Teen Wolf 3 x 17 Review: Silverfinger
The latest episode of Teen Wolf provided a great deal of information and backstory in a relatively short amount of time, giving it a whiplash feel. Nonetheless, this was probably the episode a great deal of us has been waiting for, as it answered quite a few questions and confirmed some fan theories.
To get those straight out of the way: Kira is a kitsune and Stiles is being possessed. Wow. This is a lot to take in for a show that was once simply a gimmicky Romeo and Juliet retelling with werewolves.
Though he spent less time on screen than any of other central characters, Stiles was definitely the heart of this episode. His genuine confusion and inability to trust to his own senses were disheartening, and his admittance of weakness to Melissa was particularly poignant. Dylan O’Brien is arguably the strongest actor of the cast and his trembling, anxiety-riddled visit to the hospital was spot-on. This scene also collectively broke tons of fans’ hearts with his half-asleep, “Thanks, Mom” to Melissa. Yet, this scene only provided more questions than answers with a hint of things to come with a reference to his late mother. Apparently Stiles and Claudia share more than just a familial bond. Though, like Derek’s encounter with Talia Hale a few weeks ago, I suspect that this tidbit will not be explored for quite some time.
Scott and Kira continue to be an adorable and refreshingly healthy relationship. It’s obvious that Kira can stand on her own two feet and is not easily intimidated, even by Scott’s werewolf face, which she insisted on seeing for herself. Her research and ability to connect the dots rivals Stiles’ and her acceptance of the supernatural doesn’t feel rushed. Rather, she simply seems more determined to help in any way she can, even if that means potentially sacrificing herself.
Out of all the storylines, Chris Argent’s backstory into the mysterious dark forces and his, Isaac’s, and Allison’s trek to find out how to defeat them left a bit to be desired. It felt a little too Hollywood, complete with gangs, a fake trade, and Isaac dressed in a tux to pass him off as a weapons dealer. Along with the stagedness of this plotline, it simply contained too much information at once.
The mysterious and conveniently knowledgeable Katashi essentially bombarded the audience with numerous tidbits about the dark forces at play, otherwise known as oni. It’s a shame that this scene wasn’t better written or simply stretched out over time because it contained a great deal of interesting facts about Japanese folklore. It just seemed like the writers had no other idea how to convey this information than simply having one man stand around and recite it like a lecture.
The cutting between this scene and the tense standoff at Scott’s house was a bit jarring and slowed down the overall action of the episode. Along with having a pretty fun fight sequence and a surprise visit from a grumpy but loyal Derek Hale, the standoff between the wolves and the oni packed quite an emotional punch especially when it came to Scott’s dislikable dad.
While the final scene may not have come as a total surprise to many fans, it was still jarring to see Stiles, once our comic relief, turn completely dark. His transformation was a definite highlight of the episode and demonstrated just what malevolence possessed Stiles is capable of. If anything, Stiles has become the scariest creature in the Teen Wolf universe.
If this episode had one major strength, it was leaving us wanting more and anxious to see what happens next in Beacon Hills.
What are your thoughts?
- What is the connection between Stiles’ symptoms and his mother’s?
- What do you want to see Kira do with her powers?
- Will we ever see Derek and Stiles on screen together at all this season?
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10 thoughts on “Teen Wolf 3 x 17 Review: Silverfinger”
Good episode…Season 3A and now 3B has felt like fan fic coming to life and i like that ;)…We have been waiting for a Dark Stiles for quite some time….i have read fans saying it was Stiles who ripped the shoot from the Nematon to summon the oni/fireflies…but this eps showed Stiles killing the fireflies so i don’t think Stiles would summon them just so he can defeat them, right?
The only one’s who are left without the mark are Stiles and Allison now…Stiles was quite dark in this ep but he has now ended the oni i guess so still don’t know if Allison is ‘all right’…she saw her dead aunt so that might be hinting at something…so many Q’s when it comes to TW
Don’t know what Kira’s parents are doing letting their kitsune run around Beacon Hills after all she’s been through since arriving…keep her home, parents!
I think when Derek and Stiles finally meet it’s going to be because of something ‘huge’ regarding the plot and the two characters…so let’s see 🙂
I wonder if the separation between Derek and Stiles is simply Jeff’s way of riling up the fangirls and slashers. Wouldn’t be the first time that has happened.
I am also wondering about Kira’s family: what do they know? How much do they understand? Are they evil? I sincerely hope not because I thought they were adorable though her mother did appear more standoffish and mysterious than her father.
Derek’s understanding of what Kira is was also interesting. How much does he understand? Does he just conveniently know all about supernatural beings from literally all folklores and mythologies or is there a specific reason why he recognized Kira as a kitsune?
I honestly have no idea what to expect with Allison if only because I am repeatedly so bored by her storylines. Chris was interesting but she and Isaac’s scenes just drag. If she dies, I’d be upset to see a central female character go but storyline-wise, I wouldn’t care.
The one thing I’m hoping for is that this dark!Stiles storyline is dragged out until the end of this season. It would totally suck to have this awesome storyline introduced only to have it “quick fixed” in the next episode or two. But with the way the ads leading up to this season have really built up Stiles, I’m hoping that won’t be the case. Personally I love that Stiles has gone for the plucky comic relief to one with more emotional depth. He can be funny and still have these amazing storylines. It would be a clear waste of Dylan’s talent to have him be just the comic relief of the show. I’m beyond excited to see where they take this.
This season has been guilty of a couple of quick fixes. I’ve already forgotten about Malia and the fact that Derek and Peter were tied up and freed by Deucalion. What’s more, there’s a ton that just hasn’t been answered with so many more questions being raised constantly. I hope dark!Stiles also stays if only to see how the others react to it, especially Scott. I kind of want to see how Kira plays against this new dark!Stiles as well because I honestly like the idea of Stiles being dark and Kira light – literally.
never enough derek. what is it with this season – has tyler hoechlin suddenly become uber expensive or something??? does he get paid per syllable? why is he, one of the core characters aswel as being one of the most popular, hardly ever on screen while the hateful twins and agent mccall appear to be never off for long?….
good episode, and i loved the stiles moment when he turned menacing – dylan really sells it. but i don’t buy that he’s the real big bad. i think he’s a red herring. he’s possessed, yes…..but i have a feeling there may be something more to it. like perhaps there are multiple possessions going on?….we (highly convienently, i feel) don’t know much about allison’s situation in all of this, and that line about killing the dark spirit “even if it’s your own daughter”….someone turn that foreshadowing please, my plot tan’s already uneven, thanks.
also – can someone please go and at least TALK to kira’s mother????….because it’s not like it’s been obvious since first meeting her that she’s a kitsune also (or at the very least it’s passed down through her bloodline). and she just so happened to have a “childrens book” explaining details all about the mysterious and rare mythological supernatural creature that her daughter just so happens to be on hand to read to her as a child???…come on…coinkidink???? “i think NOT!”
and sorry but i totally loved chris and co. even if it was total exposition, and the werewolf just strolling around with his claws out was dumb….but that little trio is just awesome!
I sometimes wonder if Tyler Hoechlin is leaving the show and we’re being eased into losing him. He mentions season 4 but who knows? I trust no one when it comes to Teen Wolf.
I just thought of something awful: what if the kill your own daughter line is a hint of Sheriff Stilinski having to confront his possessed son?! OH GOD. It’s obvious that Claudia suffered the same way as Stiles does so how much does the Sheriff understand? After all, he refused to see the supernatural in Beacon Hills for so long – maybe in response to his wife and her death? I have no idea, but I’m freaking myself thinking about it. After all, the Stilinskis are basically the heart of the show for me.
about Derek/Stiles scene, Derek mentioned that he can sees auras -when the twin were asking Kira who she is- and therefor I think they didn’t let Derek and Stile sin the same scene because then Derek will be able to see Stile’s Dark aura. I think, until that scenes happen we won’t see much of Derek. and I have a feeling he’s the one who is going to die, Jeff said once that he will make Derek look like a hero, the good guy, at the end of the season. -like he isn’t already!-
Kira doesn’t seem to be a big deal this season, I think they will leave her story hang up until season4 which makes sense, because there is already to much going on this season.
About stiles/Claudia, since this season has been as Farid-ul-Haq put it out “has felt like fan fic coming to life’ I feel like they will show us Claudia was related to supernatural world when she was alive. I remember reading lots of fanfictions turning it out like that, so it won’t be a surprise to see it coming on the screen.
and I’d really want to say, watching Stiles scenes since the begining of this season 3b, it doesn’t feel like I’m watching an MTV TV show at all, He.Is.Nailing.It as an actor!
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