We gave it a B
I’m not going to lie to you guys: I have no idea what’s going on in this opening sequence. The gist of it is Theo finds himself in this never-ending Groundhog Day scenario where he wakes up in the morgue, gets his heart ripped out by his sister, and remembers the moment the Dread Doctors gave him a heart transplant(?) — before it all starts over again.
I’d say this is a dream, but in reality, Theo is being pummeled by Malia in Scott’s kitchen. Maybe it could still be a dream if she’d knocked him unconscious? Regardless, he eventually wakes up when Scott and Liam pull Malia off him. Liam then tries to explain all the ways Theo could help them with the Ghost Riders, but Scott has one very solid point against keeping Theo around: “He did kill me.” It’s hard to argue with that.
It’s also hard to argue with an emotional Scott saying, “I can’t lose Stiles.” Yes, I teared up. (But that was quickly followed by me wondering just how much Scott remembers at this point.) Anyway, getting back to the Theo of it all, he claims he knows of a transformer that can handle a lightning bolt, because what high-schooler wouldn’t have that knowledge?!
With that, their plan to catch a Ghost Rider is underway. Theo takes them to the transformer, where Mason uses his still-incomplete high-school education to somehow build a cage that can repel a lightning bolt so that once they trap the Ghost Rider, he cannot ride the lightning back out. Now, for the plan: They use the lightning rod to get the Ghost Rider and Hayden runs into the cage as bait. Once the Ghost Rider’s inside (and Hayden’s back out), they close the doors, pour out a bit of mountain ash, and call it a day. Why they’re using Hayden as bait and not Theo is beyond me.
Although nobody seems extremely confident in the plan, it’s kind of their only choice at this point, which means it’s happening … and it’s happening now because there’s a storm brewing outside.
Long story short, the plan works (despite the fact I have serious trouble believing Ghost Rider would see a cage and run INTO it). But once he’s inside — and without his gun — it’s time for the second part of the plan. Wait, just kidding! There is no second part! Unless you count Liam calling him “Mr. Rider” the second part.
The moment the Ghost Rider seems to call for help, one thing is certain: They need to find a way to communicate with him, and fast. Thankfully, Mason is still part of the pack and realizes the Riders were never scared of Parrish. They were trying to talk to him.
By the time Parrish shows up, the Rider starts to talk, which is to say he identifies Parrish as a Hellhound and keeps repeating: “We are the Wild Hunt. Those who hunt with us hunt forever.” Just think of it as the “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” of the Wild Hunt.
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