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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Teen Wolf S4E11: A Promise to the Dead.

Teen Wolf
S4E11: A Promise to the Dead.

 You know, it occurs to me that 'church built over the ruins of an Aztec temple' is practically 'this town was built on an ancient Indian burial ground' levels of silly.

As our episode opens, someone's up to no good, dragging a body into a freezer that might – might – be the wendigo family's freezer from way back in episode two. It turns out that it is, at least, the freezer belonging to a wendigo, who are pretty much just a species of Hannibal Lecters. This one has kidnapped a nice girl named Clarissa, and is tormenting her before he kills her, because meat from a frightened person tastes better to him.

I shall name you Wendigoface.

He's stopped by Deaton, and a short collapsible truncheon vs meat hooks fight scene ensues, ending with Deaton taking said wendigo back to Eichen House – which, it turns out, is not just an insane asylum, but also a prison for various supernatural creatures. There are several we've never seen before, including a man with silver eyes. Deaton's there on business, though, as he wants to see a man named Valack, although the doctor warns him that the last person to talk to Valack died before he exited the building.

Doctor Valack, played by an extremely familiar actor whose name I don't know, is even more the Hannibal Lecter of Teen Wolf, being an urbane, well-read type who seems to have an extraordinary capacity for reading people. Deaton tries to open with questions, but Valack already knows what he wants to know about: Kate Argent, and 'the Bone Woman'. Deaton says further that he needs to know what she did to Derek, and whether he's dying, because Deaton made a promise to the woman he loved: I'm presuming he means Talia.

Who are you, Doctor Valack? Who are you played by?

Unfortunately, the only way Valack can give those answers is if Deaton comes closer. Valack has apparently drilled a hole into his head, and while Deaton is rightly scornful of this, Valack insists that he should come closer, to 'see what he sees'. Deaton comes closer, and it turns out Valack may have gotten the better of him on this one: Within the hole there's a third eye.

Aaaand credits.

Scott arrives back home to find that his gym bag full of money secret is no longer a secret, as Melissa found it. I'm not going to talk about this scene too much except to say that it's some phenomenal acting and writing, and in a series which is often full of Extremely Dramatic Moments, extraordinarily understated and effective.

Liam also isn't doing very well, as he's beset by fear and having nightmares about Berserkers. Derek and Braeden, meanwhile, get their snuggling interrupted by an alarm going off. Grabbing guns, they head to the door, which opens to reveal a waterlogged, probably sleepwalking Lydia, who screams at them.


Derek's apparently no worse for wear for it, though, as next morning Scott returns the money, and he seems in good cheer. He understands why Scott didn't bring it back immediately, and it's not his anyway – all his money is wrapped up in the building he owns, and in several different bank accounts. The bail bonds money used by Meredith and the Benefactor Machine was all Peter's. Scott also tells Derek that Deaton is working on figuring out what happened to him.

Cheerful Derek!

On which note, Deaton wakes up in an old, dilapidated church. There are skulls! And a bone dagger. But it turns out he's comatose and dreaming, much to Eichen House's doctor's chagrin and vexation.

On the bright side, though, Malia passed her Maths test, and Lydia seems to not even remember the whole screaming incident from the night before. She does feel a vague sense of unease, though, one apparently shared by Liam, who makes a foolish mistake while working out.

Chris, meanwhile – loving the short, choppy scenes, by the way, loving them, guys – has tracked Kate down to the sewers. He finds Peter instead, who speculates there might still be a Berserker around. He's correct! Chris is displeased and starts shooting at it.

Scott and Kira head to Derek's loft for a romantic date night, with lightbulbs hanging everywhere, and a laptop to watch Star Wars on. Kira's not that interested in the film, though. She's more interested in firing her own proton torpedoes into Scott's Death Star exhaust port. Eh? Eh? Sealing him inside her breathing apparatus and naming him Darth Vader, am I right? Slicing off his hand and revealing a familial relationship, if you get me?

Create some flashy but poorly written prequels, eh? Eh?

I hate all of you.

Kate and the remaining Berserker burst in the window, though, which – wow, rude, Kate.

Equally rude is what Peter and the Berserker are doing to Chris. Having roughed him up a little, Peter grabs a rebar and impales him, driving the rebar through the wall and then bending it around him to keep him there, thus satisfying his three responsibilities of a) Not killing him, as per Kate's request, b) Keeping him there, and c) Being terrible.

Other people being terrible include Kate and her Berserker, who easily defeat Scott and Kira. Kate's rather displeased that Scott basically caused the downfall of her … of her – actually, hang on, no, he took down her father, but Peter took her down, and the Nogitsune killed Alison, and Chris' wife killed herself after getting bitten by Derek. Scott only shares about a fifth of the blame for the fall of the Argent family.

Either way, Kate's not pleased, and has decided that religion is called for. Or possibly an evil werejaguar church. Swings and roundabouts.

Scott and Kira's absence is noted at the lacrosse game, with Stiles and Liam both being concerned and the game possibly hanging in the balance. Stiles eventually decides to get his father and go look for them, while Liam stays to – well, mostly to imagine happy Lacrosse Berserkers playing the game.

In other news, Brett.

The game's going poorly – poorly enough that Brett tackles Liam to the ground just because (I mean, it's not like he likes you or anything, Liam) – and Peter has come to visit Malia there, saying that he's found her mother, the Desert Wolf. He wants something from her in return, though: He wants her to kill Kate.

Who's guarded by Berserkers.


(While this is happening, Parrish rescues Chris – giving us our first proper mention of Alison, and letting us see what colour his eyes turn, in this case a lovely shade of burnt orange -, and Lydia turns up at Eichen House, ready to rescue Deaton.)

Or is it more of an ochre shade?

Stiles, the Sheriff, Derek and Braeden are all investigating what happened to Scott and Kira, but Lydia calls – she's woken up Deaton, and he knows where the two of them are. They're in Mexico, at the Aztec Temple Church.

There, Kate has Scott tied down, and she tells him about the myth of Artemis and Actaeon, which really isn't relevant to what follows: Kate intends to turn Scott into a Berserker, and have his friends kill him. While Scott screams, Kate lowers a skull onto his face and fastens it to him.

… Well.

That was quite an episode.  Nobody's going to acknowledge Lydia screaming at Derek, then? Have we just accepted that as a quirk, now? 

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