Firstly, I must inform you that this post (as any of my reviews) is full of spoilery spoilers. If you haven’t watched ‘Apotheosis’ and like to be surprised, then don’t read this yet. If you like to be spoiled, then read on. Secondly, I’ll admit I was a bit harsh in this review, so I hope you won’t take offense to my views of the finale.
With the entire season building up to an epic season finale, while ‘Apotheosis’ was an awesome episode as usual, it was still somehow anticlimactic. Even the big battle felt a bit disappointing. A few great things happened, admittedly, but then the fight was over and it was all wrapped up in a neat little package with a bow on top. The bad guys, the really, really bad guy, the annoying asshat, and the mother with some power issues finally came to blows and it left some parts of the episode a bit disjointed with others a bit of a let down and all just a little too neat. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was still great and fun to watch and I’m definitely looking forward to season 6. I just expected more from this finale with the season-long build up.
The Dread Doctors: Just Creepy Guys Making Things
In season 5a, the terrible evil wreaking havoc in Beacon Hills was the Dread Doctors. These guys were the epitome of creepy. They were these frequency jerking, steampunk decked, torture machines bent on fulfilling their mission, no matter the cost it took on the many teenage lives in Beacon Hills. They used Theo to cause trouble with Scott and remained a mystery and constant presence throughout the first half of season five. This mission as it turned out was to resurrect the Beast. Ever since season 5b has begun, however, the Dread Doctors have taken a backseat while they watched their pet project mature and become the man he used to be. And that was it. That was the Dread Doctor’s goal all along and shortly after seeing it succeed, Marcel died (right) and the pack never really faced the Dread Doctors (no, I don’t count that squabble when attempting to save Mason as facing the Dread Doctors). I can’t remember what happened to the other two, but Marcel’s reveal and subsequent death seems to be it for these guys…at least for now. Their man in the green tank has just escaped, after all.
The Desert Wolf: Getting in the Way
This one…well, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t like or follow the connection to this from the start. While I’m all for character development and growth and I absolutely love a story that features Malia, the Desert Wolf seemed like a story for another time. I had expected at some point she would eventually tie into the Beast, other than serving as a delivery system for the claws used to sap her power (a nice twist there), the only purpose she seemed to serve was to distract Malia and keep her out of the fight.
Malia kicks ass, literally. She is one of my favorite characters, but leaving her off on her own so much and facing off against her mother without the pack while they were busy with the Beast, just didn’t seem right. Plus wit the extra focus on the Desert Wolf, ‘Apotheosis’ became a bit jumbled as it was jumping from one moment to the next, one fight to the other. I thought this was definitely an interesting story, but I think it could’ve used more development perhaps as a separate arc not stuck in the middle of another. Perhaps they could’ve all helped Malia face-off against her mother in one episode and then follow that with the finale where they all face the Beast together utilizing Malia’s newfound strength in the fight.
Theo Raeken: Meets a Fitting End…with a Twist
Theo, the asshat of asshats, he has been a fun character to hate and he came to a very, very fitting end, which was great. The moment Kira stopped him and his sister, or at least a creepy, dead representation of his sister, pulled him into the ground was an absolutely perfect ending for the asshole. Let’s face it, there was never any hope of redemption for him. His corruption began at such a young age that it clearly was beyond the Dread Doctor’s influence. He’s been a great antagonist all season, but he needed to go. Having his sister get her final revenge was a great way for that, too.
Really, the only point of annoyance I have with Theo in ‘Apotheosis’ is in Deucalion’s betrayal. Theo’s been working on his plan from the beginning of season 5a. His plan worked seamlessly in that first half of the season, but wasn’t working out as well as he had hoped as of last week’s episode. That being said, he still had Deucalion on his side. Deucalion was brought in early on in the season, but for most of it, he’s been sitting on his ass with a tube stuck in his arm, taunting Theo’s pack. He even managed to get Theo to start killing them for their power.
Corrupt as Theo was, that power only served to fuel his moral bankruptcy and when he realized he needed more, he killed his last remaining pack member, Tracey. Then he attacked Scott and Lydia and this is where it got both really interesting and disappointing. After Theo attacked Scott and lost Lydia, Deucalion revealed his very own treachery: He wasn’t blind and had actually been working with Scott the entire time. That is definitely not something I saw coming! Five seconds after Deucalion takes charge and it seems like they’re getting somewhere, however, Gerard pops out of nowhere and BAM! Deucalion’s down and out for the count. Now that was disappointing. I’m all for the betrayal of an asshat like Theo and I thought Deucalion working with Scott and betraying Theo was a great twist. The fact that it ended so soon after it was revealed felt kind of stupid. I wanted to know and see more of their plan. I wanted to see how that was going to play out.
The Beast: One Hell of a Fight? Sort of?
Now talk about an anticlimactic end to the big, scary beast. I do like this character and how it developed and I loved the struggle they all went through to get to this finale. I also enjoyed the deadly, powerful nature of the Beast, but the final battle had a few holes in it. With the season building up this character and Scott building up his pack, I guess I expected more from this battle. In the end, the fight was short and while the Hellhound distracted the Beast, a few other loose ends were the focus with Theo, Gerard and the others. When they finally did get to battle the Beast, Scott and Liam’s part in it was short-lived. All it took was one forceful yell from Lydia to get the Beast out of Mason and a stab with the pike to destroy it. That was it. It just seemed so…little…compared to the fear he spread and trouble he’s caused all season long. The fight against the Beast in the library was more significant than this one seemed to be. Even the fight at the end of Season 5a with Theo was more harrowing for everyone involved. This fight just seemed too neat and almost easy…I guess.
There is also the issue with the Hellhound. The fresco foretold of the Hellhound and all season long Parrish’s Hellhound nature has been pretty important. The fresco seemed to indicate that this battle was a battle for the Hellhound and the Beast more than anything else. Was it because the hellhound played a part in stopping the Beast originally? No, Marie-Jeanne did that with her special pike. Was it because he would play a major role in defeating the Beast? Unfortunately, not really that either. In the end, Parrish served as a bit of distraction to the Beast while the pack prepared to fight. Lydia stopped the Beast and Parrish held him in place while Scott threw the pike-cane into the Beast’s form. Okay, so he was important in that part. Without him the Beast would’ve gotten away, but where was the big battle with the Hellhound and the Beast? What happened to that? With the level of importance they seemed to place on the Hellhound’s role in the battle, it felt like he wasn’t really all that important when he should’ve been. I definitely expected more from the battle between them in this finale.
Final Thoughts: The Battle is Won, Time for School!
Overall, I think the episode was still pretty great. Sure there were holes and it felt jumbled and disjointed at times with too much going on at once, but it was still a good episode. Theo’s sister returning from the grave for her revenge (thanks to Kira) was a great end for Theo and I’m glad Mason was saved in the end. Lydia has developed some awesome abilities and it was also fitting that in the end, Allison, or at least Scott’s memories of Allison, were enough to cause Sebastien to hesitate and save Scott. It was a bittersweet moment and like a final goodbye to a beloved character.
The final battle of the season, however, seemed a bit too convenient and even the final moments of the show seemed so nicely wrapped up that all it was missing was a bow on top. The battle was over, everyone was back to school for their final year and everything was right with the world. They could be teenagers again. Hayden joined the pack due to her wounds, Kira left to join the skin walkers and train (will she return or is it goodbye forever?), Stiles officially has a future ahead of him following in his father’s footsteps (not very surprising there) and Scott has his pack and is happy. I like happy endings and I’m definitely glad this wasn’t the end of the show, but it felt like it.
At least we were left with one mystery to occupy our thoughts until season 6: the wet footprints going nowhere or somewhere or who knows? The man in the green tank has escaped from the Dread Doctors’ lair, but what exactly was he? We’ll just have to wait until season 6 to find out and it couldn’t come soon enough!
So what did you think of ‘Apotheosis’? Let me know in the comments below, even if you disagree with my views on it!
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