Teen Wolf Review: When Fear Turns Deadly

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So, when is Liam getting his glasses?

On Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 14 and Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 15, Scott really stepped up as the leader. He exemplified what an alpha, a true one at that, should be. They grow up so fast.

He not only made sure Liam got to school (it was super adorable, by the way), but he explored all his options before deciding that fighting is the right course of action. 

It would not have made sense if Scott immediately decided that the pack should fight Gerard. This is the kid who wants to protect everyone and hates the idea of killing even if it is in self defense (as evident in the horrible Sciles fight about Donovan's death). Scott believes in justice and peace.

Mason and Liam - Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 14

This is why he agreed to go down into the tunnels, alone, even though it was so obviously a trap. Scott has to believe that there's goodness in this world and that co-existence is possible. Thankfully, his pack is full of skeptics like Malia and Lydia who will always have his back.

The transition from wanting peace to staying and fighting is nicely done. It's not dragged out, and it's not a quick turnaround either. Scott doesn't spend too long hoping for peace; he knows when to switch gears. Of course, somewhere down the line, the option of peace will definitely get brought up again; it has to.

Is anyone else excited to see the pack on the attack? Let the war games begin!

Scott: Think of it like when Superman gets caught with his glasses off. You know, he doesn't give up. He puts them back on and says, "I'm still Clark Kent."
Liam: You want me to wear glasses?

When Monroe first appeared on Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 11, the impression was that she was new to Beacon Hills. She suffered some tragedy in some other city, and her new job as a hunter led her to Beacon Hills. As it turns out, that's not the case at all.

It's great that Scott and the pack had a hand in turning Monroe into a hunter. Yes, she blames them for the death of her colleagues who were actually killed by The Beast aka the thing Scott and the pack were trying to kill and thus protect Beacon Hills, but Monroe was right that Scott isn't completely blameless.

The pack was more focused on killing the Beast than they were rescuing survivors. Monroe provides us with another perspective on Scott and his pack. We view them as heroes, which they are, but they are far from perfect. 

Theo: Your dead friends are dead, and they are going to stay dead no matter what you do.
Liam: [punches Theo] By the way, I'm still working on my anger.
Theo: Good to know.

This connection makes Monroe's war a lot more interesting. Scott's pack isn't randomly selected as a target. It's personal for her, making her just as dangerous as Gerard, which shifts our perspective of her.

Suddenly, Monroe isn't the new hunter that might be easily swayed to see the error in her ways. No, Monroe is a force to be reckoned with. She's blinded by her hatred, just like Gerard. 

Some of the recruits, like Nolan, aren't full of hate. They're afraid, and that fear is what is prompting them to do absolutely terrible things like beat the hell out of Liam, who never once fought back. 

Keeping Order - Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 15

If you notice, so far Gerard and Monroe haven't been affected by the anuke-ite. In the tunnels, other hunters started firing sporadically, but Monroe just seemed confused as to what the hell was going on.

Maybe, the anuke-ite's fear can't override someone's hatred. Then again, maybe the anuke-ite only targets one person at a time, as was further evidenced by its attacks in the Sheriff's station. However, both Melissa and Argent were deathly afraid of it when it was sort of lifeless in the morgue.

My other theory is that Monroe is the beautiful face of the anuke-ite. Yeah, I know, I have a couple of conflicting theories, so sue me.

Deaton: I think I know what we're dealing with. It's an ancient shape shifter, a creature of disharmony. It can turn neighbor against neighbor, sewing the seeds of discord and hate. It doesn't need claws. It uses something far more sinister.
Mason: Fear.
Deaton: Yes. When paranoia turns to anger, anger turns to violence, entire communities tear themselves apart. The creature feeds off the fear and grows more powerful. It's called anuke-ite.

There's still a lot we don't know about this new big bad. We just learned its name (thank you Deaton), but that's all we know. Right now, aside from somehow inciting fear, we don't know anything about how it operates, which is okay, for now.

We're making some progress and getting some answers. Let's hope the momentum continues because if we go too long without answers, the anuke-ite will go from being interesting to confusing.

Now that we know its name, maybe the pack can uncover more about it, like how to identify its other face, and how to kill it. What are your anuke-ite theories?

I know the sign on the door says we're closed, but you could have at least tried knocking.

Deaton

Also, can we just take a moment to applaud the return of Deaton? It has been far too long since we've seen him, and he never fails to brighten things up with his sarcasm.

The thing we forget at times is that Scott and his pack are kids. They are doing the best they can to protect their town and themselves from unimaginable danger. It's a miracle that they have survived this long.

For the most part, the hunters are adults, and they are mercilessly killing and torturing children. None of the weres are adults; have you noticed that? Sure, Nolan and some high school kids are joining the fight, but it's mainly adults attacking children.

Pack Rules - Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 15

This highlights how deadly the anuke-ite truly is. There does not seem to be any remorse or hesitation by these adults. The only person who has ever shown any hesitation is Nolan. Everyone else seems gung ho for taking out teenagers.

Still, the teenagers aren't saints either. Liam could have died if Finstock (our hero) did not step in and break up the fight. Nolan and company were so bent on getting Liam to shift, proving that they are justified in their fear, that they never stopped throwing punches.

Liam never fought back, only showed his glowing eyes like once (for a couple seconds), and no one in that class room, aside from Mason, did anything. The anuke-ite has proven itself to be very powerful, even if we don't quite know how its power works, yet.

The only thing that's still a little confusing is how much of Gerard and Monroe's war is not being controlled by the anuke-ite's fear. How much of it is hunters being hunters, taking out werewolves because that's what they believe is right?

Peace - Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 14

We all know that Gerard doesn't need the anuke-ite to kill a were, and it doesn't look like Monroe does either. 

Right now, we've got two big bads: the hunters and the anuke-ite, and it looks like the anuke-ite is responsible for some, if not most, of the actions being done by the hunters. 

At some point, we're going to have to highlight the difference between the two. Hopefully, the hunter war won't be over when the anuke-ite is killed. That would be far too easy. It's too early to really worry about this, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on. 

What did you think of the episodes? Can we all agree that Finstock is our MVP? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Teen Wolf online anytime via TV Fanatic.

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Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 14 Quotes

Scott: Think of it like when Superman gets caught with his glasses off. You know, he doesn't give up. He puts them back on and says, "I'm still Clark Kent."
Liam: You want me to wear glasses?

Liam: I think it's the flu.
Scott: It's not flu season.
Liam: Then I probably have pneumonia.
Scott: Liam, you're a werewolf. You can't get pneumonia, but what you can get is in trouble for being late to school.