Grimm "Mr. Sandman" Review: The Fly

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.


QUESTIONS:

... 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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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^
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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!
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"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.
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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?
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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.
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Grimm is awesomeeeeeeee :D
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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.
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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
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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.
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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 :)).
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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).
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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
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Yes me too with my sore eyes I can feel their pain!
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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.
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Gotta love the eye-popping scene in House MD!
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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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Please, for the love of God, get that thumbnail off the main page of TV.com. It's creeping me out everytime I come here.
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I never understood why the fly had to blind his victims before tasting their tears. Did that get explained?
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No, not exactly, but I think the "sand" causes the eyes to water but because those are actually worms, the eyes start to get destroyed and they thrive in the dark moist environments.
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This "fly guy" episode was important because I believe it awakened some dormant Grimm powers/reflexes in Nick. Some he may have already had with proper training. But since he never got any...
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Great episode as always with alot of moving plots; Adalind and the baby, Juliets memories, Team Grimm etc.
You are correct in that we didn't see nearly enough of Reynard and Adalind in this episode but considering what it had we can shelve that til next week. But there are some interesting questions (maybe i haven't paid enough attention for some of them) raised in this weeks installment.
What exactly are the Royals? are they all vanilla-mortals or are some of them also Wesen?
We saw Nick develop some freaky super-hearing or sumin' in this episode and blame it on the fly-guy's spit, but one thing i've always questioned in this show is why are Grimms superior to the things they hunt? Nick's always been a good cop, but he put down three Reapers and a load of other nasties that would normally overpower two or three people. aside from his ancestral ability to see Wesen when no one else can, could he have inherited other traits that allow him to be so successful in his duties as a Grimm?

This episode also made me think of that really rubbish tv show in the UK with Philip Glennister (i think) where a kid finds out he's the direct descendant of Van Helsing (with all the superior speed and strength of the renowned hunter) and becomes enbroiled in the supernatural, much like Grimm.
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Anyone noticed that the girl who stabbed Fly Guy could actually have seen him in his Wesen form? (he wasn't in his human form yet) Or did she just stab him without looking? (hence...anyone coming down the stairs could have been stabbed by her)...
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I thought normal people could see Wesen in their non-human forms when they chose to reveal it (wogeing) or when they were under so much stress that they couldn't control their appearance. If true, I think that having your eyeball removed would count as extreme duress.
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Interesting episode. It kind of opens up the world of the Wesen because many are just benign but happen to be criminals and their respective Wesen traits. This happened to be a guy that is driven by his Wesen to commit these crimes. I kind of like that. It is a different layer to the Wesen mythologies.

Adalind, and the baby. Being worth something, might just mean a seat at the table for her.

The Wine dinner was funny. I think they should do that more, if only to be able wrap their collective head around the things going on. Provided that they don't include Juliette then it might stay productive.

I am not sure if the writers hate Bitsie, or just hate the character of Juliette. But she should be the smartest character there. She is a Veterinarian for crying out loud. It takes a lot of schooling to get through. She shouldn't be this much of a moron. Hopefully, something will come along to either snap it out of her, or she dies. Because really she is the only thing holding this show back.

Another interesting thing is, I don't think the parasites enhanced Nick's hearing. I think it was there and it took Nick losing his sight temporarily for him to realize that he is somehow enhanced. Which can potentially add another layer to the show. Nick coming more into his Grim Powers. But it also leads one to question why his Mother didn't tell him about it. Unless she didn't know. And by the way, where the heck is she. It doesn't take that long to fly to and from Greece.

Overall good episode. I liked it.
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This was a nice epsiode...and ofcourse most important...Nick has finally become a Grimm...the way he suppose to be...!! Took it long enough...! Love the whole human/fly thing...nice episode...Rosalee is back..as it should be..she and Monroe are so cool
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uh, Nick is now officially badass :)
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He is two steps removed from flying, and x-ray vision.
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'Why was Fly Guy popping pills?'
I think that if you're an addict, and you can't get the stuff that you crave, medical substitutions are the next best thing. Well, regarding the episode itself... it was weird. Like the writers were inspired by a late night David Lynch marathon. But I didn't care much for the victims nor the killer.
They should cast their guest appearance actors better on Grimm because the guy (Kieren Hutchison) who played the tear gobbling fiend had the charisma of a stone wall. And his last acting gig in the U.S. was 3 years ago. If that doesn't say it all, I don't know what will.
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Gobbling pills implies that you're getting the effect you're looking for (or close to it). It's hard to for drugs to duplicate the lifegiving effect that licking someone's tears from their face has. Not that I would know.
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Yeah, maybe it was to suppress the urges he had. I'm no doctor either.
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Yes and he is not even a Sotuh African, he is a New Zealander. They made a comment about his accent when he introduced himself - irony is he is neither South
African nor Australian.
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I know, but I'm tired of snickering about bad accents from bad actors. It's just like they pulled his name out of a Keno bubble. Or a decision process that looks similar to eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
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Gory episode, but fun. A few things... After Monroe scoops out the fly guy's eye, they all discard him -- Monroe and Rosalee are tending to Nick -- Hank should be taking care of the bad guy, no? Well no, obviously, so the bad guy can ramble down the stairs and get stabbed by Casey, who was at the ready with a butcher knife. What? And although I don't hate Juliette as much as some of ya'all do, the writers are really trying our patience with holding the truth from her for so long. Last week's hallucinations keeping her asleep at the door seemingly for days was ridiculous. The best part of the show right now is the gang working together... and Nick's super hearing at the end of this episode was awesome... even if completely absurd. People who become blind don't automatically get super hearing to compensate. But it makes him more bad-ass and more superhero-like, which is excellent. I think focussing more on the big mythology story as well as bringing Juliette into the loop would make the already great show complete.
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The super-hearing may be a Grimm trait he simply wasn't aware of. It may require concentration, and there was no need to concentrate on it when he could see. He wasn't trained as a Grimm by other Grimms, he had limited interaction with this Grimm relatives who may simply not have gotten to mentioning it.
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This is how I understood Nick's new powers. It reminded me of Monroe's pep talk when he and Nick were trapped in the gladiatorial cage match by the Löwen, when he suggested that Nick had to reach deep into his Grimm-ness and pull out something spectacular.
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He didn't get super hearing because he got blinded. He got it because the parasites did something else to him. Of course this should mean that the girl who got permanently blinded now has super hearing too.
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No, no. The parasite had nothing to do with it. It was just a plot device to make Nick have to use his hearing more and thus lets him discover that he has had extraordinary hearing all along. It's implied that he will be able to use it when his vision is impaired, for example, in the dark.
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As I said in another post, if Grimms had superpowers, he would have heard about it by now, from Monroe, from his mother, from his Aunt, and from the journals.
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Not necessarily. Would a journal bother to say something they assume everyone knows, since they assume they were brought up&trained by other Grimms? He keeps needing to look things up, he hasn't necessarily read everything yet. He had limited time with his aunt and mother after finding out he was a Grimm, and they had other things to talk about, and may not stop to think he wouldn't discover this since to them it is something they take for granted. Monroe may not know since Wessen don't seem to have known many details about Grimms other than that they are dangerous.
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This episode was okay... weird even for Grimm but still their repertoire. I've got to mention though one of the smartest "damsels in distress" ever. This is how they should all act, I didn't even have to finish yelling "cover your eyes!" and she already was, while kicking and punching. THEN she arms herself, waits and without hesitation stabs the S O B. Good for you- thank you for that writers of Grimm. And for your next great script, replace Juliette with that girl, even her acting is better. Sorry, had to get my Juliette-bashing in.
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Yup, stabby girl was awesome!
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I'd be satisfied if the writers just started writing Juliette better. She doesn't have to be a badass, but how can she be so passive about everything? After all this time she is just now asking questions, and only because she's hallucinating.

The stabby sister was awesome. I would be so happy if they made her a recurring character.
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I know, they can't decide exactly how they want to play her (and I was disappointed in both Juliette and Rosalee that they couldn't put it together, this was a girl who found weird animal hair and went on research mission about it and we all agree Rosalee is the smartest character...seriously, you guys can put this together, it won't be helpful, but at least you could know what is happening. Heck, and even reason that this is the better way for it to happen as opposed to just dumping a five year relationship into Juliette's head all at once.
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Too bad Nick didn't have the common sense to do something similar. Actually, the smart thing to do would have been to wait for the other two to catch up before he tried to put the cuffs on.
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He must've been thinking like a Grimm feeling he can take the fly guy himself, but yeah didn't have the same quick thinking of covering the eyes.
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Spam dressed up as something else is even more disgusting than regular spam.
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What is DISH and how much are they paying you? j/k ;)
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Hi there, hot blonde chick from Reaper and The Good Guys! Long time no see!
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Jenny Wade. She is underused as an actress. She was recently on TBS' The Wedding Band and it wasn't half bad. But yea, they really should find a way to make her a permanent character.
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Yeah, and I figured since the actress who plays Rosalee guested on the Wedding Band that was the crossover. I wouldn't be surprised if she reappears because she saw the bad guy and probably should have questions. It would be nice for Hank to have a nice reasonable person in his life...
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Yea, that, or just kill off Juliette and replace her with Jenny Wade's character.
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Again, What is the name of the Kick-assery school Nick went to over the winter break?..I want to register!!..He is getting craftier in his fights..and now, he get sponsors! (this episode was sponsored by Daredevil!)..
I must say, Grimm have given us wicked, evil, nasty, crazy, monsters..but The fly guy??..gosh! He was the worst!! ewww
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One of these days Julliette's gonna get it all together and figure out what's going on.

"Well, why TF didn't you tell me?!" she'll say to the now-impressed Team Grimm. "Scary monsters I can deal with! I'm a vet!""

The she'll come out of her whitebread suburban shell and turn into a badass, stone cold wessen killer ... start wearing tight black leather and hanging out with Nick's mom. (Who, by the way, is overdue for an encore). All of you Juliette haters will feel silly when she takes down Adalind single handedly.

Well, I can dream ...
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I'm thinking she'll be angry with Nick for not telling her, because, let's face it, she's always angry with Nick lately... and she didn't take it too well the first time around. I had my hopes at the beginning of the series that she would be more of a bad-ass, but now I think the writers just use her for laughs. They probably sit around thinking: What idiotic thing should Juliette do this week?
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Did we really NEED to see the worms eat her eyes out? Thanks Grimm, thanks. UGH! Good ep though :)
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Juliette is totally annoying, in every respect. And what's with Nick-ghost? Is that her subconscious trying to remember?

Just for the record, guys, the spelling is thus:
- Hexenbiest (not Hexenbeist or Hexenbeast)
- Wesen (not Wessen or Vesen or Vessen)

So Renard is a "Zauberbiest". It should probably be "Zauberer" (German for wizard, the male equivalent of witch, "Hexe").

Re ongoing complaints about usage of foreign places: the "Austrian" hotel exterior had a Czech flag flying off it.

I also thought Mothman had an Australian accent.
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So glad this irks someone else too. I love Monroe--I really do! Best part of the show most of the time.--but his woeful German accent is grating. Even if he's only moderately fluent, he at least learned it from his grandmother, I believe, an actual speaker. It would be nice if he didn't sound like a second-week German student reading out of a textbook. Thanks be to Sasha Roiz and his French-Canadian fluency!

And fly-guy did NOT sound like he was South African. He sounded so Australian that I looked him up. The actor's from New Zealand. He may have tried for South Africa, but failed.
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I'm a german native speaker and I think, Monroe sounds really good. But, Rosalee sounds absolute perfect! I really enjoy her saying "unbezahlbar" (that thing in the throat of the phoenix)
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Really?! Short or long, his vowels are all over the place. He doesn't know (or know when) to voice intervocalic "s". His "r" is retroflex rather than predominantly uvular. He articulates well enough for me to hear what he's saying, so it's not a problem there, but I'm very, very surprised you'd think he sounds "really good". Rosalee gets fewer opportunities, and I agree that her pronunciation--also with the exception of her "r"s--is significantly better.
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I still do not know who the "royals" are exactly.. Like is Queen Elizabeth know about all this or what?? Also Juliette is a DOCTOR a vet but she went to medical school.. how come she would just take whatever Monrow and Rosalee concoct and not ask questions!! I mean she dosn't even believe the cat scratch,coma,kiss to wakeup,rabid infactuation BUT she takes a unlove potion??? I like this show BUT somethings are beyond even scifi belief.
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It's true she doesn't believe the cat scratch (because the doctors said it wasn't the reason for her coma and they thought it was all psychological as physically there was nothing wrong with her) but she believed the obsession because Renard was suffering from it too, and she was too desperate and tired not to take the potion especially if he was taking it too.
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Pay no attention to Juliette being an idiot, it only brings on headaches. I should know, I have them every time she comes onscreen. :P
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I think it's not that the Royals hate Hexenbeasts ... but rather that they don't like illegitimate children that haven't been conceived per plan (at least that's how real world aristocracy works).

Or maybe Hexenbeasts are just taint in the Wessen world?

As for the Fly-Wessen's victims ... did victim #2 die? or will she just be eyeless? I don't remember if they made it clear or not.
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I always figured the royals wanted to rule the wesen so if there is a royal/wesen hybrid it makes it confusing to know who rules and who is ruled.
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Yes, victim number 2 probably died because her sister (victim nr. 3) came home and looked at the picture of them and started to cry. Granded, not a lot to go on and not real clear but I guess we could run with it ;)
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It seems like the writers are still afraid to step away from the procedural elements and move the plot/mythology forward more quickly.
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They could probably do both if one of the cases had a 3 episode arc, i know technically it doesnt make it a case of the week, but it is 1 case at a time
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I don't think we're ever going to escape "case of the week" stuff. That's what Nick's job is, and the Royals can't be behind everything. At least this one was interesting. I still find Juliette frustrating irritating this week. While this week didn't have a bad performance from the actor, all Juliette did was turn to someone else to solve her problems, and play sexbot in Renard's dreams. (It was a dream, right? There was no "Oh, and then he woke up" bit.)
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i thought that might have something to do with the old hexenbeists
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1. Doubt it matters.
2. They talked about how the fly Wessen were addicted to tears. My guess he was taking pain pills because he needed a fix.
3. My guess is they didn't. After stabbing a giant fly my guess is Casey had no problem not even believing Rosalee and Monroe were there. You should be asking who's asking how the guy lost an eye.
4. "Hi Doctor, I'm hallucinating after taking something strange from a new age type store after I mysteriously had selective memory loss and psychotic lust toward someone I barely know." Yeah that conversation wouldn't go well.
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I actually kind of liked the episode, or atleast as much as you can for an episode that doesn't really move the general plot forward.
I'm glad we did get Nick gain a new strength/super hearing or whatever from this episode. At one point you don't want him to become too powerful. But when you think about the Wesen he goes against, you'd have to think he's gonna need more than the skills he got for being a cop. Especially facing those that are super fast/strong etc. I'm hoping this will lead to even more interesting/badass Wesen and gives us more action.
As far as the flu guy, I think he was sick and was using the pills. Maybe they usually don't operate at such as speed that calls for a lot attention. Also why would he leave Africa, where it'd go by a lot less noticed than an America.
I think this Juliette plot is only slightly interesting, but it could easily be wrapped up in one episode and be a lot better. I hope they don't drag this out until the finale.
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- I'm pretty sure all fly Wesen have the parasites. I think the writers were inspired by the flies living in Africa that carry all kinds of parasites when they created this Wesen. The mechanism for the parasites to reproduce is by having the host Wesen run around blowing the worms into the eyes of people. Though I agree that it was never made clear how the parasites worked and what their purpose was. I understood that the human fly was addicted to the tears, so it was basically a tear junkie. The Grimm book in the trailer said it "feeds of the tears like an opium addict". The book also said that the worms were crawling through the brain of the Wesen, so I guess they were causing him great pain and the tears calmed down the parasites. Rosalee said the Wesen had antibodies in its eyes, that's why it didn't go blind. So maybe the Wesen just popped the pills to relieve the pain caused by the parasites, either because the drugs were its only relief or because it didn't get enough tears (if calming down the parasites was the purpose of drinking them).

- I don't think the Royals are prejudiced against Hexenbiests. I haven't seen anything that would indicate this. The Hexenbiests have a long history of loyally serving the Royals, so I guess the Royals just see them as a bit beneath them, as servants or footsoldiers. That's why the Hexenbiests grovel in front of Royals, and that's why Royals sometimes behave coldly and indifferently towards them. The Royals just command the Hexenbiests. Renard is apparently seen as the bastard son of a Royal and Hexenbiest, but I don't think prejudice against Hexenbiests have anything to do with that. It's all about the Royals wanting to keep their bloodline pure without any Wesen, Hexenbiest or other, tarnishing it.
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Didn´t the Grimm book say something about the Fly-people (forgot their name) basically being like drug addicts and that the tears are their drug? He was probably having withdrawl syndroms like a severe headache and that´s why he was popping pills. Since the other Grimm found those worms in HIS Fly-guy as well I don´t think he was actually sick.
And I don´t think the Royals are just prejudiced against Hexenbiests. Don´t they treat Wesen in general like slaves? Having the Verrat kill anyone who even looks like he might rise up against them? So I think they basically hate ANY kind of Wesen, not just Hexenbiester.
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But maybe they need tears and blind people only when they are sick...otherwise they are harmless so probably undetectable. As far as I understood, the fly-guy in the book was a preacher (probably stealing a tear or two while comforting grieving or suffering people) before turning into the blinding demon... so, whatever calming, euphoric or curative effect tears had on him, he needed much more when sick.
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It didn`t occur to me while watching the episode but now that I think about it, the fly-guy must have been sick. At the rate he was blinding his victims he would have destroyed thousands of people up to now. That doesn't just go unnoticed in the world given the gruesome way it happens (and i bet there are more than just 2 or 3 of these fly-guys in the world so that would mean a lot of blind people).

Juliette already thinks she is nuts because of how her memory got affected as the real doctors in the hospital couldn't find anything wrong with her (not even a cat-scratch infection) and they said it was psychological (that is... it was all in her head). And then she got obsessed with Renard, which didn't help much either with her mental state. So she can't be sure 100% that this is not just another phase in her down-spiral to madness. Also, Rosalee was the one that gave her the potion in the first place, so she needed to visit her first even if just to find out what ingredients were in it (which by themselves would most probably be harmless anyway as potions seem to have different effect on people then wesen and Rosalee won't tell about the blood anyway...so a real doctor would still think she is nuts, especially after she goes to him/her with the crazy story that is her life lately). Also, Rosalee is the one more likely to know about the possible side effects of her potions. I just don't get why she waited for so long before going back to the spice shop...maybe she really thinks she is crazy and needed to build up courage to go find out.

About Renard, is he experiencing side effects too? I wonder if it's because he is only half royal... (Maybe this whole obsession thing was a side-effect because he wasn't a pure royal, a side-effect the hexen knew about but Rosalee couldn't foresee because she didn't know the royal was part hexen too, or her book is not that detailed... this might, just might, explain why they didn't connect the dots in the first half of the season and why the potion from the book might not work perfectly)
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That thing you're describing in the first paragraph is a problem that all of these "monster" shows have. Supernatural, The vampire diaries, Buffy, etc.
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I think I liked this episode more before I read your review! Now I have too many questions...but overall I liked this episode a lot and I really like that Nick is finally getting some cool grimm powers! Also, Monroe and Rosalee are the BEST.
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I have a feeling that Juliette's hallucinations are actually her memories coming back. The pit in the floor that started to repair itself to me was symbolic of her mind repairing itself.

What they really haven't addressed well is Nick's abilities. His fighting skills have increased exponentially to a "Buffy" level. I think the show is reluctant to go that direction because of the similarities between the concepts in the two shows.
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I'm not sure if I want him so powerful... in the last scene with the vegetable test, he swung that bat freaky fast. I mean, I was more impressed with his speed than with his hearing... a little bit more and in no time he'll become Superman.
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Another theory I have is that Grimm's senses are enhanced and kick-in during certain circumstances. His first ability is related to sight, second is related to sound, we may see an episode where his touch triggers something. They could be going the Smallville route and introducing each ability slowly throughout the series.
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Someone should have mentioned this by now if this had been the case. His aunt didn't say anything about it. His mother didn't say anything about it. The journals haven't mentioned anything about it.

Of course, you could also argue that they don't seem to ever read the journals between the episodes. It's like it has never occurred to them that it might be a good idea to study these books like they have an exam coming up.
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- Did anyone else feel that blind Nick was influenced by Daredevil?

- I can only hope that the woman at the end who stabbed a man with a one-eyed fly's head gets a really good therapist. On the other hand she did seem pretty calm after murdering the Mothman.
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Yes, I immediately thought of Daredevil. I think everyone who read the comic book did that.

It's weird that she didn't seem freaked out about what she saw. I think she saw it, because it's clear that the makers of the TV show wanted us to think that she saw it, and this wasn't a situation where deliberate misdirection makes sense.
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We can't know for sure what she was seeing. with this two stages woge thing it's hard to tell.
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not murder, self defense
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I was just glad Juliette finally started to wonder wtf is going on. I swear the writers must hate her. I loved this episode though, it was lots of fun to watch. Now Nick has fly powers!
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Pill-popping might've been because he had the things in his brain, remember the drawing? And that probably hurt. :)

Why hasn't Juliette gone to see a real doctor? *sigh* Because she's an idiot... I thought we'd been through this already...

I loved the team Grimm dinner! I'd love to see that at least a few more times.
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Yeah because everyone would visit a real docter when they would see ghosts and stuff.. ^^
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... Do all fly Wesen have parasites, or was this one sick?... Why was Fly Guy popping pills?
i think this one might have been sick...it would explain the pills too...

... 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?
i assume they waved them bye bye first and THEN called the police...

... Juliette knows that she’s hallucinating because of whatever Rosalee gave her, so why hasn’t she gone to see a real doctor?
ok, no, i have no answer for that; not a good one at least.

... Why are the Royals so prejudiced against Hexenbeists? Hexenbeists seem to have no problem with the Royals.
maybe they're considered lower class in their world...

Who wears giant sweaters better, Rosalee or Monroe?
both :D they make an adorable couple :D
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First of all: Can we trade the second victim's sister for Juliette?? Please? Pretty please?
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The problem with Juliette isn't the acting. It's the scenes and lines they write for her. So replacing her wouldn't make anything better.
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I'm thinking the writers have backed themselves into a corner with the character doing stupid things, so maybe starting with another one would give them the chance to do better, haha. But no, I don't really expect them to get rid of Juliette. It's just wishful thinking.
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Since she has been a regular on a couple of other shows (Reaper, The good guys), I immediately thought about that possibility when I saw her.
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OMG get out of my head. Perfect comment is perfect LOL.
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smart victims for the win!
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Exactly! haha Glad to know I wasn't the only one thinking it. :)
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