Teen Wolf Review: Behind the Scales
While I’ve been an avid watcher of Teen Wolf I had no idea until I was asked to fill in this as a reviewers this week that there was a plot here as well. I’ve been merely watching for the ridiculous amount of eye candy.
All kidding aside, let’s get on to "Venomous," shall we? Yes, after countless hours of speculation and wondering, tonight finally answered the question of “who is the Kanima?”
It was pretty easy narrowing down the list of possible culprits once the description of a Kanima was read out loud because it fit either Jackson or Lydia to the letter, but perhaps Jackson even more so.
Jackson has always been a loner, he has always been in it for himself and he’s never once relied on someone else unless it’s to serve his own personal gain. It’s a wonderful metaphor for his character because it forces him to take a long look in the mirror and be afraid of who is looking back at him (sometimes literally).
This look, in turn, opens up his character for growth and direction; Jackson is now forced to confront the demons that have been plaguing him for years, and forces him to rely on others for help if he wants to live and possibly control his newfound powers.
In my years of Disney watching, those confrontations will most likely lead to Jackson being able to control being a Kanima. Why bear the entire burden on your own shoulders when friends can help take some of that load off?
The same can be said for Scott. He is so focused on protecting everyone in his life, trying to be the hero and bearing the consequences of Derek’s actions that he can’t see that his friends are able to protect themselves. Scott, too, needs to learn how to rely on his friends for help.
Yes, Scott relies on Stiles, but the same can’t be said for Allison. He treats her like porcelain, and while I am all for chivalry, it is in her blood to kick copious amounts of werewolf ass. And we should all stick to what we’re good at, right? While Allison doesn’t have the brute strength of a werewolf she does have the ability to outwit the cocky ones: aka the betas.
See Scott, when your girlfriend has time to lace an arrow with enough paralyzing goo to stop psychotic werewolf Erica, you really don’t need to worry about her, so just let her kick some butt.
The only things we’re left to wonder about now are: Why did the bite not work on Jackson? What is Lydia going through and why is she seeing long gone Alpha? Who was in the car that Jacksima crawled to? What is photography guy Matt up to, and will he ever go out with Danny?
Even with all those unanswered questions I’m happy that Teen Wolf has at least answered the Kanima question because it begins to bring our ragtag group of characters into a single pack. Now if only Stiles could get to use Allison’s weapons more often...
Teen Wolf: "Venomous"
Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.