Okay, I cut Teen Wolf a lot of slack over the years. I've forgiven it for many occasions of bad writing, continuity errors, inconsistent characterization, and even just plain old boring storylines. I've done that because I love the core of what the show is, and I love some of the characters in it more than I do in any other show. I'm with it until the bitter end, I have to be.
However, this is perhaps my least favorite episode ever. I was three-quarters of the way through it when I asked myself the question 'Has anything actually happened in this episode?' and pretty solidly the answer was 'No'. When we're down to the final ten episodes of the show, I don't want episodes like this.
The opening with Theo was actually very aesthetically pleasing and interesting. The cliffhanger of the cold open with having him ambushed by gunfire made me interested in what was going to happen (because there's no way they'd bring him back for a couple of minutes just to kill him). But then we didn't see him for the rest of the episode. It was unfinished. And I know we'll come back to him again, but I wanted to know in this episode. That thread was left loose and I actually wanted to come back to it.
We then rehashed the exact same storyline that Liam had in the premiere. I get that this season deals massively with the theme of fear, but we don't need this much time spent on Liam being unable to control himself. It can only hold our interest for so long. And considering they've been talking about how Scott should be 'passing the torch' onto him, I couldn't stand that Liam supposedly spent hours trying to straighten out a locker when there was a trail of blood and a skinless body in the same room as him. There's mystery and then there's incompetence. Liam is often an unsympathetic character because he's so lacking in skill.
I love Lydia more than any other character on this show. And even though I wasn't crazy about the concept of her going back to Eichen by herself, I was immensely happy that she was able to overcome her fears. She's a badass banshee and I love to focus on her powers and strength. However, my major criticism is that yet again her story is being relegated to revolving around Parrish in this episode. Parrish who, as far as my opinion goes, has been pretty much useless for the duration of season five and six, and that kind of continued in this episode as well. The scene between them at the station was an annoying rehash of the scene in 5x05 when Stiles doesn't want her to go to Eichen alone, and then the scene where she rescues Parrish at Eichen is shot for shot the same as when she saved Stiles in 6x10. What's the point of showing us scenes exactly the same as ones with seen before with one character replaced? I've also had discussions with people about the fact that it seems Lydia killed the man who works at Eichen House. This seemed inconsistent with Lydia's character. She killed Valack by accident, not that he didn't deserve it because he was killing her, but she didn't do it deliberately. She killed the Ghost Riders (supernatural creatures) to protect Stiles in 6x10. Instead, this was a human who, although morally in the wrong because he killed all of the supernaturals in Eichen and was threatening Parrish, was doing so because of fear. We've seen Lydia's abilities in action, and I have trouble believing that Lydia is unable to remove a threat without killing them. She fought the orderlies at Eichen in season 5 with her voice and her fighting skills and didn't kill any of them. It seemed extreme and out of character and left a slightly bitter taste in my mouth.
I loved Allison Argent and I still do. Every other time she's been mentioned after her death has made me emotional and brought me to tears, this wasn't the case in this episode. The concept of Chris's password being 'Allison' when Scott and Malia were hacking his computer seemed so heavy-handed and it lost its impact on me entirely. As soon as the scene began, everybody knew the password was going to be 'Allison'. It just didn't feel genuine. I don't believe someone with as much intelligence and who knows as much as Argent does would have a password as easy to guess as his dead daughter's name. It seems inconsistent with his character. He's not terribly sentimental, particularly when it comes to business. And the line regarding 'I haven't stamped a bullet since Allison died' also just seemed like a throwaway line to try and give the audience a mention of Allison because she's not going to be coming back in the final episodes. I just didn't like the way that whole part was portrayed. When Allison is brought up it should be for a good reason.
The show also made it seem like some big dramatic reveal that Monroe is a new hunter. I don't know very many people who care about her character, she doesn't feel like a believable villain because she's so sloppy and shifty. She doesn't have the finesse of say, Jennifer Blake or Void Stiles, two of my favorite villains in the show. We knew last week she was a hunter, and for that to be the 'big reveal' that Argent discovered at the end it fell incredibly flat. We could've drawn that conclusion ourselves, especially considering Gerard appears and says she has the raw talent to be a hunter of the supernatural. It just added to the feeling that nothing was really going on in this episode.
I almost wish the trailers for the season hadn't spoiled so much about Scott and Malia's romance because I like the slow build-up they gave us in this episode and it felt genuine and sweet. But knowing that they're getting together kind of ruins it for me a little, it takes away the anticipation. They were really cute, and they had a really sweet scene in the woods, but it leaves me thinking 'Oh so when are they crossing that boundary?' as opposed to feeling the growing connection as it happens.
I spent the entire week leading up to this episode thinking they were killing off Brett. And I was very sad about it because although he's a minor character, I find him far more interesting than most of the other characters that were added in the last few seasons. I spent the majority of the episode begging that they wouldn't kill him as I was watching via Twitter, but in the hour or so afterward, I actually wished they had killed him just so something of importance would've happened in this episode and it would've had a lasting impression on me. I usually watch each episode twice, but I physically haven't been able to bring myself to watch this one twice because it irritated me so much.
No more episodes like this please Teen Wolf. Not when we're so close to the end.