Teen Wolf – Recap: ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Peter Hale
Teen Wolf continued to tell the tale of Season 3 tonight with a new kind of episode featuring flashback narrations from two of this show’s most notorious villains. Gerard Argent and Peter Hale played storyteller, revealing a twisted truth behind Derek’s brooding ways.
Episode 8 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf had us listening right along with Scott (Tyler Posey), Allison (Crystal Reed), Cora (Adelaide Kane), and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) as Peter (Ian Bohen) and Gerard (Michael Hogan) recalled their own versions of past events. Part of the entertainment value was, of course, that none of the listening audience knew what to believe aside from the basic hearts of the tales told. It’s no secret that Peter Hale is my own personal favorite character, and I was happy to see him, at least in someway, get back in touch with his dark and dramatic side. Ian Bohen is so good, pack, and Episode 8 showcased his acting in fine form. Especially when compared to Gerard, Peter’s antihero qualities shoot to the forefront, as Argent’s dark side seems to be fueled by pure black venom. No wonder he continues to leak it! What is it that has Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) so afraid to love and trust? And what was Deucalion (Gideon Emory) like before ever losing his sight? You will soon find out! Here is the Recap and Review of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 8, “Visionary”!
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Stiles and Cora sat debating the whereabouts of Derek following the death of Boyd at the hands of the alphas. Hale’s sister recalled a time when Derek was, according to surprise visitor Uncle Peter, a lot like Scott. That is, until his little Teen Wolf heart was shattered forever. Peter would continue to drum up the memories of his own perspective surrounding Derek’s one true love story. Paige, a sophomore like Derek, met Hale one afternoon while the former attempted to practice music and the latter whipped up a barrage of hoots and hollers in the hallway. Our first glimpse of the boy hashtagged #babyderek showcased, as expected, a young wolf much like our own Scott McCall. He flirted, quite obnoxiously, with a much-peeved Paige as a group of rowdy friends watched on. Of course, Derek’s intention was never truly to bother the girl, but rather, to get her attention. Paige would only offer her name if Derek could legitimately play an instrument in the school music room. Very cleverly, Hale picked up a triangle, dinging a single note. In my opinion, this high school romance was set up perfectly. A teenage girl falls for cunning charm. A teenage boy falls for hard to get. Before long, the two were stricken with a case of werewolf puppy love and professing their love for each other.
Unfortunately, Derek, needless to say, harbored a dangerous secret in his bloodline. One night at an abandoned distillery, Hale “caught the scent” of blood and murder. Not long after, several packs convened in the abandoned plant, driving Hale and Paige to run and hide. From the perspective of an eavesdropping young Peter, we witnessed the introduction of Talia Hale, a great and powerful alpha with the ability to wrangle even the most bloodthirsty and power-hungry of pack leaders. Talia, Derek’s mother, is a full on black wolf. Remember, it’s rare that a werewolf can make the full transformation from man to beast. Kali (Felisha Terrell) and Deucalion watched on as Eniss (Brian Patrick Wade) mourned the death of one of his own. Remember a time when Allison’s father, Chris (JR Bourne), and Gerard were feared and ruthless killing machines, severing wolves in half left and right? Well, Chris might be out of the game and Gerard is currently down for the count, but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t serve as Peter’s flashback villains. Eniss, scraping the spiral symbol for vengeance into the steel door of the distillery, declared war.
What I found most interesting about Peter’s storytelling process was that while we were clued in to what was manipulated or changed by our narrator to suit himself and his motives, we don’t really know Peter’s intentions at this point in the present day of Teen Wolf. For example, he described himself not only as Derek’s uncle, but also, as his confidant and best friend; however, the flashback sequence seemed to reveal a more hostile and aggressive relationship. Peter might have been there to dish out reckless advice, but Derek didn’t seem to like it very much. Also something to note; the ages of Derek and the Hales were called into question by Stiles. Dates and times, although kept a mystery to us, seemed to suggest that werewolf aging occurred differently than humans’. [Insert gratuitous ‘dog years’ joke] Take, for instance, the fact that Peter and Derek seemed to look the same age in Peter’s own hindsight. I had to judge the time based on the jeans they threw on Paige! Did Peter have something to hide? Or is he merely looking to regain favor among his family in the current day?
Peter’s storytelling suggested that Derek had concocted the scheme to “turn” Paige himself. What we witnessed was Peter’s manipulation of Derek, planting seeds in the young wolf’s mind that the girl would never accept his fangs, claws, and glowing brown eyes. Of course, those eyes would soon be changing…
Meanwhile, Allison brought Scott to her decaying grandfather, Gerard, in order to exchange information for a bit of Scott’s fantastic and miraculous healing powers. I’m guessing Scott’s seemingly natural super-ability to alleviate the pain of the sick and dying will catch up to him. It seemed as though he quite literally sucked the black death from Gerard’s veins, experiencing the pain for himself. Gerard sat smug as ever, informing his granddaughter and our Teen Wolf of the relationship between Druids and werewolves. The son of Prometheus, a cocky god who challenged the might of his elders, lured Zeus into a false offering of a feast, attempting to serve the king of the gods human flesh. As punishment, Zeus transformed Lycaon’s family into wolves. Knowing the Druids to have supernatural shifting powers, Lycaon’s family begged for their aid, and thus, we have shape-shifting werewolves. Fun fact to consider having done some research myself; one son of Lycaon in mythology was named Deucalion… Start theorizing!
As we came to bear witness to the true nature of Deucalion, both Peter and Gerard brought up the tale of “The Scorpion and the Frog/ Turtle.” The Frog/ Turtle trusts the scorpion in his plea to be carried across water. In the end, The Scorpion does indeed sting your choice of Frog or Turtle, damning them both to death. Why? Because it’s in his nature. Depending on whose tale we were listening to at the time, the role of the Scorpion would switch between the wolves and the hunters. Of course, our omniscient viewpoint led us to what we’ve come to accept as the truth; Deucalion, with his pure faith in fine form, believed that the evolution of man meant a chance for peace. Gerard would attempt to convince Allison and Scott that the gentle wolf’s pack had staged an ambush at the distillery, but in truth, it was Argent who damned Deucalion to his current path of death and destruction. Steam filled the room, stunning the wolves, as Argent took a medieval spiked bat to each pack member’s face. Deucalion managed to struggle his way outside, only to have Gerard ruthlessly blind him with a pair of arrows.
At Deaton’s (Seth Gilliam) office, Deucalion would learn of the fate of his sight. Although his eyes would heal, his vision would not. Asking to be left alone, the alpha was caught off guard by an opposing pack leader looking to gain status and power, and we would witness the first kill of the alpha we now know as Demon Wolf. Originally attacked and put on the defense, an enraged and volatile Deucalion unleashed a devastating array of swipes and slashes on the unfortunate attacker, brutally eviscerating the man to death. As Gerard revealed, Deucalion might have lost his human eyesight, but, in some ways, he can see…
Because the impossibly tight nature of werewolf packs was obviously kept secret to humans, including Deputy Stilinski (Linden Ashby), it’s safe to say that Eniss was more than a bit peeved that his pack member’s corpse was kept off limits. It’s unclear whether it was Peter’s doing or Derek’s own choice, but alpha Eniss would be the one to attempt to transform young Paige into a member of his own pack. Perhaps, in truth, he did intend on impressing Talia Hale’s son, but initial cold feet and second thoughts quickly evolved into complete and utter panic, as Derek fought to protect Paige from Eniss’ “attack.” Again, things were left purposely veiled. Peter listened in, also seemingly terrified, as Teen Wolf Derek and Eniss clashed in the darkened school hallway.
Eventually, Hale would discover the downside of a werewolf bite. Remember, a small portion of those who receive the bite Peter declared “a gift” actually end up dying. Unless, of course, they’re Lydia, but that’s next week’s story… During Episode 8, “Visionary,” we witnessed how Derek Hale’s eyes morphed from a warm brown to an icy cold blue. As Derek cradled a dying Paige in sacred lair of the Druids, a place of peace and natural order, the young lovers said their goodbyes, proclaiming their love for one another one last time. Paige admitted to always knowing of Derek’s true nature, the secret he’d so desperately kept from her for so long. Of course, we would recognize right off the bat that declaring something such as “I caught a scent… blood!” would send signals to a girl who’d witnessed a lifetime of strange occurrences in Beacon Hills. In one final farewell, Derek granted his one true love the gift of mercy, saving her from her immeasurable pain. Peter claimed to have disposed of her lifeless body. In the end, Derek’s mother visited the grieving boy in the Druid layer. At the base of a massive tree, he revealed for the first time his striking blue eyes. Thus, we learned from Peter the truth, at least some truth, to Derek’s ways. Taking the life of an innocent takes a toll on one’s soul… just ask Peter.
Episode 8 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf closed as both Scott and Stiles questioned the validity of the tales they’d been fed. Stiles referred to Peter’s retelling of Derek’s story as a modern day Heart of Darkness. Meaning, if the narrator is not trustworthy, the material is always a rendition of a story or a part of a whole. Scott had been monitoring Gerard’s heartbeat throughout the entirety of Episode 8, leading him to believe that the man whose heart barely fluctuated at all was truly evil at his core. Nothing was better than watching Scott McCall, who’s normally warm and quite good-natured, threaten Gerard, promising pain in exchange for any harm the man would cause with his lies and manipulations. I always enjoy the theme of “monstrosities” on supernatural television shows. I never fail to enjoy the comparison between ruthless humans and tortured beings.
What did you think of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 8, “Visionary”? What are Peter’s motives? What could he be hiding from the pack? Do you have more sympathy for Deucalion now that we’ve seen his story unfold from the start?
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