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This week on Teen Wolf, new romances bloom, smokey and the firefly monster give everyone ugly tattoos and Stiles is probably moonlighting as a serial killer. Also, Derek’s apartment gets trashed again, because of course it does, because such is the life of Derek Hale….
What’s also great about this subplot is the twins think they can make up for aiding in the murder of an actual human being by throwing a party. Nice try, abs. Try again.
This week on Teen Wolf, an escaped serial killer roams Beacon Hills on mischief night, while a few romances heat up. Nothing reminds you to seize the day more than the specter of your own impending murder. “Let’s go out on a date tonight, for tomorrow we may be electrocuted!” is the number one way to get asked to prom in Beacon Hills High….
Honestly, a threesome with Allison and Scott would totally be Isaac’s best case scenario of how this love triangle works out.
This week on Teen Wolf, Scott and the gang work together to save Malia from her trap-happy father. Meanwhile, Stiles learns to read again, Isaac gnaws himself out of a trap …
"Hey, this is Derek Hale. At the sound of the beep, please come rescue me, because if I didn’t pick up the phone it’s probably because I’m being electrocuted against a chain-link fence. Or impaled! The possibilities are endless, but I’m definitely being tortured. I have GPS on my phone, please use it after the beep! Also, leave a message and, assuming I still have opposable thumbs, I’ll call you back later."
This week on the mid-season premiere of Teen Wolf, all the characters are going bonkers in new and interesting ways. Allison is communing with the dead spirit of her homicidal aunt, Stiles is living in a dreamworld and Scott is finding it harder and harder to control his wolfy instincts….
What’s Derek been up to since he went on vacation with his sister Cora? Is he sipping Mai Tais on a beach somewhere? Is he reading a steamy romance novel in a hammock? Is he at least treating himself to a giant bowl of never-ending pasta?
Nope — as usual, Derek Hale is being tortured. If you call Derek and he doesn’t pick up, there’s about a 95% chance it’s because he’s being electrocuted.
'Teen Wolf' Mid-Season Finale Recap: The Final Battle Brings Death and New Romances
This week on the mid-season finale ofTeen Wolf, everything comes to a head as Scott finally fulfills his destiny and becomes a true alpha.
The literary reference made most often throughout this hour is to Joesph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, but for my money the artistic work with the most influence on this half season was The Matrix. Just look at the white room Allison, Stiles and Scott wake up in. Or all the talk about Scott unlocking his full Neo-esque potential. Or all the slow-mo. My god, this season had a lot of slow-mo. They were bullet-timing like it was 1999.
The first part of season 3 set up two parallel and intersecting threats: that of the alpha pack and the darach. The mid-season finale takes care of both of these enemies, clearing the way for more creepy beasties next year.
'Teen Wolf' Recap: The Final Battle Begins
This week on Teen Wolf, the stakes are raised impossibly high in a quest to save the parents. Scott, Stiles and Allison take a trip to the luxurious ice bath of death spa in order to take their parents’ place as sacrifices.
"Don’t worry, freezing to death isn’t even the worst thing I’ve been through this season," Isaac assures his new lady love Allison, then shoves her head underwater. Love means never having to say, "Sorry about that time I held you down in ice water until you heart stopped."
Meanwhile, Derek, having not had a terrible idea in at least two hours, decides to outsource his terrible ideas. “What if you gave away your alpha powers to save Cora,” Peter says, smirking and practically doing a touchdown dance. “I’m telling you this as a loving family member genuinely concerned about another person’s well being. Since you know me, you know this is completely in character.”
Derek nods thoughtfully to himself. “This sounds like the kind of idea I can get behind,” he thinks, because it’s an idea that is both stupid and involves high levels of pain.
Elsewhere in Beacon Hills
, the parents bond while tied up in a basement, which is basically the only way people get to know each other in this town. And Scott’s father comes back to town and he’s … an FBI agent? As the episode ends, he sits in Scott’s room holding A Tale of Two Cities
and crying, because finally his boy has learned to read.
'Teen Wolf' Recap: Dramatic Check Outs At Motel California
This week on Teen Wolf, the gang visits a creepy motel with more disturbing happenings than theBates Motel and the Overlook Hotel combined. (Hereeee’s suicide!) As the teen wolves start to lose it, Lydia’s gift for giving great freaked out face helps unravel the whole story and ultimately save the day.
As part two of last week’s flashback-heavy outing
, the episode continued this season’s trend of taking narrative risks. Last week’s episode was an Inception
-style Easter egg of non-linear storytelling and slow-mo fight sequences. This week the show nimbly skipped genres and went full-out horror to great effect.
The great thing about Teen Wolf is that as a show it’s so good at effortlessly hopping genres. One week it can be a teenage melodrama, the next week an action set piece, and most of the time while it jumps from genre to genre it also manages to be lighthearted, funny, and at times deliciously campy.
But to be honest the genre in which Teen Wolf earns its gold star is horror. Man, Teen Wolf can be downright scary when it wants to be. The unsettling, horror movie atmosphere and oppressive paranoia of the editing and direction really make this episode feel like a particularly disturbing horror movie. (Like if you threw Magic Mike and Psycho into a blender.)
The tension keeps building bit by bit throughout the episode, and the mounting paranoia makes even the smallest and most innocent scenes ripe with creepy tension. Writer and director Christian Taylor did a really great job on this episode, paying smart homage to horror classics (Allison in the shower was shades ofPsycho) while conjuring up great disturbing visuals. My favorite might have been the short shot of Isaac under the bed. The camera angle and the darkness made it deeply haunting and unsettling.
It was an episode I enjoyed from a character and aesthetic perspective. I mean, did everything ultimately make perfect sense? No, not really. Why was the motel such a big deal if it was just the wolfsbane whistle that drove the wolves nuts? Why were the suicide rate numbers changed? What was up with the Bible of Death? Who knows!
It didn’t completely pan out from a plot perspective, but the great atmosphere and smart character moments more than made up for any plot holes that needed to be hopped over.
'Teen Wolf' Recap: Is Derek Dead?
This week on Teen Wolf, an endless bus ride becomes an excuse for a labyrinthine flashback-centric narrative. There’s a flashback-within-a-flashback, within a flashforward, within the snow globe of an autistic child. This episode makes the narrative structure of Inception look linear.
The structure of the episode leads to a strange whiplash effect within the first five to ten minutes of the episode, during which time I became sure I had missed an episode somewhere in between. But that’s impossible! I literally recap this show, how could I forget Scott being mauled and…wait did they just say Derek is dead?!
With twice the amount of episodes as last season, the show is definitely experimenting a bit with the freedom of having more room to tell the story. They can take an episode to get really funky with the storytelling in order to help us connect emotionally with the characters without sacrificing the nonstop forward momentum that has already become this season’s hallmark.
I liked this episode, even if it didn’t feel like all of the wacky structuring was entirely necessary. And the reason I liked this episode is because it took time for the character beats, especially when it comes to Scott and Allison. Both of these characters have been through so much and come out the other side this season as stronger, smarter, and more capable people.
Scott’s empathy has been a part of his character all along, but this week it becomes both a source of strength and a curse, as his guilt over Derek’s death nearly kills him. Listen I’m not saying I don’t understand the choice on a story level, but Derek is kind of a jerk at best to Scott. Derek has tried to kill at least 50 percent of the people Scott knows. I feel like maybe Scott could have chilled it with the empathy dying.
Meanwhile, Allison puts her cold, hard Argent training to use in order to protect the people she cares about. The scene between her and her phantom mother (still terrifying as ever! My god, the nightmares I will have tonight!) was especially poignant.
If there’s someone you want in your corner, it’s Allison Argent. Because being on the wrong side of Allison means being shot about a million times with arrows. “Don’t worry you guys, my dad taught my to suture gaping wounds when I was old enough to have decent hand-eye coordination! I’ve got this!”
Can you imagine what birthdays were like in the Argent household? “Oh happy day! It’s the field medic kit and the my size archery set I wanted! The arrows are shaped like pink hearts and can pierce internal organs! Thanks dad!”
'Teen Wolf' Recap: The Virgin Homicides
This week on Teen Wolf, the hunt is on for Boyd and Cora before they kill all the children, English teachers and lesbian couples in Beacon Hills.
Meanwhile, Lydia once again wanders unknowingly into a giant pool of blood and death, while Allison finally completes her transformation into Hawkeye. And Stiles discovers someone is out there sacrificing virgins. That’s way harsh Tai.
I guess the obvious solution is orgy, right? I mean, there is a lot of shirtlessness in Beacon Hills. It had to be leading somewhere.
Out of all our characters, I think the only virgin we have to worry about is Stiles, right? Maybe Isaac? Actually, definitely Isaac — that would be just his luck. Although, for the first time this season, Isaac doesn’t end up tortured in some way, although his weird hipster scarf is torture for my eyes.
This week, Teen Wolf shoots right out of the barrel and never slows down. The episode is a combination of creepy horror imagery and nonstop action. So far, this season has hit the ground running and never looked back, but I’m hoping the narrative momentum does pause at least a little bit to let us get our bearings with where the characters are at emotionally. Both Derek and Allison had really emotional, no good, very bad days.
I’ll be interested to see how this affects their characters moving forward into the rest of the season. The episode only takes a small beat to see these two deal with their big, emotional bombshells when it flashes back to Derek carrying Erica’s lifeless body as Scott tells Allison her mom was trying to kill him.
The scene itself is maybe a minute, but the reverberations for both characters actually drive a lot of the action tonight. Feeling guilty and upset, Derek makes the choice to go into the boiler room solo to become Boyd and Cora’s hunky scratching post. It’s a decision driven by guilt and a sense of responsibility, and one that might have gotten him killed.
Meanwhile, Allison goes full Argent, getting her Katniss Everdeen on when she tracks the runaway werewolves even better than her dear old dad. I’m glad Allison has continued her trend of dealing with difficult emotions by shooting at things.