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."

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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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Kitanishi h mcdonald

its Lydia, because when she saw her own reflection on the Ice Rink, she went crazy. Also, she punched a mirror, why would she do that? Abomination freaked out when it saw itself on the broken mirror. So could it be Lydia? Except Jackson had his own moments with Mirror. One was before he filmed himself during full moon. And then he got uber pissed off after seeing his reflection on a truck. More than likely Jackson and Lydia are not the lizard creatures and are something else.


its Lydia, because when she saw her own reflection on the Ice Rink, she went crazy. Also, she punched a mirror, why would she do that? Abomination freaked out when it saw itself on the broken mirror. So could it be Lydia?


When Lydia was in the school counselor's office, she said, "Sometimes the people closest to you can be holding you back the most". That's a quote from Peter Hale from season one (he said that to Scott). I think Peter is somehow using her, maybe turned her into a Kanaima instead of a wolf. Also - The older kid from the garage was wearing a #1 lacrosse jersey in his photo: who is wearing that number now? Is that some sort of clue?


Omg the scene where erica jumped derek was so fucking hot!!! I was so wishing i was her during that scene. Who wouldn't want to jump the sexy ass man!!!!


The karmaina is lydia because remember the second episode about matt when he was in the cemetery... that's the same night that lydia got away from the hospital.


Also since when does a monster have to have a motive to kill? Isnt figuring out its identity the mystery not why it's killing? And last year the Alfa killed everyone for revenge. Remember Kate set a fire to the house and killed all those innocent people. Plus he was a little crazy from taking along time to heal in a mental ward.


I think your review is a little off this week. Right now this is one of my favorite supernatural shows. But why isnt it okay to have WTH moments. There's so much good stuff going on. 1) what's Scott's boss 2) Gerard stabbing Scott and black mailing him for a favor 3) who's stalking Allison camera guy 4) what's wrong with Lydia and Jackson 5) who edited the tape? 6) who's the lizard? 7) did i miss anything? This show gives laughs, action and I see nothing wrong with the acting at all.


I just did a quick online lookup of Kanaima (aka: TW Lizard) and "it" is a spirit that kills out of vengeance and sometimes uses a human host (often a relative) to do it. Lydia keeps having visions of Peter, so I think he's behind this somehow - especially when one of the killings took place in the woods where he was killed. Peter knew Stiles and liked him (offered him "the bite"), so that could explain why he was unharmed. Why Peter would kill the kid at the garage or Isaac's dad is a mystery, though. I'm not ruling Jackson out - I think he is Peter Hale's son. If Peter is behind this, then he could be using Jackson - maybe using both him and Lydia? Gramps Argent wouldn't have killed a hunter, so he's not the lizard, imo. I don't know anything about Matt - anybody have any background info on him?


Look it has to be admitted that Teen Wolf isn't exactly the best made show on tv.
Sure, it's enjoyable and number one on my summer DVR, but I agree with Dan the reviewer, it has to appeal to an MTV audience. Trying to do a serious drama with depth on that network would be almost impossible. I think the Lizard monster isn't Lydia or Jackson. Their names are both mentioned in the promo for next week as suspects - It's obviously a red herring.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Lizard is obviously either creepy photographer or the kid with whom Lydia traded snarks near shrink's office. Lydia and Jackson most likely are something else and will be this seasons "Alpha twist" with abomination being a red herring I LOVE how badass, competent, evil and dangerous Argent family is so far. AFter spending years upon years watch the so called "hunters" on tv being incompetent wimps(*cough*tvd*cough*) Its nice to see someone who is ruthless and is not easily fooled.

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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?