Teen Wolf Review: Plan B, Be Lydia
Teen Wolf has a tendency to keep information from its viewers, to be secretive in order to create more suspense. But "Restraint" was the first time that the series made an overt attempt to be confusing.
The ending to this week's installment, where Lydia met up with the mysterious boy who ended up being alpha wolf Peter Hale, was extremely successful at confounding viewers in an almost Christopher Nolan-esque fashion.
Not to the lengths or the depths that Nolan takes movies like Inception or The Prestige, but for one plot of a very busy television series, this thing probably did a number on most minds.
Is Peter alive? Is Lydia imagining him? Is she imagining the boy? Was that Peter as a teenager? What is his plan B? Is it to bring him back to life? How is she hearing him if he's dead? These questions, and probably a million more, were most likely running through everyone's head while watching these final moments of "Restraint."
It was a new and interesting step to take for Teen Wolf, and as long as things are cleared up relatively quickly, and moments like this don't happen time and time again, I think it was a great decision. These "what the heck is going on?" situations are great in small doses. You just don't want to melt away the brains of the audience by doing it every week.
Maybe I'm completely off-base, but my thoughts are that Peter is in fact dead, but Lydia is special. She is special in that she is immune. She's special in that she can communicate with Peter (or all dead alphas, or all dead super naturals). She's also special in that she can bring him back to life with that wolf's bane, which is Peter's plan b.
What did you all make of that crazy scene? What am I missing? Where am I completely wrong?
The great thing about this week's Teen Wolf is that there was almost an entire action packed, fun filled episode, before we even got to that mind jumble of an ending.
The fight against the kanima continued, as Scott and company challenged it from the outside, and Jackson battled the creature from within.
At one point, somewhere between eating an entire snake and giving Allison the death stare while stark naked in the shower, I thought Jackson's character had completely left us. He had gone total villain, and no redeemable qualities remained. Then, while tackling Allison in the boys' locker room - still naked mind you - Jackson snapped back into it. He realized something was wrong, and my faith in his redemption sometime in the future was restored.
This monster within Jackson has taken control of him, but once it is defeated, I think Jax will have time to make up for the atrocities he has been responsible for as of late.
Can't we all feel a little bad for the kid? He did have a snake slip out of his eyeball. I mean, talk about SNAKE EYES! Screw "knowing," I think even G.I. Joe would agree that having to endure that is "half the battle."
Meanwhile, there was all of that action with the pregnant woman, and her run in with the kanima. Was THAT a flashback or not? Was that Jackson inside of her? It seemed to resemble the story of Jackson and his real parents that Erica, Scott and Stiles cooked up, but Mrs. McCall looked the same age, so it's tough to say.
Speaking of Erica, is anyone else on Team Stilica? Sterica? What should we call the blossoming couple? Am I the only one ready for them to hook up? She DID have a crush on him before her makeover, and she DID say he made a good Batman. The question remains whether or not Stiles would go for anyone other than Lydia. I wish I had that tough decision.
"Restraint" also had a great fight between Scott and Jackson - filled with smashed sinks and thrown weight plates - Mrs. McCall finding a condom box with only one left inside, and Mrs. Argent threatening Scott with a pencil sharpener.
Things finished up with Scott agreeing to join forces with Derek to capture Jackson, not kill him. Will Derek keep his word when it comes down to it? Or will he be out for blood? Although the Peter/Lydia thing is undoubtedly on all of our minds, it's safe to say that dealing with the kanima is the most important thing for our heroes to in the near future.
What did you all think of this week's Teen Wolf? Was it just as awesome as ever? Did you know exactly what was going on with Lydia and Peter, or were you as confused as I was? Sound off in the comments, and don't forget to follow @TeenWolfTVF for some great live tweet sessions during the episodes!
Teen Wolf: "Restraint"
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.