Grimm "Mr. Sandman" Review: The Fly

By Josie Campbell

Mar 23, 2013

Grimm S02E15: "Mr. Sandman"

This week’s Grimm got as much mileage as was humanly (Wesenly?) possible out of playing “Mr. Sandman” on loop as a Wesen that fed on human tears roamed the land and Team Grimm sat down for a best-friends dinner.

A South African fly Wesen was on the loose in Portland, stalking grief-counseling groups and blinding sad women in order to eat their tears (yes, this was a real plot on a real show that adult people watch). Nick and Hank were called in after one victim pulled a bookshelf down on top of herself and wound up crushed to death, and learned that she'd been blinded by eye parasites. The pair then got a chance to study what happened to Fly Guy’s living victims after his next target was brought into the hospital—and because this is Grimm, we saw the parasites eat her eyes and pour out of the empty sockets in bloody detail!

Meanwhile, in the ongoing mythology B-plots, Adalind had tea with a wrinkly Hexenbeist lady and revealed that she’s pregnant by one of the Ro-Bros. She and her companion cackled over how much the baby is going to be "worth," and was clear that Adalind isn't going to win “Mother of the Year” anytime soon.

And then Hank, Monroe, Rosalee, and Nick enjoyed a delightful dinner where they deduced that Captain Renard must be a disgraced Royal due to his Hexen-blood, and then they drank a lot of wine. The Captain in question had a nightmare about Juliette, and Juliette continued to hallucinate as her memories of Nick came back. 

After tracking Fly Guy to another one of Portland’s myriad grief-counseling groups, Nick was parasite-blinded by the Wesen and unexpectedly developed super-hearing to compensate. Rosalee revealed that the only way to cure Nick’s blindness was to carve out Fly Guy’s eyes with a spoon (which was actually a spork, Grimm writers, get your utensils straight, would you?) and rub them on Nick’s face. The Team tracked the Fly back to the home of his second victim just as he was trying to tear-eat victim number three (the sister of victim number two). Super-hearing Nick bested Fly Guy, made the disgusting antidote, and victim three fatally stabbed the parasite-ridden Wesen. The end.

First off, I desperately hope group dinners become a regular occurrence for Team Grimm. Just imagine: Each week we watch the gang try to figure out who wants to kill them/help them/eat their tears while sharing some grilled portabella mushrooms in a red wine reduction. Though I have to say that watching a group of sweater-clad white people discuss work over an organic, vegetarian meal was the most Portland thing I’ve ever seen. Next week: Everyone goes for brunch! 

"Mr. Sandman" featured some great Monroe line deliveries (my favorite: the disgusted pause in, “When I removed his... brain”), plus some fun camerawork in the climax as we stayed focused on Nick fumbling in the dark (though I wish the episode had stuck with the gimmick until Fly Guy was subdued). But while last week's "Natural Born Wesen" effortlessly combined the mythology and case-of-the-week plots, “Mr. Sandman” lurched around trying to hit all of Grimm’s storylines. The short scenes with Adalind and Renard weren't enough to satisfy, especially since I care way more about the Royal machinations and inner workings of the Wesen world than I do about a lone monster criminal. The complex mythology is the best thing about this show, yet the writers seem to think we tune in for the boring, formulaic crime aspect. With most of Season 2 now behind us, Grimm is still trying to decide what type of series its going to be.


... Do all fly Wesen have parasites, or was this one sick?

... Why was Fly Guy popping pills?

... How did Nick and Hank explain Rosalee and Monroe to the rest of the police? I mean, they had to call the police after Casey stabbed Fly Guy, right?

... Juliette knows that she’s hallucinating because of whatever Rosalee gave her, so why hasn’t she gone to see a real doctor?

... Why are the Royals so prejudiced against Hexenbeists? Hexenbeists seem to have no problem with the Royals.

7. Who wears giant sweaters better, Rosalee or Monroe?

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  • Sunriseann Apr 03, 2013

    I have never disfavor a TV character before, but now I so dislike Juliette. Please bring someone beautiful, charming and smart for Nick. He certainly deserves better~~~ ^Q^

  • vast_wasteland Mar 27, 2013

    For those of us adults who watch this show for fun, I don't get the criticisms. While Grimm has all sorts of subplots, the main attraction of the show has always been its pulse-pounding and...well, grim action sequences.

    The fly guy, with his morbid addiction (clearly the tear substitute he keeps sucking down isn't working any more), preying horribly upon the most vulnerable, clearly delivered, down to the final showdown in the attic.

    The clandestine stuff with the royals and even Juliette's recovery of her memories- obviously that is what's going on with the hallucinations- might be intriguing, but the main event is the main event. In the action/suspense department, this episode delivered, right down to the last- sorry- spoonful! If those who criticize had even a fraction of the imagination and creativity of the writers, I don't think that the piddling loose ends would raise a single eyebrow.

    I particularly appreciated the homage quality of the finned caddy and the Mr. Sandman theme clearly but not bombastically evoking the 2001 movie "Jeepers Creepers" about another eye-stealing fiend... great job, Grim Grimoire, and keep 'em coming!

  • hankgillette Mar 30, 2013

    "For those of us adults who watch this show for fun, I don't get the criticisms."

    Because for any entertainment, good is better than mediocre.

  • hankgillette Mar 26, 2013

    I love this show and I don't mind a creature of the week episode. But I think this particular Wesen is the most poorly conceived since the series began.

    The genius of the Wesen concept is that they maintain human form the majority of the time and only assume their Wesen form when under great stress or anger. They live essentially normal human lives (except for the occasional human snack or unusual customs or rites). Because of this, the Wesen can live among us, submerged in our subconscious, known only through our myths and in our nightmares.

    I realize that it must be hard to keep coming up with new varieties of Wesen, there is no way that the fly Wesen could blend in to human society. Any predator leaving live, blind victims with worms eating their eyeballs is going to attract attention, whether in Portland, Oregon or in equatorial Africa. More than one or two would cause a world-wide panic.

    And what purpose were the worms (other than to create suspense for Nick)? The worms that cause river blindness, which apparently inspired the writers, are the larvae of a fly that reproduces by laying its eggs on people. Are we to assume that this is how the Wesen reproduces? If not, what happens to the worms after they eat a person's eyeballs?

    Why does the fly Wesen even need to blind his victims? This particular one is already lurking in grief support groups with people already predisposed to tears. By not introducing the worms, it would be able to feed on the same victim for much longer, and be able to keep a lower profile.

    It also goes without saying that with the necessary rareness of the fly Wesen, the odds of actually finding a cure for the worm infestation approaches zero.

    Finally, assuming that Nick and Hank brought in the rest of the police force, how did they explain the dead Wesen having an eye gouged out?

  • Res_Dog Mar 26, 2013

    Just watched the episode and let me just say one thing before even reading the review: I was so fucking glad to finally have a 'victim' in a tv show that doesn't behave like a helpless damsel in distress but like an intelligent reasonable person. The sister of the second victim protected her eyes, fought back vigorously and finally stabbed the sucker, this was so amazingly refreshing (especially because they didn't go the "tiny girl with no muscles is totally badass, not afraid at all and does crazy karate moves" route but instead let her panic but still have the neccessary presence of mind to survive) - I really hope Grimm continues to make it's side characters smarter, I'm so very sick of watching stupid people on TV.

  • Yanks4Life23519 Mar 25, 2013

    Grimm is awesomeeeeeeee :D

  • zsandmann Mar 25, 2013

    The parasites were most commonly found in South African black flys. Since this wessen was just a big fly he had the parasites, and I assumed the pills were for his migraines caused by said parasites.

  • kanniballl Mar 25, 2013

    I've considered this for a while: wondering if Grimm is going the Buffy The Vampire Slayer route. In Season 7 of Buffy we learned that the Slayer "bloodline" was actually created way way back in the caveman days. That the bloodline was given the essence of a demon to give them strength. So this whole time, a part-demon was fighting the demons.

    I wonder if the Grimms will be portrayed the same... that eventually Nick&Company; will learn that the Grimms are actually a form of Wessen and/or diluted Wessen.

    In which case: maybe being exposed to the stuff he's been exposed to will start to "turn" him a little. To the point that he too will have a Grimm-version of an angry-face.

    Grrr Arrrg

  • TVanimal Mar 26, 2013

    my thoughts exactly as well, though you spelled it out better. i would also prefer he be more like buffy (spelled with wesen strength by a hexenbeast or the like) than an outright Wesen himself.

  • KateSullivan Mar 25, 2013

    Funny...I have always had this thought, wouldn't it make sense that a Grimm is technically a Wesen too and that is actually why they could see them? Grimm history appears to only go back as far at the Templar Knights, so I wonder if the bloodline maybe started with these knights being Wesen warriors who had children with humans and the line gets passed down the maternal line (like Judaism :)).

  • KateSullivan Mar 25, 2013

    I actually kind of liked this episode (for pacing purposes, I would maybe have cut out the Adalind scenes and the Renard scenes - the political intrigue is different from the mythology and not 100% interesting with just cutaway scenes..I thought the mythology arc of the show was better served with the sit down dinner part and the fruit ninja part at the end). I think the super hearing is part Grimm/part parasite side effect, like that couldn't have happened to him if he wasn't a Grimm. You wonder if his Grimm abilities are actually as simple as enhanced senses and dexterity that would have been fully developed now if he had training whether he was going to be Grimm or not from his mother or his aunt (sort of like how Elena is a better fighter than Caroline even though Caroline is an older vampire because Alaric trained her to fight vampires when she was human on TVD).

  • Darkflame2006 Mar 25, 2013

    This was a truly a disturbing episode, i've recently gotten over a double eye infection thank god and to see this episode just scared the shit out of me, lol

  • belindatwo Mar 27, 2013

    Yes me too with my sore eyes I can feel their pain!

  • kanniballl Mar 25, 2013

    Eyes freak me out. On medical shows (even realistic ones) I tend to not care about seeing the guts or vile. But someone even just TOUCHES the eye... like putting on a contact lens... and I get nautious.

    So, this episode... YIKES. Going blind in general == HELL. But the whole creepiness aspect of the show's portrayal... add to the fact the eyes parasites popped them, and... did not enjoy.

    I didn't hate it from a quality standpoint... just the fact that it played on one of my nightmares.

  • Iodselle Mar 26, 2013

    Gotta love the eye-popping scene in House MD!

  • IsisIsabella Mar 25, 2013

    To be honest, I actually enjoyed this episode a lot. I know you are more fond of the 'complex mythology', but I do like a general procedural episode once in a while, especially such a delightfully disgusting one as this. I do not expect to see the mythology every episode. In fact, I think Grimm has already learned a lot, they went a lot slower during season 1. At least there was some mythology! I loved the 'spooning out the eye'-thing and I most definitely admired the way Casey (Kelly's sister I think) just attacked the fly-guy and was smart enough to cover her eyes the whole time. Finally a one-time character who fights back! Furthermore, I quite like Juliette's storyline now, I like the way she's getting her memory back. I think she didn't want to go to the doctor because 1) Rosalee, who has never done anything wrong to her gave the cure to her, so it's only logical she would go see her first 2) I don't think you rush to the doctor first thing after you start seeing ghosts. All in all, I liked this episode, it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat (although I did look away once, around the sporking of the eye)
    Oh and how awesome is Nick's enhanced hearing! Love it! I was hoping for this kind of thing!

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