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'Teen Wolf' Recap: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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.

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'Teen Wolf' Recap: What is Kira's Secret?

Honestly, a threesome with Allison and Scott would totally be Isaac’s best case scenario of how this love triangle works out. 

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'Teen Wolf' Recap: Scott, Stiles and Allison Face Their Demons

"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."

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'Teen Wolf' Mid-Season Premiere Recap: Everyone is Losing Their Minds

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.

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'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.

—Read the full recap including all the darach drama and alpha craziness at BuddyTV HERE!

'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.
—Read the full recap including all the darach drama and alpha craziness at BuddyTV HERE!

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'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. 

—Read the full recap at BuddyTV HERE!!

'Teen Wolf' Recap: The Final Battle Begins 

This week on Teen Wolfthe 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. 
—Read the full recap at BuddyTV HERE!!

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'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.

— Read the full recap including Derek’s hilarious sexual healing storyline at BuddyTV HERE!

'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.
— Read the full recap including Derek’s hilarious sexual healing storyline at BuddyTV HERE!

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'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!” 

— Read the full recap, including Derek’s ultimate fate, at BuddyTV HERE!!

'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!” 
— Read the full recap, including Derek’s ultimate fate, at BuddyTV HERE!!

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