Teen Wolf: Crazy, Good, & Crazy Good (PHOTO RECAP)

Teen Wolf S02E01-02: "Omega" & "Shape Shifted"


NOW we're cooking with fire! (Oops where are my eyebrows?) If you gave Teen Wolf's pilot a shot and then stuck with it for the rest of the season, you know that what began as a sketchy exercise ended up being a surprisingly well-done and addictive serial. More than anything, Season 1's primary goal was to just BE a TV show. A lot of effort was put into scaling back the camp and intensifying the horror elements enough so that people would buy this premise as something they'd stick with for the long haul. And it worked! The mysteries all came together, the characters all found themselves on the same page, and one of TV's best villains in recent memory (R.I.P. Aunt Kate) got her comeuppance. It was hard not to be hopeful for what Season 2 would have in store.

Ladies and guys, Season 2 is KIND OF AMAZING so far. Honestly, wow. I used to describe this show in measured terms... "Pretty solid for MTV." "A good summer diversion." "Aesthetically pleasing locker room scenes." But after its two-part season premiere of "Omega" & "Shape Shifted," I'm pretty sure Teen Wolf is now one of my favorite shows on television and something I might even describe as "must-watch." Who knew? There are a couple of reasons for this: Unlike a lot of other TV shows, Teen Wolf did not scale back or reset after its huge Season 1 climax. Nope, Season 2 has so far just maintained that kind of breakneck action while ALSO introducing brand new elements and characters. It's like this show spent the summer getting way buff and came back to school with a new haircut and an "I don't give an F" confidence. This show is CRAZY now. The admittedly tired werewolf mythology has taken a dramatic left-turn into Batsh*tville and basically every single new element is ingenius. The only thing I can compare this Season premiere to might infuriate TVD fans, but still: Remember when Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries did not slow down after its amazing S1 finale? That's what's happening here and it's AWESOME.

Let's not waste time. We got TWO episodes to discuss!

What some might call "gratuitous" others might call "integral." Thus begins the best opening scene this season could've offered: A newly bitten Jackson rising out of a river for some reason. What happened to you, guy? Did Derek push you in? Did he tear your t-shirt? So many questions, and only a dozen more slow-motion shots could possibly answer them!

Derek bit him on the abs! I love that the alphas are always biting people on their abs. I wish they would've shown that happening because WHAT?

Meanwhile in a CGI version of the California countryside (LOL sure) a mysterious man ran like a wolf through the mist. It was hard to capture a clear image, but reader, please know that it looked RIDICULOUS. Seriously, I don't know if the sight of a man running on all-fours will ever not look insane. But Teen Wolf doesn't give an F, it was like, "You will watch a montage of a man running on all fours and you will LIKE it."

Oh gosh, so first off, it's important to note that only a day or two has passed since the S1 finale. So Aunt Kate and the original Alpha are newly dead, and presumably everybody's still a little rattled from the common knowledge that werewolves are real and play lacrosse. BUT ALSO this short time span made it all the more hilarious that Scott looked about four years older than he did last season. Maybe it's the new haircut of the fact that he's put on like 20 pounds of muscle, but I just love it when things like this happen on TV shows. Time doesn't pass but that won't stop the hair and wardrobe department from keeping up with the times. (We'll talk about Allison's hilarious new hairdo later.)

Even though very little time had passed, we STILL got a flashback: Allison's dad was NOT happy about her daughter dating Scott, regardless of whether Scott had drawn human blood or not. (The Hunter Code ended up being a big deal in Season 1 and is one of the main reasons why Mr. Argent is such a good character.)

Which set up one of this season's best innovations: Allison and Scott are DEFINITELY still going strong, it's just that their shirtless hugs have to be super secret.

And another innovation: Some pretty stellar new opening credits! The main characters all get artsy, impressionistic, roll-call style credits and their over-the-top-ness perfectly suits the tone this show has taken on so far. Just perfect. Also, disgusting! I mean, what was this supposed to be even:

I don't know and I don't care. When it comes to shows like this I just like to be surprised and so far this show has not disappointed.

Speaking of surprised, not one minute into their shirtless hug, the kids nearly got caught:

Oh, and you know it's going to be a good episode when MY FAVORITE CHARACTER shows up early and powerfully:

I am loving what's become of Allison's mom. She is SO intense! I think a commenter pointed out how Teen Wolf hasn't shied away from having strong, dynamic parents and it works to this show's benefit. Where a lot of other shows have bent over backwards to marginalize the parents' influence on story, Allison's are just straight-up obstacles to these characters (as parents usually are!) when they're not engaging in actual diabolical scheming. But yeah, I hope you like this actress as much as I do because you will be seeing A LOT of her in my recaps. Her, and shirtless dudes.

I really wonder what Allison's neighbors think of their family. Or maybe at some point they were just like "F it, we're keeping the blinds shut forever."

Meanwhile at the hospital, Stiles was holding vigil for Lydia who'd gotten real bitten up by the alpha at the end of S1 (but who did NOT turn into a werewolf for some reason).

He got some wacky introduction where he had a sex dream in front of a janitor, but I weirdly didn't think it was all that funny. Stiles is waaay funnier just in normal conversations where it seems like Dylan O'Brien is improvising so he makes me laugh a lot more in unexpected places. Didn't matter, I was just happy to see him! Stiles is the best!

For her part, Lydia was NOT having a good time. This episode really took a turn for the weird when she was taking a shower at the hospital and black goo started seeping up from the drain and like any reputable horror heroine she reached into it and began pulling out rotten hair.

And then something GRABBED HER!

Seriously, this show does horror really well, and this episode established that its horror scenarios would no longer be limited to werewolf stuff. Now that both Lydia and Jackson have been bit, we still don't know WHAT they are (if anything) and that opens up a whole realm of other things that people can turn into. Personally I'm still curious about Peter's psycho nurse from S1 (was she bitten or just needy?) and I figured that's what Lydia would become. But hold on, things were about to get interesting for her because then she up and disappeared! While naked! For TWO DAYS.

I really enjoyed this part, where Stiles and Allison made Scott sniff Lydia's hospital gown and then he stuck his head out the window trying to follow her scent. Man, the dog jokes will never get old.

Meet Isaac, just your typical gravedigger. Here was a situation in which it seemed like a random nobody was about to get killed (an obvious werewolf was prowling around the cemetery) except wait a second, hot teens don't get killed on this show! So then it became clear we were meeting a new character and his plotline took on an immediate importance. Especially when...

So after being sorta-attacked by a mysterious creature (which dug up a grave!), Isaac cowered in fear until Derek swooped in and offered to "help" him. Cue ab-bite. (I'm guessing, it wasn't shown).

Meanwhile the gang continued following Lydia's scent and eventually they were back to the decrepit house where they'd recently lit an enormous beast on fire with homemade molotov cocktails. And then they accidentally tripped one of the hunters' tripwires and Scott found himself face-to-upside-down-face with Mr. Argent!

This was one reset I appreciated: Even though Mr. Argent now knows about Scott's condition and he'd sorrrrta been been decent to him after Scott had proven himself as a good kid, it was back to bickering as usual. They'd always had a testy relationship seeing as Mr. Argent is kind of a dick, but the slight acknowledgment that Scott isn't his main concern is kind of heartwarming, you know? I like what's happening there.

Speaking of dickish dads, HEY, IT'S DAWSON'S DAD! (Mr. Creek?) I don't know, but look, Isaac the dreamy gravedigger did NOT have a good relationship with his pops.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the police now believe that supposed grave robbers steal livers now:

I liked that this image was followed by a scene in which a hobo scavenges for food.

Coincidence?????!!!??!?! Probably not.

So now that Jackson was 100% certain he was going to become a werewolf he was strutting around campus tellin' folks off.

But it wasn't long until he started dealing with some unexpected side-effects.

This was a clever scene because he first oozed black fluid during science class, then he ran to the bathroom and it really started pouring out, but then it was all a hallucination. And then it happened again but it was NOT a hallucination. Man, I had no idea what was going on, but like the Lydia situation, it was a good kind of confusion. Black ooze is a new element to the werewolf mythology, so I'm pretty thrilled about it.

Derek informed Jackson that his body was "fighting the bite." Which, what does that even mean? It was earlier implied by Jackson's father that he might have origins that aren't what they seem (Jackson was adopted and has always had a psychopathic drive to succeed.) So yeah, maybe there's some kind of pre-existing supernatural condition coming into play. Get well soon?

Oh look, another new character!

This guy kinda flirted with Allison at school, but all we know about him is that he's a photographer and sorta looks like Sufjan Stevens.

Like Season 1, it appears that much of Season 2 will be hinged upon which character is secretly a shape-shifting abomination (specifically the shape-shifting abomination we were about to meet), so just to provide a refresher, this teacher still gets a ton of screentime and is still totally weird:

Okay, guess what is awesome? Teen Wolf is one of the few supernatural dramas that takes place in a town where the citizens aren't irrelevant/dumb. Like take for example this scene in which the Argents attend Kate's funeral and TONS of reporters are there.

Do you know why reporters might be there? Because what happened to Kate is COMMON KNOWLEDGE. A scandal, even. This was a nice touch that ratcheted up the stakes these characters face. Keeping secrets is so much harder when the people around you aren't completely oblivious.

Oh, and meet Grandpa Argent! You probably recognize Michael Hogan from Battlestar Galactica, so doesn't he seem so weird without the eye patch? Anyway, he was in town and he was MAD about Aunt Kate's death. Werewolves just can't catch a break.

Okay, who did this? By the way, it is some bad luck when you not only have a heart attack, but you then get eaten in the ambulance by a werewolf. You know?

But it was at this point when Lydia finally turned up.

Where had she been? Had she been eating heart attack victims and corpse livers? You have some 'splaining to do, young lady!

But whoops, mystery solved. This hobo werewolf ate everybody:

He was what's known as an Omega... A werewolf without a pack.

Derek wanted to teach Scott all about it, so he held him close as they watched the werewolf hunters hang him upside down and BISECT him with a sword!

R.I.P. Proud Werewolf Hobo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

So, this season premiere was a two-parter that aired over two consecutive nights. The first episode provided a great continuation of the craziness set up in the S1 finale, but it was in this second part when things really started going off the rails FOR THE EVEN BETTER.

After a fairly chilling, intense scene in which Isaac's dad hassled him about grades and made ominous threats about "going to the basement" for punishment, the dad just finally up and started throwing dishware at him!

But then Isaac's cut began to suddenly HEAL.

Like any teen who suddenly realizes he had superpowers, Isaac was OUTTA there. Unfortunately for Isaac's dad, he decided to chase him with the car.

Here's something we didn't know about Beacon Hill: It has a fairly large downtown that could double as GOTHAM CITY? No seriously, the Gotham City comparison is apt... Especially after what was about to happen:

In a scary use of something that is so annoyingly common, the dad couldn't see out his dang glasses and therefore couldn't tell that the shadowy silhouette standing opposite him was NOT human.

AAHHHHHH!! That was NOT a werewolf! Whatever it was, it was strong enough to rip off a car door and pop a human being like a blood-filled water balloon. Gruesome stuff. Amazing stuff. Ladies and gentlemen, our first official non-werewolf monster! What was it? WHO was it?

Meanwhile Allison got a secret meetup message from Scott. Pretty funny that he spelled out the word rather than using two digits, but whatever. Young love, you know?

AAHHHHH!! That is not attractive, Scott. Dang, how annoying would it be to date a werewolf? Always lurking in the dark with glowing eyes. Relax with the glowing eyes, you weirdos.

So in a scene that was just straight-up bonkers, Mr. and Mrs. Argent teamed up to apparently torture the school principal into retiring? WHAT ON EARTH? But it was like, okay. So the Argents are definitely maniacs. Not just principled fighters of an understandable threat. Maniacs. Which is fine because Mrs. Argent is the best.

Anyway, I'll just spoil it right now. Here's who got the principal's job:

Sorry kids, high school just got A LOT more growly.

Oh, another new thing for Season 2. Derek had moved out of his decrepit, burnt-down house and into an abandoned subway car because LOL.

It was clear Derek and Isaac were already pretty tight (werewolfism is nothing if not just a supernatural Big Brother-Little Brother program), and Isaac was eager to tell Derek one big thing: He wasn't the person who'd killed his father. Dun-dun-dun!

Meanwhile Lydia came back to school lookin' and feelin' fine. It was pretty hilarious when she brushed off the notion of having spent two days in a fugue state by bragging that she'd lost 9 pounds. Fair enough!

And again, this show did something we don't see too often in this genre: Public recognition of the characters' bizarre drama!

I mean, seriously. Nobody can suss out a good piece of gossip like teenagers, so this acknowledgment that everyone knows everyone's business is pretty startling. Good job, show.

Meanwhile lacrosse continued to factor into the characters' werewolf adventures. This episode gave us an admittedly pretty silly scene when Scott realized another werewolf was in his midst and systematically began to sniff each of his teammates out on the field.

After literally sniffing out most of the other dudes (including a cute NBD moment with gay teammate Danny) it became clear that Isaac was the one Scott sensed. They both wolfed out at the same time right in front of each other!

At this point the po-po arrived and arrested Isaac for possibly murdering his dad, but apparently his brief moment on the field with Scott made Scott totally Team Isaac. He was definitely worried about the kid and Derek decided to show him just how bad Isaac had had it.

By the way, I love how Derek's always SHOWING Scott stuff. I mean, it's good TV but I'm glad that in real life my friends won't waste two hours of my time taking me places when they could just tell me about them. Anyway, it turned out that in Isaac's basement there was a human-sized freezer with scratch marks all on the inside. So I guess his dad used to lock him in there? That is a pretty crummy punishment, if you ask me.

Meanwhile, Allison's hair.

Haha okay, show. This part just made me laugh because she's listening in on her dad and grandpa discussing killing Isaac and I just couldn't with that hair. Look at all of it! Anyway, one notable thing about this scene was that Grandpa Argent takes secret pills. This probably won't come into play later, forget about them.

Meanwhile Jackson rented the new guy's camera equipment so that he could film himself in the middle of the night and see if he'd become a werewolf or not. (Tonight was a full moon, btw.) This was the big giveaway that Jackson probably wasn't a werewolf, because correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that when you're a werewolf YOU KNOW IT. Anyway, it was cool seeing Jackson's house! Just FYI it's directly across the street from Isaac's craphole shanty. You know, just in case you're curious about the Beacon Hill real estate.

So this happened:

And this:

And some general mirror posing. Just thought you'd like to know!

So back to Allison: Ever since she found out (A) that she comes from a long line of hunters and (B) she's sympathetic to certain werewolves, her character has become WAY cooler.

I'll try not to give in to the temptation to compare her to other shows' heroines, but I loved how willing Allison was to just pick up her bow and arrow and take care of business.

In this case she had teamed up with Stiles to severely hobble an in-disguise hunter from murdering Isaac in his cell. Speaking of which, this was a nice parallel to Season 1: Now Isaac is the brand new werewolf struggling to deal with a new reality and Scott is more experienced. The tradition continues!

I seriously got chills during these parts because I love it when characters work as a team. The episode suddenly turned into a bit of a heist episode, so I was really feelin' it.

For his part, Derek was forced to crack a smile and flirt with the lady at the front desk so that Stiles could sneak back and set Isaac free. (Being the sheriff's son kinda helps with tasks like that.)

But WHOOPS! The hobbled hunter still beat him to it and a fight broke out!

Fortunately werewolves cannot be contained by steel cells and Isaac was suddenly loose and beating up the hunter. But since he's new at this, he then turned his murderous gaze onto Stiles and Derek had to intervene.

Just another night in a small-town jail basically.

Meanwhile Scott was getting pretty bent out of shape over the full moon situation, so Allison met him at Isaac's basement and agreed to chain him up in the torture freezer. (Scott is not the best brain stormer.)

And not a minute after locking that padlock, Allison realized she wasn't alone in that house. SOMETHING was making disgusting, wet noises nearby. It was this thing:

AAHHHHHHH NO!! And then it straight-up ran across the ceiling!

A REPTOID!! Again, werewolves cannot be contained by things, so Scott busted out and confronted the creature only to be rendered awestruck. Fair enough!

The next morning Jackson went to go check his video footage and we braced for a sloppy, scaly, black ooze-filled nightmare scenario...

But he hadn't shape-shifted at all! He's not the monster! And even worse, he was just going to have to live with the reality of being a human being who looks like Colton Haynes.

Poor Jackson!

You guys, only two episodes have aired and I couldn't be more into this season. A lot of people incorrectly pegged this show as being a watered down Twilight ("only one supernatural creature?") but I think it's clear this show is turning into something more akin to a superhero origin story. Seriously, I got some pretty intense Batman vibes from these episodes: a Rogues Gallery of freakish villains has begun to form; our hero has an animal-themed persona; the city is bleak and atmospheric. But there are some Spider-Man vibes as well, particularly now that there's a LIZARD THING. Throw in a bit of X-Men style teamwork and I think Teen Wolf has begun to establish itself as unlike the supernatural teen dramas that have come before it and as something slightly more original with each passing episode. I couldn't be more intrigued or thrilled by what I've seen so far. It's gonna be a good summer.


QUESTIONS:

... Who is the reptile creature: Lydia, Jackson, Photography Kid, Science Teacher, or Grandpa Argent?

... Which character has improved the most since Season 1?

... Is Isaac a good kid or is he bad news?

... How much bigger will Allison's hair get?

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I'm disappointed no mention of Jackson just laying in his bed to transform into a werewolf with his mom in the next room. Good son.
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woo it seems like it's been forever since the season 1 finale - glad I still had that DVR'ed at home because this episode picked up right where the last one left off with just a very minimal recap of where we were...also totally loved the new intro credit sequence, that totally reminded me of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" the only thing it was missing was that great rendition of "Immigrant Song" by Trent Reznor...



Speaking of tunes though, I was super happy to hear Sally Seltmann's "Dream About Changing" play in the background when Allison gets Scott's message, hope to hear more of her in the future on this show (alongside some NIN or Trent Reznor to give a nice balance of pleasant and scary music)
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The new opening credit sequence might just be the best ever! The director must have just watched the US version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and thought he could do it better.



Happy TW is back! And the dialogue is as stiff as ever (except Stiles)! That's the reason he will never become a werewolf... (or a lizard-man?). He's the life of this show. Good to have him back!
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I have to say that this show, although has the less creative tittle, is totally amazing. After CW took The Secret Circle away having Teen Wolf back and more powerful than ever makes me very happy. It is surprisingly good and perfect to recommend, specially with a character like Stiles that just makes you lol. While missing TVD and Supernatural, this show and True Blood complete my monsters/creatures doses for the week. Great recap btw.
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Also, Stiles <3
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Seriously loving this series. Despite the cheese, I really enjoyed season 1, but wow, they have stepped up the quality! (More budget, probably. But also, the acting is a lot better...) Season 2 looks like it's going to be amazing.
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We ever gonna get the part 2 of the season one recap? :) I'm just getting caught up and need your guidance :D :D
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I just love Stiles! He's one of the best sidekicks ever! Reminds me of Buffy's Xander!



I wouldn't be surprised if the reptile thing is one of the teachers! Because... Man all the teachers so far --> creepy!



Regarding Isaac, we'll have to wait and see.. miserable puppies become psychotic dogs...
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Who is the reptile creature? Either the photography kid or the science teacher.



Which character has improved the most since Season 1? Derek! (I mean, he did smile, didn't he?)



Is Isaac a good kid or is he bad news? Umm... Good?
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Dear Pierce: If you say this show is god, I will wacht it....
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Allison could hide her bow and arrows in that hair.
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These photo recap stuff is getting old, especially when I see them for three shows. Good episode though.
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Don't feel alone, cloakedfx, I'm also part of Camp Tim.
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Children routinely understand the concept (1) "I don't like it", so (2) "I won't do it anymore". Why is it that some adults can't understand the simple solution to being bored with photo recaps is to STOP READING THEM!



Price's recaps of shows are usually funnier than the shows themselves, and can make a "meh" episode worth watching.
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Yes, I agree 100%. It's like the people who complain about Lily's reviews week after week. If you don't like her reviews, don't read them. If you don't like photo recaps, stop reading them.
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Well, congrats, you're the only one here, who thinks that! On the other hand, I know a lot of people who started watching some shows only because Price started photorecapping them. Me included))
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I started watching TW after Price annunced the photorecap. So thank you Price for my newest obsession on abs and werewolfes...I hope you feel a little guilty ;) !
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Same here!
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You should photo recap Pretty Little Liars!
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Very good 2 part episode!!
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I would just like to say that I'm so impressed that a show based on werewolves has chosen to introduce a second supernatural species that is NOT vampires. I thought it must have been illegal or something to have a show with only vampires or werewolves, not both.
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Maybe it'll be a werepanther or a fairy lol
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It is easy to add werewolves to a vampire show, but add vampires to a werewolf show and the werewolves will just be dominated. Also, ninjas destroy pirates.
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But pirates got the booty.
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For some reason this really makes me want to say something about how Sailor Moon has got the boom.
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I agree. It's quite refreshing.
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Like dippin dots at sea world!
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Mmmm...yes. Dippin dots! : )
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So agree! Don't want vampires in this show! But smth tells me they can appear later...
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The "problem" with vampires is that they are immortal, so it adds a lot of drama to all the relationship thing, and I find that sometimes annoying (especially when it's not written good)...I really hope that TW sticks with mortal supernatural beings..
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Science teacher has a really creepy vibe but I don't think he is the reptile because, the reptile is probably one of the new characters... so maybe photography kid, but that is just too obvious. I think it has to do something with Lydia but not sure what. Allison improved a lot, she is very cool with the bow. I think Isaac is a good kid, he didn't hurt his father when he had every reason to (but of course in shows like this anger not dealt with can be dangerous....hahaha) Allison hair has to be as long as her arrow, obviously!!!
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Now I officially love TW more than TVD! More dynamic, more interesting, MUCH more hot males... Speaking of the most handsome - Colton Haynes plays much better than Ian Somerhalder, which is - weird, but cool! Also - females here are not some poor things waiting for help and crying - they're strong, brave and determined! After 2nd episode I appreciated Allison, and Lydia will show herself later, I'm sure.



Now, answers:



1. Reptile can not be Lydia or Jackson: first, Jackson was asleep all night long, and also they both are main characters and too pretty to be such an atrocious being. I would say it could be Grandpa Argent, but it would be too obvious. Judging by the 1st season TW will surprise us a lot!



2. Maybe I'm a little bit crazy now (and fanatic...) but I think Jackson has improved the most. No, he hasn't become a good person, of course, but his character deepened. And there's a secret probably connected with his origins. Interesting!



3. I don't like Isaac. He's rather boring now, and the actor just can't match to the rest stuff.



4. Allison has the same problem with her hair as Emma from Once Upon a Time)) Maybe they just have the same hairdresser?
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Hotter guys on this than on TVD? Are you joking??
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I too thought of Emma from OUaT with the hair thing
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Am I the only one who finds it interesting that there are now three actors on here that have been on "Smallville"? First, there was Tyler Posey (from the season six episode "Subterranean") and J.R. Bourne (from the season nine episode "Conspiracy," where, incidentally, he pretty much played an alien hunter), and now Michael Hogan (Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, from "Smallville" season ten).
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I worked on my laptop for a few hours and got carpal tunnel of the wrists. Crap. Must be doing this whole thing the wrong way. Please continue to enlighten me with your wisdom.
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I was going to flag the comment above but I want to keep reading it above you wonderful response!
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I know I'm going against the majority, but I don't like that opening sequence at all. I think the show was great as it was last season, just flashing the names across the screen as the show began. Anyway, other than that, I thought both episodes were GREAT! I am so happy Teen Wolf is back.



Who is the reptile creature: Lydia, Jackson, Photography Kid, Science Teacher, or Grandpa Argent? -I think the reptile creature just might be the photography kid. It was weird when he took the camera to Jackson, then noticed that someone was in Isaac's house across the street. But I won't mind if the creature is someone else. I love surprises and this show does them well.



Which character has improved the most since Season 1?-I think Allison has improved the most. She could have easily fallen apart after discovering Scott's secret as well as the secrets of her family, but she's handling it well.



Is Isaac a good kid or is he bad news?-I think Isaac is going to be BAD news. After suffering so much abuse from his father, I think he's going to be really psychotic later on.



How much bigger will Allison's hair get?-Her hair looked ridiculous to me. She's so pretty, why'd they have to mess with her hair? I hope it doesn't get any bigger. Please tell me its at its limit already.
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Wow, this series came back with a BANG! I love this show, whoever is putting this all together is brilliant and every one involved is awesome!
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Seriously, you guys notice things I just can't see. One of the first things my GF said was "Scott got buff!" I thought he'd always looked like that; just your average naturally buff television dork, I dunno. Happens all the time, amirite? And Alison's hair. I didn't notice it at all. I honestly don't know what I'll do if they're bringing that back.



Everyone, burn your mom's shoulder pads...or just throw them out somewhere. Never forget the 80's. NEVER. FORGET.



But while I don't exactly want to compare Alison to the obvious Hunger Games, I *would* like to give her credit for getting her archery in last season *before* The Hunger Games...even though they likely stole the idea from the books in the first place. Yeah, nothin' says California like Archery, Lacrosse and 5% minorities. Sacramento...eh?



Like us most, I'm enjoying this early stretch of the second season, but I'm still reminded of what pissed me off last season: Scott's kinda stupid. Maybe the astringent shock of normalcy infesting this show has set the bar too high, but Scott lying to Alison (or keeping secrets from her) is what messed everything up for him last time. The big secret's out already; there's no reason to lie to her about other things like Grandpa Frak cutting the Werehobo in half. I think she knows he's a werewolf killer.



Anyway, I can understand Jackson being immune to werewolf bites (though he's gonna need something later to keep from being the irrelevant human), but I'm disappointed that Lydia isn't turning. She's very, very annoying, and I just hope something's coming along to make her over. These alpha werewolf bites are starting to lose a bit of stock.
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, nothin' says California like Archery, Lacrosse and 5% minorities. Sacramento...eh?



-Think I spit out a little tea there, reading that. Kudos! This is why I love reading your stuff!LOL!



I was thinking the same thing with Alison and the archery...she's a badass with it, and she was before the Katniss Everdeen phenomenon that exploded post THG movie.



Scott is a little...touched. I think it makes him sort of endearing...which is odd because "stupid" rarely looks good on anyone. At least to me, anyhow.



I definitely agree about Jackson and Lydia. I too hope he becomes more than just the jackass irrelevant human...the guy's on the psychotic side so maybe he'll just be the crazy human. That also works. Crazy sells. But Lydia...I WANT to see a female werewolf! A living female werewolf and I would have loved to have seen her making that transition. Something like that would definitely rattle her pristine image, control issues, and that need to have it all together.
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Yeah, and I think Lydia could really sell it, too. I still have hope, but if she turns into a giant lizard, I really don't know what I'll do.



Scott as 'the stupid one' is a lot easier to take compared to 'stupid in a show full of stupid.' At least there's reasonable hope of him learning from his mistakes...even though he hasn't really started yet.
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I'd got nuts in the best possible way!



And yeah....if it weren't for the strong supporting characters who are surprisingly well fleshed out and developed for such a young show...it wouldn't work with him being stupid.
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"nothin' says California like Archery, Lacrosse and 5% minorities. Sacramento...eh?"

LOL! To true! I almost died reading that. Seriously - I choked on my diet coke.



I suppose there might be a few yuppy towns that actually are like that. Davis springs to mind, although no one in those towns cares about high school sports, so there's no way the stands would ever be that full for any sport.
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Sweet. I choked on my tea. My keyboard wasn't pleased.
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Most of our towns don't really care about high school sports. We might have full stands during football or basketball games, but they don't really run any towns.



That's what I like about California high schools; we're so diverse, no one's ever schoolwide popular. The occasional race riots get to be a drag, but we really don't exercise as much as we should, anyway.
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Ya, I recently moved to the Midwest, and it's creepy how into high school sports people are. They actually put that shit on TV. Can you believe it?
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I meant they put sports in general, not lacrosse.
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Probably not. Maybe it's like soccer, where people say it's picking up in the states...but no one knows where.
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I'm from the Midwest. We've barely heard of Lacrosse. Maybe out East.
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"TO the Midwest?" Nvm; I don't want to know.



But yeah, hardly anyone knew the football players at my HS unless they were in uniform, and we still didn't know exactly who they were. The biggest guys were actually surfers. The cheerleaders weren't popular; it was pretty much anyone who wanted to do it *and* could afford the uniform package.



But being a QB or a lacrosse captain might have a lot more rewards out there. I wouldn't have minded a free pickup truck.



Different land is different. Maybe you can sell your story and make a Suburgatory/Hart of Dixie mashup. I promise to watch at least the first four episodes.
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I'm definitely thinking the video tape isn't over. Why else would they hover on the camera image for so long? I'm thinking there was probably something in Jackson's room? I don't know... Maybe I'm just over thinking things...

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If you saw the "This season on Teen Wolf" segment, you probably aren't over thinking it.
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Anyone else get slightly confused by Issac in this and the character JR Bourne (Mr Argent) played in the secret circle was also called Issac, so when I hear Issac I immediately think it's the dad, will take a while to re-adjust :P
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Yes! When I wrote up the teaser for this episode, I felt that MTV's description of "Isaac's father is killed before the full moon" was SUPER spoilery. Grandpa Argent dies in episode 2??? It was only later when I realized that Isaac was the new kid. I'm dum.
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I'd thumbs up this because of "All glory to Price" and because of an understood approach of "huh?" to MTV, but I won't because of the "I'm dum". Thou art not.
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So that's a half-Price reaction then?
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Don't give the guy a swelled head, we're only supposed to worship Price at the secret meetings in the dark corners of the Internet.
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We torture everyone. With our awesomeness...but yeah, torture nonetheless.
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I think Mey learned English reading "Bodice Rippers".
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@Mey the word swollen gives me the heebie jeebies
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Aww you sayin' Saf is jealous that we show Price more love...and we torture him mercilessly? Sweet.



LOL
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Shh! If yout talk about them...they are no longer secret!
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I brutally slam him every once in a while just to throw him off the trail. *sincere nod*
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And he was a hunter with morals as well! :)
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I think it'd be kinda cool if Mayor Lockwood (excuse me, I meant Jackson's dad... oopsie) was the weird slimy lizard-shifter thing. Maybe it runs in the family & is preventing Jackson from turning.



As whiny as Lydia is, I think this bite is going to drastically improve her character. Hopefully soon she gets rid of the fake-stupid exterior and focuses on her nerd side... you know, so she can start shirtless hugging Stiles while calculating... I don't know, the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow.



I like Isaac. He sorta seemed bratty when I first saw him, but I think he'll be a good ally. He'll make the pack stronger, if nothing else.



I'm kind of having a weird vision of Allison's hair getting bigger and bigger until birds start building nests in it. She might not need a quiver for her arrows anymore.... she could just stick them through her bangs or something. See? Multi-purpose beehive hair. I think it's more beneficial than we think.



By the way after TVD ended I didn't know how I was gonna live through the summer without your photo recaps (because I can't help but LOL at every "Is it Friday yet?" and "Mistakes were made"... oh, and your constant poking fun at [one of our only humans left] Matt) and now you're doing Teen Wolf! Yay! :)
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Even if Jackson's dad was the Lizard thing, it still wouldn't explain why Jackson's body is rejecting the bite considering that his father that we saw (aka Mr. Lockwood) isn't his biological father.
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You know what I hate? I hate hypocrisy. Seriously, can the grandfather be more of a ridiculous hypocrite? Kate was a freakin' psycho who went around killing people because she liked it. She burned a whole family to the ground. Peter had to witness that and become physically debilitated himself, so it makes sense that he'd want revenge and be a bit unhinged. Kate put into the motion her own demise. Grandpa Argent hasn't a leg to stand on with his "they killed my daughter" crusade. First, she was a bitch and a psychopath who had no sense of right and wrong and we can assume probably killed many other innocent people over the years. Second, only one werewolf actually killed his daughter and that wolf is now dead. This whole revenge scenario is nothing more than an excuse and a justification to the rest of the hunters. He's as much of a monster as his daughter ever was.



1. I'm not sure who the supernatural creature is, but I'm honestly thinking it isn't someone we've met yet. I liked someone's suggestion that it could be one of Jackson's parents and could explain what is happening to him.



2. I agree that Scott has improved the most. A bit more badass. Experience looks good on him. He's as compassionate as ever, he really wanted to help the omega, but he's also wiser. Good combo.



3. I think Isaac's probably a decent kid, we have not sense that he isn't. He had the power to hurt his father, but he just ran away. He just didn't want to feel weak, and in his situation we can all understand it. I agree with Scott though, he's an idiot. There are much better ways to deal with his situation - call the authorities? - than turning into a werewolf.



4. I really didn't pay attention to this during the show, but you're pic above does demonstrate the issue at hand. As long as it doesn't interrupt the action, I don't really care.
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(1) Do you know anybody who LIKES hypocrisy?

(2) Do you know anybody who is completely lacking hypocrisy in their life in all areas?

Sheesh, what a hypocrite! :D
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LOL this made me laugh, and for the record I do like hypocrisy if only because it is so fun to point out
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I agree with you about Grandpa Argent. He wants revenge for Kate but the one who killed her is dead. It's just an excuse to keep on murdering the werewolves. He's evil and sadistic. I bet that is where Kate got it from.
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Well, I can understand the character development here...Even if Kate was a psyco, she died because of the werewolves...If you see already the ww as a menace and you restrain yourself from killing them, it's understandable that the death of your daughter triggers something...
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-The janitor...Derek's long lost whatever...the Lacross coach. Seriously could be anybody! I love it! I don't know! And for once I don't mind the unknown! What I do know....watching that shizz at 2 in the morning helps with my insomnia...On Opposite Day. I never knew one could hear so many bumps in the night after watching lizard creatures slithering across a tv screen in HD.

-Easily Scott. The others were already sort of awesome. If anyone asked me who was the weakest amongst the cast back in Season 1 I would have said the lead. Love him to pieces but the others outshone him. But he's gotten buffer, more mature, has a grip on things. The experience and all...he's better now. Scott isn't as babyfaced and annoyingly naive or as awkward as he was.

- I think he's a good kid. He was surprisingly endearing even before they established that he was an abused kid. I think he has potential to be a very intriguing character. I like the introduction of a new teen dealing with this issue...it gives the writers so many directions to go in with various journies of werwolfism while still opening the door for other supernatural creatures.

- Only big enough where she can fill the screen. Maybe Scott's werewolf locks gave her a complex.



Damn this show grew up and got sexier and scarier over the break and I loved it. It's no longer a guilty pleasure. It's just a pleasure (especially with the eye candy provided). They paid attention to every last detail instead of half assing the buildup to things and holding out for the big tricks. I loved that about this show. The writing, the acting, the lighting, the music...all of if came together quite brilliantly I have to say.



-Daddy Argent is the perfect complex villian. Because in his own way he technically isn't one. So I loved the moment shared with Scott and how tightly he holds onto the Honor Code of his. His internal conflict that's already being exhibited early on will definitely be one of the most interesting aspects of the Argent storyline. He'll most likely be at odds with his wife and Grandpa Argent...and of course with his daughter.



-Lydia's attempt at being so dismissive and happy go lucky about her two day fugue state was hilarious. Are we to assume her body is rejecting the bite as well? I can definitely see her being drawn to Derek in order to figure things out in the future...although I don't know too many people who wouldn't be.



-Jackson is and shall forever be a colossal jackass. But damn if he isn't entertaining to watch. I can't hate him even though I sort of want too. But the bleeding out black goo stuff is seriously creeping me out and...I'd love to know what he's supposed to be. I find it utterly hilarious that he's not a wolf and Derek has a new wolf bro to look out for with Isaac..someone who wouldn't have been turned into a wolf had Jackson possibly intervened in some way to break up the abuse going on next door.



-Allison is like my favorite girl in one of these type of shows. She's freaking smart. And she has skills and she doesn't hesitate to use her skills. She's a strong girl. The type of girl that girls actually like to see on tv. And she's a badass with a bow and arrow. I really need to take archery lessons. Her teaming up with Stiles was hilarious. The entire "heist" thing was hilarious. It was like supernatural Leverage.



From this moment on I will forever refer to myself as an Omega.
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"Damn this show grew up and got sexier and scarier over the break and I loved it. It's no longer a guilty pleasure" heck yeah it did, I watched first season just in the past week and hot damn l didn't realize half the people were as sexy as they are lol.

As far as Allison, I most definitey have a girl crush on her.
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I'm with you Mallypally. So with you!
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Alison: Badass without the stupid. How many heads are exploding over this concept right now? Teen Wolf might need to put up an "Exploding Heads" disclaimer.



How long can it last...?
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I have faith it will last all season. Such a foriegn concept isn't it?
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jackson is so gay for himself its ridiculous
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Lizard wolf hybrids!?!? Who's seen the first underworld? (trick question, everybody's seen the first underworld). It doesn't work unless your from the original bloodline!



Lizards vs Wolves vs Humans. All we need are the Protoss!
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1. I'm guessing the camera guy, although it would make sense if it was grandpa. Maybe he did something to evolve into that thing so he could be as strong as werewolfs.

2. Most character improvement I would say Scott. I know that a lot of you think he is lame, but I disagree. The only flaw I can find is that he cares more about Allison than Stiles. He always says things like "how can I keep Allison safe?" when Stiles is just there. Dude, give some love to your best friend also. He is the definition of a best friend.

3. Isaac is a good kid, I think. But this could also go the other way. Heck, I thought that Derek was the big bad wolf (!) in this season, but he seems to be his normal self, aka weird loner with a grey morality.

4. I liked Allison's new hairstyle, it reminds me of the 80s. :)

Notes: Great new opening credits! And the tone for this show is scarier than ever. I actually got goosebumps when Lydia's scream echoed over the town. Keep it up, Teen Wolf!
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1. there is definitely a reason why they focused on him like that.

2. I know right?! Love Scott but worst bestie EVER! Add on to it the fact that Allison can shish kabob a dude from ten yards away while Stiles on the other hand has an innate ability to attract any and all dangers. Tyler Posey was never bad last season he was just not as strong character wise as the others...he lacked a presence and had a babyish and aloofness about him, that I don't know, didn't exactly mesh with the dark overtones of the show and the complexity of the other characters. Does that make any sense?

3. I grinned like an idiot when Derek appeared onscreen. He does that ambiguous, grey, loner thing quite well. He seemed more chill. Like the Alpha thing cooled him down a bit. I love the reluctant older brother vibes he throws off with Scott and Isaac.

4 And the 80's were great! Yes Lydia's screams and like everything in both episodes gave me goosebumps. It was masterful.
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totally agree with you on number 2. and Derek is freakin hottt.
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I actually love Scott as a character, even in season 1. He felt like a normal teenager who cared for people. His only flaw was, as I said, not being the best friend to Stiles. But it feels like people don't like Scott because Stiles is so awesome (maybe it's the same thing in TVD with Elena and Caroline?). They are so polarized by the audience. And btw, the reason I love Stiles is not because he is funny, but because he is kind.
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Women do funny things to men. Call it sexist (as well as disloyal), but all of a sudden we want to protect the woman we love above all else. I think it's hormonal. So that character trait rings true to me.
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I think that is especially true of teenagers. And works in reverse as well. Women are definitely guilty of doing the bro before ho thing when in love.
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@blue..I like to think I don't now, but I am certain I did as a teen.
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This female doesn't.
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When you say things like this, saf, I find it so hard to type out a witty comback! Darn you!
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But it doesn't look good ... I mean, Stiles even mentioned it:

Scott: I'm just so scared that I will hurt her ...

Stiles: And me... Your best friend..?

Scott (doesn't listen to Stiles): I don't know what to do ...

Me: Come ooon, Scott.
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I accidentally read "Lizard King" instead of "Lizard thing" earlier and it got me thinking: can we change the reference of "reptile creature" to "Lizard King" instead? Or are we still waiting on to show to tell us if these reptile thingamahjiggs have something of an "alpha" too, which we could then reference to as "the Lizard King"?? It's just something about that phrase, it makes me giddy.
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Lizard King totally rocks!
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Reminds me of Jim Morrison ...
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I rewatched Shapeshifter again, and I really think the lizard thing is the new kid, whatever his name is, just based on the fact that he saw the flashlights in Isaac's house and might have been curious and then later saw Derek leave but saw Alison (who he has a crush on) arrive and he went to investigate (I am theorized here because it isn't wolf, maybe he is new and doesn't know - heck, maybe Beacon Hills is a type of Sunnydale where if you have any penchant for the supernatural, a hellmouth is going to take advantage). I am curious what it up with the vet still too, but he seems firmly on Scott's side. I did a dorky thing and looked up wolf packs and there are supposed to be alphas (Derek), betas (Scott), gammas (I am betting Isaac and maybe some of the others), pup sitters and pups. I wonder if the vet is a pup sitter, it would seem even if they are second lowest in order they can still stand up to the alpha like he did with Peter for his pup's sake (Scott at the time).



I have a feeling we are going to love Alison and Lydia a lot more this year, and it will actually be because they kind of trade off some personality parts, Lydia being more vulnerable and kinder (and maybe sometime realize she and Stiles might be good for each other) and Alison more of a take charge bad ass.



I think Isaac will ultimately be a good guy who helps straighten out Scott and Derek's relationship, but I worry about his vulnerability and also because I saw interviews with the cast when they were about halfway through episode four and the interviewer met with a new character who we meet next week, but it wasn't Isaac.



I noticed her hair in that scene too, I theorized that the idea was she was trying to look at non threatening as possible because she doesn't want to arise her grandfather's suspicions. It was already being pulled down to normal by the time she called Stiles (you know something I still wonder from last season, why did she make Lydia go with Stiles? It was kind of random and I couldn't figure out if it was because she knew about Stiles' feelings, or since she knew Scott wasn't going, she got a kick out of his best friend and thought that would make her evening more pleasant).
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I still can't get over the fact that MTV made a supernatural show like this, which is just so good! And it was a really good start on season 2 also.



I did wonder wether they were giving a nod to spiderman, considering how both feature a lizard creature this summer.

We allready got it confirmed its not Jackson, and its obviously not grandpa Argent because a) hes to old and b) he would have gone werewolf hunting and not killing humans if he was that thing :P

Lydia is the most obvious choice, which makes her seem like the red herring. Unless thats exactly what they want us to believe, and she really is the lizard.

I don't think its the science teacher because they allready did it last season, and he is an established character.

I would have said photography kid if it were not for the fact they actually showed us he was nearby, just before Allison saw the lizard creature. To obvious to early.



So my guess right now will have to be.....Lydias Dad! Seriously, nobody mentioned him, which is why he would be perfect.. He is a new character as last season we only saw Lydias mom, whos btw missing so far this season. Him being a supernatural creature would explain alot why Lydia didn't become a werewolf. And it would give our heroes a personal connection to the killer lizard.



As for Isaac, you know hes gonna be trouble for Scott.



And Allison obviously improved most, as it was the weakest character at the start, oh and she got even bigger and improved hair since last season :P
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Umm, I loved the episodes and your recap, but I still don't understand what's wrong with Allison's hair! :P It's great, curly and full, what do you have against thick hair, Price? ;)
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-Reptile Creature: Photography kid, just because I want it to be. But there's gotta be something with the Veterinarian, too. That guy is all kinds of sneaky, plus the whole thing in the first season where his VETERINARY COUNTER was made of Werewolf repellent wood. This guy is in the know supe-wise.

-I loved Lydia season 1, and we still haven't gotten too much of her to see too much improvement, but I am LOVING THE CRAP out of Allison "Robin Hood" Argent. Shoot more things with arrows please!!

-I think Isaac's a good kid in a bad situation who will get killed later to shuffle some stuff up for our hero Scott.

-I like her hair, so you leave it alone you! (I don't know why, but I do. Also, she has long hair, which in my book always equals better (Exception: Ginnifer Goodwin).)



Loving this show, and again the visuals do not disappoint. Nice with the darkness. As well with the credits. And right there with you on the town's reaction. They actually reacted!!! Like real people!! So nice to see. Sure they don't know everything that's going on. But Allison's auntie Kate got majorly deaded in a weird instance by the creepy burned-down house and Lydia you just naked walked 2 days into the woods. You get good and looked at for that crap, especially in high school. Looking forward to more awesome.



P.S. for a tiny town they sure do have a lot of tall buildings downtown. Right there with you Price, but hey, it's great visuals, so whatever.
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Ginnifer Goodwin is always the exception to the rule! : )



The visuals are incredible. And Allison playing Robin Hood is definitely a highlight I sooo agree! Finally a female lead who possesses some skills and can do things, you know? She holds her own!



I think the vet is like TVD's equivalent of that coroner who covered things up. He's definitely privy to some supernatural craziness. I suspect he will end up being the "go to" in regards to this lizard creature business.
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I just can't wait to see what they do with him. I just want to know so much more about this mythology here and I'm sure he knows ever so much about it, so more of him is required in my book.
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I didn't love Teen Wolf's return. I thought it as solid, and as my BFF pointed out, one tends to get WAAAY more excited about shows during the summer since there's NOTHING else, but I wasn't jumping up and down. I thought it was a little weird... like the flashback to Allison's dad telling her to stay away from Scott, and then the fact they didn't show that nice, dad-abused kid getting bitten. I was kind of confused a lot, which is nothing new for me, except I think it was not all my fault this time.



Meanwhile, Allison's mom is way scarier than her grandpa - they should make her mom the main villain.
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I do not want to repeat the same thing over and over again (but I'm doing it)...I loved the episodes! I love the series! It's so grounded in reality: the kids go to school, when someone gets killed it's night, in the dark, and not in broad daylight and they always try to catch the killer!

And there are plenty of funny scenes too. I loved when the grampa asked how much was the camera worth and then crushed the memory card. Genius..And the fact that Lydia said she lost almost 10 pounds and Allison after saying Lydia lost 9 pounds!!Pure girl bitchness!

And the beginning scene with Isaac made me so unconfortable..

Now the questions:

1) I think is someone we haven't seen yet.Lydia is too obvious...and Photo-kId is too....When I saw Grampa taking the pills, I only thought that he is old and then sick. I'm too naive.

2) I'll go with Derek. He is the responsible one, he take cares of the pack, he tries to make Scott think! And Stiles is already perfect. BTW the fact that Allison without problems throwed and arrow in a guy's leg makes her number two in the improvement list!

3) He is a good kid, but i think being under the alpha like he was under his father will mess with his head. He was so scared at the police station.

4) Maybe she will cut them all like her mother...
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oh and i wish you had a motion pic in your recap of jackson growling at himself in the mirror when he anticipated becoming a werewolf...i was laughing so hard at that scene because he looked completely ridiculous!! :D
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the first thing i thought when i saw the black ooze coming out of jackson:

"now that dick roman is dead the rest of the leviathan fled supernatural an immigrated to beacon hill!" :D

and who knows, maybe that lizard thing is what leviathans look like underneath their man-suits?



1.)

i was pretty sure it was jackson, because of the thing he had in his neck last season, but now...i don't know. we have to consider, that it killed the a-hole father of isaac but didn't attack allison and scott in the house...so i'm guessing it could be lydia...because i think it would be lame if it were:

the science teacher (i think he really is just a normal but unlikable teacher and only there to confuse us)

or the grandpa (i think he might be a werewolf himself and takes the pills to block his condition, because how likely is it to hunt werewolfs most of your life and NOT get bitten at some point).



2.)

definitely scott, i don't think he is annoying anymore



3.)

i think isaac is a good kid, but i don't find him very interesting right now, it's just fun to have more werewolves on the show.



4.)

maybe by the end of this season allison will have amy-winehouse-hair??
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In answer to your questions:

1) I think it's either photography kid, or someone we haven't met yet. It's definitely not Jackson - we have proof he was sleeping all night long - and it's too obvious for it to be Lydia. Lydia's the red herring, fo' so'!

2) I'm not sure who I think has gotten so much more interesting. But I think I'll decide on Allison. I never expected her to be fooling around with her boyfriend even though her dad threatened him with a gun. And then Stiles called her, telling her that they needed help. And she just stepped up. That NEVER happens? Something always goes wrong, heroines are mostly fragile in the end... So this was awesome, really.

3) Isaac's definitely a good kid. Though I think he's gonna be a handful.

4) I hope it's gonna explode all around her ^^



I absolutely LOVED these 2 episodes: Thanks Price, for making that photo recap of the first 6 episodes last week. I never would've watched it otherwise, but now I think it's really one of the best shows yet.
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vote Grandpaps Argent for Lizard thing

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For a second there I read "Lizard King"
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One of the biggest surprises of last year, this is a pretty fantastic show. Loved the Season 2 opener. And this recap guide... it's freaking brilliant. So damned funny. I'm gonna look forward to this every week.
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You're totally right! I can't stop being surprised by the fact that I went from being like "ugh this is pretty freakin' lame" to being like "whoaaaaaaaaaa!" Seriously, I'm not MUCH more into this than, say, True Blood for example. Truth be told, I was only sorta excited about TB anyway. I mean I always liked how the show was based in the south and that gave it some flavor and originality but it just doesn't compare to shows like TVD and now Teen Wolf.



-My first inkling was that it was Lydia or Jackson. After I saw Jackson didn't transform into anything, I was stuck on Lydia. I don't think it's the Photography kid or the Science teacher at all; however, it actually hadn't crossed my mind that it could be Grandpa Argent. :O Ok so now I'm stuck between Lydia and him.

-Oof that's a tough one. Stiles is still Stiles which is awesome. Jackson has become more interesting, same with Lydia. But as far as overall improvements go, I guess I'd have to say Alison? I was really impressed, too, when she shot that guy with her bow and arrow. :O Also, I'm super looking forward to seeing more of the Veterinarian!

-Somehow I think he'll end up being bad news.

-I didn't notice her hair at all! But maybe that's why I never pay (nor paid) attention to her in that way? So, sadly I didn't get why this was funny haha.



Honorable mention goes to Scott for his overall improvements. He would have come in first but I still think his character has a lot of room for growth. As much as Scott is a good kid and all, he's pretty darn boring don't you think?
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I think True Blood had a lot of potential to be great but they took it too far in an attempt to make it edgy. Sex wise especially. I'm all for sex but wayyy too much time was dedicated to it on that show instead of on character development. Although that being said, the characters are pretty one dimensional in the books.
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Scott's character has a TON of room for growth, and I am glad for that. You can't set up the hero fully grown to start or you run out of stuff for him to do. And he is boring, but that's what makes him the hero as he gets involved to save others. Those may seem like contrary ideas, but I think they're making it work just fine. Especially having him as the principle teammate/foil to Derek. I love their semi-okay-strained relationship.



Also, Stiles is still awesome.
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Stiles is so damn annoying, but still he's awesome. I want to punch him, I want Derek to punch him, I want someone else to punch him, and then I root for him to live and be happy. It's really magical how they do this.
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I know! I myself am a walking contradiction in so many ways...so I think that's why Stiles appeals to me. You wish him bodily harm while simultaneously wanting to hug him to pieces. You laugh when he's getting tossed about but you never want him to actually be harmed. He's like a little brother.
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I agree completely with that.
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Ladies and Gentleman: The above practices the art of accuracy and economy and brings them together again as they should always be (though clearly not within this comment).
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I haven't told you that you're awesome in a while have I? Cuz you are my friend.
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I like it much more than TB or the late TVD! It's more coherent and never boring. And I haven't seen a storyline dropped yet (like panther people, fairies...)
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The only thing that was really dropped were the werepanthers, and thank fucking god for that. The fairies are coming back this season, but I understand what you mean about last season. This upcoming season looks way more promising.
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Yeah. TB threw in some really stupid ideas after I think the second season. I don't think Teen Wolf is better than TVD, but it's up there! Like if TVD is a 10, then Teen Wolf is like a 9.4 or something haha.
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Correction: "I'm SO* much more into this than, say, True Blood for example." My brain was malfunctioning when I typed that sentence lol.
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That is a bit of redemption, actually. I don't completely love Teen Wolf, and I'm still watching True Blood, but...yeah. That's just a hot vampy mess over there.
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Yeah it really is. If you look back, they've taken the show in so many weird/wacky directions! That show is all over the place.
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Price, this wasn't nearly as good as you're suggesting. Too many things about it were just ridiculous: the way the werewolves are running, the way Scott could smell directions (he was in a car and says "turn right"), the stupid idea to lock him in a freezer, etc. But you seem to be completely immune to stupidity and ridiculousness on the shows you watch.



I will probably continue watching in spite of the fact that I thought they did a really bad job here, because for some reason I require a lot less from shows with a supernatural element than I do from regular shows.



Also, for those of us who aren't into dudes (no offense intended to those who are), the fact that the guys are taking their shirts off about once a minute while the girls aren't even showing legs, cleavage or side boobs is just annoying.
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Yay for being into guys! They're so pretty. Keep your shirts off, guys! Yum!
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This isn't Sherlock or Boss; it's a supernatural teen show, and pretty much as intelligent as it's going to get. And as for the half-nekkid dudes, let's face it: these are chick shows. We just happen to be watching them either out or in the closet. I'm semi-out because I can blame my GF (and believe me, I do). We just gotta take the good with the...ab?



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Yeah I agree with some of the other commenters. I mean I'll state my point and you're naturally entitled to your opinion and you have every right to disagree with me. I can't force you to be right....LOL



I think in stating that you require a lot less of shows with a supernatural element in comparasion to other shows you've essentially made your previous statements about ridiculousness, stupidity, and poor execution (or whatever it was your were implying by stating it wasn't good) null and void. I'm just saying. I'm on the contrary. In comparison to some of the other supernatural shows out there, I thought the show did quite well. Surprisingly well. It's only grown and gotten better since the pilot in a way that some shows (my dear TVD) takes years to get to and never quite does.



As for the guys being shirtless. I myself kid around like the masses, about drooling over the pretty boys with their washboard abs...because they very well are aesthically pleasing.. I can say that it's because it's more guys on the show than girls. Which is true. I can also say that the target audience typically tends to be teenage girls...which could be true ( I don't think it is but whatever). But the fact is..it is a show about werewolves. Teenage/Young adult male werewolves. I assume it's part of the mythology to involve some form of partial nudity...it's natural after all. Also a great deal of time is shown on lacrosse fields and in the locker room. For once I don't think this show is gratuitous with the half naked men. The majority of the time they guys are shirtless, it's feasible for them to be shirtless at the time. They very rarely show them that way for kicks, squeals, and giggles. I like that. I like the brush of realism in an otherwise arguably unrealistic type of show. As for the girls. I thank the high heavens that the girls aren't just taking their clothes off every five seconds. It is a refreshing change from everything else, because you're more inclined to see half naked girls on tv than you are guys. The girls on this show have no reason to be waltzing about with little clothing. Now if Lydia becomes a werewolf than I fully expect to see more scenes like the ones in the last episode with her being nude or near to...because it would fit then, with her being a werewolf and shifting. When Alison and Scott are going at it...I expect to see some flashes of something then. I love that they have a rare sophistication when it comes to that...and it never dawned on me that it could ever be problematic for anyone, because it's never nude/half nude for the sake of it...
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You have a point about the shirtlessness (the locker room, the mythology, and the target audience), but the "null and void" statement doesn't make sense. Maybe I didn't make it clear enough what I meant. It's hard to be accurate in this tiny space. I meant that because of the fact that the supernatural element is interesting all by itself, it takes less skill and intelligence to make a show with a supernatural element interesting. (Interesting TO ME that is). In that sense, I "require less" from the people making this show. This obviously doesn't make my complaints about their lack of skill "null and void". If these guys were better at what they do, the show would be better.



Things like Scott's "sense of smell" (which apparently isn't even chemical, since it can be used to tell directions) may not bother you or most people here, but I find these things pretty annoying. I may have to suspend my disbelief about werewolves just to be able to watch the show, but I don't think I should also have to suspend my disbelief about what "smell" is.



If Scott had done something that could actually have been explained by a heightened sense of smell, it would have made the show better for me, and wouldn't have made a difference to you. Actually, since this sort of thing irritates some of the viewers, it would have been better for you too, because everything that makes more people tolerate the show makes it more likely to stay on the air.
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I really think you're mixing up his sense of smell with the car directions he's giving Stiles. Scott, like anything with a good sense of smell, knows the scent is coming from 'that way,' which he simply rounded down to the nearest street that could get them closer.



Sure, if he'd said something like "Right on Main, two blocks down, then left on Sylvester, second house on the right, knock because the doorbell sticks," then that would've been a bit much.
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Trust me, I'm often teased for my insanely long postings because for whatever reason I cannot adequately sum up my points in such tiny spaces...not online anyways. I don't necessairly agree with that, but fair enough.



I find that with supernatural elements one has to suspend their belief a great deal. I suppose that is why I'm clearly not nearly as affected by the "smell" thing as you are. And I'm a realist. Maybe the bar is so low that, I cannot help but applaud this show for doing quite well, in my opinion.
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I love your long postings :)
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Okay, I'm not even going to begin on the fact that you obviously don't like certain elements in the show. You're entitled to your own opinion on that.

But I will say something about the chests/cleavage-ratio: the show is centered on teenage boys who play lacrosse. I mean, your main cast is 2 girls and 4 guys, now even 6 guys when you count the new additions. So it's kind of a no-brainer that the guys are featured more often. And remember: this show was originally meant for teenage girls... If you want boobs, go watch Spartacus. Every 5 minutes you'll be surprised :-)
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See, I was going to say that, especially on MTV, I find it REFRESHING that you don't see the girls/women wearing 3 inches of fabric and calling them "clothes". They wear clothes that actually cover their bodies and it's kind of relaxing to see that (besides there's enough on this show that will un-relax you). You see a more reserved wardrobe from them, and especially in a smaller town, that is generally more accurate. As far as the guys taking off their shirts, well, if you're an animal (e.g. a wolf), you want to be as free as possible to let all of your senses gather information, so that's not over the top. Also, there's a lot of shirtless stuff going on in the lacross locker room because... it's a locker room. And it's the men on this show who do sports (except for Awesome Archer Allison (alliteration, yo)) so we see them shirtless, and it shouldn't be seen as an unfair focus. Also, I am a man and attracted to women just in case you were wondering from which perspective this opinion was coming.
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+1 for alliteration, yo.



Ehh, I don't mind the girls not being half naked all the time, but I'd rather it just be even. It's like a Van Damme movie; who is that ass shot for?



It makes sense that the guys are half naked when they are, but it's like *when* they are, it usually wasn't during a necessary part in the story. They don't *have* to have all those Lacrosse locker scenes; anything that happens in there could've happened out in the field. Scott didn't *have* to have taken his shirt off so soon before Alison's mom showed up (conveniently failing to grab it before hopping out the window), or the half-naked towel chat with Scott's own mom last season, etc.



It's fine, but it's still gratuitous pretty much every time, and these gratuitous moments hardly ever happen to the girls. I guess we had a moment with Lydia, but she was kinda tore up...dirt, twigs...and it's Lydia. I get that she's supposed to be the hot popular girl, but...c'mon.
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It so is! I love the wardrobe period. I love that they obviously pay attentionto what time of year it's supposed to be and take into account the weather. I love that the teens dress and look like teens in whatever environment that they are in. When Alison is in the woods she wears jeans and boots and a coat and sometimes hats and/or gloves if it's cold. I love that. I hate to see stuff where there is a girl trumping through the woods in six inch stilettos and a mini skirt and spaghetti straps when you can see her breath as she's talking and the leaves on the ground suggest it's autumn. I never imagined that being an unfair focus because surprisingly enough I never seen shirtlessness as the focus anyways. They've never showed a half naked guy just to show him half naked. I love that about this show.
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It was established a while ago that werewolves have a very heightened sense of smell, so that plot point isn't really ridiculous. And considering the timeline of the show, this is either Scott's second or third full moon, and he's been actively ignoring attempts on Derek's part to train him to control himself, so he really has no idea how he'll respond to the full moon and was being precautious--soooo those things that you call "ridiculous" seemed relatively sensical to me, given the show's history and set-up.
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No matter how sensitive his nose is, he shouldn't be able to determine directions like that. All you can do with a great sense of smell is to determine if the smell is getting stronger or weaker. If he had said "turn around, we must have made a wrong turn back there", I would have been OK with it. But he said that they need to turn right at the NEXT intersection. Even if his sense of smell is so accurate that he can tell which one of his nostrils is picking up a stronger scent, the turbulence around the car would have made it impossible to determine the direction.



I agree that it made sense to lock him up. But how could he possibly think that a refrigerator would be strong enough? It would be like trying to lock one of us in a cardboard box with a computer network cable tied around it. He should have come up with a better plan at an earlier time.
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It's not like their sense of smell only works in "forward / back." It makes perfect sense that he can smell something stronger in a certain direction and give an order to turn their car in said direction, respecting the fact that they were driving on a street. If a dog could only run on designated streets, staying off lawns, sidewalks and bike lanes, he'd go forward, back, left and right.
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Wrong. The dog would sniff in most directions without turning around (unless it was actually stronger behind him), and then proceed in the direction in which the smell was strongest. It seems you think a dog zigzags back and forth across the countryside until it happens to bump into its target. It's more like a steady dotted line of sniffs in one general direction, following their target.



Anyway, that's exactly what he did. If Lydia was say, NE, knowing that roads likely don't go NE, you would start either North or East, and then switch to the other before you passed her up. If anything, he likely told Stiles to turn right because her scent started to get *weaker*. That works, too.
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The dog would try all the available directions, one at a time, until the smell is stronger than it was a moment ago. Then it would continue in the direction it's already going.



Scott didn't do anything like that. The scene made no sense.
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I guess I'm just not bothered by the idea that a werewolf's sense of smell works differently than one would logically expect--he is, after all, a supernatural creature that essentially defies logic. The way sense of smell works in this series has been consistent, so that's all that matters to me (you're obviously free to think differently).



With the refrigerator thing, yes, it was a terrible plan, but the show at least acknowledged it when Stiles told Allison it was a stupid idea. And you know what? I liked that! Teenagers do stupid things that don't work all the time, but so often in supernatural shows, they work out well. I'm glad it was a stupid idea because teenagers have stupid ideas. For me it rang true, but you're certainly entitled to disagree (I can certainly respectfully disagree, as these kinds of conversations are fun when they're not caustic).
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Good point about the refrigerator. I forgot Stiles's comment about it. That makes the scene much more tolerable.



I would prefer to not have to suspend my disbelief about things that are unrelated to the show's premise. In this case, I don't think I should have to suspend my disbelief about what smell is. If the scene doesn't bother you, that's good for you. It just makes the show more enjoyable for you.



By the way, I also don't like Captain America's shield (conservation of momentum), the way Superman catches falling people (it would just cut them into three pieces before they hit the ground), and the homeopathic medicine in Pushing Daisies (a show about a guy who can bring people back from the dead with a touch). I want my shows to specify what sort of silliness I have to tolerate from them as early as possible, and then stick with it.
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1. To me it feels like they want us to think Lydia is the reptile creature; If the creature has something to do with the black goo water from the bath scene and black goo covered female torso in the opening credits then its probable. Savvytvfan9's comment on Stiles' "I think it knows me" comment could also heavily apply to Lydia.



Jackson seems to be dealing with something else (or lack thereof), hate to repeat myself but we still haven't seen the result of his wolfsbane infection (reason why his body is rejecting the bite?). The Science teacher would be an unexpected surprise. We still don't know much about Matt (Photography Kid) but its possible he is the creature. Grandpa Argent has his pills but I believe it's for treating something werewolf related rather than reptilian (Iunno, wolfsbane pills? lol).



2. Allison, she went from helpless, clueless, girl-next-door to bow-wielding, knife-wielding, reptiod provoking bad ass. There is something about Female characters who wield bows that I find fascinating. XD



3. Isaac seems like a good kid who keeps getting into bad situations, and also needs some lessons from Mr.Alpha on this 'control' he was talking to Scott about.



4. I didn't really pay attention to her hair from all the awesomeness in these episodes. :P
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Okay... The creepy teacher is totally Jackson's father. They are also probably some other mysterious creatures, who can't be turned onto werewolves like Jackson, but can have super strong senses like the teacher who always hears and notices things/whispers while looking at the blackboard. Photography Kid is weirdly obsessed with Allison, there's gotta be more to the story than a love triangle...he can be the reptile creature but that wouldn't explain the obsession. And it did look female, not Saul Tigh-like, but maybe that was the whole point. But why would Lydia become a reptile creature after an alpha bite? Did someone else snack on her too?

Grandpa Argent's pills look like too much of a give-away, I don't think he is the creature. Maybe he is a werewolf? It was the full moon after all, maybe he is sitting on a cure, extracted from Jackson's relatives.

Isaac is a really interesting character so far, but I definitely see him going the Faith way eventually, although he didn't kill his awful father so he'll probably won't go all postal on everyone unless something even worse happens to him (although I think the worst thing that can happen in Teen Wolf is late night meeting with Grandpa Argent's sword and then there will be no more character development).

Alison's giant hair makes her look even more tiny, she looks like a doll.

Most improved character is probably Alison (the arrow shooting scene was badass! you see - you CAN make an ordinary not supernatural girl be a badass) and her mother (she has lines and some action now!). Scott is looking better. The other characters didn't need any improvement, they are perfect just the way they are!

I wish Danny got more action though except being a gay lacrosse player, and their coach - who is hi-la-rious - got more scenes with other characters.

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I liked that Allison kicked some ass with her bow, but don't you think that kind of gives away to her family that she's working with the werewolves? I mean, what other bow-wielding maniac is hunting the back alleys for werewolf hunters to shoot in the leg? The list of suspects has to be pretty short. Granpappy Argent isn't going to be too pleased when he figures that one out.



Also, on the subject of the opening credits - It looked to me like someone took some notes when they were watching the Girl With the Dragon Tatoo (the version w/Daniel Craig in it).
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I suspect the Argents will start to suspect that Allison stopped them, for the very reason you cite--they'll see the arrow and immediately put it together. But I think that's a good thing, as it will make Allison's story arc even more interesting and complicated!
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Questions:

... I hope its the teacher, in the promo Stiles said "I think it knows me" talking about the monster batman lizard thingy.

... I think Derek has improved the most, he's more like a leader and less sketchy, plus i love his interactions with Stiles, they are funny together

... I think Isaac will be the sacrifice, he will be part of the team or group or pack or whatever but will be killed by hunters towards the end of the season to trigger a showdown or something

... It will get so big that it will block the full moon and no-one turns.



Loving season so far I want it now!!! Love Stiles so much, really looking forard to next episode!!! I cant wait til Scott n Stiles find out that Jackson got bit but nothing happened.
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First off, thank you, Price, for not making me wait til the fall for more of your awesome photo recaps. Much appreciated.



1. I think the new photography kid is the reptile creature, but really, who knows? I like the mystery of trying to figure out who is what or whether they are anything at all...

2. Allison has definitely improved the most. I liked her okay before, but love having her on team werewolf, shooting arrows at cars and bad guys. She is much more interesting now and not such a victim.

3. I think Isaac is a good kid, but who knows what kind of messed up he is after years of being abused, so we'll see.

4. I think Allison's hair will continue to get bigger. After making a few commercials in Japan, I think it will finally get its big break when it is featured in a future bathtub hallucination scene with Lydia.
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Before answering questions: I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm starting to think that Vampire Diaries may need to take some notes from this show. It's just really stepped up this season. I love the fact that everyone in the town isn't oblivious and these two episodes were just kickass. And I haven't had to deal with anything similar to ridiculous witch mythology yet, so I'm very happy. And that freaking promo! It's wonderfully creepy and amazing! Why couldn't Vampire Diaries have picked up something like that season 2?!



1. Who even knows, but my bet is kind of on the Science Teacher, he's just too creepy and in too many scenes for there to not be something going on there.

2. Stiles and Derrick have always been something similar to perfection in my eyes, so I think Allison. She's a lot better know that she knows what's really going on.

3. I think he seems like a pretty good kid. Especially since he wasn't the one that he killed his dad and he basically does whatever Derrick says, so he should be pretty controlled.

4. She knows everything about everyone now. That's why her hair's so big, It's full of secrets. ;) So my guess is it's only getting bigger.
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So agree TVD really does need to take notes. Desperately. I say this as a TVD fan.
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I, too, heart TVD.
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*opening credits, not promo. :P
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