, Allison saves the day from beyond the grave, the nogistune is defeated and a surprising face from the past resurfaces to take over villain duties.
After a heart-shredding penultimate episode, the finale doesn't have a lot of room in the narrative to track the character's reactions to Allison's untimely demise. In fact, we never even really get to see Lydia react to the death of her best friend.
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There's not a lot of time for mourning when there's death and destruction reigning all around, but the show inserts what quiet moments it can. Argent coaches Scott on what to say during police questioning, boasts of his ability to compartmentalize and then breaks down with Isaac.
Scott is shocked at the beginning of the episode, but doesn't have much time to work through his emotions. Things finally sink in at episode's end, when he has a quiet moment to cry with his mom.
Tyler Posey started the show skating by mostly on boyish charm, but has really grown into an actor with solid chops. His breakdown at the end of the episode, scored with music instead of sound, is lovely and understated. Scott, of all people, has been through a ton this season. All he's ever wanted was to protect his loved ones, and yet he's seen all of his friends in mortal peril during this half season.
Losing Allison, someone who was so important to him, is obviously going to take a toll on his sunny optimism. Yet one of Scott's most endearing characteristics is to bring the best out in people. Next season might see a sadder Scott, but he's a true alpha for a reason.
The finale is packed to the gills with action, but it has to be to resolve a lot of the plot threads left dangling over the season. Does everything with the oni and the nogistune make sense? Perhaps not, but it all hangs together much better than the nemeton storyline in the first half of the season.
At least this time around, no one plunges into icy waters for no apparent reason. And Allison's discovery of the silver arrows' effect makes a decent amount of sense, meaning that even from beyond the grave Allison is still the smartest character on the show.
Argent and Isaac return from the police station to Casa de Argent, both looking shell-shocked. Argent tells Isaac he doesn't need to stick around, because he's good at taking all his emotions and stuffing them deep, deep down inside his v-neck shirts. Where exactly does Argent expect Isaac to go? Is Isaac just going to bounce from house to house for the rest of the series?
After a good cry, Isaac begins to fixate on what Allison was trying to tell her dad before she died. Argent knows it wasn't something mushy like "I love you," because part of the code stipulates all Argents spend their dying moments imparting important plot information.
"That's right!" Isaac says. "Didn't you guys bond over weird bullet molds? Please, take me to the plot MacGuffin!"
Downstairs, they find more of Allison's silver arrowheads, which she had to leave behind to set. Isaac puts the pieces together and realizes that Allison's silver arrowheads are the key to defeating the oni. He asks Argent if he remembers one of his first weapons deals, the time the oni almost killed him as a young stud. The silver bullet broke the oni's mask, but because the silver arrows stayed inside their bodies Allison's creation is able to kill the oni.
The ghost of Allison descends from the heavens, snaps in front of Argent and then writes "Arrows forever, bullets suck" in permanent marker on his favorite v-neck before drifting away on the breeze.
The silver arrows work wonderfully, with Argent and Isaac coming to the rescue of Derek and the twins. As soon as an oni gets struck with an arrow, they burst into a little firefly firework and disappear.
Death Comes to Beacon Hills ... Again
As the episode begins, the twins are ready to hit the road after Allison's death. Once again bleeding all over Derek's loft, they decide they're going to grab their sweeties and make a run for it.
Derek, with soaring strings accompanying him, lays the cheese on thick for a speech about the kind of alpha Scott is. "The kind of alpha who always protects his friends and never runs from a fight. The kind of alpha who is, like, totally dreamy but in a really accessible way, you know? The kind of alpha who never locks his windows at night and who is just so cute when he sleeps. I mean, in theory. I'm not saying I stalk Scott and write Mr. Derek McCall in my notebooks. I'm just saying."
This speech totally hits the twins in their beefy hearts, and they pledge allegiance to Scott's army of do-gooders. Derek mentally high-fives himself, because he found the only two people in Beacon Hills gullible enough to think he's capable of pulling off a plan. As they will soon learn, following Derek Hale does not come without consequences.
But first, the oni take their act on a world tour, terrorizing the whole town in the process. First, they show up at the sheriff's department, to kill everyone in sight and slice the sheriff and deputy with their smoke swords. "Oh damn," Stilinski says, looking around. "Do you know how hard it's getting to hire a whole new workforce every six months?"
Next, the oni take their Creedence Clearwater Revival to the hospital, where they slow-mo kill their way through the hospital. Extra props to the one orderly in the background who tries to fight off an oni with a cafeteria tray. That guy is the real hero of the episode.
Not knowing that downstairs all hell is breaking loose in a weird rock music video, Melissa and Agent McCall are in a fight about how Papa is about to abandon Scott for the millionth time. Melissa tells Agent McCall that parenting is about actually being there, but Agent McCall thinks Scott hates him. "That parenting thing sounds hard, why don't I just buy him a cheese of the month membership and send him a birthday card every year?"
Unfortunately, the oni stab Melissa instead of Agent McCall, who is clearly just begging for a good, justified stabbing. In the elevator, Melissa starts to bleed out while Agent McCall is willing to do anything to keep her alive, mostly so he doesn't have to take care of his son.
After the oni peace out to go fight Derek and the alphas, the hospital is a barren wasteland of dead bodies and useless orderlies. Where is cafeteria tray guy when you need him?
"If you had to be stabbed, I guess a hospital is the perfect place for that to happen, right? I mean, you're surrounded by medical professionals who will stop you from bleeding out of your mouth and dying!" Agent McCall soon realizes this was something of a pipe dream in Beacon Hills, as he drags Melissa's bleeding body out of the elevator and watches a tumble weed slowly drift past.
The one medical professional he sees in the hallway quickly runs away from the bleeding nurse on the gurney. After this attack, I hope everyone still alive in this hospital gets fired and Melissa becomes the new queen of Beacon Hills General.
Meanwhile, in Derek and the Twins' Excellent Adventure, the wolves are flipping and fighting while Argent shoots many arrows at the oni. Unfortunately, in the quest to bring the nemeton box to the gang inside the school, Aiden gets skewered with a sword. Fare thee well, Aiden, we shall miss your six pack.
The Divine Move
At Kira's house, her mom offers tea but not much help. Isn't she a 900-year-old fox spirit? You'd think her contributions could be a little more substantial than chamomile. The only thing Kira's parents have to offer are some fun board game tips.
"Super! Thanks, mom," Kira says. "I guess I'll just grab this sword and go face down certain death. But you and dad enjoy that tea."
Kira's mom tells them she doesn't know much about the nemeton, but Deaton does. Lydia puts the pieces together that they can trap the nogistune in the nemeton box which once contained the claws of Derek's mom. Derek finally gets a family heirloom to decorate his apartment and they have to use it to trap a deranged Toilet Paper monster. That figures.
Scott, Kira, Stiles and Lydia head after the nogistune and suddenly end up in Kill Bill. The nogistune wants Stiles to commit seppuku and for Scott to finish the job. Understandably, Scott is not psyched about the idea of killing his best friend.
In the vet's office, Deaton gets attacked by the oni and left with a smokey wound. Now every character on the show is dying, just in case unkillable ninjas weren't dramatic enough.
Back in the Matrix
-- I mean the nogistune's illusion -- Kira and Scott are fighting in the slowest of slow-mo, while Stiles and Lydia look on. Did anyone else get the impression this episode came in under time and they just slowed down all the battle scenes to make it long enough? Every action sequence is like watching Mr. Heavyfoot
Just as Stiles is about to shove the sword into his belly, he notices a textbook and realizes they're in the school. The "divine move" is to ignore the oni around them, since they're only illusions, and go right for Toilet Paper Face. There's a lot of slow walking and dramatic cutting and suddenly they're back at school.
Toilet Paper Face transforms into evil Stiles, who says he cannot be killed. But they remember the words on the tiny scroll about changing the form of the nogistune's host. Scott bites bad Stiles and he explodes into dust. Isaac captures the resulting firefly into the nemeton box and the evil is defeated. Time for a freeze frame high five!
The Calm After/Before the Storm
All has returned to status quo in Beacon Hills. Kira isn't sure how much time she should give Scott to mourn Allison before trying to tap that again. Lydia gives the nod to Malia, who is getting lessons from Scott on how to control her powers.
In the single best scene of the episode, Ethan goes to gently break up with Danny because he's leaving town. Danny says he understands and that, frankly, he can't deal with all the drama. He just doesn't think he's ready to date a werewolf. Ethan does a double take in shock, like a cartoon character with eyes bugging out.
"Please, it's Beacon Hills," Danny says, confirming that Danny is in fact not hard of hearing after all. I mean, it's not like Scott and company aren't just wandering the halls yelling about Bardo and Kanimas and werewolves. What I love about this reveal, besides everything, is the idea that everyone at school knows about supernatural creatures and just doesn't feel like involving themselves in the insanity.
While Scott and friends are fighting for their lives, the smart teens in Beacon Hills are having black light parties in their 1950s bomb shelters and waiting for the supernatural storm to pass. "Oh, the Japanese fox spirits are gone? Great, let's go study for calc now that our chances of being impaled by ninjas have greatly diminished."
Now that it's been revealed Danny knows the secret, I hope this opens up the show to integrate him into the gang and explore his character. I don't think there's a character on Teen Wolf as universally loved yet underutilized as Danny. Perhaps he can put his super hacker skills to use next season. With a parred-down cast, now is not the time to hide Danny's light under a bushel.
The last moments of the show are reserved for doing two things the show loves to do: creating more chaos for next season and torturing Derek Hale.
Derek talks to Stiles about a dream he had about some hunters looking for a powerful she-wolf. Remember the hunters in the beginning of the season who tortured Derek and Peter? Me neither, but this should jog our memories.
Turns out the hunters aren't looking for Cora or even Malia, they're looking for Kate Argent. Kate somehow survived Peter ripping out her throat, but it turned her into a werewolf. And not just any werewolf! She's now a weird, blue, Avatar-looking one. It's never great to see your ex again after a bad breakup, but it's especially bad when she's a homicidal Smurf wolf out for revenge.
Hopefully, next season they pull back on the heavy mythology and let the show rediscover some fun. Season 3B was a vast improvement over season 3A in terms of taking breathers for small character moments. As a whole, however, both seasons were often mired down by their own overly-complicated mythology. It's fun that Teen Wolf likes to base stories around existing myths, but hopefully they've learned from what worked well this season, which was mostly the character-driven stuff.
Of course, Kate Argent being back will have some huge ripple effects and giant personal repercussions for several of the characters, so I'm looking forward to what they do next.
The Shirtlessness Count
No bare flesh for us this week, so let's chose our Best Pecks of the Season. While it's a tough decision, I think I'm awarding the prize to Danny. Here's hoping next season there are much fewer traumatic deaths and much more shirtlessness. Priorities, Teen Wolf, priorities!
What did you think? Were you shocked by the ending? Will you miss the twins? Are you still missing Allison? What did you think of the season as a whole? Sound off in the comments!
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