If the premiere episode was raising the emotional stakes, then episode two is all about solving the “Where is Stiles?” mystery. Welcome back to our Teen Wolf recap! Teen Wolf‘s second episode of the season doesn’t pull any punches, the pack is already realizing something’s wrong, something’s missing. *insert ominous Beacon Hills music here*
The start of this episode can be looked over as an unnecessary addition, but there’s symbolism here. (Even if it’s cheesy.) Scott, our trusty Alpha is teaching Liam some new tricks on the lacrosse field in order for him to become team captain, but it isn’t just the role of captain Scott’s prepping Liam for, he’s preparing him to be the next Alpha. As I mentioned in the premiere recap, this season is about passing the torch as well as reliving Teen Wolf seminal moments.
The core of this episode is what I like to call “the awakening” of the pack. The senior members; Scott, Malia and Lydia all realize something is off gradually over the episode. Scott is drawn to a locker that’s not his. (10 points for Gryffindor if you can guess who’s. Hint: rhymes with miles.) He even tries to break into it, but is thwarted by Beacon Hill’s newest creepy, but oddly hot teacher who goes by the name Garrett Douglas; also known as Der Soldat, which in German means The Soldier. He’s been lurking around since season 5 as one of the Dread Doctor’s most prized experiments. My non-werewolf senses tell me he’s one to watch this season. What good can come from a Nazi-Werewolf rogue experiment?
Malia, the semi-feral Werecoyote finds chains in her room. Realizing someone helped her chain up during the full moon. The entire gang took a group photo including Stiles, yet he’s obviously missing in said photo. Scott has a fever dream that drives him to go to the woods. Specifically to the site of the night he was bitten.”I know this sounds crazy. But, I think I had a best friend.” Welp, Scott you may be on to something! The wheels are starting to spin for the cast.
The younger gang sees the Ghost Riders head on and like their older counterparts, they’re making progress too. Mason, the Stiles to Liam’s Scott is at the school after hours with his boyfriend, Corey. Like clockwork the Ghost Riders arrive to kidnap another unfortunate soul. Corey is chameleon-like in power-set. He can blend in to his surroundings, and with direct contact can render people around him invisible as well. To save himself and Mason, Corey blends them both in. In doing so, they both can see the Ghost Riders, though it is unclear if the Riders can see them. The Ghost Riders eventually take a colleague from their study group, but almost instantly the boys forget what the Riders were doing there. Eventually, the find a library card left behind by their missing colleague, but can only see it through Corey’s chameleon vision. Once he touches the card, it’s brought back into reality. He’s more than likely going to be a catalyst in helping rescue Stiles when the team seeks him out.
One has to wonder how long the season will draw this out, as the pack is making considerable advancements in figuring this whole Stiles thing out. The episode closes with Lydia in a Banshee trance focusing on a shard of glass from the Ghost Riders first appearance. She’s writing frantically (Lydia’s done this “insane scribe” technique two seasons ago, so it’s no surprise.) And what does she write? The word mischief over and over again in the shape of the word “STILES.” And in true meta form, she asks “What the hell is a Stiles?!” ending the episode and leaving us in a perpetual state of “WTF.”
Tune in next week for episode 3’s recap!