Tonight’s Teen Wolf saw Derek teetering on the edge of trust and disgust when it came to the woman we’d formerly known as Jennifer Blake. Does The Darach have a heart? Well, probably not, but humor me.
Episode 10 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf featured our own Derek Hale’s (Tyler Hoechlin) coming to terms with the fact that his first girlfriend in years is a heinous dark druid. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? Unfortunately for all members of Pack Hale and House McCall, it seemed as though Jennifer (Haley Webb) was the only one in Beacon Hills with the power to save Cora Hale (Adelaide Kane) and Sheriff Stilinski (Linden Ashby) from certain death. To make matters worse, the storm of the century rolled into to town, shaking up power lines, blowing trees through windows, and making matters all the more horrible. With our entire gang wrangled up in Beacon Hills’ hospital, which has certainly seen plenty of action over the course of three seasons, would The Darach truly be the key to putting a cork in Deucalion’s (Gideon Emery) plans to apprehend Scott (Tyler Posey) as a member of his own alpha pack, or would she prove to be yet another wolfsbane-laced thorn in the side of our heroes? Here is the Recap and Review of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 10, “The Overlooked”!
As a wild storm blew into Beacon Hills, Jennifer Blake, otherwise known as the murderer of sacrificial innocents and an all-around poor sport, made haste in her journey over to Derek’s puppy pad, hoping to convince her boy-toy to believe her own pleas over the word of Scott and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien). Honestly, for a seemingly intelligent dark druid, not to mention a high school teacher, that was certainly a lackluster job of convincing Hale on Jennifer’s part. All it took was a blast of mistletoe in her face to reveal her true colors, better known as the demonic-looking scarred face underneath the Jennifer costume. At least for a moment, The Darach was exposed in a cloud of dust, shrieking before returning to its original form of a plain-old pretty English teacher. See, this is most likely the show’s doing in an attempt to make Jennifer’s allegiance seem on the fence, but if she’d just dropped the super-villainess act in favor of speaking normally and calmly and leaving the dramatic touches behind, she’d seem a lot more earnest. It’s common sense to not talk like an evildoer.
Meanwhile, Cora Hale continued to vomit black and mistletoe, prompting Peter (Ian Bohen) and Melissa McCall (Melissa Ponzio) to fear the worst. In other news, Peter’s back from the grave, Ms. McCall! Maybe there’s hope for this couple after all, now that Melissa is in the know! In any case, Scott and company had no choice but to trust Jennifer. With time running out for Cora and Stiles’ father stashed away somewhere for sacrificing, she held the key to their answers. Throughout the opening of Episode 10, it became increasingly clear that this Darach was still playing chess, moving pieces into place with intention, rather than scrambling to survive. What is her connection to Derek Hale? We’d find out soon enough.
First, the crew would make there way to the hospital in search of Peter and Cora, who was the only patient left behind after an evacuation due to the hurricane. Of course, nothing runs smoothly in Beacon Hills. The twins… it’s always those twins!
Also, good to see Peter Hale back in fine fighting form.
In truth, none of the alphas who’d infiltrated the safety of the hospital wanted anything to do with Cora Hale. The focus of everyone involved during Episode 10, “The Overlooked,” was Jennifer, and over the course of the hour we’d learn the true background of The Darach, the girl who’d been left for dead in the woods following a brutal “animal attack” years prior. Jennifer, at first sight of her assailants, fled via elevator. Barely escaping the clutches of Kali and Deucalion before looping back to Cora’s bedside in an attempt to reassure Derek and his friends of her allegiance. Unfortunately, Scott’s mom would get caught in the crossfire. Under
Mr. Deucalion’s Deucalion’s orders, she alerted Scott to her captive status via the hospital’s speaker system, offering a trade off for Jennifer. Of course, Scott was privy to Deucalion’s favoritism surrounding his status as a future True Alpha. It was easy to reason that Deucalion’s threat to his mother was nothing but a farce to have Derek hand over Jennifer, the one true threat to the wellbeing of the aggressive alpha pack. Hurting Melissa McCall would only have pushed Scott farther out of reach.
Much of the first half of the episode surrounded narrowly evading the alpha pack, mainly the twins and Kali (Felisha Terrell), as they attempted to snarl and claw their way to Jennifer. Jennifer, of course, has spent the entirety of Season 3 of Teen Wolf sacrificing virgins, warriors, philosophers, and healers to beef up for battle against the alpha pack, the group responsible for her alleged disfigurement and near death experience. With an ambulance waiting in the basement garage for Cora, the group would have a mere twenty-minute window to avoid their own demise at the hands of their enemies before the car would leave Derek’s sister behind and left for dead.
The twins are, as we recall, doubly powerful considering the fact that they morph into a super-wolf during their transformation. One of my favorite moments this week had to be Peter Hale’s wild attempt to overwhelm the duo, jamming his own heart with a massive dose of steroids via syringe. Love Peter or love to hate Peter (If that’s the case, I don’t want to know you.), you can’t say he isn’t ballsy. Unfortunately, even the dynamic duo of Scott and Derek’s awesome uncle weren’t enough to duke it out to a victory against the twins. They were, however, enough to slow them down as a distraction.
Meanwhile, as Stiles helped to secure Cora’s safety in the back of the awaiting ambulance, Jennifer and Derek stumbled upon the poor driver’s bloody corpse laying flat on the pavement beside it. Kali revealed herself, sending Derek and Jennifer running for their lives. At this point, Derek’s pack has fully recognized the futile nature of fighting with Deucalion’s alphas. If it’s a fight or flight situation, they’re going to run for it. Unfortunately for the couple (?), Deucalion cut the power to the elevator system, trapping Derek and Jennifer inside for the rest of Episode 10. Of course, this was the perfect opportunity for Teen Wolf to have this Darach explain herself, tell her story, and gain Derek’s trust back. Also, I’m sorry Kali, but miss the elevator doors closing once, I understand. Miss the doors closing a second time, by a tiny hair, that’s just embarrassing. Everybody knows that feeling, but twice in one episode? Maybe if you were wearing some damn shoes, this wouldn’t have happened. Lesson learned.
Much of the problem surrounding Derek and Jennifer’s situation centered on the fact that any sort of noise would alert the others to their exact location, handing The Darach over on a silver platter. Meaning, the team members on the outside would have to concoct a clever scheme to pry them from the deactivated elevator without prompting the alphas to attack. Let’s recap and review Jennifer’s elevator tales, shall we?
First, the origin of mistletoe, and its transformation into Jennifer’s weapon of choice. Baldr, the son of Norse god Odin and wife Frigga, was the most beloved of all the gods, inevitably prompting his mother to do all in her power to protect him from ever being harmed. Frigga spoke to each and every bit of the world (from fire to water to air etc.), promising safety and love from all but the forgotten mistletoe. Loki, the god of mischief and not the biggest fan of Baldr, cast mistletoe at Baldr, effectively killing him. From that day forward, Frigga declared that mistletoe should never kill again, and thus, we have our holiday season kissing tradition! Of course, The Darach, “The Overlooked,” had other plans for the tiny plant, using it as her choice weapon of death. Think of mistletoe to The Darach as we think of a bloody carved smile on the face of a victim of Batman’s number one enemy, The Joker. It represents her own status. It’s a signature, like a signed name on a painting.
Jennifer reasoned with Derek that her murdering of innocents was a necessary evil, but that she, a former emissary, was not. In fact, she was the emissary of Kali’s former pack, and Deucalion insisted that Kali finish off Jennifer, formerly Julia, as well. Kali, having somewhat of an emotional attachment to Julia and lacking any rhyme or reason as to why she should murder an innocent non-wolf human, mauled the druid; however, she merely left the girl as a bloody wreck in the dirt, hoping that some peace would come to her in place of a bloody sudden death. As Jennifer retold her tale, Kali argued with Deucalion in the morgue, defending her decision not to finish Julia/ Jennifer off, and showing us the first sign of any sort of empathy that she ever had since first appearing on Teen Wolf during Season 3. I was sure Deucalion would murder Kali at this point, as he did Ennis, but she lives to claw-foot another episode! Also, another bit of interesting information; Kali joined Deucalion’s ranks for Ennis. I wonder what will happen when she learns the truth surrounding his murder…
Another focus of Jennifer’s heart-to-heart with Derek from within the elevator shaft was her insecurity surrounding her appearance. Jennifer, in my opinion, still left the mystery behind the face of The Darach up in the air, alluding that the horrifying scars below her “mask” were a result of the attack by Kali that almost took her life. We still don’t know the whole story, but to me, even the devastating blow to Jennifer’s face we witnessed in the flashback to her attack didn’t seem to match what we’ve come to know as The Darach’s true face. Plus, there is the terrifying demonic screaming it comes coupled with to consider. We shall know soon enough! Yet, how did Jennifer survive at all? Well, as it turned out, as Jennifer scrambled on the brink of death at the base of the trunk of the sacred druid tree, a young Derek Hale wept below, killing his suffering love, Paige, a virgin, in an act of mercy and unintentionally making a sacrifice in support of the ailing druid on the surface. Paige’s blood on the roots of the gigantic tree fueled Jennifer enough to keep her alive for the police to find and rescue.
Who didn’t love Stiles’ impromptu romantic scene with Cora? Realizing that Hale’s heart had stopped beating in the back of the darkened ambulance, Stiles had no choice but to perform CPR. Barely resuscitating Cora, he sat back in relief.
Next time I put my lips on your mouth, you better be awake.
And, thus, we have a possible new love interest for Stiles, and I like the potential that I see here. Of course, what followed was a speech to the still unconscious Cora, surrounding the seeming utter hopelessness of this entire ordeal. Don’t worry, Stilinski. You’ll think of something!
Recognizing that something substantial was unfolding at the hospital, Allison (Crystal Reed), Isaac (Daniel Sharman), and Chris Argent (JR Bourne) made their way to the drama that doused Episode 10. Meanwhile, Deucalion had seen Scott’s mother sent to safety, a mere gift to Scott. My favorite moment during Episode 10 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf might have been Melissa McCall’s sneak attack via defibrillator on the wolfed-out twins. I love you, Scott’s mom. An entire pack couldn’t take them down, but an angry mother is another warrior entirely.
Reunited with Scott, the McCalls were delighted to bump into the Argent trio rather than yet another lurking threat. Again, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Season 3 Allison is a pleasure to behold. Quickly drumming up a scheme to remove the alphas from the situation in order to safely free Derek and Jennifer, Allison donned Ms. Blake’s heels, ran for the street, and lured Kali and the twins straight into a trap. While she and her father distracted the alphas, Isaac played getaway driver, and Melissa McCall flipped the power back on.
Sadly, Season 3 Episode 10 ended on a sour note, at least for our heroic characters. We, on the other hand, were sufficiently entertained. Revealing her true face, Jennifer, as The Darach, magically flew from the elevator that entrapped her, rendering Derek unconscious in the process. Noticing a “parent or guardian” signature space on a release form in the ambulance, Stiles realized the error they’d made. First his father… now, Scott’s mother.
With nowhere left to turn, Deucalion cornered Scott on the rooftop. From the background, Stiles pleaded with Scott to find another way to save their parents from Jennifer’s plan, but Scott had broken. Deucalion seemed to be the only way to ensure that his mother’s life would be spared. As Scott gave in, teaming up with Deucalion for the first time, Melissa stirred awake in what appeared to be a cellar. Sheriff Stilinski made sure to point out the gargantuan druid tree roots looming in the background.
Something is most definitely being set into motion here. I’m not sure that Jennifer has any intention to sacrifice the parents of Scott and Stiles. Why these two “guardians” specifically when each of the others have been random? Would it make sense to alienate Derek like that after spending the entirety of Episode 10 attempting to win back his love and trust? We’ll have to wait and see. The lunar eclipse is coming, and according to Derek, all werewolves are rendered powerless. Something is telling me this will be the sight of Jennifer’s big move to eliminate the alpha pack for good. The Darach is coming, alphas!
What did you think of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 10, “The Overlooked”? Is The Darach evil, or just willing to do what she has to in order to get the job done? Are Scott and Stiles’ parents truly in jeopardy, and is Allison’s father next? Will Scott actually join Deucalion’s pack?
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