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dear teen wolf
Why wasn’t Allison the one possessed by the nogitsune?
You had it, right here, the perfect death scenario. Why wasn’t everything that Stiles did this season done by Allison instead? Losing time and terrible possessions, rapid switches between teary eyed innocence and smirking malevolence. I realize you have a giant collective crush on Dylan O’Brien’s everything (I understand, I do), but have you seen Crystal act?
Allison as the nogitsune. That scene where Silverfinger warns Chris Argent he might have to kill his daughter comes back to slay us. She plays Scott like a fiddle, impales him in the vet clinic, smirking as wet dark hair falls across her cheekbones—imagine this, okay? Kidnapping Lydia. What a betrayal that would be, coming from Allison’s hands. What a blow for Lydia, to watch something living in her best friend’s skin, sidling close and leering, cutting deep. I want those scenes.
An Allison consumed from the inside by a foreign darkness would be beautiful. Or rather: an Allison struggling against it— that’s always been her story. She is trying so hard not to be Kate. So much of her arc has been fighting that darkness; embracing her terrible strengths and turning them to the light. (She takes the brutal, vengeful code of her forefathers and turn it from a bloody blade into a shield).
Instead of Stiles inheriting his mother’s illness, Allison inherits her aunt’s darkness, her mother’s brittle vengeance. Give me this.
And do you see what this would get you? Instead of an insipid “surprise” death, a useless one—we get the sacrifice. We get a season of buildup, of earning, of this warrior born of dark bloodlines and old scars, of this young woman who loves so hard, who is so terrified of being her aunt—
Her friends will keep trying to defend her from the oni, to save her from the fox— Lydia pleads and listens and searches; Scott tries so damn hard to be a hero, to find a way to keep his promises. Chris Argent crumbles and crumbles from the inside out, burning within the way his sister burned without.
But in the end, Allison stands, grappling for a moment of control against the darkness inside her. There is blood on her hands. It is not hers. The thing in her chest promises chaos and pain, screams for it, the way she can hear Kate’s voice sometimes at night. COME ON!
She knows there are some battles you cannot win. Or, rather, Allison knows protecting other people is the victory, no matter the cost. Protecting other people is something worth dying for. Nous protégeons ceux qui ne peuvent pas se protéger leurs-même.
"Do it," Allison tells her father. She is an Argent and she will live by her code.
She will die by it.
I have no idea! I really thought this was where they were going — I was picking up clues and everything! though honestly I thought there were *two* of them, and both Stiles & Allison were possessed. I cannot figure out why all the dubious stuff involving Allison (visions of Kate, mysterious phone calls, turning off her phone when she never does that, etc etc) was in there, if it wasn’t part of a plot.
I’m prepared to get on the bandwagon for any fic written during the coming hiatus that actually *uses* all the Allison stuff from 3B to show how her “death” was not so much a death as a nogitsune trick, and she’s ALIIIIIIIIVVVVVVVVE. Seriously, there’s *lots* of room for an alive!Allison theory to make more sense than canon.
Guess you can’t have two girls with weapons for too long. Guess Kira is just gonna take her place. Guess females are just disposable.
For what it’s worth, Crystal wanted to leave the show. She’s 29 years old and she was tired of playing a teenager.
colton haynes wanted to leave the show and had a perfect arc that would lead up to a satisfying, heroic death. but they let him live and then said “oh, jackson moved to london” instead, leaving it open for him to come back.
by contrast, when crystal wanted to leave (after watching her character be sidelined and underused all season, by the way, as well as dealing with disrespect and hate from the fanbase that on some occasions were even rubbed in her face by showrunners) they murdered her in a super bullshit way.
it’s not just about allison, anyway. this is a pattern on this show—killing off women and poc unnecessarily and in stupid, pointless ways, at the same time that they bend over backwards to resurrect white men over and over. that’s what this post is about, that’s what the anger is about.
(no offense to you daisydaisyadair i’m just venting in general)
I think the best illustration of how much of a failure Jeff Davis is as a writer/showrunner is how he views Allison’s exit. Crystal Reed talked about the conversation with Davis about her leaving:
I wanted to jump into different characters. (…) So I went to Jeff and talked about it and he said, “We’ll write you a great ending.” (source)
He considers fridging a character a “great ending”. At this point, I wish the finale is “Rocks fall, everyone dies,” so that all these people can move onto better things.
I don’t think that the people who
OHKAY LETS TALK ABOUT ALLISON DYING SHALL WE…
I’m pretty tired of all those people beating the shit out of Jeff Davis for his ‘sexism’ and for his ‘racism’ in his character deaths and such. SO let me give my perspective. Death by death.
are negativecriticize the show really stop and think about what Teen Wolf was meant to be; a campy TV show on MTV about a group of teens and werewolves.
Them criticizing the show is ok. Them wanting it to be better is ok. Them wishing that their favorite character(s) lived is ok.
What isn’t okay is them saying that the people who are less
seemingly obsessedcritical of the show are ignoring important social issues. As sad as it is, racism and sexism are still present in today’s society and should not be ignored. But just because some of us choose to look at the positives more than the negatives of a show that we really enjoy, that doesn’t mean we are racist/sexist/homophobic/non-inclusive bigots.
While perhaps this OP didn’t go about getting her point across in the most…respectful way, she has a valid point. ******************************************* Y’all are free to your own opinions, but don’t try to impose them on someone else or belittle the people who enjoy a show that, for all intents and purposes, was meant to be a cheesy story about teens and werewolves.
I’m sorry, but no. The OP doesn’t have a valid point. Just because you (the generic you) can enjoy the show without the social issues bothering you doesn’t mean those social issues don’t exist. It also doesn’t have to mean that you don’t care about those social issues. There are plenty of shows that have had scores of issues that I have enjoyed unashamedly, including Teen Wolf Season 1.
However, the OP’s rant was directed at ‘proving’ that what people pointed out as issues were not really issues. They failed making that point because there is just too much factual evidence to show otherwise. If the post had been about all the good things the show has done instead of justifying the bad things then I wouldn’t have commented, because raining on someone’s joy parade is a crap thing to do. But that was not the direction they took. Instead they tried to invalidate legitimate issues by denying they even exist. That doesn’t scream to me that this is someone just trying to look at the positives. It tells me that they’re doing this shit in rl too.
And just because it’s supposed to be a cheesy story about teenage werewolves doesn’t mean I it shouldn’t be progressive, especially when the show runner likes to bill it that way.
i’m so fucking upset
And I don’t care whether Crystal Reed wanted to leave. I don’t care that she sacrificed herself for her BFF. If Allison needed to be written off the show she should have done all the ass kicking she needed to do in the finale and then had a very emotional scene with Chris and Scott where she explained that Beacon Hills had a pack to protect it again and that she needed to spread her wings. To go out on the road and protect the creatures that are being hunted down and killed because of hate and fear instead of because they’re doing harm.
Basically she would be the opposite of the Winchesters: protecting the supernatural from the mundane who want to destroy them. And maybe along the way she picks up a couple of hitchhikers - a blonde bombshell and a tall dark and handsome - coincidentally named Erica and Boyd. And man is it hella awkward at first, but they keep bumping into each other. Keep going after the same rumors. Keep helping each other and saving each other, and eventually all those rough edges file down into something sharp and deadly and until one day they realize that they’re a unit. And even more, they’re family.
So out of dozens of dudes on the show, half of which have no real purpose whatsoever in the story arc, we lost one of the three main female characters. Awesome.
Okay seriously NO OFFENSE to Deputy Parrish fans, because he is hot and he has the sass and I understand why you like him, I like him too, but here’s the problem I’m having with Jeff Davis right now. (I say “right now” because I have problems with him always.) We know he has problems with writing black characters, in that apparently he thinks that giving them storylines would make Teen Wolf an “issues” show, and we know that he has trouble writing women in that he mostly kills them a lot. But both of Parrish’s predecessors — by which I mean the most visible recurring deputy characters — were black women. So the difference between their presence on the show and his presence on the show is like… REALLY obvious. And depressing.
The first one didn’t have a name, as far as I know, and I can’t recall her having any lines either, aside from that time Derek flirted with her. She died horribly in Matt’s attack on the sheriff station. The second one didn’t have any lines at all to my recollection (somebody please correct me if I’m wrong I’m mentally blocking out large swaths of season 3A), but we got a name for her and a bit of dialogue about who she was and Stiles’ backstory with her, essentially so that we and Stiles would feel personally invested in her death, despite her total lack of on-screen anything. (She also died horribly, sacrificed by the Darach; all of her character development, if you could call it that, was post-mortem.) [EDIT: I’ve just been reminded she had a few lines, the most significant of which were when she told Danny and some other kids to leave the school. I forgot about it because I was busy shouting at my television at the time with things like NO YOU LEAVE THE SCHOOL. YOU LEAVE IT. YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY ABOUT TO DIE. And then she died. Son of a bitch.]
The thing is, you could’ve taken either of those deputies and given them any of Parrish’s lines and given them the exact same level of development with zero changes to those scripts. They could’ve sassed back at some assholes and had an Army backstory and bad-ass expertise and moments of cool. But they didn’t get that. They were in the background and then they were dead. And then you have an attractive white guy cast for basically the SAME PART, and his casting is announced in advance, he’s got a name, he’s got an actual part, he’s got a backstory, a few good scenes, dialogue, and springboarding off of that he’s already basically got a fan club.
My point isn’t that you shouldn’t like him, because I totally support your life choices, A+++ would stare at his pretty eyes again. My point is mostly that the way you write black characters is by writing them. As characters. Like it’s seriously not that fucking hard.
IDEK I was just thinking about how bad-ass that first female deputy would’ve looked in a flak jacket, doing bomb squad-y stuff. Also, I like to think she and Derek went on a date later and had terrific, life-affirming, no-strings-attached casual sex. With cuddling after. Because goddammit they both deserved it.