Teen Wolf started its fifth episode “Radio Silence” in the blue-toned world of Train Station 137. Everyone seems to be in a daze, including Stiles. However, not even being taken by the Ghost Riders can stop Stiles’ brain from working overtime, or his mouth. Ever the one asking questions, Stiles tries to figure out what is going on beyond the severe lack of cleaning services at Train Station 137. The nurse he is next to doesn’t remember where she is going, or why she is still in her work clothing. She, or the gentleman on the other side of her, can’t find their train tickets.
A sound system repeats a message about cancelled train stops – the same message Lydia heard from the old woman in “Sundowning” while at the Stilinski house – and everyone gets up to look down the train tunnel. Only it’s not a train coming, but the Riders returning from the hunt which sends everyone running away to hide. Well, everyone but Stiles because no really, curiosity is one of his traits that will get him killed on day.
But yesterday was not that day, as Stiles is rescued by Peter Hale. It seems Peter, who everyone forgot about (including the writers for season 5), has been at the train station since the power went down at Eichen (Thanks Kira!). Taking a break from carving a spiral into the floor (really, Peter, try something different like the Westworld maze for once), he decides to take a stroll while the guards were busy trying to keep all the other prisoners from escaping. Once free, he found some NICE new duds (sorry, no sexy V-necks this time), went to his car, and then ended up getting taken by the Riders. Three months and not having anyone there to talk to made him fall into the routine that all of the others had and he had forgotten his own life until Stiles starts to jar them free.
Which is better than what happened in his head the last time he was comatose, let’s be real here.
And then look – it’s the creepy kid that Lydia saw in the hallway and made her totally ruin Claudia’s wallpaper job. He’s enjoying watching Stiles play musical doors, because he’s not alone now in knowing something wrong about this place. He tells them that the way out is through the tunnel, but fear keeps them from going through. Peter has Stiles throw him through, breaking the spell enough that he can keep going – and pull Stiles in with him.
The kid has a plan to leave – but leaving the way of the Riders isn’t going to work. Sorry Creepy Kid who never got a name on screen but IMDB says your name is Trent. The Ghost Riders ended your 15 minutes of Teen Wolf fame. At least no one will remember you when you’re gone?
But Stiles has another idea – using a radio to try and reach his friends. And look – Roscoe is receiving Daddy’s call! That police scanner finally came in handy and not just getting Stiles and Scott scolded by the Sheriff.
Meanwhile on the other side of the veil, Lydia and Scott rescue Roscoe from being towed away – twice. Lydia has a gut feeling to save it, which comes in handy when Stiles starts playing with the train station radio. That police scanner finally came in handy – you know, beyond sending the boys off to chase crime in the season opener. And there is a car title with the Stilinski address on it (notice no name, not even Claudia’s). We already saw the next scene in my Teen Wolf preview post, and none of the new information really changes the impact of that scene. I still think “Claudia” is in on this, and she is influencing Sheriff into not focusing on the “Stiles” question.
The Riders are not happy to have someone in the radio room, and the only reason Stiles wasn’t caught was because Peter – once again – saved Stiles from being caught. Peter Hale saving lives. This is new. He is struggling so hard to be the selfish prick while also helping Stiles find a way out. I wonder if he even remembers how much of a prick he can be. Anyway, it’s only when Stiles brings up Malia does Peter suddenly remember his daughter, and have a purpose to stop the Riders before they take her too.
Oh, and for those curious – Peter said that the train station was a way station. Hilariously enough, my history geekdom picked this up. During the time of the Pony Express – among others I’m sure – the horses that they used to deliver the mail across the country could only ride for so many miles before the riders had to change out horses. These trade-out spots where the horses were cared for were called way stations.
To keep the mail moving, the riders also only rode so far before they traded off the mail pouch to the next rider to continue the trail. Those way stations would be bunkhouses where the riders could get rest, food, and clean up from the trail all before they turn around and head back to the other way station they arrived from.
So pretty much, a waystation is a place a Rider returns to before they go off on their next ride. However, I never saw a way station like this on the Young Riders…
Well, back to the plot. Peter takes the plunge and escapes, intending to find his daughter and get her the keys to Roscoe. I’m pretty sure it’s a little too late for father/daughter bonding, but that was a big sacrifice Peter went through because you know, burning again. Back where he started in season one even – a lone Hale burnt beyond recognition. But Malia recognizes him first – and called him dad! – and I’m hoping one of them called 9-1-1 after they got the keys. If IMDB is correct, Peter isn’t dead since he comes back in 2 weeks. Since Malia wasn’t in Roscoe with Scott and Lydia when they got contact with Stiles over the radio, we can only assume she was working on getting him help.
Then we have the reunion in the jeep! Lydia and Scott got to hear Stiles’ voice, and real proof that this “Stiles” is a person. Up until then, it seemed that memories don’t come back until there is a face to face with the person (see: seeing the face from the ID on the screen at the library in “Superposition”). Scent wasn’t enough to make them remember Stiles from the jeep, or Peter while tracking him in the woods. Vocal patterns – they didn’t recognize Peter’s howl (Scott should have at least). Lydia, however, remembers the last thing he told her – “remember I love you” – but I’m just going to chalk that up to a banshee thing until I see more.
So Peter came back through – without Corey’s help – which means there’s now two options on how Stiles can be rescued. Corey’s way is a lot less likely to kill him, but beyond being taken by the Riders, we have no way to get into the waystation yet. But the pack has contacted Stiles, as well as seeing that travel back by someone taken is possible (albeit very painful even if you have a healing factor). The next question on my mind is – what does Stiles think the pack is going to find in Canaan?
However, a quick internet search leads me to two things: Carnival episode 2×12 took place in “New Canaan, CA”, which should say something but I don’t know what. But this is the basic info on the town from Wikipedia: Canaan is a former settlement in Colusa County, California, 18 miles northwest of Colusa. A post office operated there from 1871 to 1872. All other sites list it as a ghost town and it is not listed on Google Maps. It looks like it would be around current Butte City, CA. Seeing the “Next Week” trailer from Teen Wolf, the setting doesn’t really hit me as a 1870’s type settlement.
I guess we’ll just have to wait until next Teen Wolf Tuesday to find out just how this town fits into the plot…
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