This episode was evidently written by the creator Jeff Davis, because 1) It’s always greatly written and a great episode, 2) the Peter Hale dialogue and storyline showcases how brilliant an actor Ian Bohen is, and 3) It’s immensely complex.
This episode, Letharia Vulpira is no exception, with this episode having twists and turns at every possible moment than a poisoned fox’s digestive tract. The episode is laid out in such a clear and logical way that when each twist is shown, it doesn’t cause too much confusion for the immensely dedicated audience to follow. Things make perfect sense from the chilly opening scene all the way to the very end which closes the episode on a very perfect cliffhanger and the joining of forces.
A lot of stuff happens in Beacon Hills, but this has increased a lot during the second half of season 3 with the arrival and discovery of the nogistune. Each character was given airtime in this episode, from the Teen Wolf himself, Scott McCall played by Tyler Posey to Coach Finstock played by Orny Adams, from the twins roughing up Stiles and cowering from Scott’s Alpha roar; Danny and Kira outracing each other which Kira wins; Kira’s parents even show p during a potentional bomb scare. Derek Hale and Chris Argent has a bonding moment where one saves the other, while Allison and Lydia pays a visit to Derek’s uncle, Peter Hale. While Scott’s mum goes to the hospital to see her werewolf adoptee, Isaac Lahey, who gets electrocuted a couple of minutes into the episode.
It was a good plan for Deaton to open and close the episode for he has been a bit absent lately, but he shows off his mad Druid-Vet skills and outwitting the yakuza and a nogistune in tow. The hospital scene picks up where it left off last which is quickly resolved with Kira displaying her powers, followed by Isaac’s electrocution and then the next day arrives with Scott and Melissa McCall meeting up with Allison at the hospital to kick up the plot into high gear.
The main plot features Scott and the conflict between Beacon Hills and the evil Japanese fox demon, Nogistune, currently inhabiting and controlling everyone’s favourite sidekick turned evildoer. The secondary plot features the sneaky evildoer, Peter Hale, Lydia and Allison, both plots turned out very interesting results.
Personally, I’m interested in the kitsune and the oni storyline, not because of Kira being the new love interest , but that mythology is pretty interesting and it makes me wonder what other mythologies the creator Jeff Davis will use next – Norse? Scottish?
Watching Peter Hale, Lydia and Allison snap at each other was fun to watch with the revealing of information that indicates Peter is not only an uncle was fun to watch unfold, and I look forward to see where this storyline goes.
Having the episode divided up into trickster versus trickster wasn’t a very obvious choice, but it was clever. One being Peter, and the other being Stiles/Nogistune. In the past few episodes, or in fact from the very start of the second half of season 3, Dylan O’Brien has been doing an excellent job of playing the Stiles we all know and love, who has been inflicted with extremely bad dreams and hallucinations, and the Stiles that is possessed and lives on the chaos and pain of others.
All in all, a brilliant episode and, in my opinion the best so far, with the realisation that we can not just trust Stiles to be the Stiles we know from season one just adds another layer of anxiety to the show, but the realisation that Isaac is in hospital and can potentially be the character that gets killed off hasn’t crossed anyone’s mind.
With all of that, as first was just terrifying to watch as characters fight themselves awake and didn’t known if they were dreaming but now we have someone feeding off pain, confusion and chaos versus someone actually in pain, confusion and is amidst the chaos with no way out.