Teen Wolf 3×18 Review: Riddled
Jeff Davis, if you happen upon this article, just FYI: it is not okay to put your viewers through the emotional ringer two weeks in a row! By the end of this episode, I was like Spock in Star Trek after his confrontation with Kirk; emotionally comprised and unfit for command. But I am willing to power through this review because The Geekiary readers are awesome and this is an episode to be analyzed to bits. So without further ado, let’s jump into my thoughts on “Riddled”!
Obviously this is a very Stiles-centric episode, and Dylan O’Brien acted his ass off! Seriously, if I had it my way I would throw every acting award possible at the guy because he did an amazing job tonight. At the beginning of the episode we found Stiles locked in some sort of room with a monstrous figure lurking in the shadows. My best friend and her TW-watching buddy called Stiles being trapped inside of his mind, and I thought that was really well done. The hunting trap from earlier episodes was used as a great metaphor for that concept. Who else was reminded of the riddle battle scene between Bilbo and Gollum from The Hobbit when the figure started asking Stiles, finally stumping him with “Everyone has it and no one can lose it”? I really loved the moment when Melissa pulled Stiles into her arms, which was so reminiscent of “Anchors” when the Sheriff did the exact same thing when Stiles was having that nightmare. This child is so starved for maternal affection, and I adore the fact that they allow Melissa to step into that role. Speaking of maternal… we finally know what killed Claudia (officially… unofficially is a totally different story): frontotemporal dementia. Putting on my Bill Nye the Science Guy cap and explaining in layman’s terms, it is a neurodegenerative disease that causes extreme degeneration of your frontal and temporal lobes. Why is this so detrimental for Stiles? The temporal lobe is responsible for memory, understanding, and language while the frontal lobe deals with thinking, planning, organizing, problem solving, emotions, and personality. In summary, this disease attacks the parts of your brain that form the essence of who you are.
Now whether or not this a side effect of the possession remains to be seen, but either way, if Stiles does have this, it’s bad news bears. He’s known on the show for being the problem solver (his bedroom being a literal testament to that), and the mind boggles at the thought of that ability being taken away from him. The scene between Scott and Stiles in the MRI room broke my heart into a zillion pieces, and when Scott told him “If you have it, we’ll do something. I’ll do something”, I think we all knew what he meant by that: giving Stiles the bite. Perhaps that is the status Davis teased of Stiles losing before the season started? I know he said when the first season ended that Stiles would be staying human, but when you issue what is an effective death sentence to a fan favorite…what else can you do? The dual confrontations with himself and Mrs. Yukimura were very exciting and raised some interesting questions. From the confrontation with himself, we learned the answer to the previous riddle was “a shadow”. Of course, that raises the question of whether this being has been with Stiles for quite some time and how it got there to begin with. And if you read the theories (and this is one that I fully believe), you will know that some fans believe this being was the thing that killed Stiles’ mother and transferred itself to him, being let loose when the “door” to his mind was left ajar. The scene with Mrs. Yukimura had shades of a Mexican standoff. She knew who or what the being inside Stiles was and knows who can defeat it. This makes me wildly curious as to Mrs. Yukirmura’s past and whether she will share her knowledge with Scott and the others. Side note: does anyone think that maybe she was somehow behind the voicemail messages on Allison’s phone?
Speaking of Scott, we had some great moments between him and Derek, the older wolf becoming a guide since Deaton seems to have effectively vanished from the show. Derek proved many times in tonight’s episode that he’s more than just a pretty face, which I really appreciated. I may ogle Hoechlin’s body, but him dropping knowledge is just as sexy. I was proud of Davis when his explanation for Cora’s absence did not include killing her or making her evil (Derek took her “back to South America” but how the bloody hell did she get there in the first place?!), and his sharing of his family history of protecting the town was touching. It almost felt like he was passing the torch to Scott when he said, “This town needs a hero, and that hero is you.” I really like them working together, but I’m still hoping that sometime soon, we will have an explanation about what Derek saw in his vision with his mother.
Lydia’s new found banshee identity seems to be out of whack, and I’m curious about what’s causing it. She was essentially right when she said that Stiles was there in the mental institution, but as we know, it was more of mental manifestation than a physical one. If you watched the episode of “Wolf Watch” following this episode, Davis explained that the voices Lydia keeps hearing are other banshees warning her of upcoming deaths and teased that there is another banshee in Beacon Hills. Now before the season started he said that the connection between Peter and Lydia would be further explored this season. So let me ask this: what if Peter is a banshee? In the preview for next week’s episode we see him writhing on the floor screaming in agony, and Beacon Hills’ favorite villain seems to have a knack for recognizing unfound supernatural potential. What if he targeted Lydia in order to bring her abilities to the surface? A wild theory, I know, but I’m just throwing it out there.
But before I devolve further into wilder theories, I am going to end this article and throw it out to you guys. What are your thoughts on “Riddled”? Do you believe there is a link between Stiles and his mother and this mysterious being? What do you think causing Lydia’s banshee abilities to go haywire? Whatever your theories are, comment below and thank you for reading!
Author: Sarah Sue
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