Teen Wolf’s mid-season finale.
How do I describe Teen Wolf’s mid-season finale?
It was underwhelming, shallow, disappointing, frustrating, and another example of this season’s failure when it comes to a lot of the first half’s storylines and story ideas.
1st story idea: The Alpha Pack
All season long, MTV has played the clip where Scott and Derek have the following exchange:
“How many of them are there?”
“A pack of them.”
“There can’t be a pack of Alphas.”
The Alpha pack has been dismantled, and we still have no idea WHY they got together. How did Deucalion sell Kali and Enis on joining him, Enis who was so pissed about the death of one of his betas that he swore revenge. I actually think Jeff Davis should’ve picked ONE villain to focus on this season: either the pack or the Darach, because he’s failed to give both of them the attention they deserved, especially the pack.
What HELD the Alphas together once they formed a pack. By now we know that Alphas are….Alphas. They kill to get to that status. They’re violent, emotional….they are not subordinate. But Deucalion was clearly the head Alpha of the Alpha pack. How did that happen? How did he keep the other dominant personalities in line? With violence? Threats? Gratitude? What was his hold on them? We don’t know. It’s over, and we don’t know.
How did the other Alphas feel about Deucalion? Kali was his right-hand woman. Why? Ethan and Aiden turned on his wishes just like that. Why, especially since he got them out of a sucky situation?
Since when did Aiden care so much about Lydia that he’d stand up to Kali for her? I understood Ethan, but the show hasn’t focused on Aiden at all.
What was the Alpha pack’s plan for Lydia? Remember how one of the twins said they got close to Danny and Lydia because they needed to figure out which one Scott cares for the most? Let’s pretend that’s a strategy that makes an ounce of sense. What happened to that plan? What WAS the plan?
What did Deucalion want with Scott? Why was it important to him that Scott kill someone to become an Alpha? Why was he THREATENED by Scott becoming a True Alpha, especially since Scott had no idea he existed. He’s the one who came to Beacon Hills and called attention to himself.
For the love of God, what did Deucalion want with Derek. I still don’t know. He stuck Kali on him, and she was threatening to kill him unless he made a choice, but he already killed Boyd. Why didn’t that qualify? Why didn’t Kali care about the real way Ennis died since she screamed in agony after he did?
And Deucalion just walks away. Question: how come show producers are losing interest in giving their villains a big end? Is it really that satisfying to write a character who is evil, who strikes fear in the heart of your protagonists, and at the end he just….walks away? That’s not a let-down, creatively speaking? Because it sure as hell is a let-down to watch. Deucalion was screaming his head off about being the Demon Wolf. He had big plans (that were never really laid out). He built himself an entourage, moved into the Argent’s building in order to show Scott his reach. Even sent to twins to school. He killed the girl who saved Isaac. And at the end of it all, he just….walks. He gets his sight back and walks away. That is the end of the Demon Wolf. The end of the Demon Wolf is that he walks away to live a good life.
2nd story idea: The Darach
Jennifer’s story was actually going fine until the very end. I do like that she killed Kali, but, like someone made me realize, Kali should have been her last kill. She should have killed Deucalion before Kali (since Davis didn’t want Scott killing anyone. More on that later). I love that she just dove in and started smashing his head on the floor. I love that she was wearing a dress while doing it. This disfigured woman monster wearing a dress. Loved it!
What I didn’t love was how she got taken down. Check it: the episode before, Peter told Derek that healing Cora of the mistletoe was going to take a lot out of them. And because of that, he could lose his Alpha status. Sure enough, when Derek started to heal Cora, he was steeling himself, and he looked tense, and he was breathing hard. And this is after Derek had been in multiple altercations, including one where he almost died. So he depleted his Alpha strength.
In this episode, out of nowhere Derek knows that the rules for Alphas are the same as for Darachs (really?). Jennifer, who had been doing nothing but building her strength, building her strength, and building her strength, heals Deucalion’s eyes literally without breaking a sweat. And it completely depletes ALL of her strength. Deucalion wasn’t dying. Deucalion wasn’t even sick. He was nowhere near Cora’s condition. Deucalion was scarred, as in his eyes were scarred from what happened years ago. That’s it. So literally, this woman, who is stronger than Derek, it takes less for her to lose all of her strength and become vulnerable to the line of men waiting/wanting to do damage to her. Literally, there was a line: Derek wanted a piece of her. Scott wanted a piece of her. Deucalion got a piece of her, and then Peter dealt the final blow.
What are we learning from Teen Wolf, class? Villainous women are irredeemable. After three and a half seasons, it’s clear that this is what Jeff Davis is teaching us. This is what he thinks. After half a season of Jennifer sacrificing people: she dies. After half a season of Kali being gung-ho about killing Derek: she dies. Kate died, and Victoria died (I count Victoria more as being bad than being a villain). There’s no saving these women. There’s no reasoning with them. They can’t be trusted to get over their issue and continue interacting in society the way Peter, Gerard, Deucalion, and the twins can.
Only the men can come back, but check out this beautiful thing: these men don’t actually ask for a second chance. Deucalion, the twins, Gerard, and Peter didn’t pull Scott aside and tell him that they want to turn a new leaf, and they’d like a chance to do that. Nooo. The narrative just gives it to them. Jeff Davis just gives it to them. The narrative/Jeff Davis just knows that it’s okay for these murderous, violent men to interact with society and walk amongst more innocent people. The women? The narrative/Jeff Davis just knows that they wouldn’t be able to do the same. After all, Jennifer got away from the warehouse, and where did she go? The Nemeton. To regain her strength. And presumably continue what she was doing. Or maybe she just wanted to survive. After all, she got to kill the main person who betrayed and brutalized her: Kali. Maybe she just wanted to survive and once she learned that Deucalion was off being an upstanding member of society, she’d cool her jets and just be a teacher. But no. Because Jeff Davis knows.
What’s downright gorgeous is when you realize that some of these men aren’t being kept around because they want a second chance. They didn’t ask for a second chance because they, Jeff Davis, don’t want one. Jeff still values Peter as an untrustworthy, shady, opportunistic son of a bitch. That’s what his shiftiness about Derek losing his power last episode, and him killing Jennifer in this episode was about. Jennifer, Kali, Victoria, and Kate cannot come back to life because they’re too evil, but the reason Peter is kept is because he’s evil, because he’s shady, because he’s untrustworthy. And last time we saw Gerard, he was one cough away from screaming, “Mountain. Aaaaaaasssssshhhhh!” So he hasn’t changed either.
So let’s do a final recap: villainous women are villains. Evil, mean, killers, ruthless. Basically, they fulfill the villain trope. But they like one key trait: they are not entertaining. You see? Peter is entertaining. There’s entertainment factor in Gerard. It’s entertaining for our protagonists to have to interact with them on a regular basis. The twins are hot. But Victoria, Kate, Jennifer, and Kali were not entertaining. So there was no reason to keep any of them around. Jeff Davis knows.
3rd story idea: Scott as True Alpha
Someone hold my hand so that I can make it through this next part without dissolving into key-smashing. This season started out so well for Scott, and by that I meant the first episode was very good for him. Then all I remember of Scott is his suicidal scene in Motel California, him healing that woman in the hospital, and his rooftop scene in the episode before last. Pay attention to how many of the things I remember dealt with character revelation stuff for Scott. The premier dealt with it (the tattoo/open wound), Motel California did, and that’s about it. So in 12 episodes, we only had two character things of note for Scott.
This season failed Scott as the main protagonist. We were so far outside of his head and inner thoughts, it wasn’t even funny. I haven’t seen a show fail it’s main character this hard since season 7 of Smallville when that show’s producers dumbed Clark Kent down so that his best friend Chloe Sullivan could shine and have a reason to continue existing in his life.
As this season of Teen Wolf unfolded, we were told of some big things coming up for Scott (Deucalion wanting him, Scott being a candidate to become a True Alpha). At no point did we get a quiet scene for Scott where he vented or talked to Stiles or Deaton about it. As such, when Scott finally becomes a True Alpha it’s a complete let-down for me. There was nothing special about it! The scene in Motel California is more memorable to me than this scene that Jeff Davis crapped out. Becoming a True Alpha was supposed to be as memorable or even more memorable than when Scott became a beta. Remember? The moment that changed his whole life and everything he knew? I feel that ascending to the next level of werewolf should’ve matched that. Yet it didn’t come close. There was nothing traumatic about it, nothing mind-blowing, nothing challenging. He literally just grunted a little and then walked into it.
And if the moment itself couldn’t have been good, then the moments leading up to it should’ve been great. But they weren’t. Because, again, we were out of Scott’s head. And that reason is exactly why Scott didn’t kill anyone in this episode. Had Davis done right by Scott in the previous episode, the one where he was forced to be with Deucalion because he’d been broken down so much that he felt he had no other choice; had Davis used that episode to show us the horror that awaited Scott should he stay with Deucalion, IF JEFF DAVIS HAD DONE ANYTHING WITH SCOTT IN THE DEVIL’S CLUTCHES, there’s no way Scott wouldn’t have killed Deucalion in this episode. There’s no way he would’ve been able to just let him walk off with a warning of constant surveillance. Had Jeff Davis followed through with Scott’s personal emotional nightmare, then Scott would’ve killed Deucalion in this episode.
There’s something I’ve grown to find quite annoying in recent years, and it’s this thing where producers thing being a good person who champions what’s right and fair equals being ineffective, a doormat, etc. Just because a character is loyal (shout-out to Bonnie Bennett stans) and/or wants to do what’s right doesn’t mean they’ll put up with just anybody. How is Scott okay with letting a killer walk? Deucalion isn’t even incarcerated. He’s free! This is out of character for Scott, sorry. I’m not down with good characters in a way condoning evil actions. That’s not what it means to be good. But that’s how some people write good characters, so fans end up thinking these characters are boring, don’t take risks, and aren’t worth telling stories about, including the people who write said characters. Hello, Jeff Davis! He’s not interested in writing for Scott! He’s only interested in writing Scott being good and nice. It’s exactly why I found something annoying in Scott praising Allison for setting off the tear gas in this episode. Why the hell wasn’t he thinking of a way for them to get out of there? They were in a hurry! Yet, Allison does it and Scott just praises her. Because he’s so good and nice. Which is why Jeff Davis has turned his attention toward Stiles to find emotional fulfillment and this give the audience emotional fulfillment. Jeff Davis has actually written himself out of writing for his main character. Jesus.
I give this season a C-. Jeff still has no idea what the hell to do with Lydia. Three times now he’s written Lydia taking charge and being needed, but what do we get? When she decided to stop running, she actually got kidnapped by Jennifer and had to scream for help. Next, Stiles needed her, but he’s the one who figured out the tree thing. Now they needed her again, and she was supposed to help, but she stood to the side while the werewolves fought and then she had to scream for help again. Unlike with the men (unless they’re Black or Scott), Jeff has no freaking clue what to do with Lydia.
I’ll tune in for part B (and review it), but I’m expecting more of the same. There are so many more things to talk about in regards to this episode, but…there are so many things to talk about! I can’t do it all here. If people comment, I’ll elaborate, but I’m ending the review here, because I talked about the most important things. But one of those things I’m not talking about is Lydia/Aiden. What the hell was/is that ship? Lydia never cared about Aiden being a violent killer, and apparently that’s fine because Jeff knew that one day he was just going to magically stop. This first half was a damn mess.