Teen Wolf "Fireflies" Review: The Virgin Homicides (PHOTO RECAP)

Teen Wolf S03E03: "Fireflies"

Attention small-town detectives: Maybe consider turning in your badges and letting teens handle all the mysteries from now on? Same goes to you, small-town police officers, paramedics, coroners, emergency room doctors, and elected officials. Step aside and let teens get to work! Teens are terrific at all of these things, and let's face it, you are bad at these things. While all you detectives were out eating donuts or being responsible parents or something dumb like that, teens were solving all the mysteries using only Google/QuikLookuP and their unlimited texting plans. Teens were also staying up all night tracking down dangerous killers and preventing murder sprees and occasionally averting Armageddon. And what were YOU doing? Sudoku. Also, you know, while we're on the subject, maybe you could do some sit-ups every once in a while? Teens do so many sit-ups, all of the sit-ups basically. That is what helps them solve tons of mysteries. Get it together, small-town city workers!!

Sorry I got so carried away shaming small-town grown-ups just now. Anyway, the reason is that this week's episode of Teen Wolf, "Fireflies," finally unveiled the season's central mystery and of course Stiles and Lydia were a regular Mulder and Scully, just immediately deducing connections and drawing conclusions between all manner of mysterious activity. But as you might expect from an episode so early in the season, "Fireflies" wasn't, like, crazy-eventful, more just a slow build-up of reveals and surprising character moments. Fair enough, Teen Wolf! I know how you can be and I like it and I respect it. Now let's gab!

We began with a seemingly surrealist scene in which two children attempted to catch fireflies (lightning bugs if we're being real) despite the fact that they don't really exist in California. Also the music was like something out of E.T. or maybe a fabric softener commercial. It was pretty charming to be honest, but I was like, Wait what show is this again?

Oh but then the kids' unsupervised adventure quickly took a turn for the nightmarish:

It was Boyd! He'd apparently run out of the abandoned bank and into the woods and now he wanted to eat children! Typical Boyd.

The kids ran and took cover in the world's most rickety and randomly-placed tool shed in werewolf attack history.

Honestly, I GOL'd (which is like LOL but with giggling) when Boyd straight picked up the shed and threw it SO FAR and it exploded. But then just when Boyd was about to eat these tiny fools, a jar of fireflies landed at his feet!

And wouldn't you know it, werewolves HATE fireflies! So much so that if you throw a bunch of fireflies at a werewolf he or she won't see you run up and snatch your future victims and spirit them to safety! That's what happened here, basically.

Good thinking, Scott!

Meanwhile Lydia had finished screaming herself awake and decided to go to the drugstore so that she could eat some medicine, but then instead she accidentally drove to the high school swimming pool. There, she found this:

It was a funny fake-out because it seemed like she was about to discover a corpse floating in the pool. But it was just an extremely disturbing-looking CPR dummy or something. Phew! But it turned out she was just looking in the wrong direction.

Whoops, throw another dollar in the Dead Lifeguard jar, everybody! This lifeguard was dead.

So yeah, it looked like Lydia's still-mostly-unexplained supernatural abilities were BACK.

Meanwhile, Allison was sitting her car having a flashback to a conversation she'd had about ten minutes earlier. In it, Scott had finally admitted to her that Mrs. Argent tried to murder him during a rave. Allison believed it right away and seemed very bummed that Scott hadn't told her earlier, but he explained that he just didn't want Allison's final memory of her mother to be murder-related even though the mother was a born-murderer and basically murdered herself to death. Overall it was a nice moment, made almost completely hilarious by Scott's blood goatee.

But then this happened and I got SO SAD:

AW BB :(

I loved when Allison snapped out of her flashback and then she held up an arrowhead like sh*t was about to get REAL. She was basically in her own show this week and it was a show I would LOVE to watch.

Okay, so there are also FEMALE homosexuals in Beacon Hills, good to know. Anyway, so then two very cute ladies were on a romantic camping date but then one of them started hallucinating that she was being attacked by bugs.

And then, in what was probably the most egregious example of supernatural cockblocking in history, the bugs carried her away! Then to add insult to injury, Derek's sister showed up to growl at the girlfriend.

Poor girl, that was not fair to her. Anyway, luckily a trio of hunks showed up to shout at the lady werewolf and chase her away. I loved that Isaac was in the mix, just helping his bros and not getting super tortured. What a nice change! Also I loved his reaction when Scott went on to suggest they find someone even better than Isaac to help them capture the rogue werewolves.

Also I liked that Isaac was wearing a peacoat and scarf, he looked so British. Quick question should Daniel Sharman be the next Doctor Who? Just kidding, he should stay on Teen Wolf forever.

Then Mr. Argent dropped his eggs in the grocery store parking lot and then immediately busted out a gun on Scott who'd been creepin' up behind him.

This was actually a very nice moment, particularly if you missed those scenes between Scott and Mr. Argent from earlier in the show's run. Their relationship on the show has always been one of the most loaded, from Mr. Argent's initial disapproval of Scott dating his daughter, to his mega disapproval once he found out Scott was a werewolf, to his begrudging respect when he found out Scott was a decent werewolf, to their mutual affection for one another due to Scott not having a father nor Mr. Argent a son. Look, what I'm saying is, I love it when these guys hang out, and in this scene Scott successfully manipulated Mr. Argent into helping them prevent murders by capturing (and not killing) Boyd and Cora.

And then the best part of the episode happened. You know I love me an unorthodox team-up, but not as much as I love it when characters stand in tableau.

Seriously, this sequence where Mr. Argent explained the ways of the werewolf hunter to a trio of werewolves was really well-written and beautifully edited. I was SO into it! Especially because it was intercut with Allison prowling by her lonesome being all quietly badass.

Between this and last week's solo sleuthing, Allison has quietly become one of the best characters on the show. I don't mean this as an insult, but I think she's way more compelling when she doesn't have as many scenes. You know? Like, not pouting about heartache or whatever, just doing her own thing without having to check in with anybody. She seems almost cool now, like a baby Michonne or something. I don't know.

So the fellas decided to try and drive the rogue werewolves out of the woods and into the high school boiler room where they could be locked up until the sun rises. Isaac really wanted to murder both of them but Derek was uncomfortable with murdering his own sister and also his progeny so this plan would have to suffice. Plus, it involved ultra high frequency glowsticks that made werewolves' heads hurt (though I guess the main three guys got over it quickly). Commence glowstick-planting montage!

This montage was great, obviously. It seemed so '80s for some reason and I mean that as a compliment.

Meanwhile Stiles had come to the aid of Lydia over at the swimming pool and they were both now knee-deep in a mysterious murder scenario. They also had this nice moment where he took her home and he awkwardly fumbled with his words but she cut through the awkwardness when it seemed like she was sincerely scared.

If you'd theorized that Lydia's mysterious fugue was somehow related to her Season 2 servitude to a werewolf ghost, both she and Stiles assumed the very same thing. Whatever was going on, it was probably Peter Hale related right? The smash-cut to Peter Hale certainly suggested as much:

Peter sort of wandered out of the woods to tell Derek something about how this whole thing with Boyd and Cora was just the blind Alpha werewolf's scheme to get Derek to murder them both, so he should probably just let them run around town murdering people and not get suckered into it. Something like that, who knows. Who knows what's going on with Peter. Does he have a job yet?

Meanwhile Scott's mom needed to discuss a murder case with somebody so she phoned the smartest teen she knew. This guy Lydia had discovered at the pool? He hadn't been tore up by a werewolf, he'd been murdered by a serial killer! Because, oh yeah, there was another victim:

It was the horny birthday girl from last week! What a terrible birthday present, in my opinion. Anyway, Stiles' reaction was pretty devastating:

This was good acting though, I was so bummed for him.

I liked this moment wherein Mr. Argent pointed out that California don't got no fireflies. Because duh! But also it suggested that there's some kind of supernatural phenomenon going on that we haven't learned about yet. I'm so glad, I was worried there wouldn't be any new weird elements this season, only werewolf stuff. Now I'm excited!

Anyway, finally the plan came together and the wild werewolves showed up at the high school.

Unfortunately it was surprisingly hard to corral them into the basement! Like, for instance they wouldn't run in the front door and instead tried to jump OVER the school! Fortunately Allison showed up to GET RESULTS.

She shot tons of flashbomb arrow tips at them and scared them right inside! Isaac saw her and a million tiny hearts flew up around his head.

And a new ship is born!

Haha Allison looked so weirded out by this. Oh, get real, Allison. Like this isn't the best day of your life.

This was a really amazing visual pun: In the darkened boiler room the rogue werewolves' eyes looked like fireflies! It also reminded me of one of my favorite parts of Pee-wee's Big Adventure.

So yeah, anyway, Scott and Derek trapped Boyd and Cora in the world's weirdest high school basement/boiler room/supply closet. Unfortunately they didn't realize there was somebody already down there!

It was the teacher lady! Who apparently still worked there even though her classroom was destroyed by birds. But yeah, Scott could hear her heartbeat, so Derek volunteered to go in there and save her.

For a minute Derek kind of had things under control, but then the tables turned!

Boyd and Cora scratched Derek SO MUCH. He was basically getting scratched TO DEATH. But then...

Then the sun came up and I guess the wild wolves turned back into teens and Derek was fine.

Speaking of fine, the lady teacher seemed pretty stoked to be alive and also to be looking at Derek up close.

And another ship is born. (Haha R.I.P. This Ship)

Oh, and then Stiles' dad discovered the body of the girl who'd been carried away by bugs. That made three people ritualistically murdered, and Stiles pretty quickly deduced that all three had been virgins when they were killed. Which meant only one thing: Somebody's making human sacrifices!

So dang. We now have an official murder mystery on our hands. Each season has had one, so it's not a shock, but still. Who's killing teens? My immediate instinct is that Peter Hale is probably doing it since his very existence is owed to magical forces and he's probably trying to find a shortcut to becoming an Alpha again or something. But personally I hope it's a new kind of threat derived from some other non-werewolf-related phenomena. This show has dabbled in magic before (and if we're being real, A LOT of the werewolf stuff is straight-up magical), so I would love it if the true Big Bad of the season were an evil warlock or something. I still have a feeling that the major threat that the veterinarian and the guidance counselor alluded to at the end of S2 was not actually the Alpha pack's arrival, it was something worse, and maybe the Alpha pack arrived to help fight it. I mean sure the Alpha pack are a bunch of jerks, but so far their motives are so cryptic as to make me think there's some misdirection going on. I don't know! I don't ever know! But for now I appreciate the mystery even when conclusions seem pretty far away at the moment. This was still a fun episode of television in my opinion.

QUESTIONS:

... What is your current theory about the murders?

... Were you livid that there were no towel scenes or ice bath scenes this week?

... Do you like Allison more or less when she's hanging out in the shadows?

... Does Scott hanging out with Mr. Argent give you tons of feels be honest.

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I'm still in shock from the discovery that there are no glowing lightning bugs in California! Just say the word, Price, and I'll send you some.
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The teacher literally stayed at the school until 5am. wtf.
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It's the low budget plot contortion way to start a romance....
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What I've always loved about Price is that he notices and has the exact same reaction to things as me. I was sooooo excited for the team up tableau, they have teamed up before in the end of season 2 but it lacked tableau and it was really just Isaac and Derek together, Scott kinda by himself and than random Mr. Argent, this one was sooo much better. Totally agree that Allison is a 100x better on her own when she doesn't talk and she just runs around being a badass, I just wish it didn't take her little heart getting stomped on every season for her to do it. I don't want Derek with the teacher, she is an accident or a trick waiting to happen, he needs to be with someone way cooler. I am surprised Price didn't comment on Isaac asking Derek about Cora cause that killed me, I wouldn't mind that ship, since we all know the little Allison-Isaac thing isn't gonna happen, it's just there as a temporary trouble starter. I want MORE Peter. I don't know how I feel about everyones story being so separate from each other, I know they will all connect but I want all my awesome people to interact more.
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Allison and Isaac seem so out of place. Cora and Isaac would have been better. I will go down with this ship.
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Allison and Isaac seem so out of place. Cora and Isaac would have Belén better. I will go down with this ship.
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Funny review! "She's an angel" He had that astounded, impressed look on his face like he'd never seen Allison in bad ass mode before. Funny. And yes, I ship them temporarily because the previews for next week did show a small gist of them getting all up close and kissable.
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1. I don't really have a theory, I never have theories, I'm just a sad, theory-less person. But I hope Lydia's random supernatural outbursts are explained because how does one drive somewhere unknowingly without crashing the car?

2. They definitely should've added some towel scenes because this episode was kind of slow and the pacing would've picked up quite a bit if we had some of those. My pacing, at least.

3. Every time she goes into bad ass mode, I absolutely love her. She's so independent and instead of relying on drugs and alcohol and other influentially bad teenage escapades to escape the feelings of heartbreak and torture she just uses her bad assery as an outlet. She's like a superhero. The way she helped Isaac and Scott and the gang. She showed up and did work.

4. Haha, not really, but it's nice to see how their relationship has evolved from S2 to now.
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I have a feeling that the teacher is going to end up being bad in some way. She seems way too innocent. No one is around just to look sweet, innocent and pretty. She's up to something.
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Me too. Derek always have bad luck.
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1.Feral were-unicorn
2. Derek's jeans are so tight I can almost forgive them for not having his shirt more thoroughly shredded.
3. I like Allison any time when she's competent and not crazy. Or love-stupid.
4. Scenes with Mr. Argent + anyone = yes, PLEASE.
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Rec for jeans so tight....
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I read this in tumblr in a Q&A and found this interesting:

hi jeff, do u have any comments about the poltergeist hale family theory being the ones terrorizing beacon hills?
poltergeists? the movie scared me as a kid but that’s all i can say for now.
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Oh - and one pet peeve about the last, unfortunate murdervictim:
Ok, so she was garotted - which means a noose around your neck, insert stick, twist until choking/broken neck/slit throat. The more elaborate versions (as seen on James Bond, among other places) were constructed with a noose (often metal) attached to a pole or board, often with a sharp point which was driven into the skull as the noose tightened; broken neck/pierced spine.
If using a sharp wire, you might achieve the slit throat-look that TW went with. Otherwise, it's basically just a way to strangle someone slowly/hang them while sitting down.

BUT: The posing of the last victim. Why wasn't the wire IN the wound?
At first, I thought she'd merely been posed there, the wire used to tie her to the tree for more "impact". But a closer look reveals what looks like a metal "stick" (tent plug?) at the back of the noose, meaning that it looks like she was actually garotted against the tree. So how come the cut on her throat is several inches lower than the wire? Seems unlikely it would dig in that deep and then allow the body to slide down without causing more tearing.

Or am I just being a crazy, nitpicky, morbid nerd now? ;)
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The victims all had three separate wounds--strangling, throat slit, and head wound. It looked like, on Heather, a cord was used for the strangling instead of a wire. Regardless, whatever ritual this is, it requires throat slitting as a separate step, not just a cutting in to the skin during the strangling.
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Loved this recap - so many captions, so many lulz! :D
But to answer your questions in order first:
- I don't really have a good theory yet, but I couldn't help thinking "Stiles is a virgin, Stiles is a virgin" over and over while my mind instantly conjured up scenarios where Derek would help "save his life" by ridding him of this "burden"... ;)
I suppose Isaac may be as well... :D

- Nah, I'm good. There were more feels this time (Stiles, crying, OMG <3), which made up for a lot.

- Allison is way less annoying like this, and I wouldn't mind more moments like the one where Isaac spots her being all Awesome, having the whole group realize just how useful and competent she is (when she isn't being a raging ball of teenage hormones).

- Sott and Mr. Argent have ALWAYS given me tons of feels. I LOVE Mr. Argent, and want MORE Mr. Argent - with Scott, with Stiles, with Sheriff Stiles, with Derek - just MORE Mr. Argent! :)

In addition, I don't think Boyd lost track of the kids because of fireflies - I think he lost track of the kids because of MAGIC fireflies. ;)

I think Lydia has some sort of mystic "gift" which makes her more susceptible to either outside control or to "tuning in" on stuff happening, at least until she figures out how to control it.
Also, there's been very little mention of the fact that Stiles a) has enough of a "spark" to magically close an ash circle, and b) has some sort of prior connection to Deaton (or at least his mother had) - I wouldn't mind more Magic!Stiles, although if they don't go that way it's ok:
It's kind of cool to have at least ONE superawesome guy on this show be Just Human, for the rest of us to identify with.

Peter's probably not directly involved in anything going on right now - I think he's insane, and a snarky bastard, but I actually believe him when he says he's regaining his powers and just staying alive right now. Despite the last two seasons, I don't believe he actually wants to see Derek dead anymore - it's the only family he has left, and I actually believe that counts for something. Even though he DID kill Laura.
But I guess he was even MORE insane then. :p

And finally: Sweet, sweet Stiles. Tell me you weren't MOOOOVED when he came face to face with Heather's body and he CRIED - OMG, the FEEELS! <3
(And I really, really feel sorry for the poor girls in the woods, just trying for some romance - Teen Wolf apparently can't quite decide if teenage sex is a good thing or not; if you try to have it, you end up DEAD, but only because you're a VIRGIN - if you've already done the deed, you're apparently safe... :p)
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I watched the episode again with my sister and I think that this episode is much darker than the others of the rest of the previous seasons. And didn't have many funny scenes that relieve the darker tone. In other thinking, I think that Lydia is being manipulated by someone else like Peter did in Season 2. Agree with the people that think that maybe this time is not Peter and Peter have his own agenda. Lydia will have to become aware of her abilities and learned how to control it before someone use her abilities (whatever they are) without she know it.

I read an interesting theory of Lydia in an article called The Otherworld: Lydia Throught The Looking-Glass (in the site offthepreserve). It's interesting for all of us that are guessing what is happening with Lydia. I think this season is keeping us very busy theorizing than the season 2.

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OMG. I really recommend this site http://offthepreserve.wordpress.com/. I read a couple of articles and is awesome. Is completed dedicate to TW have in the media, theories and show mithology, etc.
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I really want Derek and the teacher to hook up
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I lost it at that "How dare you" caption, haha.
Seeing Derek holding Erica makes me wonder what teens do with all the dead bodies on these shows. Because bodies are pretty hard to make disappear (or, so I've heard *worried sideways glance*).
Also I can't believe they made Gage Golightly come in for a day of shooting just to sit dead in a closet last episode. I actually didn't mind that character, seems a bit random to kill Erica off and not Boyd? At first I assumed she left between seasons and they killed her out of necessity. But if that's correct *and* she was coming back for a cameo, give the girl a gracious exit, geez. Now she just got killed offscreen even thought the actress was available.
By the way, at the risk of enraging Isaac fans, that oddly placed CPR dummy totally has his lips, jawline and checkbones. Bit disturbing.
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Not enough Isaac. Not enough shirtlessness.
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Oh Price, I can't not acknowledge each time just how much I missed your recaps.Bravo, sir. Bravo.
-And then TSC and their witchified mystical, magical insanity came to TW and all was right in the supernatural tv world. Yeah, I said it. I'm totally on board for some witchy shizz. I feel like TW could do witches right (*glares disapprovingly at TVD*). They can do witches in a True Blood meets TSC way rather than TVD "WTH is this madness?". I mean, of course if it's something other than witches it'll be even better, because why limit ourselves to witches, werewolves, and vampires being the only supernatural creatures? I love that this show introduces so much stuff. I don't know. All I know is, I was all proud of myself for deducing the virgin sacrifice thing before Stiles even did. I totally felt like Watson (Lucy Liu style) when Sherlock gives her one of those compliments. I never cared for virgin sacrifices. Why sacrifice the virgins when you can sacrifice the whores? Did I seriously just type that? Moving on along.
-Why? Why would I be livid? My beloved Isaac rocked a mother fudgin pea-coat like a boss. My precious Derek worked a tattered and bloodied muscle shirt like an 80's action hero or at least like he was in the gazillionth Die Hard. It was glorious. Plus, Derek, Scott, Isaac, Uncle Peter, and Mr. Argent were whispering all serious and posing all hard like they were in the folds of a GQ magazine. What was there to be livid about?!
- Alison in the shadows made me smile. I like that she's off doing her own sleuthing and what not. I love that she finally got her bow back in her hands. I was thrilled. Sometimes it's easy to forget that Alison is no damsel in distress. She's a badass in her own right. She really gets to show that off when she isn't having awkward lovey-dovey moments with Scott, and she's off on her own. I love Alison the lurker. Alison the lurker is my girl.
-Kinda. Never thought too much about the father/son bond. Or maybe I did some time ago. God knows I tend to analyze stuff to pieces.

-Oh the children. I believe when I seen that their were kids in the cold open I started holding my breath. People die in cold opens. I did not want Boyd to kill the kids! Save the kids!
-When the HELL will people realize that nothing good ever comes from frolicking in the woods? Someone needs to be smart enough to take a stand. Just say "you are not getting anything from me if we're out here. The only thing I'm giving you in the middle of the woods is directions to get us out of the middle of the woods." But yay for the gay love and stuff!
- I wanted to hug Stiles. I keep saying that, but he just looks so huggable. I really love how mature his character has become. We've all noted that Scott has a maturity to him this season, but so does Stiles. He's becoming more than just the trusty sidekick. He's the support system. He's the great friend. He's the brains, and I love that more people are beginning to recognize and give him props for that. Not just Scott. His moments with Lydia were so fantastic. She was so vulnerable and he was so incredible with how awkward he was coming across but how take charge he was too. I also loved his scenes with Mrs.McCall. He was so visibly crushed at seeing this girl lying on the table, and I loved that Mrs. McCall for once, seemed to genuinely be taking him seriously as far as his knowledge and input. It reminded me of how Stiles lacks the mother figure, and Mrs. McCall is basically it for him.
-Isaac. I love Isaac. I thought the exact same thing when I seen him in the pea-coat with the scarf! Could he BE any more British? I mean between his attire, his snarky humor (which I LOVED...so many sardonic comments I couldn't keep track), and the fact that Daniel, God bless him, can barely pull off an American accent consistently, they should just let Isaac be British. Team British Isaac. He has seriously only child syndrome. He was all for killing Boyd and Derek's sister. I think he likes finally getting positive attention and it all being to himself.
-Also, Derek. Ugh. I wanted to hug him too. Apparently this show brings out the affectionate side in me or something. So many hugs. Derek will always be that really special character for me. That moment when he was holding Erica's lifeless body (or that chick (dummy?) with the really bad wig), ugh that got to me. His face. Alison looking at his face. It was like an unspoken something right there. Allegiance, maybe? Empathy? Something. What I always love about Derek is, he's this hardass. He tries to pretend as though he doesn't care, even though he really,really does. He probably cares too much. He carries all this responsibility, and the younger peeps of this show, especially tend to look at him as though he's supposed to know it all. Then you think about it, and it's like, he's just as lost as the rest of them a great deal of the time. He's still kind of this kid himself.He's a kid with this job of looking out for, protecting, and leading these other kids. You could feel the weight of his guilt over what happen to Boyd and his sister. You could see that guilt and fear when he was holding Erica. That scene, also coupled nicely with his reaching his hand out to the teacher later one. I'll refrain from babbling on about regaining control and redemption and what not. I think it especially becomes more apparent though, when Uncle Peter is in the mix. He kinda hates his uncle but he looks to him for guidance too.
-Seriously, I could watch an entire show of Peter and Isaac making snarky, witty comments.
-Some of the special effects and graphics in this episode were kinda painful to watch in the most hilarious of ways. Boyd in full werewolf form for example...gawd.
-What the bloody hell is Lydia? I heard banshee.
-I love how we didn't really get any answers about the alpha pack or anything else but it was still so entertaining.
-I also love how this show does one of two things, they either 1. Actually work at continuity just when you think they might be slipping...they get right back to it. or 2, they acknowledge their lack of continuity when they've failed at 1. They never forgot about Lydia's stuff from last season for example.
-I'm curious about just how often they've exposed themselves as werewolves. It appeared as though the teacher may have seen Boyd and Derek's sister, and she definitely seen Derek all bloody. The kids in the beginning. The surviving girl in the woods. It isn't like they can compel people to forget like vampires.
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So many hugs, indeed. I do like the pea coat for Isaac. Anything that puts the BBC Sherlock theme in my head is welcome on my tv.

I did end up saying, "Tell me you're not gonna have Boyd eat those kids..." I didn't think they would, but I did think they might.

And I also said, "They do this now?" at Mrs. McCall coming to Stiles to help with the murders. It's a pretty cool pairing, and anything that gives her something to do, right?

I think the teacher seeing Derek all bloody, and maaybe seeing Boyd and the sister, just puts the teacher more firmly onto the witch arc, or at least the Something arc. Hopefully it won't be the 'Now that you know, you gotta die in a week or so' arc. That's almost always a waste.
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I know. Too many hugs. I scoffed.

I put nothing past this show. Nothing.

Right. I was wondering how it would work after her finding out about the wolves. Oddly enough I'm looking for her and Peter to share the screen again.

Witch bizness. Agreed.
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Yeeees, which brings us to the question: Will it be..?

TW: "That's right, TVD, *this* is how you do witches. Psh, Bonnie..."

-or-

TVD: "Yeah, our witches suck, but at least we never had them do *that*. Psh, TW..."
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Nobody has anything to say about the more prominent thing on the episode: THE SCARF? Really guys, really?
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omg that scarf was super distracting!! It could'nt have been that cold since Derek was wearing like a light-weight, deep v-neck t shirt haha
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... 1) What is your current theory about the murders?

- Ooooh. Okay, so like there are these people right who want to defeat werewolves or something, but they need supernatural power to do so, and by doing their virgin sacrifice thingy they can muster up enough power to do a spell (like Bonnie needing to kill folks to do her veil spell or peter hale using refracted moonlight and wolsfbane? or whatever to come back to life). The spell is to end werewolfism/kill all werewolves/resurrect dead werewolves and stuff, but in the process they can seriously screw up the natural balance of things(fireflies in california, suicidal animals, etc) and leave a serious body toll in their wake(Innocent virgins!).

So that's why that counselor lady is working with the Alpha pack(they are out to protect themselves, she wants to save innocent lives. They want Derek to join them like Peter said to make them stronger as a pack. :)

But this leaves me with a huge unanswered question. Who the hell was that motorcycle chick from the 1st ep and why on earth would she risk everything to save Isaac? Why did she need to speak with Scott? Why did the ENTIRE alpha pack corner her then kill her? They wanted scott & derek to find boyd & Cora so it couldn't have been to prevent her from telling Scott where they were. Why kill Julia? What is going on????? *rant over

... 2) Were you livid that there were no towel scenes or ice bath scenes this week?
- It didn't bother me too much, I was busy staring at Isaac's lovely face. Forgive me Stiles

... 3) Do you like Allison more or less when she's hanging out in the shadows?
- Sure I like Allison, just like i liked Laurie from 'The Walking Dead' and Elena from 'The Vampire Diaries'.

... 4) Does Scott hanging out with Mr. Argent give you tons of feels be honest.
- I'd rather Scott stay away from all things Allison tbh, including her daddy. Besides, you break up with someone, you break up with their family too, that's dating/breaking up 101.
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I have never even seen this show (and have little desire to) but when I see 'photo recap' I have to flip through it for some laughs. Kudos.
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All pics with Isaac are always so funny and yummy!!!!
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that's because Isaac is awesome, though I feel bad for him, even when they don't torture him they insult him. Poor, poor Isaac.
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I occasionally read reviews on this site, so I don't know who writes what. However, this was the most hilarious review I've ever read. I didn't have any of these thoughts about the show when I was watching it. Now, however, I must agree that you are one insightful genius. Except for the Allison bit. I hate her character and think it's ridiculous that she's so mad skilled after a handful of days with her crazy gramps.
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Price does HILARIOUS photo recaps.

I think someone else does them too, perhaps Lily Sparks?
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She participated on competitions when she was a child, they were training her without telling the werewolf bit...she says so in season 1 or 2..tells scott about the arrows...
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Poor Boyd. As if he didn't have enough problems, his first name is Vernon. Maybe Erica was the lucky one. Loved that moment of silence for her, btw. Then again, with this show, maybe she's just 'Uncle Hale' dead. Derek can just quietly drop her under his house and we can see her bizarre return next year, if not sooner. The budget obviously covers only one bratty, rebellious, young female werewolf at a time, so maybe the sister can walk away somewhere to find herself, and the healing powers of Budget can bring Erica back into the fold.

I do prefer Allison when she's not talking--er, when she's in action, but helping, not being an asshole. Maybe Isaac can get something going with her and the legend of Alaac or Isaacson can be born. I really hope not, but it would be fun to watch Isaac with the googly eyes piss off Scott instead of Derek.

The funniest part of the show for me was actually Isaac showing up in front of the remaining camp girl. He had that faceshot that said: "Sup. I'm 'saac. I get to do stuff now. Aw yeah." The second funniest part was Scott flipping off the hood of the schoolbus to STAB the HELL out of that grass! The only thing that would've made that better is if they'd replayed it a few more times like in an old Van Damme movie. I find humor in all the wrong places here, but it works for me.

It was a clever trick making us think that no one was lying dead in the lifeguard chair...by making sure it was empty when Lydia first walked up. It did fool me. It was like, "Ha Haa! When Lydia's alone, you never know what to expect, because we'll just swap out reality for dramatic effect!" I guess next time she lies down in her bed to sleep, she can wake up in the forest with a pile of virgin bones. The next time she showers, it can be under a drippy dead guy hanging from a tree. When reality's stripped away, the possibilities are limitless.

I dunno, I think Scott should've jumped in with Derek when he went to get grated by his sister and Boyd. Even if he couldn't figure out that he only had to play Keep Away for a few more minutes until the sun came up, Scott can't fight, and he needs Derek to live, if only to take half the punches and kicks from the alphas.

Poor Stiles, of course, but really, the only thing more doomed than a sudden extra, is a sudden extra that wants to hook up with Stiles.

So, the pagan witch--er, new school teacher. If there's one thing you do right after your classroom is pelted by machine gun ravens, it's chill alone at school all night. Not that this makes her definitely a witch--this is Teen Wolf, and she could just be an idiot--but she has that kind of "I'm not *behind* the killings; I'm here to put a *stop* to them, so ignore me standing over the next dead body all alone with bloody hands" vibe going. And it would be nice if she was only pretending to be an idiot, especially if she's supposed to be doing something with Derek.

But ending on a positive note: Three straight episodes with no California Lacrosse! Let's go for 1,000.
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Rec the healing powers of budget!
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"The funniest part of the show for me was actually Isaac showing up in front of the remaining camp girl. He had that faceshot that said: "Sup. I'm 'saac. I get to do stuff now. Aw yeah."

Yup. That's the look. I don't know what it is about Isaac, but I just love that kid. He's just so much fun to watch. I mean aside from being yummy. He just has this thing. This inexplicable thing. That's my boy.

Um YES. I was thinking the same thing about Scott jumping in to help out Derek. I mean, on one hand, the gravitas of the scenario may have called for a lone Derek practically dying at the hands of these two rabid wolves that are his responsibility, while he tries to save everyone and even them from themselves even if it's to his detriment. I got all that. Visually it packed a powerful punch. I got that too. But on the other hand I'm big on, you know, loyalty. As a fiercely loyal person I kept willing Scott to run in there and help, intervened....do something other than hold a door up. It just felt all wrong to me. He's making all these strides at being taken seriously as this leader. He's clearly more mature than he was before. He owes Derek a great deal. He may not consider himself a part of Derek's pack, but in a way he still is, they're still connected...still, family. He doesn't typically shy away at putting himself at risk, and I felt like he should have there too. But, whatever works. What do I know?!
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Yeah, I'll at least say I like Isaac because he's scrappy.

And yeah, it was a powerful moment for Derek, willing to die to protect his pups--and random teacher down in the boiler room at 5am--but it was also a powerfully deflating moment for Scott, essentially saying, "uhh...ok." As you said, Scott and the show are trying to sell him as this leader, but he failed to step up not only for Derek (which is mildly forgivable), but for the random person down in the boiler room at 5am. It was his dumbass assumption that no one would be dumbass...ed enough to be in the school, so it's more his fault than anyone's that she was in danger.

Oh well, like Don Rickles, we'll just have to let this one go.
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I think the point was really most of the episode, Derek was kind of deferring to Scott's calls (specifically handing the hunt over to Argent) and this was his reminding himself and Scott that he is the leader right now and heck, that doing this makes him the leader that Scott would follow. I actually think Derek saying he was going in alone was actually his assertion of leadership and as Alpha and because just really over the course of the episode Scott has come to trust him again, Scott has to defer to him. He also has to realize, he doesn't seem to be a lot of help in these fights this season....
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I share your thoughts Acrobit. Maybe they want to stick around with the hero journey for Scott (making mistakes and learning from them).
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Yeah, they did do that, giving Derek back some of the awesome, but they also went and gave him *all* the awesome, which seems like going directly backwards from where it looked like they were starting the season.

It make perfect sense that Derek needed more Alpha balancing, since they seem to be incrementing to the "everyone's gonna end an alpha" bit this year, but this could've been done with Scott getting in a little courage to balance out his stupidity this week. He's always gonna be stupid, but instead of "Derek +1, Scott + Stupid," Scott could've wrestled with his doubts for a moment, and jumped in to help Derek, even if he didn't need the help.

Derek would've been brave, Scott would've been brave, and it might've been better to actually dominate Boyd and the sister a bit more before counting down the clock.

Ehh, no big. After all, 'this show.'
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I don't know I've been taking Derek's less than Alphaish behaviour as them revving up to demote him and make Scott alpha (which we know from the trailer will happen). Than again it could just be Derek was never really alpha material and he has always doubted himself, he is way too loyal and not enough of a dictator to be an alpha, it's almost like the others only except him as the alpha because he was born a werewolf and knows more about it, but even that is starting to look a little weak cause he is always asking Peter or the vet or Mr. Argent. I want them to develop Derek more, make him a better leader, I don't want him bumped back to beta.
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I forgot, in for Lydia, because no one was there to listen to her inexplicable nerd trivia: 'Lunatic' was used to describe people who were, or went crazy during a full moon, because the light from the moon interfered with their usual sleep patterns.

So, when Lydia was talking about her mom and her lunatic, and she happened to look at the full moon, that was her inside joke that no one was around to hear.
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I actually thought it was sort of a dual scene (kind of like it was when Melissa explained it to Stiles during Scott's second full moon in the first season), like Lydia obviously would know about the origin of the term lunatic and was initially just being ironic. But then there was the knowing almost meeting the gaze of the moon. I know people are really latching onto this banshee idea about her but I am really still stuck with whatever she is got activated by a werewolf who is subject to the moon and then she has always been kind of intense (sort of like Scott was) during full moons even before she was bit and there are likely other supernatural things that maybe have a relationship with the moon where they aren't controlled by it....
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I...think I agree with all of that, but I only meant to cover what Lydia actually would've said to someone else if they'd been there. Like if she'd had another haircut in bed with her.

Lydia: "Hmph, 'lunatic.' Did you know that the term is from the Latin, 'Luna,' and it entails blah-blah-blah?"

Haircut: "...sooo, you gonna call me?"

I don't know what exactly they're gonna do about Lydia's endgame, and though she at least thinks her condition is based on what a werewolf did to her, she still doesn't know what that is yet, so she likely wouldn't bring that up right then. She knows the moon does stuff with werewolves and lizardmen, but she just thought she was about to go to the drugstore to restock on ibuprofen.
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Great recap as always!
Great episode too... Poor Stiles, what a way to find out that your childhood friend -- that wanted to become friends with benefits -- is dead, that boy needs about a thousand hugs.
I liked the whole 'werewolf hunting tips for werewolves' sequence, it was nice to see Mr Argent again, and it was especially nice to see Isaac NOT being tortured in some way.

-The whole sacrifice arc should be interesting, since sacrifices are always done for a reason, so as horrible as these deaths re in and of themselves, it's also at the back of our minds that all they really mean is that something bigger (and badder) is on it's way. Anything that requires multiple virgin sacrifices to happen/arise just can't be good for our heroes.
-While there were no outright shirtless scenes, Derek's shirt did end up 'artfully ripped', so it wasn't a total loss.
-Honestly, I've never been a huge Allison fan in the first place, so her lone ranger act doesn't change that (I'm a Derek, Isaac, Stiles fan, it's really all about the boys for me...)
-Like I said, it was nice to see Mr Argent again, he was always my favorite member of that particular family, he's the most reasonable member & he has those amazing eyes...

Now we (I) just have to make it to the next episode so I can read Price's next recap!
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Loved the ep as usual an loved even more the Photo Recap LOL!
Yes, no semi-naked dudes this ep :-( What's up with that! (corpses do not count... puagh!)
Nice scenes & bit of male bonding with Mr. Argent. It had that master & apprentices sort of vibe...
Allison was super hot bad-ass yay! All by her lonesome!
Stiles is priceless even when he delivers "teary eyed scenes"
Isaac looked really hot with his Brit look... guess he couldn't help himself! (but I am afraid I will say nay to his candidacy for the new Doctor Who though: far too young looking...)
The only thing is that Derek looked like he had been scratched by hungry kittens and not by murderous werewolves!!!! ROFL! There shouldn't have been any shirt left! ;-P
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"Hungry kittens" LOL! Too funny!
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- It's the teacher lady...
- Ugh booo
- I always liked her!
- It basically makes me want to cry. So nice. <3

So this arc is the opposite of what happened in the late 70s/early 80s slash movies. Back then, teens who had sex got killed, virgins always survived.
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I think the episode is good but not great. Compared with Ice Pick(S2 E2) was much better, and moved the plot forward. In Shapeshifted (S2E2) the lizard was revealed. Many people complained that Chaos Rising was great, but not answered any questions. This episode starts to answers questions and shown to us the virgins deads like one of the main plots of the season. Obviously, the Alpha Pack like one of the others plots. I have some details or observations from the episode:

- Was great to see Derek try to submit Boyd and force him to shift from werewolf to human. Like he did in the final of Shapeshifted with Isaac when he tried to attack Styles and in the same way Peter did with Scott in episode School Night (season 1). When Peter tried to make Scott shift from human to werewolf.

- In the same form Peter said to Derek that the Alpha Pack want him to kill his pack. In Season 1 Peter want that Scott also kill his pack (in this case his friends).

- I think that maybe the weak part of the episode was to see Derek, Scott, Isaac and the Argents (including Allison) trying to catch Boyd and Cora (catch me if you can). But if we try to justify this we have to think that was very difficult for Derek to control Erica and Boyd in Party Guessed(S2) too. This time they told us that Cora and Boyd did not change since 4 months ago.

- Lydia has been manipulated again, and probably will be again,and again.....

-When I saw Scott with the mouth full of blood I immediately think in Elena Gilbert when in season 4 killed the hunter and didn't clean her mouth. I was like please Scott take a minute or a second to clean your mouth.

- We are all worried for Styles because he still is a virgen(sounds rare), but we have to be scared if he get another love interest. The murderer want that Styles doesn't lose his virginity.
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Scott and Derek were great this episode, as was Allison. Would have enjoyed less Isaac and more Stiles, though. I am so over the Cora story line already.
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Stiles was such a creep this episode. How many times does Lydia have to tell him to go away? He is a stalker at this point. And who yells at an innocent girl for calling the cops after finding a dead body because they didn't call you first? A selfish, entitled a hole, that's who.

Once again, Scott saves lives and comes up with a plan for everyone to follow.
Without him, those kids would be dead, Isaac wouldn't have been hypnotized, and Chris wouldn't have helped them. He just has all the answers and knows exactly what to do, doesn't he? He's gonna make an amazing alpha.

Also, no Sterek. Hahahahahahaha. Derek and Jennifer are gonna get it on and the Sterek fandom is going cry. Hahahahahahaha.
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He was actually trying to protect Lydia and look out for her, so not sure where the 'creep' part is that you saw. In case you've forgotten, he does care for her.
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Yeah, I agree, but I also think that Stiles' yell was a little too much... it caught me by surprise :/
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I read a comment in another site that said: in Japanese, where fireflies, "hotaru", are associated with spirits of the dead and passionate love. Maybe the fireflies are a clue in the virgins deads.
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Maybe Peter or someone is trying to resurrect the Hale family.

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Firstly can I just say, STILES, my favourite part in this whole episode, 'Lydia YESSSSSSS', had me in stitches, also, just how many times did Scott say 'uhhhh'. Derek and Isaac, priceless, but if Derek purses his lips anymore you'll be able to sell them as a product, brilliant, the look just said it all. I love Lydia's little silent crazies,' ha Luna-tic' She's very cleverly written and very well acted. Alison, I love the bad ass, but jeeeez smile woman, too pretty not to smile! Side note, anybody else watch desperate housewives BAM there's the twins, wait what, trying to be half naked badasses!! Funnyyyy, I'm trying to take them seriously but just can't lol. I loved this episode, actually made me laugh out loud a fair few times, we're only on episode 3 and already I'm hooked.
How many other shows can make Stiles' dad's scene, so damn dramatic, 'I believ she saw....something B)' Horatio moment anyone? Seriously, alls he was missing was putting on his shades, even at night....coooooool.

My final query, does it hurt for Scotts head to be slightly crooked? All bar the scene in the woods where his face was like, 'C'mon do you REALLY want us to fight, can I put my head straight now', was just funny, he never seems to be able to keep it up, maybe it's heavy with Alphaness! All in all, great episode!! :)
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Randomly, I was just thinking (I was actually reading the theory that maybe Lydia is a Banshee) I hope we in the next little while get a few interactions between characters who either did stuff to the other or was somehow otherwise a figure in a character's life...like, I enjoyed the total disgust of Alison and Derek's first interaction (and Lydia's total whatever about it) But, I want to see (and based on their last interaction, I expect Stiles to obey Lydia's insistence to go talk to him) the Peter/Lydia interaction. Heck, I want a Melissa/Peter interaction (but I kind of want it to be with the knowledge that he was the one to bite her son) and for total craziness, how about Peter and Chris? Or how about Derek and Melissa?
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Lydia is ABSOLUTELY a banshee, that would be perfect!!
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What would be funny about that, if true, is that it would tie her into the Druid thing, even vaguely and then it would also even support those who think Peter might have something to do with these deaths.
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Definitely need more Scott hanging out with Mr. Argent. And Allison doesn't need to be involved in that. At all :D

I don't mind Scott and Allison together, but I have gotten a little bored with them, so I wouldn't mind if they paired them with other people for a little while. And I definitely love Allison when she's off on her own, being badass.

Anyhow, not much else to say - really liked this episode. It reminded me a lot of the episode in Season 1, where everyone was trapped in the school with the Alpha werewolf.
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Price, I was looking forward to your comment about the hilarious dialogue between Isaac and Derek regarding Derek's sister. I think that Isaac and Cora should hook up. Allison and Scott belong together. I am really liking Isaac now, please don't kill him off! The previews for the next episode show him fighting with the alpha twins again. Oh no!
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1. The killings follow the pattern of an ancient British killing, the Lindow Man. I call Druids.
2. Not livid at the lack of male fanservice, it just better not become a habit.
3. It's not that she's hanging out in the shadows, it's that she's doing something other than mooning over Scott. As someone destined to become a general for the Werewolf Hunters it's nice to see here be more than the dreariest OTP in fandom.
4. Scott's interaction with Mr. Argent was enjoyable to watch.
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As to one, that is my opinion too. But my thinking is that this portion won't be resolved until the second half of this season. I really remember reading an interview with Jeff Davis where the interviewer was asking him about the set up and he mentioned Druids and later said we would see early signs of the second big bad in the first half. So, I am just wondering, we see a fourth victim next week, but then it stops (and I am going to guess it is currently the autumnal equinox and perhaps the second half is during the winter solstice and will be more victims) but it drives Stiles nuts trying to figure it out and that actually might be the avenue where Isaac and Scott start getting to be best buddies.
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I have the feeling that the murders are done by some kind of crazy cult that worships werewolves.
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Price, you're back?! And I just found out today, lol. I'll be checking on your Teen Wolf recaps from now on. Welcome back, Price.
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1. no idea. but I think it has to do with the fireflies and that it is somehting different than the Alpha pack. I don't think it's Peter. I think he has is very own agenda
2. not really. I enjoy shirtless Derek as much as the next person but don't mourn it when it stays hidden by impossibly tight t-shits ;)
3. I wish Allison would work with them. I think they have most problems when they work and act in twos or threes and not communicating together. I like her this episode but I would prefer she was part of the team
4. not at all. I don't particualry likeScott so the less I see of him the happier I am. but Derek & Isaac are hilarious.
I think I could ship Allison & Isaac. it sure would bring interesting conflicts into the show. though Cora & Isaac would not be bad either. it would bring me more Isaac/Derek scenes, so win-win
I don't like the teacher lady but it was clear by the composition of the scene that her and Derek are gonna be something. at least for a while. and she better treat him right. though I feel very iffy vibes from her for some reason
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I think Peter is behind the whole thing, I mean it's the only thing that makes sense. First of all it's already been determined that we cannot trust him and he practically tears people to shreds. He must have done them in his human form and then blame the Alphas (the whole speech with Derek and Peter was sooo off in terms of what was actually happening; I think that Peter was just blaming the Alphas; although he did help out for the bank thing). The last time Lydia felt the supernatural senses or whatever was when it was to do with Peter so I would think that the human sacrifices are related to him.

Allison was really cool with the huntress scene and in general hats off for the great acting esp. Stiles; although I do miss his hilariousness! The cinematography, filming and editing was awesome! I do hope that Allison and Isaac (so awesome!) has some more scenes together and MORE lady teacher and Derek scenes! It would be an interesting relationship. I cannot wait to find out the rest of the mysteries; the vet guy and counselor and the mystery of the Alphas and Peter's intentions....should be interesting!
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Also more Scott and Mr. Argent scenes....those two have an amazing relationship; never realised how cool werewolf hunting was until I saw the episode! Stiles is getting seriously smart and I love the character development he's tots going to end up being a PI ;)
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1. Although human sacrifice was an easy guess I'm still out of theories about why that's a thing... Maybe something will come up in the next episode..
2. YES. Derek's shirt was scratched to death and it STILL hung on. That was uncalled for. And impossible.
3. The only thing I actually liked about Allison this episode is that she managed to be bad ass without actually saying a word. Because not until this recap, and this question have I noticed that she said NOTHING. It's really kind of epic.
4. Really, not so much. Isaac and Derek on the other!! Be still my heart!!!!!! All those feels and nowhere to put them! This is building up to be my favorite ship of the moment.
Obligatory 5th question that went missing - Is Stiles in danger of becoming the next virgin victim and will it lead him into a sex craze?! Lord oh lord PLEASE!!! And if you are as true and just as they say - let it be with Lydia. I'm actually half expecting her to come to him and be like - Okay, so you're still a virgin, we need to fix this now, or you get dead. SO HOP IN MY BED!
*dreamy eyes* They will never happen. By my shipping heart is so scarred by past disappointments, so what is one more?!
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THIS: Derek's shirt was scratched to death and it STILL hung on. That was uncalled for.

VERY UNCALLED FOR, indeed.
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Allison and Isaac! whaat. What would Scott say. Stiles, I hope for your sake the sacrifice ends with 3 virgins. Anyway, all I could think was would be nice to have some Vamps up in here for the whole wiping memory and stuff.
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So straight into the questions:
1. I did a QuickLookUp of "The Threefold Death" or triple-death is from several legends and involved someone for example being stabbed, then hung, with the rope breaking and they falling in a river and drowning, thus stabbed, hung, drowned = triple death. It wasnt really associated with sacrifices but it was in all cases foretold or prophesied. So in 2x8 when Ms Morrell said "Should we tell them whats coming?" and Deaton replied "They've got enough to worry about", it could have been this. And just a quote by Lydia "Whats that thing you say about threes? Once... Twice..." BAM bird hits the window. Just saying, 3 could be a theme. Anywho, back to the questions.
2. I was completely outraged at no shirtlessness!!!!!!
3. She is better in the shadows just keep her there.
4. Yeah I love them together hes the father figure he needs.

I love Stiles being the detective, very awesome!!! I'm really looking forward to an episode coming up, 3x6 Motel California, just what Dylan O'Brien has said about the episode and location for the shoot. As well as the fact that a scene in this episode was co written with Dylan O'Brien which is awesome!!!
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DYLAN wrote some of it, now I'm even more excited. It's going to be hilarious.
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feeling like i have to remind myself to shut off the brain with increasing frequency as this season progresses. so like, scott's mom thinks it's cool to show a 16 yo fresh bodies in the morgue? allison sets up all these traps in the woods and then just..leaves them there? it's weird because so much action is happening and things are moving so quickly even though it feels like nothing is ACTUALLY happening. I wouldn't mind if they gave us more character interaction (ie, derek and isaac in the car) but they're just not, instead focusing on loooong montages about how to nonlethally hunt werewolves which canon has given us zero reasons to care about? price mentioning old mr. argent/scott moments just makes me miss these interactions even more--it was what the show used to relish in (see: parent/teacher conference montage). DEVELOPMENT. although i do still love it and will continue to watchl hopefully the increased episode order will show a course correction soon enough. right now it's looking like the double order just scared them into overcompensating.
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This episode was all sorts of Hero Porn... And it was fucking AWESOME!!
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I have to agree with other people who say that this wasn't their favorite episode. Although Teen Wolf doesn't really do filler episodes, this felt like the closest thing to a filler episode that Teen Wolf could possibly do. And by that I mean this was an episode whose major plot could have been way trimmed down to 3 minute conversation with flashbacks to let the audience know what had happened to Boyd and Cora the night of the full moon, but instead the plot took up close to 3/4 of the episode.

Now that's not to say that I hated the episode (I'm not even sure I disliked it-I feel more disappointed). But still even so there were some things that I definitely liked and even loved in the episode.

First off there weren't as many funny parts as Teen Wolf generally has, but I did laugh at the scene with Isaac asking Derek about his sister. I really disliked Isaac's character in the beginning, but now he's one of my favorites and I really hope nothing happens to him. Also the scenes between Lydia and Stiles were great. Holland and O'Brien do such a great job playing off of the other's characters exasperation or sarcasm.

Second, I LOVED that they finally acknowledged what most of the fans have been saying for awhile now, which is that the sheriff is not as clueless as all the characters think he is to the supernatural happenings in Beacon Hills. I'm really excited that he didn't correct his deputy when she said someone, while he said something. I'm really hoping that he'll continue to explore his hunches and find out the truth this season.

This episode also showcased two things that I've been impressed by with Teen Wolf since it started. The first is the cinematic feel of the episodes. I just love how they film this show to give it a movie like feel and some episodes stand out to me more than others (this was definitely one). The other thing is Dylan's acting. I know he'll never be nominated or win an emmy for this show, but in scenes like the one in the morgue tonight I can't help but feel he's being robbed because the show carries a stigma with it-that it's on MTV, that it's a teen show, it's a sci-fi show, etc. He's got such amazing raw talent that it's a shame he's not recognized more for it.

I actually am one of the few people who felt sort of neutral towards Derek the past two seasons (I didn't really like or dislike him). He was just too unwilling to accept help or admit his mistakes and too self assured for my tastes. But one of my favorite things this season is how he's admitted he did a lot wrong and is willing to do anything to correct it (even die). I've really warmed up to him and if he stays like this the rest of the season, he'll probably be one of my favorite characters.

I'm somewhat on the fence about the virgin sacrifices. I'm willing to see where they're going with it, but I hope to God they're not going down the path of adding magic (spells) into the mix. I can deal with a certain level of "magic" in the show, such as different types of wolfsbane having an effect on people and werewolves and things like mountain ash having an effect on supernatural creatures. Stiles using his mind last season to create more mountain ash bugged me because as much as Jeff Davis claims it wasn't magic, to me it was. But if they start adding in things like witches and magic spells I'll be officially pissed.

I'm actually not a fan of Lydia going all Lunatic again, unless Peter is still controlling her for some reason. Lydia being controlled by Peter and going nuts was by far and away my least favorite storyline last season. Holland is great at acting crazy, but I was kind of hoping to see her character learn to fit into the supernatural world as a human who knows the truth and is extremely smart and could simply add to solving the mysteries. But I'll give the writers the benefit of the doubt as long as they don't make her crazy every episode and give us some satisfying answers as to how she fits into the supernatural world as being special.

Finally my least favorite part of the episode was how long it took to wrap up the Boyd and Cora storyline. I was glad to see Chris Argent back in action, but other than that I felt the whole storyline dragged on. I figured they might kill someone, but I kind of figured that in the end they wouldn't die (and I definitely knew the writers wouldn't kill off Derek-there would have been riots in the streets if they did that), so it was really anti climatic and I really felt like there was no tension. As a result those fight chase scenes seemed overly dramatic and there were far too many of them for me. Oh well at least we have some one new who knows the truth-the English teacher.

Overall definitely not the best of the series, but it revealed some important points for the season and still had some good scenes. But I have to say so far I'm not as impressed with this season as I was with last season-maybe a result of my expectations being so high this season (last season they weren't as high). I'm hoping that it'll pick up and improve soon.
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Dylan is amazing and I'm thinking and praying that now that he is gonna be in the maze runner series he will start to get more recognition and show how awesome he is to a bigger crowd, though he has been in a few things recently so teen wolf has definitely been good exposure. But honestly that morgue scene was awesome, and I don't know if he was wearing eyeliner and mascara or something but his big brown eyes were so cute and sad, just love him, he has it all, the big emotional silent scenes and the funny wacky scenes AWESOME!
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Dylan O'brien is amazing and we are lucky that we saw him from his beginnings, since the pilot of Teen Wolf. Dylan is calling the attention of Hollywood since he appeared in the indie movie The First Time and in the New Girl episode (guest). He is filming The Maze Runner (a book adaptation from a trilogy) in Louisiana and then in August is schedule to continue filming TW season 3 part 2. TW has to move his filming schedule for have time that Dylan can film. He will start filming the movie Glimmer in January 2014. We wish the best for him.
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Forget to mention that Dylan O'brien appeares in the Intership along with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaught. I think is a great start for him and like you said for the people who still saying "MTV series actor".
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All I could think was that Stiles better bang somebody...QUICK! lol
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I was impressed with your use of the word "wherein" as it always sounds very posh to me. Oh and I'm totally on the Derek / Texting Teacher Ship (did we get her name yet?) even though you've predicated its quick demise.
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I don't think it's Peter Hale. I don't even think that's a remote possibility. Wrong direction for his character arc.
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I called Human Sacrifice
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Hey Price... it is AN ANGEL... just saying. :P
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I always assumed it was a joke. He writes the same thing on all those kinds of screen captures. Like when people write "I has cheez burger" - only funny and not annoying. Grammar police go home.
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how serious do you think my comment was? lol
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While you're technically correct, I'm not sure that Isaac was paying much attention to the technicalities at the moment. He wasn't thinking with the big brain.
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Valid reason. :)
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I was just about to comment on the same thing!
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Ok first off lmao about the Dennis Rodman comment below! Spot on buddy, spot on! We never really saw Boyd fully wolfed out last season so I didn't even recognize him.
Anyway about this episode. Seems its either one you loved or hated.
Damn it Price why did you have to point out that they moved production to us!? Now nothing looks right! They are going in a little too hard with the cgi and random abandoned skyscrapers for my liking. Looks too Gotham City like for Teen Wolf.
Anyway as far as the current murders go, I'm thinking its a character we haven't yet met or Peter has possessed the red head. God I can't think of her name right now. Lydia that's it! If you notice that when she first walked up to the pool they show the lifeguard stand from and it's clearly empty. They also show the front and there are no legs in the shot. Then once she sees the dummy in the water she suddenly finds her hands are bloody and the body appears. So is it just a hallucination at first or is she the one who planted the body there prior and we are seeing her go there after and rediscover it.? What else led her there? I usually do Advil runs to 7-11 late at night not to the pool!
I'm a little upset about the lack of towel in this episode for sure but any time Derek steps on the scene I forget all about it. We all know Jackson gave the best towel. Speaking of him am I still the only one who's still upset he left the show? Also I'm upset about the way they handled Erica's death. That was lame. Stupid actors moving on with their careers and shit! Bad move Colton and Gage.
Anyway am I also the only one wondering what a teacher was doing in the school all by herself until the wee hours of the morning until the sun rises? $h!t if I were her there'd be no way in hell Id walk into that creepy boiler/supply room(?) all alone during the day, let alone at night! Yikes girlfriend!
I Love that Scott and Mr. Argent are working together. I am glad that there isn't another crazy Argent double agent around this time. Them being the bad guys is getting old!
As the virgin killings go, Price you may be on to something. I hope it isn't something stupid like oh say a crazy kid drowning in a pool during a party and wanting revenge on those who laughed at him. That would be dumb. I am also hoping its not Peter either because then they will have to kill him and since he's the only one on the show close to my age group I'd feel like a real loser watching a show about teens!
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I hate to disagree with Price, but the weirdest school basement belongs to Sunnydale and Buffy. Other than that, I was dying to come read someone else make fun of the firefly escape and rickety shed hideout. I thought they did some really nice things with the firefly motif and the tonal shift with the kids in the beginning. I'm having a lot of fun this season (and even more with Price back behind the recap wheel).
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I keep waiting for someone to either just joke that Beacon Hills is some sort of Hellmouth and the longer it goes on I wonder if Jeff Davis is just waiting to get approval that Beacon Hills could be in the same universe as Sunnydale...like a comic book.
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With the human sacrifices my sister said that is taken a note from Mystic Falls. But the human sacrifices had always been there (horror,supernatural,crime series,etc).
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They are literally taking the method of the human sacrifices from a mummified body found in Britain called the Lindow Man. There are guesses as to why he was killed because he appears to have been either noble or just not a worker and given the time of his murder, one guess is that it was an attempt by the people of that day (which presumably were led by Druids) to sacrifice a noble man (maybe even one of their own) to stem the tide of the Roman invasion.
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Very interesting. I also read an article recently called: CELTIC MYTHOLOGY AND THE NEW BEACON HILL MURDERS! (site offthepreserve) that is very interesting too. Also read another called: ISSAC, THE COLLECTIVE UNCONCIOUS AND THE SHADOWS and talked about poltergeist and its interesting because in a Q&A they mentioned the poltergeist. They said: hi jeff, do u have any comments about the poltergeist hale family theory being the ones terrorizing beacon hills? and Jeff reply
poltergeists? the movie scared me as a kid but that’s all i can say for now. With the human sacrifices and poltergeist TW is getting very creepy.
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Hey! At least the Sunndale High staff realized that keeping their extra PAPER in the basement was a STUPID IDEA. I mean, seriously, what was UP WITH THAT?
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I must confess my first thought (and I am on the East Coast, like the extreme East Coast) was keeping paper in a basement seems really stupid and just asking for dampness issues. And then, wow, talk about a fire hazard being that near that boiler room (and seriously Derek, grab one of the pipes and knock them unconscious). Of course I had like this other voice in my head saying, well, they could just be acknowledging the overcrowding issue at schools and why there couldn't be a closet there. Personally at my high school it was a closet that only my history teacher (he wasn't sure why he was given this power, but he decided to start running a candy store out of it in the morning) had a key to, so, even our young ambitious teachers (my French teacher is the only one coming to mind) who stayed late, even the ones assigned detention, couldn't get in unless he was around. Heck, god forbid you actually had a class where a teacher let you take off your sweater last period and you forgot it. They locked you out as soon as possible.
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Of course they didn't there were mad vampires, ghosts, crazy demonic rituals, and a hellmouth down there! Everybody knows you store the old drama class costumes next to the hellmouth, not the office supplies.
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WITCHES
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