If I may indulge my biology nerdism to address Nick's zombification...sorry, I love TV but I love science even more...
It appears that the zombie goo has had two effects on Nick. First - it's slowed down his metabolic rate, which as you've already discussed, included a slowed heart rate as well. With a metabolic rate that slow, the body doesn't need nutrients/oxygen delivered to different parts of the body quite as urgently as a normal person, so the heart doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood around to deliver these things. By itself, that's not a big deal; a lot of endurance athletes have trained their body to have lower resting heart rates than normal folks, likely why Nick's doctor isn't too concerned.
The other effect, though, seems to be a paradoxical effect on his sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that reacts unconsciously to stress (fight or flight). It's supposed to speed up the metabolic rate, speed up the heart rate in a stressful situation. That part of the nervous system is also in play when we wake up, preparing our resting bodies for activity. It works opposite to the parasympathetic nervous system (which keeps us at rest). That's the interesting part of Nick's zombification, I think.
His body is now having the opposite reaction to stress and waking up. When Nick was doing the (fabulously shirtless) stress test, his heart rate never went above 30...most normal humans with decent cardiovascular fitness are around 65-70 and would go up into the 100s on a treadmill. And if you listened to the score/music/background while he was underwater saving the mermaid, you could hear his heartbeat. It was SUPER slow. It's also probably why he seems dead while sleeping; his body isn't really in a hurry to wake him up.
I think his sympathetic nervous system isn't working like it should; it's maintaining his ridiculously low metabolism all the time, when the opposite should be happening. I think THOSE are the times where he looks all zombie-ish.
Again, sorry for the rant...but who else am I gonna discuss this with?! :)
Fun episode. I always enjoy the procedural episodes of Grimm; it reminds me of the X-Files, a show that was able to balance freak-of-the-week with mythology quite well (at the beginning, anyway). This was a fun case to watch, and how the mermaid without a voice wasn't named Ariel is beyond me...unless Ellie was a nickname for Ariel...
REALLY looking forward to the return of Mama Grimm!! I think Juliette knows better at this point to think Nick is cheating. All of the references in the email should point to this being Grimm related as well. Hopefully they don't go down the "what-do-I-do-I-think-he's-cheating-on-me" route. I've just started to like Juliette, please don't give me a reason to dislike her again!!
On a scale of 1-10 - Monroe and Rosalee hit a 25 on the cuteness scale!
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I agree that this season of New Girl isn't as solid as it was last season. I think there are a couple factors; they've mishandled Schmidt's character, not really giving us reasons to like him anymore. Also, Coach's return was too abrupt, as was Schmidt's exit from the loft.
The star of this season is Winston. He NAILS it every episode, whether he's "pumpkinning" or "puzzlin", Winston has been on point.
I think Nick and Jess as a couple are being handled well, and they're pretty realistic. But I do agree that Nick's edge is being lost - maybe that's the result of being in a relationship?
1. I'm totally cool with the way their affection is expressed. I actually think that's better than PDA. Don't need more kisses at all.
2. Depends on the clown.
3. Gotta go with something different - the handshake. That handshake they shared when their relationship was still secret at the precinct...that was powerful.
4. Probably this week's. "Get A Clue" was kinda ruined with the Alexis storyline.
5. I'm a sucker for an action scene, so I'll have to go with the shootout between Ryan/Espo and the clown guys.
Good point - that's fair I'm familiar with a lot of the characters & organizations (see my avatar LOL) so it didn't seem too much for me.
OH - one disappointment with this episode - Amanda Waller. Not bad, but not how I envisioned her - she needs to be a lot more intimidating. There's time, I guess.
1. My favourite part was hands down when one of the dwarves said how quiet it was without Charming and Snow and all the fighting LOL
2. Right now - Team Emma. She was right to smack them both down and make Henry a priority. In the future though? Definitely Hook.
3. Yes - but Pan is pretty manipulative. That was low, even for Pan.
4. I agree with Carla - Charming was trying to think of what was best for everyone, not just Snow. He should have told her, but I understand his motives.
5. Definitely Hook and Emma's conversation before they went in the cave. My goodness, the chemistry. I love how honest he is with her, and how confident he is. Hell yeah, good form!
Great review! My heart broke for Felicity - especially when Isabel gave the "night off" comment (man, I wanted to smack her!).
I think I had two major surprises this episode. One was that Diggle was married to Lyla; didn't see that coming at all. Also, the way he was willing to put his vendetta aside to save her was admirable.
Two was that Oliver was willing to admit that he cared for Felicity and that's why he wasn't with her. We could definitely see how much he likes her - she's the only one that can make him smile spontaneously and sincerely, he never really backs away or shoots her down when she blurts out an awkward comment about her attraction to him, and she's the only one who accepts him with all his baggage and calls him out on being a jerk.
I don't know if I would call this a filler episode, though. It may not continue the Black Canary arc, but there was still a lot that had to do with all of the Arrow mythology. We learned more about his Russian connection, more about the island, etc.
We've talked about this - there's no "agreeing to disagree" on these here internets! :-p
In seriousness though, I'm with you, Christine - Beckett's comment was quite clearly in jest, but one would need to watch the episode to see that in the context of their conversation and looks on their faces. Beckett saw the opportunity for a good joke and she zinged him.
I do agree with the general comments though that Castle has generally been the one to yield in the relationship. This particular instance isn't as important because, as you said, this was more of an invitation on his part than an acquiescence to Beckett's will. But he has kinda been everyone's doormat for the past few seasons.
Well...that was awesome!
By far the best episode. Fitz's character was just so, SO amazingly well written this time, and the actor did such a good job - he even made Ward seem less wooden. That pairing was brilliant.
Skye and Simmons - not so much. Skye's character still bugs me, mostly because of how abrasive she gets when she wants her way. But I loved Coulson laying the smackdown on her.
As usual, I loved everything Coulson. From the way he caught himself saying "it's a magical place", to his standoff with the agent in charge, to his "conversation" with May, to his smackdown and later father-figure moment with Skye...Clark Gregg is the master of understated.
Awesome episode, great review :-)
Definitely the best episode of the show so far! Really enjoyed this.
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