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Teen Wolf Review: Hunters and Hunted

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Lacrosse is really boring after the Nogitsune.

There. I said it. For instance, there's nothing wrong with Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 5, but there's really nothing all that great about it, either.

The stakes were raised so high in Teen Wolf Season 3 that dialing back just doesn't cut it. It's kind of amazing to say that given there is a dead pool out on all of the supernatural beings in Beacon Hills, but I don't think anyone we care about is going to die because we've had too much death already.

Change is good, but in small doses. The Alphas and Nogitsune tore apart Beacon Hills and to throw even more change at us by way of losing another major player would be too risky.

That leaves us with stories like Araya threatening Argent to start hunting again instead of working with his friends and the new teen hunters who have egos too big to suit their brains. We're learning there are a lot more supernatural folks out there, but that's not really all that interesting. We kind of knew that already, given the history lesson we got on Beacon Hills and its name last season.

Derek is losing his powers, which could be why he's taken to tagging along with Stilinski instead of doing much else. It was cute how impressed he was with Scott's parenting skills, though.

Far too much time was taken up during the hour watching Liam try to curb his anger. We got it pretty quickly. Watching him wolf out over and over as he tried to talk himself off of his IED/werewolf created anger ledge was a a time filler, pretty much like the lacrosse game, Liam's broken bone, etc.

Stiles got out a few good one liners, but nothing spectacular. Lydia was trying her damnedest to find the second cipher code and when fellow Banshee Meredith showed up with it, it seemed they should be able to figure out the third pretty quickly now, right? Who else died on Teen Wolf? Boyd, Erica, Jennifer Blake. Plug in a name and see what sticks.

The best news as learning why it might not be so creepy that Deputy Parrish obviously has the hots for Lydia. He's not just an adult making it like a love story on ABC Family, but he's a supernatural himself. He's been drawn to Lydia and knows shes -- as he puts it -- psychic, but what is he? 

People were calling him out as supernatural last season and their instincts paid off. Let the guessing game begin!

The Benefactor story is different than I expected. For some reason I thought regular people would be targeted to take down the supernaturals for cash, but it's professional hunters instead. That doesn't really make him all that benefactor-y; it just makes the killers greedy. Unless I'm missing something, taking that innocent human element out of the equation squashes my idea that he was using Hale money to right wrongs they had done to humanity. Eh, maybe not.

It's doubtful Scott killed Violet after she made her embarrassing attempt to kill him (he's a lot tougher than I thought!), so we should get some more information about this benefactor soon. Either way, the previews show that Kate is out there trying to figure out his identity as well.

Make sure you watch Teen Wolf online when you're feeling blue! In the meantime, if you're loving where the story is leading, maybe you can sell me on it in the comments.

Are you down with the benefactor plot?

 

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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (64 Votes)

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I actually don't mind that lacrosse kind of took centre stage in the last two episodes since inspite of them being supernaturals, they are still teenagers. There have been a lotta filler moments in Ep#6, esp in regards to Liam and Scott trying to reign in his anger issues. We get it, lets move on. I wish there were more scenes with Lydia and the girls. I'm loving Lydia this season. She's trying to embrace her banshee power and adjusting to her supernatural power. The major moment for this episode was leaning that Parrish is a supernatural ! Wha? I so wanna know what kind though? And I'm kinda digging his lil moments with Lydia. About time she starts moving on from teenagers. And Parrish isn't that much older....

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@ Raina Ahmed

I agree about Lydia. I was having a hard time with her undeniable chemistry with Parrish, but not so much now that he's a supernatural. Weird that. She's been doing great this season and Kira and Malia are creating a nice trio of female friends. I'd love to see more of the three of them together.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Yeh, Allison's untimely death did a number on Lydia and she definitely needs more friends in her life now. It is good to see the girls bonding. I'm glad that the show creators want to showcase the development of this friendship. They are all so different, yet similar in their supernatural abilities.
I do wonder what kind of supernatural Parrish is though? vampire? seems unlikely...

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Are you for real? me as many people I know wanted Lacrosse to come back so much, to go back a bit on it's roots, this season has been as good as the rest, humor was lost a bit on the last one so is good to see it back. The new characters not only needed for all those who left are nice, and the story line is quite good. Also is not people that have died, the key words have been people Lydia cared about, is quite possible the next one is Jackson. And Scott thought than you thought? he is a true alpha...what did you expect really?

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oh look another tv fanatic who doesn't seem to know how to write good revies, and just say all they don't like, like the girl that writes the glee reviews..

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@ mimi

You made me laugh, Glee's still on air, AND people are still watching it?!

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@ mimi

Oh look. Another commenter who just complains about the reviewer but has nothing to share about the show.

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I think you'll find that a lot of teen wolf fans have been asking for episodes like this since the beginning of season 3a ( which can be seen in the user ratings ) cause this is teen wolf at its roots and at its best this is what fans of teen wolf want? and what is that? character development which we have in this episode and in the last. in regards to you saying season 3b raised the stakes so high and dialing it back doesn't cut it. Well remember how many characters they lost in season 3 as a whole in 24 episodes 7 characters left and exited the show now they can't just keep the momentum from season 3b going in season 4 with all those losses and not focus on developing the new characters. Which is what season 4 has been doing progressively. The entire Teen Wolf Fandom has been asking for lacrosse back for a long time and it is very rarely that the showrunners give them what they want but in this case i feel it was the right choice lacrosse is fun and i like seeing the cast interact on that level. But what i think you're missing is lacrosse actually played a pivotal point in this episode( it wasn't just them playing lacrosse) as it directly influenced the main plot of this episode and i thought it was good how they interviewed lacrosse into it by have the assassin on the team and also the target. You can probably expect more episodes like this and the last one which i found it odd? cause you rated episode 4 5 stars and this episode 3.2 and last episode was basically the same as this one in regards to the character development and had the same pace and feel to it minus the lacrosse. So i actually think you're just not a fan of lacrosse (which is ok ) but lacrosse actually is a big part of teen wolf if u think back to season 1 the entire season minus the main plot arc with peter was basically about scott and stiles trying to get on the team and play lacrosse.Perhaps dont let lacrosse impact your review so much as i picked it up instantly when i saw your rating for this weeks and last weeks episode. In regards to you saying we won't be losing anymore of the main cast , I think you forget the main cast member they lost and the major recurring one allison and daniel last season was not the shows doing and they had no control over it , some of the female actresses are nearing their 30`s playing teenagers so i wouldn't be surprised if one of them leaves this season or next you never know.... and maybe this is why all these new characters are being introduced. Just have to wait and see i guess. I rated this episode 4.5/5 which i thought was accurate.

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@ Jess

I didn't know fans had asked for lacrosse back, now that being said, I loved the return of it

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@ Jess

If two episodes are the same, then the first one may get a higher rating than the one that follows. That said, I thought last week was a stronger episode overall. It's not that I'm opposed to the sporting aspect of Teen Wolf, either. It felt overdone on this episode. It's called a review and it's subjective. That's why we like comments; so everybody can have their chance to talk about it. I'm glad you're really enjoying this season. I like it a lot, I just can't give it as high of a rating every week in comparison to what we saw last season. The season is still relatively young. I'm not worried.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

You wont see what we saw last season again as the EP jeff davis didn't like the fact they turned into a horror show and you cant expect to be able to keep that up into season 4 when they had 7 cast members leave the show its just not possible.

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@ Jess

I agree with you and can see where Liam could be over a few seasons, become the new 'natural' Alpha while Scott and Co go to collage etc etc.
Which brings about a valid point, what is the show going to do when the kids finally graduate high school? do a VD or bring in new blood?

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I thought it was a really solid episode, I mean I get U Carissa The Nogitsune story was brilliant and the stakes were so high(with Dylan's career taking off, I thought he could leave the show), it's tough to reach out to that level, especially with Supernatural shows, proven by VD and others.
Comparing it to the begging of the season it has more edge and the stakes are a bit higher. I like how cooky Violet and Garrett and finally Scott raised to his Alpha level.
I'm sure Araya is there for Scott, she told him as soon as he bites an innocent she will take him down. So looking forward to it.
Seems like Kate will be back next week with her power buddies, should be interesting.
Lydia nailed it for me this week, I love how Holden plays that dispair and how she is just a few inches away from losing it but always finds a way to pull back.

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whatever this was a great episode your just to dumb not to see it i mean sure you put 5 stars to other lame shows when in reality they suck just like you carissa or whatever you name is have you even watch the episode yet !!!!!! cuz it looks like you didnt i loved this episode and am not saying it because an a fan but its because is the truth

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@ olga

Dude, everybody's entitled to their opinions, meaning people have DIFFERENT opinions, it doesn't mean one is valid and the others are not. Now, you read a review, meaning it's bound to point out good and bad aspects of the episode accordingly to the point of view of the writer (here Carissa).
If you wanted to read biased reviews, you should've gone on whatever website/fanboard that suits your fancy where punctuation and grammar are optional.

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@ olga

Instead of insulting me, you might want to try sharing evidence as to why you think this was a great episode. Perhaps also note what episodes I give 5 stars that you think were sub-par. There's a rating system with stars so you, too, can weigh in on it and comments to share why you rated it as you did. Feel free to use them accordingly.

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Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

Scott: What are you smiling about?
Derek: You're gonna be good at this.

Ya know anabolic steroids are illegal in the United States. You got an awful lot of facial hair for a teenager. Seriously. What are you on?

Stiles