Teen Wolf Review: Thread the Needle

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Teen Wolf went the Memento route of storytelling this week - and it was more than just "Frayed."

The episode was so disjointed it was practically impossible to keep everything straight. Timelines were crossing in various places and we were trying to paste them together to get a fully formed understanding of the big fight that Scott thought left Derek dead.

I'm all for artistic storytelling, but given the season so far, this was just one more annoyance in a series of them. It wouldn't hurt to have a straight out, well-told hour of plot for one freaking week. There was layer upon layer of memories being revealed and it was just too much for the narrative.

Scott and Allison

Outside of the fact I hated the way the program was laid out, there were some really good moments to be had. When Scott initially approached the pack and asked they consider a different way other than flat out murder every time they attacked a situation, Peter asked if anyone knew what happened when a head of a hydra was chopped off. He and Scott were on the same plane in their thinking that killing Deucalion would only make more alphas crop up in his wake. 

That wasn't Peter's only great moment. His encounter with Cora and their dual mistrust of each other definitely had me on his side far more than hers. We know where he's been and his capabilities. She has six years of missing time to account for and that makes her a wild card. 

Also great was Scott going to Allison's with the arrowhead he found. It wasn't a very strong try on her part to blame the non-existent archery team... and their fight scene was rather erotic. It's about damned time they found their way back to each other. After the fight, Allison wouldn't let Scott out of her sight. Her attempt to stitch him up when his alpha scratch wounds wouldn't heal reeked of familiarity we haven't seen in a while.

As she faltered, the one person she didn't expect to help her help Scott popped out of her psyche to spur her into action. Her mom. That was a really intimate touch that resonated with me in a way nothing else her mother ever did while she was alive. By far my favorite scene of the episode.

The remaining alphas, sans Deucalion, took that beefy tattooed alpha (Ennis?) to Dr. Deaton after the fight to be saved, and he managed to bring him through the hard stuff. But it appears a commenter from last week was right: Duke might be getting greedy. For no reason that I can think other than to absorb his strength he crushed his skull with his hand. 

So, definitely some good things happening. As for things I could have done without?

  • The obligatory toenail scraping of pedi-alpha. Couldn't she have just died? 
  • The twins always fight with their shirts off. Really? Is that because they have nothing else going for them but well toned torsos?
  • They dropped the ball on the druid story for the majority of the hour, so we don't even know if they found the teacher in the woods. Weird.
  • Mr. Argent just turning his back on the fighting going on in town is ridiculous. First, his daughter is asking him to get involved, which means he knows she's going to break their pact. Second, his family has been doing it for generations. Could he really just turn it off? Thread the needle my ass.
  • Lydia has always been a doofus, but not an idiot. When someone says the twin is one of the evil alphas, she wouldn't go out and screw him. There better be more to that story.
  • There wasn't nearly enough Isaac. Utilize the greatness that has become Isaac. If they need to know what to do with him, pair him up with Peter to solve crime.

So what's left?

Scott has red eyes during the fight. Was that indicative of his alphahood? What, exactly, is the determining factor? From what I know, other than being the leader of the pack, there hasn't been too much information how someone becomes an alpha or why. I assume we're about to find out.

Finally, did anyone think Derek would really be dead? He's DEREK. He's out of his league and lost this season, but he's not going to die. He's going to need to be a little less alpha, though, because he's being shown up left and right. With the return of his sister, his head is not in the game. Now he has a love interest in Ms. Blake. He's going to have to give up some power or they'll all die. Plus, I like he and Blake together. It's strange but somehow it just works. 

You've been waiting for this... it's your turn. Let loose Betas and Omegas!! Grrrrrooooowwwlllll.....


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man this season so far is a total mess.... I'm not enjoying it one bit !! I never thought I would say this but I think they show them in the werewolf makeup a little too much this season. especially in this episode, I was laughing when they were all debating amongst themselves in werewolf mode. it just looked really really corny and ridiculous... they shouldn't be talking at all when they are transformed. I want them to be feral beasts !! not some committee of smart werewolves. can you imagine if Lon Chaney Jr in wolfman mode stopped in his tracks to talk it out with someone on whats right and wrong ? you would probably die from laughter.


I actually disagree with you on the framing of this episode. I do like an show that isnt afraid to screw around with the timing of the episode. Whilst I didnt get how Isaac could just go beatdown on an alpha like that (surely the alpha would have kicked his ass) I dont think you are going to find Isaac getting a lot more screen time. He has essentially taken the role that was belonging to another departed for London Lacrosse player.


Hey Tamara - I agree with you and the natural born leader being important to the alpha process. It seems there is more to it since actual physic changes occur as a result, and also because if there is a pack of alphas and they are all following someone else, wouldn't they then naturally lose their alpha status? Who are they leading? Isaac has made it clear for a while he considers Scott his leader, and Boyd was certainly calmed by him. I hope there's a bit more to it than a promotion.


The episode was fine, once one got pass the initial form of storytelling and just get lost in said story telling it was fun to watch it all unfold. But hey that is just my opinion and I really don't take myself or anything I watch on MTV that seriously. I love the scenes and connection between Scott and Isaac. Some time I get frustrated with these reviews because people miss the point. Isaac trusts Scott I think even more than Derek. Trust is important in building a relationship between an Alpha and his pack. They have to want to stand with their leader when the time comes. Scott is the only one who Isaac listens too. Every time Isaac beats up one of the twins it is Scott who gets him out of his wolf rage. I think soon we will see the same thing from Boyd. But away, Scott has something that makes him a natural leader. Something that most people overlook when they want to be in charge of people and their lives. He is trustworthy. This makes him a natural alpha. BTW, I think I hate the twins more the pedi-alpha.


the real bummer was a commercial outed which alpha would die before it actually happened, ruining the surprise.


I think that Peter is lying when he says he's not up to fighting speed. I just don't buy it.


Omg. The moment when Scott said that Derek was dead I was like what the fxck he's DEREK. The flashback to the fight was interesting. I loved how at the moment when all else failed Allison just came in and saved them. The 'pedi alpha' huld ust DEAD that girl don't own no shoes... I'm tired of seeing he feet is Scott now and alpha. One funny moment was when Stiles was continously texting Danny that was a Stiles moment funny as hell. Isacc needs to come more in the series I really like Isacc

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Oh man, this whole episode was a big mindscrew, basically. Good to see that the whole natural alpha theory did turn out to be true. Otherwise I just have no idea on what the hell happened in those 40 minutes of this episode… I love when shows do the whole anachronistic storytelling thing, but I am not sure Teen Wolf succeeded at it. Also more signs towards werewolves having some sort of psychic powers? Also, what the hell was up with Allison and those hallucinations?


YES!! Great review! Puts all my thoughts about this episode into words.


Alright episode, the Twins forming together to be a super alpha is so dumb though, & does the alpha chick ever wear shoes ? I kind of wish they didn't kill Enis off so early though, & it was pretty obivious that Derek wasn't dead, & when is Peter gonna get his full power back ? He keeps saying he's not up to fighting strength yet but it's been months since he's been alive. I definitely do agree that there needs to be more Issac but I'm tired of Scott calming him down when he loses since Scott techniqually isn't his alpha.

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Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

Stiles: We shouldn't have come. I knew it. We shouldn't have come.
Scott: We had to. There's safety in numbers.
Stiles: Well, there's also death in numbers. It's called a massacre. A bloodbath. Carnage. Slaughter. Butchery. Wow.

Are you just following the bus, or are you planning on mounting it at some point?