TV Time: Teen Wolf 3.01

This summer, the lovely Leah will be sharing her thoughts on this season of Teen Wolf with us.

Hi everyone! It is finally the start of summer shows season and I could not be more excited for Teen Wolf to be back on my TV screen! I am delighted to say that this summer I’ll be covering Teen Wolf Season 3 here on Nerdy Girl Notes, with some occasional help from the wonderful Heather, and I can’t wait to hear all your thoughts as we go through this undoubtedly crazy journey that will be Season 3! As we’ve seen from the opening episode, this might hurt, indeed.

Sorry for the delay this week – I had my last week of college finals ever starting Monday, and so I’ve been quite busy focusing on school, but for the rest of the season (barring any unforeseen issues) I should have the recap up on the Tuesday or Wednesday following the episode’s airing! And now, let’s talk about the premiere!

Title Tattoo

What Happened? A mysterious girl is in Beacon Hills and appears have quite a bit of knowledge about not only our favorite werewolves and their friends, but also the Alpha Pack, as we see her fighting with the Alpha Pack, helping Isaac, and attempting to reach Scott to tell him something. Meanwhile, animals are starting to go crazy around town while the Alpha Pack begins to cause more trouble for everyone. Scott seeks Derek’s help in getting a tattoo, and Derek tells Scott and Stiles what he knows about the Alpha Pack that’s in town – that they can only mean one thing: trouble.

Favorite Lines
“And seriously, an American werewolf in London? Like that’s not going to be a disaster.” (Lydia, talking about Jackson – A reference to the movie “An American Werewolf in London.”)

“Do you have any other emergency werewolf contacts?” (Melissa McCall to Isaac)

“Since the amnesiac in 215 can’t tell us anything, I need the girl with the modified military stun gun in 216 to answer a few questions.” (Sheriff Stilinski)

“Prada bit me.”
“Your dog?”
“No, my designer handbag. Yes, my dog.” (Lydia and Stiles)

“I know you’re afraid of him.”
“Of a teenage boy?”
“Of the man he’ll become.”
“I’m aware of a certain potential threat. But then someone once taught me a very smart way to eliminate threats: get someone else to do it for you.” (“The Girl” and Deucalion)

My Thoughts I thought this was quite an enjoyable episode, and as usual with an episode of Teen Wolf, gave us more questions than answers.

“The Girl”

For me, she is the most interesting new character so far. She clearly knows a lot about this town and about our favorite characters – she knew that Allison, at least, knows Scott well enough to likely know where he was – and she appears to be familiar with not only Scott, Derek, and their friends, but also with the Alpha Pack. I don’t know whether she is time-travelling somehow, or can see the future through magic, or something else we don’t know about yet, but her obvious knowledge of the group surrounding Scott and “the man he’ll [Scott] become,” as well as the bruises she left on Lydia and Allison’s arms, tells me that this girl is definitely more than just human. I hope that she is not actually dead and that we get to see more of her, and I hope she gets a name soon!

Meet the Alpha Pack

We got our first look at the Alpha Pack this episode, and they were suitably menacing! We have seen that the pack appears to be made up of five members, and that they have a leader, Deucalion. I love that Deucalion is blind! (Or at least he appears to be.) I can’t describe how awesome I think it is that the show has the leader of the Alpha Pack having a disability and still being incredibly terrifying. The Alpha Pack will definitely be a formidable opponent for our characters this season as they seem to have not only strength, but strategy and smarts as well.

Sidenote: I think I could listen to Gideon Emery (who plays Deucalion) talk all day in that voice and I’d be happy.

Derek & Scott

We only saw Derek on screen for a bit of the episode, but I feel like you can see the effect these past four months have had on him. Derek looks softer, more broken open, and with his emotions a little more out on his sleeve. He’s much more willing to listen to Scott, and is starting to act much more like a big brother than he has for the past two seasons.

I think my favorite scene of the episode might have been the scene between Derek, Scott, and Stiles in Derek’s house. There’s an level of emotion and openness to the conversation they all have that hasn’t often been present in the past two seasons, and I very much enjoyed seeing them just take the time to listen to each other instead of screaming about how the other is doing everything wrong. The conversation about the Scott’s tattoo and how the events of the past year, and Scott’s heartache over Allison, feels like an open wound was beautifully acted, and it was nice to see that the show is not ignoring the effect that going through horrible events would have on these kids.

The Animals

I don’t know what to make of the animal behavior yet. It could be them all running scared from the overwhelming presence of the Alpha Pack who has taken residence in town, or it could be something entirely different, but I am quite excited to try to figure out what’s going on.

Other Notable Things:

  • The twins’ werewolf form is actually one in which they shift into one huge, Hulk-like being. They’re definitely going to be ones to watch both on and off the “battlefield” this season.
  • New opening credits! Some old scenes and some new, but all in all it is very intriguing. I’ll have to analyze them at some point on Nerdy Girl Notes, but for now let me just say that I think it looks quite awesome.
  • Scott has picked up Derek’s habit of doing pull-ups using his doorframe, and I am very pleased at the chance to admire those biceps 😉
  • Chris is clearly trying to make up for his ignorance and fail at parenting at the end of last season by trying to make things as easy on Allison as possible. I appreciate a lot that he’s trying and I look forward to hopefully seeing them be a father-daughter team this season, as I’m sure that their “We stay in Beacon Hills, but only if we stay out of this.” agreement will not last through the whole season.
  • The Sheriff is clearly already suspicious of the events happening around town in this episode, and has overheard some of Stiles’s conversations when Stiles hadn’t realized it. I’d look out for him to be clued in on the werewolf situation sometime sooner rather than later this season.
  • Ms. Blake’s entrance was awesome. An English teacher sending her class a text with the last sentence of the first book they’ll read was a pretty cool move/

Episode Title Speculation: 3.02 “Chaos Rising”

Each week I will be including along with my episode recap a quick speculation on the meaning of the next week’s title. Jeff Davis has stated several times that each episode title often has multiple meanings, and I thought it would be fun to try to guess what’s in store for each episode! This is, of course, all complete speculation, and just for fun.

Episode 3.02 is titled “Chaos Rising,” which is quite ominous sounding. First, let’s define these two words (thanks, Google!):

Chaos | 1. Complete disorder and confusion. 2. Behavior so unpredictable as to appear random, owing great sensitivity to small changes in conditions. Synonyms: confusion; disorder; mess; clutter.

Rising | 1. Going up; getting higher. 2. An armed protest against authority; a revolt. Synonyms: 1. Ascending; growing 2. Rise; uprising; insurrection; rebellion.

I am definitely leaning towards the title referring to the beginning of the interactions between Scott, Derek, and the Alpha Pack, and the start of the escalation of that battle into the full-out war that Beacon Hills will likely have in their town this season.

As for another meaning of the title, I also found something interesting when searching Wikipedia for “chaos” – there is something called Chaos Magic that has a description remarkably similar to what we have seen Stiles do with the mountain ash, specifically the idea of belief being an “active magical force.” Whether this is at all an intentional reference is anyone’s guess, but I’d say that this could mean Stiles will get an important storyline in this episode, and perhaps the start of a story arc where he will “rise” to his full potential this season.

What did you guys think of the episode? Are you excited for Season 3 to really get going? What do you think of Deucalion and the Alpha Pack? And what are your theories about “The Girl” and why she knows so much about our favorite characters? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and I’ll see you again next week for 3.02 “Chaos Rising”!

2 thoughts on “TV Time: Teen Wolf 3.01

  1. I love your idea of speculating about the next episode based on the title.

    Like you, I really liked “The Girl” and hope she isn’t dead. I’d love to see her interact with Derek and Scott.

    I had managed to forget that they set up the Alpha Pack at the end of last season, so I spent most of the episode confused, although I do think it did a good job of setting up the season for us. We met a lot of new characters and were introduced to the main conflict of the season (plus some smaller ones) in a really exciting and engaging way.

    • Thanks! I don’t think I’ll be right super often with my speculation, but it is sure fun to try! 😉

      I really feel like there’s so much more to “The Girl” than we know, and I would be incredibly surprised if she doesn’t come back at some point, even if only in flashbacks. Seeing her interact with Derek and Scott would be really interesting, especially because I’m curious about how she knows Scott and why she’s involved in the supernatural. This is my first season watching Teen Wolf live, but I think it’s the first time I’ve seen such a strong reaction to a new character in that I have heard so many people say that they hope she isn’t actually dead because they loved her and want to know more. So hopefully the writers have brought her back later in the season!

      Yeah, I have a feeling that most people who didn’t follow the spoilers released over the summer were probably confused about the Alpha Pack since it was barely introduced at the very end of last season, especially since if I recall correctly they only give us Deucalion’s name in this episode and thus we have no idea who these people are! In my opinion though the premiere episodes of Teen Wolf’s seasons are often good but not their best, and mostly just set up the season for us. I do think, though, that the title of each premiere episode carries a theme that continues throughout the season (I might just have to write a post about this at some point!), so I’m excited to see how “Tattoo” works as one of our overarching themes this season.

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