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Teen Wolf premiere recap: 'Said the Spider to the Fly'

Scott realizes he can’t leave Beacon Hills as Stiles starts his journey at the FBI

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Teen Wolf

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
5
performer:
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Linden Ashby
broadcaster:
MTV
genre:
Comedy, Drama, Horror

We gave it a B

Welcome one and all to the final 10 episodes of Teen Wolf, where the name of the game is fear. We don’t know much about what’s going on in Beacon Hills at this point, but we know that fear is the cause of, well, all of it. And if there’s anything else we know, it’s that Scott and the gang can’t leave town just yet.

But before we get to that, let’s catch up with everyone. We start the hour at lacrosse practice, where Scott has swapped a jersey for an “assistant coach” jacket. His main role? To convince Finstock that Liam is worthy of being captain, a title he first earned last season. Speaking of Liam, he’s currently pouting in the locker room because apparently, Hayden moved away in order to protect her sister. So I guess that’s the end of that relationship.

Once Mason and Corey — still together — physically drag Liam to the practice field, we watch as he loses control of his anger, flashing his yellow eyes on the field. Thankfully, Scott is there to help manage the situation, but Liam is not their only wolf-related problem. An actual wolf — not a werewolf, just a wolf – walks onto the field. It’s clearly injured, but when Scott flashes his red eyes, it turns and runs back into the woods. The best part of this scene? When NO ONE questions Liam and Scott’s decision to follow the wild animal into the woods at night. I mean, I knew Finstock was an irresponsible adult, but COME ON.

Once in the woods, Liam and Scott discover a plethora of dead wolves: bad sign No. 1. Malia, for one, doesn’t want to hear anything about it. Lydia tries to explain the situation, but as Malia puts it, she’s done with “mysterious animal situations.” She has shifted her focus to “mysterious men … French ones,” and as soon as her flight to Paris stops being delayed, she’ll be well on her way. Let’s reiterate: She is NOT sticking around for another Beacon Hills mystery.

At least not until a bunch of rats take over a classroom. Let me back up: The next day, Liam, Corey, and Mason meet with the very nosy guidance counselor to set their schedules for senior registration. It’s obvious that this woman has an interest in the supernatural side of things. She even asks Nolan, another student, about an “animal attack” that happened in the library over the summer. “Everybody knows that that was no animal,” Nolan says. As for the wolf on the lacrosse field, Nolan believes it was “some kind of wolf,” and when she asks, “What kind of wolves have you seen?” he changes the subject (though I was really hoping he’d respond, “Hot ones”).

Meanwhile, down the hall, a classroom is flooded with rats, an event that prompts Liam and Mason to head to the tunnels. There, they find a pile of dead rats — something Mason calls a “rat king.” And that’s when they call Malia. She smells the rats and confirms that they smell of fear. She then defines a rat king: The rats freaked out, got their tails knotted up, and tore each other apart trying to break free. But don’t expect some scared rats to convince Malia to ditch Paris. She’s still leaving…

At this point, Scott and Lydia also think they’re leaving, so they each gift their parents with something to help protect them when they’re gone. Lydia leaves her mother, Principal Martin, a list of all the supernatural beings in Beacon Hills, while Scott leaves Melissa with a stun baton so she can properly defend herself.

So, with their parents taken care of, Lydia and Scott get ready to leave Beacon Hills behind…until Lydia gets a vision. Suddenly back at the school, she’s in a hallway covered in webs, each one emitting a sound, from screams to gunfire to growling. The final web she touches says, “You let it out. You were supposed to ride with the Hunt forever.” Just like that, they’re not going anywhere, and after a minor guilt trip, neither is Malia.
(Next: There’s a new Hellhound in town)

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