Teen Wolf – Recap: Sushi with a Side of Guacamole
Teen Wolf celebrated Hell Night (fun!) with an episode that focused on new girl Kira and a serial killer with a target locked on kids with glowing eyes. Do we know anybody with glowing eyes? I can’t think.
Episode 15 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf, “Galvanize,” began with an introduction to a serial killer, William Barrow, who had a particular brand of young person he liked to target. Once he escaped from an emergency surgery, all of Beacon Hills was sent into a frenzy. Needless to say, Scott (Tyler Posey) and his friends were dragged into the fray of things immediately, though he did manage to take a bit of a break to try some obscure sushi for the first time. Only Scott would mistake wasabi for guacamole as a boy who was born and raised in California. Lydia (Holland Roden) learned how to tap into her banshee abilities with a little support from Stiles (Dylan O’Brien). Allison (Crystal Reed), on the other hand, could use a little help with tapping into her lying abilities. There’s no way she wasn’t up for kissing Isaac (Daniel Sharman)! Here is the Recap and Review of Season 3 Episode 15 of Teen Wolf, “Galvanize”!
To kick off the recap of Episode 15, I’ll try to break down what’s going on with the Hale boys. Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) and Peter (Ian Bohen) continued their mysterious quest for answers this week. Derek, having sewed Peter’s detached finger back on with laudable precision, revealed the contents of the cylindrical wooden wolf box retrieved during last week’s episode. Inside, the claws of his mother, the ultimate she-wolf, stood as the last remaining bits of his matriarch, and with a little help from Peter’s mind-tapping skills, Derek was able to use these nails to communicate with her once again. We’re not sure what sort of important information was passed on to Derek at this point, but Peter was certainly nervous about how this will bode for him. It’s sort of strange to watch these two off on their own little adventure for now, but I’m assuming they’ll eventually be tied back into the main plot with Scott and the gang. Plus, we have to eventually start exploring the arc of Peter “I was always the alpha” Hale.
Episode 15 actually opened with both Stiles’ father, Sheriff Stilinski (Linden Ashby), and that awful man that helped create Scott McCall, Agent McCall (Mattew Del Negro), bursting through the hospital doors with an unwanted patient strapped down in tow. William Barrow was certainly a wackadoodle, a psychopathic man known for blowing up four teens on a bus and leaving a fifth without legs. Now, Melissa McCall’s team was forced to operate on him when it was discovered that a shard of shrapnel remained lethally lodged in his body. Before long, McCall was running through the basic entry interview. While everything seemed to go as smoothly as possible considering the circumstances to begin with, the situation completely unraveled when the man revealed his true motives behind his decision to murder these kids… They had glowing eyes. A massive outburst while strapped down was one thing. What this team of doctors actually found inside of him later on was another. Rather than scar tissue, they managed to uncover a tumor of sorts during the surgery. When the mass began throbbing before erupting in a swarm of flies, it was clear that something supernatural was at play here. Amidst the horrible buzzing bugs, Barrow headed for the hills. Can you guess to where he scurried off?
I’ll admit that I’ve been feeling a lack of Coach Finstock (Orny Adams) during Teen Wolf Season 3. I get that we’re taking a break from lacrosse, but I was certainly happy to see him as the school’s target for Mischief Night pranks.
Coach’s victimization was hilarious, but it was put to an abrupt end by a supernatural something picked up by Lydia. All the swatting she’d been doing to rid herself of those pesky invisible flies only went double-checked once Danny (Keahu Kahuanui) questioned her odd behavior from across the classroom. Suddenly, we had our first tip as to the whereabouts of the missing killer. Remember, Lydia’s banshee powers have yet to be fully explored, but it’s been made pretty clear that she often acts as the supernatural equivalent of a metal detector on the beach for the folks of Beacon Hills who’re constantly looking for answers and the occasional corpse. Once word got back to Stiles and Scott regarding what had transpired on the operating table, news of Lydia’s odd morning was enough to convince them that this murderer was after their own glowing eyes on school grounds.
Ethan (Charlie Carver) and Aiden (Max Carver) returned to school this week out of sheer desperation in their search for a pack. Sadly, nobody even remotely related to Scott’s pack trust these bitch omegas whatsoever. That’s not to say that Lydia won’t use Aiden for some shameless sexual fun. Regardless, the pair of twins helped Scott and Isaac attempt to, literally, sniff out the serial killer in the basement boiler room of the school. Lydia and Stiles, meanwhile, managed to reason that the most dangerous place possible would be the boiler room, considering its potential explosive effects. This is a man with a history of using explosives, and Scott and his wolves were already snooping around down there. Luckly, Stiles was smart enough to yank the fire alarm to drive the entire school out of the ticking time bomb, much to Finstock’s utter annoyance.
Lydia eventually became frustrated. After the police had left school grounds, it was clear that Barrow had never actually been there, yet she’d clearly heard a supernatural buzzing indicating his presence. Later on at the Stilinski residence, she received quite a nice pep talk from Stiles, who helped her to remember that her natural gifts have never been wrong. As usual, an epiphany is never far from a confident conversation with Stilinski, and before long, the two were back sneaking around the school hallways alone at night. Stiles had managed to deduce that the chemicals of the chemistry lab were potent enough to mask a man’s scent from Scott’s pack’s super snouts. After some more digging, Lydia managed to piece together the elemental atomic numbers and corresponding symbols used in the killer’s experimenting to spell out the name of a target… K-I-Ra (Arden Cho). By the way, how did super smart Stiles not know that Potassium’s symbol is K?
Kira continued to struggle to fit in during Episode 15. Though, I don’t know about you, but this all seemed entirely in her head. Scott and his friends have really been nothing but kind to the girl, and Scott himself has been clearly interested in pursuing at least a friendship. In the end, Kira’s father invited McCall over for a surprise dinner to thank him for rescuing Kira from that coyote attack. By the way, no werecoyote mention this week, really. I’m waiting for her to pop up in school as though after a week or two of living a normal life as a teenage girl she was caught up to speed entirely. More importantly, Scott tried sushi for the first time this week! Scott, welcome to life. I’ll be honest; Did Kira’s father really think it was a great idea to make what looked like homemade sea urchin sushi for her a new guest? And no soy sauce? We learned some more about Kira’s family history. Her father took her mother’s name to keep her lineage going as per Japanese tradition. This proved to be more important taking into consideration the end of the episode, but we’ll get to that. First, the best part of Episode 15 was probably that Scott swallowed an entire ball of wasabi assuming it was guacamole! Scott, what happened to the days of Season 3 past when you were, like, reading books and stuff? Though it looked to me like the family, Scott included, scarfed down the sushi, Kira felt the need to order up a follow-up second dinner, pineapple and ham pizza, for the two to share alone. Scott and Kira grew closer, obviously, but by the time the two were bidding each other farewell outside of her house, the party was over. Barrow rendered Scott unconscious before making off with Kira.
Thankfully, Stiles and Lydia showed up in the nick of time to stir Scott awake. Lydia, even more frustrated that the power to tap into her banshee abilities felt like an answer stuck on the tip of her tongue, realized, with some more help from Stiles, that the key was simply in what comes naturally to her. If she felt like screaming, she should, well, scream! Thus, a wail from the Beacon Hills banshee revealed another answer. The buzzing wasn’t from invisible flies, it was from an intensified sound of the electricity running through the lights around her.
Before long, Scott and Stiles were heading into a local power plant where Kira was being held against her will. In a moment that was downright scary, Scott was, yet again, blasted aside by the man wielding a busted power line. Have you ever seen Village of the Damned? It’s a film about a group of creepy youngsters with glowing eyes and the ability to render folks paralyzed at their will. I mean, killing Kira because of some hunch that she’s an extra from Village of the Damned seemed kind of extreme. Watching Barrow electrocute her was even more extreme. Scott watched on in horror, only witness something extraordinary in the wake of the attack. Kira rose as some sort of a supernatural electrical vacuum, sucking the lights out of all of Beacon Hills with no effort at all, much to her own shock (Get it?). Barrow, on the other hand, fell dead to the floor.
To close the recap for Episode 15, Isaac had paid Allison an impromptu visit while she researched something that turned out to be all but entirely unimportant this week. There were no flies once they’d escaped the bowels of Barrow, but she’d been assigned the job of sifting through her family’s bestiary for information. Perhaps what they found and how things unfolded will come up on the next episode. I would have said that the most important part of this plot this week was simply that Allison and Isaac would have gotten hot and heavy officially, out of a dream and in reality, had her father (JR Bourne) not intervened. In the end, Allison was scolded in her father’s office for attempting to court another werewolf. Isaac, on the other hand, was locked in a black room during this Kira-caused power outage, only to find himself subsequently surrounded by figures cloaked in black with masks that were quite familiar to a sketch the two had drummed up online earlier. Has this crew of shadow ninjas apprehended Isaac?
What did you think of Teen Wolf, Season 3 Episode 15, “Galvanize”? Does Kira’s supernatural status have something to do with her family lineage? What’s up with Derek’s plot? Are you looking forward to Allison and Isaac, or do you only see her with Scott? Is it time for Lydia to let the fling with Aiden go? Will Ethan and Danny get back into the swing of things now? Was anybody else under the impression that way more than two weeks had passed before Season 3 picked back up?
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