Seeing Stiles, I guess for the first time as the one sort of being in control of an unstable werewolf. You’ve seen kind of Derek trying to train his people, and you’ve seen Scott and Derek, and then Scott on his own - But Stiles being sort of the capable one and trying to control a werewolf. And his approach to that whole control situation as opposed to Scott’s or Derek’s or Peter’s or anyone’s, is just really different. And I’m not surprised at the end of the day. Like if I sat down and thought about it I’m not surprised that Stiles has a totally different sort of opinion on how to handle things. But it’s interesting to see him get his turn at doing that.
stiles “haven’t you noticed these things about derek here is a list of things i’ve noticed about derek he’s boring and annoying and that’s why i traveled to another country with 50 thousand dollars to bring him back” stilinski
stiles “scott are you okay i’m going to literally leap across this room with my long ass dali elephant legs to crouch by your side and stare at you until you’re okay” stilinski
stiles “i’m a snarky little shit to malia about her inability to understand social cues and communication and stuff but also we’ve been working on it, i’m helping her in between cracking jokes about it because that’s what i do” stilinski
stiles “caring about people and showing his love in stiles-y ways” stilinski!!!
Totally and completely unpopular opinion: Looking back, I love, really, really love that Stiles and Malia met in Eichen House. Because it was so screwed up, the place, the circumstances, these two kids whose lives had been badly damaged, almost destroyed by supernatural forces.
And then they found each other and they helped each other and saved each other and in their darkest moments, when they felt overwhelmed and lost, they gave each other a little warmth, something good and pure. And Malia wanted to go back to being an animal and Stiles was certain he was going to die but for just a moment, it was all good.
And it could’ve just as well ended with Malia as a coyote again and Stiles dead or forever the Void’s vessel and even if it had, it wouldn’t have changed anything about the happy memory they made, down there, in the cellar.
But it didn’t and they were both saved and now, looking back in the light of how screwed up they still are, as seen in 404, it makes perfect sense. Because Stiles and Malia aren’t Scott and Allison or Scott and Kira. Stiles has been out of whack with the world since he saw his mother die, just like Malia, both blaming themselves irrationally for what happened to their families. Stiles wasn’t the cause of his mother’s dementia and Malia couldn’t be blamed for not knowing she was a were since she was living among humans.
It makes so much sense that their relationship would start under screwed up circumstances because compared to Scott and Allison and Kira, these two aren’t “normal” for the lack of a better word, they have never been. But because of that, they are also stronger and they can prop each other up and help each other deal because they understand each other. They understand that you can be screwed up and still have a life and still be happy and that’s why they feel comfortable showing “their bellies” to each other, baring their souls, that’s why they can be vulnerable with each other.
And that’s why I love the Eichen House setting. Because for Malia and Stiles, it worked as a plot like it never would have for Scott and Allison or Scott and Kira.