As for the case of the week, Nick and Hank were busy tracking down the killer of high schoolers prepping for an academic decathlon. The killer turned out to be one of the decathlon kids, a boy named Pierce, though he wasn’t aware of his murderous acts. His mother, a geneticist and a Genial Innocua (Wesen from the Galapagos Islands who look like lizards and were named by someone determined to give them a very obvious name), had altered his DNA at birth. Turns out Pierce can morph into both his natural Wesen state and another Wesen, one that’s not so genial and innocuous, a Lowen. That other side is the side of him that’s been doing the killing, unbeknownst to Pierce. So we’ve learned that it is possible for someone to morph into two different Wesen, but we have yet to see what a child of two different types of Wesen parents looks like. (Maybe someday we’ll see a half-Blutbad, half-Fuchsbau baby, nudge nudge wink wink, Monroe and Rosalee.)
This episode spent more time with Nick and Hank’s case than the past couple episodes have, and I found myself just wanting the show to get back to its mytharc stories. Did anyone else feel that way? I’ve been trying to figure out why I tend to be so uninterested in these weekly cases – maybe it’s because the show’s mythology has gotten so much stronger this season, maybe it’s because Grimm’s cases veer toward the too predictable – but here’s what I think it really is: The problem with Grimm’s monsters/cases of the week is that, unlike most great sci-fi/fantasy TV out there, they don’t reflect what’s going on with the protagonists. The cases in Grimm move things forward for Nick only to the level that they get him more in touch with his Grimmness. I can recall no episodes where Nick sees himself or his experiences reflected in the victims or the criminals he deals with. There’s nothing like the episode “Marionette” in Fringe when the words “I looked into her eyes and knew it wasn’t her” from the case of the week’s culprit spurred Olivia to finally tell Peter how she really felt about Fauxlivia. There’s nothing like “Fresh Blood” in Supernatural, when hell-bound Dean finds himself identifying with a vampire who doesn’t care anymore, who feels like he’s dead already. On Grimm the A and the B story aren’t really linked by theme, which is a key to making genre episodic television consistently compelling. Maybe it’s harder to connect upstanding lawman Nick with monsters and criminals, but unless Grimm starts to find a way to do that, it’s going risk losing viewers’ interest in its cases of the week scenes. I love this show dearly, but it’s not without it’s flaws, and this is a flaw I’d like to see the writers fix.
I’m curious to hear what you think about this, Grimmsters. Does the show keep you interested in the monster of the week scenes? Is this something you’d like to see change, or am I just forcing the traits of sci-fi TV onto a show that’s a procedural at heart?
And tell me more about what you thought of this episode. Who were you more excited to see finally get a scene together – Renard and Monroe or Eric and Adalind? What do you think is going to happen with the intern we got a brief introduction to? And how do you feel about the state of the Nick/Juliette/Renard situation?
I definitely owe you guys some quotables after depriving you of them for a few weeks. Here you go – enjoy the delightful quips of Monroe, Adalind and Eric!
Eric: What could be worse than torture or murder?
Eric: Right you are. What do know about betrayal?
Adalind: Well, for one, thing, I know your brother Sean.
Eric: Then I would say you’re well-versed in betrayal.
Adalind: The circumstances of our discord were quite… grim.
Renard: I need something for obsessive behavior.
Monroe: OK, now just to be clear you have obsessive behavior or you want obsessive behavior? Because we can deal with both.
“I was young and he was charming. That’s a volatile combination.” – Adalind, about Renard
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