The End Begins: “Fugitive” Recap

It’s been far too long, Grimmsters, but Grimm (and this blog) are back for the final 13 episodes–and it looks like we’re in for a whopper of a season.

Last May’s finale left us off with some interesting developments: Renard was named mayor, Nick came back form the dead (thanks, magic stick!), Black Claw leader Bonaparte was killed by Renard (who was being controlled by Diana), and Eve was saved with the magic stick (and she may be Juliette again).

So let’s hop right into “Fugitive,” shall we?

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

As is customary in the world of Grimm, we picked up right where we left off–Nick is miraculously alive, thanks to the magic stick in his pocket, and Renard, under his daughter’s spell, kills Bonaparte.  Nick and Renard, now enemies, stare at each other for a moment, Renard wondering how Nick is alive and Nick wondering why Renard killed Bonaparte. Instead of a standoff between the two men, Renard leaves in a daze.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Scooby gang, unaware that Nick is alive, looks for a way out of the tunnels.  Monroe finds out, but Nick quickly joins them, but not before Trubel almost beheads him accidentally.

There’s an extremely tense scene between Adalind and Renard.  Renard returns home, still dazed by the night’s events, but with a keen awareness of what happened to him.  He suspects Diana’s involvement almost immediately…but how can you discipline a child who has complete control over you?

So, when Renard leaves, what does he do?  Immediately frame Nick for Bonaparte’s death, of course, and for the deaths in the precinct (which were actually Wu’s doing).  He orders the Portland PD to search for Nick.

We fell in love with Renard for his complexity to blur the distinctions between good and evil. He has always acted in his own best interests, but now he is pure evil, driven almost blindly by the will of Black Claw.  Until he perceives blood on his hands–a straightforward motif that may suggest a bit of morality exists within him.  But whose blood, even though it is not actual blood, is on his hands? Is it that of Nick’s or Bonaparte’s?  Does he regret his attempts to frame Nick for Bonaparte’s death or does he regret putting a damper in Black Claw’s plans in Portland?

Unbeknownst to Renard, his decision to scope out Nick’s whereabouts is met with some resistance by his department.  Officer Franco, who’s been in many episodes over the years, has always played a small role.  But he warns Hank and Wu about Renard’s plans, and encourages them to keep Nick safe.  “I don’t want to have anything to do with taking out one of our own,” he says, suggesting his support for Nick.

So where does this leave Nick?  After a call from a stressed Adalind calls him and says she needs him, he runs to her–literally, stopping by the house she and Renard share.  There is a genuine, tender Nadalind moment as they practically leap into each other’s arms and kiss.  Adalind is truly frightened and wants to keep her family safe and together.  Nick holds baby Kelly, if only for a moment.

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Nadalind shippers everywhere are rejoicing.

Adalind mentions the cursed ring and how its magic can survive even though Bonaparte is dead–and I sat on the couch wondering why, of all the things happening in Portland right now, she’s concerned about that ring.  We’ll figure it out later, Adalind–I know it’s a symbol of an “engagement” you don’t want, but it’s not like Nick is particularly upset about it.

After learning about Renard’s plans, Nick, not officially on the run, goes to one location he believes he’s sure to stay safe–Wurstner’s Refrigerator Repair.  I personally enjoy any excuse to see Bud in an episode, even though I know, given his nervous nature, he isn’t the best person to hide a fugitive.  And, eventually, the Portland PD learns that Nick is [likely] hiding out at Bud’s shop.

Nick is also rather lucky that Hank and Wu are working in the precinct, because they can tell him when things go awry.  Renard attempts to threaten Hank and Wu, but Hank is ready for it.

The Scooby gang meets to plan some sort of diversion.  Their plan?  Have Bud transport a refrigerator that is large enough to fit a man in it and make it seem like Nick is inside it.  But when you’ve got cops chasing cops, you can’t really get much of a head start against your opponent.  Renard and other officers surround Bud’s shop.

“Take them down,” Renard says, and the screen fades to black.

Other notes:

I don’t know if we’ll fully understand the powers of the magic stick (though I think we’d all like to).  We definitely did get some hints about the extent of its power, though.

As we know, it saved both Nick and Eve.  But it seems to have some lingering effects on Eve.  For one, she seems to be getting some of her emotion back, but this is probably part of a larger issue.  Back at the spice shop, she touches a dead Black Claw member–and the dead man grips her arm.  In a very odd scene, the man has her in a literal “death grip” in a dark, smoky area, and it’s not until Rosalee cuts off the dead man’s arm that Eve is freed from this.  It turns out that the “death grip,” as it is officially called, sent her “pure soul” to the Underworld.

It may be worth your while to watch the scene for yourself.

It’s worthy to note that the dead Black Claw member had patterns on his face.  It becomes a plot point when Trubel shows the mysterious cloth to Eve, who, somehow, is able to decipher the faded patterns, as seen on the Black Claw member, on the cloth itself.  So it seems that trip to the Underworld was rather helpful…

Rachel Wood was found dead in her apartment.  And guess what…Renard’s fingerprints are all over it.  While we know Renard didn’t kill her (it was Diana), Renard may need to find a way to cover himself.  Or maybe he deserves to be falsely accused of her murder, just as he falsely accused Nick.  It would make for some interesting karma.

Next week, Nick becomes Renard!  Yeah, because we haven’t seen any weird side effects from that spell before.  (Also, #ShirtlessRage.)

 

 

Regurgitating bones: “Good to the Bone” Recap

“The evil that men do lives after them; it is oft interred with their bones.”

Hasenfussige Schnecke, Musasat Alsh-Shabab, and now the new Wesen, the Barbatus Ossifrage.  It seems as if the entire Grimm production crew’s whole goal for season 5 is to gross us out as much as possible.

Note to Grimm execs: It’s working.

The Barbatus Ossifrage, the Wesen of the week, is a vulture-like Wesen that preys on the wounded who are facing inevitable death.  This week, a man named Charlie is our vulture, going after the wounded.

But he has to hurt his victims even more before he can consume them.  Politely, of course, he tells his victims that he regrets what he must do.  And then he runs them over with his car…twice.  But this is all part of the process, you see.  He has to crush his victim’s bones before he can digest them internally.

So what’s the end goal in all of this?  Well, Charlie has some pretty terrible parents.  And he has to feed them because they’re always so hungry.  And how does he feed them?  By regurgitating the bones of the victims he’s consumed, after all.

Ugh.

Thankfully, though, the case of the week portion of the episode doesn’t take itself too seriously (how could you with this subject matter?).  When Nick, Hank, and Wu find a victim who’s been de-boned, Nick says, “Well, this guy just got boned.”  (Look, Nick, we get that you’re a father now, but you really don’t have to start with the dad jokes.)

The best running joke of the night has to do with Monroe and a “perfume” concocted by Rosalee.  The Barbatus Ossifrage, as a vulture, is attracted to the scent of death.  In order to get Charlie to our heroes, they decide that someone needs to be offered as fake bait to the Barbatus Ossifrage.  They call agree on Monroe, because he’s always the sacrifice.  Rosalee makes the death perfume and Monroe wears it (but it doesn’t even end up working anyway because the Barbatus Ossifrage goes after Wu).  Needless to say, everyone has a hilarious reaction to the “perfume” and jokes about Monroe’s stench throughout the episode.  And at the end, once the case is finished, Nick and Hank joke that Monroe won’t be going home with them because of the scent he’d leave in their cars.

Karma is also a factor in this episode.  Charlie is killed by being hit by a car.  And, when Nick and Hank take Charlie’s parents to the morgue to see their dead son, they consume his bones because they’re such great parents.

Let’s spend more time talking about what happened outside of the case of the week.

Hank reconnects with Zuri, his former physical therapist.

Oh, look, a nice break from Nadalind!  While shopping in the frozen food section of the grocery store, Hank runs into Zuri.  They have a dinner date at her house.  Zuri likes that Hank isn’t bothered that she is Wesen.

I don’t know what will come out of this.  Is she with Black Claw?  Will Hank really find love?  Only time will tell.

We’ve got ourselves a WuWolf.

We witnessed a full transformation of Wu.

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Next week’s episode is, “The Taming of the Wu.”  Now, there’s no cure for lycanthropia, as we’ve learned.

So how exactly are we going to tame Wu?  Lock him up monthly?

Renard is back to his old self again.

Oh, Renard.  You are the least trustworthy character, but you are also the most compelling.  Renard calls Adalind and tells her to meet with him, alone, at a designated location.  Not sketchy at all.

And despite her reservations about his motivations, Adalind drops off Kelly with aunt Rosalee (I really want a scene of Rosalee babysitting) and goes off to meet Renard in a dark parking garage.

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This is going to end well.

Renard, who knows that Adalind does not trust him, kidnaps her (always the answer!) and takes her to an undisclosed location.  Adalind calls him a bastard.  I agree with her (and so does he).

Renard brings Diana to Adalind, and, like his reunion with his daughter last week, Diana runs to her mother and gives her a warm embrace.  And, just like that, Adalind is probably sucked in to Renard’s scheme.

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And somehow, Diana recognizes her parents.

The big question is, who will be hurt because of this?

Next week *seems* to be all about Diana, which is actually pretty exciting.  Maybe we’ll find out where she has been this whole time?

 

Ghost Dog: “Inugami” Recap

There was A LOT going on in “Inugami,”so let’s break down all of the important events.

“Revenge us an act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.”

Another week, another Wesen tradition.  This time, it’s the Inugami, a Japanese spirit dog that protects and seeks vengeance for a family it serves.

The case of the week starts with two teenagers.  One named Roger is trying to call his friend Brian, who refuses to talk to him and locks himself in a basement, playing video games for hours on end.  Brian’s parents, who are going out for the night, try to tell Brian that he should speak to Roger.

Once his parents leave, Brian is kidnapped, taken to a river, and buried up to his neck next to the river.  He is then decapitated with a katana, and his head is placed under a bridge.

After our heroes begin their investigation and ID Brian’s body, they question his parents.  And then the case starts to get a bit more interesting.

According to Brian’s parents, Brian and Roger were found guilty of criminally negligent homicide three weeks prior to Brian’s death.  Last year, they said, Brian, Roger, and their other friend Kuma were drinking and found a loaded gun.  Then the gun accidentally went off and Kuma was shot and killed.  Ever since that day, Brian had fallen into a deep depression, isolating himself from his family and friends.

Brian’s father claimed that Jin Akagi, Kuma’s father, said that Brian and Roger deserved to die for what they did to Kuma.  So Brian’s father believed that Jin killed Brian.

Nick and Hank visit the Akagi home, but they are unwilling to speak with detectives without their lawyer.  The Akagis are not responsible for Brian’s murder because they were at a fundraiser for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (which is the hospital that is helped and supported by the Grimmster Endowment).

Roger’s account later in the story gave even more information.  Kuma had showed them one of his family’s swords, and Roger said he had an even better weapon to show them.  He found an old gun in his home, and Brian picked up the gun.  it accidentally went off, which scared Kuma, who woged in front of his friends.  Brian then dropped the gun, which went off again.  Then Kuma was shot and killed.

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This is a gorgeous Wesen.

 

At this point, Nick and Hank know that Wesen are involved.  They visit the Akagis again, who tell Nick and Hank about the legend of the Inugami, which acts as a guardian for a family. Their lawyer, Takeshi, is the Inugami who protects the Akagi family and is seeking vengeance for Kuma’s death.

Our heroes find and catch Takeshi as he is about to kill Roger.  And thus closes another case of the week.

Here are the other big moments from “Inugami”:

Adalind has a job interview at her old law firm.

Wesen law firm, I should say.  She brings Kelly along with her, and her old boss, who woges into a Lausenschlange, is glad that Adalind wants to return to work.  She woges, too, but baby Kelly doesn’t seem to mind.  In fact, he smiles when he sees his mama woge.  It’s actually very cute, because he sees his mom, not a monster.

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*attempts to contain uncontrollable laughter that comes as a result of seeing an adorable baby smile*

 

Were-Wu.

If we see Wu in his apartment, then something bad is probably going to happen.  Either Wu is having some weird dreams or we saw his first outing as a lycanthrope.  There were no dead bodies aside from Brian’s that would have suggested that Wu hurt anyone, but he did leave behind some leaf clutter in his apartment.

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This is not good.

 

“If you hurt Nick, I will come for you.”

As part of her brainwashing by HW, no doubt, Eve was rather protective over Nick in this episode, particularly when it came to Adalind.  In the beginning of the episode, Eve met Nick in his car and warned him about Renard’s collaboration with Black Claw.

But she also reminded him that the suppressant Adalind took would not last much longer.  And once Adalind became a full Hexenbiest again, she would not be the same.  Nick, slightly wary, reminds Eve that he’s been there, done that with a Hexenbiest transformation before.

Later, Rosalee tells Nick and Monroe about the incident with Tony and Adalind in the spice shop while they were in Germany.  Once Nick realizes that Adalind has been keeping her slow transformation back into a Hexenbiest a secret from him for some time, he becomes wary–almost distrusting.

Rosalee, ever the voice of reason, tells Nick that Adalind is scared.  But Nick, who’s been heartbroken once by a very similar situation, is understandably uneasy.  I can understand why both Adalind and Nick are keeping secrets, but it would be better for both of them–but great for their son–if they communicated with each other.  Then again, this is a television drama we’re watching.

Later, while Nick is out working the case of the week, Eve visits Adalind at the fome, armed with two warnings.  One: Black Claw will try to approach Adalind and draw her in (which Adalind has some idea of, considering her conversation with Renard about Diana a few episodes ago).  Two: If Adalind hurts Nick, Eve will come for her.

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I guess Eve is trying to make up for all of the deplorable things she did to Nick while she was still Juliette.

I’m not spending the night down here.  And I have to pee.”

Nick desperately wants to know what exactly the tunnels at the fome lead to.  While he’s busy with the case and Adalind is at a job interview at her old law firm, he enlists the help of Monroe and Rosalee to investigate the tunnels themselves.  He wanted them to look at the tunnels while Adalind was not home, because he can’t even trust the mother of his son.

I’m not quite sure how long they were down in the tunnels, but they did manage to find a new friend.

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Should we give him/her a name?

 

And they also managed to get stuck in the tunnels after they heard Adalind come back home from her job interview.  Fun times.

“Diana?”

Ah, yes, you read that correctly.  Rachel Wood has done her job well, hasn’t she?  At the end of the episode, Renard comes home, but Rachel is already waiting for him at the top of the stairs.  And, somehow, she has Diana with her.

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Someone please explain her rapid aging to me.

 

The last time we saw Diana, she was a toddler in a helicopter being taken by Meisner to who-knows-where.  And now both Meisner and Diana are in Portland and we don’t really know how either of them got there.  unless that helicopter never did get very far.

Renard seems genuinely surprised and happy to see his daughter, though whether it’s because he really wanted to see her or it’s for his power grab is yet to be determined.  And, despite being separated from him for her entire life, Diana runs into her father’s arms (ok, but it’s kinda cute).

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Because I’m skeptical of Renard’s motivations, I can’t tell if this is a truly tender moment. 

 

Well, Renard has the daughter, but now he needs the wife to complete that happy family.  And I think we know just the person to fill that role.

 

Balam facemask: “Silence of the Slams” Recap

This week’s Grimm brought us back into our normal procedural format–a huge departure from all of the plot threads that we have started within the past few episodes.

The very beginning of the episode takes us back to the magical healing stick wand thing.  The Scooby gang, much like the Grimm crusaders of the past, agree that they cannot tell anyone about what they have found.  They do not fully understand the magnitude of its power.  I would have liked to have seen them delve into deciphering what was written on the cloth.  For another episode, I suppose.

In “Silence of the Slams,” our usual heroes take on supporting roles.  The case-of-the-week format does not follow the “short conflict leads to murder, which our heroes investigate and solve,” structure.  Instead, we follow a different formula.

We meet a young man named Goyo, who is an aspiring professional wrestler.  He is the protagonist of this episode.  He has the drive and determination to become a great name in wrestling, but there is one particular obstacle blocking him from his goal: He gets paid to lose matches to make his opponent look good.

Goyo is fed up with losing, and he is willing to do anything to make himself better (including signing a contract in blood.  You could argue that he’s just really dedicated to his job.).  He enlists the help of a man named Benito, who can create a mask for him that will make Goyo feel powerful.

Of course, this involves Benito forcing a stranger to woge, paralyzing him, then flaying his Balam face off (cue the “Silence of the Lambs” reference).

Benito is a Vibora Dorada, a new Aztec snake-like Wesen that paralyzes its victims with a neurotoxin.

This may be grim to say, but a Balam does make a nice face mask.  It’s one of my favorite Wesen, along with the Mauvais Dentes.

Nick and Hank start their normal investigation of the week when they find the former Balam man dead in an alley.  But the focus of the episode doesn’t stay with them.

Benito tells Goyo that he should not wear the mask outside of the ring.  And Goyo, the young man that he is, has a deficiency in his frontal lob development.

Goyo uses the Balam mask against his rival El Mayordomo and emerges victorious, now that he has the power of a Balam.

And this is where our Goyo begins to take a dark turn.  He feels immense power with this new mask (and tells Benito, too.)

Benito tells Goyo that he should not wear the mask outside of the ring.

Goyo’s rival is not happy that Goyo went against his planned loss, even though the audience didn’t seem to care.  They loved Goyo.

Of course, the only way to solve the problem between these two men is to fight.  Goyo puts on the mask outside of the ring, and, overcome with the power of the mask, kills the great El Mayordomo.

If he had not worn that mask, perhaps this would not have happened.  Remember what Benito said, Goyo?

Meanwhile,  our Scooby gang learns about the Aztec face mask ritual, thanks to the guidance of Monroe and Rosalee.

Later, at home, Goyo puts on the mask outside of the ring again, but this time, it becomes embedded on his face.

Benito did tell him not to wear the mask outside of the ring.

Things get worse for Goyo–he ends up killing Benito.  But lucky for him, our Scooby gang has figured out how to help him.  Rosalee makes a potion that helps unseal the mask from Goyo’s face, and along with a Spanish chant, saves him from his pseudo-Balam self.

Other notes from Silence of the Slams:

  • Nick and Adalind evade important conversations. 

Nick dodges answering Adalind about what happened in Germany (then again, the Scoobies did agree to not tell anyone about what they found).  Adalind does not tell Nick that her Hexenbiest self is beginning to resurface.  Instead, she asks what would happen if her powers came back.  Nick says that they would deal with it once that time came, but he recognized that Adalind had changed.

  • Renard’s personal brand of morality is an enigma.

Sean Renard’s questionable morality is what makes him such a compelling character.  He is neither good nor evil and has no binding allegiance to any cause.  And he still has not lost any sense of that.  He meets with Rachel Wood about a possible mayoral run.  She says that he needs to have a family, and, somehow, she knows about Diana.  She also has a plan Renard to get his daughter back.

It’s nice to actually hear Diana mentioned, because I’ve sometimes wondered if everyone forgot she existed.

Toward the end of the episode, Renard calls Adalind and tells him that he may have a way to get Diana back.  Knowing that Renard has manipulated her in the past, will Adalind join forces with him willingly?

Next week: Werewolves.

 

 

Crying wolf, the Wesen way

Friday’s episode “Cry Luison” may have been the best episode of the season so far.

Like our own animal kingdom, the Wesen world also has different species of similar animals. The Luison is a South American wolf in the Wesen world. It was also delightfully creepy, especially since we saw a litter of them.

While Trubel spent most of the episode off-camera, we saw more of Monroe, everyone’s favorite Blutbad. Apparently the Wesen community is angry about his marriage to Rosalee. Word sure does get around fast with Wesen.

Not only are we getting back into the monster-of-the-week rhythm, but we’re finally getting close to restoring Nick’s powers. Nick admits he wants his powers back. While I’ve enjoyed seeing how he and the rest of the characters are dealing with a de-Grimmed Nick, it’s about time to resolve this.

Juliette is key to restoring Nick’s powers. In order to “get his Grimm back,” she has to take the same potion Adalind used and repeat the Hexenbeist’s actions.  As long as Nick restores his powers and Juliette doesn’t get harmed, I’m happy.

Jewish folklore comes to life

This week’s episode saw not a new Wesen, but an addition to Grimm‘s small collection of folklore stories: the Golem.

The Golem is essentially a clay man and serves as a guardian (at least in the context of the episode).  It is summoned with a Jewish prayer and will protect a person, if given specific instructions, as it is difficult to control.

In this episode, the Golem was protecting a child named David who had suffered abuse from not only his father, but his uncle.  David’s other uncle, a rabbi, summoned the Golem to protect David.  The being killed not only David’s father, but his uncle, too.  The Golem itself can be killed by using the scroll that gave it life.

Using the Golem as the creature of the week detracted a bit from the subplot of finding a cure for Nick’s powers, but it looks like it will be the central focus next week.