Teen Wolf 3×24 Review: The Divine Move

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Wow, that finale was entertaining as hell! Sorry, when something is incredibly enjoyable it’s hard to contain that excitement. And Teen Wolf, despite its problems, is usually pretty damn enjoyable and this episode was a perfect example of that. So much happened, and although though a bunch of questions were left unanswered (this is Teen Wolf, that’s kind of expected at this stage) it still was damn fun to watch.

Despite the fact that they are all mourning Allison’s death the pack must come together to enact a divine move in order to win the game against the Nogitsune. The Nogitsune attacks the key sites in Beacon Hills: the hospital, the police station, the animal clinic, and finally the high school; leaving Melissa McCall, Sheriff Stilinski, and Alan Deaton all gravely injured. With a little help from Allison (she figure it out), the pack is able to out fox the fox ultimately defeating the Nogitsune, trapping it inside Derek’s magic jar. All is well… until it’s not.

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There is nothing I love more than when the core group of characters have to come together to defeat the season’s big bad. If this happens, I am pretty much willing to forgive everything else because it is just wonderful; it fills my insides with mush. There is no such thing as a lone hero. It takes a village, or in this case a pack, to save the world. There’s a reason the pack is so important within the fandom and that’s because this is a ‘found family’ – a family that they chose. A group of people that individually might not be able to do much, but together they can do anything.

And it really was a group effort – much more so than the finale of 3A. It was Allison who worked out that silver could kill the Oni. It was Chris and Isaac that figured out what Allison was trying to tell them. Derek and the twins were the brawn – the bodyguards. Stiles and Lydia worked out the Nogitsune’s play and Scott and Kira were the ones that ultimately took the monster down. Together. I care so much about these characters and watching them all use their unique skills, as a team, was the best possible way to end the season.

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Void!Stiles was fantastic as always – very scary, with just a little bit of sex appeal (okay a lot of sex appeal). I’m kind of going to miss him, but I’m glad to have regular Stiles back. Speaking of sex appeal, how about the Sheriff and his big gun? That’s the kind of moment I’ve been waiting for since the Sheriff finally found out about the whole supernatural thing.

Before I completely burst with joy, I should probably mention some of the stuff that wasn’t so good. Like the fact that the climax was a little too easy – considering how much build they gave it. I spent much of the episode fearing for Melissa and the Sheriff and they just kind of woke up healed, which was a little too convenient. That said I thought the suspense was done well because I was literally on the edge of my seat – I almost fell off at one stage, it was embarrassing. At one point I might have tried to sell my soul to the devil to save Melissa McCall’s life.

Teen Wolf spent the whole season trying to make us care but even though I tried I just don’t care about Ethan and Aiden, at all. It’s not that I hated their storyline, I get it, it was about redemption and I know they weren’t completely responsible for their actions under Deucalion’s influence. It’s just there’s nothing about them that particularly interested me and all they did was take screen time away from characters I was actually invested in. So when Aiden was dying in Ethan’s arms I just kind of wanted to fast forward. It was pretty void, especially after the emotional impact of Allison’s death, and they dragged it out too long.

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It also seems that Teen Wolf wants to forget that “Echo House” happened as much as we do, because Malia Tate is re-introduced at the end of the ep as though she’s been there all along. There was also a look between Malia and Lydia that I am hoping is the start of a beautiful friendship (maybe more?) and not a hint at a cliché love triangle to come. I just really wish the Eichen House storyline hadn’t happened (it was an unfortunate blemish in an otherwise exceptional season) because it has tainted what should be the addition of an awesome new female character.

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I love love loved the way they showed everyone mourning Allison’s death – particularly the moment between Isaac and Chris. I really like the idea of them coming together over Allison’s loss. And watching Scott crying in his mother’s arms was one of the most heartbreaking moments in a season full of heartbreak. I was a little confused as to why Kira was talking to Lydia about the others like Lydia wasn’t also affected by the loss because I desperately need to see Lydia mourning Allison next season. Let’s not just use Allison’s death to further the male characters; the girls need some angst too.

Derek’s speech about Scott was beautiful and a fantastic conclusion to the development their relationship has received this season. And we FINALLY got to see Stiles and Derek talk to each other… except it was a dream, which is exciting for some because hey Derek is dreaming about Stiles (that’s sure to keep the fan fiction alive during the hiatus). The dream led to the big cliffhanger – the return of Kate Argent, which is enough to pull me back into the show just when my investment was starting to wane.

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Kate Argent is the best villain Teen Wolf has ever had and I am so excited to see what they do for her. Plus her resurrection goes a little way towards rectifying the discrepancy between the number of dead male and female villains. Actually this is a pretty big moment for Teen Wolf because in this finale they killed two male characters (if you count the Nogistune) and resurrected a woman. Don’t say anything though, I don’t want to jinx it.

I’m just so happy Kate Argent is back I’m jumping up and down like small child that got into the cookie jar.

Let’s face it, the best part of the episode was when Danny casually revealed that he knew Ethan was a werewolf. I’m pretty sure I heard the fandom’s collected scream of “we knew it” because there is no way Danny has been standing that close to that many conversations about werewolves without catching on. That’s the kind of in joke/nod to fandom I can get behind.

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“Dude, it’s Beacon Hills” – Danny Mahealani

Well Teen Wolf did the unthinkable with that finale, they actually managed to entice me enough to stick around for another season. But enough about me, what did you guys think?

  • Did you offer to sell your soul for Melissa McCall’s life?
  • Are you happy to see Malia as part of the pack?
  • What do you think about Kate Argent’s return?
  • Do you think Derek’s life could get any worse?

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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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.

Comments

  1. Agreed- the finale actually made me excited for Season 4, and went a long way towards redeeming the awfulness of much of 3A. Scott and his mom were perfect, Chris coaching Scott- understanding Scott wasn’t inclined to be thinking about crap like cover stories was also great and sad. Hope we get some heart to hearts between everyone regarding Allison next season, and Stiles feelings about his involvement. I think Dereks life has been better already this season. Hopefully he’s not so raw about Kate anymore and can stand up to her better. Still curious as hell about Parish, and wondering why they couldn’t have had Malia ‘in training’ under Scott since she was introduced- that seemed odd and off. But overall, one of my fave seasons!

  2. I’ll admit I cheered at Danny’s reveal. I hope this means he’ll have more of a role next season.

    I have mixed feelings about Kate coming back. She was never one of my favorite villains (I just can’t like someone who’d set a house on fire when there are children in it). I also hate the tendency for shows to drag people back when they’ve supposedly been killed off. It cheapens the impact of death, and doing so just a week after Allison’s death really bugged me.

    The one positive thing about Kate returning (IMO) is its potential for storyline for Chris Argent. It means he’s got family again, and it’s someone he may either have to kill or have to lie to others to protect. I was worried about Chris having a place in the show after Allison was gone, so I’m glad on his behalf.

    It also probably means more scenes for Derek, and since he was woefully underused this season, I can appreciate that. But if there’s any hint of romance between Derek and the person who killed his family, I’ll give up on the show. (Fortunately, I still have a bit of confidence in the writers, and I think they’d be smart enough not to write anything that idiotic.)

    As a fangirl, I wish I could say I was glad for the little dream scene with Derek and Stiles. But I feel like the showrunners have been doing everything they can lately to kill any hints of Sterek, and I felt like they only threw that moment in as a half-hearted obligatory nod so it meant nothing.

    The look between Lydia and Malia was interesting. Lydia’s heart has been hurt more than almost anyone else on this show (her parents making her choose who to live with; Jackson; Aiden, and to some degree, Boyd and maybe Erica; and of course Allison). Her smile at Malia was almost wistful and hopeful. I hope Lydia finds a good friend in Malia. Something more would be fine, too, but really I would just like Lydia to get to be happy.

    Not a bad season overall, but not my favorite.

  3. I really could’ve done without the Sterek…Derek ‘dreaming’ about Stiles moment…like just no TeenWolf…you are playing a game that some of the fans have lost interest in playing now

    I guess we just have to accept Malia being able to function as a highschool teenager and wasn’t just in Eiche House a few days ago

    For me,the Danny reveal was the most amazing thing…but then again, i’m taking bets: Who thinks that Danny is still going to be irrelevant to the main plot of the show in S4?

  4. I’m actually really upset about the return of Kate Argent because I feel that the characters and fandom has forgotten that she is a sexual predator.

    Derek is the victim of statutory rape at Kate’s hands and then, in the famous chained-up scene in season 1, basically sexually assaulted him (that licking his abs thing was so gross and problematic for me). So the last thing I wanted the woefully underused Derek to have to deal with is the trauma of his family’s death and his own experience with sexual assault/manipulation with the return of Kate.

    I genuinely dislike her deeply.

    1. ELLERY this “As a fangirl, I wish I could say I was glad for the little dream scene with Derek and Stiles. But I feel like the showrunners have been doing everything they can lately to kill any hints of Sterek, and I felt like they only threw that moment in as a half-hearted obligatory nod so it meant nothing.”…is EXACTLY how I think boss Jeff must have thought this scene: <>
      Pity that as usual it won’t mean anything for Sterek, just like Derek being the king for Stiles etc, only maybe good for a little 5 seconds’ bromance later on. -_-

      FARID…the Danny question was rethorical wasn’t it?!?! LOL ;-P)

      FANGIRLING…moral dramas now? WTH? it’s Jeff we’re talking about therefore I’m ready to throw all my brainy/sensible questions out of the window!
      Sorry for my sarcasm, bye

    2. This is totally my feelings on Kate too! Good villain, yes, but they have to actually treat her like one and acknowledge all the awful things she’s done. And seeing the way Jill and Hoechlin and everyone else talked about this on Wolf Watch last night made me think they don’t get it at all.

    3. I agree with you 100%. Kate raped Derek, used him to kill his family and when she died, I’m not gonna lie, I was happy to get rid of her. And now she is back? I’m really sorry for Derek to see her again.
      I’m worried about the next season. I’m not even sure if I’m going to watch it because it’s making me feel kind of bad. I watch it because of couple of my favorite characters and I’m not sure if it’ll be enough for me to continue watching *sad face*

  5. I don’t know how to feel about Kate. I’m mean she could be a great villain, but I wish she would’ve stayed dead. As for Malia, All I have to say is……………….. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! I don’t know why I like her so much, but I do. I also love her with Stiles, and the whole Peter/Malia/Stiles thing I also love. Cant wait to see what happens in season 4.

  6. I did not offer my soul for Melissa’s life xD But I’m incredibly happy she lived~ I so don’t want Malia to be part of the pack! I am so NOT a stalia fan. Sterek. Sterek forever. And if that can’t happen….then stidia. I hate Kate Argent, so I’ll have fun watching her die (hopefully. I thought I didn’t like Matt until the pool story stuff. 🙁 ) in season 4! And yes, I do think out poor little sourwolfs life can, and will, get worse. Peter will probably do that, iafter his big scream of “I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE ALPHA!” And Kate the ***** that seduced him is now two times scarier with whatever new abilities she has….SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT SEEN SEASON 4 (I’ve seen the first episode) and with Derek suddenly getting younger, wondering where his mom and pack are and the complete lack of good sterek…..well….poor Derek. 🙁

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