Ok, so, question. Why don’t good guys on Teen Wolf ever really win when they fight? I mean, think about it, Derek wins a fight…never - he loses to the Alpha, to Kate, to the Kanima, to Gerard, to the Alpha Pack, to the Darach. Scott generally avoids physical fights by running (which is actually the best plan when faced with people much stronger than you). Heck, the only time Chris or Allison actually hurt anyone is when they’re disregarding the humanity of werewolves (Chris shooting Scott when he’s freshly bitten, Allison hurting Erica/Boyd/Isaac). I wanted to laugh at the end of 3A when Isaac was bragging about being good with his claws and Allison was warning Isaac that in a fight her dad would win. Because really, when have we been shown that either is true? Mostly we’ve seen Isaac and Chris failing to take down the big bads over and over again.
Actually, I do have an answer to that. And it’s that when you’re overmatched, it’s a dumb idea to go up against your opponent where they’re strongest. And apparently most of the characters on Teen Wolf are too wedded to fisticuffs to think about strategy. Once the Alpha/Kanima/Alpha Pack/Darach is established as stronger than any of our heroes, our heroes need to stop trying to go mano a mano with them. It’s actually the humans on the show who’ve been able to take down characters who are stronger than them, because they know better than to try a frontal attack. How do you kill Peter? With fire. (Thanks Stiles!) How do you knock out Derek? With wolfsbane. (Good idea, Lydia!) How do you stop the Alpha Pack from killing everyone? By shooting a bunch of phosphorescent arrows. (Thank you for introducing the concept of ranged weapons Allison.)
So, while I understand why our heroes keep losing fights, I have to wonder why the writing choses to keep getting their asses kicked. I mean, they’re the heroes! Heroes are supposed to have victories (not all the time, but sometimes).