Category: Teen Wolf


We open with Scott and Dr. Deaton getting ready to give a little dog a shot. His name is Bullet, and it appears the shot will hurt his owner more than him. Once the owner gets him outside, he runs down the alley. Oh dear. I hope his owner’s not a virgin.

Scott finds something in the dog’s sample. Dr. Deaton tells him it’s poisonous to both dogs and Scott. Scott guesses wolfs bane, but Dr D is referring to Scott’s human side. Mistletoe. Meanwhile, outside, I wonder for a moment if Derek’s trying to increase his pack to fight the alphas?

Cut to the much put-upon new English teacher, who is not happy to run into Derek in her classroom. I’m distracted by the fact that there’s a huge logo in the bottom right corner of the screen for a channel I don’t watch, which is obscuring the last half of the guest star names. But threatening Derek with a long pointer isn’t going to help you much, lady. Of course, he’s just there to check up on her, so we can lay groundwork for a) them hooking up b) her getting killed c) who knows?

In the locker room, Stiles is ranting at the top of his lungs that being a virgin is detrimental to his health, and he needs to get sexed up RIGHT NOW. Cue the funniest bit of tonight’s episode, so much I must transcribe it:

Stiles slams his locker shut, revealing Danny.

DANNY: All right. I’ll do it.

STILES: (Yelps in surprise. Disbelievingly) What?

DANNY: Come by my place about nine. Plan to spend the night; I like to cuddle.

STILES (Touched): Aw, that was so sweet. Are you kidding?

DANNY: Yes. I’m kidding. (Walks off).

STILES: OK, you don’t toy with a guy’s emotions like that, Danny. That’s not attractive, all right?

I can see the Daniles slash fiction now.

The coach walks in and tells the boys off-season cross-country training is mandatory for the lacrosse team, since he doesn’t want a bunch of fat asses. For some reason, he looks at Danny as he says this last. Coach, Danny is SO not a fat ass. Trust me; he’s a fine figure of a man. Hell, trust Stiles.

As the class/team/whatever prepares to set off, the twins try to psych Scott out. It works, but not on Scott, on Isaac. Cue lots of slow mo running, which makes the twins look damn good. Since I basically watched their previous characters grow up, though, I‘ve got a bit of an ick factor going. Their grins do look quite wolfish, however. Isaac catches up with them, and so does Scott. There’s going to be a bit of a stand-off until someone discovers Bullet’s former owner garroted with his pet’s collar. That’s rough.

The twins look genuinely freaked out at the display, which Stiles notices, but neither Isaac nor Scott are listening to him. Isaac accuses the alpha pack of doing it all. Well, he’s right about the girl who saved him, at any rate.

Cut to Derek’s loft, where he’s trying to deal with little sister, when Mr. Evil Clean and Evil Werebitch drop in. Good thing he’s not a vampire, because Evil Werebitch stakes him with a bit of iron rod that was evidently just lying around. Cue Deucalion.

Back at BHH (I almost typed MFH), Bianca Lawson is guiding the class in a French lesson, which Alison is snoozing through. Interesting; I thought most guidance counselors only did that. Maybe she’s a sub? After a stand-off about why the other one was at the bank, Alison gets lunchtime detention. Meanwhile, our favorite science teacher is talking about inertia and momentum. Scott’s trying to persuade Isaac not to do anything about the twins, but he’s not listening. As Danny answers a question, Isaac asks to go to the bathroom. The teacher lets him go, but when Scott tries to follow, Mr. Harris says his policy is one at a time. When Scott tries to persuade him it’s an emergency, we get a rather graphic hyperbole to assure us that Scott won’t be able to interfere in what’s about to happen.

In the hall, the twins confront Isaac. All of a sudden, one of them punches the other out. Isaac just stands there as the beating goes on. Twin 2 isn’t bothering to defend himself, and if you haven’t realized by now they’re setting Isaac up, maybe you should be watching shows for younger audiences. Sure enough, the class bursts out of the room as Twin 1 disappears while Danny rushes to his boyfriend, now lying bloodied at Isaac’s feet. As Danny helps him up, Twin 2 says Isaac just came at him for no reason.

Meanwhile, back at the loft, Deucalion’s claiming he’s decided to be straightforward with Derek. He even makes Mr. Evil Clean let Cora go at Derek’s request. He also calls Evil Werebitch either Kylie or Carly; his accent makes it rather unintelligible, but Evil Werebitch is much more fun to type.

Scott chews out Isaac for letting the twins get to him, but the latter points out Twin 1 flirting with Lydia, which angers Scott. Isaac says “Now they’re getting to you.” and walks off. At least we know Scott still feels protective towards Lydia. In a different hall, Stiles is frantically asking most recent dead teen’s girlfriend if he was a virgin. Quite rightly, she slaps him before the deputy escorts her off, but she does tell him Kyle wasn’t a virgin. SSS demands to know what’s going on. Stiles tells his father he’s trying to find a pattern. I’d forgotten that SSS isn’t up on all the werewolf hijinks.

We check in on the goings on at Derek’s loft, where Deucalion and the Werebitch are exhorting the joys of killing your pack. Not sure why that’s a requirement for joining an Alpha pack. Although it might just be Deucalion’s.

At Kyle’s locker, Stiles sees Boyd slip a JROTC note into the handle. His friendly greeting is rebuffed, but Boyd tells him they were in JROTC together. Cut to Isaac and Alison pulling their lunchtime detention duty, straightening out the janitor’s closet. Isaac’s visibly uncomfortable, but I put it down to being there with her. It isn’t until someone locks them in and he has flashbacks of his father locking him in the chest freezer that I remember why he has claustrophobia. He wolfs out, but Scott manages to free them before he can do Alison any more harm than two deep scratches on her arm. He apologizes and she reassures him and Scott that it’s not Isaac’s fault. I wonder what that’ll mean? A scratch on the back of the neck gives you memories, a bite transforms you. What will a deep scratch on the arm do? Scott acknowledges that the twins seem to be trying to get someone hurt (or killed?). Isaac asks if they’re going to do something. They are.

Stiles, as is his wont, is babbling. He’s babbling to Lydia, and he drops the fact that the Evil Twins are, in fact, evil. I wonder if she’s going to warn Danny, or tell Stiles to, but that question will remain unanswered. (Also unanswered is whether or not Lyles will be happening this season.) Instead, she tells Stiles that the deaths all sound human, so maybe he should talk about them to a human. She means his father, the sheriff.

Back to our gleesome threesome, as they pay back the twins in kind. Allison’s hotwiring one of their motorcycles, and gives Isaac a quick lesson on how to ride it. At the same time, Scott’s showing off various motorcycle parts in class to the disbelieving duo. As Isaac rides the bike down the school halls, twin 1 runs to confront him. “Get of my bike!” he yells. Isaac takes the helmet off and says, “No problem.” He shoves the helmet at twin 1, and then somersaults over him to join Scott and Alison a safe distance away. Students pour out in time to watch the new English teacher tell Twin 1 he’s going to be suspended.

Stiles and I have a better idea about the human he should talk to. Someone who knows a little bit more about what’s going on in Beacon Hills mystically. Dr. Deaton. I’d forgotten that SSS didn’t know the whole story, but Stiles reminds us all of it here.

Derek’s loft. It turns out that killing your pack mates gives you their power. Deucalion obviously thinks he’s a god. Except he phrases it as Alpha of alphas, rather than alpha and omega. After his outburst, Werebitch pulls the rod out of Derek and the three leave him and Cora to ruminate on what just happened.

BHH. Lydia’s in a fugue state again, which Danny pulls her out of by complimenting her artwork – in music class. The teacher didn’t show up, so the kids cut loose. Lydia notices a tape recorder on the piano and plays it. I can’t make out what she’s hearing.

Vet’s office. Dr. Deaton corrects Stiles’ (and quite a few others) misapprehensions about druids and human sacrifice, properly translating druid as (Irish) Gaelic for wise oak. I do wonder what he’s been denying for the past ten years, tho. Is he a druid? They’re interrupted by Lydia’s call.

At the school, they sort through the music teacher’s things while Dr. D recites a list of people whose sacrifice would give this guy power. When he reaches warriors, Stiles makes the connection. He’s found a copy of the music teacher’s military wedding photo, and tells them Kyle was in JROTC with Boyd. As he tries to call him (and why would he have Boyd’s number if they’re not friends, as Boyd already stated?), Lydia gets a strange look on her face. When pressed, she admits there’s someone else with a military connection. Cut to the plaque on the science teacher’s desk, bearing the West Point Cadet’s honor code.

Concurrently, Isaac and Scott are headed for a confrontation with the twins. Twin 2 takes his shirt off, and so does twin 1, which you and I know is not a good sign. Scott is first confused, then appalled. Isaac thinks he and Scott can take the merged twins. Scott and I know better, and yell at Isaac to RUN!!! Just as they’re about to receive a beat down, the Alpha of alphas appears. The twins unmerge and stand at attention. Deucalion uncaps his cane, revealing a rather sharp arrowhead, and slashes both twins across the left cheek with one blow, then recaps it and walks off. They meekly fall in behind him and leave, but not without shooting glares at a befuddled Isaac and Scott. For once, Scott knows the answer to Isaac’s query of “Who the hell was that?”

Our newest intrepid trio arrives too late to the science teacher’s abandoned desk. When Stiles notices that one of the grade papers has a grade of R, and Lydia shows him one with an H, Dr D. takes the opportunity to teach them another word of (Irish) Gaelic. Darach (Duh-RAWK). It means dark oak, and is the term for a druid who has gone down the wrong path. So that means there’re two big bads this season.

Derek’s loft. In an effort to protect him, Derek is kicking Isaac out, claiming that Cora is taking all his time. When Isaac protests, instead of bothering to explain, Derek repeatedly orders him out, finally throwing a glass at the poor guy. Way to be like the kid’s unlamented father, Derek. At least Isaac knows he can turn to Scott.

We finish with the science teacher bound to a tree. He begs for his life, saying he “did what you asked”, to no avail. As the camera zooms out from his garroted corpse, we’re left to wonder what he did, and if this darach is someone we’ve already met. Mr. Harris’ involvement with the kanaima last season springs to mind. Of course, sans Colton Haynes, I guess we’ll never know.

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Well, mea culpa, gang. I didn’t get to watch this episode until today, so I’m not going to post a recap. Instead, I’m going to say that I enjoyed it very much, I hope Stiles gets laid, and I’m excited for all the various teamings that seem to be happening. If you want to read an incredible recap, then please go read my friend Julie’s:

http://tvrecappersanonymous.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/a-life-lived-in-shades-of-grey-a-recap-of-teen-wolfs-fireflies/

So, Allison and Lydia are trying to figure out what their bruises mean, and Allison has decided they need to go talk to Scott. He and Stiles are on their way to a party thrown by a childhood friend of Stiles’, although Scott’s a little nervous about going to a party with attendees from a different high school. How big is Beacon Hills, anyway? I could’ve sworn they go to Beacon Hills High. No, wait, Stiles and his dad moved there not too long ago, didn’t they?

Cut to the party, where the birthday girl (Heather) is telling her BFF (Daniella) she’s gonna give up her V-card that night, and she’s not going to bother waiting until she’s in love. Daniella looks like the super fan who won a role last season. No, wait, the hair is super short. Is that Unique?! Heather spots Stiles and lands a huge smooch on him, then drags him off to the wine cellar for a “bottle of wine”. Love how Daniella cuts Scott down with just a look.

So, Stiles is about to lose his V-card, too. But he’s very conscientious, that one, and halts the proceedings to search out a condom. I love how adorable he is here. But I wonder what he’ll discover when he gets back, or if he gets back.

Allison and Lydia, having called Scott, meet him outside the party. Allison shows him her arm.

While Heather is waiting on Stiles, bottles start shooting off the shelves. Of course. Virgin girl = poltergeist. Sigh. Well, your feet are already bloody, girl; don’t just stand there, get upstairs! And why are her feet barefoot, anyway? They seem to have a thing about focusing on bare feet this season, but at least this one’s got a decent pedicure. Uh-oh, she just got nabbed by an unseen something. Poor Stiles. Is he ever going to get laid? More to the point, are we ever going to see him with his shirt off? He’s looking really good with the longer hair this year. Wait. How old is Dylan O’Brien?  (Checks IMDB. Damn. 22. That’s well below my cut-off).

Nice loft. Where are they? Peter’s? Since that’s obviously who they’re talking about. OK, guest credits, let’s see: Gage Golightly. That’s Erica. And Bianca Lawson. She played Ms. Morell, Lydia’s counselor. And Allison’s too, IIRC. There are the twins. But no Alex Newell. Hmm. That was five lines, wasn’t it? Well, I’m not going to go back and check.

So, I guess Peter’s going to slice Isaac’s neck to access his memories. Wonder what it’ll do to Isaac? Or was that accidental on Derek’s part last year, which is why he’s coming to Peter with this? I must say, this whole memory access is a rather interesting twist to the mythology.

And now Lydia and Allison are showing Derek their arms, but he’s not buying what they’re selling. Heh. Stiles is always looking on the bright side. “No one died. There may have been a little maiming, a little mangling, but no death.” Except for Allison’s mother. Oops! And BeeTeeDubs, Derek, Peter was possessing Lydia. It’s not like she did it on purpose. And if she hadn’t, you would’ve had to do that little operation yourself this morning. But his parting shot to Scott is a good point. Allison needs to know her mother was trying to kill Scott when Derek bit her.

So, Coach Finstock is the stereotypical HS coach who can teach anything and everything, and does. Economics, huh? Heh. Love how he just dismisses Scott at first. Oh, dear, Stiles, didn’t you put that condom in your wallet? But I think you just got a huge reputation, pun intended. Is the coach going to teach them to play quarters? Risk and reward and he makes it first try. The class applauds politely. Wonder how many shots that took? Hey, look, it’s Danny! I knew I recognized that name in the credits. Don’t do it, Stiles, this can’t end well. And it doesn’t, but it’s not as bad as I thought. Sherriff Stiles Senior and his deputy interrupt to let him know he was the last person to see Heather at her party. Wonder if the Alphas took her?

Lydia and Allison are doing more research on the marks in the library when the twins walk in. Lydia, can’t you see they’re spying on you? “The straight one”? How do you know . . . oh. Oh, boy. Can’t feel too happy for Danny since the twins are on Team Evil. And now Allison does a search for logos.

So, since Peter’s trip down Isaac’s memory lane didn’t turn out so well, they’re going to turn to someone who knows a little bit more about them – Doctor Deaton. Wonder if this is when Bianca’s going to show up. Oh, boy, Isaac gets to get in an ice bath and slow his heart rate until he’s nearly dead? Yikes. But I guess that explains the clip we saw last week. I think we were supposed to think it was Scott. I know I did.

Hey, Mr. Vet, why don’t you try getting your hands dirty? Or wet, as the case may be. So, Derek, Scott, and Stiles continue to dunk Isaac, who reaches for Scott when he’s asking for help. Hmm. Wow, so he found Boyd and Erica. I can’t make out what he’s saying. OK, when Stiles tells him what he said about Erica’s body, I had to replay the scene a couple of times. It cuts from Female Alpha finding him to him yelling about the vault and coming out of it. We didn’t see what he said because we were experiencing it from his point of view. I can handle that.

So, we know the Alphas are holding Boyd and a nameless female possibly werewolf in the vault at the now closed First National Bank of Beacon Hills. How to break in to rescue them? Ah, the power of the Internet. Derek needs to get a computer. Snerk. I knew minutes would translate to hours with Stiles. It’s the next morning, at Stiles house, as evidenced by the fact that SSS (Sherriff Stiles Senior) has to wake them up and tell them to get to school. And also that there’s been no further progress on finding Heather. Wow, Scott’s trying to be the positive one? I thought Stiles was the one who did that. But he’s just found a picture of his dad putting the bank robber (which robbery is why the bank closed) in the back of his squad car. He runs after him.

Allison and Lydia arrive at school. As Allison gets her purse out of the trunk, we see a pair of bolt cutters, and she is “reminded” to tell Lydia she has to run an errand after school. Would that errand have something to do with those bolt cutters, Allison? And since when do teenage girls keep their purses in their (otherwise practically empty) trunks? As the two go into school, Stiles and Scott park the jeep and head in. Stiles is pushing Scott for the afternoon’s plans. “And until then?” “Go to English.” I wonder how long this role reversal will last.

So, Allison also used the internet to determine the marks on her and Lydia’s wrists match the logo of the Beacon Hills FNB. And she’s just gonna cut the bolt off the front door and walk in. I had a problem with this; because I figured the doors would be locked and dead-bolted as well. But I had to replay that scene for a later comment, and I see the glass on the left door is busted.

Meanwhile, back at the loft, Stiles has gotten all the info about the robbery from his dad, as well as the blueprints for the bank. Peter is trying to talk them into just letting it go. When did he become such a goody-goody wishy-washy, anyway? So, if they patched the vault wall, why did they close the bank? But Scott has a better question, who is the other girl? And we get a shot of her, but I don’t know who she is.

I forgot for a moment Allison doesn’t know this is where they’re holding Boyd and Erica; she’s just trying to get something “real” for Derek, like she told Lydia. Hello, what’s Ms. Morell doing there? Other than shoving her into a supply closet, that is. Ok, Ok, she goes in voluntarily. And spills some ammonia? And finds Erica’s body. But Female Alpha (FA) doesn’t seem to care about the ammonia she just walked past.

Oh, my. Peter and Stiles snarking off each other? I can hear the slashfic engines revving now. But if Peter doesn’t live here, who does the loft belong to? I know Derek claimed he wasn’t living in that old house anymore, but I didn’t believe him. This is a hell of a lot nicer than that abandoned subway car, too. Did he get a job? Hello, what did Peter just think of? What does it matter what the vault walls are made of? That’s an awfully thick stack of specs, Stiles. Better start digging. Architecture moved to the 200s once they “unified” them, IIRC.

I love how they wind up doing parallel lines of thinking on this show. Yes, what if the amount of time they’ve been held is significant, Derek? Oh, hello. Who is Cora, and who is she to Derek? At least she’s got enough sense to tell him to get out; Boyd just seems to have gone off the deep end. And now we know why. Why the vault walls are important, why holding them for three months was important, and why Boyd’s gone off the deep end. Oh, and the minor little detail that Cora is Derek’s not-dead baby sister. Wait, is that mountain ash Scott just spotted? It is! What’s Ms. Morell doing? And with Deucalion, no less! I didn’t expect that.

Oh, wait, I forgot she told Allison to come out when she heard the fighting. So despite Derek’s protests, she breaks the mountain ash ring. Which lets Boyd and Cora go wreak havoc, excuse me, I mean chaos on good old Beacon Hills. And now she and Derek are at it again. As I watch the final seconds tick down, I don’t think Scott’s going to tell Allison about Mommie Dearest. At least, not on screen. Aaand, there goes Lydia again.

OK, my first assumption was correct. Daniella was played by Teen Wolf super fan Shantal Rhodes. Here’s a backstage peek at her first appearance, when she got to sober up Stiles by dunking him in the pool. http://remotecontrol.mtv.com/2012/07/24/teen-wolf-contest-winner/ Wow, it’s so much better to be a fan in a walk-on than just a regular actor. The stars will actually come up to you and hug you!

Next week, looks like Scott gets to talk Daddy Argent into hunting werewolves again. Now, there’s an actor who took a network series job without quitting TW. Why the hell couldn’t Colton have done the same? I know, I know, because his character’s going to be more than a guest star on the show and JR Bourne’s character was only a guest star for this season. I’ll get over it eventually.

Oh my, oh my. An episode packed full of punches (pun intended).

The cold open left me cold. I think my tape skipped the previouslies and went straight to unnamed girl dragging Isaac along. I also didn’t really recognize the twins; they looked blond in that lighting. But a second or two after we saw them at school, I said, “Hey! It’s Preston and Porter!” Except there’s no way I’m going to call them that, because these two characters are so far from their Desperate Housewives characters it’s not even funny. I’m glad they get to exhibit a bad-ass side. I’m trying to decide between Twin Wolf and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or DJ and MH for short. Because that whole merging into one thing was kinda cool.

I didn’t remember Lydia and Allison being all BFFS, but a lot of mellowing seems to have occurred in the past four months. Mr. Argent has mellowed. Stiles’ dad is trying to not let on that he knows more than he should, and he seems to have mellowed. Scott, and somewhat Stiles, are striving to be better people in general. Derek seems to have mellowed when it comes to dealing with Scott. That must be the whole Big Brother-Little Brother thing the two Tylers were referring to. I like it. My only question is, in the rehash last week, we saw Derek acknowledge Scott as an alpha in his own right. Yet his eyes are still yellow and Bald Alpha was able to beat the shit out of him.

Kudos to Mommy McCall for having assimilated and moved on pretty damn fast. She was right there for Isaac and covering for Nameless Girl (yeah, I could probably look it up on IMDB, but I’m lazy) with Daddy Stiles. The new English Lit teacher is going to be important, but I don’t know how. And I’m surprised the vet, with his knowledge of werewolves, hasn’t figured out why all his patients committed suicide.

Ya know what, I am going to go to IMDB — hang on. BRB. Enh, didn’t do me any good. So I don’t know who the head alpha is played by, although he also looks familiar to me. Guess we’ll wait and see.

Questions: Did Scott at least drop his reply on Allison’s desk as he walked past her? Why didn’t we get to see what Scott’s reaction was to the scene from The Birds? Why did Derek keep trying to get Scott to stay out of it but finally admit he was going to need all the help he could get; why didn’t he just recruit him up front? And why, oh why, couldn’t Colton Haynes have been on both shows? (Seeing a Castle re-run where Tyler H. played Alexis’ hot violin teacher didn’t help.)

Thoughts, comments, questions?

Nina Lisa

I finally got a chance to watch the Teen Wolf special, and it confirmed my fears about the rumor that Colton Haynes has left the show. While I’m happy for the actor gaining a series regular contract with Arrow, I’m bummed that I won’t get to see him again until next fall. And it doesn’t look like Teen Wolf is going anywhere anytime soon, so it would’ve been nice for him to be on both shows. But I suspect that there was an exclusivity clause in one of them.

We got to see commentary from Tyler Posey (Scott), Crystal Reed (Allison), Dylan O’Brien (Stiles), Tyler Hoechlin (Derek), and even Holland Roden (Lydia), but not Colton (Jackson), nor did I see him in the Season 3 trailer. Since his character made the transition from kanema to werewolf last season with the strength of Lydia’s love, I can see the arc being over (and thus clearing the way for Lyles! [Lydia+Stiles]), but I am disappointed not to see further exploration of his family issues as an adoptee myself. I would’ve also liked to see his developing relationship with Scott’s pack; he knows they care about/for him as well.

According to Tyler P., Season 3 will be bloodier, sexier, and sweatier. I saw plenty of blood in the trailer, not so much sex or sweat. Crystal says that Allison kinda comes into her own, and IIRC, both Tylers see Derek and Scott gaining a brotherly relationship. That part I like, not so much the whole pack of alphas thing. But we’ve seen these writers learned from the TVD writers at keeping the action moving; a lot of what I saw regarding the first two seasons made me realize a lot happened then, especially in Season 2. I kept thinking it seemed like we should be on Season 4.

I’ll be watching this online, so may not be able to keep posts in a timely fashion. Bear with me! (Or wolf, I suppose).

Nina Lisa

Teen Wolf

The good news is, according to the MTV website, they are already shooting Season 3. The bad news is, there’s no premiere date. I went ahead and signed up for their Insider News e-mail alerts for their TV shows, but since this and Awkward. are the only two I care about, I don’t know how long that will last. I’m hoping to watch this online during the summer of 2013.

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