Teen Wolf PHOTO RECAP: Scaling Back (and Neck)

Teen Wolf S02E05: "Venomous"


Guys, there is a GOOD chance I MIIIIIGHT NOT be photo-recapping this episode of Teen Wolf! Can you believe it? I know you probably clicked on this article thinking there would definitely be a photo recap of "Venomous." It even says "photo recap" in the title! You were probably like, "I am going to read this in my cubicle, I can't wait to see what broken English will be written across screengrabs THIS week." All out loud and everything. Well, I don't know what to tell you. Whatever reasonable thing you THOUGHT was going to happen, MIIIIIIGHT NOT be happening anymore. Instead of photo-recapping this week's Teen Wolf, I think I'm just going to put on my shoes and, I don't know, go outside? Sorry, but you're just going to have to deal w/it.

TWIST: I'm going to photo-recap this week's episode. ARE YOU SHOCKED? Probably, and let me tell you why: I made you expect that there wouldn't be a photo recap, but now there WILL BE. So the #1 most expected thing happened yet it still felt shocking, right? See, expectation is a heck of a thing! That's an old trick that great TV writers know full well: It's one thing to come up with inspired plotlines and clever twists, but it's way harder to successfully manipulate audience expectations, especially in 2012. We so smart!

So "Venomous" answered the first big mystery of the season—the Kanima's identity—and the most shocking part about it was that the answer ended up being the #1 most likely option all along. Oh, you crafty writers, throwing us off the scent with all those other possibilities! I'm definitely paying this show a compliment: Teen Wolf actually made me believe that Jackson couldn't have been the Kanima. He was just too obvious! Now I just feel like a horse's patoot. But a horse's patoot who can still be reasonably surprised by Teen Wolf!

We began in an absolutely dark locker room with a surprisingly non-homoerotic workout scene between Jackson and Danny. Jackson was frustrated that his superhuman strength wasn't happening during his bench press sets.

Then Danny left the room and Jackson could suddenly hear ALL of the sound effects. So yeah, still reason to believe he was supernatural somehow. That, and also the OPENING SCENE of the season. And most other scenes he's been in since. Anyway.

But it didn't matter for the time being, because blonde werewolf lady was grabbing him by the neck and dragging him to that abandoned subway station where Derek lives.

Derek explained that Jackson was his #1 suspect for being the Kanima, but don't worry, reader, he had an EXCELLENT method of verifying this. Derek claimed that predators are always immune to their own venom, so if Jackson were the Kanima he wouldn't become paralyzed by his own venom-slime. Because huh? Sure, Dr. Derek. Great science. Ugh, werewolves.

I loved how disco that slime looked.

Honestly, I do NOT do drugs and never have, but I'd have to imagine that this lizard goo would probably sell pretty well on a black market, don't you think? One drop and you just lay on the floor for a few hours? It doesn't sound totally awful, is what I'm saying. Fewer calories than a party cube. Whoever this Kanima was (and it wasn't Jackson because he became paralyzed and Derek's plan was 100 percent BRILLIANT), he/she/it was sitting on a goldmine! Or at least secreting a goldmine.

Well, anyway, Derek and his crew were NOT happy that Jackson wasn't the Kanima. I guess because it meant they'd have to do a lot more kidnapping and goo-feeding? Total hassle.

But since Jackson was still paralyzed on the floor, Isaac took the opportunity to ask a favor. Turned out he was still on the run from the law (for PATRICIDE) and he needed Jackson to go commit a bit of perjury to get him off the hook. And it worked!

So yeah, welcome back you dreamy, parentless gravedigger!

Later at school, Jackson's super-sensory hearing was still in full effect and he overheard Erica and Isaac openly planning to goo-poison Lydia during chemistry. He'd been pretty out of the loop up until this point so it was refreshing that he immediately knew what was going on and spread the word to Scott and Stiles about it.

Lydia was having problems of her own, the main one being that she'd hallucinated Peter drawing spirals on the chalkboard and throwing desks all over the place and THEN blowing chalk dust in her face. At which point she woke to discover that she'd been scribbling nonsense all over the chalkboard in front of the class.

Which, I mean, how long was she up there doing that? Ten minutes? While everyone just watched her write "SOMEONEHELPME" backwards over and over? Anyway, everyone had a good laugh about it.

Except this dude, because whatever. He's definitely a thing now. But Lydia's incident kind of verified that she did indeed black out, which obviously made it seem like she could be the Kanima.

The centerpiece scene of this episode was the chemistry class sequence which rivaled last week's lacrosse game for sheer choreographic insanity. We knew that Erica and Isaac were going to somehow expose Lydia to lizard goo during this period, so they must've been stoked when the creepy chemistry teacher suddenly decided the whole class would be doing some kind of lab-partner speed-dating scenario and everyone would be switching seats every ten seconds. Just total chaos, basically. But it WAS pretty cool seeing how all the match-ups went down.

For instance, Erica immediately began hitting on Scott.

It was pretty clear he wasn't having it, though.

More interesting was Isaac's admission to Stiles that he too had been rejected by Lydia back in the day. But whereas Stiles seemed to be making progress with her lately, Isaac seemed eager to murder her. Uncool, Isaac!

I loved this bit of lady homoeroticism, with Erica aggressively coming onto Allison just to get on her nerves.

She even tore Allison's tights with here werewolf nails! How rude. And sexy? Probably just rude. Anyway, the whole sequence culminated in the teacher instructing the students to EAT the crystal they'd created because LOL. Isaac had obviously put goo on Lydia's crystal which seemed like an overly elaborate plan considering he only needed to put it on her hand or whatever.

So yeah, Lydia ate the gooey crystal, nothing happened, and she was definitely in trouble. It actually made me laugh because the camera panned up to the window and Derek was just outside chillin' in the parking lot like always. Quit loitering, guy!

Anyway, after class Scott, Stiles, and Allison decided to mobilize. Scott got real intense about it, making Allison promise to be careful. In response she brandished the world's dinkiest crossbow and swore she'd be fine. At which point she, I guess, put down the crossbow and let Stiles play with it and he accidentally FIRED IT at Scott's face. But FYI werewolves can catch arrows with their bare hands, so no big deal.

Meanwhile Lydia was having another session with the school psychologist. A pretty funny scene transpired in which Lydia took a Rorschach test and claimed every last inkblot looked like a butterfly. Even this one:

I mean, HAHA. How did she know what Peter looked like when he burned to death? Wasn't she in the hospital? I don't know. Anyway, it ended up being a hallucination, but check out what the REAL inkblot looked like:

Whaaaaat? I don't even know, guys. I really don't.

A little bit later Allison decided she'd consult with her grandfather's ancient PDF to find out more about the Kamina, but then realized she couldn't speak Latin. For some reason she knew the school psychologist COULD speak Latin and suddenly we were back in the psychologist's office. (By the way, as you guys pointed out, this lady's resumé is NUTS! Emily Bennett? Kendra?? Random girl in the My So-Called Life PILOT? Holy jeez! Now we can't NOT expect big things from this character, right?)

Honestly, if you are a school administrator—or any kind of grown-up, really—and a student rushes in and demands that you translate ancient Latin texts about supernatural creatures, then MOVE OUT OF TOWN. Nothing good will come of it. Just pack it up and go. Get out of there. In case you're wondering, here's what this little exercise revealed about the Kanima: It's a lot like a werewolf except it's LONELY. Because of course it is.

Meanwhile out on the lacrosse field, Scott was steppin' to Derek over why he was trying to kill Lydia. To his credit, Derek pretty reasonably explained that Lydia seemed a likely candidate for being a murderous abomination and he aimed to save lives by ending hers.

Scott didn't have a lot to say to that aside from just general inarticulate frustration (typical Scott). But he DID point out that Jackson had also been bitten without turning so he was just as much a candidate for being the Kanima as Lydia was. But the most interesting part of the conversation was when Derek touched on the notion that sometimes a person will turn into the shapeshifter they most resemble INSIDE. So even though either of the two suspects were bitten by werewolves, they wouldn't necessarily wolf out themselves. Science!

Danny's role's been getting bigger lately which is fine by me! In this episode he was tasked with getting to the bottom of Jackson's looped-footage situation. There was also a weird moment when it seemed like the new photographer kid, Sufjan Jr., overtly hit on him? Kids these days. Anyway, Lil Sufie was still pretty late to the party when it came to the supernatural goings-on at Beacon Hills High, so he was just now noticing that Scott had werewolf eyes in every photo.

Uh-oh! What was going to happen if the photographer kid found out about werewolves? Just kidding, nobody cares. Slightly more interesting was what was on the recovered footage Danny found:

Whoops, those glowing eyes looked pretty familiar! (Assuming you noticed the eyes.)

Meanwhile the gang STILL hadn't clued Lydia in that she'd been marked for death by a werewolf squadron; instead they'd decided to whisk her away from school in the most grim/intense manner imaginable.

I loved this:

Who DOES this? Next time any of you are in my car, please do not turn around 180 degrees in the backseat and place both hands on the back window like you've been kidnapped. It's just common courtesy.

After everyone took shelter in Scott's house (without Scott?), Derek's werewolf pack arrived to, I don't know, stand around in matching outfits looking cool.

Jackson decided to take a moment to freak the F out at Lydia, as he'd decided that she was the only one who could've tampered with his camcorder since she had a copy of his house key. Even though she'd spent that night wandering around the forest NUDE. Anyway, it turned out that she did indeed still have the key and she lied about it because she still loved him. Or something. Look, I know there were tears and then they suddenly made out. That's all I know.

But if the glowing eyes from the footage weren't convincing enough, then whatever was happening to the back of Jackson's neck really clinched it:

Whoops! Jackson was the Kanima! Jackson!! That was honestly unexpected! I mean, it was unexpected mostly because of how expected it was. But still, whatever works! (Kinda bummed he's not from Krypton, though.)

Meanwhile Erica and Isaac busted into the house. She confronted Allison while Isaac and Stiles tore up the downstairs living room. Erica continued the tack of claiming she wanted to break up Allison and Scott, except she didn't really make her case seeing as right now there is a ZERO percent chance of Scott ever going for Erica over Allison. Them's the facts.

And Allison SHOT Erica with her crossbow! Obviously, Erica caught the arrow because that is such a basic werewolf skill that someone who hasn't even fully transmogrified yet can still do it.

Fortunately Allison's a smart cookie so she'd thought to smear the arrow with lizard goo (because the Kanima was now on the loose and leaving goo on window sills). Before she knew it Erica was paralyzed on the floor!

Victory: Argent.

Pretty soon Scott arrived home and took care of Isaac, which meant that in a matter of seconds both Isaac and Erica were incapacitated on the ground YET AGAIN. Get used to it, guys.

There was a nice moment where Derek seemed genuinely impressed at how Scott had put together a makeshift pack of his own. It made sense since the two sides were essentially working together: They both wanted to find out who that Kanima was and then stop it. But also one of my favorite things about this season is just how essential each of the main characters has become with regard to all of them working as a team. Even Allison the love interest has come into her own as a formidable opponent. It's truly fun to watch these kids band together like they did here.

Oh but the camaraderie was short-lived because there was some awful monstrosity up on the roof! Get down from there, you big creep!

Around that time Lydia ran out of the house, which seemed to prove once and for all that Jackson was the Kanima, not her. So, yeah, Derek had some apologizing to do. Especially for how wrong he'd been about the self-poisoning thing! But also, this SHOW had some apologizing to do what with the Kanima's split-personality thing making NO sense. So, let's get this straight. Unlike werewolves, Kanimas shift but don't remember it at all? The Kanima had shifted a few times now, but during none of those times did Jackson experience his skin turning scaly as it had just then? And don't even get me started on the whole "looped" footage thing. What even? Doesn't matter! At least the mystery wasn't drawn out too long. Now we get to have fun! Monster on monster combat!

The final scene was actually pretty chilling. The camera panned up on some idling car with a VERY interesting bumper sticker. (The chemistry teacher had conspicuously quoted Einstein earlier in the episode—so obvious that it's impossible or so obvious that it's obvious?) Anyway, Jackson/Kanima placed its claw on the driver's side window and whoever was in the car placed his or her hand against the glass also.

It looked like the Kanima wasn't gonna be lonely much longer! Dang, what was going on? Oh, and LOL at that "TO BE CONTINUED" tease. Um, isn't that implied by the ending of EVERY episode in a serialized drama, Teen Wolf?

What did you guys think of this episode? I liked it a lot. I don't know if I'm misremembering Season 1, but I'm starting to get the sense that Season 2 is a little more loose and ridiculous than Teen Wolf used to be. Even the camera work seems a lot tighter and more handheld, plus the editing is kind of off compared to the relative low-key style of Season 1. I don't know, my brain isn't the best these days! But I'm definitely enjoying all the characters and storytelling so far, and I'm excited that we've gotten past this big reveal and can look forward to the next big twist(s). Exciting times.

BYE!


QUESTIONS:

... Who was in the car? The chemistry teacher? Or better yet, Mrs. Argent??

... Does Erica have a chance in heck with Scott?

... How will Scott explain all the broken furniture to his mom?

... Did you know that the actor who plays Isaac has a British accent in real life? (Thanks, Teen Wolf Revelations!)

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Haha, this recap was ESPECIALLY hilarious. Which is impressive, since they're all really, really freaking hilarious.

Ok, it may have been the chemistry teacher in the car, and he may be blood related to Jackson, but if so, I'm saying older brother, cousin, or younger uncle. People keep saying he could be Jackson's father. . . as if that guy could REASONABLY have a teenage son. It's possible, but let's assume he didn't impregnate anyone when he was 14, k guys? Those two actors could practically play the SAME age, in my opinion!

This was SOOO funny!

Now that you mention that Isaac is British, it all makes sense. I knew I recognized him, but I couldn't place him at all! (I watch mad British tv.).
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-The chemistry teacher for sure!

-She's trashy.

-lol she's basically oblivious to his entire life.

-They should have let him keep the accent for the show! It suits him well.



Also, I think I am too focused on enjoying these episodes that I haven't really noticed the subtle inconsistencies and plot holes.. To me, that just goes to show that this series is awesome! If the characters are so good and the story so captivating that you don't even notice quasi-blatant discrepancies, then what more can you ask for? I mean, even The Vampire Diaries has ITS fair share. Just saying.
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I think it was Danny in the car. :) Remember the Kanima wants a friend, and Danny and Jackson are friends, so I think it makes sense of them to be Kanima friends too. Also there was that part where Danny explained how he could have been the one to break into Jackson's house and edit the video.



No, but then they seem to be implying there's supposed to be some kind of wolf attraction between them. She is the only female werewolf as of now.



They called the police about a break-in.



Yup. :)
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Reading all the comments (the programmers of this site should implement something like a mail-tracing-alert something) I wondered one thing:

In season 1 Peter was trying to convince Scott to join his pack 1) making him murder his "old" pack 2) making a kill together (you both have to kill)...

Now, Derek's minions didn't have an "old" pack, but they didn't kill anyone together...did the writers just dropped this or maybe they killed some deer in the woods and that was it?
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I forgot about that! Maybe it was just sort of an unofficial initiation because Peter was a weirdo?
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I would have thought it had more money thrown at it, which was spent on the opening credits. That said, Blair Witch camera work and dodgy edits aside the story still seems tight. It's kind of cool that they've expanded on the Michael J. Fox classic, although if I remember correctly wasn't Scott born a ware wolf like his old man and started shifting at puberty? Can you imagine how much hair there must've been in their tub? Future episodes could reveal those all important questions.
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Well the show has taken a significant departure if that's the case--Scott, in this show, is definitely NOT a werewolf from birth; he gets bitten and that causes his shifts. At 16, he's certainly already in puberty, so the shifts would have started well before now.
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That is the case. I didn't even realize the two characters had the same first name because the only other thing the two properties have in common is the title. They do not have the same last name, family structure, friends (except there is a character named Stiles), mythology or much of anything else. They are not the same character.
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You know who else besides Price and Teen Wolf says they're not going to do something to surprise you when they do it later? The Supreme Court.
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Haha
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I love it when someone gets thrown and then the camera cuts to them landing on a ground. I swear that's happened at least 20 times so far this season.
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Totally. It's a lot cheaper that way.
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wow! nice i love it and enjoy it very much
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I love the fact that Price takes the time to reply to our comments. :)
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I wish I did it more, most weeks I just run out of time.
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I believe that lidia is a kenama too that's why Jackson was paralyzed by the venom and she wasn't that was Jacksons first time shifting completely
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So what happened to the post count this week? Price and Bluemystique hadn't jumped in until Thursday, obs. Instant x 2.
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- Who was in the car? Mmmm Chemistry Teacher or the Vet?

- Naah don't think so

- Simple: "Mum it seems that somebody tried to brake in! They trashed the whole place! We called the police and they ran away..."

- Nope, nice bit of trivia
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-Hm, the chemistry teacher doesn't seem to me like an imaginative person who'd put a bumper sticker on his car. It looked kind of girlie to me. So, it can't be Mrs. Argent, she's anything but girlie. ^^ Grandpa Argent? Wouldn't he love to possess a pet creature who he could send on a killing spree?

-Erica's been a real disappointment. I was really hoping for a strong female werewolf. She's just pathetic. Misusing her powers. I don't think that she'll be very long lived.

-Scott will probably tell he had a housparty gone wrong. Or something like that. Or Stiles. He'd surely come up with something real quick. I'm not good with excuses. ^^ But as Lydia called the police, I think the kids will tell everyone that they found burglars in the house. Or vandals. ^^

Oh, my. I can't wait for the next episode! "To be continued" was kind of rude! Like the show sticking his tongue out to me. I wanted more and instantly, please! There aren't a lot of shows which keep me that invested in them! Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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The bumper sticker was more about the Einstein thing than anything, I'm guessing. He'd quoted Einstein earlier, but at this point it's probably just misdirection. And I totally agree about "to be continued" just rubbing it in. I was like, "DUH, show."
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I would just like to say that I am not a fan of the casting of the school psychologist. Apparently this actress has to have a bit part in every TV on the air, but she looks WAAAAY too young to be a school employee, much less someone who has gone to med school. Anyway, it just annoys me.
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Well, she was the Slayer when Buffy briefly died in Season One, who then died and Faith became the Slayer (it always was my one issue with Buffy, there were still these prophecies associated with Buffy as the Slayer, but didn't that skip into Kendra's line)...anyway....as I was only two years older than the characters on the show at that time, she is plenty old enough to be a school counselor. My bafflement that they did to clear up (by just having her be Lydia and Alison's french teacher) is the references to her language knowledge...oh, and this is from last week's episode, but is the "people closest to you holding you back" speech that Lydia gave, was that in the drug poster behind her (I was wondering why that scene was focused like that).
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She DOES look young, but she's totally not too young to have that career.
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She does look way too young - like another student. But the actress, Bianca Lawson is actually 33.
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And she played a 16-years old on PLL? That is a casting choice one can complain about!

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These shows always have 20-somethings play teenagers. That's why we think she looks too young here. She's 33 but looks more like 26, so we expect her to play a teenager.



The vampire diaries is a good example of a show where the actors are the wrong ages. Zach Roerig (Matt) is 27. Paul Wesley (Stefan) is 29.



The actors playing high school students on Teen Wolf are mostly 19-21. The exception is Crystal Reed (Allison) who is 27.
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-Since they're giving us the unexpected expected stuff I'm going to say the Chemistry teacher. He's creepy, kind of a dick, and that Einstein quote was the clencher.

-Hell no. Erica doesn't have a chance with anyone outside of the hapless bunch of teen boys oblivious to her supernatural ways. I must say, I'm kind of disappointed in her. I was so eager to have a female werewolf and thus far she's a vapid, bitchy (I suppose that part fits! No? Dog jokes are too uninspired right?), is there a classier way of saying "horny"? Because I loathe that word. Anyhoo, she's horny too. She's not even a badass like one would think.

-House Party? He'd blame Stiles. She'd definitely buy that Stiles has something to do with it. Everyone always blames him and it seems to work.

-I did. Thanks to TW Revelations. He's also sort of awkward, uncomfortable, a bit uptight and charming. He seemed like a sweet guy.



-Jackson managed to not be as much of a jackass this episode. I don't know what it is about him, he's a jackass but you can't hate him! Him being Reptoid is kind of awesome. Can't wait to see what happens now. And who was in that car, and what is going to happen with him and Lydia. I also loved the reluctant friendships he had going on with Stiles and Scott. He goes to them when it counts.



-Derek. Such a pretty, pretty man. I love that fact that he tries to act as though he knows it all but he's just as oblivious as the rest of them. It's endearing and sweet. He's lost...but he's expected to be this leader. I LOVED the scene where he gave Scott his due as far as respect. He always has whether Scott notices it or not.



Okay that scene with Derek and his crew of the nymphomaniac, the psychopath, and Boyd made me miss that final scene of TSC with the Balcoin siblings standing over Chance Harbor. And then yeah...totally had 80's movies flashbacks. I'm still curious about Boyd. He's the coolest one out of that bunch. He somehow manages to get away with not doing much and keeping under the radar. He's smart that way. I like it.



-Lydia was so awesome in this episode. She really was.Love her. But Alison had me chanting. She rocked that girl power bit and I was so glad to see that she all but told Scott to kiss off with the being overprotective of her thing. That girl is an Argent. A badass Argent.She's proven that she can handle herself. She's easily one of my favorite female characters on a supernatural show.



-Danny!!! I'm so glad Danny has been getting more time! He's just awesome! I adore him.
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Um, I hate to go worse than "bitchy", but maybe what you're looking for is "horndog". And I think going classier would kind of defeat the description of Erica.
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For some reason horny and/or horndog makes me think of giggling 13 year old boys and it drives me nuts. Bitchy can be more universal, though I only said that for the obvious dog jokes that ensue. I like to feel classy when I'm calling someone out on not having class. I'm weird like that. : )
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I think the middle-aged housewife term is "lonely." Or maybe "sloshed by wine." Lonely works.



Good ol' Stiles. Wouldn't any excuse involving him somehow work?



Scott's Mom: "STILES!!"



Stiles: "Sorry! I was trying to learn French and--"



Scott's Mom: "Stop. Say no more...please." *sigh*



Anyway, think Stiles could turn Erica down? He's already proven to be the guy that loves abuse (which so many viewers find endearing), I think a nice locker slam/passionate kiss rotation would turn him into putty in Erica's hands.



As for Derek. The 'Lord of Goons' angle is cute, I guess, but it really serves to keep him from fighting, because he's supposed to be awesome...r than Scott, but it's not his show. It works, of course, but again, I don't like everyone revolving around Scott's 'aight' pace.



I dunno. Maybe when they're all fighting together to take down a Kanima or two, the reluctant bromance cooperation will be really nice to see.
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That's exactly how that convo between Mama McCall and Stiles would go. LOL



I don't know. I think even Stiles has morals. I mean he finds Erica attractive but I also think knowing who she used to be and knowing who she is no interferes with that. He's always liked Lydia. He barely noticed Erica.



There is no "Supposed" Derek is Awesome. He's the equivalent of awesome! And I love reluctant bromances. I love bromances period. So amusing for me.
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Eh, Derek was awesome last year, but he's kind of a loser now. Picking up high school kids, always at least one step behind. Kind of a lame alpha with cool eyes.



As for Stiles, I think he'd notice Erica a lot more if she actually noticed him, but most of his reaction would be more pants-wetting fear.



Then again, that's usually most of his reaction to Lydia..
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Mebbe. If you mean Stiles, I was saying that he has a thing for abusive, hostile women, and Erica could provide those three...if she ever wanted to.



As for Derek, I was hoping he'd become a guy Scott could look up to, instead of the myopic leading the near-sighted. Lord knows that in the harsh, isolated jungle that is California, a kid needs a big brother to show him the way, not stumble into him every week.
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He's a clueless Alpha. I guess I find his journey endearing.



And you made my point for me! : )
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Okay but you gotta admit, Erica hitting on Allison was pretty fun. I can forgive her vapidity for now because she's still playing with her new toys (werewolf abilities). Maybe she'll get fleshed out? Or maybe she'll get murdered. This show could really go either way! And I agree with you about Jackson's likeability. I think it has a lot to do with Colton Haynes... it's kind of impossible to hate that guy.
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I will admit that Erica hitting on Allison was funny...She can be entertaining. But she's also disappointing. I think she'll die. She and Isaac seem like they'll get killed off. It really is impossible to loathe him.Darn him!
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i looooove danny!!!! hope he becomes part of the main cast. He needs a boy!! photographer. i think so :P
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Yeah wasn't that weird? The photographer is kinda stalking Allison yet that comment to Danny had no other meaning than a flirtation. Is he manipulative or just oblivious?
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Or maybe he's stalking Allison for other reasons....like investigation reasons...
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Good point!
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I think he's being manipulative for sure.
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I have a pondering...



So, it looks like to me that Argent comes shooting in in the scene where Scott and Jackson are fighting in full beast mode, which I am guessing comes earlier in the episode from when Jackson is locked up because where he is locked up looks more like something the Argents could come up with before Derek or any of the kids - thought the vet maybe...But I wonder if this really starts the journey of Chris Argent kind of being on the side of the werewolves who might follow Scott's lead (which might actually include Derek, and I am guessing Boyd - I mean, heck, notice which couch he was sitting on in Revelations when it otherwise probably made sense for Holland to be sitting there).
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Yeah I'm guessing we'll get some unexpected teamups this season. I LOVE unexpected teamups.
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Question: have we actually SEEN Boyd in wolfish form or doing anything particularly wolf strong (aside from the bit of "sparring" with Scott on the field before Derek showed up)? He had a particularly nervous look in his face when Scott was reminding Derek that the bite either kills or turns you into a wolf--perhaps something kooky has happened with his transformation as well?
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No we haven't, it is one of the inconsistencies that have been driving me a little nuts, l am not sure (and I think I would have to rewatch Season 1 for Scott's transition) but I don't think they are suppose to totally wolf out until their first full moon which as far as I can tell Boyd definetely hasn't experienced yet and I don't think Erica has either (that seemed to be maybe two days apart, but clearly after the full moon episode, which should be again next week). I think Boyd's issues are deeper than his own life, I think he is smarter than Isaac and Erica combined and has been hearing flaws in Derek's logic about things but is unsure about his place.
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Yeah, I agree. It has something to do with full moons. So Isaac and Erica and Boyd are all a little more mature than Scott was at his stage. He was still trying not to kill his friends back then. I think it's been implied that Derek has been giving them more one-on-one training, but still. I'm mostly just bummed we haven't seen Erica's werewolf face yet. Next full moon maybe.
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I have been theorizing that we will be seeing a Derek and Scott working together episode when the next full moon happens because Derek needs help and while Scott doesn't have full control, he seemed to have some in the last full moon. But, I would think Derek would need help with two new transformations, Isaac still being in the out of control stage, and what has to concern him is that I would imagine it is that night that the Argents are waiting for (I remember a speech from Chris from season 1 about how even though they are stronger during the full moon they are more vulnerable because their instincts take over).
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I will be interested to see how that episode plays out, though I don't think it necessarily has to be the next episode; the time between episodes isn't always the same, so who knows how much time is supposed to have passed since the second episode (the last full moon).
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Agree. I think that is why I find his character so interesting. I could easily see Isaac and Erica getting killed off for example but Boyd has a longevity to him because there is so much more to him it appears.
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Unfortunately, that's why I could see him getting killed first. He hasn't done anything really dickish yet, so he could actually get killed doing the right thing like saving someone outside his pack, while the others run off.
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Yeah, either's possible. I'll hope for the 'more Boyd' scenario.
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As of right now, I think it could go either way for Boyd. Maybe they haven't had him do much because they know they will get rid of him soon. But then again, maybe there is something big in Boyd's future on the show.
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I too like Boyd's personality. Kinda going along with it, but a good guy.
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And he did that thing with the dorito. That = hilarious.
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I was wondering, who actually watched season 1 on tv? It seems reading the comments that everyone (me included) marathoned season 1 a little before season 2...It was so nice having one episode after the other...
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I watched Season 1 as a marathon because i barely ever heard about it last summer (and oddly, I watched Awkward, so you would have thought I would have caught something about it) after watching the Origins show (which I kind of intended to just watch that and then pick up with Season 2, but I am so glad I didn't). My only annoyance was that I killed my Ipod downloading it and like the day after I finished the season, it was on demand.
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I watched season 1 as it aired. But I also had a marathon to refresh my memory before season 2 began :)
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I watched it when it was on last summer, mostly as a "well, this is on my DVR and the actors are hot." But then I fell in love with it and realized I should've been recapping it. Then I rewatched it again to do those S1 rewind pieces (still haven't finished the second one) and loved it even more. I don't know, my brain is broken.
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I live in Australia it was on TV last year a couple of months after it aired in US. Ive been watching season 2 online coz I cant bare to wait to see if they even put it on here.
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Person in the car was obviously Lydia's counselor. Not sure what her deal is.
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That bumper sticker was totally a mislead wasn't it?
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Great episode, I enjoyed. It was nice seeing Derek show some respect to Scott, yet I also have to question Derek's intelligence here. Scott has already beaten down Erica and Isaac once this season, did Derek really think they had a chance. Maybe if they had entered before he had time to get home, but they waited like 5 hours until it got dark to actually break into the house. School got out at 3 pm, so let's say they were at Scott's house by 3:30 pm. I'm guessing It probably gets dark around 8 or 8:30. Did it really take 4 werewolves 5 hours to figure out how to sneak into 1 house? And if they had really wanted to succeed shouldn't everyone go in? Again, Scott has proven he can do some damage and he had back-up (it may be a dinky looking crossbow, but it would be still be painful to be shot with an arrow and Stiles is so freakin' funny he could make them die of laughter). Instead Derek and Boyd just stand there like idiots. At the very least send in the big guy, or does Derek need a bodyguard now? This is also a matter of bad cohesion in the script and/or direction and lacks respect for the viewer because we are somehow supposed to ignore how time works and just not think about the fact that the wolves hung out in the front lawn and the humans inside the front door staring at each other twiddling their thumbs until dark. If Derek waited until dark so he'd have the cover of darkness for this deed, then why be so conspicuous standing on the front lawn staring at the house? So time also tells us that was one really long make-out session for Lydia and Jackson. Come on Teen Wolf, I know you can do better than that.

- I don't think we've yet met who is in the car. But if I had to choose from among those we know, I actually think it could be Danny. He's Jackson's best friend so he's someone that would look out for Jackson during this transition and someone Jackson, in his more primal state, would better relate too because they are friends.

- Of course she doesn't. Derek might as well give up on that one, she is in no way, shape or form Scott's type.

- Scott already has an explanation, they called the cops telling them someone broke in.

- I didn't know until I watched Revelations. I also discovered that they hunted down the worst host possible for that show.
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Good call about Derek's minions being super untalented at it.
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Lydia and the hallucinogenic Rorschach test is my favorite student teacher interaction so far.
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Yeah I laughed for sure.
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I can see the chem teacher being the alpha kenima, but the theory of the chem teacher being Jackson's bio-dad, Bwaahahaha. Jackson's a jerk, but a really PRETTY jerk. Here's a big pic of the chem teacher: http://bit.ly/OziF2E



In addition to who was in the dark car, there's also the mystery of why Lydia's been so weird lately, how involved Scott's boss is in the bit story, and now the super nosy counselor, Maya from PLL.
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I LOVE that every single character is somehow involved in the supernatural goings-on in this town. I really do. Everyone has a purpose and it's cool to watch unfold.
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Well played Mr Peterson, well played.



I agree with you, I don't know what the reason is, but 2nd seasons definitely feels different. I thought maybe it's because I finished the first season under a week? I dunno.



- Mrs Argent! She's creepy enough to be part of things like this.

- Anything is possible

- Do they EVER in shows?

- No, I did not!!!!!!!!
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I can't help but hope it's Mrs. Argent. It would be so twisted, but also I'd love it if she was a Big Bad somehow. <3 her
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You know, her red hair and cheekbones kind of make her look reptilian. BIGGEST CLUE OF THEM ALL. (Or the BEST misdirection of them all.)
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BY THE WAY, in case no one pointed this out earlier in the comments:

Someone pointed out that the kid outside the the office with Lydia last week, and again when she snapped out of her day-mare in this episode...he's not the same guy sitting in that seat at the start of that scene. When Lydia looks up and the entire class is looking at her, the row that that guy is at the front of when Lydia snaps out of it is all the same except for THAT guy. Call it a mistake, but someone had an interesting theory that the character is all in her imagination, and more interesting than that, the guy might be a young Peter Hale, which makes NO SENSE at all, but I love theories that make no sense, so I just thought I'd put it out there. That guy has not interacted with any other character besides Lydia, we don't see him being acknowledged at all, so it's possible it's all in Lydia's head. That guy may have a lot more to do than just look pretty.
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Oh man, that is awesome. NICE CATCH. She definitely has an extra-sensory thing going on, so this would make perfect sense.
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Oh that would be AWESOME!! If he is some sort of hallucination...yes.
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I totally missed that, very sneaking Teen Wolf.
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Did not notice that. Crazy stuff. But love Lydia.
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Only 91 comments? Are we falling behind? Have we lost some people?
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I'm commenting this week! You guys are so smart, btw.
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Don't sweat it. We regularly put up 400+ on TSC, and you see how significant that ended up. (sob)
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More comments than True Blood, so there's...that.
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I am always strangely happy when the number of TW comments beats the number of TB ones...
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We can give credit to the success of TW, but I think TB deserves more credit for its failure. TB really should be doing better...but its not. No...
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I think TW is actually a significantly better show. I find the characters more interesting, the dialogue more fluid, and the whole thing a lot less campy (in a good way; some camp is always good on supernatural shows). It may be about teenagers and may not have the "edginess" (?) that True Blood may (claim to) have, but I still think it's plotted far better and the characters have a lot more connection to the plot in terms of their development (Jackson as a perfect example of this).
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Well... I was two days behind on watching the episode, so you can blame part of that on me.
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Agreed.

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Wait, are the TV.com bosses stopping the photo-recaps from here on out?
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Wow, do we really have to explain this?
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I just don't like photo-recaps...
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What?! That's possible?
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I have the words, but it'd get flagged. Agree with safibwana.
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I have no words. This is not the site you're looking for.
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I still don't understand why people who don't like photo recaps continue to read them. Why??? And I thought Price's first paragraph was clever and easy to understand, but I guess not because a few other people were confused by it as well. {Shaking my head}
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Nothing against Price. Actually a lot of the material and stuff he comes up with is funny. I guess its just the format.
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Maybe some people have a 140-character attention span before information goes out the ear. It's why I refuse to touch the twitter.
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The photo recaps, particularly Price's, are hilarious. The one with Allison standing over Erica that says, "Told."? HILARIOUS.



And, jeez, okay, for the last time: Price's "cold open" was a play on what happened in the episode. The twist-that-wasn't-a-twist-but-was-because-it-wasn't. Why is this so hard to get?
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Alright, I am procrastinating..



1. I might think the chemistry teacher...or...not a parent, but merely another katima (my money remains on Matt)

2. Hell No

3. Burglars

4. I did not and I found it funny how they would pan to girls in the audience giggling about it (the host noticed too and seemed to play up her own accent to make him less self conscious).
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Another thing I just learned about him: He's a classically trained Shakespearean actor and also played a Greek god in "Immortals". Thanks, IMDB!
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In order...

+The new guidance counselor

+Hell No

+Burglars

+No
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I have other questions from this episode....so is Lydia actually going nuts (I had this thought at one point in the season and brushed it off as too obvious, but now...) or is Peter trying to contact the world through her? Like, she can't stand her reflection, she writes backwards (like someone else is seeking help). Also, did anyone else think that part of her hallucination in class was part of that crazy because, at least in my opinion, from what we learned about Peter last year, Lydia would actually be someone in his pack he would like.



Also, the show is making careful effort to concentrate on Boyd's face whenever Derek is revealing something or Scott is making Derek face some truth, how long before Boyd pulls away from Derek's pack for Scott's?



I think the show is just having some growing pains because it opened up its world so other storylines are focused on as much as solely Scott's.
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Agreed about the growing pains. This show is such a high schooler like that! On one hand I admire just how crazy the storytelling is willing to get, but I really hope they can hold everything together. I think the more answers we get the tighter it'll seem, but these past two episodes definitely felt more chaotic than necessary. Personally I just want to know what's up with Lydia and then move on. The Peter hauntings don't make a ton of sense right now.
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I think it's the chemistry teacher in the car and I think he's Jackson's real father. He gave him for adoption, because his family were Kanimas and Derek's sister had tracked them down (for some reason). Remember the scene with the alpha from season 1?
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Yeah that teacher has been shady for a while now. I can't wait to figure out what he's up to.
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You're not wrong about the look and feel of this season compared to last. I had just finished marathoning through season one (for the first time) as season two kicked off. This season just feels a bit off and seems to randomly change the camera techniques on a whim, I don't like it.



I like the introduction of other supernaturals, without resorting to Vampires, and the improvments to the central characters, making them more independently viable as well as a more dynamic group. They need to improve the choreography of the fight scenes, which are laughably terrible at the moment and Dereks' lackeys definately need some love from the writers because they are all terrible characters.



I wasn't a huge fan of this episode but it acheived its aim in that they revealed who the Kanima was, but where do they go from there? Can they expect Jackson to return to school? What about his parents? Will the hunters find out who he is and take him out? Plenty of questions but the problem is, I don't really care. I'm just not invested in the Jackson character, which is probably why I wasn't as impressed with this episode. The whole Kanima issue seems great at first, but now it just feels rushed and not properly thought through. It's a shame because I was just starting to get invested in the series and then some sloppy writing comes along and starts to put me off again.
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I'm also concerned about how cheap some of the filming/editing has been at times this season. I can see they're struggling to expand the universe on a tight budget, so I can forgive them that. (Like when Lydia walked out of the bedroom and saw the "fight" which was just a closeup shot of someone falling down? Underwhelming.) I really admire a lot of the storytelling this season, but I hope it doesn't go off the rails. For now I hope they cut it out with all the hand-held. One of the things I liked best about this show when it first started was how well-filmed it was. I know handheld means it's faster to shoot, but (A) it looks cheaper this season and (B) it's harder to take good screen grabs!
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Okay, so I just loved the heck out of this episode. Maybe it was all the dramatic shots of the groups standing together or the frenetic chemistry class scene, but whatever. It was AWESOME.



Also, possible justification for being in Scott's house without Scott: Mom's at hospital working and everyone else has parents who would be home



Winner: Argent. Oh how I am loving Allison. She is a fantastic partner to Scott for this show. SOOOOO much better than how Elena on TVD is wimpy next to Stefan and Damon. Allison would trounce Elena in seconds while painting her fingernails if they ever fought.



Also, still loved Scott proving that he's still better than Derek's underlings including his moment on the lacrosse field where he out-quicked Boyd in a straight up "I still win" moment.



-I am still hoping for the camera guy in the car. Then he could have been the one who messed with the tape (though I admit I called it wrong, but can you really blame me? The camera guy WAS looking good to be the Kanima).

-If Scott's brain continues to work, no. Plus, Allison is freaking awesome. Don't let that get away Scott.

-Raucous party. But I'm assuming that it won't come up. But maybe it might. This show has proved a little more adept at these sort of matters than TVD.

-I did not, and haven't been watching "Revelations". But it's a fun fact.



Ah, just so loving this show right now. Also, "Awkward" soon!!!
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Agreed about Allison. The major difference between her and Elena is that Allison's technically just a love-interest whereas Elena is an audience surrogate. It means that Allison's story can go into interesting directions where Elena still has to be normal and relatable (well that USED to be the case anyway). But I'm really surprised about how much I like Allison this season. She doesn't whine or hug herself... she embraces her lineage while also making good decisions about how to use her strengths. It helps that her parents are kind of incredible too. It turns out having strong parental figures can HELP in a teen soap. Either they're obstacles or role models, but they're definitely forces to be reckoned with and that just makes the drama even better.
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Elena is just dumb, I can't deal with the fact that she's 'audience' surrogate. Allison is better for me.
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Who's gonna be TVD's surrogate now? Jeremy? Matt?
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*cough*Bonnie*cough*
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Two thumbs up.
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Allison is everything a girl in that predicament should be. She's what I wanted Elena to be. I agree with that sentiment. She'd kick doppleganger arse.



I loved all the group shots as well. It was this entire pack vs pack thing that I found so interesting. You have Derek with his relatively inept posse and then you have Scott...he has a badass companion and equal partner in Allison. He has the loyal, true, and smart "sidekick" in Stiles. He has a reluctant friendship with Jackson, and the lovable oblivious Lydia. So far Scott's crew wins. But I like the idea of them sort of joining forces. That moment with Derek giving props to Scott made me smile, because he always strikes me as the older brother who pretends like he doesn't want to be bothered but is secretly proud of his kid brother.

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Yes. In absolute agreement with everything you've said. Allison has transformed nicely from a normal(-ish) teenage girl to a badass hot chick with a crossbow. Plus she's smart. And thank GOODNESS they haven't let her be the "I'm going to get stupid jealous when someone my boyfriend clearly has no interest in starts hitting on him" type. It's so REFRESHING.
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Her sense of security is such a welcome reprieve from the typical stunts they pull with young girls elsewhere. It's a breath of fresh air.
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Absolutely.
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I agree, she's very secure in herself, which is nice to see.
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I was going to look up on the Latin dictionary the word for friend and the other meanings but then I realized I have no idea where my dictionary is and that I cannot lose time like that. By the way, I will re-watch the episode to see if you can read the Latin word from the page and if it is so......
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I think u can use the internet for this
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Often in Latin a word changes its meaning depending on the phrase it is in..So if you translate friend with the latin word frater, it could be that the other way around things aren't so straight...I don't know if I can explain myself clearly! Anyway....we'll wait and see...
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frater is brother in Latin
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Great episode!

1. I don't think that the chemistry teacher is Jackson's Dad if that's what Price was implying. He looks too young to be a father of a teen. But I have no idea who's in the car.

2. No way in hell is Erica gonna have a chance with Scott! Have you seen the way Scott looks at Allison? It's obvious that he's deeply in love with her and I hope that he's not gonna risk it by being with someone who he clearly has zero feelings for. (Sorry, I just love Scott and Allison together)

3. Scott can just say that a stray wolf watlzed in the house and destroyed everything. Get it? Wolf? No? Never mind.

4. I had no idea! His American accent must be really good for me not to suspect a thing. It's like that time when I found out that Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead and Josh Bowman from Revenge are British. I was like WHAT?!



P.S. When Jackson kissed Lydia, all I could think about was poor Stiles! I'd rather see Lydia with Stiles than Jackson. He treats her like crap! Don't understand why she keeps coming back to him.



AWESOME photo-cap, Price! Loved that Mariah pun! :D
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Yeah, I only made the "dad" joke because S1 made such a big deal of Jackson being adopted. Personally I'm hoping the driver was Jackson's birth mother MRS. ARGENT because that would be amazing.
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Maybe he was too young to keep Jackson if he had him, hence the adoption. Who knows! There is just something so hinky about the chem teacher. I mean if he's a shapeshifter too than his appearance can be misleading.



I think with the accent thing it helps that Isaac barely speaks!LOL!
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Or maybe the school counselor was in the car. I bet she knew exactly what she was doing as she translated that paper.



Either that or she's going to come back in an episode or two going "whoops! I may have accidentally mistranslated this part! it actually means he's pure evil and only cares about making enemies!"



But you know. Whichever.
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Yeah she's gonna be a lot more involved now, I'm guessing. I mean, wouldn't YOU start getting worried if a frightened teen insisted you translate ancient latin about a supernatural predator?
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I think it's the shrink's hand in the car at the end of this episode.She learned more of the kanima when reading Allison's ancestral book and probably learned how to control "it". Anyway it's a female hand and can't be grandpa Argent.

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I definitely think the glove was meant to hide an obvious hand. Like a woman or an old man.
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Oo! New theory there has been a different Kanima the whole time. On the video his eyes lit up maybe that is all that happens and the actual Kanima edited it. Jackson's strength and super hearing is sort of new or happened more recently. I think get this, when Jackson started turning in Scotts bedroom, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME HE TURNED. Therefore he hasnt killed anyone yet so they dont have to kill him, but the writers still have the opportunity to have the complex will i/wont I become a murderous monster just to have some kind of power. The group will then need him to find the Kanima and he will make the choice to help or hinder them. So yeah thats my theory!!! Love it or leave it!
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I like your theory. And it makes a lot of sense. Let's see what they have in store for us.
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Yeah I'm feeling the theory about there being a second Kanima. The main reason is I don't think this show is ready to turn Jackson into a murderer just yet. Sorta like how Scott hasn't really hurt anybody either. Eventually we'll find out who the alpha Kanima is and that person will be an expendable secondary character who will probably die in the finale. But who knows! It's hard to predict things on this show.
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Yes, it wasn't the first time, but the second :)
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Certainly possible, but wouldn't explain the glowy eyes he gets in the video from the season premiere.
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I hope there's a lot more on that video for us to see.
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I have to say that the scene where Derek and his pack were standing outside of Scott's house reminded me of the final scene of TSC where the four Balcoin kids were staring at Chance Harbor :'(
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YES. But also I just love whenever characters stand in tableau and this scene was particularly beautiful. The lighting and the sky and those matching leather jackets. I got chills.
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Omg! Now I know I wasn't the only one thinking the same thing!
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Oh yeah! I remember that scene even though it aired about 2 months ago! I was so excited for what was gonna happen next and the CW had just had to cancel it. RIP The Secret Circle! :(
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First off, when the next episode starts its usually the next day or something. The "To Be Continued" I think implies that the next episode will start minutes where it left off, like them all chasing Jackson down the street and Lydia standing there waitnig for them to answer her about what the hell was going on. I hope that the others go looking for Jackson and Stiles is left to explain things to Lydia.



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1. I'm gonna say Chemistry teacher, beacuse he is the creepiest (photograghy kid, close second) and that scene with the hand on the car window, as the creepiest thing ever.

2. No way, but I think (and no offence to the aesom Stiles) that Derek will see it not going anywhere and think Stiles is sort of an easier target to infiltrate or infuriate Scott. Especially if ne kid gets all up in Lydias business. Stiles just wants some loving, Scotts been shoving his loving with Alison in Stiles' face.

3. Stiles will be left there talking to Lydia, while Scott is trying to find Jackson and will say the lame excuse that it was for a school project or he fell over.

4. Cool I love British accents, but i know that he was in the movie Immortals as Apollo, so for those of u who wanna see him shirtless, I'm pretty sure he is or at least wearing very little clothing.



I'm really looking forward to next week. I really, really want them to let Lydia in on everything and Lydia needs, like really needs to tell someone about her crazy moments!!!



Go Stiles!!!
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That's an interesting thought about the "to be continued" but it seems like the past two episodes have picked up around when previous episodes left off. You're probably right though. Still, I'm laughing because the next episode could've just picked up minutes later and it wouldn't have made a difference.
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So Jackson (Kanima) was in the lake/pond in the beginning, then later Jackson/Kanima was fine in the rain, but he doesn't like the pool water. So maybe it's the chlorine or the chemicals? Just a little continuity issue I'm having haha.



And I agree with you with the camera differences--there were a TON of super close-ups this episode.
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There's a chance it saw its own reflection in the pool.
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I was pretty sure it was the chlorine because it looked like it was about to go in and reacted. Plus, we've seen it in the rain (and holy crap, it suddenly made me rethink Jackson and a character, that means he heard and saw what Issaac's father was doing, saw them take off and ran after them) and Jackson in the water (goodness, Derek did really think he was killing him didn't he? I wonder if turning in the water has something more to do with the change in to that than Derek's theory...he kind of has been wrong about everything, so I am guessing if there is a cure, it wasn't Scott killing Peter).
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Well, it could just be that in lizard form it doesn't like rain/water--remember, the implication is that there's some split-personality thing happening here, and Jackson has no memory of being a lizard thingy (so you'd think he'd be suffering some memory loss, but whatever). So it's possible he'd already turned back into a person in those rain-related moments.



Except with Isaac's father. That's a good question. There is a bit of a consistency problem there that didn't occur to me.
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It's weird to think that Jackson killed Isaac's father... I'm really hoping there's a second Kanima and a BETTER explanation for what's going on.
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I hate the fact that I can't get so into this show so I can analyze it. I just watch it and my mind is like, blank while I do so lol



The only thing I noticed is that Kenema storyline doesn't make sense, but I'm still hoping there's some kind of an explanation for this nonsense lol
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I think seeing the first season might be crucial to getting into this show. Context-free, Season 2 must seem straight-up ridiculous. But Season 1 was a lot more grounded and provided some great introductions for these characters. Did you just jump in recently?
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no, I mean I watched the season 1, but I wasn't so into it like I'm with TVD so I didn't care for the plot holes and stuff :P



I'm getting more interested in it now...I remember thinking how ridiculous the staging looked in first 3 episodes of season 1, like it looked so fake xD
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What doesn't make sense about the Kanima storyline?
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The only thing that doesn't quite add up is the fear of water--can it just not swim? How does it know? It can't be that perturbed by water, because it killed Isaac's father in the rain. I don't know if that's what Sara is referring to, but it would be nice if they cleared that eventually.
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They've implied that it's also afraid of its own reflection. So maybe it's cool with water but saw itself in the swimming pool.
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Yeah, they did make it seemed like it was burned by the touch of the pool water more than shocked by its reflection. At least at the school.



I'd like to think they would've zoomed into an overhead shot and showed us the Kanima noticing its reflection, but this show is actually sneaky on purpose, sometimes. Damn them.
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lol I wished you replied to my TVD comments, I had lot more to say lmao
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that makes sense! but then again, he touched the water and seemed like he was burned, he could've seen himself before
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The thing is either not able to swim, or doesn't like chlorine. Those are my guesses. Fear of or pain because of water makes NO sense, it was waltzing around in the rain when it killed Issac's dad.
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yeah that

but now that I thought about it, I have a theory. (about other stuff, not the rain lol)



It seemed to me as if there were some connections between the killings, like there was a reason for those people to get killed, and why on Earth would Jackson want them to be killed? Which brings me to conclusion that there is more than one Kenema in town. And that venom that affected Jackson wasn't his, and that's why it affected him. That chemistry teacher is the other Kenema.
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Totally. Maybe that hint that the mechanic was a former lacrosse player is a reference to the chemistry teacher maybe being a victim of bullying back in the day? And maybe that's why Isaac's father got killed, because he was a bully? I think there must be another reptoid, either way.
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That's what I thought, too. Which I hope is the case, because this show has done nicely to avoid plot holes so far, and I hope they can sustain that streak.
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I enjoyed this episode more than the last. The chemistry scene was actually more fun than the Dinner-From-Hell with the Argents. The teachers are such dicks, all we'd really need is Mrs. Argent deciding she should be a teacher ('cuz she can do that), and the school experience would be complete. She's a Kanima in spirit if not in body. And that would be horrible if she actually were the real Kanima. All that set up of her being a cold-blooded devourer of young, and all the while, she was a cold-blooded...wanter of friends? Needer of hugs? I don't want this.



And I dunno if I've said this before, but Scott's kinda stupid. "Wut izzat, Greek?" Heh. Was that a Percy Jackson reference? And then, "Wut izzat, a camera? There wuz sumthing about those...eh, I forget." And apparently, he can catch arrows coming at him from behind, but Grampa Argent can casually stroll up to him and shank him whenever he wants. The old guy's still got it, I guess.



If Erica really wanted Scott, all she'd need to do is wave her hand in front of his face and say, "This IS the hookup you're looking for," and mouth noises would ensue.



I'm actually hoping Jackson isn't really the main Kanima (?), and maybe the venom temporarily turned him into one after Derek fed it to him. Or maybe he's just some kind of omnishifter that can turn into anything if they're nearby. That Kanima's annoying, and I'd rather they not permanently waste Jackson on something this stupid. He has enough stupid going on in his basic personality.



Maybe Lydia did sneak into Jackson's room and delete the footage, just to save him the embarrassment of that pose.



Scott won't have a problem explaining all the broken furniture to his mom, because they'll do that time-tested tv trick (alliteration, yo) of replacing everything that was lost by next week. We're ballin' in Cali. If phones, cars, cameras, lacrosse-in-cali pads or furniture gets busted up, we just replace it the next day. It's how we roll. Jelly?



And I like that Alison's awesome and all, but it seems like she drained it all from Lydia. Didn't Lydia have a little? Once, back in the day? Is that all it takes, for some homicidal alpha werewolf to ravage her nearly to death, and now she's gonna be a mass of occasionally-naked jell-o for the whole year? There's always room for awesome, just sayin'.
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Hahaha @ your Scott breakdown. But in his defense I LIKE that he's so dense. In that regard he seems like an ACTUAL teenager. I especially love when he gets too flustered to explain things sometimes. Like he'll just get angry and leave the room, typical teenage stuff. Yeah Lydia used to be more fearless than she is now, but I think that's intentional. I'm hoping that whenever she gets her supernatural abilities sorted out she'll be back on the badassery train.
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I actually like Scott okay, too.



As for Lydia, I also hope that she'll become something involving the badassery, but we won't have time this year, and this is why I rant against the 10-12 episode year. Like I called TWD's second year "The Farm Season," this year with Lydia is basically "Lydia's Trembling Caterpillar Season." Whatever she's going to become will probably (if ever) happen at the end of the season, which means she'll be...this, for the rest of this season. And it's mostly the same for everyone. Everyone's one dimension, on one gear, all year long.



So now it's often that if you liked a character one year, you might not like them at all next year, because they're completely different people. A lot of character development happens in filler episodes, where everyone's not obsessed with fighting a giant, silent lizard. Or an alleged one.
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I agree. What makes him a relatable, interesting protagonist is that he's NOT brilliant. I get a bit "oh, here we go again" whenever the main character is all full of ingenuity that works out perfectly. What drags down so many teen dramas is that the characters don't make stupid decisions that teens always do, and this show is willing to let Scott be that stupid teenager. I really enjoy that about this show--even though it's supernatural, it's grounded in the realism of how young people act (and, as noted above in the discussion, has a female protagonist who's not completely useless--I mean WHOOOOOAAAAA).
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Scott doesn't need to be brilliant, but I wish they'd just shoot for average instead of IQ 85. The main guy is supposed to be identifiable, but every time he does something no one would do, I think he loses people.



Most of us still like him, but as that kinda-dumb friend who could never get through adulthood on his own.
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You've said it before. But it isn't any less true. Scott is dense. Fortunately for him he's dense in an endearing way.



I had a similar thought about Jackson not being the main Reptoid. (Pardon me I prefer the term). I mean he's already shown some sort of immunity to certain things anyways, like his genetic makeup is a bit off or mutant or whatever, so I thought maybe the venom contributed to some things too. I'm still curious as to how Lydia factors into it all because clearly there is something going there too. Her not being affected by the werewolf bite or the venom. One can explain away her hallucinations given her experiences and that fact that if I'm not mistaken she was already predisposed to having some mental issues of her own...but her immunity to those things just seem pivotal to this storyline somehow.



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Yeah, at least with this show, I can expect something significant to happen with Lydia...eventually, but I don't want her to be running around relatively helpless like Stiles while supernatural monsters kick her butt all day. I want Lydia to have her badassery back (Price's word, blame him), not just...a power.



I'll even take a giant Sookieball power, but I'm really hoping for better.
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Agreed. Badassery is awesome...and sure, I'll blame Price and you for being awesome. How's that?





I know...I'd hate the thought of her ever coming across as sort of too oblivious and too pathetic and just...anti-Lydia. I mean even though Stiles is a bit of a weakling in some regards he still has the brains and the common sense and things of that nature that make him important in ways that don't require brute force so you can never consider him to be pathetic. You know?

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I will bear half that blame. Yes.



Stiles is fun and not pathetic, but he is a total spaz. It's not a deal breaker, but I still wish he'd take a couple more hits per week. Just one or two for me.
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I'm also really intrigued by Lydia's imagery in the opening titles. Like she's getting kidnapped or she's some kind of fairy/oracle? I don't know, I just think it's an interesting visual. I hope she's not simply immune... I'd love to see a third kind of creature.
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Yeah, but that's how it starts. New creature means new history, new family, flood of similar creatures who die and/or go away within the season, core character dilution, hungry hippos fighting for their amount of separate story arc screen time.



True Blood did that, and it was kinda unfortunate.
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1. The vet, or Kendra, obs.



2. no



3. parents never notice this stuff. See e.g. Buffy, until Joyce [SPOILERS].



4. ha! I watched that and love him.
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Yeah you're right. Scott's mom will never notice anything.
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But her witty banter makes up for it entirely. Her comment about her legs with Erica in episode three? Hilarious.
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Psychologist is also Maya on PLL. Or was...since she died and came here.
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Yeah, she's suspiciously overqualified to be playing this part. I think this could be a situation where someone's resume is a spoiler.
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Or she's been successfully typecast as the girl that shows up and dies a few months later.
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So... now that grandpa is in the picture, when will the Battlestar winks start. C'mon! They have to do at least a Cylon reference. A simple "By your command!" will do it. Or some reflected tail lights across cranky ol' grandpa's shades. Even a mumbled "Frak me/you/them!" would be enough.

Just sayin'.
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I am 100% certain we'll get one at some point. Those writers are all pretty funny and wink-y.
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The school psychologist who did the translation said that she would need some time to translate it accurately, and she wasn't given any. So I think she translated it wrong. The key word was "friend". Maybe it should be "mate"?
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You are so right. I hadn't thought about that. It is possible that she misinterpreted a lot of what she read.
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Ooh, good point!
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Why they use a phone-translator for French and not for Latin?
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Haha totally.
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derek loitering is the best and rorschach wolf made me almost piss my self -> this show is i think a brilliant comedy

theory: the psychologist is a kaneiima, she know she is and she intentionally told allison what she did. also she wants a mate and that is why she turned jackson on his little swim from which we saw him emerge in first scene. she is the one killing people connected to some injustice that happened to her and the one fixing the tape. and jackson is still in some developing stage and knows nothing, and they will be able to save him form her if they kill her.

so she was in the car
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Very good theory about the psychologist :)
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There's gotta be a reason why the therapist saw a wolf in the inkblot. Foreshadowing, for sure. And I totally agree about the comedy... This show is MUCH funnier than these recaps reflect. It's hard to recap funny things because I don't want to step on their jokes, but I laugh out loud during this show more than most.
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1. I think if it was Mrs. Argent in the car it'd end up being really awkward like it is on TVD with Mrs. Lockwood and Tyler, anyway seriously though it could be Danny because he's got the video now so he's got to know something funky is going on. Maybe the histroy dude, or it's the creepy dude that was hanging around Lydia at the guidance counselor's office.



2. Ummm Erica has no chance with Scott unless she finds some way of hypotizing him.



3. Either they'll lie about someone breaking in or a really out of control party.



4. Aww he's Brit well that's fun.
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The Danny theory is pretty good. There has to be a reason why the driver was wearing gloves, right? It must be because the hand was a give-away: A woman's or an old man's. I don't know why I'm hoping for Mrs. Argent so much except for how F'd up that would be.
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I hate Erica & Issac they act more like new age vampires than werewolves.
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I hope they will kill them off quickly, especially Erica. That's probably the worst character I've seen on any supernatural show. Her behavior is so exaggerated that it doesn't make sense.
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It is pretty exaggerated, but I don't mind her. Her first scene with Derek was so good that I totally bought the transformation from outcast to hottie. She just needs to be fleshed out... Like a scene with her parents or something, you know?
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Her first scene with Derek weirded me out. He was like some old perv trying to seduce a young girl lol
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I think her hypersexuality and over confidence is what is detracting from her being interesting. It's insulting with its cliche-ness. It's interesting because she was set up to be more multi dimensional than she's become. So was Isaac. I think they both are almost too similar in their response to the bite. But it fairs better on him than it does her. It makes them both come across as disposable.
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To me it does make sense. She was clearly an introverted, shy girl before she was turned into a werewolf, and it's brought out a new sense of confidence in her. Something similar could be said of Isaac.



Though some might say this is inconsistent with what happened to Scott, I'd say we can fairly confidently point to the fact that he has a solid support system in Stiles and Allison and his mother (and to a lesser extent Lydia and even Jackson) that helped him avoid having his personality subsumed by his wolfish nature.
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I wouldn't call what happened with Scott and what's happening to them inconsistent. Everyone handles change differently. With Scott, he never asked for the bite, he never wanted the bite, and most of Season 1 he spent trying to reject the wolf inside of him and find a cure. He never wanted it.



With Erica, Isaac, and Boyde, they all accepted the bite when it was offered to them. They were all nobodies before, and now that they feel powerful, they project it. Isaac projects it through anger, Erica shows it through overgrown confidence and her desire for attention (something she never got before), and as for Boyde, I think he's the one who enjoys the power, but if he caught his facial expression when Scott and Derek were talking about when Jackson got the bite, Boyde began to question something in his head.
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That's not what confidence looks like. If you want to see how a confident woman behaves, look at Bridget Regan in the scene in Person of interest (episode 10, "Number crunch") where Reese first met her. She was the hairdresser that led him into the salon and announced to the women in the room that he's single.



Erica behaves more like the villain from a violent action movie from the 80's (think Robocop or Commando, but with 5% of the budget), the kind of character that can't let a single second of screen time pass without reminding us that she's an evil psychopat. She's constantly trying to remind us with weird facial expressions, a creepy tone of voice, even by how she walks. It's absurd. I just want that character gone.

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Yes! I agree with every word you wrote :)
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I agree that it's absurd, but I also think it's bizarre because the girl hasn't ever really been confident before--she doesn't know HOW to look or act confident.



To me, she still IS a scared, insecure girl who is projecting because she thinks she's supposed to.



Is it often cheesy? Yes. Do I wish we'd get a bit more psychological depth from her when she's not trying to intimidate Scott and Allison? Sure. It would balance out the ridiculousness a bit.
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