Teen Wolf 6×17 Review: Werewolves of London

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This week’s episode of Teen Wolf, ‘Werewolves of London,’ tried to sell Jackson and Ethan as a couple as well as focused a lot on Scaliugh. Stydia who?

We’ve known for weeks that Ethan and Jackon are a couple now and apparently Jackon is queer. ‘Werewolves of London’ showed the two living together and celebrating (which felt like) their one year anniversary. I’ve already shared my opinions about this pairing.

Jackson not knowing he was queer doesn’t make any sense, especially how Lydia’s love saved him back in season 2 and how Beacon Hills is supposed to be free of homophobia and racism. Danny was his best friend for crying out loud. The writers of Teen Wolf have no respect for their canon and every season we get retcons.

The fact that Jackson is considered half-kanima also doesn’t make sense. According to previous Teen Wolf lore, a kanima is a transitional state. There is no such thing as a half-kanima unless it’s manufactured like how the Dread Doctors created one. This show is a mess.

Talking about making previously straight characters queer, I wonder if Jeff Davis would’ve had Jackson be in a relationship with Isaac if he had been able to rope in Daniel Sharman for the final season. You know Jeff would’ve mentioned the scene where Jackson, Isaac, and Erica danced together in season 2 to justify it.

I have heard some fans say that Ethan has changed and how he isn’t a murderer anymore. Furthermore, they also say that both Jackson and Ethan are in a healthy relationship. Well, that might be true, but Teen Wolf needs to show character growth.

The last time we saw Jackson, he still treated Lydia badly and decided to move to London. Ethan broke it off with Danny and I don’t think he ever apologized for killing Boyd and siding with Deucalion. Teen Wolf wants viewers to think that all of the character development for the two happened off screen, which I would’ve believed if it was any other show other than this one.

As far as I can tell, no development occurred off screen. Ethan and Jackson were changed just so they could be forced into a queer pairing, played by queer actors because Jeff is an amazing person.

‘Werewolves of London’ also revealed the aftermath of the shooting in the previous episode. A lot of people got shot. We had Melissa, Lydia, Mason, and Scott’s father getting injured during the incident.

I laughed when Melissa told Scott that it wasn’t his fault. I mean, come on. The fact that Gerard is still alive and has killed numerous supernatural creatures is Scott’s fault. There’s no denying it.

Anyway, True Alpha Scott doesn’t want to kill so he does what he has always done. Scott tries to recruit other people to do his bidding. I liked how he went back to Deucalion for help because Scott had used him before to murder Theo’s pack. However, Deucalion didn’t want to kill anymore, which was rich coming from a guy who recently murdered teenagers. I just don’t understand Teen Wolf and it wanting to redeem villains.

I enjoyed the scene between Munroe and the Sheriff even though it showed just how much of a mess this show is. If Munroe’s powerful enough to have the entire Sheriff’s Department under her control, why didn’t she use the same power to gain control over the hospital, too? She could’ve easily stopped Melissa, Lydia, and Mason from getting treated.

‘Werewolves of London’ also furthered the Anuk-Ite plot a bit. Turns out that Aaron is one of the being’s faces and he has been testing supernatural creatures to find a host for the second face. The episode did show that Aaron has found a werewolf to be the host, but Scott and the others aren’t familiar with the person.

As for the romance in this episode, other than the Ethan and Jackson debacle, we got a lot of Scaliugh development. The scene where Peter told Maliugh not to fall in love with Scott and she said it was too late was hilarious considering they showed Scott getting into Stiles’ (Malia’s ex) jeep. Maliugh has no chill. I think she fell in true love with the True Alpha in like six months.

I do remember how Stydia shippers were all about praising Jeff because their ship went canon and how the final ten episodes were going to have Stydia kisses and even a sex scene. Well, none of that is going to happen. Jeff doesn’t care about Stydia and neither do the two actors making up the ship. Holland is all about Sterek, and Dylan recently said the ship was fan service in the nicest way he could.

Also, it’s amazing to see how still asking Dylan about Stydia is considered cute by fans but any questions about Sterek is considered a massive sign regarding how perverted and desperate the Sterek shippers are.

Thoughts and questions:

  • So, Ethan and Jackon have a thing where Jackson interrogates and Ethan listens to a person’s heartbeat to see if they’re lying. Ugh! This show!
  • The fact that Ethan and Jackson went to the school instead of going to Scott’s house or calling him or Lydia was stupid.
  • Munroe was able to kidnap Ethan (a werewolf) and Jackson (a half-werewolf and half-kanima) all by herself. Sigh!
  • Where’s Corey?
  • Where’s Chris?
  • Apparently, Deucalion was able to somehow train with Airbenders.
  • Have we heard about the Primal werewolf pack before? Why doesn’t Scott try and build relationships with supernatural beings in Beacon Hills? Why is he okay with all of them being murdered?
  • Melissa’s nasal cannula changed positions during her scene with Scott in the hospital. It was so distracting!
  • Where are werewolves like Peter, Ethan, Jackson, and Deucalion getting all of their money from?
  • I guess Lydia’s connection with Halwyn was a way for the show to kill Marrish? Turns out that banshees have a connection with every Hellhound nearby. So, stop reading too much into it, Marrish shippers.
  • Wasn’t sticking your claws into someone’s neck to see their memories supposed to be a delicate procedure? Either Maliugh didn’t get the memo or again, that girl has no chill.

Did you watch Teen Wolf this week? What did you think of ‘Werewolves of London’? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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5 thoughts on “Teen Wolf 6×17 Review: Werewolves of London

  1. • I agree it helps to remind yourself that this show is a mess. If you don’t, your mind goes in all kinds of directions of the implications of this show and what it is teaching people about things like race and sexuality. White actors are POC and straight people can suddenly become queer? So you have to constantly reassure yourself. They obviously made Jackson gay so that they can do Stydia. They had to erase the true love between Jackson and Lydia so that it makes sense that Lydia can be in love with Stiles. They might have been able to do it in another way but this was the lazy and time saving. This is how I see it, I cannot speak for anybody else: Personally this was a game changer for me. Before this I thought that the reason that they didn’t do Sterek was that they didn’t want to give an incorrect message that sexuality can change. I was proven wrong on that idea. I don’t understand the reasoning. Even when people tell me an actor did a ‘revision’, personally within the context of what went down that still doesn’t make sense. I like the idea of Deucalion training with ‘Airbenders.’ I think this show had an opportunity to really have good mythological, philosophical and psychological elements but this was lost. Perhaps doing a crossover in future would fix that.

    1. Yeah, changing Jackson’s sexuality to support Stydia as well as to play into Colton’s own coming out was lazy writing. Sigh! This show had so much potential to be one of the best things on TV.

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