TV Time: Teen Wolf 3.05

I hope everyone who celebrated the holiday had a great Fourth of July yesterday! Today, it’s Teen Wolf recap time courtesy of the lovely Leah.

Title Frayed

What Happened? Scott, Stiles, Allison, and Lydia discuss recent events on the way to a cross-country meet while trying to keep a fight from breaking out between Ethan, Boyd, and Isaac, and also figuring out how to get Scott’s wound to heal. As they travel, Scott remembers the events of the past day or two, in which Derek, Scott, Isaac, Boyd, and Cora (with some well-timed help from Allison) took on the Alpha Pack in the first true, all-out fight, in which both Derek and Ennis seemingly fell to their deaths. Meanwhile, we discover that Kali, Aiden, and Morrell have taken Ennis to Deaton, hoping that he can save him. We end the episode with Derek surprising Ms. Blake with his dramatic bloody handprint on her car and her kneeling over his still-breathing body in the high school parking lot.

Favorite Quotes
“That depends. Are you planning on following the bus, or are you planning on mounting it at some point?” (Lydia)

“Why is the default plan always murder? Just once, can’t someone try to come up with something that doesn’t involve killing everyone?”
“You never get tired of being so blandly moral do you?” (Scott and Peter)

“Come on, Scott, put those away. I’d have to be blind, deaf, and quadriplegic for you to be an actual threat.” (Deucalion)

My Thoughts In a way, this episode was one major, connected narrative, in that it told us the events of the past day or two surrounding the Alpha Pack in a creative way through the use of out-of-order time jumps (by showing us bits and pieces of Scott’s memories). Our focus this episode was on the first major confrontation with the Alpha Pack.

First, I want to focus on one of Teen Wolf’s awesome ladies, Allison. In this episode, we see Scott talking to Allison about her staying out of the way of the fighting. Scott has a good point in that Allison would undoubtedly lose to the Alphas in any sort of close-quarters fight. However, she does have a good advantage from a distance with her bow and arrow, and I love that she comes back at the end of the episode and basically saves the whole pack from the Alphas with her archery skills. I also very much enjoyed that at the end of the episode Scott acknowledged that he was wrong and that Allison was essential to the fight; there was no ego at work, just pure appreciation for her skills, and it was really wonderful to see (especially from a male character towards a female character). I have a feeling Allison will be an important part of the fight against the Alpha Pack in the future, and I can’t wait to see her continue being awesome!

I also think one of the important moments in this episode was Allison’s talk with her father about whether they should be involved in the struggle in Beacon Hills. Chris talked about their path as being a situation called “threading the needle”—finding a safe path between two opposing forces. This theme of trying to live in harmony with two worlds has been one that Allison and her father have dealt with this season, and is prevalent throughout the show—it has been a common theme for Scott, especially in the first season when he was trying to find a cure, and for Allison when she’s been trying to navigate being from a hunter family and being in a relationship with Scott at the same time. I think this will be something that Chris will struggle with more than Allison. She isn’t the type of person to stand back and watch while her friends die, even if it puts herself in great danger, and I believe she’ll join in and help Scott and the others when she can. Chris, however, has less of an emotional stake involved in the fighting, as he doesn’t know the teenagers very well except for his daughter, and staying out of the conflict will likely have a bigger draw for him than it does for Allison. I believe that in the end, Chris’s love for his daughter and his desire to do what is right (even though he’s definitely a bit shaky on his moral code) will win out in the end, and he’ll become a reluctant but reliable ally for our group.

A big part of the episode was scenes from the fight with the Alpha Pack, and I think this shows us that our group definitely needs to find something that will give them an edge over the Alpha Pack in the fights to come; otherwise, they will not survive this conflict. We saw in this episode a moment where Scott’s eyes turned Alpha red during the fight, and perhaps that is just what our group needs to help win – another leader, with power more on level with the Alpha Pack. I am curious as to the manner in which Scott appears to be turning into an Alpha. If we take what Deaton said into consideration – “Don’t stop them; lead them” – and combine that with Scott’s brief moment of a new eye color, then perhaps the way we’ll see Scott become an Alpha is through leading a pack. Scott has been helping Isaac a lot over the past couple of episodes, and we see in this episode that Scott is able to act as somewhat of a leader to Boyd as well. Perhaps in taking on the role and responsibilities of an Alpha, he will physically become one. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next few episodes, as I’m sure this will not be the last time we see Scott’s eyes turn red.

Other Notable Things
• Morrell and Deaton: In a short scene near the end of the episode Morrell tells Deaton that “it’s a little late to be playing big brother don’t you think?” I’m assuming Morrell meant this literally and not figuratively, and I think this makes for a very interesting development, as we now have two siblings basically on different sides of this huge conflict. I would be surprised if this doesn’t play out in an important way later on in this season.
• Sacrifice Speculation: On the bus at the end of the episode, we see that, while talking about the Darach, Lydia mentions to Stiles that some ancient cultures perform sacrifices in preparation for war, and I think this is a giant clue that the worst is yet to come for our group. From this episode on I believe we will truly have a full-out war on our hands, perhaps even a three-way war (the Alpha Pack, our group, and whoever is the Darach or is behind the killings), and we should be prepared for it to get quite ugly.
• Deucalion and Ennis: With Deucalion’s killing of Ennis, it appears that he certainly has a plan other than simply to destroy (or recruit) Scott and possibly Derek. He wanted Ennis to die, but why? Does it give him more power when one of the Alphas in the Alpha Pack dies? Or does he have another reason behind killing Ennis?

Episode Title Speculation: 3.06 “Motel California”
If you’ve watched the promo for next week’s episode, the title seems to be very obviously referring to the situation our group is in for the duration of the episode. They’re staying at a hotel for one night, and it seems that the hotel will have some not so pleasant surprises in store. It’s a good bet that the title is a reference to the song “Hotel California” by the Eagles. Here’s a look at some relevant lyrics:

And I was thinking to myself
‘This could be Heaven or this could be Hell’
[…]
And she said, ‘we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
[…]
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
‘Relax’ said the night man,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!’

As we’ve seen in the promo, it looks quite likely that our group is going to go through some strange and terrifying hallucinations while at this hotel, and it’s going to be an episode very much in the style of a horror/thriller movie. I’m guessing it’ll be an extremely intense episode of Teen Wolf, and I can’t wait to see it!

What did you think of this week’s episode? Did you like the style of narration with the flashbacks, or did it confuse you? Are you excited by the buildup of mystery with each episode this season, or frustrated that we have so many more questions than answers lately?

 

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2 thoughts on “TV Time: Teen Wolf 3.05

  1. I think this episode was my favorite of the season so far. I loved the way the story was told with flashbacks, each uncovering a little more of the story.

    I really love Allison and this episode shows why. She’s strong because of her love for her friends and her willingness to do what it takes to keep them alive and safe.

    Like you, I can’t wait to see how Scott continues to grow this season, especially as a pack leader.

    • Ack, sorry I didn’t see this until now!

      I liked the flashbacks, although I was confused on my first watch-through and had to watch it a second time for everything to really click in my mind. I think it’s a really cool creative device though and I enjoyed the bit of variety it brought to the episodes’ timelines for this season!

      Yes, I definitely agree with you about Allison! She’s had to go through so much but the way she sticks with her friends and is willing to help them even when it means great danger for herself is one of the things I love most about her. She may be scared, but she stands tall and holds her own; she just has this core of strength in her that I admire a lot.

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