the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (TW: Stiles & Erica)
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Not a whole lot to say about this one, though I did facepalm pretty hard when I saw the title.

  • Items of "Continuity": there are Hispanic (Mexican?) hunters (?) looking for "La Loba"/the she-wolf, who is someone Derek knows; The Girl is back, having survived a throat-slitting by Deucalion, who now paid her to be a deus ex machina free Derek; she was also hired to save Isaac, though presumably not by Deucalion; the twins aren't alphas anymore because of some bullshit Deaton said

  • I would like to think the she-wolf is Cora and Derek is protecting her, but let's be honest, if Cora is even mentioned this season, I'll dance naked in the duck pond for the amusement of the old folks across the street.

  • LOVE the look Derek gives Peter when the chainsaw comes out, all "Look, I may come off as a stoic, emotionless asshole, but sass is going to get you cut in fucking half."

  • Mr. History Teacher mentions internment camps, which seems kind of odd for a high school American history class (I assume he's talking about the WWII Japanese internment camps).  I hope this turns out to be significant and not just DID YOU NOTICE WE HAVE A JAPANESE GUY?  BECAUSE WE DO.  HAVE A JAPANESE GUY.  WHO WILL SURELY NOT DIE IN HORRIBLE WAYS.

  • I think I mentioned this on Twitter, but the letters falling off the page when Stiles tries to read?  That shit happened to me about 20% of the time when I was taking Sonata to help me sleep.  Ambien didn't give me any problems, but Sonata fucked my shit up.  Luckily, I was so high I would giggle and watch the sentences chasing each other across the page.

  • Where are they getting this stuff about telling dreams from reality, i.e. being unable to read and having too many fingers?  Because the fingers thing seemed like a really bizarre way to force tension onto a scene that already had plenty.  Weird side note: on the few occasions I've had migraines, I've had either visual aura or haven't been able to read.  The letters don't make sense -- it's like looking at senseless squiggles -- and it frightened the hell out of me the first time because it happened about half an hour before the headache.  I'm willing to bet Stiles has something actually wrong with his brain, probably a tumor.

  • Stiles had a good episode here, didn't he?  Snarking at Isaac over the scarf (though he really has no reason to snark at Isaac, since Scott and Isaac aren't that close right now), figuring out the doll thing, saving Lydia from a bear trap even though I'm preeeeetty sure that's not how bear traps work.  Landmines, possibly; bear traps, no.  You're fucked the second you step on it.  But it made for a sweet moment of Lydia acknowledging Stiles' intelligence  Still hoping they're not pushing the Stiles/Lydia angle, though I have a feeling they are.  You just know they're going to go ahead and crank back the little bit of character development that did happen in 3a.

  • Dammit, I wish Cora had stuck around.  I could've gotten on the Cora/Stiles train (you switch to the Derek/Stiles train at You Fucking Wish Station).

  • Is it just me, or did the twins have, like, a ~moment~ when they were beating the shit out of Scott?  And not a brotherly moment.  It was weird and I felt uncomfortable.

  • Who's on the dirt bike in the woods at the end?  It's obviously not Mr. "I Ordered Bear Traps By the Gross on Amazon" Tate.  Is it The Girl?  What is she doing there?

  • So the Sheriff closes one case and the FBI is off his back.  I mean, yay for him, but what?

  • Three figures rising out of the Nemeton: what do we think?  Derek's fallen pack members: Boyd, Erica... Laura?  Manifestations of the "darkness" or "open door" or whatever inside Scott, Stiles, and Allison?  Those who died at the Nemeton: Paige, Jennifer, and... fuck, I don't know, Laura again?  Maybe she was nearby.  Nah, probably brand new monsters.  Because werecoyotes and the upcoming kitsune and Mexican hunters and looming insanity are not enough.

  • Look, maybe this is nit-picky, but it's killing me: HAS ANYONE ON THIS SHOW EVER ACTUALLY HEARD A WOLF OR A COYOTE?

Okay, maybe I had more to say than I thought.  I'm worried about the plethora of plotlines -- they seem to grow exponentially with each season -- but I'm trying to enjoy the fun* before the inevitable meltdown.

*For minimal values of "fun"

Date: 2014-01-16 05:40 am (UTC)
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Still so glad you post these. I don't think I could sit through the episodes no matter how pretty they all are.

Date: 2014-01-16 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm still hanging in there for the occasional really good, genuine moments, like Lydia affirming her trust in Stiles' intelligence.

And the pretty.

Date: 2014-01-17 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
am I the only person who is in a constant state of, "Lydia, wtf are you wearing?" this season?

Date: 2014-01-17 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Absolutely not!
Did you get a good look at what she wore to the loft? She looked like and extra from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Date: 2014-01-20 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ugh, seriously. Even I noticed that, and I hardly ever notice clothes.

Date: 2014-01-17 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't have much, either...she said before filling up the allotted space in its entirety.

~At the den, when the boys are explaining what must have happened the night of the accident, and Sheriff is all "in a Chinese Folk Tale!" I was thinking how well thought out their theory was. I'm not sure if that something about me or "regular" people.

~Be sure to set up a video camera ~aimed at the old folks please~ when you do start dancing, cause I'm a thinkin' you'll have to. WHY do they want Cora, is this where Cora was? Is that why they have a Something Important that obviously belonged to the Hales?
And shouldn't Braedon be dead? And her looking at Derek isn't nearly as creepy in the show as it is in the gifs, just fyi.

~I've seen a lot of posts about Kira's dad being the trickster because no one parent can be such a menace. I like the idea, but also, he can be just that clueless.
I really want Scott to be kind to her, but since I guess Love is in the Air I don't have to worry about it.

~The teaching of internment camps doesn't bother me as much as the fact that tomorrow's homework is the chapter on Carter and the internment camps...?

~Stiles should just say he has migraines. No teacher would make him read.
This dream stuff is weird to me also. I have dreams where all I'm doing is reading. I admit I've never looked for extra fingers, though.
The panic attacks are done well, I think.

~okay Kira, a few survival notes about BHHS. 1) stay out of all locker rooms. 2) learn to hide gooder.

~Shouldn't Special Agent Asshole be getting into trouble for bring victim's family to crime scenes?

~I love the snarking about the scarf. :-) The only possible explanation for meeting the twins at Derek's loft is Lydia is still sleeping with MurderTwin 1 and Stiles is basically covering for her. Dumb fight, and yes, there was a weird-ass moment there. blergh, Jeff-ordered no doubt.
Stiles was too calm about the beat-down.

~After Allison's frankly ridiculous dream, wasn't she pointing an empty weapon at Isaac? As in, why the big deal?

~I'm no vet, but shouldn't a horse tranq do bad things to a human? I liked Allison anchoring herself in the new code.

~Gawd, the whole trap thing was stupid, work one way or the other, not both, dammit Jeff.
It is true that taking a picture of the instructions would work, and I liked Lydia being there for Stiles, but I'm sort of coming down on the side of Lydia being used as a damsel plot being an annoying trend.

~I don't think SA Asshole is done with the Sheriff, since they hauled away all of the boxes. I DO think he was able to close a lot of them (cases), knowing now what was going on. But I don't believe its over.

~I think Deaton pulled the shoot out of the Nematon.

What did they tell MAlia's father about where she's been? Who's going to teach her how to be a werecoyote? How loud are we going to scream when she shows up at BHHS 8 years behind in her schooling?

Date: 2014-01-20 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm telling you, La Loba is not Cora. It's some new she-wolf. Cora will never be mentioned again.

And shouldn't Braedon be dead?

Apparently getting your throat ripped out is not a big deal in this universe? But she has scars, so she's not a werewolf herself. I'd say she's got supernatural healing powers, but I think we're just meant to believe she survived Deucalion's attack.

I've seen a lot of posts about Kira's dad being the trickster because no one parent can be such a menace.

It read as "clueless" to me, too. And back-to-back new teachers as villains? Well, I guess I shouldn't put it past them. I have a feeling they're going to pack in as many monsters as possible this season.

Your advice to Kira is sound. A high percentage of Beacon Hills deaths are locker room-related.

I didn't think Agent McAsshole brought the dad; I thought he just showed up, but I could have missed something.

I don't remember if Allison had loaded the tranq gun or not, but still, having a big-ass gun pointed at you is scary, particularly if Isaac's dad had pulled a gun on him before. He seemed like the type to keep firearms in the house.

Tranquilizers are ALWAYS done wrong in movies/TV. In real life, the dose has to be very specifically calibrated to the person/animal in question, because there really is a very fine line between "woozy but pissed off" and "dead." So, yes, a horse tranq probably would've killed him. But Scott, Allison and Stiles were dead for, what, 16 hours, so it doesn't seem to be a permanent thing on this show.

Agreed about Deaton.

What did they tell MAlia's father about where she's been? Who's going to teach her how to be a werecoyote? How loud are we going to scream when she shows up at BHHS 8 years behind in her schooling?

Great questions! The only one that will be answered, however, is the last one, and that is: like dying geese.


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