Teen Wolf – Recap: Isaac Unleashed!
Teen Wolf continued Season 3 tonight by shedding a little more light on both the tribal sacrificing and alpha pack storylines, only to see one were-puppy cast out as a stray. Sorry, Isaac!
Episode 4 of Season 3 was surprisingly heavy considering the light-hearted nature of the show. Then again, when someone is sacrificing perfectly nice virgins to some god-awful Druid demon known as Darach amidst the looming threat of an evil alpha pack of werewolves, things were probably destined to get a little dark. Throw in a flashback of Isaac locked in a basement cooler, and that was that. My evening was sure ruined! Not in actuality. Episode 4, “Unleashed,” was probably my favorite episode yet (even without the incomparable Ian Bohen shaking things up as Peter Hale) proving that Teen Wolf hasn’t merely grown in popularity heading into the middle of Season 3, but that it has expanded as a show in general. Teen Wolf is a bona fide good time. Let us begin the recap and review of Season 3 Episode 4, “Unleashed”!
Episode 4 opened with a scene at Dr. Deaton’s (Seth Gilliam) veterinarian office. A high school boy had taken in his sick dog, little Bullet. Mistletoe poisoning; don’t you just hate when that happens? I enjoyed the look on Scott’s (Tyler Posey) face when Deaton clued him in on the plant’s toxic nature when it comes to dogs… or dog-kind. The kid seemed like a swell dude, yet he’d quickly become the next innocent victim to go missing in this string of town murders. I’m not quite certain what was lurking under that dumpster, but it sure wasn’t little Bullet.
The episode continued in the school locker room with Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) obsessively searching for somebody to swipe his v-card with. Danny (Keahu Kahuanui) was happy to offer up the right side of his bed for Stilinski. Not really, though. I love when the show finds new ways to create “Stiles loves Danny” moments. Watching Danny toy with him always creates a nice little comedic moment. “Normal Stiles” is probably desperate to lose his virginity in any case. “Sacrificial Lamb Stiles” was in a state of complete and utter panic.
Apparently, the show is benching lacrosse season in favor of cross-country running this time around. Isaac (Daniel Sharman) caught a foul whiff of those freakishly smug alpha twins, Aiden (Max Carver) and Ethan (Charlie Carver), just before setting out on their run. #IsaacUnleashed, we were prompted to tweet. #IsaacUnleashed! For whatever reason, Isaac figured the middle of their cross-country practice was a great time to start a violent confrontation with the twins. Luckily, Scott was there just in the knick of time to crack one half of the duo’s jaw out of place. Saved by the body! The poor boy from the vet showed up dead in the typical sacrificial fashion. One moment you’re cracking your jaw back into place, the next, it’s all, who’s dead on the tree?
Isaac quickly became obsessed with taking down the twins, while Scott attempted to quash his rage. Remember, Season 3 opened with their attack on Isaac and his mysterious lady friend. Were they responsible for her death? Was anyone else curious as to how Isaac had forgotten so much of what had gone down? In any case, the boys lured Isaac into the hallway, where he witnessed what first seemed like a bizarre twin-on-twin pleasure fight. Basically, one twin, I’ll go with Aiden because I can’t tell them apart, allowed his brother to crack him across the face a few times. Isaac watched on cluelessly, only to discover that the scheme the entire time was to bait him into taking the fall. A plain old detention for that bloody mess? Isaac should be howling at his lucky stars for that easy break. By the way, Mr. Harris (Adam Fristoe) returned this week to be a boring chemistry teacher and all around horrible human being.
Allison (Crystal Reed) landed herself a spot in lunch detention as well, after falling asleep in Ms. Morell’s French class. There was a quick, “What were you doing at the bank that night?” “No, no, no… What were you doing at the bank?” bit of banter between the two after class. An “impasse,” for anyone wondering, is an old French term for a road with no exit or a situation without any progress. I was as baffled as Allison when the woman quizzed her regarding that, though. In the end, Argent ended up paired with Isaac for detention duties, much to his dismay. I had forgotten all about Allison’s twisted stabbing session with Isaac last season! I believe an apology was owed there, Allison. What a crazy concept! Whenever I stab someone repeatedly with Chinese weaponry, I always think to say “sorry.” That was settled quickly enough, yet the two found themselves locked inside the storage closet they’d been organizing. Those pesky twins were up to no good again! Remember, Isaac’s abusive father had a nasty habit of locking his son in a tiny cooler as a form of heinous punishment. The boys, apparently, had caught wind of Isaac’s fear, driving him to wolf out and putting Allison in danger. Scott, yet again, managed to step in just in time to save his ex from Isaac’s outburst. Isaac quickly apologized for tearing into Allison’s arm. Apology accepted! Call it even.
Also, great work from Daniel Sharman this week. I glad this show kept such a unique and intriguing character around.
Well, maybe not even quite yet. The twins were still in need of a heaping dose of good old-fashioned embarrassment, and the trio thought up just the way to drive them to crack; “drive” being the key word, of course. Allison hotwired one of their precious motorcycles, and sparks flew between her and Isaac in the process. A joyride into the middle of the school hallway was enough to drive one of the twins, take your pick, straight into their trap. Just as they’d duped Isaac, the tool was left standing in the middle of the school hallway with a motorcycle, absolutely shocking Ms. Blake (Haley Webb) in the process. That garners a suspension but a brutal beating gets a lunch detention? Stretching it a bit there, Teen Wolf! Speaking of Ms. Blake, Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) had paid his damsel in distress a visit earlier in the episode, just to “make sure she was okay.” More sparks flying and more getting nowhere! Well, at least we got a name. Nice to officially meet you, Jennifer! Not that Derek said anything of the sort. That wouldn’t be smooth or broody enough for Derek Hale.
Derek seriously can’t catch a break, though, all things considered. Deucalion’s (Gideon Emory) alpha crew paid Derek and his sister, Cora (Adelaide Kane), a visit at their swanky loft lair. I’m just going to throw this out there; I don’t like seeing feet normally speaking, but that she-wolf is sporting some truly heinous claws down there. Derek ended up impaled through the back for a significant portion of Episode 4. He bled for at least enough time for Deucalion to explain his status as the epic “Demon Wolf”! A resounding “who”? Basically, Deucalion realized, post-blinding, that killing members of your own pack infuses an alpha with that wolf’s power… so he killed everyone. Again, “Demon Wolf”! Deucalion’s been plotting to convince Derek to murder at least one of his own, as all of his pack members have. Derek, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that average alpha werewolf powers are enough. I hope Derek doesn’t start to look at Isaac and Scott like puppy chow.
Stiles spent the majority of “Unleashed” attempting to get to the bottom of the tribal sacrifices on his own. Afraid to enlist his father for help because, I’m assuming, of his fear of exposing Sheriff Stilinski (Linden Ashby) to the world of the supernatural, he’d find an unlikely ally in Lydia (Holland Roden). Stiles had managed to discover through the dead boy’s girlfriend that he was no virgin. If sacrifices traditionally come in threes, who were the new targets of the serial killer? The scariest part of Season 3 thus far, to me, is Lydia’s losing of time. It’s a true living nightmare to disassociate from reality long enough to, say, mysteriously pop up in a music class while doodling. Obviously, she’s somehow tied to this story arc, as she tends to zap in and out of time in cases where she’s lead to clues. For example, this week, Lydia discovered a piano recording that had occurred before she came back to mental consciousness. On the recording, the pianist practiced his instrument before being “taken.” The audio that followed featured some downright terrifying chanting.
Lydia is this show’s “skeleton key.” Meaning, they need to keep her powers and abilities in the dark for now because it allows them the option to do anything they want. They can have her show up in any location, discover any clue, etc. There’s no real rhyme or reason to it, but we don’t need one! This is Teen Wolf! Supernatural beings galore!
The discovery was enough to get Lydia onboard the Stile’s train of thought, and the two sought out more help from Dr. Deaton, who knows a thing or two about mostly everything supernatural. In truth, the man had been in denial, witnessing the signs of the return of Darach, the evil equivalent of a Druid peaceful priest. Darach is still a mystery to us, at this point. We don’t know if it’s a person, demon, group, etc. By the episode’s end, the trio managed to deduce that “warriors” must be the latest victims in this thing’s sacrifices. The boy who’d been most recently offed was a member of the school military program. The final victim of the episode was none other than Mr. Harris, who apparently had his own sort of military cadet training under his belt. Quite an unlikely fit, if you ask me. Doesn’t the military breed respect? That man was a travesty, even admitting to helping, at least in someway, the murderer before being sacrificed (finally) himself. Could one of the female teachers be this “Darach” character?
Afraid of hurting his own pack, Derek cast Isaac out into the pouring rain. Personally, I hadn’t even realized that Isaac was actually living with Derek. I thought he just sort of hung around all the time for kicks. Derek was forced to “White Fang” Isaac out of the loft, even going as far as to smash a glass bottle above his head. In the end, Isaac the stray dog meandered his way over to Scott McCall’s bedroom, soaking wet and in need of his only true friend.
What did you think of Teen Wolf, Season 3 Episode 4, “Unleashed”? Do you have a theory about Darach? Do you think it’s someone we know or simply someone from Deaton’s past? Do you like the chemistry between Isaac and Allison? Now that Isaac is crashing with Scott, does this spell trouble? Are you looking forward to Stiles and Lydia playing detective? Will Derek bend to Deucalion’s will?
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