Teen Wolf Season 5 Episode 3 Review: Dreamcatchers

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Night terrors and a murderous rampage. Buckle up viewers. Teen Wolf Season 5 Episode 3 is getting its freak on. 

Tracy, our unstable science experiment, believes she's in a nightmare. No sweetie, you're just in a Teen Wolf episode. Tracy copes with her "night terror" by embracing murder and mayhem. Sweet dreams are made of these.

The cast warned Teen Wolf Season 5 is one of their goriest seasons. If Dreamcatchers is any indication, I'm inclined to agree. A blood spattering massacre, split spine, kanmina tail, oozing metallic liquid and grave hunting. I lost track of how many times I said, "Gross."

After I finished shrieking, of course.

I'm not angry like I'm going to throw a brick through your window. I'm angry like I'm going to find you, I'm gonna get a knife and I'm going to stab you with it until you're dead.


With their mad science Big Bad, Teen Wolf Season 5 is rotating new characters in and out. Dreamcatchers introduces us to yet another new player – Donovan. He certainly makes an entrance by threatening to kill Sheriff Stalinski. Sorry to disagree with Stiles, but it was one bone chilling speech.

Stiles is correct about one thing. It was over the top. Three to five years in prison, with a potential two year deal, hardly seemed to warrant such a menacing threat against our beloved Sheriff. Donovan isn't dealing with a full deck. Serious anger issues. Duly noted.

Ramping up Donovan's story means ramping down on Tracy. One mad science project at a time. Turns out Tracy is not a werewolf, but a kanima. Not only are the robot doctors creating werewolves, they are creating the monster version of werewolves – the kanima. Or is the kanima simply the result when their subjects fail to turn?

Anyone experience a flood of Jackson feels with all this kanima talk? Now that he's officially left Arrow (I'm still not okay with Roy Harper leaving), I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Colton Haynes return – even if it's just one episode.

Lydia and Kira play Nancy Drew for a good portion of the hour and realize Tracy believes she's in a night terror. Well, if your spine split open and a scaly dinosaur tail appeared – what would you think?

Tracy is experiencing homicidal somnambulism. She targets those who have helped her – her father, her psychiatrist and her school counselor Mrs. Martin. I'm assuming everyone in a night terror is a threat, which is why Tracy is killing people she doesn't want to kill. 

The pack is split on whether to save Tracy or kill her. The moral lines in the sand are drawn and it's interesting to see where the characters side. Not surprisingly, Scott and Deaton want to save Tracy.

I meant a shot to kill her.


Malia, exhibiting characteristics of her mother The Desert Wolf, believes killing Tracy protects lives. In a surprising twist, Stiles leans more towards Malia's side. Perhaps Stiles' possession by the nogistunes had more of an effect on him than we realize. He's flirting with the gray zone.

Ultimately, the call is Scott's because he's the Alpha. Not just any Alpha, but a True Alpha. Save Tracy it is!

When Scott fails to heal from paralysation as quickly as Malia, it falls to her to carry out his orders. I can't say I was confident Malia would save Tracy. My concern was valid as the two battled. Malia gets the upper had and nearly crushes Tracy's windpipe.

Luckily, humanity won over animal instinct. Malia not only releases Tracy, but she tries to save her by explaining she's not in a dream. Just as Malia is getting through, the robot monsters end their failed experiment by killing Tracy.

Her condition is terminal.

Robot Doctors

It's difficult to watch Malia experience the painful parts of humanity. She's like a child in so many respects. Malia brings out the protective mother in me.

It's becoming clear why Lydia learns to fight. She was completely defenseless against Tracy. As her banshee powers continue to grow,  Lydia will be pulled deeper and deeper into danger. Lydia's mother is also attacked. It's a certainty Lydia's desire to fight will stem not only from a need to protect herself, but those she loves.

Speaking of Mrs. Martin, I'm sure she's a wonderful person, but did anyone else groan when she turned out to be Sheriff Stalinski's date? Mrs. McCall is his forever love! I'm holding out hope Mrs. Martin is the Sheriffs' dating training wheels. All roads lead to Melissa. Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but leave me to my rainbows and unicorns.

This week's installment of Teen Wolf was fast paced, terrifying and exciting. It moved the plot along while intermixing a little humor along the way. Tracy may view her reality as a nightmare, but this episode of Teen Wolf is like a dream.

You can watch Teen Wolf online to binge on all the horror of season's past and determine if Teen Wolf Season 5 is truly the goriest thus far.

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Teen Wolf Season 5 Episode 3 Quotes

Don't worry Daddy. I won't let anything happen to you. Ever again.


I'm not angry like I'm going to throw a brick through your window. I'm angry like I'm going to find you, I'm gonna get a knife and I'm going to stab you with it until you're dead.