Hah same, I was also like WAIT THAT’S IT?!?!?!? I think it’s highly unrealistic frankly, if you could actually accomplish things with table-flipping I feel like I ought to have a much more successful life at this point. :D
It was a bit of a let-down, though, because again the meta was cooler than the actual execution. We all expected Stiles to be fighting somehow and trying to outmaneuver the nogitsune — which would make sense because that’s what we’ve seen him doing that already, where Void (I’mma just call it that it’s faster to type :D) has set up traps for Stiles’ loved ones and he’s basically found ways to sabotage them. But then it was just like… nope, when he’s inside his head, he’s just quietly playing a game of Go and Void is just like… keeping him distracted and disconnected. It seemed a little silly. I did LOVE that it was Scott who essentially called him back to himself and rescued him, though. That’s a bond and a friendship I’m never going to get tired of seeing, EVER.
I do think they completely removed a huge element of the conflict by having Void and Stiles separate into independent physical beings, and Void made itself vulnerable by letting that happen (he’s one of those villains that’s drummed up as a great strategist somehow but then the heroes don’t really need to match that at all to capture him and it’s just a little anti-climactic) but they are getting toward the end of the season and I guess they did need a situation where they can just kill it.
The thing with Go is that there is no single move to win the game. It’s not like Chess where if you checkmate the king you win. It’s mainly the players choosing when to end the game. One of the players who sees no way to win will resign.
This is basically a call back to Season 3a with Coach teaching Wall Street’s principles of risk and reward. The risk is if Stiles loses and the Nogitsune controls him. The reward is if Stiles wins he gets his body back.
But there is a third choice which is to not play at all and not risk anything.
However this game of Go is all an illusion since the Nogitsune is using the game to keep Stiles distracted while he already controls Stiles’ body.
Stiles has already lost by playing because the Nogitsune has already taken the reward before the game was decided.
Scott chose not to play. Stiles chose to END the game.
In that way, I don’t think it’s anti-climatic at all. It holds true to itself.
Go is about forcing the other person to end the game and resign but if the other person is cheating? Then it is about calling them out on it and bringing the game to an end by figuratively flipping the table.
The Nogitsune cheated. Which is why Stiles basically flipped the table.
What’s the point of playing if the other player is cheating? There is none.
Thank goodness there’s someone here to explain to me because you just made it 1000% better. I’m not sure whether to fault the show or not though for the fact that none of this was even remotely obvious, because I don’t get chess symbolism either. Really the only way a series is going to connect with me on board game-based metaphors is if they’re Parcheesi-related.
Totally disagree. Isaac and Allison’s kiss is romantically lit and backed with tender music; Ethan telling Danny they’re going to shower together kicks off “awwww yissssss”-style club music and Danny grinning and saying “okay!” while stripping off his clothes. We KNOW at that point that both of them are being possessed or effected or whatever by the flies; we’ve been explicitly shown that. So we know they’re not themselves. The musical cues are the biggest ones there; you’d think they’d be a bit dark and foreboding, like “oh shit they’re under murder-fly influence and the other person doesn’t realize something’s wrong, this is going to end so badly I wonder what they’re going to do with their partner’s guard down” but instead both scenes are played straight, like there’s nothing wrong, even while the actors playing possessed are in fact acting eerie as hell. (And you’d really think their partners would notice.)
I’ve gotten a lot of asks with various excuses about this and I think they’re probably all true in some sense… I think people are absolutely fatigued with having to point this shit out in practically every single episode, I think people are less squicked out because these particular characters in these scenarios are already established pairings. But I still think that again, the way the NARRATIVE treats it is a problem. It’s a lot like when they had Scott throwing Isaac around and treated it like a punchline (no pun intended).
The Stilinski Timeline
"I saw an MRI that looked exactly like my wife’s…and it terrifies me…"
Inspired from the quote above (and the many events in 3b), decided it was high time to create some sort of family history of the Stilinski’s. Try to catch some of the symbolism I put in :)
"You’re not here to kill me…"
A fan asked if their character could have their own spinoff show, what would it be called and who would they take with them?
Crystal Reed: “Alli A Saves the Day, with Scott and Lydia.”
The Winter Soldier Investigation was a media event intended to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, while showing their direct relationship to American administration and war policies. This 3-day gathering of American Vietnam War veterans, civilians and media took place in Detroit, Michigan, from January 31-February 2, 1971, and was organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. 109 Vietnam veterans and 16 civilians gave testimony about war crimes they had committed or witnessed during the years of 1963-1970. ( X )