Teen Wolf Review: Pain In The Neck
For those of you who have not done so yet, trust me: join the fun on MTV Mondays, where Teen Wolf continues to be one of the best new shows of the summer.
Case in point: "Wolf's Bane" was filled with excitement, surprising reveals, and a shirtless Derek Hale! What more could you ask for?
A pair of exhilarating action sequences were used as bookends, as things began with Derek saving Mr. Harris from the Alpha and then getting chased by the cops. Everything ended with a new addition to the Teen Wolf repertoire: Derek Hale getting demolished in a fight. Both scenes were tons of fun to watch, serving as quality anchors for a much more dialogue friendly core of the episode.
Yes, Derek Hale was dismantled by the Alpha, who, in a strange turn of events, ended up being his uncle! It was definitely funny watching Stiles get caught in the middle of that battle royal in the hospital, but it was much less hilarious seeing poor Derek getting dragged down the hall by his Alpha Uncle.
While Stiles and Derek spent the majority of their time searching for who sent Scott that text (which led to the viewing party of Derek's abs), Scott was attempting to retrieve Allison's clue-ridden necklace.
McCall's major obstacle, Jackson, was easily the highlight of the episode. Audiences may not enjoy his wooing of Allison as much as I do - that line about his cheekbones being aerodynamic? Classic. - but you can't deny how awesome it is that he is overtly attempting to become a werewolf.
That is just beyond creepy. Is it that he wants to be great at lacrosse so badly? Or does he just enjoy the heavy sweats he gets when he dreams about Derek Hale ripping wolf's bane out of his neck? Either way, it led to the scene in which Jackson was whispering to Scott in the cafeteria. A scene that was both hilarious and superbly freaky. I mean, telling Scott he was going to get Allison to scream his name? That is just cruel, my friend.
If you enjoy watching jerks in action as much as I do, then Jackson's break up with Lydia was certainly one for the ages. Between him explaining to her that he would have put "haha" in his text if he were joking, calling her dead weight, and then making it clear he was "dumping" her, he was the perfect combination of a-hole and stud.
As Stiles and Derek deal with the new revelation of the Alpha, and Scott continues to deter Jackson from becoming a third Beta, Allison seems to be ripe to become a third hunter, if her aunt has anything to say about it. Too bad for her, though, that Harris told Mr. Stiles that the girl that burnt down the Hale house had her necklace on.
The final three episodes of this first season are shaping up to be epic. "Wolf's Bane" was another quality hour in the back half of the summer, and I'm only more excited about what is to come on Teen Wolf. What did you all think of this week's chapter? And what do you expect to happen before the finale?
Teen Wolf: "Wolf's Bane"
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.