This episode didn't quite give me the level of drama I was looking for after the disappointment of the episode prior, however I feel like had it not followed such a lacklustre episode I would've enjoyed it a lot more. It had some issues, but the components of it were actually pretty enjoyable, I just felt like some of the story was slow-moving in places.
I absolutely loved the Chris and Malia scenes. That's a dynamic that's never been explored before and Malia was much more in-character during this episode than the previous one. It was wonderful to see Chris be able to reign Malia in, give her an objective and some focus and get her to understand the implications of her actions. Malia will do anything for the pack, and I love that about her. I was a bit annoyed by her and Chris having to chase down Nathan through the tunnels for ages though, considering how selfish he was, but I get that he was risking them all and not just himself so they had to try and stop him.
This episode it again felt like there was too much focus on the 2.0 generation. Don't get me wrong, I know they're considered important characters, but the ratio of air time they get in relation to the older generation just feels very unbalanced, especially considering I think it's safe to say the majority of viewers care very little about their storylines. I love Mason, but he's the only one I do love. And I still get that it's important to show Liam's growth into potential alpha, but it feels like it's at the expense of Scott being involved more in the story. There's no enough Scott, or how he feels this season, considering he's Stiles's best friend, he should be getting more focus in this storyline, it feels empty without that viewpoint. I also have to mention that when he said 'It doesn't even sound like a real name.' about Stiles and that Malia doesn't believe he's real, I wanted to scream. They already know he's real! They've seen other people taken right in front of their eyes. They know something was missing in the photo, they know they feel an absence of someone, they shouldn't be giving up so easily! I know they have other priorities with the actual Ghost Riders, but just say you need to focus on that right now instead, don't dismiss Stiles's existence!
I liked Lydia's scenes in this episode though. My girl is not giving up! And it made me so happy to see Natalie listening and believing her daughter for once. Natalie's been the hardest to deal with in regards to all of the parents in regards to the revelation of the supernatural, but it's nice to see that even though she's not a fan of hearing about it, it's actually bringing her and Lydia closer together now. Her going with Lydia to the hospital to try and uncover the truth about Claudia was a really nice step in the right direction.
I'm eagerly anticipating the next episode and the not-so-return of Stiles! (Because Teen Wolf, no matter how often you tell us 'Stiles is back', we all know he's actually NOT yet. Even if he's on the screen.)