Teen Wolf Episode 9 Recap and Review
Last week on Teen Wolf, the pack discovered they needed to remember Stiles to open a rift of their own. The episode this week wasted no time jumping right into things. The core scenes went back and forth between two groups. Lydia, Malia, and Scott tried to figure out how to use the chamber Argent kept Parrish in while Liam and the sheriff headed to the station for backup. It turned out that all of the officers have been taken, leaving Theo alone in his cell. After much debate and a few threats, Noah let Theo out as the riders arrived outside. The trio thought they could hold off a few riders, but opened the door to see more than just a few. The sheriff gets taken and Theo and Liam escape in one of the abandoned cars.
Scott was the first to step into the chamber, which recreated the experience Issac Lahey and the others underwent in the ice bath at Deaton’s in season three. The memories of Stiles started to roll in, the clearest being the night of the full moon when Stiles was upset at Scott for kissing Lydia. The number of memories caused them all to blur together and Scott got overwhelmed. Lydia used a technique used in counseling to help Scott visualize each memory as if they were placed in different lockers at the school.
When Scott couldn’t seem to find the right memory, the girls realized that it had to be a powerful memory that created an emotional connection. Malia reminded Scott of a conversation she had with Stiles about them moving in together after high school. She triggered a memory from the season three episode “Motel California”. In the episode that many considered a favorite, we got an emotional moment where Stiles was willing to sacrifice himself with Scott who was under the influence of wolfsbane. I refer to it as “the crying torch scene”.
When a rift didn’t open, Malia stepped into the chamber. Her memory of seeing Stiles while going blind in the Hale vault with Kira and Scott seemed to open a rift but it wasn’t enough. As soon as she came out the light that had appeared disappeared. Since Lydia is a banshee she had to be hypnotized since her body would not be able to withstand the chamber. Turns out her family has undergone hypnotism before…because it’s totally normal. The moment that everything changed is when Lydia kissed Stiles to calm him during a panic attack back in season three. She remembered moments from the winter dance from season one and that she was the last one to see him before the riders took him. She also realized that she never told Stiles that she loved him back.
Liam took Theo to the hospital and they continued to clash in the midst of trying to escape the riders. Liam was worried about keeping the riders distracted long enough for Scott to remember Stiles, while Theo was concerned with saving himself. Nothing new there. Liam’s plan was to hide among the dead in the morgue, but they were both too freaked out to do so. When the riders arrived, the boys had nowhere to run. Liam decided he was going to go down fighting and wolfed out to take on the riders. After Liam saved Theo by taking down two ghost riders, more appeared. In a turn of events, Theo sacrificed himself allowing Liam to escape.
The episode ended with a rift opening and the senior trio seeing a figure standing in the light at the end of the tunnel. Hello, cliffhanger!
Final Thoughts on this week’s Teen Wolf
This episode of Teen Wolf was another emotional one. It was a look back at some of the biggest moments of series that involved Stiles. It was also a sad reminder that this is the last season. Theo’s sacrifice didn’t phase me, just as Peter’s didn’t last week. As much as I love Lydia, it seemed unrealistic to me that her relationship with Stiles was stronger than Scott’s. Sciles (Scott and Stiles) have been best friends since childhood and refer to each other as brothers, as stated in the episode. Their bond should have been strong enough. The cliffhanger was typical and fans called it last week. I’m super excited for Dylan’s return next week and to see how 6A comes to a close.
What did you think about this week’s Teen Wolf?
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