What started out as time dedicated to the emotional fallout of the past few weeks quickly ascended into some insane set-up for the next week’s finale. The episode was less about crazy action and more about ramping up the excitement and getting all of the right pieces in place for what’s promising to be a big blowout in Master Plan; it was an extremely successful pre-cursor.
Allison’s descent into crazy hunter territory really isn’t slowing down. She’s basically a one-woman death machine now. It’s cool to see her transform like this, but there’s less and less reasoning left where she’s concerned. It’s always been about Scott hurting Allison, but for the first time I actually think things have turned the other way around. Gerard may be the one to have started this, but Allison was the one who took the reins and hunted Erica and Boyd down like, for lack of a better term, animals.
Elsewhere, Stiles showed some serious emotional damage following Matt’s break-down. He reasons that there’s no point in fighting the inevitable, that it’s easier to just throw up your hands and give up. That’s not the Stiles we know, is it? Ms Morell convinced him that you’re always better off when you fight to survive, which was probably what gave him the strength to stand in on that bloodbath of a lacrosse game, and go on to win the whole thing. Hopefully it’ll help him through whatever hell Gerard’s going to put him through next week.
I loved the mind games between Scott and Gerard, too. It’s great seeing the show use the master/servant bond between the Kanima and Gerard to its full advantage. For all intents and purposes it’s essentially a personal death machine, and though Matt was a little scattered in his goals, Gerard is a lot more sinister and intelligent. It’s a much darker game that he’s playing.
Peter’s playing an all together different game this time around. Last season he was after leadership and servants to give him what he wanted, this time he’s just looking for a way to regain his strength, even if that means falling in line behind someone else. You can never really tell where this kind of story could go, but I think the information he gave Derek was sound. Jackson always reacted quite strongly to being treated like his old self. Maybe it was Danny’s coaxing that forced him into stopping himself from hurting anyone else.
All of season 2’s stories seem to be pulling together really well. There was a lot going on this year, but I like that everything is coming to a head. It looks like Master Plan will be full of the same craziness and bloodshed that we’ve gotten used to.
4.5 out of 5 recordings of howling wolves
Dying animals make me well up. I really like the idea of werewolves being able to take away some of their pain.
I thought Lydia was becoming an after-thought until she turned up halfway through the episode. I hope she gets even more to do next season. I’m a little disappointed they didn’t expand on the after-effects of Peter’s brain-washing. It was as if nothing happened.
It was great seeing Isaac and Scott work together, even if it was just briefly.
He Said, She Said
Ms. Morell: “If it’s about survival, isn’t a little agony worth it?”
Stiles: “What if it just gets worse? What if its agony now and just hell later on?"
Ms. Morell: “Then think about something Winston Churchill once said; 'If you’re going through hell, keep going'.”
Peter: “Even someone as burned and dead on the inside as me knows better than to underestimate the simple yet undeniable power of human love."
Stiles: “I want to help, but I can’t do the things that you can do. I can’t.”
Scott: “It’s OK.”
Stiles: “We’re losing, dude.”
Previously posted at PandaTV.