Teen Wolf Review: “Required Reading”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Required Reading.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Did this seem like an extra confusing episode of Teen Wolf? Because I certainly felt confused for most of it. I think that might have been the point though. With all this talk of repressed memories and hallucinations, the dream-like quality of most of this episode really made those points stand out. The horror elements continue to shine as reality and memories begin to blur. There were some very important flashbacks in this episode, and along with that, “Required Reading” started off with a flash forward. That’s what I’m going to focus on for a bit.

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Defiance Review: “My Name is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You”

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Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “My Name is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

If last week was the calm before the storm, this week is definitely the actual storm and it came through like a hurricane. I liked the way that the whole thing went down. All season, we’ve been waiting for Rahm Tak to make his move. They’ve been preparing for an all-out battle. While a war might have some interesting parts, I wasn’t looking forward to something as depressing as a war story, full of drawn out battles and massive amounts of casualties. So I liked that both sides resorted to guerrilla-like tactics which made things more unpredictable and interesting to the audience without losing the tension and emotional drama of the fight.

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Teen Wolf Review: “A Novel Approach”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “A Novel Approach.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Generally, a story has a certain shape to it. It’s sorta like a bell curve where the action builds up to a peak before slowly rolling back down again. Since “A Novel Approach” uses books as a main theme and the library as a main setting and such, you’d think this episode would be sort of shaped like that traditional novel, but it’s not. This episode is like started at the top of a cliff and then diving headfirst straight down. I mean, it’s fun at first until you hit the rocks at the bottom. What I’m trying to say is that I enjoyed the action in the first half of the episode but was kinda bored with the second half.

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Defiance Review: “The Beauty of Our Weapons”

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Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “The Beauty of our Weapons.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Here we have the (relative) calm before the store. Although Defiance may not know it yet, it’s the eve of battle. Rahm Tak’s crew are on the way. This is a necessary episode I suppose because we need to see the town preparing for the fight and we need to continue the Tarr family storyline. What I think is strange, however, is the sudden focus on Berlin. Despite being promoted to series regular this season, she’s really been sidelined from a lot of the action.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Condition Terminal”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Condition Terminal.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

This was a pretty standard run-of-the-mill episode of Teen Wolf. That’s not a bad thing because a standard episode still has a lot of craziness to be entertaining, but it also slowed down our plot momentum from last episode. This felt like a repeat of the Tracy story from “Dreamcatchers” except this Lucas dude was part thorny scorpion thing instead of kanima. At least we didn’t focus on him too much like we did Tracy, but the end result was the same either way. But unlike the previous episode, “Condition Terminal” did give us more focus on our main characters and more tidbits about the evil steampunk cosplay doctors (actual name: Dread Doctors… as if I’ll actually call them that).

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Defiance Review: “Where the Apples Fell”

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Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “Where the Apples Fell.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Parenthood has been a big theme this season. There has always been, of course, the father/daughter relationship between Nolan and Irisa as the backbone of the series. But this season has really kicked it up a notch. Just about every major plot point has been about the sacrifices parents make for their children. Since we focused on Nolan and Irisa last week, the focus shifts to the Tarr family in “Where the Apples Fell.” Their family dynamics have always been fascinatingly screwed up and the plot of this episode created a great opportunity to explore it.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Dreamcatchers”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Dreamcatchers.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

To really enjoy Teen Wolf, you don’t just have to suspend your disbelief. You have to expel it, or maybe banish it to a foreign land (like wherever Isaac went). Otherwise, you spend too much time thinking about questions like “how did Lydia and Kira know to find Mama Martin at the sheriff’s office?” or “why doesn’t anyone really notice as Tracy breaks her desk in half?” or “how did Scott manage to make an 86 on his test when he spent all his study time making out with Kira last episode?” Okay, I’m (mostly) kidding about that last one but my point remains the same. Things move fast in the world of Teen Wolf, so we don’t have time to think about the details. And that’s okay because the solid parts of the story offer us enough entertainment that we don’t need to dwell on the little bits so much. “Dreamcatchers” was a good balance of action, mystery, and fun that the previous episodes this season have lacked so far.

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Defiance Review: “History Rhymes”

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Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “History Rhymes” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

If I thought last week’s “Dead Air” was a bit of a detour with Pottinger, this week’s “History Rhymes” definitely made up for it. This episode gave us a chance to explore Irisa’s character even more while also filling in the blanks of her relationship with Nolan. Now that Defiance is in it’s third season, it really is time to explore the history of that dynamic. Even though the flashbacks were conveniently caused by more crazy alien tech in their heads, it doesn’t matter because the flashbacks themselves were so good and full of important character moments.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Parasomnia”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Parasomnia” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

So “Parasomnia” was the second part of the season five premiere, and it takes place during the first day of school. Not a lot of time has passed since the attack by Mr. Glowstick Fingernails (R.I.P.), but our characters aren’t too concerned about it. By now, these things are par for the course. While the lack of urgent concern following this incident might not be a good thing, there are other things to focus on that keep the tension level high. “Parasomnia” turns the focus to some new characters.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Creatures of the Night”

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Here’s my first review of Teen Wolf starting with the season five premiere “Creatures of the Night.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I was reluctant to add Teen Wolf to the list of shows I review because I don’t want to over-analyze it. If you think about the plot of Teen Wolf too much, it just sort of dissolves into a puddle of goo… or maybe bursts forth… from a dead body as a… flock of… crows? I don’t know. Best not to ask questions. Just roll with all the craziness. So with that in mind, I’ll say that I quite enjoyed “Creatures of the Night.” It’s a good set-up episode for the rest of the season.

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