Teen Wolf Recap 7/13/2015 Season 5 “Condition Terminal”
Teen Wolf Picked up right where it left off last week, the episode starts in a mess of confusion. Lydia is bleeding out on the floor and the wolf pack gang tries to figure out what to do with Tracy’s body and her severed reptilian tail. Oh, what a conundrum. You kids these days.
They follow Lydia into the hospital where most of the scenes occur. Melissa reports to Stiles because she knows he is the brains of this operation – even if he is suspiciously absent for half of the episode after falling asleep on a pile of books.
New monster alert: A garuda! Or something. There are a lot of mythology terms being thrown around this season. However, this is something the show never fails at. While the plot lines are confused and twisted at the moment, finding new monsters every season is always enjoyable. It kind of feels like a cop out of Supernatural proportions. Instead of finding a new mythology to follow, the show is basically just making it up at this point. Tracy is found out to be a monster that is made, not bitten or turned. She was a compilation of different monsters in the mythology. Tail of a kanima. Talons of an eagle. Everything else is werewolf… maybe. It’s not totally clear. What is important is that the rules or changing. But that seemed to be clear at the start of the season. This isn’t really a new revelation. In fact, Deacon said this probably three episodes ago.
Surprise of surprises, Deacon is leaving on a secret mission after he reveals all of this vital information. Some timing you’ve got there. There goes the person with all the answers. Things are going to get more complicated for these kids which is only made blatantly obvious when the one authority figure disappears for what one can assume is the entire season. See you at the season finale, Deacon!
Lydia wakes up with Parrish by her side. Despite the fact that Stiles was completely inconsolable when he saw her bleeding out at the beginning of the episode. And for the first time, speechless. Lydia and Parrish need more chemistry if anyone is to invest in their relationship. Stiles and Lydia have a thousand more things in common and are tethered to one another. Deacon said so.
It’s more than past the time that Lydia becomes a true powerhouse. Unfortunately for the show, this means making her learn martial arts instead of actually developing her powers in a cohesive and coherent way. Stiles also happens to be the epitome of humanness but hasn’t learned jujitsu at this point either. It seems that Stiles and Lydia have always been two sides of the same coin. Stiles is human – nogitsune encounters not included – while Lydia is developing her powers. Slowly, but surely. It seems kind of insulting to her character to have the strong man cop teach her marital arts.
In the flash forward it didn’t seem like she needed much of that anyway. Developing Lydia on her own is something this show has not been very good at. Lydia is too removed from the main cast anyway. She was one of the original core characters. It hurts to see her so underutilized even with her banshee powers. This is the chick that made a molotov cocktail in the first season. Stiles doesn’t need to know martial arts and neither should Lydia. They are so intrinsically human. That is their point and their place in Scott’s makeshift pack. Lydia isn’t so much human anymore, but she still has the show’s humanity. She is a problem solver. That was her original power and shouldn’t be overlooked.