As the mystery of the missing Stiles unravels, the search comes to a halt when quite a few students are put in danger and risk being erased as well. Scott’s leadership is faltering worse than we’ve seen it in previous seasons, leaving Liam to do his best to pick up the slack.
Seeing other relationships thrive where they haven’t before is a breath of fresh air as most of the team-ups have been frustrating with their failure in getting the job done. Having Chris and Melissa go out as a hunter pair is unexpected and fun. Melissa is embracing her role in this supernatural world and despite Chris’ frustrations, he is a welcoming and willing teacher. Their first night on the job has them discovering two dead bikers, done in by a fate similar to what they’ve previously seen in the morgue. The smell of fresh blood draws in Malia who is practically feral, another alarming box to tick on what is going wrong in Beacon Hills. With a quick shot to stun her, Melissa and Chris move on to take care of Malia before tackling the next threat coming for them; the Ghost Riders.
With Melissa hard at work, Scott, Liam, Mason and Corey are still examining the McCall house for clues on how the Ghost Riders entered. It’s Mason leading the team as he pieces the clues together quite easily; they used lightning to get past the mountain ash which leaves the pack vulnerable with nowhere to hide. Underground is the best option, but how can you convince all the party goers that they will be kept safe in an underground bunker? You don’t. Liam’s confidence to rally a group together is just not there. While Scott’s once natural optimistic attitude has energized those around him previously, Liam does not share the same talent.
This leaves Scott’s attention solely on keeping the school safe, with Lydia taking on the Stiles search on her own. The Sheriff lets her in his house to help her, admitting he catches himself calling out Stiles’ names at minor instances, but Claudia doesn’t seem to share the same feeling. While Lydia tries to let her instincts lead her through the search for her next clue, Claudia is there to make sure she doesn’t get very far. She’s intimidating and not at all warm or friendly. The Claudia that has been painted previously does not seem to be someone who would discourage Lydia from uncovering the truth. From previous seasons where Stiles brings up his mother, Claudia was someone who would believe him even if the claim was outrageous. I have a feeling Lydia might be thinking similar– Claudia just isn’t right.
The impending lightning storm signals the arrival of the Ghost Riders and most of those marked do not believe the pack’s claims they will be taken. Chris volunteers to help babysit the few they have in the underground bunker while Scott and Liam are off to the lacrosse game to work on the others. With Chris being holed underground, Malia is wrangled in to help him as well. It opens up a dialog between the two regarding her control and reveals surprising information about the Hale fire. Chris watched Kate lose control and did nothing to stop it; maybe if he had stepped in she would have never set that fire. I’m surprised to hear him admit his guilt, showing just how far he’s come since season one.
A Beacon Hills lacrosse game is never easy with coach at the helm, and proves more difficult with the threat of the Ghost Riders. The whole situation is honestly a mess; there is no plan and while Scott has been flying by the seat of his pants for most conflicts, this is a different story. Gwen wants to be taken, and the rest of those marked do not care what is going on until they are targeted. With no support, the pack doesn’t stand a chance. Everyone marked, aside from the McCall pack, is taken with little to no effort on their part. Mason’s last minute realization that the Ghost Riders are scared of the Hellhound within Parrish is quickly proven wrong as he is subjected to their strength and quickly taken out.
Similarly, the few kids with Chris and Malia at the underground bunker are taken when Nathan breaks open the seal and practically invites the Ghost Riders inside. From there everything goes downhill much more quickly, leaving Chris battered and rushed to the hospital. It’s at the hospital we see a new relationship brewing that I am still not entirely convinced is happening. A quiet moment between Chris and Melissa is shared in his hospital room, away from the chaos around them, and it just seems so…perfect. Please, let someone get a happy ending in this series!
At the hospital Lydia, Malia, and Scott reunite to go over their losses for the evening. If you think Lydia would have come up with any positive leads, well then you haven’t been watching Teen Wolf for very long. The only victory is Lydia getting her doubtful mother to believe that Stiles is real. This does little for Malia and Scott who are now doubting if the search is for nothing. After the night those two had, who could blame them for being doubtful over Stiles’ existence?
Being Scott’s only beta, Liam has got to be feeling the pressure. The good news of his promotion to team captain does little to lift his spirits as the guilt weighs heavily on his shoulders. While his despair seems to run deep, Liam is actually determined to bring those taken back to Beacon Hills. Luckily, Hayden, Mason, and Corey are not about to let him do it alone. The unwavering optimism from the younger crowd is the only hope we have for a semi-happy ending and I can’t wait to see them get it done.
It seems the McCall pack has hit rock bottom, seemingly failing at every goal they set out to do in one night alone. Unfortunately, I can’t see how things will get better when there is a soul eating werewolf lurking in the shadows. It seems impossible for the pack to take on either threat without a major game changer coming in to turn it to their favor.
All photos courtesy of MTV, thanks guys!