Teen Wolf 3×13 Review: Anchors

Teen world 4Did you know that when you die and come back to life there could be lingering side effects? Perhaps a better word is consequences. Well Scott, Stiles, and Allison are certainly learning that in the first episode of the second half of Season 3. They made a sacrifice, and a sacrifice involves giving something up. I don’t think Scott, Stiles, or Allison realized what they had to lose when they made their decision and now they have to deal with the consequences.

I’m just going to bite the bullet and say that I loved this episode. A lot. Maybe 3A lowered my expectations, but it was intense and exciting with just the right amount of cheese and it was so much fun to watch. It was not without its problems – I’ll get to that in a bit – but I am just so pleased that this episode was good especially after the mess that was 3A.

Teen Wolf 3Teen Wolf is at its best when it focuses on the core characters desperately trying to retain some semblance of normality while dealing with a world of supernatural trouble. 3A seemed to forget this and focus entirely on the supernatural drama while ignoring the human consequences. Well it seems like they were saving all the consequences for the second half of the season and because of that this block of episodes is already miles above its predecessor.

I was actually worried as the episode began because while Dylan O’Brien is phenomenal, and Stiles trauma will always grip me emotionally, the actual dream sequences were a little cliché. That was until the final wake up (if he ever actually woke up) – it shocked me right out of my seat and I was almost in tears watching Sheriff Stilinski clutch his screaming son. They may as well just hand over an Oscar to Dylan O’Brien already because we know it’s inevitable.

Before I get lost praising everything this episode did right, I should probably mention the few choices that were rather questionable. The macho posturing between Scott and Isaac was completely over done and it seemed out of character for Scott to react so violently, or maybe that’s just me? It was played for laughs and while the initial awkward conversation was pretty funny it quickly devolved into a cliché. It’s totally hilarious to beat up on the kid that was abused right Teen Wolf? That said, Melissa McCall’s reactions were fantastic.

Speaking of Melissa McCall, she has cemented her position as mother of the year. The scene between her and Scott – where she tells her son to be his own anchor made me feel like I could take on the world… and she wasn’t even talking to me. I know I’m not a teenager with a broken heart but I can be my own anchor because I will love again.

Unfortunately Scott is not lucky enough to have two phenomenal parents but Agent McCall is shaping up to be a fantastic villain (I already hate him so much), as long as they don’t decide to redeem him. I will be so disappointed if they try to get me to sympathize with the deadbeat dad that skipped out on two of the most wonderful people that have ever existed.

Teen Wolf 1It wasn’t just Melissa, all the ladies were on top form in this episode. Allison struggling with the memory of her psychotic aunt – I’m always excited to see Jill Wagner’s Kate Argent on my screen – gripping. Lydia’s determination to help her friend stay and regain her control was beautiful to watch and everything I wanted out of this wonderful female friendship. Kira Yukimura (Arden Cho) is a wonderful addition and I am already far too attached to her. I will probably be spending the next 11 weeks praying that she doesn’t end up evil or dead because let’s face it, Teen Wolf does not have a great track record with female characters.

Kira is great though, she’s adorably awkward, and she giggles when she says things like demons and death not to mention she has exceptional taste in men. You can’t do much better than Scott McCall, even if there is a possibility he could lose control of his wolf and claw you to death.

The thing that has me the most worried is strangely enough also what has me the most excited. As of right now, I’m entirely sure where this season is going. That could mean that we are in for a genuinely thrilling ride filled with shocking twists and turns. Or it could mean that the-powers-that-be have no idea what’s happening either.  I swear to goodness if the whole thing turns out to be inside Stiles head I may have to get violent in a way that Scott McCall would not approve of.

Teen Wolf 2Before I throw the ball into your court – because I really want to know how you guys felt about the episode – I will leave you with my thoughts on the reveal that Derek and Peter are being held hostage. My feelings are reflected in Derek’s face, which is mostly annoyed but also kind of bored. Because hey, Derek’s being tortured, must be Monday. I hate to say this because seeing Tyler Hoechlin chained up is one of the greatest pleasures life can afford but can we find something else for Derek to do besides being physically and emotionally abused? It’s getting kind of old.

Above anything else, this episode has me completely hooked – I am dying in anticipation of next week’s episode and that’s a feeling I didn’t really get for the first 12 episodes of Season 3.

So what did you think?

Does Scott have the right to be upset with Isaac?

Is Melissa McCall the most amazing woman in the world?

Do you think Kira and Scott are destined to date?

Let us know in the comments.

Author: Undie Girl

Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.

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