Teen Wolf: You Still Got Me

you still got meFor this half of the season, I am determined to do better about watching Teen Wolf in a timely manner. I fell down on that so hard during the first part of the year, but not this time. Since the first of the year, I have gotten myself so freaking together it’s mind boggling. For real. I am so on top of things right now. And it’s going to stay that way.

For a lot of people, when they want to talk about relationships on Teen Wolf (or, let’s be real, any show) the focus is pretty squarely on the romantic ones. But while I enjoy many of the romances (the tragedy of Scott and Allison, the antagonism of Lydia and Jackson, the dysfunction of Malia and Stiles, the fumbling of Scott and Kira, and the absolutely meant to be Derek and Stiles), more often I’ve found the other relationships to be much deeper, more nuanced, and vastly more interesting.

I’m especially enthralled by our teen protagonists and their parents. For today, let’s talk about Stiles and Sheriff Stilinski.

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Teen Wolf: Hero Takes a Fall

It’s been…what, about a month? since the mid-season finale aired,scott's asthma and I’m still feeling totally unsettled about it. There’s just this weird, discordant, unresolved feeling that I’ve been left with. I keep thinking each Monday will bring me some kind of resolution, but no. I have to wait for that. I watched the finale when it aired and was just shocked when it ended. That couldn’t be the end. That wasn’t an ending. Every other season finale has very decidedly resolved the story and then set us up for the next one. Not so now. And I know that technically this was just the Season 5A finale, and not the complete season finale, but when they did an extended season in Season Three, each half was its own separate story with very little cross over. I mean, those two halves are so distinct that I have trouble remembering the nogitsune story line was actually Season Three. In my head the nogitsune was Season Four and we’re currently in the middle of Season Six.

I’m beginning to ramble. Okay, suffice it to say, I was not prepared for this lack of a resolution. And am feeling a little unsettled because of it.

So if I have trouble making this discussion of Scott’s fall make sense, well…I’m sorry.

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Teen Wolf Rewatch: Like Humans Do

I feel ashamed as I write this, but I’ve got to be honest. I’m about fourderek hale episodes behind the current season of Teen Wolf. I got a new job recently that started last Tuesday, and so a good bit of my focus has been spent on that obviously. And that’s a good reason to let some of television watching slip by the wayside for a few weeks, but still. I’m disappointed. I did this whole big rewatch to be caught up in time for the season and then have only watched like two episodes in a timely fashion. Oh well. Maybe I’ll be able to do better during the second half of the season.

Since I’m so behind, I’ve been trying to keep myself away from spoilers, limiting my tumblr and twitter usage especially. I’m not a big fan of spoilers. I like to be able to experience the story and all the surprises it brings in real time. But it’s hard and I haven’t been able to keep myself completely away. Just yesterday when I was posting a tumblr link to yesterday’s OITNB post, I saw a gifset of Stiles set to the quote “some of us are human.” Now, I don’t know if that’s actually something that’s come up in the latest episode, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was considering what was happening when I left off (Stiles just killed Donovan!). Either way, I liked the quote. Mostly because it highlighted something I’ve been thinking about a lot during my latest Teen Wolf rewatch.

Sometimes I think people, myself included at times, forgets that except for Stiles, these characters aren’t human. That being a werewolf or banshee or kanima means sometime more than just someone with super powers. And we don’t make enough allowances for them to be who they are.

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Teen Wolf: That Boy is a Monster

The first ten minutes of last week’s episode were harrowing. No joke. scott wolf shadowFirst with Stiles being attacked by a supernaturally enhanced Donovan, fighting tooth and nail for his life, and then, after inadvertently causing Donovan’s death due to self defense, with his control spiraling as he could do little more than breathe through a 911 call and then wait in his jeep for the police to arrive, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. My heart was pounding, my hands were shaking, and I felt like I could feel every once of terror that boy was radiating. Dylan O’Brien deserves all the praise he’s getting for that performance, because he didn’t speak a word during that entire opening and was still able to convey so much: so much fear and anxiety and loss and guilt.

As of yet, no one else knows what happened. Stiles was alone and, though the police responded to his 911 call and checked out the crime scene, someone else (well, Parrish) had already come by to claim the body and Stiles kept himself out of sight. For now, he’s only got himself to deal with, only his own feelings to parse and dissect. But I can’t imagine he’ll be able to keep this secret to himself for long. We’ve been told all through the hiatus and all through this first half of the season that we’re gearing up for a major rift between Stiles and best friend Scott. And though part of it will surely come from Stiles’ obsessive suspicion against newcomer Theo, I have a feeling that Scott’s black and white morality issues are going to play a major part as well.

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Top Ten Tuesday: the Long Goodbye

Well this is definitely the roughest going for any post I’ve written so far. Let me tell you, finding and watching all these clips? I’ve been weeping steadily since about the third one. You’re welcome.

I think I’m in the minority when it comes to tv characters dying. And by that I mean I’m not often all that outraged by it. There are certainly characters that I have and will mourn, but I’m not throwing in the towel if my favorite bites it. And I’m not one to find death a cop out for the writers – I’ll leave it to others to think up crazy ways to write off their favs. Death happens to every one of us. It’s how all our stories will end. And it almost never gives us a clean wrap-up.

So I get that people are up in arms right now about Derek Shepherd’s last episode. But I’m not one of them.

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That’s How We Laugh the Day Away: Emerald City Comic Con 2015

ecccI spent the weekend with my two sisters and thousands of other nerds at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. And, though I was slightly wary as I am not in any way a comic book person, I had a great time.

I sat through the Marvel panel and the DC panel and the Bitch Planet panel (that was called something else but I can’t remember – it was about ladies in comics and it really just turned into a celebration of ladies doing cool stuff and was a real highlight of the weekend) even though, like I just said, I’m not a comics person. I feel bad about that sometimes, so I feel I should clarify that it’s not that I look down on comics as a lesser medium. That’s not it at all. I can appreciate just how fantastic the art and the storytelling is, it’s just not a medium that speaks to me. Something about that much art on the page instead of words leaves me disconnected and unfocused. And when it comes to the two major players – I like the stories and the characters, sometimes love the tv shows or the movies that have spawned from them, but I have trouble with following those stories in comic book form. All the reboots and ret-cons and changing histories and bringing characters back from the dead and the alternate universes – all of that makes me crazy. I think I just said this in my last post about The Flash and the introduction of time travel onto the show – I am a linear person.

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