Stiles is back y’all! *waves frantically* After a serious Stiles withdrawal for the past three episodes, the key to everything this season has graced the screen again. We’ve been privy to what’s going on in the supernatural sense of Beacon Hills – The Wild Hunt, the werewolves, etc; but we’ve yet to see where the victims land in this theft of reality. Turns out, they’re all in an abandoned train station, waiting for their “trains.” The humor is so crass it’s good, because as most of us know, purgatory is waiting.
The train station goes through a vicious cycle, one that metaphorically encapsulates the process of absorbing this “forgotten” arc. The kidnapped are dropped off at the deserted station, waiting for their trains, only to realize there’s no train coming, and then terrorized at the sight of the Ghost Riders as they drop off more victims. Emotionally this episode starts off pretty meh, as intended. The train station is stale, so things don’t pick up until Stiles starts piecing things together. He finds the series’ first villain, Peter Hale, an insufferable psychopath, who on occasion does some good for the pack. If there’s a villainous counterpart to Stiles in master planning and brains, it’s Peter.
The first half of the episode is the unlikely dynamic duo attempting to figure out how to escape this hell hole, which admittedly get’s a little mundane. But when Stiles asks Peter how he got there, things began flowing, even flashbacking to some connective tissues; a scene at the end of the fourth season which includes his daughter Malia and a Kitsune warrior, and Kira breaking out of famed mental and supernatural prison, Einchen house – a scene no one knew was an indirect result of Peter, until this very episode. This is what gives this season a backbone. While this arc of the forgotten is a decent storyline at best, the emotional stakes and weight fall through when viewers are reminded of the legacy of this show. This happens again, as Peter figures out a way to escape the train station as his werewolf abilities would allow him to ride the backs of one of the Ghost Riders out through a portal. He’s found by Malia and Scott, and they began to remember him, and so do we the viewers.
It was Peter that bit Scott and transformed him into a werewolf, it was Peter that was the catalyst for so many supernatural happenings in Beacon Hills. And because of all the new characters, we’ve lost sight of him. Welcome back, Peter. And Peter also brought back a gift, the keys to Stiles’ Jeep. Once again proving there’s power in the tangible, particularly if you’re been taken by the Ghost Riders.
Oh, and Stiles contacts Lydia and Scott via radio. And guess what, Lydia remembers Stiles telling her that he loves her. OMG Stydia for the win y’all! Stiles also bestows a gift on the group – kinda. That train station in limbo, well it actually had stops. The stops are cities or towns that are likely to be wiped from existence. Stiles tells them they’ll find answers in a nearby town called Canaan.
Episode seven starts off in true horror movie fashion. Scott, Lydia and Malia arrive in the deserted 1985 version of the town Canaan, and within minutes of arriving began experiencing lucid fever dreams. Malia imagines being shot and buried alive with her mother, Scott sees a walking corpse of his mother and that’s just the first five mins. Teen Wolf usually has an episode like this per season – either pure horror or pure thriller, and the episode excels at placing our heroes in nearly inescapable dangers.
In this episode, the characters are held at the mercy of a banshee stuck in a time loop with her dead son’s spirits. They were both left behind by the Ghost Riders, as the riders took everyone else. The episode is reminiscent of one of Teen Wolf‘s best episodes, “Hotel California,” where the gang all stay at a haunted hotel and become victims to horrible nightmares. In both, it’s Lydia’s reason that sets them free. One of the best scenes to come out of this episode is Lydia’s face off against the older banshee with a literal screaming match, and it’s pretty damn epic.
Main crew aside, Liam decides to resurrect past season’s villain Theo with the sword of thunder Kitsune, Kira (the laws behind these things make absolutely no sense at times but we’re going with it for now). And their accomplice? None other than a certain creepy werewolf/nazi teacher we’ve been keeping an eye on. That aside, Scott and Malia have some pretty epic beef to settle with Theo, so when they spot him resurrected, the episode ends with Scott’s signature I’m kicking your a** face.
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