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Like the glutton for punishment that I am, I'm back for more Teen Wolf.  Season 3b/4/whatever had a pretty strong opening... which I know is just going to make it worse when it all goes pear-shaped.


  • Items of "Continuity": a few weeks have passed since the end of 3a; Stiles and his dad don't bring flowers to Claudia's grave very often, which may mean they don't visit very often; Finstock may very well be an alcoholic; Scott's dad is in town not because he's TW's answer to Mulder (which was my first thought) but to gather evidence to impeach Sheriff Stilinski (because there is no internal affairs division?); Scott is his own anchor now; Stiles hates coyotes

  • Differences in the credits: a blood-stained mask (of Chinese origin?) and red lightning replacing the Nemeton at the end

  • The effects of the Nemeton have gone from a darkness around the heart to an open door in the mind.  (Had Jeff Davis even given thought to the story arc for 3b when writing the end of 3a?)  Presumably the door must be closed or something evil will get in -- once again, Deaton, you are super-helpful.

  • Why do I have the feeling that if I looked up "sleep paralysis" or "muscle atonia" on Wikipedia, I'd find the source of Stiles' dialogue?  Same with "bardo," which is actually a thing because hey, let's throw in some Eastern mythology and then fuck that all to hell this time.  So multicultural!

  • OK, so the first time I watched the ep on shitty livestream, I admit that I laughed at Isaac's pathetic attempt at starting Fight Club, but the second time I watched it, I was horrified that Scott threw him into a wall twice.  For Derek to do it and not get called on it was bad enough, but Scott is supposed to be the moral compass of the fucking show.  He can do no wrong.  His shit smells of bakery-fresh cinnamon rolls.  Later, in front of everyone, Isaac casually refers to the fact that he is still dealing with the aftereffects of being abused.  Yes, it's played as a joke, but it's all the more disturbing for it.  I mean, plot holes are one thing, but this is actually kind of sickening.

  • Kate climbing out of the morgue drawer is genuinely scary, but any real attempt at horror is negated by the talking baby doll at the end.  Not only is it a really stupid horror cliche, but the girl was nine.

  • Harris is on the Sheriff's bulletin board -- does that mean he was not, in fact, killed by the Darach?  We never found out what he meant by "I did everything you asked."  But I doubt anything from previous seasons (including Cora) is going to get any more of a mention than the kanima did in this episode.

  • "We're going out to find a body.  A dead body."  Thank you for specifying, Scott.

  • I get what they were going for with the "be your own anchor" thing and it's nice to see Scott dealing with the break-up as a reality (for as long as THAT lasts), but a key difference between Scott and Derek was that Scott's anchor was another person.  Scott's strength lies in the fact that he trusts people.  I thought the whole Scott-as-alpha thing was meant to bring in the idea of a real pack, one that can rely on each other, but I guess I've been reading too much fic.  If one were to imbue Jeff Davis with more credit than he likely deserves, one might suspect a plotline of Scott taking on Derek-like qualities.  But in all likelihood, it's nothing more than a "believe in yourself" PSA.


I'm trying to enjoy the little sapling of hope before it gets thoroughly crushed by episode... let's be generous and say four.  Sigh...  If you ask me, it was a mistake to abandon the campiness and embrace the horror, because it forces a show about werewolf teenagers and friends to take itself super-seriously.  Taking away the light-heartedness drained much of the (non-ironic) fun.  Anyway, I'm keeping up my list of tv.com's recaps here; they are funnier than mine and have pictures.

Date: 2014-01-13 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhodynne.livejournal.com
Sciatica. It's the first day I've been able to sit in a chair for more than 2 minutes.
Don't front, you missed me. :-)

~I was very glad that Stiles knew right away Lydia was a dream, and interested right away that whatever it is in his head that wants the door open took Lydia's form to try to get it.
They lost a great chance. That picture of the void on his wall, it only showed up in the dream until the very end when Scott came in to go look for a body...a dead body...it would have been fun to have it only in dreams.

~I can add nothing to the Isaac/Abuse issue. Jeff is doing it wrong, and that's that.

~"His shit smells of bakery-fresh cinnamon rolls". I really think you're cute.

~If it's been three weeks since The Deaths, then why is their new History teacher just now introducing himself? His daughter's been in school long enough to not bring anyone home, so...

~Also, her affect at the lunch table? Weird. She might be happy to be talking to people, she might be happy about mental torture, who can know until too late? I was glad someone finally said, "we can hear you when you talk about this stuff".

~Lydia should be taking this shit more seriously, i.E. NOT taking the crazy woman out in the middle of nowhere to hurl deadly weapons. All the Kate stuff is working, but barely. This stuff is going to get old fast, if Jeff doesn't mix it up a bit.

~Also? Allison drove all the way to school in that fugue state. I find THAT scary.

~Agent Asshole better watch himself, that's all I'm gonna say. Bastard.
Not that I'm going to have to do anything. Badass Mama McCall is going to eviscerate him, he gets any more douche-y.

~I liked the Stilinski interaction at the office, too bad the props crew doesn't have a ...oh hell, what do you call it...oh yeah, A TIMELINE!

~As always, moments between Scott and Stiles are the heart of the show and one of the main reasons to keep watching.

All in all, I liked it, problematic moments and all. A nice break before it all goes further into the abyss that is Jeff not taking enough care of his show.
And if what I think is going to happen happens, I'll remember this one episode of peace with fondness.


Date: 2014-01-13 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Oh, I was totally waiting on the edge of my seat for your reply! And, no lie, I saw "sciatica" and for a second I thought it was some crazy-ass pairing name like Sciles or Scisaac. ::facepalm::

There's a great Tumblr post (can't find it now, since I don't go on Tumblr much anymore) where the Darkness tries taking different forms to get Stiles to stay in bed and of course it doesn't work until it tries Derek, but by then Jeff Davis has gotten tired of that plotline...

I just seriously can't believe JD would reference the abuse in the dialogue (so clearly he's not forgotten about it) and then have it HAPPEN for comic effect within minutes of each other. WTF?

If it's been three weeks since The Deaths, then why is their new History teacher just now introducing himself?

They could have had a sub before making a permanent hire, and Kira had already been going to the school since the beginning of the year? But that's probably more thought than anyone working on the show put into it.

I was glad someone finally said, "we can hear you when you talk about this stuff".

THIS. So much this. I keep wanting some extra to come up to them and go "So, these werewolves you keep talking about..."

Agreed about the Kate stuff. And I liked that Lydia was sort of vindictively happy that everyone else was going crazy for once. I think maybe she didn't realize how serious it was until the arrow? Up til then, it seemed like Allison had just told her that she was seeing visions of Kate, not that she was losing time.

I did like the episode, even though my posts are devoted to pointing out all the stupid stuff. That's more fun. ;o) I just don't want to get my hopes up, because this show is good with premises and terrible with execution.

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