Anonymous asked: could you explain your teen wolf chess analogy you put on twitter? Thanks!
Sure! For reference:
- Stiles as King - relatively powerless until the endgame. In constant need of protection, limited in movements/power. Special relation with the rook. This is Stiles because he’s a human moving in a supernatural world and is in constant danger more than the other McCall pack kids because he has no powers or training. Stiles will come out fighting when times get desperate and will use any tools provided to him, much like a king in check. Better equipped to defend the pawns (Derek) in the endgame. Unique relationship with the rook (Scott) in the ability to castle, which no other pieces can do - this is often called the king’s most advantageous move.
- Lydia as Queen - the most powerful piece. Ability to move in any direction, and the only piece able to do so, vital to overall strategy and the start of endgame. This is Lydia to a key because she is always connected to the overall mytharc/advancing plot and is unhindered by the rules and restrictions of werewolves or other supernatural species. A queen is versatile and can be played in attack or defense, and can be used in conjunction with any piece in the set - much like how Lydia has helped or been used by many people (Peter, Scott, Mrs Webb) to further their endgame. Lydias role as a banshee has proved time and again to be key to the McCall packs plans and is an untapped potential that makes Lydia unpredictable and dangerous to all the other pieces.
- Scott as the Rook - a valuable heavy piece. The rook is of more strategic value than the bishop or the knight and plays a central role in gameplay. Works best with other pieces, especially pawns or fellow rooks. Often a key piece in producing checkmate. This is Scott (and, i would argue, most other wolves such as Isaac, Ethan and Aiden) because it is an empowered piece that works best with others, much like wolves in a pack. The rook can play a smaller part of a larger play (Scott as a beta) or be essential to the endgame (Scott as an Alpha). Works well with the pawn (Derek) in achieving a common goal and has a unique relationship with the King (Stiles).
- Peter as the Bishop - a tricky piece to use to your advantage. Bishops are often overlooked in favour for knights, which can be very dangerous as a bishop or a pair of bishops moving towards the endgame are a powerful weapon. Used often to either protect pawns or take pawns out, and often a solitary piece. This is Peter because he too is often underestimated by others and/or specifically flies under the radar, with the endgame always in his mind. Uses his relationship with the pawn (Derek) to both shield and further himself. Less valuable than a rook (Scott).
- Allison as the Knight - a unique and dangerous piece. The knight is the only piece that can jump over other pieces and is used often in attacks. It works best in crowded, short-range situations. This is Allison (and, i would say, most other hunters, including Chris) because the skills and tools she uses as a hunter are unique in Beacon Hills and can be deadly in a fight against supernaturals. The knight is less valuable in the endgame, and a knight protecting a king with no other support (Allison and Scott, as humans) will almost always lose.
- Derek as the Pawn - the most misunderstood piece of all. Pawns are key to setting the tone of the game and will often determine how the gameplay will advance, sometimes all the way until endgame. Pawns cannot move backwards, and often used or sacrificed in conjunction with other pieces to determine strategy. This is Derek because he is used time and again by many people (Kate, Gerard, Ms Webb, Peter) to further their own endgme in a sacrifice, and works with Scott to further his plans as well. A pawn that makes it across the board is upgraded and can be made into another piece (often a queen) - this is indicative of Derek’s shifting role in the plot, where he range from the most powerful player (killing Peter and becoming alpha), to a solitary player (descending back to beta, losing his pack), to a supporting position, where he is now.
Ellen Degeneres is the greatest because she doesn’t insult anyone but she doesn’t tiptoe around anything either and she includes everyone and she makes people feel good about themselves while poking fun at them and this is the kind of comedy that should be embraced at award shows not misogynistic songs about breasts