Teen Wolf Review: Crazy Like a Fox

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Talk about an action packed romp leading us absolutely nowhere!

The Nogitsune showed its true nature on Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 19 and it was a hell of a ride.

For most of the hour, Scott thought he had his old friend Stiles back at his side, but it was one colossal setup -- the Nogitsune wanted Scott to feed on all of the chaos and misery it created so that it could, in turn, suck it out of Scott like he was a giant buffet table.

Was any of what we witnessed courtesy of our old buddy Stiles? Who the hell knows? 

Impending Disaster

Here'ssomething that I can't help but be bothered about. This whole Kitsune trickster spirit thing. Unless I've missed something monumental, and I don't think I have, every Kitsune is a trickster. While that isn't necessarily cause for alarm, it does make me wonder how much we can trust other Kitsune. I'm lookin' at you Kira and Kira's mom.

Being a trickster could just mean they like to have fun, but until I see the whole list rolled out before me with definitions attached, I'm going to hold back on preparing wedding vows for Scott and Kira no matter how many times she sucks the electricity out of a tense situation and saves the day.

Mom obviously knows Kira is onto her Kitsune self (or else her daughter is a complete jackass -- why else would she be bounding into open water and grabbing live electrical wires) and yet Mr. Yukimura is asking if she's "told her yet." What are they holding back?

What are the "tails" she's breaking to bring forth the Oni? Is it like lives of a cat? There are only so many available and then you die? We need to know these things. Sooner rather than later please. Why? Because it's so damned interesting. I just want to know. Ya know?

Poor Scott. He was out in the thick of the chaos, thinking he was doing good by taking away pain in people who were suffering only to later learn it was all choreographed by his best friend who was going to twist the knife in his abdomen to really rub in the pain. Did we know Scott was capable of taking so much pain upon himself?

Thank God Isaac didn't die. He's not out of the woods yet, but it seems like he'll survive only because he's a werewolf. Everyone else was gone upon stepping in the water. 

We've all been wondering why the Malia story came and went without further mention. Wow! What a great reveal. Of course I have questions. Why is she a coyote and not a wolf? Is she a hybrid? Who is her mother? At the very least we know we'll see her again and that Peter isn't going anywhere. 

Learning more about Lydia's powers as a Banshee and why she screams (to help her focus and cut out distractions) was a nice tie-in to the Talia and claws mystery, as well. All of those pieces felt like they were hanging out there, but they were just waiting for the right moment to release the information. Well worth the wait, don't you think?

Deaton had perfect timing with the lichen serum (of course) and he'll heal Scott. It looks like Stiles will be up against his own mind and the Nogitsune again -- will he be able to defeat it given what was discovered with the MRI?

There was so much more to the hour, but those were the events that really made me want to shoot into next week. Are you going to take a moment to watch Teen Wolf online so you catch more to talk about? Share your thoughts in the comments and take our poll!

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Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 19 Quotes

Born out the blood of a Nogitsune, this lichen is quite special. More powerful than you know.

Dr. Deaton

I tried to find Stiles and I lead everyone into a mental institution. I call that a colossal failure.