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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Review of Teen Wolf 4.01- The Dark Moon

I apologize for not getting this out last night, but I was unable to watch the episode until this evening.  I'll try and get to Falling Skies tomorrow night.

On Teen Wolf- The gang searches for Derek and runs into some old faces, Malia and Kira get brought up to speed, and Derek is found (sort of)....

I really need to remember to stay off of social media if I miss a show like Teen Wolf.  While I know how to avoid reviews, I neglected to remember that people post things on Tumblr and Instagram that can spoil things if you don't watch it live.  In this case, I was spoiled about little Derek. Since I knew it was coming, the final moments had very little impact on me.  If I had seen that live, I would definitely have had a "WTF!" moment.  There is still the question of how exactly Derek turned into his teenage self.

You gotta admire the pack's gumption to face off against the Caldeveras' (hope I spelled that correctly) the way they did.  In case you missed it, this was the same family that held Derek and Peter at the beginning of season 3B and who were in Derek's loft when Kate made her reappearance.  And the head of that family seems extremely well informed about Scott's pack.  She knew that Kira was a kitsune and that Lydia was a banshee.  She never said anything about Malia, but I think it would be safe to assume that they know she is a werecoyote.

I was a little surprised that she didn't seem to know what kind of Alpha Scott was.  It is possible that she heard stories and wanted to test him for herself, but given what she said to him as he left, I don't thinks she believes any stories she may have heard.  If she had, she would have known that Scott is a very different Alpha from what she has dealt with in the past.

It was nice to see Stiles back as his old, sassy self who has also grown and matured since he first appeared.  I so missed this Stiles in season 3B.  And Lydia has also grown, which is really nice to see.  I know that she has had a lot to deal with and that has changed her, but she still has that sass and spunk that was present in season 1.  Basically, our core 3 have all grown up and matured nicely while still keeping those traits we loved about them initially.

Malia is going to be interesting.  She is most definitely her father's daughter.  Of course, a lot of that has to do with the fact that she spent 8 years as a coyote living according to the rules of the wild.  She is pragmatic to a fault as was evidenced by her suggestion that they abandon Lydia and run for it.  She is also seriously impulsive as is shown by the way she charged off after whatever was around the jeep.  That being said, I do think she'll be good for Stiles.  She can help him keep that fun side that he can lose sometimes.

That is not to say that I don't still hold out hope for Stiles and Lydia, although it is fading fast.  The two of them make a great team and I'd almost hate to see that affected by a possible romance.  She is his first major crush and I don't think that will ever go away, but Malia seems determined to keep with Stiles.  Fortunately, Teen Wolf seems to shy away from love triangles, a policy that I am wholly supportive of and hope they keep going.

Watching Scott, Stiles, and Lydia (the aforementioned core 3) catch Malia and Kira up on current events was pretty fun.  Kira was content to let sleeping dogs lie, but Malia had no such qualms.  And you have to admit that there was a good amount to catch them up on between Kate and the mercenary (have never quite caught her name).

I am not sure if it was just me, but this episode felt a bit like they were almost trying to reboot the show while not changing much or forgetting the past.  The whole feel of the show was much more of a season 1 feel than more recent episode have been.  It was lighter, irreverent, fun, spunky, and much more relaxed, which was nice after the heaviness of the last arc.  It could also be that because the core 3 have now become veterans and teachers with the newbies as the learners.

I am really curious as to how teen Derek is going to fit into the dynamic now and how long he'll be around.  Hopefully, when older Derek reappears, he'll go back to his mentor role, which is the one thing he was sort of good at.  I know I harp on this about Derek, but he is not a good leader but he does make a good mentor, so that is where he should stay.

That roar Scott gave in the basement of the temple was pretty amazing.  I had not thought that he would be able to collapse the ceiling the way he did.  That was impressive.  I don't think that is a True Alpha ability because (theoretically) any loud enough sound would be good enough to collapse a ceiling.  And he does need to figure out what he wants his relationship with Kira to be.  I get that he is probably still recovering from what happened to Allison, but that doesn't mean that he and Kira can't at least figure out what is going on in a general sense.

Until next week!