Fair warning, this thing is spoiler-central, so it’s going to be under a cut. I recommend reading either A) after you’ve seen the film, or B) if you haven’t seen the film but would like some details on possible triggers that are in it. Because it does have some heavily triggering material in it.
Only a few more episodes left until the end of Season 3A (the first story arc). Like the last two seasons, this episode marks the end of the “second act,” putting all our questions on the board so that (hopefully) they’ll all be answered in the third act.
And it’s another flashback episode. Whereas Frayed just made me grit my teeth, this episode was actually good. (Probably because they set it up as a frame story with unreliable narrators).
Okay, I’ve briefly stated my opinion on Ms. Blake a couple of times in my reviews. Today, I’m going to go more in-depth on my feelings on her character.
Ms. Blake: Who Is She?
So, my friend Michelle and I came up with a rating system on how painful the Teen Wolf episodes are. I watch them first (because I have access to cable TV and she doesn’t), then give her a bit of a warning on how the episode was without spoiling anything for when she watches it the next day. We rate it with glasses of wine (as in, how many we needed to consume to numb the pain in order to get to the ending credits).
This episode was four glasses of wine painful.
We are halfway through this story arc, and things are heating up. (Get it? Heating up? Yeah, I slay me). Even with the pain inducing, soul-clutching terror of the episode (I think I broke my friend’s hand squeezing it while we watched in utter horror at the things our beloved wolf-babies had to endure), ‘Motel California’ is probably my favorite episode thus far.
There is just so, so much that went right with this episode.
I’m just going to jump right in. Gotta be honest here folks, I wasn’t that impressed with the episode. The plot progression wasn’t bad, and I loved the bus scenes, but… flashbacks? Really? That’s the best way you can come up with to forward your narrative?
The back and forth between present and past (even though it was only ‘last night’) was jarring and it broke the tension too much for me to really get into it. Honestly, if they really wanted to do the flashback thing, they should have kept all the flashbacks as one long segment in the middle of the episode, instead of flipping between the two storylines. It would have held my attention better, for one.
A lot of things happened in this episode. Not all of them good, but the majority of them were. I could literally rant about this episode for pages upon pages, but I’m just going to pick out a few of my favorite scenes. (And maybe do a longer post about some of the more specific things we saw this episode, like Lydia’s whatever the hell thing, or the twins, or the darach business). Instead, I will open with this.