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Teen Wolf Recap: Illuminated

In which it’s Halloween in January, the writers punk out on confirming a bisexual character, and Derek has no interest in your raves. Beacon Hills is a small town! Why do they even have so many?

After the Firefly Demon Dudes attacked Isaac at the end of last episode they just floated away, leaving Chris to kickstart the woobie werewolf’s healing powers by punching him repeatedly in the face. It’s a credit to Mr. Argent that I don’t even think he had the ulterior motive of beating up on the werewolf his daughter was just macking with. Well, maybe a little. Chris says the Firefly Demon Dudes might be after him and makes Allison and Isaac promise not to tell anyone about the attack for 24 hours.

Meanwhile Agent McDouchebag McCall is interrogating Scott, Stiles, Kira, and Lydia about what went down with Barrow at the power station. Stiles is in true Grade A Little Shit form, and the Sheriff’s loving it, because NO ONE likes Agent McCall. We find out that Barrow must’ve had a puppet master, someone who helped him escape and sicced him on Kira. Also Kira’s phone is taken as evidence, which is a major problem because the pictures Barrow took of her clearly reveal her super secret electricity powers.

At school Stiles recommends that Scott stay away from Kira until they know for sure that she’s not, I dunno, a people-killing monster. But try to get Scott to not be the sweetest, friendliest person in the world to a lonely girl with no friends? Pah. You might as well try and get bears to stop peeing in the woods, or Jeff Davis to stop torturing Derek as a plot device. Not gonna happen.

Danny, still blissfully unaware of all the supernatural shenanigans going on around him, is trying to organize a Halloween rave, only he can’t book a venue on account of the entire town’s power being out. Are these the problems that typical high schoolers have? I used to meet with friends for cupcakes and Muppet movies. Get off my lawn.

Ethan, still smitten with Danny (who wouldn’t be?) tries to convince Aiden that the best way to get Scott to accept them into his pack is to do nice things for people. At first I was appalled at the idea that helping Danny find a place for his Halloween party would even be considered a starting place for making amends for the death of Boyd (and Erica—the twins weren’t involved directly in her death, but they still had a hand in it. Maybe I’m just pissed that no one’s even mentioned her so far this season.  Not even Isaac! They were BFFs!).

But helping old ladies across the street and the like probably is a pretty good tactic for getting into Scott’s good graces. He’s Mr. Puppies and Rainbows, after all. Lydia’s not so inclined to be forgiving. In biology class—where the new teacher is Lydia’s mom, because BHHS’ new hires can only be pulled from the ranks of villains or students’ families, or sometimes both—Aiden tries to get his flirt on, but she is having NONE OF IT, explaining that he’s not a “bad boy,” he’s a “bad guy,” and she doesn’t want him in her life.

I’d like it more if I weren’t convinced that all this isn’t a setup for the twins’ eventual redemptive arc and acceptance into the pack. Stop trying to make fan interest in the twins happen, Jeff. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Give us more of characters we actually care about. Give us more Danny. Hell, I’d take a full episode of nothing but Greenberg taking a nap over the twins becoming full-fledged Scoobies.

Over in Angsty McManPainLand, Derek scares the willies out of some trick or treaters by flashing them some fangs… but not before he gives them candy. I repeat, Derek Hale had candy on hand to give to trick or treaters. And he smiles after they run away, not an evil smirk of “Ha ha, that’ll teach those kids to intrude on my broodiness,” but an actual FOND GRIN of “Heh, that was fun. Also, kids shouldn’t ask random leather-clad strangers on the street for candy, I don’t care what day it is.”

So of course Derek has approximately 15 seconds of his life not being a total shitshow before the Firefly Demon Dudes attack him.

Scott and Kira, with Stiles’ help, break into the sheriff’s station (leaving finger prints all over the evidence room) and delete the incriminating pictures from Kira’s phone. There’s a brief hiccup when Agent McCall shows up, but Stiles distracts him by saying he knows the awful thing he did that made Sheriff Stilinski hate him so much.

Agent McCall, WHAT. DID. YOU. DO. Did he kill puppies? I bet he killed puppies.

Turns out Aiden volunteered Derek’s loft for the rave site, which is a little weird considering the last time they crashed there I’m pretty sure they were killing Boyd. Ethan pulls a Harlequin and rips Danny’s shirt so he can apply paint to him, and Teen Wolf writers, you know I have no problems with male shirtlessness. Using it to sexualize a torture scene is a little weird, but if I weren’t OK with glistening pecs ‘n’ abs in general theory then I would not be watching your show. And Danny has some nice pecs ‘n’ abs! But I’d rather you give him an actual role in the show instead of just inviting him to the table every now and then to move along the twins’ storyline and provide beefcakery, please and thank you. He’s better than that.

Ethan gets attacked by the Firefly Demon Dudes, as does Lydia, but not before she shoots down Aiden’s request that she forgive him for killing Boyd because he set up this sweet party! LOL, no. Raves are so ’90s. Scott and Kira are there being all cute. Allison and Isaac are there being all sexual tension-y. Oh, and we see that in Scott’s Alpha vision Kira looks rather…

As in the aura of energy surrounding her looks like a fox.

Stiles is off getting friendly with Caitlin, the character whose girlfriend was killed last season. She’s back, she’s drunk, and she’s bisexual now. Someone needs to tell Jeff Davis that when you’re aiming for being progressive and having a variety of sexual orientations on your show, it helps to not retcon a character previously established as lesbian into not being a lesbian anymore. Davis explicitly said in interviews that Caitlin was introduced as a lesbian character, and now she’s not, because the writers don’t have the cojones to come out and say Stiles is bisexual instead of just joking about it. Caitlin asks Stiles if he likes boys, and Stiles hesitates. I appreciate that it wasn’t a denial, that Stiles appeared to really be thinking about it, and that the question wasn’t presented as somehow “offensive.” But, Jesus Christ, just have him hesitate and then say “Yeah.” How hard is that? Boom! Canon bisexual character in your main cast! Done!

Unofficial poll time: On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “no chance in hell” and 10 being “it’ll definitely  happen,” what do you think the chances are that Stiles will ever be officially confirmed as bisexual?

Earlier this episode Stiles discovered a weird set of keys in his locker. Caitlin points out that they’re glowing, which means they have some sort of  chemical on them… which means there’s probably some connection to the chem lab. So Stiles runs off to break into the school at night (always ends well). As the party rages on Allison discovers that Isaac has a weird brand behind his ear, left by the Firefly Demon Dudes during their attack. Lydia and Ethan have them too, as does Derek, who busts in to flip the DJ table and tell the assorted high school to GTFO of his home.

(BTW, kinda weird that once Derek escaped the hunter family he never texted Scott to tell him he was back in town. Even just a “Heads up, I’m here if you need another pair of hands if shit starts going down, WHICH IT ALWAYS DOES.” would’ve been helpful. Though honestly that lack of communication is only weird for normal people who don’t exist in the Teen Wolf universe. Honestly, for all the characters love their Samsung Galaxy phones, they have an awful allergy to using them to text people relevant information.)

Now only the good guys (minus Stiles) and the Firefly Demon Dudes are left in the loft. Derek and Scott activate their WEREWOLF BRO POWER and try to fight them, but even snapping one of their necks has no effect. They brand Aiden and try to come after Scott, but dawn breaks and they waft away on a sunbeam. To recap: Scott, Stiles, Allison, and Kira are the only ones without the freaky brands.

Back in the school Stiles figures out that he was the one who left the message for Barrow to kill Kira. Whu-wha? I like where this Dark!Stiles storyline is going. (BTW, have you read the shirt meta? Read the shirt meta.) What I don’t like is seeing Chris Argent come into his apartment all bloody and collapsing unconscious to the floor. Show, do not kill one of the parents, SO HELP ME.

Miscellaneous items that need mentioning

  • The new theme song. We finally ditch the werewolf dubstep battles, and you give us a dubstep opening theme instead? DROP THE BASS, DEREK.
  • Chris has one of the Freaky Demon Dudes’ masks. Kira has some smashing Marvel leggings.
  • Said Firefly Demon Dudes can steal Lydia’s scream.
  • Kira saw Scott wolf out during the battle at Derek’s loft. Though technically Scott didn’t fully wolf out, and we saw Scott turning his head away from her at one point, presumably to try and hide his red eyes and excessive facial hair. But she’s going to figure it out, right? Tell me she’s going to figure it out. This is Ms. “I HEARD YOU TALKING REALLY LOUDLY IN A PUBLIC PLACE ABOUT THE SUPERNATURAL,” after all.
  • If you ever feel bad about not being able to tell the twins apart, A) Don’t, the twins suck, and B) neither can Danny, and he dated one of them.

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  • tsee

    Raijuu raijuu raijuu!

    (I don’t even watch the show, but I’m psyched to see that there are shows pulling from Japanese mythology other than freaky ghosts and kitsune!)

  • Erin

    Seriously, WTF happened to Cora? Derek left with his sister at the end of 3a and now…nothing. No mention of her at all so far. Did she cease to exist??

  • Troy Lenze

    I’m really enjoying the flirting between Isaac and Allison. They have done a great job building sexual tension there. I like Scott and Kira as well. They are so cute together.

    I don’t mind the twins getting a redemption arc, but I wish Danny had a larger role in the show more. I did like that Danny couldn’t tell them apart, though. That was a nice touch.

    I’m not real excited about an evil Stiles arc. He’s the only normal human in the group. I’d have liked him to stay inviolate. And there is always the possibility that siccing Barrow on Kira will turn out to be a GOOD THING. Not sure how or why, but there is the possibility.

    I honestly don’t care about Stiles’ sexuality, but more diversity on TV is good, so I’d be happy if he was bi and almost as happy if he was straight. :)

  • Lup Lun

    I don’t see Stiles being bisexual at all, honestly. I mean, okay, he’s not traditionally masculine, he’s awkward around girls, and he’s a little weird around everybody, but adding all that up to non-normative sexuality feels like it should have bad implications. As does the show bringing this up at a time when Stiles is being set up as a potential bad guy/traitor/mind control victim.

    And BTW, Stiles won’t wind up being the bad guy. The writers will build it up for three-quarters of a season, then be like “Ha ha, fooled you!” It’s how they work.

    I’m less annoyed by the fingerprints in the break-in scene and more about the fact that it was so important to Kira. Dude, anyone who sees those pics on your phone will think it’s some weird technical glitch or a filter or something. On the plus side, her reaction to Scott allegedly telling Stiles about naked pics on her phone was worth it. ^_^

    Agreed on the new theme song. Let’s hope it’s just a one-off for the rave episode. On the subject, anyone else groan at the obvious promotional cameo from Bloody Beetroots? I couldn’t be the only one rolling my eyes when they put in a random security guy just to say his name before getting Derek-slammed.

  • Troy Lenze

    Yeah, I agree that Stiles never really struck me as bisexual so much as being nerdy and awkward around girls. I also agree having Stiles take a heel turn right as he’s revealed as bisexual would not be good timing.

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  • Beastbrarian

    I wish Stiles would have just said yes. Jeff talks about the show taking place in this world where sexual orientation is no big deal, so why use it as ploy this way? Its disappointing that they seem so reluctant to actually commit to this ideology.

    I was pleased, at first, by the three different romantic situations unfolding at the rave. They were each different (sex-fueled, shy and uncertain, fun and spur of the moment) and being portrayed positively. But it was disappointing to think about the fact that they were all heterosexual. Why not have the straight twin be attacked first, leaving Ethan and Danny to be part of the romantic mix?

    They need to put their money where their mouth is in the diversity aspect (sexual orientation and otherwise). The fans won’t even blink. In fact, we’re impatient for it!

  • Tricia

    You guys are aware that sexuality can shift along a gradient right? She was lesbian. She may have found a man to love as well and now is comfortably bisexual. How is that a problem? It’s like you need to force her into a label to categorize her, but then turn around and are offended that Stiles isn’t easily labelled too. At that age group, it’s a good thing to test the waters of your sexuality without getting hate thrown at you for trying. Also, there is such a thing as lesbians who have pansexual tendencies. It;s not just straight, bisexual, gay. There are SO MANY MORE gradients of sexuality.

  • Anonymous

    About the scene with Stiles and McDoucheBag, I understood that what he did was leave, and is not that the Sheriff hates him, as it’s the contrary. He hates the Sheriff, because he was more than a father to Scott that he will ever be. And that makes Stiles his brother. So, Scott sees Stiles and the Sheriff as family, but not his father. Thus, the resentment.

    Or maybe he kicked puppies and everybody hates him for that. Could be possible. I mean, half the cast is part puppy anyway xDDD

  • Lup Lun

    A good point. I remember Allison Moon once said she had “come out” at four different times over the course of her life: lesbian, bi, transgender, and polyamorous.

  • Lup Lun

    The actress playing her left the show, so… pretty much. Can’t really blame them, honestly; Cora only existed in the first place because the writers had to cover for losing Erica, and the show suffered for it, with the re-worked arc being awkward and weak. After losing her a second time, I can easily see them just throwing up their hands.

  • cheesy

    I agree with you in the real world. I’d even say that how she is handled isn’t terrible or unrealistic (I’m a bisexual woman who went through some confusing stages in high school, I get it.) HOWEVER. In a show like this, where the creator previously said she was a lesbian, to have her be a bisexual now SPECIFICALLY and ONLY so that she can make out with one of the male leads, right before they perform some hugely massive bi-baiting with Stiles, comes off as pretty dickish. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was wrong. Just irritating.

  • cheesy

    re: Stiles. Well, I mean, he has expressed an interest in whether gay guys find him attractive. And when Danny offered to help him with his virginity problem, he was pretty gung-ho about it. (Not to mention that he announced in a boy’s locker room that he needed someone to “sex him up”. If he was planning on female volunteers, he may have chosen the wrong avenue.)

  • cheesy

    My pet theory about Agent McDickchunks is that he and Papa Stilinski were trying to solve some sort of crime back in the day and something went terribly wrong. McDickChunks chocked in a vital moment and almost got people killed, or something, and Papa Stilinski saved the day, only to have Jerk Face steal the credit and Jerk Face is terrified someone is going to find out.

    (Or, you know, maybe Jerk Face has realized Mama McCall is mad attracted to the Sheriff, and is pissed about it.)

    I thought this was a nice return to the campy fun of earlier seasons, except for the whole ‘Let’s all dance sexily at the place where half of us watched our friend get brutally murdered by the people involved with…throwing…the party?’ And the stupid bait-y thing with Stiles. Like, fuck that. Just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I’d give Stiles ever coming out a -5, btw.

    Oh, and I did think it was hilarious that Stiles’ handwriting didn’t even match the one on the board perfectly. His fives were completely different, lololol.

  • Troy Lenze

    Those are good points. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the first season and had forgotten about all that.

  • Troy Lenze

    I got fixated on how he drew his 8. He does it backwards from me.

  • Troy Lenze

    I’m sorry. I never equated saying a fictional character didn’t seem bi-sexual to me with biphobia. It was merely an attempt to express an opinion on the writing and performance of a character and not meant to be a commentary on how bisexuals act. My intention was not to offend.

  • Lup Lun

    Eh? Can’t hear you. Maybe throw in more capitals? ~_^

  • Lup Lun

    There might be other reasons; maybe they liked the actress and were looking for an excuse to bring her back. Or maybe it was efficiency; they figured Stiles dancing with a bisexual girl might be a good way to set up something, but they didn’t have the screentime to develop a new character, so they decided to re-introduce someone we already knew something about. There’s a difference in the story if Stiles dances with a girl who he knows beforehand is into girls rather than if he dances with a girl and then finds out later that she’s also into girls.

  • Phobe Grey

    This show’s lack of Derek and Derek/Stiles interaction is depressing, What actually happened in last night’s episode besides some brilliant Derek and pappa Stilinski moments? Bunch of teenagers held a blackout party in the place one of their friends was killed and WITH their killers.and trashed Derek’s perfectly nice home. Way to go morons,

  • Brittany K

    Not that I ever want to take up for Jeff Davis because ugh, just counting down the days til he steps down as showrunner, but, to be fair, Caitlin is just a teenager, and sometimes teenagers identify as one thing and then end up identifying as another. ‘Course, that doesn’t explain why she’s macking on some dude at a party like three weeks after her girlfriend dies, but still. Hopefully that was a step towards Stiles’ bisexuality becoming canon. I needs me some representation, pronto.

    Also on a scale of 1-10, I’d say a solid 7. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

  • Brittany K

    There were two girls kissing at the rave at least. Not to say that’s enough because it definitely isn’t, but that’s more than you’d see on most shows. So at least they seem to be pointed in the right direction, now they just need to start going further.

  • Brittany K

    …nobody thinks Stiles is bisexual because he’s not traditionally masculine and awkward around girls.

  • Lup Lun

    Then why do they think he’s bi? Because I’ve been watching the series since the beginning, and I just don’t see it. There’s been a joke here and there, sure, but the tone is less “Psst, Stiles likes guys!” and more “LOL, look at Stiles being embarrassed!” or “LOL, look at Stiles not knowing how embarrassed he should be!” Unless I’m missing some serious subtext here…

  • Brittany K

    Obviously people are going to see things a different way, so I’ll just tell you my reasons. There was the way he was worried about whether or not he was attractive to gay guys, there was the time the popular kids sat down with him and Scott at lunch and he turned to the girl beside him and gave her a flirty nod and smile, and when she didn’t respond he turned and gave the exact same look to Danny. There was the thing in the locker room where he was worried about being virgin sacrificed and seemed excited when Danny offered to fix that for him (yes, Danny was joking here, but I don’t think that changes Stiles’ reaction). There are lots of little things, here and there. And obviously, this is just my opinion, and I’m sure other people have different reasons for thinking he could be bisexual, and maybe the show will never confirm it, but I do believe he is.

  • BatiHoney

    Thank you for saying this, I agree with you 100%. I am actually really happy and impressed that they’re bringing back the possibility of Stiles being bi, and him thinking about it excites me! I hope he realizes it soon and this is made 100% canon, but just that moment leaves the possibility pretty clear.

  • BatiHoney

    In Caitlin’s defense, she said was drunk. Stiles seemed weirded out by her seeming so okay,, and I think it was the alcohol’s effect. In fact, maybe she was partially drinking to that extent to cover up whatever suffering she’s going through for the loss of her girlfriend. At least that’s how I saw it! Kissing Stiles is probably a mix of being drunk and looking for a bit of comfort in distraction.

    And you say wishful thinking, but I’d agree with a 7. I don’t think Jeff would have written those exact dialogues if he wasn’t planning on something. Caitling didn’t HAVE to ask Stiles if he liked guys, but she did. So I’ll cross my fingers for this actually being canon c’: And I do hope we see more of Caitlin as well!

  • Troy Lenze

    That’s why I apologized.

  • Xae

    I’m sorry but I see Stiles as straight, 100%. In 2014, teenagers live in blurred sexual zones. At the end of the this, I don’t see him as a bisexual character. Just the straight man for everybody’s “gay jokes.”

  • Mark Brown

    I got that too, and I think at least some of the animosity is two-way.

    We’ve seen how the Sheriff relates to his son and Scott (and even a bit with Isaac back when his situation became evident). It makes sense that he’d be repulsed simply by McDouchbag being a Bad Father.

  • Mark Brown

    I was pulling for “cloak of the Jinchuuriki” myself, mythology or no. ;)

  • Mark Brown

    Nice to see that the Shadowkahn from the Jackie Chan Adventures are still getting work.

  • pauladavelle

    I may get my “throat ripped out with teeth” for saying this, but I would 100% agree with Stiles being Bisexual but then they would 2000% have to figure out a way to get Derek to the same conclusion ( no easy task for the writers) because NO WAY on this God’s green earth can they only tease me with half of the perfect equation… Stiles+Derek=STEREK … Yes I absolutely ship them and don’t care one IOTA if no one likes it… I’d rather Stiles stay straight if he can’t be pared with Derek!

  • Tricia

    None of the characters are real. It’s sad that they had to ‘delete’ a lesbian character to replace her as a bisexual one, but I also know several people who are glad to see a show that addresses the fact that sexuality CHANGES. Some people are firmly set in one sexuality, while others slide along a gradient. My comment isn’t forgiving the loss of a sole lesbian representative, but more pointing out that the Mary Sue was excited to have Stiles question HIS sexuality, but get pissed off that any other character on the show question theirs. It felt hypocritical.
    For a show that is based in highschool, I am eager for MORE sexualities and romantic types to be addressed. I eagerly await an accurate representation of asexuality that doesn’t try and force the character into the stereotype of being cold and aloof. Or a genderfluid character who is pansexual, but not written in a way just to be a sexual image non stop. I agree that representation matters. In a huge way.I get so pissed at the staggering amount of queerbaiting shows like this use and the fear they still exhibit about being honest about sexuality and romantic types. But I was glad to see them show that sometimes you don’t question your sexuality until suddenly, one day you do.

  • Tricia

    I think they included it deliberately as well. I do wish that the LGBQTA characters weren’t so hyper sexualized, it would be nice for shows to acknowledge that it’s not necessarily a defining feature of the person’s personality. My sexuality is not the only thing about me that I present to the world, so I dislike the fact that characters like Danny are relegated to ‘shirtless gay character’ as opposed to a plot driving character.

  • BatiHoney

    Well, I feel the same with “I wish Danny did more and became engaged in the plot”, but I do not think they’re hyper sexualized compared to the non-queer characters? What I mean is, Danny is shirtless sometimes, but so is every guy in Teen Wolf except idk Stiles. It’s also fair to say that Caitlin first appeared not for reasons related to her sexuality but as the girlfriend of a victim of a sacrifice in 3A, and she did her role there and her having a GIRLlfriend was irrelavent to what was happening. So, although she came back as a drunk girl partying and kissing strangers, I’m just GLAD she’s back because that gives us the chance to see more about her. I do agree with you in the sense that yes, Teen Wolf should show us queer characters who actively contribute to the plot and WHO THINGS, but I don’t think they’re hypersexualized, I guess that feels like too strong of an accusation to me. But that’s just me, I think you’re completely validated in feeling that.

    One of the shadows was looking at Danny, so maybe that means Danny may not be as normal as we think? Maybe we will see him engage in the plot soon, or in season four -crosses fingers- I hope so because I love him, everyone does, and it has been shown that he’s obviously more than just gay. He’s a lacrosse player, he plays the flute or clarinet (can’t remember which one), he’s good at hacking computers!!!! And he’s in general a breath of fresh air from the usual stereotypical portrayals of gay people in TV.