Thank goodness Teen Wolf is back on form. This episode was fantastic; just the right mix of excitement, emotion and humour. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, which isn’t a response Teen Wolf has been able to get from me recently… and it was nice.
This week on Teen Wolf… Stiles and Scott prove to Derek that Jennifer is the Darach but they can’t kill her because she is the only person that can save Derek’s sister Cora and Stiles’s dad. While trying to save Cora, the pack end up trapped in an evacuated hospital by the alpha pack who are after Jennifer. They have to work together to get themselves, and Jennifer, out of the hospital safely.
Haley Webb stole this episode with her nuanced portrayal of Jennifer Blake/Julia Barracus. I found myself believing every word she said even though I knew I was falling right into her trap and that’s the mark of a great villain. She was still likable at times but there were moments when she was genuinely terrifying. The way her face would switch as soon as she wasn’t being watched was subtle enough to go unnoticed but worked to foreshadow her final betrayal.
One of the highlights of the episode for me was an incredibly awkward elevator ride. Where Jennifer was stuck between a very angry Scott and Stiles, it was one of those rare moments that are humorous on the service but underneath it’s pretty distressing. That coupled with the return of the famous McCall bat (last seen Season 1) made this moment a perfect representation of everything I have been missing in previous episodes.
It was a relief to finally see the impact of some of the big emotional events Teen Wolf has been throwing in all season. Stiles had to face the possibility of losing his remaining parent. Derek had to acknowledge that another one of his girlfriend’s turned out to be a homicidal maniac. Scott had to finally accept that he might not be able to have it all. These are the character insights I have been craving all season. These are the moments that make the big emotional events mean something.
“The Overlooked” was a great hour of television and it didn’t hurt that there was less slow-motion (it was still excessive but it’s a start). Let’s hope that this a sign that Teen Wolf has pushed through it’s teething problems and found a way to mesh the ambitious epic storylines with much needed character development.
Review by Yvonne Popplewell
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