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Teen Wolf Review: Plan B, Be Lydia

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Teen Wolf has a tendency to keep information from its viewers, to be secretive in order to create more suspense. But "Restraint" was the first time that the series made an overt attempt to be confusing.

The ending to this week's installment, where Lydia met up with the mysterious boy who ended up being alpha wolf Peter Hale, was extremely successful at confounding viewers in an almost Christopher Nolan-esque fashion.

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Not to the lengths or the depths that Nolan takes movies like Inception or The Prestige, but for one plot of a very busy television series, this thing probably did a number on most minds.

Is Peter alive? Is Lydia imagining him? Is she imagining the boy? Was that Peter as a teenager? What is his plan B? Is it to bring him back to life? How is she hearing him if he's dead? These questions, and probably a million more, were most likely running through everyone's head while watching these final moments of "Restraint."

It was a new and interesting step to take for Teen Wolf, and as long as things are cleared up relatively quickly, and moments like this don't happen time and time again, I think it was a great decision. These "what the heck is going on?" situations are great in small doses. You just don't want to melt away the brains of the audience by doing it every week.

Maybe I'm completely off-base, but my thoughts are that Peter is in fact dead, but Lydia is special. She is special in that she is immune. She's special in that she can communicate with Peter (or all dead alphas, or all dead super naturals). She's also special in that she can bring him back to life with that wolf's bane, which is Peter's plan b.

What did you all make of that crazy scene? What am I missing? Where am I completely wrong?

The great thing about this week's Teen Wolf is that there was almost an entire action packed, fun filled episode, before we even got to that mind jumble of an ending.

The fight against the kanima continued, as Scott and company challenged it from the outside, and Jackson battled the creature from within.

At one point, somewhere between eating an entire snake and giving Allison the death stare while stark naked in the shower, I thought Jackson's character had completely left us. He had gone total villain, and no redeemable qualities remained. Then, while tackling Allison in the boys' locker room - still naked mind you - Jackson snapped back into it. He realized something was wrong, and my faith in his redemption sometime in the future was restored.

This monster within Jackson has taken control of him, but once it is defeated, I think Jax will have time to make up for the atrocities he has been responsible for as of late.

Can't we all feel a little bad for the kid? He did have a snake slip out of his eyeball. I mean, talk about SNAKE EYES! Screw "knowing," I think even G.I. Joe would agree that having to endure that is "half the battle."

Meanwhile, there was all of that action with the pregnant woman, and her run in with the kanima. Was THAT a flashback or not? Was that Jackson inside of her? It seemed to resemble the story of Jackson and his real parents that Erica, Scott and Stiles cooked up, but Mrs. McCall looked the same age, so it's tough to say.

Speaking of Erica, is anyone else on Team Stilica? Sterica? What should we call the blossoming couple? Am I the only one ready for them to hook up? She DID have a crush on him before her makeover, and she DID say he made a good Batman. The question remains whether or not Stiles would go for anyone other than Lydia. I wish I had that tough decision.

"Restraint" also had a great fight between Scott and Jackson - filled with smashed sinks and thrown weight plates - Mrs. McCall finding a condom box with only one left inside, and Mrs. Argent threatening Scott with a pencil sharpener.

Things finished up with Scott agreeing to join forces with Derek to capture Jackson, not kill him. Will Derek keep his word when it comes down to it? Or will he be out for blood? Although the Peter/Lydia thing is undoubtedly on all of our minds, it's safe to say that dealing with the kanima is the most important thing for our heroes to in the near future.

What did you all think of this week's Teen Wolf? Was it just as awesome as ever?  Did you know exactly what was going on with Lydia and Peter, or were you as confused as I was? Sound off in the comments, and don't forget to follow @TeenWolfTVF for some great live tweet sessions during the episodes!

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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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What if Lydia brings Peter back by having a baby? I never thought the couple at the beginning was a flashback. I did wonder what their signifigance was. I think Mama Argent is the scariest person on the show. Maybe she controls the Kanima.

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I am going to speculate wildly here, please forgive me. There is a connection between Grandpa Argent, the Hale family's fire and Jacksons parent's deaths. Peter is using Lydia to control Jackson, forcing him to take out others. The wolfsbane flower is a precaution/anti-interference intended for the pack and Scott if the get in the way again.

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Thanks, Stevey - very cool info! That totally makes sense. I think Peter is def coming back. Question is whether it will really be him or him acting through Lydia? Hmm... Something about their having detention in the library made me think of The Breakfast Club. Loved it!

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Lydia is going to become a familiar to peter. In werewolf mythology if you are bitten and dont die and dont turn you become a familiar.. which basically means she is bound to Peter and has to do what he tells her. And the fact she manifested that flower from out of no where, and the fact it zoomed in on the teachers bumper sticker saying "Imagination is more powerful than knowledge" i think she is going to be able to will peter back to life..

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I think the chemistry teacher is related to Jackson because season 1 and this season he's always nice and concern about him. The Kanima is used as a weapon to get revenge so maybe the chemistry teacher is jacksons uncle and he's using Jackson to get revenge on who every was involved in the accident that killed jacksons biological parents.

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BTW, WTH did the kamina do to that pregnant woman's stomach when they were inside the trailer? WEIRD!!!!

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I'm probably wrong, but here goes a theory: Maybe Gerrard (Gramps Argent) is the master, the camera kid is another kanima and the chem teacher is being forced to help them. When the teacher gave the police a sketch of Kate's necklace last season, it led to her demise. Since Gerrard probably considers him partly responsible for Kate's death, as the school principal he could threaten his job if he didn't agree to help. If camera dude was also a kamina, then he could've killed the garage boy and Isaac's dad and probably knew them both. IMO it doesn't make any sense for him to be the master: Jackson barely seems to know him and he isn't intimidating - not like Gerrard. I still can't figure out how Lydia's being immune to the bite is something that would be helpful to Peter on his quest for revenge. Any clues?

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OK. Maybe the MIB scene was a flashback. I guess the storyline works either way.

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You're welcome Chere. They brought it home and showed the bumper sticker in focus this time. Now what we need to figure out is if the chemistry teacher working alone or with others. The Men in Black like scenes, not the Disneyesk version, were showing us the next Kanima story line; they kill off the parents to prompt the creation of the next creature.

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Wow - great episode! A few thoughts:
1. I actually liked Erica in this episode and I think she and Stiles could be hilarious together if he'd ever give up on Lydia.
2. I kinda thought the dude stalking Lydia looked like a younger version of Peter in the last ep, so no big surprise. Ever since she started seeing Peter, I've thought he'd use her somehow. Why would it benefit his plans for her to be immune, tho? She can't ever be an Alpha, so...???
3. Camera dude is def in on it, but I can't tell if he's the master or another kanima. Chem teacher is in on it, too: did you see the look on his face before he left the school parking lot? Like he was hearing/listening to someone. Then there's that bumper sticker again...
4. If Derek becomes Scott's Alpha, then Derek can override anything that Gerrard (Gramps) Argent demands of Scott for the favor Scott promised him. If Derek makes Scott hurt an Argent, Allison would break up with him.

Teen Wolf Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

Is it still a rave if you don't roll? I just call it a party.

Matt

Scott: What did you tell her?
Allison: That we were part of an online gaming community that battles mythical creatures.
Stiles: I am part of an online gaming community that battles mythical creatures.
Allison: Oh. Great.

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