‘Teen Wolf’: A Diversionary Tactic

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Teen Wolf Stiles and Lydia in Insatiable Teen Wolf: A Diversionary Tactic

[This is a review of Teen Wolf season 3, episode 23. It contains SPOILERS.]

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It’s hard to top an episode in which a character gives birth to his own doppelgänger – out of his mouth, no less – but Teen Wolf makes a valiant effort this week with ‘Insatiable.’ After a showdown inside Stiles’ head there are now two Stileses running around Beacon Hills – the real Stiles, who is either dying or suffering from a bad case of the flu, and the unleashed nogitsune who uses his newfound freedom to tug on everyone’s puppet strings.

Largely what this means is keeping everyone busy during the day so that the nogitsune can have creepy alone time with Lydia, whom he has kidnapped and is holding prisoner in the abandoned Oak Creek internment camp. For some reason the rest of the gang spend most of the episode scratching their heads and lamenting the fact that they have no idea where Lydia and the nogitsune might be instead of, you know, checking out the only two locations to which the trickster spirit has demonstrated strong ties. Come on, Scott, you spent an entire episode listening to a story about the attack on Oak Creek; connect the dots.

Even Stiles, who has been sharing a body with the nogitsune, is at a loss when it comes to tracking down the creature. Luckily another banshee, Eichen House inmate Meredith, can use the ever-more-confusing mix of banshee powers to find Lydia. If only she wasn’t being aggressively pursued by a cartoonishly evil orderly.

Teen Wolf Aiden and Ethan in Insatiable Teen Wolf: A Diversionary Tactic

It’s gratifying to see the nogitsune actually pulling some tricks in this episode – particularly in the final battle, when Noshiko discovers that instead of trapping it in a corner she’s been playing right into its hands. The creature also apparently has a friend on the outside who keeps  the twins and Derek busy with wolfsbane bullets – unless that attack had nothing to do with the nogitsune. Werewolves have a knack for attracting trouble.

There’s plenty of chaos, strife and pain in this episode to feed the nogitsune’s insatiable appetite, culminating in another battle against the Oni that finally leads to this season’s much-hyped major character death. In hindsight this was telegraphed ahead of time in the episode by Allison expressing fears for her father’s life and insisting on telling him that she loves him. It’s a clever bait-and-switch and Allison’s death scene probably had quite a few viewers reaching for a tissue.

One thing that did feel like it was missing was Teen Wolf‘s usual habit of using a very strong and vivid visual to mark each episode. ‘Insatiable’ has some interesting set-ups, such as the birds-eye view of the nogitsune facing off against the Oni in a circular room, but more than anything the running time was dedicated to some necessary heavy-lifting: getting all the pieces in place in time for the season finale.

Teen Wolf Allison and Scott in Insatiable Teen Wolf: A Diversionary Tactic

There are a lot of pieces ready to fall into place as season 4 comes to a close: the mystery of who shot the twins, Malia Tate’s swift exit of Eichen House and subsequent disappearance from the plot (note that the nogitsune specifically names the coyote as a trickster spirit), Peter Hale’s discovery of his daughter and the mysterious sickness that seems to be killing Stiles. It’s hard to imagine how all these different elements might fit together, but the threads are getting pulled tighter every week.

The enigmatic Deputy Parrish also gets another small but very pointed scene in this episode, in which he tells Sheriff Stilinski that he felt “drawn” to Beacon Hills (almost like he was unconsciously attracted to the town by a magical tree stump). With only one episode left to go, the chances are good that we’ll find out exactly what manner of supernatural being Deputy Parrish is next week. We’ve got 4/1 odds on him being a chupacabra.

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Teen Wolf returns next Monday for the season finale, ‘The Divine Move,’ @10pM on MTV. Watch the promo below.

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  1. I hate to sound like that guy who says I knew it after something happens, but I knew Allison would die. There was nothing else they could do with that character. Everybody had a story arc revolving around them except her. It was the right thing to do imo. And poor Chris Argent. He literally has no one left. I don’t know how he’s going to factor into season 4. The fact that they killed off a major character before the finale is a risky thing. They must have something special for us. The weakest part of the episode was the explanation for why Scott’s dad was gone. Also, it sucks that another person is just leaving the show. Not because of the death, just the fact that they’re leaving.

  2. I really don’t understand they killed Allison.¿Maybe to make room for the new girl..?

    • No, the actress asked to be let out of her contract and the exec obliged. Among other reasons, she felt she was getting too old to play a teenager, she was the oldest of the cast at 29.

  3. Honestlyy I thought Allison would die too, I’m just happyy that the hero who fell wasn’t stiles, I would be soo disappointed if it was him, that’s the main character that they have been hinted at all season, but I honestlyy didn’t think it was him either since of that, plus he was also renewed for season 4, Thank God!!! I reallyy wanna know more about Mailia as well, they can’t just make him & Mailia make out at echo house & just kill him off,, soo I wanna know more about her!!! Honestly the whole reason that Allison wanted too leave cause she’s too old being 29 is just stupid, Lydia is actually 27, also her wanted too look at more choices for her career doesn’t make too much sense either Stiles had been making moves alot, he’s been in atleast 3 movies since the start of Teen wolf, soo Allison could’ve been doing the same, but out of all the characters go could’ve died, I’m happy it was her!!! This season they kinda put her in the backseat, but none the less I know that it’s depressing who her death will effect all the other characters of the show. && you know it definatlyy will, prettyy much everyone will be effected by this death.. Idk I wish that this season wasnt over already.. This is one of my favorite shows & I don’t want too wait til season 4 premier to pick up agian.. But that’s what always happens with these TV series, I just hope it still starts in the summer not the winter agian since it’s only a 12 episode season like 1&2 not season 3.. Also season 3 was the highest viewing season so I hope that since Allison’s death that the viewings don’t go down from kids deciding that their done watching.. Idk hopefullyy we get a few more seasons of this series.. I’m excited for the finale & the upcoming season!!!!! :)