TV Time: Teen Wolf 3.04

It’s time once again for Leah to share her thoughts on the latest episode of Teen Wolf!

Title Unleashed

What Happened? Scott, Isaac, and Allison deal with the Alpha Pack twins (Ethan and Aiden) when they start to cause trouble at school. Derek and Cora are paid a visit by Deucalion, Kali, and Ennis, who tell Derek that they want him to join them by killing his own pack and thus becoming a more powerful Alpha. Stiles and Lydia continue to investigate the recent murders along with the help of Deaton, and they realize the killings are the work of a druid who has gone down the wrong path.

Favorite Quotes
“I was gonna see if you were okay.”
“Physically or emotionally? Though, I guess that presupposes I was emotionally okay before any of this, and, according to my therapist, that—that’s been debatable for a long time.” (Derek and Ms. Blake)

“Ethan—I always forget—how many bones in the human body?”
“I don’t know; let’s count.”
[Scott arrives and punches Ethan]
“That’s one.” (Aiden, Ethan, and Scott)

“Seriously dude, human sacrifices?”
“Scott, your eyes turn into yellow glowsticks, okay, hair literally grows from your cheeks and then will immediately disappear, and if I were to stab you right now it would just magically heal, but you’re telling me that you’re having trouble grasping human sacrifices?” (Scott and Stiles)

“Okay, good. So look, here’s what I’m thinking. I’m thinking that maybe the murders come in threes; ancient people love things in threes, right? So maybe first it’s three virgins, and then I don’t know, maybe it’s three people who own little dogs.”
“I own a little dog. I am not getting rid of my dog.”
“Just think about getting rid of your little dog.”
“Nope.” (Stiles and Lydia)

My Thoughts The episode this week was pretty emotional for me, as well as being full of important plot details that of course generated a lot of questions, so it took me a little more time to process. In this episode, we took a big step towards understanding what exactly is going on in Beacon Hills and what our characters are up against.

In “Unleashed,” we saw Derek (and Cora) receive a visit from Deucalion, and it looks like the main purpose was to traumatize the two while trying to persuade Derek to join their pack. (Or maybe they were just trying to traumatize me—I kept yelling “Ewww eww eww why?” at my TV screen every time I saw a bit of a close-up of that pole through Derek’s chest. It was one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen on TV. Thanks a lot, MTV. I still love you anyways.)

In order to join the Alpha Pack, however, Derek would have to kill all of his current pack, which each of the alphas currently in the Alpha Pack have already done. In killing their betas, they gained more power since that action results in the addition of the power of the one they killed to their own power. Killing the whole pack gives the Alpha the power of all of his pack combined. This, of course, means that the Alpha Pack is not only dangerous because they’re all Alphas, but because they are all alphas with extra power—super-alphas, I suppose. And according to his speech (which not only caused lightning but also cracked his own sunglasses) Deucalion is the most powerful alpha: “The Demon Wolf.” We’ll see if that comes to mean something significant, or if it’s just our current main antagonist being extremely dramatic. Teen Wolf certainly enjoys its dramatic villains (Gerard, anyone?), and I love them as well.

Another main plotline in this episode was the conflict between Allison, Scott, Isaac, and the Alpha Twins, Ethan and Aiden. I’m really excited for Scott, Isaac, and Allison to become a tag-team of awesomeness, because that scene where they set up Aiden with the motorcycle in the school hallway was genius, hilarious, and one of my favorite scenes of the season so far. The twins’ Alpha form continues to be both disgusting and very cool to me, and I think their sheer power combined with the ability we saw this episode to have at least some strategy in irritating Isaac means that they’ll be difficult to deal with for the rest of the season. The scene with Isaac and Allison locked in the closet quickly turned from cute to heart-wrenching and scary, and I love that both Scott and Allison knew enough not to blame Isaac for his loss of control. In general this episode made me feel ALL the emotions for Isaac, poor kid. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite characters.

Our last major storyline in this episode followed Lydia and Stiles as they continue to work wonderfully together to figure out just what’s going on with the murders in Beacon Hills. If, like me, you were a tad overwhelmed by the amount of information we received in the scenes near the end of the episode, then here’s a quick summary: The murders are occurring in patterns of three, and each group of three has something in common with each other— the first group was virgins, the second group was soldiers. Deaton also mentioned other possible groups as healers and philosophers. These groupings each also have their own purpose and their own type of power. These murders are part of a plan by someone who is a druid who has gone down the wrong path; the name for that person being a “darach,” as we saw from the letter grades from the papers on Harris’s desk, which, according to Deaton, means “Dark Oak.”

My opinion on all of this is that I love it! Teen Wolf is showing itself to be not only a show that is great entertainment, but also a show that makes you think It’s a show that is not just witty and heartfelt; it’s also smart. I’ve always loved that Teen Wolf included mythology in its stories, and this season it looks like we’re going to get more mythology than ever before! I can’t wait to see how this plays out over the rest of this season.

Other Notable Things This week, this section also will include a short list of questions because this episode brought up so many more questions for us. I don’t have a lot of ideas for how to answer them, so I’m just listing them here to remind you what we’ve got going on!

But first, a few fun, short thoughts:
• Danny: Who doesn’t love Danny? It was nice to see him show up again more prominently in last night’s episode (looking good in that green t-shirt!), and I enjoyed seeing him as part of the band— trumpet player!— and in the locker room being his sassy self. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that this episode had another moment that appears to be setting up a Danny/Ethan relationship, and I’d be surprised if we don’t see that progress soon!
• Derek and Cora: We still don’t truly know much about Cora, how she escaped the fire, and where she’s been for the past six to seven years. Knowing how much the writers seem to like to torture Derek, I would be wary of her for a little while until we see her do something to truly prove her intentions.
 The FBI is in Beacon Hills/The Timeline: The timeline of Season 3 so far has been pretty compact. Episodes 1, 2, and 3 all take place over what is likely no more than a week or so, since the events in Episode 1 appear to take place over approximately two or three days, and much of Episodes 2 and 3 all take place within the same day. Considering all of this, it’s not a surprise the FBI has appeared in Beacon Hills, with four murders having occurred within a possible time period of less than two weeks. It’ll be interesting to see if the FBI has an affect over our characters’ storylines through the rest of this season, but I can only imagine that if they do they will be an obstacle rather than an aid to our beloved protagonists.
• Deucalion and the Hales: This episode confirmed for us, through Deucalion’s conversation with Derek, that there is definitely some history between Deucalion and the Hales. It would explain why Peter and Derek seem to know more about Deucalion than anyone else, and it makes me wonder what exactly happened between Deucalion and the Hale pack in the past.

Questions:
• What happened in Deaton’s past 10 years ago (before the Hale fire) that he’s been trying to avoid?
• What’s going on with Lydia? Why was she drawing what appeared to be an oak tree—the tree connected with druids?
• What’s Morrell up to, and what is she planning next?
• Where’s Peter been, and what plan does he have up his sleeve?
• What’s going to be the theme for the next group of three murders? And what exactly is the purpose of the sacrifices—what type of power or what use of the power is the person planning? Also, who are they, and why was Harris helping them?

Episode Title Speculation: 3.05 “Frayed”
Frayed | unravel or become worn at the edge, typically through constant rubbing; show the effects of strain

I think 3.05 will show the strain put on all of the characters due to the events of the past few episodes, with all the murders, the Alpha Pack’s plans, and (most likely) Derek’s actions to try to isolate himself in an attempt to protect his pack. I also think we will finally see the beginning of Deucalion’s true plans for Scott and the start of the strain that will put on Scott as he struggles to figure out how to beat the Alpha Pack.

 

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