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Teen Wolf – Recap: The Power to Fight Back

Did our Teen Wolf high school heroes finally find a loophole to end the sacrifices of the dastardly Darach tonight? It certainly seems so, but would it come at the cost of the lives of three of our favorite Beacon Hills teens? We’ll have to wait and see… To be continued…

Episode 11 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf continued to up the ante. It seems as though every move in the right direction comes coupled with two steps further down the rabbit hole of the dark side. In order to stop Jennifer’s (Haley Webb) sacrificing of his mother and his friends’ fathers, Scott (Tyler Posey) must rely on good faith in the evil Deucalion (Gideon Emory). Meanwhile, Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), Allison (Crystal Reed), and the rest would pair up, join forces, put their powers to good use, and hope that something or someone would lead them to the location of these same hostages. A mystery detective rolled into town, busting Stiles’ chops throughout the entirety of Episode 11, but we’d learn a secret by its close that would add a whole new twist to the dynamics of Teen Wolf and its main protagonist at their cores. With the stakes raised, the lunar eclipse looming, and more lives on the line, could Scott and his friends find a way to eliminate the threat of Deucalion without feeding into The Darach’s murdering of innocents? Thankfully, Dr. Deaton (Seth Gilliam) was on hand to offer one last, and quite preposterous, means of changing the game entirely. Here is the Recap and Review of Season 3 Episode 11 of Teen Wolf, “Alpha Pact”!

With Scott missing for approximately half the episode, most of our early time spent during “Alpha Pact” surrounded watching Stiles’ attempts to wrangle in our pack of misfits in order to clean up the mess that resulted following the chaos that ensued during Episode 10. Derek (Tyler Hoechin) laid unconscious in the elevator shaft of the hospital, once again slapped awake by a desperate Stilinski. With Scott’s mother, Melissa (Melissa Ponzio), taken captive by Jennifer as well, it would only be a matter of time before one final “guardian” would be lassoed into her devious scheme to suck up power and destroy the alpha pack.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Caught between a massive rock and a killer hard place, Derek would focus his attention on an ailing Cora (Adelaide Kane), as she suffered in agony in his loft. With only Peter (Ian Bohen) to advise him, Derek would end up facing the most difficult of choices by the end of Episode 11. Just wait and read. Isaac (Daniel Sharman), on the other hand, paid Derek a fast visit, if only to ream him a new one regarding his recent lack of action and the stupidity of playing into Jennifer’s love games while Scott and Stiles played detective throughout the entirety of Season 3.

Meanwhile, Stiles attempted to buy the group some time by keeping the police force examining the scene at the hospital busy. Unfortunately, a new FBI agent arrived, and we became privy, quite quickly, to a history of tension between this slimy cop and Stiles’ missing father. Seriously, the first question posed to Stiles surrounded his father’s old drinking habits. This is a season that features and entire pack of bloodthirsty alphas feuding with a demonic druid out for revenge, and that conversation between Stiles and this agent quite quickly threw this newbie right up there with those monsters. Eventually, Stiles would make his way to the Argent residence. Someone had spray painted their family name across the hospital’s elevator doors, and it was taken as a dire sign. Chris Argent (JR Bourne), recognizing Jennifer’s intricate chess game of a plan, understood the need to play into her scheme. If they were to defeat The Darach and rescue Stile’s father and Scott’s mother, he’d need to outwit and outmaneuver her.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Sadly, the initial plan to take Allison and Isaac into battle with him seemed to be nothing more than a rouse. Once he’d uncovered the likely location of another sacrificial stealing, he rendered both his daughter and Lahey incapacitated, seemingly willingly offering himself up to Jennifer, who was happy to oblige. Soon enough, Argent found himself bound alongside Melissa and Sheriff Stilinski in the cellar of the druid tree. Having had each of his weapons taken away, it seemed as though Argent’s risky plan to eliminate Jennifer via a surprise barrage of bullets had been dashed to pieces; however, don’t give up hope!

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Stiles, in the meantime, took it upon himself to pull Lydia into the equation. Lydia was quick to note that Jennifer was planning on killing her prior to realizing that she is, indeed, a living banshee. Meaning, Lydia had always been, indeed, “the girl who knew too much,” but what was it exactly that made her such a threat to Jennifer? Also, it’s somewhat important to point out that Lydia was very open with her mother and, subsequently, her peers about the attempted strangling. I wonder if she pointed the finger at Jennifer? Time will tell. Unfortunately (This will, in a few sentences, be changed to “Fortunately”), her brainstorming session with Stiles was cut short. Word reached Stilinski surrounding Argent’s capture, and poor Stiles was immediately sent into a full-fledged panic attack. We watched from his perspective as the school hallway spiraled out of control. We then watched as a desperate Lydia, having heaved the boy into the school locker room, tried everything in her power to convince him to calm down. In the end, it would have to be a kiss. Three Seasons, pack. We’ve waited three seasons! Recalling that holding one’s breath could, in some cases, cure a panic attack, Lydia’s kiss would do the trick. Stiles, needless to say, would, of course, lose his breath to a quick spit-swapping session with his longtime crush.

In the end, all roads in all cases would eventually point us to Ms. Morrell (Bianca Lawson), the druid emissary whose mysterious motives have always raised eyebrows for all parties involved. Morrell had been conspicuously late to a guidance meeting, allowing Stiles the opportunity to rip through Lydia’s private files in her desk. The tree drawing… We always knew it would come back to that tree Lydia has been drawing over, and over, and over again, didn’t we? In fact, Lydia hasn’t only been sketching similar trees, pack. She’s been doodling the same… exact… tree. Only, we’d been looking at this sketch, along with Lydia herself, the wrong way throughout the season. Stiles, flipping the page, revealed Lydia’s true inspiration… the roots that marked the druid cellar. They’d uncovered the location of The Darach’s final sacrifice.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Where had Ms. Morrell run off to? Well, she’d quite literally sprinted her way into the middle of the dark Beacon Hills woods. With Aiden (Max Carver) and Ethan (Charlie Carver) hot on her tail, Morrell meandered her way into a open piece of forest before casting a druid protection circle. The rest of the alpha pack revealed itself with Scott in tow. It was then that more of Morrell’s intentions were revealed. As a druid, it was her duty to maintain order with regard to the supernatural. For example, she’d sent the woman who’d protected Isaac from the alpha pack at the opening of Season 3. She also made sure to inform the rest of Deucalion’s followers that it was, in truth, their pack leader who’d killed Ennis, not Deaton. Whether or not they’d believe the truth might not matter. Morrell planted seeds in her review, and these wolves know how power-hungry Deucalion is. Scott managed to protect her from certain death and, in exchange, learned that which Lydia and Stiles had previously discovered… the location of the sacrifice.

Finally, Lydia and Peter Hale met once again. I love that Teen Wolf has decided to make Peter’s moments of reunion with those he’s used or burned over the seasons more so awkward encounters than anything else. I love Peter’s humor, and we need more of it. Season 3 is stellar, but it’s heavy on the drama and action. Lydia had ventured over to Derek’s wolf den in order to learn of the exact location of the druid tree. Remember, Derek and Peter dealt with a dying Paige there during their youth. Unfortunately, Derek’s mother wiped their memories clean of the location of Derek’s mercy kill. Luckily, Dr. Deaton was on hand to side-track yet another uncomfortable conversation between Stiles and this new FBI agent at school, if only to garner Stilinski’s support in a last ditch effort to end Jennifer’s final sacrifice before it could commence. If no one could uncover the location of the cellar, they’d have to take a twisted leap of faith if it meant saving their parents.

Before I close out this Recap and Review of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 11, “Alpha Pact,” there was a great emotional moment that I’d like to make note of. Sheriff Stilinski clued us in to an interesting story; the tale of the night his wife passed away. While Stiles waited by her side, The Sheriff dealt with a disastrous car wreck, but something was different about a young girl he tended to. Recognizing her own imminent death, the girl squeezed his hand tightly before pushing him to return to his wife’s bedside. Recognizing something supernatural at work, yet denying to believe that this stranger was predicting his wife’s own passing, Sheriff Stilinski never got the change to say goodbye. What a fantastic moment shared between these three very different parental figures, right?

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

According to Peter, certain alphas have the ability, not only to alleviate pain, but to save another from the fate of death entirely; however, he warned Derek of the seemingly obvious ploy to weaken him. If Derek gave up that special alpha spark, he’d be demoted back to beta, leaving him incredibly vulnerable to Kali’s impending threat. Meaning, Jennifer would have him right where she wanted him… needing her help. Derek, unwavering in his effort to save his sister’s life, took the risk and, possibly speaking, the bait. Derek the alpha’s eyes returned to a cool icy blue as he healed Cora. What will this mean for Deucalion’s plan to use Derek to pave the way for Scott’s own future entry into his super-pack? To Derek, power might not matter anymore, but I thought my boy Peter put it best.

What about the power to fight back?

Well, we’ll just have to leave that up to Scott, Allison, and Stiles for now.

Back at Deaton’s office, Scott, Stiles, and Allison prepared to make the ultimate selfless sacrifice. Rather than suffering through the murders of their innocent parents, they made the decision to “sacrifice” themselves, under Deaton’s own supervision. Another ancient practice, I presume, would have the three hop into the familiar ice baths, clenching three heirlooms precious to their parents. Scott, for example, chose a watch his father her gifted his mother. Allison went with a personally forged silver bullet, and Stiles selected his dad’s badge. Lydia, Deaton, and Isaac would also participate in the temporary drowning. Each sacrifice required someone of special importance to bring the person back to the world of the living, although, Deaton did admit that they’d return with a scar on their hearts and darkness in their souls. Well, that’s the price they’d pay for protecting their loved ones. Something else that’s important to note, with Lydia guiding Stiles, Allison was paired with Isaac. Meaning, Scott would become aware of their ever-growing special bond. Has the love triangle officially begun? Before dipping below the surface of his personal ice bath of a coffin, Stiles turned to Scott. If he doesn’t survive, he wants his best friend to know that his father is in town. The FBI Agent… Agent McCall.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

What did you think of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 11, “Alpha Pact”? What will Derek’s new beta status mean for Deucalion’s plan? Are Jennifer’s intentions regarding Derek true or devious? Will Chris Argent’s only hope, a tiny werewolf homing beacon, be enough to lure the alpha pack to their location? How will Scott, Allison, and Stiles return from their deaths? Now that the druid tree is powered up due to their selfless sacrifices, what does this mean heading into the future of Teen Wolf?

Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 11, “Alpha Pact”!

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alamsmith2023
alamsmith2023

did you not notice peter's evil face when Derek said he would give up his powers to save Cora?

JoeTranch
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@alamsmith2023 Yes! I always notice Peter's faces! But I also try to remind myself that we never know if that's the actor toying with us or the script actually calling for it.