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.)

 

 

#GrimmFinale Part 1 Recap

How do you sum up two hours of intense Grimm action?  Death, destruction, a couple of arrests, and some plot twists.  Technically, we saw two different episodes, so I’ll break both of them down individually.

Part I: “Set Up”

“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”

We pick back up at Hadrian’s Wall headquarters with a furious Nick who wants nothing more than to ruin Renard. The HW crew explains that controlling Portland is just the beginning for Black Claw–their plan is to move up in all forms of government.  The team adds Conrad Bonaparte to the top of their Black Claw hierarchy, as he’s the one controlling the Portland movement.

The conversation is stopped, though, when Hank gets a call about two dead bodies in his own home.

The show cuts to Monroe and Rosalee, who are cooped up at home because two Black Claw members are staked outside of their home.  What’s most important from this scene is Monroe’s impulsive instincts to take out the Black Claw members himself and Rosalee’s sudden ill health.

Meanwhile, behind closed doors, Renard and Adalind don’t hide their dislike for each other so that even Diana picks up on it.  Adalind rejects all of Renard’s advances–she has truly made a great transformation this season.

Throughout most of the finale, Diana is a creepy child.  She has two Tim Burton-esque dolls that she uses as a sort of voodoo power to control her parents’ actions.  She forces them to kiss, but Adalind realizes that Diana is controlling her and Renard (who is more willing to accept this than Adalind).

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Later on, Adalind tells Diana that she cannot force two people together, especially not mommy and daddy.  Diana also voices her dislike of Rachel (who she ends up killing later.  Someone please tell this child that murder is not ok).

The first set up of the finale involves Hank.  The dead men in his house are the two Black Claw members that Nick killed.  Two detectives from the Portland North precinct claim that they had a witness to the crime, so they arrest Hank to take him in for questioning.

Nick and Wu know that something is wrong here, though, so they start and investigation and learn that Hank’s neighbor was forced by Black Claw to be a witness to Hank’s crime.  But Hank isn’t listed in the North Precinct’s records.  The detectives who took Hank are actually members of Black Claw (no surprises there), so they kidnap him and take him to a house and not the precinct.

#SaveHank

Bonaparte and Adalind have a great scene together, mainly because Adalind throws a couple of zingers at him.  Despite leaving Nick and taking Kelly with her, she has been amazing this season.  Bonaparte threatens Adalind by woging into a full Zauerbiest, which is equally as creepy as a Hexenbiest.

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He turns her into stone to show her the kind of power he possesses.  He places a ring on her finger–an engagement ring intended to be from Renard–that he warns she can never take off if she wants to keep her children safe.

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Back at Portland PD, Nick and Wu make a plan to try to get information out of Tony Talomoti, since he was involved in framing Hank.  They know that they’ll never get information out of him by speaking to him alone, so they bring in Monroe and Rosalee to talk to him. Nick and Wu break all ethical codes by allowing Monroe to “speak” to Tony himself.  Monroe beats the address where hank is being kept out of Tony (521 Skyline Drive–and it’s episode 5×21).

Nick and Renard share a tender moment in the precinct.  Portland PD officers congratulate Renard on his election victory.  Renard catches Nick’s glance, and the two stare longingly into each other’s eyes.  You can see just how proud Nick is that his police captain will become the mayor of Portland.

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The episode cuts back to 521 Skyline Drive, where Hank is being snarky with the detectives who kidnapped him.  Oh, Hank, you are so underappreciated.

Our heroes and HW head out to rescue Hank, which they successfully do.  But they soon learn that Black Claw traced Zuri’s whereabouts to HW headquarters, so Hank’s set up was just a diversion for another set up to infiltrate HW.

Black Claw storms in on HW, destroying every thing and every person in sight.  Even our poor dear Meisner, who has worked tirelessly to learn about Black Claw, study their members, and keep Portland safe with an underground militia, falls victim to Conrad Bonaparte.  Renard watches his former friend suffer and fires the shot that kills him.

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Was it out of spite or mercy?   We may never know.  But Renard is starting to learn at this point that he is no more than a pawn in Bonaparte’s game of power.

Our heroes return to HW headquarters to find everything trashed and Meisner dead.  It’s unfortunate that our heroes didn’t have the magical healing stick.  If anything, though, Meisner’s death has given everyone a reason to fight.

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At the end of the episode, an even more furious Nick acts impulsively in the middle of the day at the precinct.  He storms into Renard’s office, tells him about Meisner’s death, and assaults him.  Renard woges and an all-out brawl ensues, which ends with Renard shoving Nick through a window.

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The episode ends with Nick being arrested.  Wow, Nick, good one, there.

Stay tuned for another blog post about part II of the season finale.  Double the episodes means double the writing!

 

Episode title speaks for itself: “Bad Night” Recap

“We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.”

Vengeance and betrayal were the key themes of “Bad Night,” the penultimate episode of season 5.  It’s hard to believe that Friday May 20 is the season finale.

Here are the key events of “Bad Night”:

  • “I can’t stand by and do nothing. He’s my son.”

The episode begins with a furious Nick, who attempts to call Hank about Adalind leaving with Kelly.  But when hank doesn’t pick up the phone, Nick acts on his impulses by going after Renard.  He breaks into Renard’s old home in an attempt to confront him, but little does he know that Renard is in an extravagant home provided to him by Black Claw.

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Throughout the episode he blames Renard for taking his family away from him, not Adalind.  he doesn’t believe that Adalind was given much of a choice in joining Renard.  But his ultimate goal is to protect his son.

  • “Like it or not, we’re a family.”

Adalind arrives at Renard’s new home–and technically her home, too.  All she wants to do is see Diana, but Black Claw keeps her daughter from her until she agrees to stay with Renard.  He attempts to make advances on her, but Adalind makes it clear to him that this is not what she wants.

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I must say, I am proud of Adalind.  Her character transformation remains intact–she feels trapped by Renard and Black Claw.  She doesn’t want to align herself with them, but she feels as if it’s the only way she can reunite with Diana.  Her priority is her family, and she does want to protect her children and Nick.

  • “Don’t underestimate little girls.”

Diana is a creepy child.  She meets Kelly and “plays” with him, but her idea of playing with her brother is making him levitate in the air and almost give her poor mother a heart attack.

She also wants her parents together.  Apparently Diana is conscientious of her parents’ relative dislike of each other, so she uses her powers to force them to hold hands.  And based upon next week’s promo, it looks like Renard and Adalind ma be forced to do even more…

So what is the extent of Diana’s powers? And how is she able to control an adult half-Zauerbiest and adult Hexenbiest?

  • “Revolutions are forged in blood.”

Nick and Renard have a late-night meeting in Renard’s office that, surprisingly, does not lead to a fight.  We learn that Renard has fully engrossed himself in the beliefs of Black Claw–he truly believes that Wesen should have power in Portland and not have to hide themselves any more.  He has proven that he is no different from the power-hungry Royals before him.  Any question of Renard’s loyalty has now been answered: he is Nick’s enemy.

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Despite this, Renard tries to recruit Nick into joining Black Claw.  Yeah, like that would ever happen.  We’d need a complete subversion of Hadrian’s Wall’s goals in order to even toy with that idea.

Renard does make an important observation for Nick, though.  Nick addresses his anger for having his son taken away from him.  Renard draws a parallel for Nick, reminding him that he agreed to have Kelly Burkhardt raise Diana for the greater good.  Renard believes that sacrifices must be made in his game of power.  But Nick doesn’t see it that way.

  • “It’s not Pandora’s box…”

Nick gets deeper and deeper into working with Hadrian’s Wall.  They show him a hierarchy chart for Black Claw to give him an idea of the power structure of the organization.  They took his son, and now they’re going down.

Because Nick knows that he may be sacrificing his own life to remove Black Claw from Portland, he takes Trubel into the tunnel in his home and shows her the magical healing stick that he and Monroe found in Germany.  His logic for showing her: she’s a Grimm, and if anything were to happen to him, she would have this available to her, if needed.  Trubel observes that it looks like “it broke off of something.”  Foreshadowing?

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  • Hanks learns the truth about Zuri.

Hank spends a night with Zuri, who gets help from Tony (the man Rosalee knew) to steal Hank’s phone, download all of his data, and then return it as if he never had it.  But Hank is skeptical–how could Zuri think that she could outsmart a detective anyway?  Zuri claims that Black Claw threatened her, but she is actually allied with them.  She is taken into HW headquarters for “questioning” by Eve and Trubel.

  • Wu learns self-control.

Once again, we visit Wu’s apartment.  This time, we basically resolve his lycanthrope subplot.  He forces himself to become angry (like he’s the Hulk or something) and morph into his wolf form, and then he exercises incredible control of himself by returning to his human state.  It’s almost as if his lycanthropia is a woge, even though we’ve learned that it is a virus.

  • “You’re dead.”

The new mayor of Portland is…Sean Renard, of course.  After all, we do need to advance the plot.  And Black Claw can’t lose the election!  The polls before the election made it seem as if it was a close race, but exit polls predicted a landslide.

When Renard heads to thee stage to thank the voters and speak about his victory, he calls upon Adalind and his children to come to the stage.  His children!  This bastard is calling Kelly his own child!  Adalind does not want to join him on stage at all, but she puts a fake smile on her face.

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Such a happy family.

 

And, watching from a TV, a furious Nick forewarns Renard: “You’re dead.”

Prepare yourselves for an epic two-hour finale, Grimmsters.  This is gonna get ugly.

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.

 

 

European field trip: “Key Move” Recap

We’ve finally made it to Germany, Grimmsters!  There were several important plot developments in “Key Move,” so let’s break them all down.

  1. We now understand how to read the map of the seven knights (even without all seven keys).
Man, it really is a good thing that three of the Scooby gang members are trained detectives, because how else would they have cracked the code on the map?  The first few minutes of the episode are focused entirely on figuring out where the elusive “X marks the spot” is on the map.  Based upon Monroe and Rosalee’s knowledge of all things Grimm and Wesen-related, we have a pretty good idea that the map leads to a treasure related to Constantinople.
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Those ancient Grimms were clever.

The Scoobies trace the “X” to a church on the map.  They mistake the “X” for a steeple, meaning that the clue to the treasure is hidden in plain sight.
No one knows exactly what the map leads to, though, which leads to an interesting moment between Nick and Adalind…
2. Adalind tells Nick that she loves him.  Oh, and then they sleep together.
Based upon what I see on Twitter, some Grimmsters are hardcore Nadalind/Nickalind shippers.  Then there are those who are opposed to it.
I’d just rather see Grimm focus on the keys.  Or, better yet, why not have more Monrosalee moments?  I love Monrosalee.
As far as Nick/Adalind goes, I’ve always wanted them to be co-parents.  I don’t think they need to be in a romantic relationship.
For what it’s worth for Nadalind dissenters, while lying in bed with Adalind, Nick has a flashback from season one in which he and Adalind settled their differences…violently (and Adalind subsequently lost her powers).  So, yes, this flashback shows us that Nick is confused.  And maybe he even regrets sleeping with Adalind (and knowing that it’s actually her).
3. Nick and Monroe go on a field trip to Germany.
But not without saying goodbye to the rest of the Scooby gang.  both Adalind and Rosalee seem nervous about letting their beloveds leave.  Who really knows what will happen to them out there?
So, with an unfinished map, Nick and Monroe set off on their crusade (as Monroe calls it).  They travel to what they think is the right church, according to their [unfinished] map and meet a man who turns out to be a Mousehertz and a priest.  According to the priest, the church only dates back to the 1500s, but Nick and Monroe are looking for one that dates back to the Crusades.
The priest, though, seems very shady. And when Nick and Monroe leave, the priest woges.  He’s a Blutbad, and he decides to go in pursuit of Nick and Monroe.
Now, we know how Portland Wesen react when they see a Grimm, but I wonder if it’s any different in Germany.  After all, this is where our knowledge of the great Grimm and Wesen feud begins.
Nick and Monroe decide to search in the forest for where an old church may have been located.  After all, it’s possible that the church they’re looking for doesn’t still exist.  And, what better time to go on a crusade in a foreign land than at night?  That won’t end badly for our heroes at all.
4. Grimm proves once again that it’s all about the last five minutes.
In the forest, Nick and Monroe come across a formation of small rocks that is not normal (or, as Monroe says, is more like Stonehenge).  It’s similar to a foundation of an old building.
Meanwhile, the priest and a small gang of Wesen are in hot pursuit of our heroes.
But something else is weird for Nick and Monroe.  The ground beneath them seems unstable…
And then they’re sucked into the ground, as if a sinkhole opened beneath their feet.
5. A new Wesen sniper comes to Portland.
Hadrian’s Wall is on the hunt for this sniper who targets politicians.  This Wesen directly impacted Renard and the Andrew Dixon plotline.  Throughout the episode, it seemed as if the sniper was targeting Renard.
But, in a shocking twist, the Uhranuti shoots Andrew Dixon at his own campaign rally!
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Looks like there may be an open slot in the mayoral race.

Next week is the 100th episode!

This is gonna be good.

“We’re going to the Black Forest”: “Map of the Seven Knights” Recap

“History is the nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

“Map of the Seven Knights” was, in my opinion, one of the best Grimm episodes in the entire series.  This was a very important episode, so this blog post is an especially long one.

As the 98th episode in the series, it began to set us up for a spectacular reveal that we have wanted ever since Aunt Marie gave the first key to Nick.  It was a Monroe-centric episode that also gave us some great insight into the long history of the Grimms. And I can’t help but feel that we are being led up to some grand finale.

The episode starts in Prague with an appraiser named Andrea, who calls a man named Felix, a book dealer, about a collection of antique books that he should check out.

Felix, who lives in Germany, ends up receiving the books.  And guess what?  They’re Grimm books!

Felix

From this point, it’s established that we are deviating from our case-of-the-week format.

Back in Portland, there’s a cute housewarming scene at the paint factory home that includes most of the Scooby gang.  Rosalee refers to the house as a “fome” (part fortress, part home).  Monroe says that the house is cool in a “post-apocalyptic, neo-industrial steampunk” way–oh, Monroe, how I love you.

Nick and Monroe also have a bonding moment out on the fome rooftop.  Monroe asks about how Nick is adjusting to living with Adalind.  Nick admits that he is unsure of how to feel about her, referencing how he used to hate her, but now sees that she has become a great mother to their son.  And I’m still left wondering if she will change once her powers return.

From now on, I’ll refer to the paint factory as the “fome.”

At around 3 a.m. Portland time, Monroe receives a call from his uncle–it’s Felix!  This is also the moment in which every Grimmster immediately loved Felix.  He tells Monroe about the books and wants to know if his Grimm friend would be interested in the books.

Given that Nick lost most of his recorded history in an awful incident last year, why wouldn’t he want these 20 books to restore his collection (yes, 20 books)?

Felix ends up flying to Portland, books in tow, to meet Nick and offer the books to him.

But guess who else wants their hands on those books?  Do I really have to say it?

Black Claw!  After all, everything is connecting back to this Wesen group this season.  I don’t know how you all feel about the inundation of Black Claw every week(feel free to tell me in the comments or on social media), but I appreciate the consistency that the show has with this year’s primary antagonist.  Black Claw is a ruthless force that has proliferated rapidly (and it’s been developed much better than the Verrat and Resistance).  For now, it seems that they grossly outnumber our heroes.

A pair of Anubii kill Andrea in their search for the Grimm books, which are traveling with Felix at this point.  And because they’re with Black Claw, they’re not going to stop in their search for the books.  They ransack Felix’s shop and end up on the phone with Monroe.  That call gives them the opportunity to learn where Felix is heading.

Felix shows up at Monrosalee’s house with one of the books.  Nick brings Trubel along, which creates some tension–Felix wasn’t expecting to see a second Grimm.  Felix, who is as passionate about books as Monroe is about clocks, lets Nick examine the book.  And because Nick is a Grimm with common sense, he wants the books.  But Felix will only sell them for $100,000.  And Nick has only 24 hours to procure the money.

I don’t know about you all, but I don’t know anyone who can just come up with $100k in 24 hours.  And isn’t there some sort of discount that Nick can get for being a Grimm?

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Can we get these books published?

At this point, the Scooby gang tries to enlist the help of Hadrian’s Wall.  HW is always willing to help Nick, but he’s still shaky on his allegiance to them.  Nick asks if Hadrian’s Wall can get them the $100k for the books.  But, seeing as HW is a government organization funded with money that doesn’t exist (insert joke about deficit spending here), Meisner doesn’t have a definitive answer on whether he can procure the funds.

Black Claw makes The Scooby gang’s money problem a whole lot easier for them (how sweet).  Except that it isn’t very sweet.  In their search for the books, they kill Felix.  it turns out that they were able to track a shipment that Felix was expecting.

Dammit, Grimm. I liked Felix.  I wanted to keep him safe.

Portland PD learns about the murder, and our three favorite cops go out to the murder scene.  Nick recognizes Felix’s body and tells Monroe, who visits the scene and is visibly shaken.  Major props to Silas Weir Mitchell for nailing that emotional scene.

Nick uses HW again to help track down the Anubis Black Claw members with HW’s gigantic Wesen database.  Hank says that he wishes they had a database like that, foreshadowing future collaboration with HW.  They track down the pair of Anubis to a shipping yard.

Monroe, out for blood, goes to the shipping yard with Nick in order to prevent Black Claw from getting their grubby paws on the books.  Monroe, unaided, kills both of them.

The Scooby gang is able to retrieve the trunk of books and take it back to the Spice Shop.

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I love them all.

The last scene is what Grimm is all about.  The writers have an uncanny ability to shove the most tense and exciting scenes in the last five minutes of the show.  And yet, when they do this, they deliver incredible twists that affect the entire plot of the show.

The Scooby gang investigates the trunk, scanning through their new collection of books (arguably, the best part is that they didn’t have to pay $100k for them.  RIP, Felix).  They find a book on the lineage of the Grimms, and Nick is listed in this book.

But even the Grimm family tree isn’t the best part.  Monroe notices that the lock on the trunk seems to be a bit large.  He toys around with it and discovers that it is a secret compartment (I will let it be known that I was screaming internally during this final scene).

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Monroe’s reaction says it all.

And what’s in this compartment, you may ask?

THREE KEYS.

Now Nick has five out of seven keys. And these five keys together are enough for the Scooby gang to know that the map leads to the Black Forest in Germany. Nick then delivers the best line of the night:

“We’re going to the Black Forest.”

To give you an idea of how I was feeling in this moment, here’s a tweet I sent out during the East Coast broadcast:

I’ve watched Grimm since the beginning.  When Grimm focuses an entire episode on the overarching plot of the show, it delivers some of its best material.  And that’s what has made season 5 so great.  Grimm finally feels comfortable with the story it is trying to tell.

In the next episode, Nick and Monroe are going to Germany!  This is seriously incredible.

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk about ancient rituals: “Star-Crossed” Recap

This week’s Grimm brought us deeper into the day-to-day business of Hadrian’s Wall and a cool ancient Wesen ritual.

Back at Hadrian’s Wall HQ, Trubel is investigating arrival of an unidentified man in Portland.  We don’t ever learn his name, but this does give us an opportunity to see how HW operates.

Trubel desk

This is the closest that Trubel will ever get to having a desk job.

We also get an awesome interrogation scene with Eve, who uses her powers later in the episode to get answers out of a member of Black Claw.  She takes his eyes, ears, and mouth away when he refuses to speak.

Needless to say, his loss of his senses convinces him to talk. He doesn’t know the name of the man who has come into Portland, but knows that he is a courier.

Interestingly enough, we learn from Monroe and Rosalee that her pen pal/ex is in Portland.  Is it a coincidence that he’s back in Portland and HW is looking for an unidentified man?

Now, onto the ancient Wesen ritual in “Star-Crossed.”

The case of the week involved a strange series of elaborate murders.  So let’s walk through it.

  1. Every murdered person was gored and hung on a cross.

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2.  Glass shards were put in their eyes (like Red Dragon).

3. A circle made out of the victim’s blood surrounds the cross.

4. There was an ancient symbol for water found on the back of every cross.

ritual 2

Also important to note: there’s a drought in Portland at the time of this episode.

It turns out that the ritual is run by a type of ox-like Wesen caled the Fuilcre.  The murders are also tied to a geographical construction of the constellation the Big Dipper (which is another part of the ritual).

Overall, I thought that the ritual in “Star-Crossed” was great.  I do love delving deep into the mythos of the Wesen world.

Other notes from the episode:

  • We see a short scene of Renard in bed with Andrew Dixon’s campaign manager.  For the first time in a while, Renard looks happy.  (We’re hereby calling this #Shirtlessnonrage).
  • Non-couple Nick and Adalind have a short scene together. Nick tries opening a door in a tunnel at the paint factory house that apparently hasn’t been opened for over 100 years. During this entire scene, Adalind wants to make sure that Nick is okay.  He really wants that door to open.  Hmmmm, I wonder what’s behind that door.

Next week’s episode is called, “Map of the Seven Knights.”  We’re getting closer to learning about the mystery of the keys, Grimmsters!

 

 

 

 

Setting up the rest of the season: “Eve of Destruction” Recap

Welcome to the first blog post of 2016, Grimmsters! And, as always, we’ve got a lot to discuss.

As part of Grimm‘s formula, the winter premiere began right where the fall finale left off: with Juliette’s reappearance (and then disappearance).

The Scooby gang is understandably shocked when they see her.  She killed twenty people, saving the main cast.  Surprisingly, Nick is the first one to accept that he saw her alive–and he’s also the most determined to track her down.

Here are the major takeaways from “Eve of Destruction”:

1. Eve is a puppet of Hadrian’s Wall’s design.

We don’t see Eve until the last few minutes of the episode, but in this time, we learn a lot about her.  She is nothing like Juliette, even though she shares all of Juliette’s memories.  Based upon a few flashbacks, Juliette, still alive when kidnapped by Chavez’s crew, was taken directly to Meisner, who locked her up and began conditioning her into a new identity.  By “conditioning,” of course, I mean that Juliette was beaten and forced into becoming a weapon for Hadrian’s Wall (so there’s definitely some moral ambiguity for Hadrian’s Wall there).

By transforming Juliette into Eve, she can now work for the good of destroying the Wesen revolution.  She is a powerful force, as we see at the end of the episode when she and Nick finally meet.

Eve

I just really love Bitsie Tulloch.

The final scene between David and Bitsie was fantastic.  David expertly portrayed all of Nick’s conflicting disbelief and anger at seeing her alive.  Bitsie was a complete departure from the vengeful Juliette we knew in season four–Eve is a weapon for Hadrian’s Wall, scrapping emotion for cold rationality.

I am interested to see how Eve develops over the rest of the season.  Since it is safe to assume that the Juliette we knew has been completely brainwashed, will she remain a puppet for Hadrian’s Wall, or will she develop her own sense of self?

2. Black Claw, the official name for the Wesen uprising, is proliferating all around the world.

When we were first introduced to Hadrian’s Wall, we got an idea that the Wesen revolution was happening all around the world.  Now we got to see it in action.

Monroe and Rosalee attempted to contact the Wesen Council to inform them of all of the insanity that has been occurring in Portland.

Somehow, a member of Black Claw manages to get into a Wesen Council meeting, shout, “Occultatum libera!” and massacre the entire group, with the exception of Alexander, the one who ended up taking Rosalee’s call.  Now he’s on the run, and I bet that he’ll be involved in helping take down Black Claw.

And, of course, Black Claw is still wreaking havoc in Portland.  A member of the Black Claw ends up killing Xavier, everyone’s favorite blobfish.

Black Claw also likes to woge in public because they’re horrible and like to terrorize people.

3. Nick and Adalind is [kind of] happening.

If you’ve seen me live-tweet, you know that I have reservations about a Nick/Adalind romance.  I know that there’s a certain group within the Grimm fandom that loves their chemistry; conversely, there’s another side that hates it.

Like it or not, Nick and Adalind kissed.  It turns out that they have both thought about it.

Nick and Adalind

I can’t really say I blame either of them. They’re both beautiful people.

 

And I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

I think that if a relationship is going to work between them, they’re going to have to work through all of that ugly history they have.  And, at the very least, the show knows this.  I am glad that Grimm seems to not be forgetting that Nick and Adalind have a, well, complicated past.  Adalind says she regrets everything she did to Nick and wants to take it all back (except for Kelly, of course).  Of course, Adalind has repressed Hexenbeist powers now, ad we can only hope that she feels this way once her powers come back.

[Side note: I do like Adalind’s redemption.  For too long, she was a pawn in other people’s schemes,  but now she is finally becoming able to develop her own sense of self.  This is, of course, in stark contrast to Juliette, who lost control of herself when she became a Hexenbeist, leading to her kidnapping and transformation into Eve.]

Nick and Adalind even recognize that a relationship may not be the best thing to pursue right now.  Even if they did pursue a relationship, they would have to think if it would really be about them.

I think, for now, they should focus their feelings on the mutual love of their son.  That, and they need to think about defeating Black Claw.

Well, Grimmsters, that summarizes my thoughts on “Eve of Destruction.”

Next week, it looks like we’re going to see something like a Loch Ness Monster (it does exist! Just not in Scotland, apparently.)