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TV Review: TEEN WOLF: Season 4, Episode 11: A Promise to the Dead [MTV]

Tyler Posey Arden Cho Teen Wolf A Promise to the Dead

MTV‘s Teen Wolf Muted TV Show ReviewTeen Wolf: Season 4, Episode 11: A Promise to the Dead begins with the seemingly random defeat of a Wendigo at the hands of Dr. Alan Deaton (Seth Gilliam), which is only used as a means to segue to Valack (Steven Brand), yet another character with no previously established mention or background, which comes across as being terribly convenient. The writing for Valack, though very short in this episode, was painfully lazy; the entire interaction between Deaton and Valack was suspiciously reminiscent of “Silence of the Lambs”.

Aside from this hiccup, it was a good decision to finally address the money that Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) had hidden away. The dismissal (or perhaps purposeful resolution/absence) of the previously emphasized financial problems also seems too tidy to be realistic.

Liam Dunbar’s (Dylan Sprayberry) character has also lost traction, the entirety of scenes for several episodes have consisted almost completely of his traumatic hallucinations of the Beserkers, and while he is a sympathetic character, it’s laid on far too thickly. In addition to Liam’s trauma, Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) also seems to be distracted and a bit paranoid in the aftermath of the deadpool, understandably, especially after her ominous scream at Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin)’s loft.

The confrontation between Peter Hale (Ian Bohen) and Chris Argent (JR Bourne) is a good, albeit predictable, set up for a future rift between Peter and Kate Argent (Jill Wagner). The one thing that I found most enticing in the episode was Jordan Parrish (Ryan Kelley) coming to the rescue with his still unknown supernatural abilities.

Scott and Kira Yukimura (Arden Cho)’s date was a cute notion, making reference to previous occurrences in the series, like Scott’s not having seen “Star Wars”. Again, there was a certain level of predictability with the interruption of Kate and the Beserkers, but justifiably necessary in this case. The return to ‘La Iglesia’ did not play out as I was expecting, and I was genuinely surprised with Kate’s plan to turn Scott into a Beserker was an interesting choice in terms of plot. This turn of events also has me quite wary of how many things will be overlooked in the last episode, or carried over to the next season, given all of the things that are in need of resolution.

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