The unsung heroes.
→ jo harvelle in 2.14 born under a bad sign
i know demons lie, but… do they ever tell the truth too?
9 years of SPN - 9 years of Sam and Dean
This’ll be the day that I die.
Derek and Scott have been on opposite arcs since season 1. They are the triskele playing out, showing us the beta becoming an alpha, becoming omega, becoming a beta, and so on.
Scott and Derek are always opposites. Look at how the pattern works:
- Derek = blue-eyed beta - shown as successful at control
- Scott = yellow-eyed beta - shown as unsuccessful at control
- Stiles = sidekick (human beta) - shown as successful at control
- Derek = alpha, who killed for the power - unsuccessful with power
- Scott = yellow-eyed beta - successful with power
- Stiles = sidekick (human beta) - unsuccessful with power
- Derek = alpha, who gave up the power - successful with allies
- Scott = alpha, who didn’t kill for power - unsuccessful with allies
- Stiles = sidekick (human beta) - successful with allies
- Derek = blue-eyed omega - successful in following orders (chess)
- Scott = true alpha - unsuccessful in giving orders
- Stiles = possessed alpha - successful in giving orders (chess)
- Derek = blue-eyed full-wolf omega - successful with power/autonomy
- Scott = true alpha - successful with power/autonomy
- Stiles = better human (alpha?) - unsuccessful with power/autonomy
Can you see? The pattern has been broken in S4. We can surmise reasons, such as wanting to hold something back for the double-sized S5, but that doesn’t change the broken pattern and narrative promise.
When one rises, the other falls. That’s the pattern the show has set up, and the triskele is a central metaphor and organising principle for the narrative. It’s the Wheel of Fate, always turning.
So to have Derek arrive at the high point of his arc, without also finally having Scott’s dark arc reach a climax means the narrative has betrayed its central metaphor and organising principle.
Stiles is part of this metaphor too. He’s the third arm of the triskele. He began in the “beta” position as sidekick and has also had a alpha/villain arc, and should be now be hitting a key point in his alpha/hero arc. But that too was not properly signalled in the finale. We just got the magically connecting phone, but no other sign of Stiles’ waking talent.
Apart from all of that, all season there’s been subtext signalling that the queer narrative would also hit a crisis point, and that too was only hinted at in the finale.
Basically, the finale chickened out without taking us to true crisis point, which all the build-up had been saying it would.
Even the Star Wars references were about this. Star Wars is the story of Anakin’s fall to the dark side. Scott even got Vader’s mask lowered onto his head. And then? We did not get a clear signal that Scott was facing a crisis point. It was delayed yet again, put off for another season, and he was given an entirely superficial and unsatisfying victory over Peter instead.
There are any number of ways the show could have stayed true to its narrative promise. I didn’t expect Scott to suddenly become a whole different person, Stiles to have total control of his spark, or to end up in bed with Derek.
But Scott making making a bad choice for a good reason, and damning himself with it so he’d have to battle himself next season? Yes, that would work. Stiles accidentally blowing something up because he was afraid for Scott, Derek, Malia/Liam, or his own life? Yes, that would work. Derek and Stiles having a moment after Derek’s resurrection? Yes, that would also work. (Stiles: “Glad you’re alive.” Derek: “I know.” It wouldn’t have taken much.)
This is basic storytelling stuff. Anyone who’s read Robert McKee or similar industry standards knows this stuff.
And sure, shows make mistakes and get things wrong. It’s hard to make something good with so many cooks involved, and to do so consistently season after season. The main problem isn’t that the finale is unsatisfying, or even that it broke the promises made by its established patterns. It’s that it did so while the PR team, writers, and actors are lying about what the show is really about.
When you add in that context, the show’s internal consistency was its one remaining crutch of integrity. And it just snapped that crutch and tossed it aside, much like Scott removing and tossing aside his Darth Vader helmet before it had any overt and obvious consequences for him.
That’s how canon has lied.