Well, that wasn’t too bad, was it? Happy endings all around, Kali and the Darach aside. Of course, God only knows what’s coming to town after the kids put the “beacon” back in “Beacon Hills.” But, for now, everyone’s safe, sound, and moderately okay–even the scarring was kept to a minimal, with the exception being Scott, Stiles, and Allison and their newly-darkened hearts. Those should provide Teen Wolf with plenty of deep and personal character drama in the future, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves…we’ve still got “Lunar Ellipse(/Eclipse?)” to discuss!
Post-sacrificial deaths, Scott, Stiles, and Allison woke in a bright and empty Dark Knight-esque room decorated solely with the Nemeton and a few hundred fluorescent lights. Scott reached the roots first and pressed his hand to them; immediately, he was taken to that fateful night during the pilot when Peter bit him. The roots took Stiles there, too, and Allison wound up nearby, where she and her mother nearly ran over Scott, then stopped and found his inhaler in the woods. No, this wasn’t an afterlife trip through the past; the Nemeton’s location was right beside where the trio’s supernatural adventures began. After their respective mental journeys, the trio woke up for real in Deaton’s veterinarian office, and Deaton quickly informed them they’d been out for sixteen hours, leaving the lunar eclipse only four hours away. Whoops (but also convenient!).
Before the group could formulate a plan, Ethan the Nice Twin burst into the vet’s office to fetch Lydia for help stopping his brother and Kali, who were on their way to kill Derek. Though Cora’s healthy and healed, Derek’s a weakened Beta shell of his former Alpha self and unable to fight. Peter made the Hale siblings run and disappeared himself, just as Kali and Aiden confronted Lydia and Ethan. But, before anyone could attack, Jennifer burst through the ceiling (she and Derek have that overly-dramatic entrance thing in common), slaughtered Kali with shards of glass, and broke the neck of the conjoined twins (don’t worry, they’ll later be taken to Deaton by Lydia and Cora and saved). Then, she rounded on Lydia and urged her to scream, knowing Derek and Cora would hear and come running (which they promptly did).
At Allison’s, where she, Scott and Isaac were gathering weapons, Scott ran into his father waiting for them. With no leads on the murders other than the kids, Agent McCall hoped to grill Scott and co. for information. Allison had other, better plans that involved a quick defense of her father’s need for the weapons followed by the dropping of a smoke grenade. At the same time, Stiles found himself in the middle of a Darach-influenced storm and crashed his jeep into a tree. As Scott rejoined the Deucalion, Allison and Isaac went off in search of Stiles, until Isaac heard Mr. Argent’s sonic emitter, and the pair found the root cellar instead.
With the Deucalion at his side, Scott came up with a nifty use for product placement and lured Jennifer to the slaughter warehouse where the Deucalion originally lost his pack. She arrived, but not alone: Derek, having fallen for her revenge pleas, joined her to take down the Deucalion and save the guardians. Of course, the demon wolf transformed into his namesake and proceeded to take the pair down, until that pesky lunar eclipse hit. As the Deucalion lay defenseless on the ground, Derek urged Jennifer to heal his eyes (knowing this would weaken her) so he could see her true face. Jennifer, all too happy to oblige, healed the Deucalion’s blindness and reverted to her hideous, evil Druid face. Luckily for the wolves and unfortunately for Jennifer, she weakened herself long enough for the eclipse to end. Trying to protect herself long enough to complete the sacrifice (the guardians plus Allison and Isaac were about to be crushed in the cellar, thanks to the Darach’s magic storm), Jennifer dropped a circle of mountain ash. Scott didn’t care; he shoved his way through the circle–becoming a red-eyed Alpha in the process–and threatened to kill Jennifer to save his “pack.” Impatient, the Deucalion stepped forward and slit the Darach’s throat, effectively cutting off the storm.
Stiles, having arrived at the cellar in time to help hold it up with a baseball bat, gave Scott a call for help. Then, in a decision they’ll probably come to regret, Derek and Scott let the Deucalion live and told him to get the hell out of town.
As the midseason finale came to a close, Scott filled Deaton (and the audience) in on the current happenings in Beacon Hills. Derek and Cora left town, the Argents came up with a new family motto (“We protect those who cannot protect themselves”), Scott’s father stuck around but isn’t welcome, and Scott and Stiles feel the darkness surrounding their hearts every day. To lesson the weight, Scott simply looks at his friends: Lydia and Aiden, Danny and Ethan, Isaac and Allison, and, of course, Stiles.
All’s well that ends well, right? WRONG. Peter, who WAS up to no good last episode when he encouraged Derek to sacrifice his Alpha status for Cora’s life, found Jennifer crawling to the Nemeton to be healed and killed her before she could touch the tree. Then, he shouted to the skies that he is, and has always been, the Alpha.
And that’s it, see you in January!
Bonus: The song playing toward the end of the episode, when Scott returned to school, was “Kids” by Mikky Ekko.