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Grimm Review: Where Plot is Left Lonely

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"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.

Henry Lubatti as Slivitch
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?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (41 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Does Captain Renard ever shape shift into anything? My mother and my grandmother are big fans of the show and they said they've saw him do it, but I've watched pretty much every episode and I don't remember seeing anything about him being a creature. I know that he's part of some sort of old "Royalty" thing, and I remember seeing Grimm watching an old video clip of Hitler turning into a blutbad (I laughed my butt off at that) and I've seen guys with guns go after Captain Renard and request stuff,(then die afterwards) but I've never seen him actually turn into anything. Did I miss something here? Or are my mother and Grandmother both going senile?!

Fortyseven

I agree with the review.

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On the tale of the Bluebeard (the significance of which was largely lost in this episode...they might as well as made the "ziegenvolk" out to be a sort of sex-crazed satyr without invoking the "bluebeard"): "Bluebeard" is an old French moralistic/caution tale about the dangers of being too curious (it's also not-too-subtly rather misogynistic, as we'll see). I've read different versions, but they all go something like this: A dark and mysterious (and wealthy) man named Bluebeard goes a-courting. He marries the oldest daughter of a family, and gives her the run of his mansion (and the key ring) while he's away on the condition that she not by any means go into a certain room. Of course, the girl's curiosity gets the better of her and she goes in....only to see a room full of corpses of Bluebeard's former wives. She's so scared that she drops the key into a pool of blood and it stains it indelibly (it's magic). Her husband notices the bloody key and kills her without ceremony. Then he does the same thing to the middle sister. If my memory serves me right, the main variants in this tale lie in exactly what happens with the youngest sister-wife. She'll always go into the room, of course...but sometimes she wraps the key up so it doesn't get dirty. Other times she outwits her angry husband somehow and saves herself. Occasionally, she'll also find a way to resurrect her dead sisters. So that's "Bluebeard." I read that in an illustrated edition when I was a child, and it terrified me...I confess that I would have loved if Grimm had been a bit more faithful to the name they were borrowing. On the other hand, Grimm has to work with fairy-tale-illiteracy in its audience, so going too deep into the details of that story would have lost more people than it impressed.

Farahv915

I have to agree this has been the weakest episode so far. Although, as much as I like feeling complete at the end of an episode I think I like the open-ended scene at the end of this one. To be honest I continue to watch the show because of how much I enjoy Eddie and I hope that they expand his role more. He is truly enjoyable to watch. I also love Nick and feel like he's doing the best with what he's been given. I'm interested in finding out more about Captain Renard and his back story, but more so because of the mystery behind it. I will say, as a person who finds herself able to develop emotional connections to characters fairly easily, I don't feel super connected yet - which is actually pretty shocking for me. I love the dynamic with Nick and Eddie and the fantastical elements of the story, but right now that's about it. My feelings are still pretty superficial.

Realdiehl

Although our friend Eddie has many talents, he needs to work on his romance game. He was barely able to get out five words at the bar before he was shot down. Poor Eddie. Why is Capt. Renard leaving Nick be for the time being? Maybe he thinks Nick will lead him to more information about the Grimms and where to find more of them. Then again, I don't understand why Renard doesn't have one of his minions follow Nick around for a little while. This would inevitably lead to Aunt Marie's trailer and a huge amount of information. Nick's girlfriend? Could be she knows something about the "hidden world" but knows nothing about Nick's involvement in it. A few cryptic words now and then could be setting the stage for a big reveal yet to come. I don't know if I buy that theory myself but it is a possibility. As to whether she is a good guy or bad guy, I think her comments will remain deliberately ambiguous to keep us guessing.

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I expect this will initially run as a monster of the week series with hints pointing to a larger plot. It worked for Fringe and Supernatural, why not here?

Joyeful

I agree with the reviewer - I thought this was the weakest episode yet. The procedural element was quite bland. I'm hoping that we learn a little more about the conspiracy with the captain - he's clearly a mega monster of some kind. As usual, Eddie saved the day (episode) with his appearances...pure gold. I think it's funny how he's always doing something different when Nick comes over - playing the cello?! You raise a good point about Juliette...and I totally agree. If I recall correctly, in the pilot, Aunt Marie said that Nick should leave Juliette because "it was too dangerous." I don't think she specified "too dangerous for her" (though I could be wrong, that was a month ago). I think we all assumed that it was too dangerous for HER to be with HIM. But could it be that Aunt Marie meant it the other way around? Could Juliette be a threat to Nick?

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i was wondering if anyone got the fairy tail that this episode came from. i got the other three, but i cant figure out what this one was. if anyone knows, can you help me out.

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307 may be the Arne-Thompson fairytale plot type. But 307 is The Princess In the Coffin and Bluebeard is 312. But that may be a clue to the next tale.

Nick-m

farsia2010, You're proving my point a little bit with that last bullet point and the earless reaper. I don't need complicated mythology. I just need a few plot payoffs because right now there isn't a lot of balance. Grimm is posing a lot of questions and answering none. If you're a fan of The Good Wife, that's an excellent example of a procedural that continually rewards its audience for sticking around. A new viewer can jump in and have no problem enjoying the case, and a fan can tune in and get payoffs for the characters and their overarching problems. I'll try to expand on the part you're confused about: The Blue Beard being left open is far more significant than what he did. A show like Grimm lives and dies not on the procedural elements (no matter how horrific they are, I'm not trying to discount how terrible he is), but on the fairy tale and what is being built up in the background (something we're still completely clueless about). The Blue Beard could also be set up as a recurring villain. Again, without any knowledge of an overarching plot, we're left to speculation only.