After what’s feel like years of anticipation, Teen Wolf has returned to MTV for its sixth and final season. Typing that alone makes me cringe, though I’m sure my EIC doesn’t have too many complaints. I’ll be reviewing the final season for Geek, so if you aren’t already up to speed, head over to my Teen Wolf walkthrough. If you’re all caught up, let’s jump right in this, cause MTV brought the feels with the premiere episode.
Teen Wolf has always had real heart. From its days of low-budgeted CGI in the first season, to it’s most cynical and grand story arc in season 3, we’ve witnessed the literal onscreen growth of these teen characters; and at the heart of Scott’s pack has always been his bromance with Stiles. But what happens when you’re forgotten? When even your memory is erased?
That’s the theme of this final season of Teen Wolf, and it’s a brilliant one at that. Stiles is eventually taken by The Wild Hunt (don’t worry, we’ll get to that later) so he is the literal victim of this “lost memory,” but when you look at the show’s past hallmark characters; Scott’s old flame Alison, Derek the anti-hero, and even Kitsune Kira for starters, these are all characters who were pillars of this show early on, and now only barely referenced in the last two seasons. The theme of the forgotten hits a lot closer to home than we expected.
The show opens with Liam and Hayden, who’re having a “bad date” MTV style; a useless car, but imbued with supernatural werewolf abilities while being alone on a beautiful and foggy night. Certainly not the worst date, and while this may be the cheesiest moment of the episode, it’s arguably the most important. Not only are Liam and Hayden projecting Scott and Allison vibes 2.0 – the original star-crossed lovers of Teen Wolf lore, and a nod to the forgotten love that made the show – but this scene introduces us to Alex, a kid who’s parents have been kidnapped by this season’s big bads, The Ghost Riders.
What’s alarming initially, considering what we are starting to learn about the Ghost Riders, is Stiles lack of involvement in senior high school activities. He avoids taking his own senior yearbook photo, and misses Lacrosse practice resulting in a junior playing and wearing his number. Notice something here? It’s happening. That sucky foreshadowing; Stiles is almost unknowingly erasing himself. So there’s no surprise when The Riders set their sights on Stiles after encountering him during the gang’s investigation of Alex and his inevitable disappearance.
Aside from the beginning, the end is the most critical moment in this episode. Lydia realizes anyone who’s even looked at The Ghost Riders is in peril, meaning our boy Stiles is up next for grabs. And it starts happening, all of Stiles friends one by one, forget who he is. But this doesn’t prepare us for the ultimate heartbreak. Sheriff Stilinski – Stile’s own father – doesn’t recognize him. This isn’t the first time Stile’s has had to fight his current reality. When he’s possessed by the Dark Kitsunè in season 3, Stiles can’t tell if he’s dreaming or not, and is increasingly consumed and possessed by a demonic entity. The only other person on the show who’s experienced something similar is Lydia; so it’s only right she comes to his rescue. But even in her final moments with Stiles, as they’re surrounded by Riders, she’ll forget him too.
Stiles has loved Lydia since freshman year, and she’s always been out of his grasp. And when Lydia becomes single, Stiles finally got his shot at love with WereCoyote, Malia. So the moment we’re seeing now has been almost five years in the making! Is there a more perfect moment to confess love? I think not. And so he does, and begs Lydia not to forget him; and in the blink of an eye, he’s gone and Lydia’s left alone in his jeep.
The feels, y’all! The most powerful scene leaves us alone with Lydia to truly process what’s happened. Lydia and Stiles are the gender-swapped versions of each other in various ways. If anyone’s figuring out the happenings in Beacon Hills, it’s them. Until Lydia’s Banshee abilities were revealed in season 3, her and Stiles were the most human of Scott’s pack. Lydia, his first love, may be his only hope.
It feels wrong, a show without Stiles. If Scott is the heart of this show, Stiles is the soul. And that’s what it feels like, the soul has just been ripped out of this group, this show. So it comes as no surprise, when Lydia arrives to school the next morning, despite her promises, she forgets too, and it all feels too hollow. However, given Lydia’s track record, it’ll be her who finds him. It’s hard to say where we’ll go from here, but I’m missing Stiles already. Tune in next week for another episode of the final season of Teen Wolf!