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Teen Wolf Review: Off To See The Lizard

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After the season premiere, I stated that "Teen Wolf is good television." Following this week's "Abomination," I have to take that statement back.  

The hour was certainly fun, with plenty of excitement and twists, but there continue to be way too many WTH moments to warrant the term "good."

A Turning Boyd

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy this week's installment. Just because it isn't of the utmost quality, that doesn't mean that we can't all enjoy Teen Wolf just as much as something like Mad Men, which is renowned as some of the best work on television.

Honestly, there were moments in "Abomination" when I started to think that the series might dumb itself down purposefully. It is on MTV after all. Maybe the overacting, and the obvious writing is simply playing to its audience. More subtle, complex characters and stories might not go over as well in the market.

I'm not trying to put any fan of Teen Wolf down, because at the end of the day, I am a fan as well. Watching Stiles sprint back and forth between Scott and Allison in order to help them converse, Gerard conducting the most awkward dinner ever and the entire Lizard on the pool deck scene were some of the most fun I've had this summer!

Over the course of the night it seemed like they kept giving the audience more and more questions to ask. What's the vet's longer story? How many kinds of creatures can the Argents know about? What, who and why is this lizard creature? And what kind of favor is Gerard going to ask of Scott?

This lizard thing is ridiculous. It is just going around paralyzing people, and then killing them, because maybe it just likes to kill. If this story goes on for much longer it will get old because isn't that basically what the Alpha was doing last season? Will next season be a new type of beast going around killing everyone in town? A bear-man?

Who is the lizard though? Is it Lydia? Could it be Jackson? Is that what was happening during the missing two hours? He was lizzing it up? The better question is, does the lizard really not know who or what it is? What will it do if it ever finds out? Is that how Scott and company will stop it, by revealing to the creature its true identity?

All I know is that if it continues to force Stiles and Derek to hang out for a majority of the episode, this lizard can do whatever it wants. Those two are awesome together, especially when Stiles has to be in charge due to paralysis.

Meanwhile, Gerard was up to no good once again, inviting the star of the game over to the Argents for dinner. Wait, when did Scott become good at lacrosse without wolfing out? Has he been practicing?

There were so many strange things going on at the dinner table that it had to be one of the most awkward situations I've ever seen. The two kids are secretly dating because the father won't let his daughter date a wolf. The grandfather suspects (or already knows) that the kid is a wolf, but hasn't told anyone. The dad doesn't want the grandpapa to find out because he doesn't want his daughter to be hurt when the kid is murdered by Gerard. It started getting emotional there.

Thankfully Grandpa ended that with a nice stab to the gut. What?!?! How dare he?!?! As always, the bad guy is using the innocent family member as leverage. I sure hope Scott just does Gerard the favor, because I couldn't bear to see anything happen to Momma McCall.

Maybe next week we will learn more about the kid who takes professional photographs during the lax game while wearing a uniform. Those are some strict team rules the coach has. Seeing as that he pulled a random kid out of the stands to play in the game, I don't think they're following regulations.

What did you all think of "Abomination?" What do you think Gerard will want from Scott? And who is the Lizard? Sound off in the comments.

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Another point to make is that when Lydia punched the mirror and became all bloody she did not heal from it. If she were to be the lizard or a wolf, I feel she would heal right away from something small like that.

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"I do think both Lydia and Peter are supernatural, though." Oops! What I meant to say was Lydia and JACKSON (not Peter)

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Oops! I got cut off. Here's the rest... Looks like the lizard thing has more of a guy's torso, so I think it's a dude. Yuuyake made a cool observation about the timing of the attack at Isaac's house. It did happen right after camera guy left Jackson's house and was asking about the lights on at Isaac's place. I didn't catch that before. Hmm...maybe he's it? Why didn't he go after Derek in the pool? Maybe he can't swim, but rain doesn't bother him. Chlorine can poison amphibians, though, so maybe that's the reason - only the writers know!

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Lydia went nuts at the ice rink because she saw Peter Hale's face beneath the ice screaming at her, not her own reflection. Maybe Peter was screaming b/c he saw HIMSELF trapped in her body, like his image was trapped behind the ice? (MIND BLOWN!) When she was in the counselor's office she repeated something he said, like she was sharing his thoughts. She saw him at school and again at the rink. She probably saw him in her bedroom mirror before she busted it. Is she going through some kinda aftershock or is Peter using her to try to come back? I don't think the lizard thing is Jackson or Lydia. That would be too obvious. I do think both Lydia and Peter are supernatural, though. Neither of them were turned by the bite, so maybe they share some DNA. Why else would they BOTH be able to resist the bite while everyone else turned? Looks like the lizard thing has more of a guy's torso, so I think it's a dude. Yuuyake made a cool observation about the timing of the attack at Isaac's house. I didn't catch it before, but the lizard showed up right after camera dude left Jackson's house asking about the lights on at Isaac's place. Hmm... Maybe lizard guy can't swim. That would answer why he didn't go after Derek in the pool, but rain didn't bother him. Chlorine is poisonous to amphibians, though, so maybe that's the real reason.

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Wait a second - now I'm thinking it must be the photographer kid, after all. He was wearing a lacrosse uniform when Scott's mom talked to him, so that's how he would know the kid at the garage and why they would show the photo in that scene - as a common thread. (Seemed like garage kid was a bit of a punk*ss, anyway.) It might also explain how he'd know about Isaac's dad and would want to get revenge on him for what he did to his son. Hmm. . . I think you're right, Reginaa.

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But it's all in Lydia's head so maybe the mirror thing ties in with her seeing Peter. Her and Jackson seem to be connected somehow with seeing things, being bitten, and rejecting the bite. And they both could be suspects of the lizard thing. The lizard doesn't like seeing its reflection and it could be anyone but remember, Lydia is a bit of a narcissist, so it might not be her. But her mirror was broken and she was bloody. But the lizard might be the photographer because remember, he asked Jackson if he was making a sex tape with Alison, and the creature didn't attack Alison in Issac's house, and the guy was taking pictures of Alison at the lacrosse game. It could be Jackson, Lydia, photographer guy, Alison's grandfather, or someone completely different. Or there could be more than one. The creature is capable of both walking like a human AND crawling, and it seemed to know Stiles from somewhere. The mechanic scene was a little sketchy because of the lacrosse picture, and the creature used the doorknob, which means it is capable of human functions. It could easily be the vet, but I don't understand why he would help if he was the creature. And he seems to know Alison's grandfather and if he was the creature, he would already be dead if he knows the Argents. Props to MTV for adding a character that will make you want to investigate.

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It couldn't be Jackson if he was emerging out of water because the creature can't swim. Or maybe it doesn't like water, but then the scene where it killed Issac's dad wouldn't make sense because it was raining. Maybe it doesn't like being SUBMERGED in water but it doesn't mind being rained on, unless there is two. It could be Jackson because of the missing footage, and superhuman strength, and his body rejecting the bite, but like some others have said, maybe his body rejected the bite because of when Derek scratched him. After scratching him, his body might've fought off the infection, and did the same to the bite and built an immunity. The same thing happened to Lydia, her body fought off the bite. I thought it was a scratch but it's a bite. But in the scene in Season One where Stiles and Scott sneak in to look at her, the bite doesn't heal, so it didn't actually fight the bite, it just healed slowly and didn't transform her. But also in Season One when Peter stuck his claws in the back of Scott's neck, he saw what Peter wanted him to see. So maybe the same thing happened to Lydia and Jackson when Jackson dreamt of the Hale house and when Lydia saw Peter.

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well i think it is jackson

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Its too obvious if its Lydia. There is no way they would make it Lydia or Jackson. They are just trying to throw us off with them too. Remember last season. The Alpha was someone close to the group but not too close so that you were surprised who it was. No one would be surprised it was Jackson or Lydia. Thus it would disappoint the fans of Teen Wolf. This is made even more obvious by the fact that they are going after Jackson and Lydia in the next episode. Which is too soon. I think its the camera guy. Remember when he was dropping off the camera to Jackson. He noticed lights in Isaac's house. He looks like the type to investigate something like that. I was expecting to see him pop up and ask Allison what she was doing. Instead we get lizard guy, who didn't attack Allison. The camera guy is my best bet.

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Well in season 1 Jackson was swimming with Allison. So if it doesn't know how to swim, the Kamaina can't be Jackson.

Teen Wolf Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

I think you look really beautiful when you cry.

Stiles (to Lydia)

Does anyone wanna try not being completely predictable?

Derek
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