Teen Wolf – Finale Recap: I’ve Always Been the Alpha!
Teen Wolf’s summer finale finally pitted the heinous she-beast, The Darach, against The Demon Wolf himself, Deucalion. In the end, would either come out on top? An old threat resurfaced at the episode’s close. Who lives? Who dies? Hint: Lydia screamed, and it was loud.
Episode 12 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf, “Lunar Ellipse,” the summer finale, put an end to a season’s worth of sacrifices, both wolf and human, featuring an hour packed with bloody action, strange new alliances, enlightening flashbacks, and a whopper of an ending that set the stage for a super entertaining winter premiere. With Derek’s (Tyler Hoechlin) time running out, Kali (Felisha Terrell) made her way to the former alpha’s bachelor puppy pad looking to finish him. Meanwhile, Scott (Tyler Posey), Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), and Allison (Crystal Reed) continued with their own self-sacrifices, dreaming up answers from the brink of death. With the lunar eclipse on the horizon, who would come out on top in a battle that has seemed, for some time now, to be a lose/ lose for our favorite Beacon Hills pack? Here is my Recap and Review of the Teen Wolf Season 3 summer finale, Episode 12, “Lunar Ellipse”!
Episode 12 opened with a dreamlike sequence, as Scott, Allison, and Stiles wandered down a staunch white warehouse, only to stumble upon the trunk of the druid tree. Realizing the connection, Scott recalled the vision he’d had that led him to his double ring upper arm tattoo, rings that resembled those of a tree trunk. Through a series of flashbacks, we’d follow each of our heroes back to the days of the pilot, and more specifically, the night Scott took the bite from Peter (Ian Bohen). We relived the moments between Scott and Stiles, as the two dorks searched aimlessly for the rumored severed corpse. More importantly, we last checked in with Allison, who recalled the evening from a different point of view. If you remember, Scott was nearly sideswiped by an S.U.V. in his confusion that evening. As it turned out, it was none other than Allison and her mother who’d nearly turned our Teen Wolf into road kill. Allison leapt from the car, searching for the stranger who’d wandered into the woods, only to stumble upon his lost inhaler. Before long, each would find their way to the nemeton in their imagined versions of the Beacon Hills’ woods before waking up nearly sixteen hours after they’d taken the ice bath plunge. The lunar eclipse was mere hours away.
Unfortunately for Lydia (Holland Roden), Ethan (Charlie Carver) appeared out of the blue to enlist her in his effort to put a halt to Kali and Aiden’s (Max Carver) scheme to attack a freshly weakened Derek. Aiden, whether he chooses to admit it or not, has developed true feelings for Lydia. Plus, as a newly branded banshee, her supernatural death detecting abilities could always end up coming in handy. Sadly, things were not looking so bright for Derek. Lydia gazed around the room, at a newly healed Cora (Adelaide Kane), Derek, and Peter, feeling the ominous weight of a living graveyard surrounding her. This was, of course, enough to prompt Peter to help Derek and Cora haul their hides out of dodge before Kali and Aiden made their grand entrance. Desperately in need of a pedicure, Kali would indeed just miss Hale, finding Ethan and a refreshingly sassy Lydia in his place. Refusing to attack, let alone kill, his Beacon Hills flame, Aiden and Kali ended up nearly coming to blows before, uh oh, that nasty Darach flew into the equation, complete with her own blustery storm to play her fanfare.
I wish I could say that any sort of a fight was put up, but the best Kali could muster was an awesome epitaph for herself.
I should’ve ripped your head off!
Way to go out with a bang, you heinous claw-foot! Still, watching Jennifer (Haley Webb) riddle her with countless shards of glass was a sad sight. Not quite as sad, of course, as watching her snap the neck of the twin wolf hybrid right before Lydia’s eyes. Aiden and Ethan, we were just getting to know you! The twins fell lifeless to the ground. Now all The Darach needed was to wrangle Derek back to town, and Lydia’s now iconic signature banshee wail would do the trick. The Darach is scary, pups. I screamed too, Lydia. Don’t judge me, pack. Before long, Derek would have a conversation with his former lip-locking partner. Apparently, Jennifer was willing to cut a deal with Derek. Should he stand in as her “guardian,” a partner in her personal battle with Deucalion, she’d release the captured parents from her dark druid lair. It seemed Derek had no true choice. He wasn’t about to let Deucalion wrap his Demon Wolf paws around his favorite little pack mate, Scott. See, my issue with Jennifer has always been that she seems totally normal and kind of cool around Derek, yet turns on the super-villainess routine when dealing with everyone else. Maybe these people wouldn’t have been so quick to judge The Darach had she treated them all with some common courtesy. For example, maybe a polite, “Lydia, text Derek please,” rather than the, “I’m going to terrify you until you scream bloody murder!” approach, you know?
With Isaac (Daniel Sharman) in tow, Allison and Scott made their way to her apartment looking for something with her father’s scent attached. Stiles, meanwhile, was sifting through his dad’s dirty socks on his own. Unfortunately, the trio looking through Mr. Argent’s (JR Bourne) possessions were caught off-guard by an invasive police team headed by Scott’s father, Detective McCall. The three sat hopelessly helpless as Scott’s father attempted to shake some answers out of them. Of course, Season 3 Allison is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the making, coyly activating a smoke grenade on the desk and giving our group enough time to escape interrogation. Stiles, on the other hand, was not so lucky. The storm blew his car off the road, landing him wrapped around a tree and down for the count.
Lydia and Cora, desperate to find more help for their cause, were completely surprised to discover pulses among the unconscious twins. Jennifer had botched her kill attempt, leaving the duo just barely holding on to life. At Deaton’s (Seth Gilliam) office, they’d wait patiently to discover whether or not Aiden and Ethan would be able to heal their near-fatal wounds on their own.
After rendezvousing with Deucalion (Gideon Emory), Allison and Isaac made their way in search of the nemeton, while Scott made good on his promise to partner with the Demon Wolf. At the abandoned distillery we’ve become so well acquainted with, Scott baited The Darach, and unknowingly Derek, into battle. I loved how Jennifer had the countdown phone app. We all have that friend who needs the countdown app to remind themselves of exactly how many seconds they have to go until their next birthday, Christmas, etc. Jennifer was counting down to this lunar eclipse, of course. If Jennifer could hold Deucalion off until the lunar eclipse, she’d have enough power to finish him. Otherwise, she would need the final sacrifice of her three guardians to do so. The storm, as it turned out, was indeed a supernatural attempt to perform her necessary murders from afar, as Isaac and Allison would come to learn the hard way. Using her father’s homing signal, the two would indeed find the captives, only to subsequently find themselves among crashing rubble and collapsing ceilings. Isaac used all of his wee were-puppy strength to keep the cement from crushing the lot of them, but the eclipse had all but arrived.
Derek and Jennifer were futile in their attempts to duel with Deucalion. The Demon Wolf revealed his true colors, a horrific stone-like exterior of black highlighted by his red eyes. Realizing Jennifer’s scheme, Deucalion seized it as an opportunity to take away Scott’s threatening power. Remember, if Scott kills a human being, he can never become a True Alpha. Still, would he give that up to save his mother and his friends’ parents as well? Remembering the wise words of former Season 3 baddie Gerard, Scott used Deucalion’s eyes to his advantage. The Demon Wolf is not always blind, and a few of Allison’s flashing arrow heads proved that. By the time he recuperated, Deucalion was powerless. The eclipse had begun, and The Darach had her fifteen minutes of fame to go!
The Darach began her brutal bashing of Deucalion, cracking his skull against the hard floor several times before having her attention caught by Derek. Derek, using her seething lust for vengeance against her, reminded Jennifer than Deucalion had never seen her true face. Again, I’m not so sure the actual face of this Darach resembles, in any way, that of a scarred human. That is a pure demon head, if you ask me! Still, Jennifer used her abilities to heal Deucalion’s eyes in the most painful way possible, yet she’d failed to realize Derek’s ulterior motive. Healing costs power, remember, as he’d learned that the hard way. Beta Derek and Jennifer came to blows that were part anger and part tortured romance, as far as I could tell. Derek recalled the time he’d almost sacrificed his own life to save her, the night they’d met. Jennifer seemed, on her part, to be truly hurt by Derek’s betrayal as her “guardian.” In the end, The Darach protected herself via a shield of mountain ash, leaving Scott and Derek on the outside looking in.
Meanwhile, Isaac nearly caved under the pressure during the eclipse, yet a last-ditch effort by an in-the-nick-of-time Stiles did the trick. Stiles and his good ol’ trusty baseball bat! What a way to save the day! The steel bat would hold the falling roof above them for long enough.
Scott, recognizing his own potential as the finale winded down, gave all his might to his effort to break through the circle of ash. The cocky grin on Jennifer’s face inevitably turned to unsuspecting fear as a True Alpha was born. Refusing to kill Jennifer, as Derek put it, a predator not a killer, Scott stood in power as she cowered in horror. Of course, Deucalion had other plans, slitting her throat with a quick thrash of his claw. The reign of The Darach had come to a close. I know I might be twisted in thinking this, but I enjoyed Jennifer and her potential as a wild card heading into the rest of Teen Wolf Season 3! I love a good anti-hero on a show like Teen Wolf. Characters like that make writing recaps and reviews for supernatural hits so much more exciting. Don’t worry, my point will be proven by the end of this recap for Episode 12. As I mentioned, the summer finale closed with a doozy of a howl!
Thus, the day had been saved. The finale began to wind down as our favorite parental units were rescued from imminent doom, The Darach and Deucalion were put out of commission, and the twins stirred awake at the vet. Scott’s pack was born; a mix of werewolves, hunters, banshees, and buddies. Allison, realizing that their personal sacrifices had powered up the nemeton, reminded her father that this town is called Beacon Hills for a reason. With supernatural baddies swarming in no time, she’d have to train to defend her people. The Argents will protect those who cannot protect themselves. What an awesome heroine she’s evolved into! Having magical powers is one thing. Being a self-made Wonder Woman is another. Meanwhile, Scott’s father is apparently staying in town for a bit, while Derek and his sister are taking a much-needed vacation.
The episode closed with the entire gang enjoying a normal day of high school, as Scott watched on with a smirk. The evil had been vanquished, at least for the first half of Season 3, and the pack remained intact! While Derek and Scott had decided to let Deucalion live, hoping that the former progressive thinker would revert to his intuitive and inspiring ways, the body of Jennifer had vanished from the distillery. The Season 3 summer finale, “Lunar Ellipse,” closed with The Darach scrambling her way back to the nemeton, the druid tree that had once saved her life prior. Surprise, Jennifer! My man Peter Hale stood above the weakened dark druid. With Scott’s alpha powers now activated, he’d have the opportunity to selfishly regain his own status. Although, as Peter put it,
I’ve always been the alpha!
Hale finished off Jennifer with a single swipe, promising awesome things to come as Season 3 returns this January. Teen Wolf, I beg of you, do not destroy the greatness that is Peter Hale as a character. Keep his humor as it is and upgrade his badass nature even more so. Can we promote Ian Bohen from “recurring” to “super series regular” now?
What did you think of the Teen Wolf Season 3 Summer Finale, Episode 12, “Lunar Ellipse”? Are you happy to see Peter reclaim the throne as the Beacon Hills big bad? (Answer yes, pack. Just go with a resounding YES!) When will Derek return? Will you miss the possibility of something brewing between Jennifer and Derek, or were you done with that relationship the moment she revealed her true nature? The fifteen minutes of the lunar eclipse went by pretty quickly, huh? Are Allison and Isaac officially on? Are you excited for Alpha Scott, or is that no big deal to us?
Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of the Teen Wolf Season 3 Finale, Episode 12, “Lunar Ellipse”! Also, don’t forget to check out the Season 3 Blooper Reel!