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Teen Wolf Season 2, Episode 3 – Plot Hole | July 16, 2012

Episode 3.Open to horror movie cliché.

A lone pretty girl is filling up her car at a gas station, and gets winked at by the only other person at the gas station, a guy on a bike. The lights go out, girl panics and looks around herself.  Before she can get into the car, a black hood is put over head.

Did we really have to have the fake lightening strikes added in? Lame.  Turns out Allison, Teen Wolf’s love interest has been kidnapped, or is that just how you parent your daughter when you’re a werewolf hunter? When the black hood is taken off her head we discover she’s tied up on a chair in some dark, dank place and her father is to. But it’s okay, don’t fret, this just how you train your reluctant daughter to want to kill her lover boyfriend. Her father in all dramatic posing and monloguing informs her that men are raised to be soilders in their family and the women are raised to be leaders.

Deep. Dramatic. Family manifesto.  Scary ass family.

A typical high school day kicks in, and we find our assorted teens in gym class at a climbing wall. Cool. Only boring as all we learn from this scene is Scott is still a horny teen and that there is a new character we are supposed to get to know. Erica. A young epileptic girl who freaks out mid climb on the wall. After class she attempts on her own, without safety equipment to re-climb the wall.

She falls off the wall but is caught by Scott, who magically has some connection to her because his hand gets the shakes and that means he knows Erica is about to have a seizure.  Erica goes to the hospital to get checked out. I guess, you know, animals are more sensitive than humans. Or, you know, whatever.

And for absolutely no apparent reason, Derek Hale turns up at the hospital and wheels Erica out of her room.  He then proceeds to act as a complete creepy predator and all but threaten her with physical assault against her very young body, by “making it all go away”.

Que sexy red glowing werewolf eyes.  And Erica is under Derek’s spell.

The next time we see her, is the classic high school girl ‘check me out bitches” moment.  When Erica re-enters the school cafeteria in some kick ass animal print high heels, a mini-mini skirt and leather jacket, perfect hair and heavy slut make up.

Mean girl moment then ensues when Erica walks over to some geeky boys and picks up their apple and bites into it.  Provocatively, suggestively, before exiting the cafeteria after ensuring the entire student body has taken a good hard look at her make-over. Nice lipstick sweetie.

Scott and Styles run out after her like rabid dogs in heat, only to watch Erica slip into Derek Hale’s car.

In class, our favourite frustrated and constantly angry jock, Jackson figures out from watching an animal documentary that Lydia has managed to pass on her immunity to Jackson who after oozing black stuff out of his nose and ears, finds out, he is not turning into a werewolf any time soon.  Hence he can not become the next Teen Wolf! Oh no. Drama. Disappointment. So Bye bye ace sporting abilities.  Jackson proceeds to take this out on Lydia who goes off to the girls toilet to have a cry and some male, walks into the toilets and stalks her outside her toilet stall.

We’re given the glimpse of the Alpha who attacked her checking out the school medals and trophies.  Maybe he wants to take up lacrosse too.

Night time activities for our teens include, paying for the key to an ice skating rink for Scott, Allison and Stiles and Lydia to skate at.  Only Lydia ends up having a shrieking vision episode and flipping the fuck out.  Annoying and well, no, just annoying. She’s not anything, can we move on now?

More drama as the next day, Boyd the guy who let stiles buy a key to use after hours at the ice skating rink, is missing from school. Well clearly he’s missing, not sick or anywhere else but clearly missing, Scott and Stiles decide because Boyd is not in the cafeteria for lunch.

Scott and Stiles immediately for no reason the viewers can tell, assume Derek has turned Boyd into a werewolf to create his new pack.  Again there seems to be a big gap and making connections for the viewers to see.

After skipping out on school, Stiles goes to Boyd’s house looking for him, what he finds is Erica in full on bitch mode, She whacks him unconscious with a carburetor or something from his car.

Back to the ice skating rink and it turns out that yes, Scott and Stiles were right about Boyd looking to join Derek.  He turns up with Erica and Isaac and the first werewolf fight on ice ensues. It’s kind of like Disney on Ice but without skates and Mickey Mouse.  Scott puts a big smack down on, but he still gets his ass kicked by Derek.

Despite Scotts “don’t do it” warning about being turned into a werewolf, we find it’s too late. Boyd has already allowed Derek to take the big bite out of him.  Seems Derek has a thing for biting boys on their lower abdominal lats.  Sexy.

At the end of the episode we discover something new about Jackson. That he has super strength, as he lifts the back end of his truck completely up out of the mud of the lacrosse oval at school. This makes Jackson a happy boy.

There’s something about the vet and the reptilian monster we saw in the last episode and Allison’s mum deliberately self harming herself with a kitchen knife just to get to the hospital, where Scott’s mum works to find out if Allison and Scott have really broken up. But they are minor moments that seem unnecessary, we can already see that Allison’s family are clueing into their behind the backs romance continuing.  Scott’s mother doesn’t even know he is teen wolf let alone that he was dating or has broken up (supposedly) with Allison.

Plot holes and predators, this is definetly a theme in this episode and  the plot holes are annoying the predator linking to this genre – is so very twilight like that surely can not be  a good thing when your core audience is impressionable teenages who will take on the message of that its okay for that kind of bullshit behaviour to play out on them, if twilight is any indicator.   Also, never get a werewolf to review a werewolf  TV show.

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4 Comments »

  1. Did the writers just get lazy or something in this season? Worse, do they think emotional whiplash is good for an audience?

    That’s the impression I’m getting trying to watch these episodes while looking over your reviews. Emotional whiplash in a series like this creates the wrong kinds of stress. They should be going for suspense, not leaving chunks out to bring confusion, then filling it with shock.

    Comment by Adam G. (@AgentBJ09) — July 16, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    • I think the writers went the opposite way actually. It’s like they’re very excited they have this show and they’re trying way too hard to do to much with it. Which in turn just makes the viewer, go, oh who do i follow, how do i follow, what’s going on, is that really happening? And the whole premise of the show based on the original movie, seems to be lost. It’s called Teen Wolf, not, let’s make everybody a werwolf and then bring in other monsters and creatures… I like your phrase emoitonal whiplash, yeah I think that sums it up nicely and I may possibly steal that for my next review if the annoying antics of this tv show continue 🙂
      I don’t even think they’ve grasped the concept of shock value, but they’re layering of the characters is turning into individual storylines just seems to me like a desperate way to bump the show along.

      Comment by Breukelen Girl — July 16, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      • Feel free to do so, but yes. This is inspired from a werewolf movie. Why bring in more monsters, or make more werewolves?

        Speaking as someone who is in the same position, where I could run the risk of dilluting the importance of my supernaturals with alternate versions/more of them, this does look like too little focus on a few characters to cover for lack of story elsewhere.

        And then, from what has been shown, nothing is really sticking outside of the eye candy, seeing the werewolf each episode, and the tension between Scott and Allison’s family.

        Comment by Adam G. (@AgentBJ09) — July 18, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

        • Yep, I agree –

          what has been shown, nothing is really sticking outside of the eye candy

          they’re introducing too many elements and losing sight of the original promise of the show.

          Comment by Breukelen Girl — July 18, 2012 @ 7:17 pm


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