I like that Deputy Jordan Parrish (Ryan Kelley) and his status as something a bit more than human is being addressed, and though an attempted assassination on him was anticipated, the fact that it was conducted by a fellow officer was not. The inclusion of Deputy Haigh (Lou Ferrigno, Jr.) is quite sinister, even for the intense aims of the season, because it seems to signify everything in Beacon Hills is turning against the pack. Of course, Parrish’s dramatic reappearance was fairly anticlimactic. In addition, I thought Sheriff Stilinski (Linden Ashby) being injured was complete overkill, trying to shove the money theme (or lack thereof for the main characters) down the audiences’ throats; likewise with the scene of Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) counting the money hidden away beneath his bed.
Pulling in more of Lydia Martin’s (Holland Roden) family background is a good move in theory, but the story they pieced together about her grandmother’s connection to Meredith Walker (Maya Eshet) seemed too coincidental and flimsy, most likely only present for the sole purpose of setting up the big reveal of Meredith as the Benefactor. The details about her grandmother, the woman she was in love with, and The Little Mermaid were endearing, though.
The Deadpool list being spammed to all the printers was a clever notion, though the timing of it (conveniently after Parrish brings up the questions of just how many assassins are in play) fell flat. Derek Hale’s (Tyler Hoechlin) name being removed from the list gave me mixed feelings; his being removed was too convenient, but simultaneously I am glad the writers seem to be easing up on the angst subplots centered around his character.
Liam Dunbar’s (Dylan Sprayberry) newfound paranoia of the Beserkers, while understandable, was ill-timed and seemed to be transparently inserted to spur his attempt to get drunk at the Lacrosse bonfire. The interaction between Scott and Malia Tate (Shelley Hennig) was believable and I liked the change in dynamic between the two – like friends, which was previously only emphasised between Malia and Stiles.
The split between everyone that has been occurring this season (Lydia and Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien) researching while the werewolves all run around facing the assassin of the day) continues with Lydia and Stiles attempting to bribe Brunski (Aaron Hendry), which given the past dealings with him, was a red flag. Typical to past writing of the show, the duo ends up caught, and though Parrish saves the day, the fact that they are all left with Meredith/the Benefactor – with Parrish’s unknown supernatural abilities and the implications of Lydia adding Stiles’ name to the list – will most likely lead up to a big reveal to save them.
Having the music be the source of incapacitation for the werewolves at the bonfire is a novel idea in itself, but comes across as just trying too hard to be clever, especially when all the assassins were going to do was set them on fire in the school hallway, nothing odd about those would-be-deaths.
Essentially the writing is falling back to trying too hard and throwing in too much, leaving things lackluster and unmemorable. At this point in the season, it feels that any actual character development (not to be confused with background) is being forgone in favor of adding another layer to the plot or another half-hearted tie-back.
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