you want to be taken seriously, than you have to make it serious, you have to put in effort into writing your story and not make cop-outs, create one plothole after the other and bitch about it when you do not get praise for your choices and hide behind lies and constantly overhype your show.

    Scott and co, regain consciousness in a seriously gross bathroom
    They look them in some dirty bathroom with nothing but a metal door? Do these hunters have any sense? What if they get some 2 meter muscle Alpha who could just punch through the wall or rip out the door?

    “Lydia’s gone? Is she hurt, wounded, suffering from a really bad hair day? Let’s gnaw off her leg with our teeth, like it’s a drumstick,” posits everyone’s favorite wilderness girl.

    Oh Malia! Your rapidly changing coyote ways are adorable! Remember that time when you accidentally murdered your baby sister, and then proceeded to visit the scene of the crime every night for eight years, carrying the doll she loved most, while she was living, to pay your canine respects?

    You know would I think that this episode, or show for that matter, is always well written, I would think this is just common everyday double standard. However, considered what a writing fiasco season 3a and b are and this episode as well, I say that this is just another instance of Davis forgetting/ignoring what he himself established because it’s inconvenient. After all, all the other effects of her coyote years he just ignores.

    Genius! Good thing Scott was there with his heretofore nonexistent ability to determine that Derek is in Mexico, just because the bullets that hit him just so happened to have pictures of skulls on them! Now THAT’S impressive!
    Not really, it would have been impressive if he would have known the town, you see all he said is “Mexico,” which is really not helping with a country covering almost two million square kilometers.
    But the problem of writing for pure plotconvenience is the same, since there is no reason Scott would know this. Actually, considered all, this time Lydia’s power would have been better because even if she did not sense Derek she might have pin pointed his location, after all he is somewhere close to death. But nope, Scott had to be in the center, so Lydia could not do it.
    Which leads us to another problem:
    Very good! Then again, I probably could have figured that out, and I’m not a banshee. I’m not even Irish . . .
    Apart from the pretty clear stereotyping possibility, this whole banshee thing has turned Lydia into pretty much a plot device, so much that when last season she was missing they immediately had a replacement banshee there. And what sort of moron does stuff like that? Seriously, apart from Stiles Lydia is the only person on this show who can still be considered smart, even with the whole Jackson bullshit, so what sort of logic is that to destroy it and turn her into a total tool?

    So, basically, these Calavares Mexican Hunter folks have this rather rude habit of tying up members of the Teen Wolf cast, and shocking them with electricity, in hopes that it will force the werewolves to provide information they aren’t aware they have.
    Yep, that is pretty much their tactic. As stupid as it is, that is what Davis wrote.
    Plus why is Scott the only one that is sweating in that room?
    To me, it seems like a kind of odd interrogation tactic. Since having volts of electricity frying your brain at regular intervals seems like it would make seemingly unimportant things that happened during Season 1 of Teen Wolf more difficult to remember, not less.
    Trust me, it was more than just seemingly unimportant, it was totally unimportant, because what we got there was nothing else but a bad retcon and I think all of this was just there to distract from that. At least I hope that is the reason, because that would mean Davis & Co. had some intelligent thoughts, if not and they think this horse dung was smart than they are truly incompetent.
    Starting with the fact that the hunters tie Scott to some weak looking chains that even Beta Derek was able to break. And even if the chains hold, Scott would be able to pull the wooden blanks out, but of course the handle of the chains break later on.

    Nonetheless, Mexican Mommy forces Kira to repeatedly shock Scott, while she continuously screams at him to tell him where Derek is . . .
    At this moment everyone with half a brain should have asked themselves why would these idiot hunters think the teen idiots know who took Derek? Why would they think Scott would figure it out?

    Color me confused. Hey Mexican Mommy! There are easier ways to do this. Perhaps, you can try letting Scott fondle your bullets. That’s how he figured out you were in Mexico. (Then again, maybe your accent gave it away.)
    I didn’t think of that, but within the episode, that would have been totally legitimate.

    Yeah, this was so much less epic than that . . .
    As much as I am against Sterek and Stydia, both are preferable to this. At least it does not have this pedophilic aspect and is not a walking, talking plothole.
    However for the episode’s very little credit, at least Stiles came along here as the usually, when Davis does not dumb him down to shove Scott into our faces, competent self that he is. The one that actually uses his brain to solve things and not plotholes.

    Back in Torture Town, Scott finally Alphas out and figures out what the rest of us learned back in the Season Finale, namely that Kate Argent, that evil wench whose been relegated to hosting that darn Wolf Watch after show all year, became a were – SOMETHING WITH BLUE FACE, back when Peter clawed her up back in Season 1, and, for reasons not yet apparent, kidnapped Derek and took him to good ole Mexico.
    What on earth makes him think its Kate? This is coincidence and plothole and nothing else. Chris just said maybe someone could be turned by scratch back then, so what would make Scott think it could be Kate? Deucalion would make more sense than her. The only realistic possibility here is that Scott just randomly spewed out Kate’s name but that is not what this show suggests, they literally tell us that he figured that out, but why on earth would he think Kate rising from the dead is more likely than Deukalion coming back? Because he told him never to return? Bullshit!!! The guy is a mass murderer, why on Earth would Scott’s threat have any significance to him? How gullible must someone be to believe that? This is a prime example of Davis not caring what he writes there, all he wants is the show to go into the direction he wants and to get there he does the same thing he did ever since the end of season 2, add plotholes. And this is not even a finely concealed one, everyone with half a brain could have figures this out. Who on earth would be such a moron to believe this?

    So, it turns out Mexican Mommy knew where Derek and Kate were all along! She was just torturing Scott and co. for sh*ts and giggles . . .oh, and possibly to see whether Scott’s True Alpha form was a cool scary gorilla thing like Peter’s . . .
    . . . or an angry kid, who forgot to activate the red eye reduction on his camera like Derek . . .

    I figured it was rather some sort of half-assed attempt to force it down our throat that Scott is special. I think it was supposed to see whether he is “good” or anything. Of course the other explanation of the show, that he would have not believed her is even more idiotic. Even if she thinks that, why not show pictures or any other evidence. Why not call Chris or anyone else for that matter? Heck she could have just taken Stiles and Lydia hostage and then send the other three idiots to where she thinks Kate is, she could have lied, there are several more plausible explanations for her behavior than what Davis pulled out of his ass.

    Welcome back, Bad Ass Braedan!
    Oh great, the third magical Negro of the show is back as well. She is undeniably a magical Negro. She comes out of nowhere, has no background and spouts convenient exposition for the viewers.
    And remember what Davis said himself: Three is a pattern.
    And just for reference: How do they know her name? I seriously cannot remember it ever being mentioned anywhere.

    Remember when Kate set fire to the Hale house, killing the entire Hale family . . . except Derek . . . and Peter . . . and Cora . . . and Laura, who died at Peter’s hand later . . .?

    Correction: remember when Kate set fire to the Hale House and pretty much only killed Derek’s mother, and maybe an uncle or two who we never met?

    Yeah, the fact that death has no real meaning in this universe (Scott doesn’t even seem to be affected by Allison’s death) is great isn’t it?

    What actually happened, was that the Calavares extracted Kate from her box in the morgue, and brought her all the way across the border to their magical mystical Mexico bathroom, so she could off herself, without suffering the ignominy of turning into the big bad in Season 4 of Teen Wolf.
    Yeah that is another big plothole. Where was she all this time?
    But anyway the whole thing is nothing more than a bad retcon. This whole who could have been turned without a bite: anybody. Countless people over the course of the show. How about that bus driver in season 1? Or some other guy Peter had killed, only two of them were burned you know. And since they don’t care about cannon law anyway, it could just as well have been Jackson, when he slaughtered all those police officers or those other people. Or our current magical negro, after all we have no idea why she is alive, apart from the fact that it makes the Alpha pack look like even bigger morons then they already where since they didn’t even depose of the body.
    Also if a human like Kate survived a throat slash from an Alpha, why is Boyd dead? Or Erica? Or Aiden? Or Mrs. Argent? Seriously especially Boyd was only stabbed in the stomach, no way is that more fatal than a slashed throat.
    And apparently now werewolf scratches can resurrect you. Excuse me but if the infection can resurrect the dead, shouldn’t that be known? Respectively why does anyone died from the infection then? And if resurrection is so easy why did Peter have to go through all this shit in season 2?
    Davis just introduces new powers and rules when he cannot even handle the old ones properly. Think about it, when was the last time you saw the stealing of memories?
    And so Kate was never in the casket? Why? Why did no one know that? Why was there no inkling? Oh right because they made it up now.
    This whole story is so stupid that it screams of a retcon. Even if they have the rule that a bitten hunter has to kill him/herself when bitten, why wouldn’t they have a plan B to kill her in case she refused or tried to get out?
    These hunters are total idiots. This entire plot only works because they and the Argents are idiots (Gerard and Chris would have needed to check as well, remember). How could I ever enjoy this episode if they are that dumb?
    Not to mention this makes Gerard’s entire plot in season 2 pointless, if he wanted to be a werewolf because of his cancer then why didn’t he check on Kate? Surely his daughter would have bitten him had she become an Alpha right? This is a quintessential retcon.
    They knew Kate was not killed by Peter’s claws so they thought that the shaving knife and that bit of blood on the floor would have been enough? Actually if that is not enough, how could Mrs. Argent have been killed with a knife, how could Boyd die so easily?
    Also, think about it, a turned hunter of Kate’s experience would know so much about Hunters she would be one of the most dangerous werewolves alive and yet they took that risk?
    You know when the top 11 Disney villains make your villains look weak, badly written and stupid in comparison, you are doing something wrong:

    Like I said, there are two options:
    1) Davis is incompetent and thinks this pile of retcon horseshit is good.
    2) Davis knows exactly what sort of waste he produced there and all this torture porn and the rest of the stupid conversations was just there to distract viewers from that big plot-elephant.

    So, how does Scott know this? I guess we are supposed to assume that Mexican Mommy told him off screen. Either that, or electro shock therapy is so amazing, it helps you to remember even events for which you weren’t present.
    I guess we are supposed to fill in that plothole by ourselves since there is really nothing even indicating any explanation. And personally I stopped filling in plotholes of the writers since I think it only excuses their failure.
    Plus, I don’t know if you noticed but they did bring up the old “sometimes you change into the animal you are inside” again. And does it make sense this time? No idea, I guess Kate might be a werejaguar since her appearance last season had a similar coloring to the Balam from Grimm (gosh what a lazy name, just jaguar in another language) but that was last season and these writers don’t care any bit about continuity when it doesn’t suit their ideas. Also if she turns out to be a cat, that would be really stereotypical.
    Also when has any shape ever reflected the person you are on this show? It did it neither with Jackson nor with Malia or anyone else for that matter.
    And finally Scott acts like he is concerned about Stiles, that together with Stiles coaching Malia and the acting was one of the very few things that made this episode somewhat bearable.

    Plus, I am not sure whether that bone knife (weird place to stick if it made them stop) was original or a Jeepers Creepers 2 rip-off.

    After all, Stiles’ days as a mass murdering Japanese fox spirit probably wouldn’t sit too well with the local bible thumpers
    Why not? All those people were probably heathens anyway and you should have seen what many of those Christian saints and biblical heroes did.

    And so our stalwart Scooby Gang break Rule 1 of Every Horror Movie Ever by Splitting Up in the Abandoned Desert After the Car Mysteriously Breaks Down.
    Yeah Julie, in horror movies, but when did this show ever have horror?

    “It’s too bad our relationship is still PG, otherwise I would be dry humping you so hard right now.”
    Too bad these idiots know nothing about foxes in Japanese and Chinese folklore or otherwise Kira would have humped Scott already.

    Girlfriend, just has one of those “I survived a horror movie, despite being the one in my group with the least survival skills” faces.
    You got that rule wrong Julie, it’s the virgin that survives the horror movie. So Kira will be the one that survives.

    The worst thing that happens is Malia wolf’s coyotes out, and dashes off in search of a potential predator, causing Stiles to fear that she’ll suffer the same fate of every other non-red haired character who had the bad luck of almost hooking up with Stiles , only to never be seen again . . .
    Well the stupidity of the Hales really does seem to be hereditary. Also this scene showed how little Davis understand of the material he has there. Why is it too hard to see for Malia? Coyote eyes should be easily be able to deal with this darkness. The werewolves could do it. This is just stupid.
    And speaking of stupid. The whole thing with Kira shows that she is not even remotely a fox. When you have a reimaging of a creature you must at least get the basics right. But just like with the shadowninjas last season whom they called Oni, although they were nearly identical to Shikigami, what Kira is, is nothing like a fox. You see the Japanese fox has four basic elements they all have:
    1) They are foxes, they are not spirits, not humans or anything, they are magical foxes.
    2) They are shapeshifters.
    3) They can do illusions.
    4) They have the fox-fire, called kistune-bi, and unlike what Davis claimed in his bazzilionth screw up and misstep, that element has nothing to do with lightning, it is pure fire. I never saw a single source that claimed otherwise.

    So Kira would not have needed the whole reflecting with the Katana either, all she needed would have to make some fire ala will-o-the-whisp, which is a well established fox-trait. And remember Davis claimed to have researched it. Well I doubt it, I think all he did was looking up Wikipedia. Why? Because Kira actually, with her strength and speed, has one similarity with two stories of families who descent from fox-brides. In one case it’s a hero and another a villain, they both have their strength from their vulpine ancestors. But he doesn’t know that for sure since he calls Kira a kitsune, but such a coupling never produced a fox. If at all such people would be called a hanyo and even that is not a historical term but originated in modern animee/manga, in the West popularized via the character InuYasha, albeit it’s often, in typical US-cultural negligence, mistranslated as half-demon, so Teen Wolf is totally in-line with it.
    Plus shouldn’t Kira have some sort of electric powers? Apparently they are not convenient to the plot. Also then she might be more powerful than Scott and we know this show cannot have that.
    Also how would that Katana reflect light when she is holding it like that? I know next to nothing about swords and I have enough stupidity to deal with already, so I let it slide, this time.

    And as the strong and powerful women, ups girls of course, they are, both Kira and Malia are drown out easily (are all supes in this show stupid?) and totally helpless and Malia even gets bitten, albeit that looks more like a scratch, by that big thing of which she has no idea how it looks like. So horray for girl power.

    You know what she said there and how her wound looks fits so little that if the episode were well written this would be a clue for her being a spy or something, but since this episode is so badly written, this is just one of its many many screw ups.

    When Stiles calls Malia out on her “cut and run” attitude, the former cave girl promises the former Nogitsune host that she would never abandon him
    And here we come to what I was talking about earlier. You see this burgeoning Stiles Malia thing: That is Sterek!
    You read that right, these two are the answer to all your Sterek demands, she is stupid, a werecreature and a Hale by ancestry, after all this show is fully patriarchal with its non-Asians. But they won’t go there, they won’t get the real Sterek, you won’t get to see Stiles with any guy, ever, no matter how much you or anybody else want that. They will never go anywhere near that on this show. Its token homos and pseudolesbian dance. But no gay cuddling for your main characters. In essence, you will never get Sterek or any other gay stuff for Stiles and you are supposed to settle for this creepy relationship based on plotholes and soaked with pedophilic undertones.
    How does that make you feel?

    Instead, after Braeden and Scott enter the Creepy Temple Covering an Aztec Burial Ground for Were Jaguars, and narrowly escape getting eaten alive by massive skeletony things, thanks to Scott’s roar . . .
    A few things first:
    1) An earthquake that leveled the town but let the church intact? At least they brought that plothole up. Plus magic or not, that superstition is stupid.
    2) Of course it’s build on the ruins of an Aztec temple.
    3) Nahual were not a people it’s a term for a human being with the power to shapeshift into an animal, most commonly a donkey, turkey, or dog. It can transform into animals like jaguars true, but werejaguar is wrong and the word could easily have different meanings as far as I could find out. Either way a werejaguar… that would be a Kanaima. You know that thing that they turned into a “snake” for no reason whatsoever. Apart from maybe ripping of The Amazing Spiderman.
    4) Wow this sun is setting fast. Did they have a picnic on the few hundred meters of way down? Doesn’t look very smart if you ask me.
    5) Yeah she Braeden is such a trained mercenary. Just talking out loud when she thinks Kate might be there, I am used this sort of idiocy from Scott but you would think that at least the current magical Negro is any better.
    6) Scott is so stupid, he cannot identify dog right away, cannot identify cat, cannot identify werewolf, just “not human”, Seriously, there must be something in the bite that makes werewolves and their Get stupid.
    7) Jesh, Scott has, allegedly, fine ears and there was sound of movement all over the place, and not even loud stuff, how could he not notice something behind him especially when that thing si so loud?
    8) How does death smell? Is it supposed to mean carcass?
    9) I guessed that this was just a guy in a cheap costume before I saw it. The skull thing and all. They could have done that better.
    10) That roar scared it off? Sure as hell a way to ruin antagonist potential.
    11) Also how would that roar bring down anything? Put some effort in their makers!
    12) Actually it’s called nagualism, plus that depiction doesn’t look a thing like Tezcatlipoca. That looks neither Aztec nor real, it was obviously a made up prop without any effort to make it look Aztec.
    13) So Scott can punch through that “stone” easily, but he was not able to just rip out the chains from the floor earlier in the episode?

    . the Derek from flashbacks . . . the one who is actually the same age as all his current friends.
    If werewolves also have the power of rejuvenation now, they really jumped the shark now. In addition, how do they know that this is Derek? Have they seen pictures of him at that age? Does Stiles remember him? At least that would fit, but considered how much the writers ignore from the cannon on average I would not count on it.
    I know you are intrigued but I couldn’t care less. Davis & Co showed time and again that they cannot handle the powers and cast that they already introduced and yet they keep throwing “new” stuff at us (nothing about the cast is new in my eyes, the male female ratio is only more even among the main six and considered how Kira and Malia are, this won’t mean anything positive).
    Currently it looks like season 4 of Teen Wolf will be what season 3 of the Vampire Diaries will be for me. Something to make fun off. Davis continued his trend of introducing blue whale sized plotholes to get where he wants and completely wrecking the introduced antagonists and I don’t think he will change anything.
    This is why I will not watch any previews, teasers or read anything spoiler related for the show. I keep my mind purely on what the show says and nothing else.

    • Hey Andre. I definitely sensed a change in “tone” for the series, in the premiere. Seasons 2 and 3 of the show (and probably the last half of season 1) had a much darker feel to them, both in terms of set coloring (sometimes it was even hard to see the action on screen, the set was so perpetually dark), and in terms of the events that were unfolding on screen. Death, mutilation, possession, ritual sacrifice, suicide . . . these aren’t exactly happy-go-lucky TV topics.

      The season premiere was more action/adventure caper than horror. I didn’t get the sense that the characters were in any real danger, in the way that I did in past episodes. They just struck me as a bunch of kids on a road trip, who got in a little bit over their heads by messing with some unsavory characters. Think “Adventures in Babysitting” goes to Mexico . . .

      As for the werewolf genre as a metaphor for puberty, I think the thing sort of speaks for itself. Consider the average 13 to 16 year old boy. His voice cracks and gets deeper. He starts sprouting hairs in places he didn’t have them before. He starts having sexual urges. He’s angrier than he used to be, larger, more muscular, hungrier. He’s starting to have issues with impulse control. Things happen to his bedsheets overnight that he doesn’t want to explain to Mom.

      Though Teen Wolf became much more a show about a supernatural world, forming packs, and battling demons, its origins come from the above. We watched Scott cope with a much more intense, stranger form of puberty than Stiles or any of his other classmates could understand.

      As for the screenshot from the club, I know it was of Scott’s victim. But I couldn’t find one with Malia beating up that guy, so I had to improvise. 🙂

      I’m in agreement with you about Malia. I don’t hate the character. I just feel like in the rush to make her the new “pretty cute tough” girl in the pack, a surrogate Allison, and an immediate love interest for Stiles, they missed the opportunity to deal with what was actually a really intriguing backstory.

      Now, granted Malia lived as a human until she was eight years old. So, I’m not expecting the writers to make her Jodie’s Foster’s character Nell. (Man, that would be awful.)

      I’d picture her being more like the character Meredith we met in the Asylum episode . . . childlike, not particularly verbal, lacking in the ability to read some basic social cues, suffering from impulse control issues. The kind of girl who wouldn’t instinctively know that when in a night club, pretending to be a lesbian is the best way to “blend in to a crowd.” As you mentioned, I doubt there are many eight year olds or coyotes especially skilled in the art of modern dry humping to techno music. (Now if Malia started rearing up on Kira from the back, like an actually coyote mating, that would have been hilarious.) 🙂

      I wouldn’t even necessarily be averse to a Stiles / Malia relationship (Though I’m still a Stydia fan 100%), if it was done properly, a slow burn. For me, the idea of Malia instantly “imprinting” on Stiles makes sense. Coyotes aren’t exactly known for playing hard to get. And Stiles was really the first fellow human with whom Malia formed a connection after turning back into one herself. But I would have liked it better if Stiles wasn’t immediately so eager to pursue the relationship . . . if he bonded with her, cared about her, taught her, maybe even found himself instinctively attracted to her, but kept a friendly, almost fatherly, distance, because he saw her as not being mature enough to handle a teen romance. Then, it would be up to Malia (a season or so down the line) to prove to Stiles that she understood what being in a relationship meant.

      Malia eating Lydia jokes aside, what I’ve seen from Stiles and Malia could have easily occurred between Stiles and any pretty girl who showed an interest. It could have been him and that blonde chick from the party who came on to him, and then died a horrible death. It could be Stiles and bisexual Kaitlin. Stiles and Cora. Stiles and Erica. Stiles and Allison.

      And that’s fine. But its not the relationship I want for Stiles. I was hoping for something more unique and interesting.

      And while I think I like Kira better than you do. I agree with you that her personality traits don’t much read kitsune. She’s not the least bit sly, manipulative or self-serving. If anything, Malia is more kitsune-like that Kira.

      Then again, a sly, manipulative, self-serving girl would be bored to tears with a “golly gee” perpetual do-gooder like Scott. So, perhaps, its for the best. 🙂

      • Andre

        Well, from that video I sent you about the Derek-Kate shipping, there actually are some scenes that suggest, death, mutilation, sacrifices etc.
        But who knows what Davis will do to ruin that. Yeah I got pretty cynical with this show, especially after reading Road of the Beast and The Blood where they actually took some effort with such concepts.
        Perhaps I didn’t notice any change in mood because I cannot get into mood if the story has so many holes and makes so little sense. Like I said, to me if the antagonists are so stupid and easy to beat, how can I feel threatened about them? And if the plot has so many holes and missed opportunities, how can I like it?

        I know what people say about why it’s a metaphor for puberty, but for me it never was a good one, just like it was never a good idea to use mutants, vampires, werewolves or even zombies, as stand in for gay people, puberty or general marginalized people. It cannot work simply because they are dangerous and quite frankly have these stories ever advanced anyone’s tolerance? Scott literally becomes a blood-thirsty monster when he doesn’t keep himself in check. In addition the puberty allegory makes it even worse, since in season 1 already they had Scott turn when he got horny and only when he did it out of love (?) was he not turning. Which was later ignored apparently, but anyhow, does that mean that Davis wants to tell us that sex without love turns you into a monster?
        Considered everything else on this show (see the BS reason for Jackson being a Kanaima) I think the answer is yes.

        Well there is no screencap of Malia beating the guy up, since technically she didn’t. She just threw him on the floor. Not really impressive if you ask me since any normal woman could do that with martial arts.

        I don’t think Malia is a surrogate for Allison, I think that is Kira. She and Allison are both pale, dark-haired and brown eyed, come from allegedly special female lines, who either way turn out to be doofuses, allegedly natural enemies with werewolves, have insta-love with Scott, the enemy thing is not even used right and both have skills with weapons that are totally interchangeable. Sure people will say that Allison used a bow and Kira a katana, however remember episode 20 of last season: both were able to quickly switch their weapons and had no problems using them.
        As for Malia, I just wondered whether her “cool girl” thing also means that she is a Lydia rip-off. Because wasn’t that how Lydia started out? Before she had sex with a werewolf I mean.

        And sadly with how they write they really missed a lot of storytelling opportunities. In fact they miss the majority. If Davis would have stayed true to his claim of wanting to create a world without sexism, racism and homophobia (let’s face it the classism is rampant) then he could have done a really good show. But I think the man is so caught up in his heteronormative thinking that he doesn’t realize how backwards his show actually is. He even seems to think writing Kira and casting Posey is progressive and that the guy is not white, but sorry, he is. We Europeans are not as pale as he thinks. And quite frankly if he can play Dartagnan:

        So could Posey. They could play several historic European rules. That skin tone is not so rare, especially not when you, like Posey, tan.
        Don’t believe me? This guy is a full blood European as well, mixed Italian/Irish in fact:

        Well, granted I only put that in because I think it’s funny. 😉

        Now as for Malia and her coyote site:
        Coyote’s actually are sort of picky. They are not technically monogamous, but they do have mate preferences and quite frankly Malia barely knows Stiles. Actually, I get rather some creepy idolizing vibe towards Stiles from her. And quite frankly I will never accept her as what Davis wants her to be, because in my mind I would sanction the shit he has done there. And like I said in previous comments: If you need plotholes to make your story and your characters work, you failed as a storyteller.

        But I would have liked it better if Stiles wasn’t immediately so eager to pursue the relationship . . . if he bonded with her, cared about her, taught her, maybe even found himself instinctively attracted to her, but kept a friendly, almost fatherly, distance, because he saw her as not being mature enough to handle a teen romance. Then, it would be up to Malia (a season or so down the line) to prove to Stiles that she understood what being in a relationship meant.
        That actually sounds a lot better than anything Davis has come up relationshop wise, they all jumped right into the cold water without telling us how they even came to be. Maybe you should take over Teen Wolf.

        But its not the relationship I want for Stiles. I was hoping for something more unique and interesting.
        And I think what Davis created here counts to him as unique and interesting. It’s as though no one ever told him to stop and think what he writes there. It was similar with Jackson’s parents, or Scott’s dad. All this built up and then… pfff, this is what we get? All this denying Stiles sex and then he gets laid in some dark cellar with a girl he barely knows? That is not even in character for him. He constantly put others and the dangers around him before his own needs and now he acts like this? Why?

        And while I think I like Kira better than you do. I agree with you that her personality traits don’t much read kitsune. She’s not the least bit sly, manipulative or self-serving. If anything, Malia is more kitsune-like that Kira.
        Malia is not fox-like either trust me. Not the way Japanese foxes are. She is how Davis thinks coyotes act and as I pointed out several times over the course of the show, the guy knows nothing about canine behavior.
        The only somewhat consistent character trait for foxes in Japanese folklore is that they are tricksters, which of course excludes real shyness by its very nature, apart from that there is a wide variety of character traits and so self-serving is not a consistent trait, especially for Inari foxes, which is one of the many reasons why the 13 types from last season was BS also, Davis just revealed his ignorance towards the topic. However no matter the story I know, Kira fits none of them, neither power like nor personality like. What she does fit however is the stereotypes of the kind of nerdy, shy, naïve, socially awkward Asian girl and when her Mary Sue powers get activated she turns into the Asian who is experts in Japanese weaponry (of course Katana and nunchakus), because of reasons.
        If you want a better representation of how foxes actually act, look at this animee:

        Trust me if Kira would be a kitsune you would have much better stories. Of course an actual fox would lay Stiles and not Scott. And apparently that is something bad for Davis.

        Well we will see whether next episode is at least consistent within itself.

        Btw. I forgot to link this:

        In case you don’t know it yet, I am sure you will love it.

  2. East Coast Captain

    Nice to see you guys again, how is your summer? Anyway the intro hmm…not that terrible actually better than the last season and yet again a lot of the characters I have seen barely any growth. Season 1 was actually better in my opinion. But I remind myself yet again this is written for teenagers, kids who are more concerned about their appearance and whether that girl/boy likes him/her. Shows like this and The Vampire Diaries they’ve run out of fresh ideas, something exciting it’s just the same old stuff recycled. But rest easy in two weeks time The Strain will premiere very good stuff, it’s vampires for adults. Those vampires will be irredeemable monsters that are concerned with feeding and propagation nothing more, no misunderstood mass murderers or vapid teenage girls who is so madly in love with two undead douchebags with too hairgel on their head. A beginning and an end that’s that.

    • Andre

      We will see how The Strain is.
      As for TVD and Teen Wolf and running out of fresh ideas. I think they haven’t even tried 5 % of the possibilities.
      Why couldn’t Kira be a guy and Scott fall for him?
      Or why not an actual fox who did the gendershifting? Which shapeshifters often do so no one would be bothered by it.
      Or just have Scott go solo? What would be wrong with that? This season could be Stiles’ season in the dating area, to show, you know that Allison’s death actually affected Scott. Correct me if I am wrong, but even if Kira is not his girlfriend he seems to have feelings for her, however he doesn’t seem very concerned, again.
      Why are these shows just ignoring it? Why not deal with it? Why do they stay the same? So yeah, I think they do not actually change. The face is the same, just the make-up changes.

      And again: Just because its written for teenagers, doesn’t mean it has to be dumb. Actually if they have werewolfism as this metaphor for puberty, why is all they are doing the same thing we had over and over? Repress it, repress you urges, don’t learn how to actually handle it, just surpress. Which in my eyes is what they do. Sure they use the superpowers but they do not deal with the negative parts. It is a screwed metaphor in my eyes but if they go along with it, why not do it like the vampires in Road of the Beast? They do not shy away from their Beast but seek to understand and masker it, guiding it.

      • East Coast Captain

        I always looked at these monsters like vampires and werewolves as metaphors. Vampires for upper class snobs who live in expensive mansions and lounge around in designer clothes, werewolves for the working class. Other metaphors include repressed anger for werewolves. In recent years authors have went back to the original lore of vampires, disease and death as unrepentant monsters not misunderstood mass murderers. The Strain is just that, a disease insidiously taking hold and by the time people find out it’s too late.

        Unfortunately writers deem audiences stupid and maybe but they should give viewers the benefit of the doubt, we know more of the material than they do. They seem to redo so many things I’ve lost count.

        A good story would be Scott finding love with Kira or someone else. He’s young, he has a whole life to find someone.

        I have a map of North America it seems the gang was somewhere in Baja California or near the Sonora Desert.

        One thought, I will be shocked if Davis doesn’t break his rule ”No Vampires”

      • Andre

        Trust me I am waiting for him breaking the vampire rule as well. I actually think Riddle Demon from last season might have been a step in that direction.
        Now vampires and werewolves often are the metaphors for the things you mentioned, however ever seince season 3a started I get the feeling that Davis borrowed more and more from vampires. As Julie pointed out back in 3a: they walk in the rain and no one’s hair gets wett. Plus there is the whole thing with Isaac and the lack of Boyd and Erica’s parents. Not to mention that Scott’s clothes doesn’t even look remotely working class anymore, plus he has a bike and so had the twins. And in their case you really have to ask yourself how they pay for those giant things. I don’t much about bikes, but I know that sort is expensive to buy and maintain. But apparently the show doesn’t care anymore, the same with the money here and Stiles’ jeep. I guess it costs alot to drive from California to “Mexico”.

        And yes the writers do seem to deem us stupid. Come one I know the stereotype is that Americans are stupid, but this stupid?
        And what is with all the redoes? Do they really think we want to see the same thing over and over?
        I guess when he ever does vampires its not even gonna be a lesser known version but probably some “reimagining”.
        Maybe he will turn into Michael Bay:

    • Hey there, East Coast Captain. Good to see you again as well. My summer’s been pretty decent. How about yours?

      I can certainly see where you are coming from, when you say you are seeking a more “adult” supernatural series. And The Strain definitely seems like it could fit the bill in that regard. It may be a bit too “rich” for my blood. I can’t even stare at those creepy billboards all over Midtown Manhattan with the gross eye worms on them, without getting skeeved out. 🙂

      I’d like to believe that a show can be written about teenagers, and appeal to teenagers, without the writers having to compromise too much, when it comes to character development, plot, and a storyline that appeals to us “old geezers” as well. 🙂 But I agree with you that writers of teen series are likely under more pressure than the average adult series writer to conform to certain TV tropes that teens love: the love triangle, the brooding bad boy redeemed, the wish fulfillment aspect of having the gorgeous popular girl or guy fall head over heels in love with the shy, slightly nerdy fan stand-in. And conforming to those tropes too rigidly might cause other aspects of the series to suffer unintentionally.

      I also know that try I as I have to write young adult fiction, since “that’s where the money is,” and “that’s clearly where my tastes lie,” I haven’t been able to do it yet. I just like to curse and write sex scenes too much. Sigh. Looks like I’ll be sticking to my day job for a while. 🙂

      • East Coast Captain

        Oh Jewls as someone who has read the books based on the series, you haven’t nothing yet. The series is very insidious there is no vampires whining about their humanity, no shallow teenage girl wondering which undead douchebag with too much hairgel on his head will she pick A lot of the TV tropes go out the window, one of the authors is not a fan of any of those, he makes vampires terrifying again. There is one scene which is pretty chilling, a man returns from a business trip back home and doesn’t realize the vampires have taken over his neighborhood but as he gets into a cab, he hears screams in the distance.

      • Andre

        I think the question is, whether Teens actually do love these tropes that you mentioned or whether its just authors thinking that they do. Plus Teen Wolf has been on the air for 3 years now and so I think a good portion of its fanbase are no longer teenagers but for some reason Davis & Co do not seem to realize that.

  3. Kangababy

    Hey Jules,
    It’s been a long time… Sorry to bring this up here, but I just wanted to know if you had given up on watching Vampire Diaries as I see that you don’t blog about it anymore. Hope to hear from you!

    • Hey Kangababy. I hope you are well. I’m not going to go as far as to say that I stopped blogging about The Vampire Diaries forever. I will say that I stopped blogging about it last season, for a numer of reasons. The first was severe time constraints. From about January to April of this year, I was working 12-hour days, and could really only write on the weekends. A lot of that weekend writing time was spent working on my novel.

      But I guess you noticed that I didn’t stop blogging entirely during that time, as I continued to recap this show, even though those recaps ended up (and are still ending up) being posted nearly an entire week after the episodes air. So why not use my limited time to write about The Vampire Diaries? The show I’ve been so passionate about for so many years . . . the show that’s been my blogging “bread and butter” since about 2010 . . . the show that, if it didn’t exist, would probably result in NO ONE reading my blog at all?

      Well, I’m afraid Vampire Diaries and I experienced a bit of a love fade, last season. While I continued to watch the show, I became increasingly dissatisfied and, at times, downright bored, with the storylines presented each week. Silas? Meh. The Augustine Vampires? Eh. Those annoying chanting travelers? UGHHH! 🙂

      Even Damon Salvatore, one of my first major TV loves, just wasn’t “doing it for me” like he had in the past. The Damon of last season’s TVD wasn’t the Damon with whom I fell in love. He’d lost his spunk. The push and pull he had with Elena, which had always been one of the main draws of the series for me, had grown tired, redundant, even (gasp) slightly annoying. I never thought I’d live to see the day when I’d type something about that about my Delena.

      So, did TVD change, or did my tastes change? I don’t know. Maybe a little of both . . .

      Writing these blog entries is a true labor of love. A single recap typically takes me around 6 hours to complete, sometimes more. Last season, I feared that if I recapped some of the episodes of TVD that I severely disliked, that it would feel like a chore, and my dissatisfaction would bleed onto the blog page. I knew that wouldn’t be fair to readers who remained as passionate about the show as I had been in the past, fans that were looking for a recap written about the show by someone who adored it as much as they did.

      I apologize for not letting blog friends like you know I was doing this. But I didn’t know how to say it without coming off like a major “Hater,” or doing a disservice to the show I’ve loved for so many years.

      So, will I continue to watch The Vampire Diaries next season? I suspect I will. Will I write about it again? I’d like to think so. Things change. And couples that have broken up, can come to find common ground again. A lot can happen in one summer. And next season is a whole new ball game. 🙂

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