It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Peter Hale. I don’t like Peter Hale, I don’t root for Peter Hale, and I’m certainly not on board with the redemption of a gleeful, unrepentant killer, especially given the potential rich corpses that litter the floors of Teen Wolf canon in his stead (Erica Reyes, I will never stop crying into my pillow for you.) So I don’t know if that is what Teen Wolf is ambling towards with him and Malia joining forces to find Malia’s mother, but if it is, I am 100 per cent not here for it.
That gripe aside, “Time of Death” was pretty on point. Scott and his pack decided to take real action, and bring the Benefactor to them. Their methods were standard teenage recklessness: send Scott into a kitsune lightning-induced coma, and call the Benefactor to collect.
“You may experience dreams,” Scott is told before going under, and this set the framework of Scott’s episodic arc, or Scott McCall’s Bogus Journey, a.k.a. Scott walking through the same eerie nightmare again and again. There’s a strong theme to Scott’s recurring dream, and that’s power. At the beginning of the episode, he talks with his FBI dad about what it takes to take a life and the fallout of it. In his dream, Scott is confronted again with this as he walks through the refrain that what it means to be an alpha is to be a killer. Last week, Scott swore that he wouldn’t let another friend or supernatural creature die for the sake of the Benefactor’s list. This week, he is forced to ask himself if he is willing to kill to keep that promise.
Scott may be in a coma, but he isn’t alone. Kira, Liam, Stiles, and Chris Argent watch over him and keep sharp eyes out for the Benefactor. When trouble sounds on the roof, Kira and Liam go to fight it off, and find one of Kate Argent’s berserker minions. They attack, and while I always love Kira swinging her katana around, I still couldn’t tell you the difference between Liam and a table lamp. You know the lamp test in movies where you test the credibility of a female love interest by replacing her with a lamp and seeing how much it changes the plot? That’s pretty much how I feel about Liam all the time.
At least Isaac had scarves and weird sexual tension with every person he interacted with, you know? All Liam has given me so far is a cool best friend with not nearly enough screen time.
While wacky fun happens at the hospital, Derek is home at his loft, having a romantic interlude with the bounty hunter Braeden. Derek doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to ladies, especially if they are hanging out in his loft under blue lighting, but I really like Braeden. It’s an interesting parallel between Derek, who Braden helps come to terms with his draining power, and Scott, who struggles with what his new powers at an alpha might mean.
Kate makes an appearance at the hospital, but swears that she’s not the Benefactor, and only came to the hospital on a lead to track them down. Since she’s on the deadpool list, it’s a believable story, but given her secret alliance with Peter Hale, she’s still not the most trustworthy of foes. Team Teen Wolf sends her off, dismayed to be back at square one with the deadpool. They hit upon a hunch, though: whoever the Benefactor is, it’s someone with a unique relationship with the dead. Someone like a banshee.
Speaking of banshees, where has Lydia been during all of this? You’d think a strategic genius like her would be useful organizing a complicated trap involving computers and lightning comas. But Lydia is nowhere to be seen at the hospital. Instead, she spends the episode at her lake house, working to unravel a mystery of a more familial nature. With help from her mom, Lydia learns that her grandmother was also a banshee. And with a little bit more digging, she finds Grandma Martin left more than just a supernatural legacy. She left a written piece of code.
Is the code another list of names? Is Lydia’s family connected to the Benefactor? Could Lydia’s grandmother be the Benefactor? And in that case, why put Lydia’s name on the deadpool? And what about everybody else? How will Scott come to understand his new strength as an alpha? Has Derek finally found a girlfriend who won’t try to kill him? Will Liam ever start to interest me more than spaghetti?
With four episodes left, Teen Wolf starts to pile on the questions.
Teen Wolf airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on MTV Canada and MTV.