Teen Wolf Review: Alpha Wolf Killed the Video Store

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After a few exciting episodes, "The Tell" brought Teen Wolf back down to Earth. It was an hour that featured a less-than-exciting romance plot between Scott and Allison, and a whole lot of exposition about many of the students we have met at this point in the series.

That's not to say that there weren't exciting moments. As has been the case lately, the opening scene was both frightening and entertaining. Apparently Teen Wolf takes place in a world where video rental stores are still in business, but the real question is: "What was the alpha wolf's deal?"

Video Store Attack!

Why go through all that trouble to scare and hurt Jackson if you are just going to scratch his neck? There have to be some more repercussions from those nail marks, right? From our interview with Dylan O'Brien last week, it sounds like more supernatural beings aren't out of the question in this series.  

Does Jackson getting scratched bring out whatever power he has inside of him? Or will we hear nothing of this again?

Also, keeping the excitement going was Stiles' run in with Lydia in her bedroom. O'Brien has been extremely good at playing nervous and fidgety thus far, and this scene was a superb example of that, as he struggled with the idea that Lydia might have wanted to hook up with him. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Stiles get his, but wouldn't we all rather see it happen with a female that isn't high as a kite?

As entertaining as some of these moments were, others were not, such as Scott and Allison smooching for hours on end in some random forest. It couldn't have been more boring, and that may be because Scott is such a lame character. This would be fine in some instances, like learning the ropes from Derek in a student/mentor relationship, but not when you're wooing what seems to be the cutest girl in school. He needs a bit more charisma to pull that one off.

Derek doing pull ups. Derek doing one-handed push ups. Derek getting electrocuted. That's all gold. Maybe it's because he had his shirt off on all accounts, or maybe it's because this guy is just that compelling, but either way it was fun to watch.

Also fun? Just how ruthless Kate was this episode. I wasn't expecting her to be this type of over-the-top threat to the werewolves when she was introduced, but she has proven that she can top Allison's dad as the best hunter.

Although it was completely obvious that the final scene was not going to end with a dead alpha wolf in the parking lot of the school, the show still had me guessing as to what it was going to be. My first guess was a bear, so when it turned out to be a mountain lion, all I could do was gasp.  It should have been obvious, but I was still a bit surprised.

Finding out more about what the alpha wolf is, what its plan is, and who it is, seems to be the major overarching arc of this first half of the season. I wouldn't be surprised if it is the big reveal, but then again I wouldn't be surprised by much on this series. It has done a good job of making the audience expect the unexpected, and that's what I'll continue to do.

While it wasn't as entertaining as some of its predecessors, "The Tell" kept me interested in what will happen next on Teen Wolf. What did you all think?


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I just have a feeling it's the chemistry teacher. Like in the scene in the classroom where stiles had the yellow highlighter, the teacher walked all the way to the front of the class and then as if he could smell the highlighter, told stiles to put it away, and then there's the fact that he was really concerned about Jackson, who it seems may become a werewolf.

Amy jackey

i was thinking the same thing that the vet is the alpha. I like when Kate said I dont know if i should kill it or lick it when it came to Derek lol. I was like licking wouldnt be the only thing i would do to derek


I've got a feeling the chemistry teacher's the alpha and that there are others in the pack. The vet is probably in the pack, but I don't think he's the alpha. My guess is the vet arranged for a mountain lion to conveniently arrive when the police got a few pictures of the animal. Something I liked about the video store is the shelf that Jackson's hiding behind has copies of "Let the Right One In." Its a Swedish vampire flick that's worth a look if you haven't seen it.


I dont think the vet is the alpha. First off, it just seems way too obvious after this episode. Second, why hasn't he tried anything with Scott? The alpha obviously knows Scott is the guy he bit in the first episode because he follows him around here and there. Third, Scott had a hard time with the cats because they could sense his "dog-ness". The vet has been there much longer, so it can be inferred that he doesn't have troubles with the cats like Scott. I feel like the vet either knows who the alpha is, or was probably just freaked out by the pictures. I don't know, I'm just guessing!! Love this show though!

Saad khan

it was the best episode of the season so far... Colton Haynes, and Aunt Kate plus Derek stole the show..
Ever since Aunt Kate has arrived its getting bigger and better.. can't wait to see how Colton Haynes Aka. Jackson character shapes up.. after he has his Own history no-one knows about ;)

Rhianna speranzo

im so sure its the vet. i just have that feeling ya know?


The vet probably released the vet in the car park of the school to through the police off the trail.


@Mary Thanks for the fact-checking, bitch. Next time I need it I'll ask. jkjkjk that was very good of you to catch that. If you ever need a job here at tvfanatic, contact me.


The vet is the alpha. When I was looking up characters on IMdB to see where I knew Allison from... It said his character was the alpha from the first episode.


My money is on the chemistry teacher! The Scott/Emily plot was soooooo boring! The rest was very interesting though. I liked that they developed a little bit the other characters, especially Jackson, he seemed like less of a jerk now. One thing that annoys me is that they feel like they have to remind us that they have a gay character in each episode for no reason at all! I'm all for diversity but it annoys me that they plug that Jackson's friend is gay each episode just to seem hip and cool. At least give this storyline some relevance to the show please XD

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