Teen Wolf Review: Room with a View... of Death

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It took six episodes into the season for things to gel, but "Motel California" was a flawless episode of Teen Wolf. Yes, you read that right. After all of my whining over the past five weeks, I couldn't find a single thing to complain about from this hour. It was exceptional.

It was essentially a continuation of "Frayed," as the kids found themselves still stranded in the middle of nowhere on the way to the track meet and they pulled over to the Glen Capri Motel. This particular motel had the highest rate of suicides of any other in California and included that of one Alexander Argent, Mr. Argent's uncle, back in 1977. 

Instead a taking the traditional route to the next round of sacrifices, Stiles and Lydia eventually deduced they were drawn there specifically to kill three werewolves. This was good stuff!

Derek Hale, Shirtless

At the beginning of the hour, Mr. Argent finally took the time to check out the scene of the big werewolf fight. He didn't like what he saw. He called Allison and asked if she wanted him to come pick her up because he finally understood what she had been up against. I liked that he didn't berate her for not telling him she had been at the fight because it wasn't for lack of trying. He saw the damage only her arrows could do and it appeared his head was back in the game, but without judgment. 

The hashtag #SherlockStiles flashed across the screen for a portion of the program and the spotlight was definitely on him, Lydia and Allison using their human wits to save their friends from the menacing forces at the Capri. Because of Lydia's past connection with Peter, she was the only of the three that could hear the cries of the former suicide victims and thus connect them with their current counterparts. 

Isaac got off fairly easy of the four werewolves on the bus, continually hearing his father, rattling chains and the closing of the freezer as he was locked inside. Thankfully, his reaction was to hide rather than to take action to hurt himself. His recent encounters with the same memories must have worked in his favor.

There was a lot of sex this week, the first of which was between Ethan and Danny. We finally got a glimpse of emotion from Ethan that allowed room for future redemption. As they were getting it on, he imagined Aidan trying to break out from inside him. That ruined his moment with Danny, to say the least, and he tried to use a band saw to cut him out.

It was a pretty freaked out scene, and only heat from a nearby ceramic heater that burned his hands got him out of his stupor. He later questioned whether it was worth it to save his life, which was the first of two decent things he did during the hour. The second was to tell Scott on the bus, after all the shenanigans were over, that Derek was most likely alive, but things would never be the same.

Boyd was haunted by what seemed to be a skating accident in which his sister died (I'm not sure on this, but the radio fragments told that type of story) and the guilt must have been riding inside him since he was a small child. Whether she broke through the ice and drowned because he wasn't paying attention, or a hole just gave way, when he went to get a bucket of ice, it threw him into action. 

A past suicide in the building involved a baby being drowned in a bathtub and he tried to emulate it by taking an entire safe into the bath so no human could save him. Lydia and Stiles had been paying attention, however, and got the flares off of the bus to "heat" Boyd out of his traumatic event and saved his life.

With one flare left in hand, Stiles egged Isaac out from under the bed. 

Throughout the episode we watched Ms. Blake care for Derek. She wasn't fearful or even very inquisitive about exactly what he was. He was hurt, extremely hot to look at and needed her help. That seemed to be all she required. Because that was all she needed, and her kisses healed Derek with out much other help, I'm now wondering exactly who she is. Can she really be that naive? Is she working for somebody - God forbid - Deucalion?

Scott was still beside himself with grief at the thought of Derek's death, and his own demons were cursing through him at the ghostly motel. He saw Duke slice his mother's throat. He began to wonder if perhaps being dead wouldn't be best for everyone, as witnessed in this lovely Teen Wolf quote of friendship between he and Stiles -  

Scott: It all started that night, the night I gotten bitten. Remember the way it was before that? You and me? We were nothing. We weren't popular. We weren't good at lacrosse. We weren't important. We were no one. Maybe I should just be no one again. No one at all.
Stiles: Scott, just listen to me. You're not no one. Scott, you're my best friend, okay, and I need you. Scott, you're my brother. Alright, so if we're gonna do this, then I think you're just gonna have to take me with you then. | permalink

Stiles was willing to give his life for Scott, covered in gasoline, holding the final flare from the bus - the one the gang was hoping to use to bring him out of whatever painful place he had settled in to commit suicide. The crafty bastard doused himself in gasoline. Always one step ahead. As the girls saved Stiles and Scott, Lydia looked over at the giant ball of fire and saw what appeared to be death himself withering back into the blackness. 

Does that mean they've conquered the sacrifices and the dark druid? They were right about wolfsbane being present, and found it in Coach's whistle. Every time he blew that thing like the madman he is, the werewolves were ingesting it, just prepping for what was to come at the motel. If the druid sacrifices are done, then maybe it's time to clean house of the alpha pack.

Mr. Argent isn't taking any more chances with his daughter's life. He realized the gravity of the situation enough to go to grandpa Gerard (was I the only one who didn't know he was alive-ish?) and find out who bit his uncle Alexander. It was Deucalion. His family is wrapped up in this fight whether he likes it or not, and he's got the skills to help the new human Sherlock gang and their werewolf pack friends to bring that bastard down.


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The red eyes make perfect sense. The two kinds of alphas are "successor" alphas and "independent" alphas. You can inherit a pack by killing the alpha, or if the alpha dies (Hale fire and Laura). Possibly also if the alpha of a pack is overpowered by a beta without killing him (Derek mentioned in S02 that alphas can fall back to betas or omegas). The second kind is where a beta assumes command and shows initiative and intent to lead. The reason it makes perfect sense is this- if we assume that there were only so many alpha werewolves in the beginning, or maybe just one, and the only way was to kill or dethrone an alpha to become one, then the number of alphas would never increase.


Am i the only who thinks its strange that scott didn't have an asthmatic reaction to the wolf's bane? Last i checked every time the coach blew the wistle the inhaled wolf's bane, therefore shouldn't scott had had a asthma attack based on the previous episode Ravong when Allison's mom forced him to inhale vaporized wolf's bane? After all whether it is vaporized or pulverized he is still inhaling it. If so it is a lack of consistency on the writer's part.


Cont.... Privy to the information @michelle nice, insightful comments. I had forgotten about Derek's blue eyes, although I did read this was the first year eye co,or REALLY means something. The birth versus being made theory is a good one.


@highland0wolf just because Gerard wasn't at the scene in the season finale didnt mean we knew he survived, nor did we know Mr. argent was keeping him safe. That's hardly the only place his disappearance could have gone. As for Blake, I don't care the the first time she saw Derek he was turned. To then be in a room with him alone was a hasty and unsafe bet, he even said so himself. While I don't want there to be something up with her, I won't be surprised if there is. @R you're welcome. @marissa thanks for your comments. They are always well thought out and meaningful and give me ideas to chew on while we wait for the next episode. @llk_vomit I saw more if an improvement than you did, but geez those fist five weeks were tough to sit through @sara since TW isn't a porn, any time they stripping off their shirts and getting it on I'm just going to refer to it as sex. I'm not fooled that if he didnt think Aidan was crawling out of him it wouldn't have been. Not that we would have been privy to the I formation. @michelle very good, insightful points. Forgot about Derek's blue eyes, but I did read this was the first season where eye color REALLY matters


I hope ms blake(sorry i forgot her name) is not working for the bad because derek needs a break. Please let him have her because since he got to town his family dying out, crazy ex erica ... it is so sad. I think this also affects how he is an alpha all the loss I cant wait for the morning after because yeah i am better now because of you
Also the season finale, It seemed like he escape. we were all suprised because we did not see his capture so hopfully it is not a secret. Scott scene was great i tearing up. I remember derek saying 1st season he was actually born a werewolve so maybe Scott was born an alpha. We have not been given alot of solid lore. Also 1st season they seemed to be making it up as they go because i remember dereks eyes were blue when he fought with scott the first time. So maybe he had that dorminant power. I guess fate. I guess compare to Twilight's Edward's alice 's power after they were turned


Ethan and Danny didn't have sex. Come on! They were just making out when he started to have delusions and ran out. Were you watching?!
I don't think it was death that Lydia saw...I think it was the dark druid.


I'm sorry but Carissa...you need to be more patient. I think fans are way too needy these days. The season is a regular season this time...you can't ask for all the answers in the first 4 episodes. To say that everything finally 'gelled' in episode 6 is just dumb.
I'm glad you are not going to be whining again this week. It was getting old.


i dont know why you think Ms. Blake is naive, the first time she saw derek he was transformed so she knows what he is, and we knew grandpa argent was alive because in last seasons finale after jacksons transformation everyone glanced over to where grandpa argents body should be only to notice he'd draged himself away while everyone was distracted, if you are going to continue to write reviews for this show then you need to pay more attention to the episodes, it seems every review you write you have missed elements from previous episodes.


A slight improvement over a horrid 5 weeks.


Continue Was really smart. The end with styles willing to die for Scott was really touching and the minute he through the flare and it almost landed in the gasoline I knew it was going to hit the gas somehow. Scott saw his red eyes again I'm wondering what that is starting to mean is he becoming an alpha is that even possibles without killing another alpha. For a family who isn't keeping secrets anymore they sure are keeping a lot of secrets like Allison being at the fight and her father know that Gerard is still alive and knows where he is. I can't wait for the next episode.

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Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

Derek: How bad?
Ms. Blake: To be honest, the "oh my God" would be for your wonderful physique if not for the fact that you're bleeding black blood.

Stiles: Are you serious? Have you still not seen Star Wars?
Scott: I swear, if we make it back alive, I will watch the movie.
Stiles: It just makes me crazy.