Teen Wolf Recap Season 5 7/20/2015 “A Novel Approach”
Teen Wolf’s ‘A Novel Approach’ is a love letter to Stiles and for once, it really works. This is something that strikes to the core of every fan, but the writers are not ignorant to it. Stiles is the true center of the episode and it starts with the first scene.
The desperate screams of Stiles rip across the screen. And low and behold, Stiles is transformed into a bonafide badass. Something that was always hinted at but never truly put into practice. Donovan is in pursuit of Stiles after last episode. Stiles escapes the circular saw of teeth by hurling a wrench at him. Once again, Teen Wolf takes the show in a fervent chase through the school. Because high schoolers don’t have nightmares about that place enough.
For some reason students are now given key cards to swipe into libraries under construction. But this is Beacon Hills where every episode kids are allowed to walk around in hospitals, so a suspension of disbelief is required.
Stiles hides between the stacks and like in every slasher film, is given away by the vibrating of his phone. Right on cue Donovan goes into a sob story about how he basically became a villain due too a tragic backstory involving him blaming Papa Stilinski for paralyzing his father while they were both in the field, all the while the score inexplicably sounds like the theme sound to Jaws. A little too on the nose.
Dylan O’Brien really has no other recourse than to just bring it. Dealing with the meager story lines of this season, he still shines as Stiles. Even at the mention of his father and the tears are a’flowing.
Stiles is pretty lucky this library seems to be under construction because after grappling with some scaffolding he straight up murders Donovan when the kid is impaled with a shaft of metal. Like all of the other monsters created by the Dread Doctors, Donovan bleeds silver material and once more, a pointless villain is dispatched.
After leading the police to the body, Stiles watches from his jeep, hands soaked in blood. At least he is reacting appropriately. Most villain deaths aren’t treated with this sort of reaction. Stiles is rightfully shaken and torn up about taking a life, even if it was a psychotic monster that wanted to kill him. This is an interesting moment. This is probably one of the most moving sequences that the show has had in the past few seasons. No surprise that it’s coming from Stiles, but it shouldn’t be a surprise when a character is given a moment to himself to act appropriately. No dialogue is spoken, but every ragged breath Stiles breathes hits right to the core. His eyes are wet and he looks in his rearview mirror with self-loathing. Stiles can be paranoid, anxious, and at times sensitive, but these are qualities that make characters relatable and moving to watch. All Dylan O’Brien is doing is sitting in a car, but there is no question that he is a gifted actor and this is not the first scene that exemplifies that.
Since he is Stiles, he listens in on the police channels. What he learns is that the cops find no body in the school. Unlike most teen shows, no expositional dialogue needs to be said for the audience to understand what Stiles is experiencing. Confusion and then finally fear sets in. He just went through the traumatic experience of killing someone and now there is nothing to show for it.