'Teen Wolf' Recap: Peter’s Plan Revealed, Stiles Scores and Death Doesn’t Become Him
Any episode that starts so heavy on a third or below lead character is usually cause for worry — usually it means that character is being granted one big moment before an agonizing good-bye. On a show like MTV's Teen Wolf, that would be a bit too obvious, though, wouldn’t it? And for that, we have to thank Jeff Davis because otherwise tonight’s summary by Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) — and subsequent turn on the field (!) — could have ended really, really badly.
On any other show, this would have been his swan song. Thankfully, Teen Wolf is so much smarter than that… right?
Note: Spoilers ahead if you have yet to see “Battlefield.”
The penultimate episode of Teen Wolf’s second season, “Battlefield,” saw the lines being clearly drawn when Gerard (Michael Hogan) used the kanima against Scott’s mom (Melissa Ponzio) in order to get Scott (Tyler Posey) to lead him to Derek’s pack. His mission all along has been one of vengeance for his daughter’s death at Derek’s (Tyler Hoechlin) claws, but only now, with the kanima at the ready, is he able to carry it out.
As much as Scott always wants to do the right thing, “Battlefield” saw him genuinely torn — first when his mother begged him to just give Gerard whatever he wanted, and then with what to advise Isaac (Daniel Sharman) when the rest of his pack wanted to defect out of Derek’s control. However, any good hero can’t lay low for too long, and he ended up taking his own stand when realizing if he didn’t play in the lacrosse game, Jackson (Colton Haynes) would, and blood would be shed.
Meanwhile, Allison was still raging blindly in carrying out her own side to this plan of vengeance. She lured Derek’s pack into her woodsy path by creating fictitious wolf calls that led them to think there is a new pack out there in which for them to seek refuge and shot arrows into Erica (Gage Golightly) and Boyd (Sinqua Walls). Somehow Derek managed not to feel her pain the way he did Scott’s weeks earlier, as he was distracted by a tete-a-tete Peter (Ian Bohen).
Did those words really come out of a Teen Wolf character’s mouth?
Surprisingly, it was Argent himself (J.R. Bourne) who put an end to Allison’s rampage, though, suddenly seeing the monster he may have created with her. And it was Isaac who stood alongside Scott in the fight against Jackson.
But when all was said and done, it wasn’t Scott or Isaac or Derek or even an Argent who brought someone down. The game ended without incident, Jackson’s kanima side kicked in late, and the lights went out. As panic ensued, you might think someone wound up trampled, but instead, it was Jackson who was found sliced on the field — at his own scratchings.
OMG!: Scott walks out of the shower to find his mother strung up by the kanima — and it proves not to be just another hallucination or nightmare sequence.
Thank you, TV gods: Jackson shows a shred of humanity — perhaps more than he ever has, from even before he became the kanima — by warning his friend Danny to get out of his way on the field, lest he take him down. And then he shows more by taking himself down. All in a day's work, you guys.
Awk-ward: Derek’s so-called loyal pack prepares to leave him to find a “new pack.” Even after putting up with being chained during a full moon, it finally appears this father figure just doesn’t cut it.
Hotness: Stiles scores! Not with Lydia or anything but an actual goal during an actually important lacrosse game. It’s a freakin’ miracle!
Fab-u-lous: The symmetry of the fallen on the lacrosse field and the field in the woods was poetic, even if a bit on-the-nose.
Can. Not. Wait.: Why didn’t Derek feel his pack in trouble? What turned Jackson against himself? And where did Gerard and Stiles go??
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9
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