Grimm Review: Where Plot is Left Lonely
"Lonelyhearts" didn’t offer much this week, there were some high points, but they were few and far between.
As always, one of the high points was Eddie, in a slightly different capacity no less! Nick’s reliance on the book to paint a bigger back story on the Blue Beards allowed us to get a better idea of what the creature was before Eddie filled us in with small details about them. By doing this, Eddie’s role was expanded slightly. Less exposition by Eddie means more comedy, and that’s always a good thing.
Plus, he got a lot more screen time…and by more I mean he lasted longer than Juliette. Who, although still useless, did say something that struck me:
“Well, how do you know you’re not being stupid by being with me?”
To which Nick replied that he thinks there’s more to it than that. Does anyone else have red flags popping up all over? I’m almost completely convinced Juliette is more than what we’re being led to believe. Why else would she be introduced to us? Characters need to have a purpose, and on the surface we’re being to lead to believe she’s merely a girlfriend. That, however, is not something that would work on a show like Grimm. Where almost everyone has something lurking just beneath the surface.
Speaking of things that are not what they seem: Captain Renard. He’s a hunter of Grimms, but why exactly is he letting Nick be? There have been so many opportunities to at the very least give the audience some kind of insight without giving away the farm to the other central characters; and yet here we are, no insight and one less ear to show for it.
The other significant bummer of this episode (copyright Andy Dwyer) was the fact that it was left open ended. Don’t get me wrong, I like that a creature with this kind of power and influence could still be out there, but the impact would have been far more effective had we known of some greater looming danger. Unfortunately, in a world like Grimm standard, procedural cases such as date rape, caging people, and gassing victims isn’t enough.
Now that Grimm is four episodes in they have to begin giving out overarching plot payoffs to the viewers who watch every week. Otherwise, all of those minutely sprinkled elements get lost in the wind from viewer fatigue and lost memories.
Two other thoughts:
- If that were my half onion ring, I’d only eat the skin.
- Hotel Room 307 – A quick search led me nowhere, mainly because the Brothers Grimm fairy tales doesn’t go that high. Does anyone have any theories?
Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.