Sorry about missing last week’s review, and for the double review this week, but sometimes life just gets in the way – you know, that part of life where you have to work to earn money and all, yeah, that part, but, I’m catching up this week, and hopefully this won’t be a too often occurrence.
Anyway, on to episodes 4 and 5 of Grimm:
Grimm is setting the table for a busy season. I hope they haven’t bitten off more than they can chew; there’s a lot of storylines going on. Grimm has shown the ability to pull off some of the longer simmering storylines very well, namely Rosalee and Monroe’s romance, engagement, and nuptials, and this season they have added to that with the Wesen community taking issue with their intermarriage. Some storylines suffer from the early setup and the plan to run all season, and Wu’s and Adalind’s still remain in that category for me, but there was some good movement in these two episodes, well, “Cry Luison” actually. With Renard’s direct comments to Nick about figuring it out, both being a Grimm and Wu, I suspect we’ll see something finally happen here, and I hope it’s Wu finding out. I’m with Hank, just tell him already. As far as Adalind, well, I’m glad all the drama of the outlandish hallucinations is over. I have no idea what Viktor has in store for her next, but it will not be good. I’m eager for her to be able to search for her baby, because it hopefully means Kelly Burkhardt will return sooner rather than later. With Elizabeth planning to search for her granddaughter as well, I may just get my Kelly and Elizabeth scene. That would be amazing!
Of course, if Nick regains his Grimmness again, it remains to be seen whether Trubel will be staying or if she’ll be needed elsewhere, but Agent Chavez is still an unknown entity and she was not in the last two episodes, so that storyline remains in play. It will also be interesting having Nick a Grimm again but Chavez discounting him. I wonder if we’ll see more sunglasses.
I am happy to see the Keys returning so early in the season. Admittedly, I had no idea who the guy in Philadelphia was/is, and was confused when Cry Luison cut to him arriving home. Darn NBC for not repeating this show! But, once I realized it was about the Keys, I was doing the happy dance. The producers said that storyline would pick up again this season, and I’m eager to see where it goes.
There’s a lot going on in Grimm with all the various arcs and through-stories, and then we get a new case each week. Some are better than others. I enjoyed the whole Cry Wolf (Luison) story this past week. I suspected twins, but then enjoyed the reveal of quadruplets, or as Monroe termed them: A litter! (Which is accurate.) Speaking of Monroe, I love it when he works with Hank and Nick. I’m so glad next week’s episode shows more of that happening. Is there any way to get Monroe an honorary detective’s shield? Anyone? Maybe?
For me, the cases of the week are usually the weakest part of the show, but that doesn’t bother me because each case allows for some insight into the characters and/or some subtle moment that moves a particular story point forward.
While the Gholem in “Dyin’ on a Prayer” wasn’t as interesting as Supernatural’s use of the character in “Everybody Hates Hitler,” I thought the special effects were pretty cool and I enjoyed Trubel’s connection with the child and Nick’s saying at the end, “Last time I yell at a kid.” I really saw Nick realizing his limitations – even as this was not a Wesen-related situation. The Luison was better, even as I figured it out quite easily, but it was the chance of seeing Monroe back in action, and Nick telling Renard that he was using Monroe and not Trubel on this case that was telling. Also, it continues to hit home the resounding gong that people who see things that are unexplained, and no one who knows better takes the time to explain things, become ostracized as they think they are going insane. It’s perhaps subtle, but it should hit home to Nick that what he’s doing with regard to Wu is just wrong. (I’ll bang my own clanging gong here and say: Tell him!)
We’re five episodes in, and winter hiatus fast approaching. Futon Critic currently projects we only have three more new episodes before their pre-holiday break; however, the show is slated to return January 9th, so that’s only four weeks off…we can do that!
Until next week, I hope, thanks for reading, Elle2