Teen Wolf Review: “Orphaned” (Season 4, Episode 6)


There was always something that seemed off about the latest addition to the Beacon Hills Sheriff Department. Jordan Parrish (Ryan Kelley) had a quizzical draw to Beacon Hills from the beginning, and now it looks like we know why. He’s some kind of supernatural being. From the looks of it, he was as surprised as viewers probably were (or maybe not, since all new arrivals to Teen Wolf seem to be inexplicably connected to the supernatural in some way or another).

Considering what we already know about the existing traits of various supernatural entities, it’s a good guess that he’s another banshee. Teen Wolf hasn’t offered up any tangible evidence to support this theory, but the writers also haven’t given away any clues to the contrary. If you think about it, banshee makes sense – and with the exit of Meredith, the cast is short one of those anyway. Parrish has found himself at several of the same crime scenes as Lydia (Holland Roden), at the same time. Yes, this could be a result of his profession, but it all seems too packaged to be a coincidence.

Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and Lydia are tasked with discovering the cipher which will unlock the final third of the deadpool list. Last week we saw them turn to another supernatural for assistance, but on tonight’s episode of Teen Wolf, Meredith – who is definitely one of the most unique character we’ve seen on the show – isn’t as willing to share. Apparently, she had as direct line to the benefactor, the mysterious season four antagonist. This may have come in handy later on in the story, but it turned out to be too much for her to handle in the meantime (R.I.P. Meredith).

Since obviously no one on Teen Wolf is restricted by a pesky thing like attending high school, Malia (Shelley Hennig) heads out with Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) for her own adventure. This is the first time we’ve seen her play a significant role this season. Her unique way of thinking came in handy when they were searching for the other wolf pack, but unfortunately this search didn’t end the way they hoped. It seems that the deadpool is quickly dwindling as the resident supernaturals succumb to more than just assassins. Along with the victims of what looked like mass poisoning, Derek came across a familiar face. The same mercenary hired to find Kate, has found herself worse for wear, which has us wondering if this wasn’t a result of the benefactors involvement in Beacon Hills and instead may have been a message from the Calaveras clan.

Kira (Arden Cho) was noticeably absent from this episode of Teen Wolf, but she’s sure to pop back up soon. With Scott vowing to protect all the remaining supernaturals in town, and Derek possibly coming to the end of his tenure in Beacon Hills, the writers are going to have to manifest some wins soon. On the plus side, Liam (Dylan Sprayberry) is coming into his own as a beta quite nicely.

We’re halfway through the season now – six down, six more episodes to go – let us know all your Teen Wolf theories about what you think is going to happen next in the comment section below!