Teen Wolf Season 5 Episode 1&2 Recap & Review

As mentioned in the last 5 Fandom Friday post, Teen Wolf is one of my guilty pleasures – and for the life of me, I do not know why. Anyway, Season 5 premiered last night with 2 episodes, so I’m just going to write something quick for those who are interested.

Spoiler Alert!Season 4 ended on a rather nice tone, with everyone being alive and staying in Beacon Hills, so season 5 starts off with Scott’s pack still intact. The first 6 minutes are very confusing, with Lydia in Eichen House, trying to break free – that’s one pretty badass scene – but they catch her. With some help from Aiden. That was a bit of a shocker. Before being sedated Lydia begs for them to let her warn her friends that they are all going to die. That’s a bit dramatic, but it’s Teen Wolf, they do like to exaggerate on the drama. It cuts back to Scott and Stiles, who seem to have no idea that Lydia is in Eichen House, and after a couple of moments I realized that it was a flashback; apparently, Lydia is thinking back, or telling the story or something.

Anyway, Scott and Stiles are talking about stuff that teenagers talk about (college, life and the likes). It’s the beginning of Senior Year for them, and they have this ritual of some kind, where every Senior signs their initials on a shelf in the library. Of course, things aren’t that easy, because it takes them pretty much all episode to even get to the High School. First Stiles’ car breaks down, Kira is stuck in traffic, and Malia doesn’t even know if she’s going to be a Senior. Scott gets attacked by another werewolf with huge talons who tries to steal Scott’s power; the guy first attacked Parrish – we still don’t know what Parrish is, exactly, although my money is on Phoenix (if there’s such a thing as a Phoenix on that show) -, though, and his talons were f*ucking glowing. A glowing werewolf. Haven’t seen that before. Of course Scott beats him, even though it’s touch-and-go for a second. They introduce a new character then, called Theo Raeken (played by Cody Christian); he comes to try and help Scott, because he wants to become part of his pack. Apparently they knew each other back in fourth grade, but because Stiles is Stiles, he’s suspicious of Theo, convinced that something’s off. At the end of the episode, we see the glowing werewolf guy again, begging for a second chance but being executed by – well, I have no idea what they are. Weird people with weird voices wearing masks that look like gas masks from World War II or something. They’re kinda a bit terrifying, but I’m pretty sure that’s the whole point. And, of course, they’re after Scott; everyone always is in this show.

That’s episode one, pretty much. Episode two starts out with another character introduction: Tracey, a girl with Parasomnia. We don’t know much about her, other than something’s wrong with her, which is confirmed by her throwing up black goo and a feather. She has rather vivid and crazy nightmares, and after telling Lydia about them, Lydia informs Parrish who goes to check out Tracey’s room only to find birds on the roof of the house, torn apart. I guess that’s where the feather came from. Lydia enlists Parrish to watch Tracey’s house over night to make sure nothing happens, and promises to bring him coffee at midnight (it’s cheesy, but they’re cute so I can forgive that). But Tracey slips right past him and disappears into the night in her pajamas, probably sleepwalking. Good job, Parrish.

In the meantime, Stiles tries to figure out what’s wrong with Theo. The only thing he can find is that his father’s signature changed from a speeding ticket he signed 8 years ago and when he signed the papers for the school, and Stiles fixates on that. The rest of the pack isn’t really convinced, though, so Stiles goes off to follow Theo on his own. But, to his surprise, Liam joins him, and they follow Theo into the woods at night, only to watch him throw flowers into the river, which seems to be the place where his sister died. Stiles and Liam go back to the car, only to find Scott waiting for them. He and Stiles talk about Stiles’ trust issues, and Stiles yells that he can’t trust anyone because Scott trust everyone. Touchy stuff, that.

After that, we follow Liam back to the school where he runs into his best friend, Mason, with whom he was supposed to meet. Liam wants to tell Mason about his being a werewolf, but they are interrupted by an actual wolf that chases them into the school until Liam wolfs out and intimidates him; the wolf runs into the forest and back to the bridge and the river we saw earlier, and changes back into a human. That human being Theo, which came as a bit of a shock. Back at the school, Liam finally tells Mason he’s a werewolf, and we cut back to Theo in his home with his “parents”; he’s angry because his “father” didn’t manage to replicate the signature exactly like he was supposed to. To punish him and to find a way to explain the change in the signature, Theo slams a hammer into the guy’s hand – and that’s how it is once again proven that people should listen to Stiles from time to time, because he just so happens to be right this time.

All in all, it was a good start into the new season. I have tons of questions, starting with WTF is going on?! and ending with WTF is happening?!, but that’s not a bad thing, is it? Nobody wants to watch a show where you get all the answers from the get-go. Where’s the fun in that? I’m definitely sticking around for the rest of the season if they keep up the pace and the tone, because, well, it’s my guilty pleasure, and I’m not quite ready to quit yet.

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