‘Teen Wolf’ S3E12 Recap: Now You See Me

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

‘Teen Wolf’ S3E11 Recap: Family Matters

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“Alpha Pact” picked up right where last week’s breathtaking episode left off, with Scott and his mother gone and everyone else reconvening in the hospital parking lot. After literally slapping an unconscious Derek awake, Stiles sent him off to find Cora and run, then opted to remain at the hospital to delay the cops; the Argents found Isaac alone (Peter ran off after spotting the hunting duo), and Derek filled the trio in on Scott and his mother’s whereabouts. With everyone up to speed, the real fun began: a new character came to town, allegiances shifted, budding relationships developed, and several major characters chose to sacrifice themselves to save their families. As a penultimate episode, “Alpha Pact” did an excellent job setting up the midseason finale without skimping on heavy character moments.

So, let’s talk about it!

As Stiles quickly learned via an FBI agent he not only recognized, but also did NOT appear happy to see, someone had written “Argent” on the hospital’s elevator doors. The message was either a threat or a warning, depending on who wrote it, but no one needed to know the deliverer’s identity to understand Mr. Argent was the last guardian on the Darach’s hit list. Stiles immediately ran to the Argents with the news, and they pieced together a plan to attack the Darach. Isaac, after a one-sided screaming match at Derek’s (where he ultimately asked Derek why he’d turned the members of his pack, and Derek copped up to his loneliness), stopped by to help. After sending Stiles to find Lydia AKA Beacon Hills’s resident banshee/death detector, Mr. Argent took Allison and Isaac to the bank under the guise that Jennifer would return to the site of a failed sacrifice for a do-over. But, Mr. Argent had no intention of fighting the Darach–instead, he shocked Isaac to the ground and handcuffed Allison to the bank’s guard rails before tossing his beloved gun aside and sacrificing himself to a very pleased evil Druid.

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Once Isaac contacted Stiles with the bad news, Stiles immediately began to have a panic attack in the middle of the school hallway. To calm him down, Lydia dragged him into the empty locker room and tried to make him think happy thoughts; when this failed, she kissed him. Unsurprisingly, her plan worked, and newly-calm Stiles realized they needed to find Ms. Morell. Though the guidance counselor herself was missing, Stiles searched her office and pulled out Lydia’s file. Inside was one of Lydia’s tree sketches, which Stiles noticed was identical to every single tree sketch Lydia’d been doodling in class. By flipping the tree over, the picture represented roots, and Stiles smartly deduced where the guardians were being held. Unfortunately, all attempts to find the location of the root cellar fell through–Lydia found Derek (and ran into Peter, resulting in a tense stare down that ended with Peter looking uncharacteristically ashamed), but his memory of the location had been wiped by his mother Talia after his and Peter’s tragic experiences there; Stiles drew a blank with Allison, whose grandfather had long ago forgotten the cellar’s location. With the help of Deaton (who’d rescued Stiles from more FBI questioning), Stiles, Allison, and Isaac came up with a plan, but they needed Scott.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Morell was running for her life through the woods as the pack of Alphas chased her. Scott and the Deucalion were there, too, discussing the Darach. Deucalion confessed he wasn’t scared of the Darach, but concerned–anyone willing to kill so many innocent people for her cause was somebody who shouldn’t be underestimated. When Scott asked about the Deucalion’s stance on murder, the Deucalion responded with this chilling line: “I’ll kill any living thing that gets in my way.” So, this battle between the Deucalion and the Darach ought to be semi-exciting, right? Anyway, Ms. Morell trapped herself in a circle of mountain ash while the Alphas and Scott surrounded her. The Deucalion wanted Ms. Morell dead because she was so similar to the Darach, and he was distrustful of her, especially after she sent the girl (from the premiere!) to rescue Isaac from the twins. Then, Ms. Morell began to call the Deucalion out on his lies (especially about Ennis, which definitely piqued Kali’s interest), and he responded by throwing his spear/walking stick through her chest. Scott stopped the pack from finishing the kill and asked Ms. Morell where the guardians were.

Later, Scott met up secretly with Deaton and Stiles in the woods, and Deaton revealed his plan: the kids of the guardians would act as surrogate sacrifices for their parents. Though Deaton believes he can bring the kids back, the plan is still dangerous; if they succeed, the Special Druid Tree will have more power than it’s had in years, and the trio will carry a mark (like a darkness around their hearts, as Deaton put it) with them for the rest of their lives. Oh, and the tree will act as a beacon to all supernatural creatures. Of course the three teens agreed to this almost immediately, and Deaton brought them to ice-filled basins in his veterinarian building. Each teen sacrifice needed someone they were emotionally bonded with to push them beneath the water, as well as draw them back to life–Lydia attempted to go to Allison, but Deaton, correctly assessing a bond that the pair probably haven’t even admitted to themselves yet, sent her to Stiles. Isaac went to Allison and Deaton to Scott. Moments before their heads were shoved under the icy water, Stiles informed Scott his father was back in town. That’s right, the FBI agent Stiles seems to hate? He’s SCOTT’S FATHER. Such a good development, seriously. Anyway, under the water they went, and Scott’s eyes opened to reveal a lovely shade of True Alpha gold.

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Having spent most of the episode fairly removed from the action, Derek and Peter sussed out a potential cure for Cora. It involved Derek sacrificing his Alpha status so Cora could use the extra spark of magic/power Alphas have to live. Though Derek definitely reverted to a blue-eyed beta (which Peter looked very pleased about), Cora’s fate remains up in the air. Also, despite being stripped of every one of his weapons, Mr. Argent still had his sonic werewolf alarm; he pressed the button, hoping the wolves would be clued in to the guardians’ location.

And that’s it! Next week’s the midseason finale, and it looks like a werewolf-blocking lunar eclipse will be creating havoc for the wolves. Should be fun!

Notes

–As Peter pointed out to Derek, Isaac’s pretty much completely Team Scott now. And the Deucalion’s pack still seems to slowly be splintering, especially after Ms. Morell cast doubt upon the Deucalion’s past actions.

–Sheriff Stilinski’s a true believer now–Mama McCall filled him in on the town’s supernatural intricacies (including Mr. Argent’s werewolf hunter status); in a heartbreaking moment, he confessed that not believing in the past had led to him missing his wife’s death when an injured girl buried under a car pileup told him to hurry to his wife, but he didn’t believe in her abilities and chose to stay with the dying girl.

‘Teen Wolf’ S3E10 Recap: Under The Mistletoe

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With a vicious storm, a dying wolf, and one flighty Darach, “The Overlooked” managed to bring almost all of Teen Wolf‘s current heroes, anti-heroes, and villains under one roof for a nonstop thrill ride of corny one-liners (cough, “Let’s rumble,” cough), near deaths, kidnappings, and the occasional heart-to-unconscious-heart. Despite the high intensity level (thanks to the impending mid-season finale, which is only two episodes away), “The Overlooked” still took the time to fill in a few plot blanks and illuminate the cracks forming within the Alpha pack’s ranks as everyone converged on Beacon Hills’s storm-ridden hospital.

After last week’s stunning Darach unveiling, Scott and Stiles wasted no time getting the truth to Derek. When Ms. Blake swung by Derek’s loft hoping to lie about her evil Druidic nature, she found the boys had beaten her there–they stepped out of the shadows and doused her with mistletoe, revealing her hideously-slashed face. Enraged, Derek grabbed his lover-turned-enemy and began to strangle her, but Scott stopped him; without Ms. Blake, Cora can’t be saved and Stiles’s father will never be found.

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The four drove to the hospital–which was being evacuated because of the thunderstorm–to find Cora, who hadn’t been evacuated yet and was still vomiting black blood laced with mistletoe. After running into his mother, Scott told her to leave immediately, and she didn’t argue after noticing his companions. Mama McCall told Scott to get Cora on the next arriving ambulance, but the group found Cora’s room empty. Turns out, the Alpha twins had already arrived at the hospital and were busy shoving Peter (who’d been visiting Cora) through doorways and stealing Cora. As Derek and Scott attacked, Ms. Blake tried to run (so much for her claims that she sincerely wanted to heal Derek’s sister) while Peter and Stiles helped Cora. The twins claimed they were only after the Darach, which proved true when the Deucalion and Kali showed up to join the hunt.

Unfortunately, Mama McCall stumbled across the Deucalion’s spear/cane stuck in the wall and pulled it free–the Deucalion promptly retrieved it from her and took her hostage. While hiding from the twins, Scott and co. heard Mama McCall make an announcement via “Mr. Deucalion” demanding the Darach be handed over. Ms. Blake found the group and told them she’d only help Cora and Stiles’s father in exchange for her safe escape from the hospital.

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Scott, knowing the Deucalion wouldn’t hurt his mother because he wants Scott on his team, agreed to distract the twins so the others could flee. Peter chose to fight with Scott, but only if he could find a suitable weapon. (His weapon of choice ended up being a shot of some drug that’d make him stronger.) The twins, who’d just been bickering over Ethan’s hesitation whilst fighting, attacked the pair, and Derek, Stiles, Cora, and Ms. Blake made a break for the ambulance. They encountered Kali waiting for them with a dead driver and the keys, so Derek and Ms. Blake ran as Stiles locked himself and Cora inside the ambulance. After shutting down the hospital’s power, the Deucalion freed Mama McCall (as a gesture of good faith) and trapped Derek and Ms. Blake inside an elevator. Back in the ambulance, Stiles realized Cora wasn’t breathing. Luckily, Stiles is skilled at CPR and saved her.

After a humorous escape through the laundry chute, Scott and Peter headed for the ambulance, where they scared Stiles post-confession (he’d just told an unconscious Cora of his fears that she was right, and humans were only good for finding bodies–he feared he’d find his father’s body). Dropping an injured Peter off, Scott ran back to the hospital and attempted to single-handedly take on the twins. As they simultaneously choked him against a wall and insisted they weren’t trying to hurt him, Mama McCall attacked with a defibrillator and knocked the twins to the ground.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Blake decided being trapped in an elevator with Derek was a good time for some confessions. For starters, her real name is Julia, and she was Kali’s emissary. Against the Deucalion’s orders, Kali had spared Julia because she loved (!) her. (Kali has a heart after all!) Though Kali did claw Julia almost to death, she chose to leave her to die in peace rather than finish the job. Big mistake, because Julia crawled to the Sacred Druid Tree, where Derek’s sacrifice of the virgin (his girlfriend Paige, whom he killed on the tree’s roots) had woken the tree’s powers; in turn, the tree gave Julia the strength to remain alive until she was found. Then, Ms. Blake told Derek a story about mistletoe that involved feuding gods and death and mistletoe being overlooked as a weapon–her point being the Alpha’s overlooking their emissaries, AKA the basis behind her revenge-murder scheme. To punish the Alpha’s, Julia gained power from her sacrifices and planned to murder them all during the lunar eclipse, when, as Derek finally revealed, werewolves lose all of their power.

Scott and his mother found the Argents and Isaac (they’d arrived to help after learning Scott and co. were trapped inside) roaming the hallways and began to formulate a plan. Allison, the increasingly-awesome BAMF, came up with a plan first. To attract the twins, Derek opened the elevator doors loud enough for them to hear; the twins took the bait, and Isaac, who’d been watching the hallway via his phone, drove for the ambulance to rescue Cora, Stiles, and Peter. As he was leaving the ambulance, Stiles noticed a sheet of paper requesting the signature of a parent or guardian and puzzled out who Ms. Blake was targeting. As soon as he conveyed this information to Scott, Scott took off to find his mother. Instead, he found an unconscious Derek lying face down in the elevator and the Deucalion waiting on the roof.

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The Deucalion offered Scott a deal: he’d help rescue Scott’s mother and Stiles’s father, but only if Scott joined the Alphas and helped take down the Darach. Despite Stiles protests that they’d find another way, Scott chose to go with the Deucalion.

Lastly, Mama McCall woke up in the root cellar where Mr. Stilinski was also being held. Good to see they’re alive, for now.

Notes:

–With the twins fighting, Ennis long dead, and the Deucalion realizing Kali betrayed his orders before she even joined his pack, the Alpha pack’s really showing its fractured foundation. Adding Scott to the mix could only hurt them further, as he’ll likely be favored. Not to mention, he’s different–if he becomes an Alpha, he’ll have done it without murdering anyone, and he’s not joining the pack too willingly.

–Mr. Argent seems to have done a 180 since season one; he stormed into the hospital with Allison and Isaac to save werewolves. Does this mean he’s firmly on the hero side now? It could be argued that he simply wanted a chance to kill the Darach, since he has been hunting her, but I think he would’ve gone in otherwise.

Bonus: Here’s the song that played at the end of the episode, as Scott tried to save his mother. It’s “And The World Was Gone” by Snow Ghosts.

‘Teen Wolf’ S3E8 Recap: Behind Blue Eyes

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Last night’s Teen Wolf, “Visionary,” was absolutely full of enlightening exposition that answered plenty of key questions whilst also setting up the next step in the gradually unfolding Druid/Alphas saga. As Scott and Allison questioned Gerard Argent for information about the Deucalion, Stiles and Cora simultaneously quizzed Peter Hale on Derek’s personality (after Derek disappeared to grieve over Boyd), beginning with the moment(s) that changed him into the broody, blue-eyed werewolf he is today. By throwing in flashbacks to Derek’s high school years, “Visionary” managed to avoid being a snooze-worthy episode full of talk and no action–Derek’s past was not only interesting (thanks to decently-cast actors as young Derek and his lady-love, Paige, though Peter’s younger self was a bit of a miscast), but also genuinely touching and tragic.

I’ll start at the beginning.

Allison took Scott to Gerard’s, who, in exchange for answers, wanted Scott to use his nifty pain-sucking trick; Scott obliged, and, after a bit of hem-hawing and Allison threatening to leave, Gerard finally launched into his story. Across town, Peter began his own story that nicely complimented Gerard’s, because both involved the period of time when a handful of wolf packs were running around Beacon Hills. In both stories, Gerard and Mr. Argent were hunting the Alphas, who were still split into three separate packs: the Deucalion (not yet blinded) headed one, while Barefooted Psychopath and Ennis headed the others. Seeking guidance on how to proceed against the hunters (after the hunters shot an arrow through the neck of one wolf, and then hung him from the ceiling of an abandoned building before slicing him in half), the trio of wolf packs waited for none other than Talia Hale, Derek’s mother, who was respected by the others because of her unique shifting abilities.

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Meanwhile, a cocky young Derek Hale was falling in love with violinist Paige. But, as their relationship grew more serious, Derek fell into brooding over how he’d keep the secret of his lycanthropy from her. With the help of an all-too-eager Peter, Derek decided he’d turn his girlfriend into a wolf as well. He needed an Alpha to do the biting, and Peter decided to sic Ennis on the poor girl. Tragedy struck after Paige was bitten–turns out, not everyone can handle the werewolf curse/gift. Derek took his dying girlfriend to the base of a ritualistic Druid tree (more on that in a minute), and, to put her out of her misery, Derek killed her himself. As a result of killing an innocent, his golden eyes turned bright blue. Truly sad stuff–though Cora and Stiles did question the accuracy of Peter’s retelling after realizing they were only hearing one side of the story. I’m sure we’ll be hearing Derek’s side soon enough.

Back to that Druid tree. Gerard and Mr. Argent stumbled across the site of a Druid meeting place and discovered markings (and blood) on the base of an old, giant tree. Mr. Argent realized the symbols on the tree meant the werewolf packs were receiving guidance from some Druid emissaries. (According to Gerard, the very first werewolves were brought into creation by some angry Gods and a group of Druids who taught the wolves how to shift into human form.) In an awesome reveal, Gerard told Scott and Allison that Deaton and his guidance counselor sister were the emissaries in question–though Deaton’s put that past behind him, his sister is still the Druidic adviser to the current Alpha pack wreaking havoc on Beacon Hills.

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Lastly, the story of the Deucalion’s present-day blindness. Gerard was ambushed inside the abandoned building where the wolf had been severed by the hunters. Of course, Gerard was prepared–he turned on the steam to distract/hinder the wolves, then whipped out a terrifying homemade weapon that was essentially a wooden club lined with spikes. As he clubbed away at several wolves, the Deucalion managed to slip outside. Unfortunately, Gerard caught up to him, held up two of those arrows Allison loves (the ones that emit electrical shocks or fire–something violent, anyway), and stabbed them into the Deucalion’s eyes.

When the injured Deucalion ran to Deaton, the vet/Druid adviser informed the Alpha he would be blind forever, though his eyes would heal–when the Alpha sent everyone out of the room so he could be free to breakdown in peace, one of his power-hungry pack members refused to leave, thinking he could easily kill his blinded leader and become an Alpha himself. But, surprise!, the Deucalion has the ability to see whenever he’s in wolf form, and he quickly killed the mutinous pack member.

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As Scott and Allison left Gerard, Scott paused for a moment to threaten Gerard’s life if it turned out he was lying, and his lies got someone killed; Derek, who’d been missing for the entire episode (his present day self, at least), returned to the sight of the werewolf ambush and found the werewolf revenge symbol Ennis had carved into the building in anger.