They wanted Malia to be a part of the group and her attending elementary wouldn't accomplish that so they put her in HS. It's stupid af but I get that pov. But, it's one thing to have her in remedial HS classes or having the pack tutor her, and another to have her in fricken pre-calc. And not only is she in the class, but manages to pass it. Like, no. That shit is hard for people who've been in school their entire lives, and she missed 9 years of education. That's where you completely lose me.
I just sent in an ask about Malia in HS/pre-calc and wanted to add to it. They never needed to show us what classes she was in. ‘Cause if they wanted us to suspend our disbelief with her being in HS, maybe don’t put/show her in the same class as the two geniuses, y'know? So if they’re not gonna show her in remedial classes/tutoring then all they needed to show us was her walking to/from class, getting books out of her locker, reading, taking notes, etc.
Yeah, I get their reasons for putting her there. I just don’t agree with them. It shows such a lack of creative problem solving on their parts, you know? And such a… clumsy disregard for their own material. The fact that they would put the character in a situation they know she could never be in, just because they like the idea of her being there, and are totally ok with it making no sense? I mean… if you create a character with a nine year old’s education, you have to treat her like she’s a character with a nine year old’s education. That simple. Do that, find a way to make that work, or you lose the respect of your viewers.
If I wrote a story, for example, and set up a situation where the only way for Stiles to save the pack would be for him to literally jump fifty feet in the air and push a red button, I can’t just say “ok, so then Stiles takes a big jump and hits the button! The end.” And that’s what they’re doing here. They just decided that they wanted Malia to jump into a situation that was feet, yards, miles above her head and instead of even vaguely trying to explain how she got there, they just let her leap and expected us to shrug and accept it.
And it’s ridiculous, because there were so many other ways for her to bond with the pack. Have Lydia become her tutor, like i said. Then with Scott helping her train and control her wolf (…coyote, whatever) she’d spend basically every afternoon with the pack. Derek was a part of the group, more or less (i guess “less” in Jeff’s eyes but w/e) and he wasn’t in school. And how many plot points require the characters to be at school anyway? Bring her into conversations by having her wait for the characters in the parking lot after school, or hang around the edge of the lacrosse field in coyote form (”NO that’s not safe, everyone’s not just gonna think you’re a dog, just sit in the bleachers like a normal person before you get yourself shot.”)
And if it was necessary for her to be in school for a scene, introduce the idea of her just wandering the hallways or even dropping in at the back of classrooms because she’s bored. After all, what else does she have to do all day? It would be a cute call out to the school’s terrible security (remember Derek wandering the halls with blood dripping down his arm in s1 and no one cared?) And teachers who were in the know, like Mr Yukimura or Lydia’s mom, would just sort of smile and let her sit in on the class. Meanwhile, she’d become a constant thorn in Finstock’s side. He’d never notice her at first and then halfway through class she’d make some idle comment about his teaching methods (”Lydia’s much better than you, maybe she should be teaching the lesson”) or just the topic at hand. And he’d get all frustrated and throw her out (“where the hell did this kid even come from?”) And it would have been fun. And so easy. Like, all this was just off the top of my head. She could have been included in so many ways that would make so much more sense and… ugh. It’s infuriating. They infuriate me.
Not to mention, her time while the others were at school would have been a perfect opportunity to have plots with her adoptive father (which were honestly really necessary after the way she was introduced, and it makes no sense that he was basically a non-character after that) and for her to bond with Derek. Her cousin. Who’s lost most of this family and would have held onto a newly discovered cousin with everything he had. Instead we got… nothing. Did they even know they were related in canon? I don’t think so.
*sigh* I just totally ranted right over your comments, anon, I’m sorry. And it would have absolutely been an improvement if they’d kept her in high school but put her in remedial classes. I’d almost be able to believe that, I think. But there would still be so many ways to include her and integrate her into the group without sticking her in high school.