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).
Let me have a moment for Malia. Of all the characters, she gets to do the best emotional work in this episode. She’s always acting tough, like casually suggesting they just kill Tracy during the last episode. But we saw that during their fight, she actually tried to save Tracy, and she would have succeeded if not for the inference for the Steampunk Doctors. With this in mind, it’s interesting to see her frantic reaction when this episode picks back up. She’s really shaken up about being helpless to save her. That tough exterior has cracks in it and I’m curious to see whether those cracks will widen as the season continues.
But it wasn’t just Malia who got some good moments important to their character. Kira’s kitsune powers are increasing but she has little control over them. (This totally should have happened sooner but better late than ever, yes?) The struggle of transitioning from normal teenage girl to awesome (not-so) mythical creature is still compelling to watch. In addition to Kira, Scott had some great parts too. It’s disappointing when Scott picks up the AP Bio drop form because he doesn’t have confidence in his abilities. I doubt he’ll actually drop it, but that lack of self-confidence in himself might come into play in other aspects of his life too. We’ll see. He also had a nice peptalk with Mama McCall, which also served to strengthened his resolve to fight.
On the other hand, Liam had decent amounts of screentime but basically no emotional parts or anything to push his character forward. He was just there… not even being a good wingman to Mason. And Lydia didn’t get to do much since she spent the whole episode bleeding out and hallucinating. Even Parrish got some time to muse about his existence but there’s no payoff to that storyline yet (except for some intrigue with the Nematon and being naked. Idk). And the whole nightclub plot just felt so out of place, it was weird.
But like I said, we got bits about the storyline too to keep up interested. It’s pretty much confirmed that Theo is working with the Steampunk Doctors. And they’re apparently making chimeras. But that should have already been obvious. I hope we’ll get more answers to “why?” instead of “what?” next episode.
So it wasn’t a terrible episode, just very ordinary. And with Donovan making his move on Stiles at the end here, the next episode might be more of the same. But hopefully not.
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- I’m still laughing over the fact that Scott casually used the word “incongruous” in this episode but then ended with shouting “What does that mean?!” when the Doctors said “his condition was terminal.”
- I kept writing “IS THIS LEGAL?” in my notes for this episode. Of all the people to put in a nightclub story line, why use the kids who are barely old enough to shave?! Also, I care absolutely nothing about Liam’s angry frenemy lady whose name I still don’t know.
- Poor nameless hospital kid. You try to kiss a guy and the next thing you know, he’s poking you with his… scorpion… spikes… things………?
- Who wants to bet really bad things will happen while Deaton is gone away doing science-y things?
- We’re never actually going to find out what Parrish is, are we? It’ll be like the mystery of Stiles’ first name and where Danny went.
- I like how Scott totally didn’t notice he told Kira he loved her. Oops.
- Has the horror elements of this show gotten a little over the top or is that just me? I prefer my Teen Wolf a little more… campy. But that’s just me.
So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.