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We actually started out, in the writer’s room, with a heading that said, “Great pairings,” and at the top of that was Derek and Stiles.

Jeff Davis (June 9 2012)

What I wanna know is what happened to this mentality? I get not wanting to go there romantically in the plot, okay, I can understand and forgive that. What I can’t understand is now 12 episodes straight with absolutely none of this dynamic. These writers have literally thrown aside one of the biggest assets to this show’s popularity because… . they’re butthurt that people are more into the accidental storyline than the intended one? They’re too stubborn to accept that the fans are in love with something they didn’t come up with?

I just, do they not realize how much they’re screwing themselves over here? Was this whole season just a massive experiment testing whether their ratings can survive without Stiles/Derek interaction? Because if the past couple weeks are any indication, the answer to that is a resounding NO. People are giving up en masse and to be quite honest, I’m actually glad. The show seems to be running on this mentality that the only way fans can assert their voices is by tuning in or not - and for the fans that don’t contribute to the ratings, haha too fucking bad, you don’t matter. 

I say this because we’ve made our voices loud here. We’ve made our voices loud on twitter. We’ve taken our anger and frustration to Facebook, which is like sticking your hand into a sewer to most fans that I know, myself included. We’ve commented on all their articles and misc activities. We’ve taken part in more polls than I can even count, we’ve voted till our fingers cramped for AfterElton, Geekiary, E*Online, for TV Guide.

But the only time Teen Wolf really seemed to care what we did or said was when the 3a finale was leaked and suddenly it was all hands on deck to please the fans and make us watch so their ratings didn’t take a hit. 

So all of these people giving up watching the show after literally an entire season with zero Stiles/Derek interaction? Fucking awesome. Because that seems to be what they want. They want to see if cutting out one of the most chemistry-filled duos on the show will hurt their ratings? Let’s give them exactly what they’re asking for.

I can’t speak for Crystal’s reasons, though given what I’ve seen I can assume they were thoroughly linked to and justified by her character’s treatment on the show, but losing Allison means losing the Allison/Lydia dynamic and the Allison/Scott dynamic, two of the other very strong chemistries on the show. Tbh I’m am hella curious to see how Teen Wolf manages to stay afloat while tossing away both of those and the Stiles/Derek dynamic.

Does it think it can ride on some imaginary high fueled by cliché and problematic, heteronormative relationships and tired hero plays? Does it think that fans will stay tuned through a cycling of characters that do little more than show that the writers have the mentality of a toddler with a toybox? Does it think getting darker and darker will magically keep the fans interested while important character developments are left unaddressed and deaths get brushed under the rug? 

Is that what it is? Does it think the power of the Nemeton will magically keep the show afloat? 

I don’t know the answer to those questions, but the way it’s looking, I think Teen Wolf is definitely about to find out.

I just, UGH, I am so frustrated because it is not Jeff’s job to freaking “write to please himself first.” It is his and the other writers’ jobs to keep the fans interested. That is it. It’s their job to make sure we continue to tune in to watch Teen Wolf each week. That’s what they get paid to do. Their show is dependent upon sponsorship money and those sponsorships care about ratings. That’s their end-all-be-all, and yet, here we have a writing team that is intentionally working to alienate and destroy the passion of a huge section of their viewers. Let that sink in for a moment.

If after that moment, you’re as pissed off as I am, let’s talk.

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Girls pose by a jail that recalls the witch trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo taken in 1945.

I recently learned that the water in Salem was contaminated with the fungus from which LSD is derived and a legitimate theory for the whole thing is that everyone in the town was tripping balls 

This might be the greatest thing ive ever seen on the internet

We did a whole massive thing on this in history. I believe the fungus in question is called Ergot and it’s terrifying. It makes your muscles spasm so when they had seizures that was the reason, not because they were possessed. One woman had to be strapped to her bed, she was seizing so bad. And, like ‘theybuildbuildings’ said, it had the same effects as LSD; as soon as you touch it, let alone consume it, it messes with your entire system. The worst thing is, you practically always had a bad trip. Many complained about bugs crawling under their skin or monsters emerging from the shadows to scratch and bite at them until they were screaming. It was a horrendous thing and the worst part is, Ergot is still around. It grows on crops and, if your wheat isn’t properly treated, it can be eaten and you’ll most likely experience the same as the women of Salem. 

god i love history

Except that:

  • Ergotism was well known by the time of the trials, the symptoms probably would have been identified. It was considered a terrifying disease for over a thousand years, known as “holy fire” or “St. Andrew’s Fire”. The most telling sign of ergotism, gangrene, wasn’t even present. It is uncommon for ergotism to be marked solely by convulsions.
  • Ergotism didn’t poison the water supply. If it had been a threat to the town it would have been through consumption of rye.
  • You’re underestimating the importance of William Griggs, the town doctor who diagnosed the so-called witchcraft. It wasn’t until after he diagnosed Betty that the accusations and claims from the girls started.
  • The girls were described as “hale and hearthy” outside of court. Ergotism wasn’t called “the holy fire” because it was mild. It was awful, with rates of fatality between 10-40%. Little was mentioned of vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, skin color change, chills, headaches…. The basic symptoms.

To disregard the unbelievable affect of class and gender on the Puritans is shocking. A wild fungus may seem more interesting, but it disregards prejudice, religion bases psychosis, misogyny, and hate for outsiders that permeated Salem. 

Everyone accused was a social pariah. The only exceptions to this are the people who questioned the trials. This is not by accident. Sarah Good was a beggar, Giles Corey was generally distrusted and had previously been accused of murder, Tituba was a black woman who spoke of omens and evil, Martha Carrier had been accused of witchcraft only two years prior and had inherited wealth despite patriarchal norms, Sarah Osbourne was challenging property laws and social norms, Margaret Scott was a poor widow who had been disliked for as long as 20 years, and so on and so on. They struck out against people their families were suspicious of.

These little girls were under tremendous stress. They could celebrate no holidays, express no strong emotions, no dancing or music, no toys, suffered rampant abuse espoused as discipline, and lived under the constant overwhelming fear of Hell. The older generation at that time was bemoaning the youths’ lack of piety and dedication to Christ. In other words, the girls were miserable and well aware that according to their parents only Hell awaited their misbehavior. They were trying to survive in an adult world not meant, or willing to, support the needs of children. To display anger, fear, or sorrow was a personal weakness. But to do so when coerced by the devil was perfectly acceptable. So they acted out, became hysterical. And claimed the devil was behind it all.

That may not be as exciting as the, “but they ate this spore, right? and it was like a bad trip on LSD!” but it’s almost certainly correct. 

THIS COMMENTARY I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE THIS FOR YEARS.

Preach on.

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