Target Practice – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “I.E.D”

i e d

walking time bomb

Fortune may, in fact, favor the bold, Werebangers.  But only the Bold and the Beautiful.  Not the Bold and the Moronic . . .

surrounded by idiots

Whether you’re an athlete, a writer, a sexual Adonis, or a trained assassin,  dreaming big is admirable.  But starting small will give you much greater odds at achieving success in the long run.

ep 5 running derek

It’s a shirtless marathon, not a shirtless sprint.

Preserve your resources.  Set manageable goals.  Practice.  No sense blowing your load, only to find yourself totally unprepared, just when the stakes are at their highest . . .

going to die

In this week’s installment of Teen Wolf, our scrappy Scooby Gang each, in their  own way, grappled with  this very important life lesson . . .

Both Kira and Papa Argent learned that flying solo, and not being a team player, can have dire consequences .  . .

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Lydia learned that small numbers can lead to large discoveries.

samsung phone

Scott and Liam learned that impulsivity and jumping to conclusions, often leads to bad decision making.

bad scott

And Little Baddies, Garrett and Violet, learned that greedy egomaniacs make for super sh*tty assassins.  Don’t walk before you can run.   And don’t try to kill an Alpha, when a Beta is worth almost as much cash . . .

finish-him-o

Let’s recap, shall we?

nodding oh yeah

[As always, a big howling shout out to Andre, whose supernaturally brilliant screencapping abilities would undoubtedly garner him a dangerously high rank on the Beacon Hills Deadpool, if the Benefactor was aware of his existence (or enjoyed reading completely obscure Teen Wolf recaps in his or her spare time).]

And . . . another one bites the dust . . .

Poor, sweet, blonde Carrie Hudson.

blonde and soon to be dead

We barely knew yee . . . or yee hand.

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 Too soon?

For what it’s worth, C-Dog, it was your haircolor that doomed you to death.  Blondes have historically fared ridiculously poorly on this show . . . where it seems that fortune, in fact, favors the brunette . . . and, in some cases, the ginger . . .

dead erica

dead heather

(My personal theory on this, is that Jeff Davis once had a blonde boyfriend, who did him particularly dirty.)

gives me joy

Also, Carrie, not to be rude to the deceased, but at 23, you are most certainly old enough to know not to take car rides, from guys who look like the Mild Mannered Serial Killer / Rapist from pretty much every episode of Law and Order:SVU I have ever seen . . .

creep

swack

big mis

big mistake huge

“The Sun, the Moon, the Truth,” repeat both Carrie the Blonde and DeMarco the Creepy Beer Distributor, just moments before their respective untimely demises?

glowy

More like The Headless, the Handless, and the “just enough cliched pre-death lines to earn you a SAG card   . . .”

Storyboard Time!

the board

I’m going to go out on a limb here, and guess that Stiles’ “red taped” unsolved mystery crime board looks nearly identical to the storyboard currently housed in the writers room at Teen Wolf headquarters.  That said, as far as methods of revealing painstakingly complex plot synopses in a somewhat natural manner go, this one was pretty solid.   As Stiles basically recapped the first few episodes of Season 4 of Teen Wolf to his dad, us fans learned a few new tidbits about the series’ mythology that hadn’t yet been explicitly revealed in the context of the story proper.  For one thing, the code name “Allison,” that Lydia discovered at the end of last week’s episode, only cracked a third of the Deadpool Code.  This would explain why known supernaturals, like Peter Hale, Malia, and Kira’s mom, weren’t on the first list.

big prob

We also learned the reason why Derek’s and Scott’s numeric “value” seemed so much lower than, say, the random wendigo family killed in the first episode.  Basically, the reason is that, unlike the apparently lame wendigos, whose deaths were only worth $250K a piece (chump change), Derek’s and Scott’s decapitated, pretty, but not particularly bright, brains are worth . . . wait for it . . . millions of dollars . . .

dr-evil

Any chance the actual benefactor is Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers series?

Also worth millions dead, and much less alive?  Kira, Lydia, and pretty much anyone else with top billing on this show.  (I wonder if the cast members have tried using their deadpool $ amounts to negotiate their salaries for next season.  Just a thought . .  .)

borrow money

Apparently, all these seemingly random monetary sums are meant to add up to $117 million, which is precisely the amount “stolen” (Though I’m still not entirely convinced that Peter Hale didn’t orchestrate the entire thing.), from the Hale vault at the end of Episode 2 . . .

always been the alpha

Given all that, the task of our Scooby Gang and the Beacon Hills PD should be pretty easy, right?  Decode the rest of the Deadpool, save the lives of a few supernaturals, and/or use them as bait to capture and eventually bring down The Benefactor, thus foiling his (or her) master plan to rid California of hot sexy shirtless folks with bad teeth and really unnatural looking colored contacts . . .

derek alpha

Correction,  it would be easy, if Banshee Lydia spent more time using her supposedly “genius” IQ to crack the codes, and less time doodling and getting hypnotized by record players (which, for what its worth, folks her age shouldn’t even know how to work, seeing as I’m pretty sure that nobody in the world has played a record since sometime in the mid 80’s.)

because i got high

“I was gonna crack the code, but I got high . . . I was going to save all my friends from death, but I got high.  Now, I’m the only castmate left on the show, and I know why, yeah, because I got high, because I got high, because I got high . . .”

My, what a big stick you have!

mad and broody

soulful

“Wise I am, totally platonic, our relationship is . . .”

Promptly stepping into Danny’s shoes as the oddly perceptive (not to mention good at getting unsightly stains out of carpets) “token gay friend,” new guy  Mason casually remarks on how odd it is that Creepy Garrett seems to be lying about where he lives, and Creepy (but hot) Liam is likely on drugs, based on his more-hyperactive-than-usual tendencies,  sudden inexplicable bursts of energy, and Hulk-like strength.  He also brings Liam some Bad News.  It turns out the Beacon Hills lacrosse team is scheduled to scrimmage none-other-than Liam’s old snotty, rich kid, prep school .  . . you know, the one he got kicked out of for vandalizing his coach’s car.

bastard rr

To say Liam is unhappy with this turn of events is the understatement of the century . . .

 . . . and . . . to make matters worse, he heads off to the locker room to blow off some steam, only to find this hot older guy malevolently fondling his stick!

breaking

breaky breaky

“Grrrr!  Get your grubby paws off my big stick.”

Silly Liam!  It was just a tease!  Worry not, because Daddy  Scott has your stick (and your balls) safe and sound in his possession! And they can never be broken, or stroked without your consent!  At least, not on his watch!

here you go

Derek watches this exchange between Wolf Daddy and Wolf Baby and finds it positively adorable!  In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen Derek this happy, since the first time he learned how to use a cigarette lighter . . .

good at this

crazy derek

Elsewhere in school, Kira’s dad also engages in a fatherly display of advice to his daughter.  “I don’t care if someone is paying professional assassins millions of dollars to murder you, playing high school lacrosse is much more DANGEROUS,” he warns.

whats this ish

Orange is the new black, and red is new dead!”

And they say fathers no longer know best . . .

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (It’s not just the punchline to your bathroom jokes anymore . . .)

I’m not going to lie, when Liam admitted to Scott and Stiles that he suffered from Intermittent Explosive Disorder, following a rather tense run-in with his old prep school rival, and an impromptu trip fully clothed into the showers, I thought Stiles was going to hand him a bottle of Immodium or some Gas-X, and call it a day.

firm hand

“Please don’t mind my young friend, Liam.  He may seem angry and unstable, but actually he just suffers from explosive diarrhea.”

But apparently, IED a real DSM-diagnosed disease endured by people with SERIOUS anger management issues.  The kind of people who completely destroy their coach’s car, just because he benched them from a few high school lacrosse games .  . .

anger mang

Geez, and we thought Derek had a knack for picking mentally unstable Betas to join his pack . . .

wolf pack turne

wolf-packphotos

Just kidding!

Liam calmly confesses that the reason he doesn’t take his anti-psychotic meds is that they make him sluggish, and unable to perform well at sporting events . . . It’s actually a common complaint of bipolar patients and sufferers of various forms of schizophrenia.   Manic episodes, for all their inherent danger, are actually oddly pleasurable to mania sufferers.  They make them feel alive, strong, even invincible . . . almost like . . . you know . . . werewolves . . .

scott dog dish

To make matters worse, our Scooby Gang has just learned that (1) Surprise! Blonde Carrie’s killer was a lacrosse player, who cleverly hid his murder weapon inside a lacrosse stick (I guess to prevent fingerprints, or just because he had to one up his girlfriend, whose murder weapons double as fashion accessories, and who has access to rare strains of wolfsbane.), and (2) that killer may or may not be Liam’s “good pal” Garrett.

knife wound

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Elsewhere on school grounds, Derek and Chris discuss the inevitable “intermittent explosion” that is were-jaguar Kate, how awkward it will be for Chris to have to basically put-down his own sister, and how inconvenient it is for Derek that Kate has apparently, not only stolen his balls, but also his trusty werewolf powers.

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werewolf jail

 This is going to end badly . . .

It’s game time, Lacrosse Fans!  Lets whack around some balls, settle some old scores, and stab some folks with wolfsbane-laced lacrosse sticks . . .

teen wolf allison argent stiles

Wait, what?

ep 5 more oral fixation stiles tyler

Kira would gladly enter the fray to help her boy toy Scott, but she just got benched for being a ball hog.  Typical fox!  Always biting off more than she can chew (hint, hint, wink wink) . . .

yip

fall

In the center of the field, tensions are high when Liam majorly clashes with his prep school arch rival, and is badly injured, leading Papa Scott to believe that Sneaky Garrett snuck in and wolf-stabbed his ass.

owy

But nope, just a garden-variety wrist break . . . Scott will fix that right up . . .

ephemeral

Pop!  All better!

Preppy Douchebag, however, is much less lucky . . . because HE’S ACTUALLY A WEREWOLF, AND GARRETT’S TARGET THE WHOLE TIME!

we hot dou

surprised-face

(Phew, that was close!  I thought Good Ole Garrett was actually going to murder someone I sort of / kind of cared about!)

But Preppy Douchebag’s not dead yet.  Instead, the Surprise Beta is sleeping off his wolf poison in the locker room, when guess who comes by to make a bigger mess of things.

wih

Hey Evil Necklace Chick!  It’s time for a Little Decapitation Vacation.  (Here’s hoping she washes that thing in between murders.  Because, EWWW!)

Then, in comes Scott to save the day, causing Evil Violet’s eyes to become blinded by dollar signs.  She turns her nasty blood gunked necklace on the True Alpha, only to have him casually rip it from his neck, which, by the way, is a ten times cooler True Alpha trick than that bubble popping thing he did a couple seasons back.

a little tight

not wearing it

“Listen, for the last time, I’m not wearing your ugly ass necklace, no matter how many times you ask.  I already have a girlfriend!”

nice try bit

“Well, why didn’t you just say so?”

Preppy Douchebag and Scott are both safe!

hot girl

Evil Violet is down for the count . . .

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 . . .  but, unfortunately not dead . . . you know . .. because there are still a few more episodes left in the season, and it’s too early to eradicate her ass . . . I guess.

Meanwhile, over at the Sheriff’s Station . . .

Just Hurry Up and Banshee Already!

Poor Lydia, she’s a popular girl, wealthy, a straight A student.  This is someone used to getting what she wants, be it good grades, great clothes, flawless hair, jocks with big muscles.  She’s not used to failure.  And her new banshee powers seem to be setting her up for nothing but . . .

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Vampires, were-whatevers, witches, warlocks, wizards .  . . their supernatural powers are designed to make them winners.  Their resumes include talents like superhuman strength, perpetual youth, light speed, mind control, magic .  . .

stiles with wolf hat

Lydia’s powers make her a screamer, really morbid, and mildly schizophrenic.  They make her an outcast . . . and the fact that she hasn’t yet mastered them, when her friends need her abilities most, just makes this whole thing more of a drag on everyone’s favorite red-head.

lyd screams

And so, it’s time to call for some reinforcements . . .

meredith

Because Meredith is much less grounded in what most of us would call the Natural World (in fact, she gives me the impression of being somewhere on the higher end of the autism spectrum), she’s quite a bit more open and attuned to what appears to be the Banshee Friends and Family Cell Phone Network, which Lydia, unwittingly used to “call” Meredith in her evident distress.  Of course, the Banshee Network doesn’t involve actual phones, a concept “smart” Lydia fails to grasp, when she proceeds to shove an iPhone in poor Meredith’s face and scream at her to “call someone.”

interrog

And because Meredith is not particularly verbal and can’t necessarily explain herself in a way that most non-banshees would understand, she simply does what she’s told, offering up the number to correspond to the answer she sees in her head to the question Lydia is incessantly asking.

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It’s a testament to how brain-fried and frustrated this whole failed-Banshee thing is making Lydia, that the girl who speaks ten languages, and can usually crack codes and translate ancient texts like its nobody’s business (We saw her decode something similar with Stiles using a periodic table to spell out Kira’s name, early on, last season), can’t look past the surface of what Meredith is saying to its hidden meaning.

so mean

Perhaps, that’s also the reason that Malia, who, by everyone’s estimation is much less educated and not nearly as book smart as Lydia, deciphers Meredith’s numerical list almost instantly.  After all, for Malia, a girl who spent half her life as a literal animal, nothing is as it seems.  Everything is code.  Everything has hidden layers, rules, and meanings that she can’t even begin to decipher, despite the fact that her friends seem to understand them almost inherently.

malia nails

“What if its like algebra?”  She posits calmly.  “What if the numbers stand for letters?”

2-4-3-3-6

Aiden

Another code name . . . another dead friend of poor Lydia’s . . . another crack at another third of the list .. . .

what he said

I think someone owes Ms. Meredith an apology, don’t you, Lydia?

sad lyd

Of course, the big reveal here was what most of us suspected, ever since the hot Deputy blustered onto the scene, making strange speeches about how  he was drawn to Beacon Hills, how young he looks for his age (not really . . . looks his age to me, except for the fact that all the teenagers in his town look 7 to 10 years older than they are supposed to be), dismantling bombs like its no one’s business, and speaking about tomahawks, intuitionists, and other things that are seemingly before his 24-year time on Earth.

polite guy

sees jordan

That’s right, Werebangers.  Deputy Parrish is a supernatural.  The question is, what kind?

confused liam

I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’s a Phoenix.  One who rises from the ashes, each time he dies, always looking exactly the same as he did at his first death.  It would explain his old timey vocabulary, his almost eerily calm manner, and his seeming attachment to death (like Lydia) and fearlessness when it comes to coming in contact with explosives.

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you look really

handsome thank you

What say you, Teen Wolf Fans?

phoenix

sexy teacher 2

“We Hunt Those Who Hunt Us.”

Not too long ago, Allison posited a new maxim for her much-diminished werewolf hunting family of two.  “We fight for those, who can’t fight for themselves,” she offered.

allison tear heir of slytherin

Papa Chris seemed to like it.  But Allison’s gone, and her maxim did little to keep her alive long enough to see much past her 18th birthday.

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And now Chris, truly alone in this world, must answer to the Calavares’ and their old school hunter ways.  Embracing the old hunter maxim would force Chris to betray the same folks who have become his allies in recent days, his surrogate family: Scott, Derek, Lydia, even Stiles, all of whom are now in the position to hunt hunters, must hunt them, in fact, to keep themselves alive.

come to the dark side

“Come to the darkside.  We have pizza . . . and burritos!”

So, which maxim will he follow?

Only time will tell . . . time, and this admittedly awesome trailer for the second half of this season .  . .

Until next time, Werebangers!

dancing stiles again

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One response to “Target Practice – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s “I.E.D”

  1. Andre

    Julie, help me out here please:
    Is there some sort of trend going on or am I in some sort of mirror universe where “professional” means “moronic beyond belief”? These antagonists SUCK!!!!! They even let the bodies lay around, thereby warning potential targets. And the whole episode, again, was so incredibly stupid. And I must say: character stupidity can only excuse so much. This here is nothing more than pure writer laziness/incompetence in my eyes.
    And its not even Michael Bay Transformers incompetence which is so bad its funny, this here is like The Purge and its idiotic sequel. It’s stupid and pretentious and nothing else. They claim thinks work and are scary/suspenseful or whatever but whenever they claim things it turns out to be the direct opposite.
    Seriously Stiles was the only silver lining in this idiotic episode.

    Fortune may, in fact, favor the bold, Werebangers. But only the Bold and the Beautiful. Not the Bold and the Moronic . .
    Well, that depends on how you define moronic, since fortune apparently favors the stupid, look at Scott, only Derek and Noshiko are dumber than him but nonetheless thinks always work out for him.

    Whether you’re an athlete, a writer, a sexual Adonis, or a trained assassin, dreaming big is admirable. But starting small will give you much greater odds at achieving success in the long run.
    Except for the fact that most of these idiots have been doing what they do for some time now and they are still this incompetent. This is as if they are back at season 1 by now.

    Preserve your resources. Set manageable goals. Practice. No sense blowing your load, only to find yourself totally unprepared, just when the stakes are at their highest . . .
    Tell that to the writers, then maybe this would look as if they spend some effort on the story.

    In this week’s installment of Teen Wolf, our scrappy Scooby Gang each, in their own way, grappled with this very important life lesson . .
    And will be forgotten in the next episode.

    Both Kira and Papa Argent learned that flying solo, and not being a team player, can have dire consequences
    Shouldn’t at least Mr. Argent know that already?

    Scott and Liam learned that impulsivity and jumping to conclusions, often leads to bad decision making.
    And would Scott be an actual character and not a pseudo-Latino plot device then maybe he would know that already.

    And Little Baddies, Garrett and Violet, learned that greedy egomaniacs make for super sh*tty assassins.
    Oh boy do I have things to say about these two and the other idiots.

    Let’s recap, shall we?
    Oh yeah, let’s get into this bloody mess. And in case I rant even more than usual:
    I watched Uwe Boll’s “Auschwitz” on Saturday and the mere fact that this guy, one of the worst filmmakers of all times, tried to actually make a film about Auschwitz and show a “normal day at the camp” to show “how it really was” is infuriating to me. Especially since the film, as was expected, was dull shit. Yes, a film in which people get gassed and babies shot was still dull shit to me because it was so fake and so historically inaccurate and so poorly acted (except for that one 12 year old boy, hopefully his career wasn’t shattered now before it started) that it lost any shock value whatsoever.
    So bear with me here. However before I go on, one thing to put it into perspective:
    Stanley Kubrick had planned to do a Holocaust film for years including about the Auschwitz camps, but according to his wife he did not in the end because to do justice to the victims he would need to show it all and that would be unbearable. So a material that a Stanley Kubrick did not feel capable to make is not something an Uwe Boll should even remotely touch. Especially not after making a shitty vampire-Nazi movie like Bloodrayne III: The Third Reich.

    For what it’s worth, C-Dog, it was your haircolor that doomed you to death. Blondes have historically fared ridiculously poorly on this show . . . where it seems that fortune, in fact, favors the brunette . . . and, in some cases, the ginger . . .
    Actually I think it’s rather her gender combined with her peroxide hair color that made her a target. Since dirty blond pale men do pretty well on this show, so I personally I think it’s because Davis has a type.
    But to my thoughts about this:
    What is with this bullshit chant now? Is Davis trying to shove his next schtick into our faces? Or is this a pack thing?
    Plus in season 3a we saw Cora jump on roofs easily and this blond girl here, who clearly is on the same physical level of fitness, cannot escape? Not to mention the scene with the “innocent” white and blond victim chased by the bad black character could be so easily accused of racism and colorism especially with the show’s abysmal record in that regard. But I am not in the mood for that right now because that episode gave me so much more that was wrong with it.
    Actually it might even be considered stereotypical since the blond girl is so stupid that she tries to hide in a bus and the black girl is so stupid she did not finish her off right away. Seriously she cut of her hand first? What sort of “professional assassin” acts this way?
    In addition they once again sacrificed consistency for mood: If the door of the bus is that loud, how did blondie ever get in without her pursuer never noticing her?
    Plus isn’t it convenient that the assassins go for the small fishes first instead of killing the main characters? Which any normal assassin would do.
    Not to mention that the whole ordeal was way more complicated and way less effective than it needed/could have been. Just shoot her damn it, but we will get to that later.

    Also, Carrie, not to be rude to the deceased, but at 23, you are most certainly old enough to know not to take car rides, from guys who look like the Mild Mannered Serial Killer / Rapist from pretty much every episode of Law and Order:SVU I have ever seen . . .
    Julie come on, this is a “teen show” if you look in your mid-twenties than you are clearly playing a mid-teen, only when you in your fourties are you old enough to play an adult 20 something.

    More like The Headless, the Handless, and the “just enough cliched pre-death lines to earn you a SAG card . . .”
    That was a good one. Originally I wanted to link an applause video, but all I got was Gaga and so I stumbled upon this and I am sure you would like it:

    The kid has a voice like butter.
    And you know from I unwillingly got a connection to my next point:
    Is “the mute” the assassin’s official name? Is the guy known and on record? Or is that a nickname made up by Stiles or someone else? Because if that guy is on record… you really have to ask yourself how such a guy is not known nationwide.

    That said, as far as methods of revealing painstakingly complex plot synopses in a somewhat natural manner go, this one was pretty solid.
    No offense, but on what level was this painstakingly complex?

    brains are worth . . . wait for it . . . millions of dollars .
    Aka it’s the shows usual attempts of shoving these two idiots into our faces despite having portrayed them as incompetent idiots for nearly the entire run of the show.
    Seriously, is this like with Keanu Reeves acting? No one ever tells these morons how bad they are at their job?

    Also worth millions dead, and much less alive? Kira, Lydia, and pretty much anyone else with top billing on this show
    Yeah because these people are so competent and so dangerous in the grand scheme of things… seriously is this the whole “they are special” thing from season 3a again? I would not mind this if they had actually provided something to back that up. So far these people had so much luck they must have a legion of guardian angels to protect them around the clock.
    Plus, that many supes in town and no one knew about them? They never smelled the other werewolves?

    Though I’m still not entirely convinced that Peter Hale didn’t orchestrate the entire thing
    I think that they had some plans with him but then skipped it because they thought this here was better. Kind of like with the Nemeton.

    Correction, it would be easy, if Banshee Lydia spent more time using her supposedly “genius” IQ to crack the codes, and less time doodling and getting hypnotized by record players
    You are totally right. I just wondered what is going on with Lydia here. The actress did a good job for sure, better then Hoechlin anyway, but what is going on with Lydia’s character? She never seemed to care much about the others especially not Kira and Malia and the others on the list she mostly doesn’t know, so why does she act as if she is close to nervous breakdown? It feels like an entire episode that should explain this is missing.
    Seriously, can anyone help me out?

    PS. And conveniently Lydia’s powers do not help now.

    Promptly stepping into Danny’s shoes as the oddly perceptive (not to mention good at getting unsightly stains out of carpets) “token gay friend,” … Liam’s old snotty, rich kid, prep school . . . you know, the one he got kicked out of for vandalizing his coach’s car.
    So his best friend has a darker skin tone than he does, not that this says much – seriously has he ever seen the sun? – and Jackson 2.0 is apparently rich, since he went to a prep school?
    1) How long does he know Mason? Since it seems Mason did not go to that school.
    2) Is there any doubt that he is Jackson and no one else? It is a bad recycling job and nothing else.
    3) Please make sure to notice when Mason gets sassy since I am practically waiting for the show to bring in that stereotype.
    4) So every assassin is dumb? Garrett doesn’t even have a good cover. They come along just as stupid as the Alpha pack.

    PS. Could they please make Mason stop shouting exposition and make the actor act some more like someone actually concerned for a friend?

    But back to Jackson 2.0:
    So Beta Derek can overpower Jackson 2.0, but Alpha Scott could not? You know I forgot that in my last comment, but there is no way this could be possible. Scott is not only an Alpha, not that Davis seems to actually remember what that means, but he has more muscles and is taller and more experienced than Jackson 2.0. Basically this whole last episode was a big fuck you towards all the episodes before where Davis pushed Scott, I do not call that development what he did there in season 3, into the direction of excepting his powers and being an Alpha.
    And still, Jackson 2.0 doesn’t look like werewolf with anger management issues, that is just guy with those issues or normal werewolf. Isaac and Scott acted the same at first. So I was right, they do ignore the issues.
    And as for Scott being good at being a leader:
    Sure, make the guy who snaps that easily go to class… that sounds… like something so stupid that this show would write it.
    At least one thing was true: Scott needs a full on training manual. Seriously, there is no reason why this guy would be a good leader apart from the plot saying so. Think about it: anger doesn’t make you strong, it clouds your judgment.
    Also, “last” semester Scott could not focus on school? That wasn’t shown at all. Seriously, how many semesters have passed, I thought this was his senior year.
    Also Scott had three betas last season, so what is the deal now?
    And it looks like we finally had one smart sentence from Derek in three seasons. I guess we are supposed to think he is smart now. Not that I can actually remember what he said that was smart, I just took notes.

    Elsewhere in school, Kira’s dad also engages in a fatherly display of advice to his daughter. “
    When I saw the scene between the two I was thinking this:
    1) Of course Kira’s parents would know, she is the only girl on the team and her father is a teacher, he could overhear it or the coach told him.
    2) It looks like Scott found his soulmate in Kira, since she is just as stupid as he is in not telling people who could actually help the important information. Remember, the whole nine-tailed fox lie? Because they writers sure as hell don’t.

    But apparently, IED a real DSM-diagnosed disease endured by people with SERIOUS anger management issues. The kind of people who completely destroy their coach’s car, just because he benched them from a few high school lacrosse games . . .
    You know, in a good show this would be a perfectly fine way to show the consequences of rush actions and that no matter what happens you cannot always control what is going on around you and you have to live with the sometimes disastrous consequences. But this is Teen Wolf and so this will never happened and the whole IED thing is just a poor excuse to make people sympathetic to Jackson 2.0. Why I think this?
    Easy, according to the all knowing Wikipedia IED is:

    Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a behavioral disorder characterized by extreme expressions of anger, often to the point of uncontrollable rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand. Impulsive aggression is unpremeditated, and is defined by a disproportionate reaction to any provocation, real or perceived. Some individuals have reported affective changes prior to an outburst (e.g., tension, mood changes, energy changes, etc.).[1]

    The disorder is currently categorized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) under the “Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders” category. The disorder itself is not easily characterized and often exhibits comorbidity with other mood disorders, particularly bipolar disorder.[2] Individuals diagnosed with IED report their outbursts as being brief (lasting less than an hour), with a variety of bodily symptoms (sweating, stuttering, chest tightness, twitching, palpitations) reported by a third of one sample.[3] Aggressive acts are frequently reported accompanied by a sensation of relief and in some cases pleasure, but often followed by later remorse.

    Sorry but so far Jackson 2.0 didn’t act like he was a werewolf with that disorder. Even for a human he was probably too calm for that. An actual werewolf with IED would probably act like this here pretty often:

    Also knowing you are on IED and not take your medication… shouldn’t it have shown itself much earlier then? Like during practice. If this show actually had such a thing.

    To make matters worse, our Scooby Gang has just learned that (1) Surprise! Blonde Carrie’s killer was a lacrosse player, who cleverly hid his murder weapon inside a lacrosse stick (I guess to prevent fingerprints, or just because he had to one up his girlfriend, whose murder weapons double as fashion accessories, and who has access to rare strains of wolfsbane.), and (2) that killer may or may not be Liam’s “good pal” Garrett.
    What do you mean with “may not”? What in the episode suggested it might have been any one else?

    The scene with Stiles and the coach shows why he should be the main character of the show and not Scott. Stiles has always put even the tiniest bit of reputation he had on the line and sacrificed it, when he will leave school he will be remembered as a wackjob, while Scott will be the hero. Scott sacrificed nothing, at all, he did not overcome any obstacles and everything was handed to him on a platter.
    And why did the makers feel the need to have Scott say “the killer is on the team” out loud? We know that and everyone who doesn’t would have figured it out. This shouting out the obvious is something Asylum films do.
    And oh another rare an expensive wolfsbane species… that is plot talk for “we are too lazy to come up with something better.”

    At least Violet points out the giant plothole about why not go after Scott. And the answer Garrett gives could only be given by a person who never saw that “Alpha pack.” They are morons and Scott had next to nothing to do with “defeating” them. And he was the one left standing? By what definition? Ennis was killed by Deucalion, Kali by Jennifer, the other three left alive and Aiden was killed by a shadow ninja.
    Plus if they can lace a blade with that thick fluid why not a dart or fill a special bullet with it?
    How stupid are these dumbass assassins?

    Elsewhere on school grounds, Derek and Chris discuss the inevitable “intermittent explosion” that is were-jaguar Kate, how awkward it will be for Chris to have to basically put-down his own sister, and how inconvenient it is for Derek that Kate has apparently, not only stolen his balls, but also his trusty werewolf powers.
    Seriously this vault is so fucking huge and obvious its completely impossible no one ever noticed it. The whole scene was written pretty badly in terms of character and consistency. I mean “control was never one of Kate’s strengths?” We never had an antagonist more controlled then her. Seriously she was the only one of them who never overacted.
    And when did Derek hand him the bullet thing? I cannot remember that scene from last season or anything. Did they shoot it later when the actor was shaved?
    And the whole “losing power” thing could be interesting in theory. But the way I know this show, they will hype it and mess it up, so why should I be invested? It was the same with “the mute”, hyped and then turning out to be lame, which I pretty much expected.

    Kira would gladly enter the fray to help her boy toy Scott, but she just got benched for being a ball hog. Typical fox! Always biting off more than she can chew (hint, hint, wink wink) . . .
    You know what is odd here? Two things:
    1) This suggests that the coach did not test Kira’s abilities in training
    2) Scott did similar stunts back in season 1 and the coach didn’t say anything and there is no evidence that he changed in that regard during that time.
    So for me all this Kira on the field was just the pseudofeminist moment of the episode. Her just being the new girl and being that good, that surely will not arouse suspicion. But anyway, the bone is tossed towards feminist viewers and so Kira goes back to the bench so that traditional gender roles are upheld. So progressive.

    In the center of the field, tensions are high when Liam majorly clashes with his prep school arch rival, and is badly injured, leading Papa Scott to believe that Sneaky Garrett snuck in and wolf-stabbed his ass.

    But nope, just a garden-variety wrist break . . . Scott will fix that right up . . .

    One thing first:
    Now the kid doesn’t even scream out when the bone is realigned?
    Also when it was clear that it wasn’t Jackson 2.0 who was injured I was immediately thinking:
    He cut the other guy you idiots, if not that the whole blade think is idiotic. Plus the blade looks awfully clean to be coated with some thick yellow liquid doesn’t it. That is just lazy writing here, more than an entire year has passed in the show and Scott is still this idiots and now Stiles cannot figure this out?

    But Preppy Douchebag’s not dead yet. Instead, the Surprise Beta is sleeping off his wolf poison in the locker room, when guess who comes by to make a bigger mess of things.
    The idiot assassin from before, there to behave even more like a cliché and ruin even the rest of her reputation.

    Then, in comes Scott to save the day, causing Evil Violet’s eyes to become blinded by dollar signs. She turns her nasty blood gunked necklace on the True Alpha, only to have him casually rip it from his neck, which, by the way, is a ten times cooler True Alpha trick than that bubble popping thing he did a couple seasons back.
    Don’t get used to it. He is going to suck pretty soon. The whole thing here already made no sense since the thing didn’t even seem to burn him a bit. I think it was just there to make viewers think Scott is cool and all and oh so powerful, when in truth it was pure plot convenience. Since any good assassin would have a back-up plan in such cases. Not to mention that she didn’t even kill the other guy.
    See what I mean when I say these assassins suck?
    I tell you at episode 12 they will basically end the season and do a new one, like last time.

    Lydia’s powers make her a screamer, really morbid, and mildly schizophrenic. They make her an outcast . . . and the fact that she hasn’t yet mastered them, when her friends need her abilities most, just makes this whole thing more of a drag on everyone’s favorite red-head.

    You know what I am missing from this whole banshee thing? The screaming! She never seems to do that anymore.

    After all, for Malia, a girl who spent half her life as a literal animal, nothing is as it seems. Everything is code. Everything has hidden layers, rules, and meanings that she can’t even begin to decipher, despite the fact that her friends seem to understand them almost inherently.

    No, she is just stupid and a giant plothole, really nothing more. And for “animals” there is no such thing as this unifying look at the world that you just described. A bee experiences the world quite differently than a mouse and birds can actually see colors we cannot. Not much code there that humans wouldn’t sense also. The whole thing was just a plot device in my mind.

    Another code name . . . another dead friend of poor Lydia’s . . . another crack at another third of the list .. . .
    Oh yeah the unrepentant murderer that she forgave instantly, just to be written so that the writers could claim to actually care about Boyd and say they are not racist. And fist Allison and now this? Is Ethan the benefactor, or Isaac or is Lydia finally crazy?

    That’s right, Werebangers. Deputy Parrish is a supernatural. The question is, what kind?
    Probably something from some mythology that Davis has no idea about. My money is on Native American, so we can have another ingenious act of Anglo-American colonialism, you know robbing the first Americans of their mythology in every way possible.

    Now for the whole Meredith thing:
    Apparently they remembered that other plot device that they had introduced last season. But why do they think the crazy girl would be a big help? Wouldn’t it make more sense to contact her parents? Of course not, this here is Teen Wolf.
    Ok Meredith’s family is dead… convenient, doesn’t excuse that they do not think of asking them though.
    And Meredith was there conveniently. Yeah I knew that before it was revealed. Eichenhouse seems to be as secure as Arkham Asylum, its nutjobs can just walk in an out of there. And speaking of nutjobs: Where is Malia’s father in all of this? Shouldn’t he be around more and concerned? Sure Scott doesn’t seem to be actually affected by Allison’s death either so apparently Beacon Hills people have no real feeling.

    Before I end this (and hopefully typed everything right, it’s pretty late over here), a few thoughts I had in the show, apart from the ones already mentioned:
    Sso now they remember the Nemeton… yeah… when did these other supes come? Seriously the Nemeton was allegedly active for some time now, why so few?
    Beacon Hills has about 30000 residents? This counts for a small town?
    Also if you do not want supes in the city, wouldn’t it be smarter to burn down the Nemeton?
    Demarco is that well known and was drawn by the Nemeton? The Nemeton was only activated a few months before… how can everyone know him already?
    And if the two werewolves belong to a pack that makes the assassins even dumber, because that way they warn potential targets.
    Why does Malia want to know whether she is on that list? Seriously, everything so far suggests that she would be.
    Oh Beacon Hills is poor now, is that why it can repair all these damages and clean off all the blood and all?
    How the assassins know about Kira? How about following the shadowninjas or her enhanced physical abilities or all the stuff happening in city or how about the noise from all the fights… seriously is she retarded? Well at least that would not be stereotypical about her.
    Wow, Scott is really getting dumber by the minute in that episode. He is so stupid… ok the assassins are obviously morons, but he doesn’t know that, I doubt even the writers now that.
    Oh great, the old “money and apology fixes everything” routine during the attempted apology so we can pretend Jackson 2.0 is a good guy and the others are assholes, yeah, never seen that before.
    Plus, he doesn’t take his medication? Then he should be especially violent and not this calm all the time.
    What is with that shot on Garret after Jackson 2.0 says he knows who paid? We know that already, so what the heck? First the bite wound, then the saying what we already know and now this? Do they think viewers are that stupid?
    Finally Scott does something other than thinking about himself that might actually sacrifice something. Not that I think it will or anything.
    Why doesn’t Scott just tell the coach that Jackson 2.0 has IED? Sure the coach wouldn’t listen, but Scott doesn’t know that.
    Uh true Latinos arrived, they must be evil, for sure. And stupid, since it doesn’t seem to occur to them that Derek also bought Braeden.

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