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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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Ohkay, when Scott's mom told Scott his punishment, I was mad. What do you mean no Stiles? And when Stiles stuck his head through the bookshelf and when he said he was apart of an online gaming website, I was laughing. And maybe it's just me but I can't look at snakes without being crepes the hell out so when Jackson ate the thing and it came out of his mouth, I wanted to puke. And who knew Jackson could fight that good. That was hot!!! And did anyone else think that they saw Peter's eyes open when he was under the house. I haven't seen anyone bring this up yet but I think that the guidance counselor is the master. She pretended to translate the Beastiere wrong to protect Jackson. I kind of think that the guidance counselor, the chemistry teacher, Gerard, and Matt are working together. I think that it was Matt who looped the camera. I mean it IS his camera and he must know how to loop stuff, right and maybe he is just pretending like he's clueless to draw away the suspicion. And isn't anyone wondering who the actor was that played Young Peter? He was hot! :)

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Ohkay, when Scott's mom told Scott his punishment, I was mad. What do you mean no Stiles? And when Stiles stuck his head through the bookshelf and when he said he was apart of an online gaming website, I was laughing. And maybe it's just me but I can't look at snakes without being crepes the hell out so when Jackson ate the thing and it came out of his mouth, I wanted to puke. And who knew Jackson could fight that good. That was hot!!! And did anyone else think that they saw Peter's eyes open when he was under the house. I haven't seen anyone bring this up yet but I think that the guidance counselor is the master. She pretended to translate the Beastiere wrong to protect Jackson. I kind of think that the guidance counselor, the chemistry teacher, Gerard, and Matt are working together. I think that it was Matt who looped the camera. I mean it IS

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For me Lydia is dead now and Peter is controlling her and she is going to die at season final or she is going to kill a mayor character at season final and she is going to be the next threat/enemy for the new season..Why? Because Jeff tweeted this :''Jeff Davis �@JeffDavis75 ‪#teenwolf‬ trivia: A scene in this week's episode, 207, is a direct homage to The Shining, one of my all time favorite movies. ''
see the movie and MARK MY WORDS ....

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I LOVE STILES....I WHANT FOR HIM TO BE HAPPY...BUT ERICA DIDN'T HAVE A CRUSH ON STILES. DEREK PLOT IT. Derek sends Erica out to flirt. He said "They need to get close" and Erica question was "Stiles or Scott?" Derek: "Either". EricA ASKING HIM PERMISSION. And when Erica kissed Derek he told her THAT HE HAVE SOMEONE ELSE IN MIND FOR HER. NOW SCOTT AND STILES HAS JOINED DEREKE'S PACK. NEXT EPISODE SHE DANCING WITH ISAAC AND JACKSON (WHO TRIED TO KILL HER). THE GIRL HAVE ORDERS TO FLIRT.

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i cant get past one thing in this series, i literally abhor the facial expressions both of derek's cronies make, especially isaac, its weird, are they trying too look confident and sexy, cuz they always come off as constipated and its tooooo distracting. same with erica, why would you smile like u smelt something really bad but liked it? :P

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Man was this a great episode..I really really believe that the science teacher is the kanima master..his license plate, the way he followed jax down the hall when he was sick..he is just so suspicious..when the snake came out of jacksons eye omg that was sick and nasty

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nobody knows who she is
anymore. My theory is that she will either be attacked by a werewolf and
think they're all evil or her Mom or Gerrard will die and Scott will have
in some way contributed. Either way they won't last for long.

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Ok, so I'm not sure if the point of this episode was to totally confuse us or the writing was poor but either way it was not exactly my favorite. 1). The Chem teacher had the same sticker on the back of his car as the
person who joined hands with Jackson in 2x05. So basically I think it was
revealed that he is the master. 2). As for Lydia; To be immune you need to get vaccinated. When Peter mauled
her last season he did so. When vaccinated, a small part of the disease
lives on inside you, but does not affect you. What I'm saying is that I
think a small part of Peter is still alive within her. 3). The third major storyline this week was Scott and Alison's further
strained relationship. On a sidenote; at the MTV Movie awards Crystal
Reed spoke of 'something major happening to Alison towards the end of the
season' in an interview (which you can find on youtube). She also said
'it changes her relationship with Scott and nobody knows who she is
anymore. My theory is that she will either be attacked by a werewolf and
think they're all evil or her Mom or Gerrard will die and Scott will have
in some way contributed. Either way they won't last for long.

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@dewdropvelvet You might be right about Derek sending Erica to woo Stiles as way to get Scott into his pack.

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Thought: remember how Derek told Erika "he had somebody else in mind for her?" (to seduce/date) maybe it was stiles. Maybe she never had a crush on 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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