Grimm sidestepped up to the problem of Juliette this week, tackling more forcefully along the way the thorny questions of: How does Captain Renard feel about Juliette? What’s up with Adalind? And what hi-jinks can a Blutbad get up to when he messes up a potion, comedy-of-errors style!
“The Bottle Imp” kicked off as poor Nick dreamt of an accepting and non-amnesia-ridden Juliette; Rosalee and Monroe really aggressively glazed over—practically shellacked over, really—Monroe’s dead ex-girlfriend from last week; and a Wesen dad seemed to redefine “road rage” as he went on the lam with his daughter. After the latter failed to understand that smashing a camera does not erase the tape inside, Portland PD tracked him down only to discover that he was a wife-beating, daughter-kidnapping Drang-zorn (an urge-anger Wesen, my Google translate tells me!).
Hank got too see the full glory of Aunt Marie’s trailer and did some shellacking of his own after he got upset with Nick over the death of a troll that happened in Season 1—not because Nick had someone murdered, but because he wouldn’t tell Hank who'd helped them. But that was quickly dropped when Adalind returned to the series with a vengeance—literally, she was on the warpath over dead Mommy Dearest. Also, a conversation between Adalind and Captain Renard revealed that effects of her potion are more sinister than just amnesia. Finally, Renard is currently obsessed with Juliette against his will, and it seems Juliette is the same way. Romance has nothing on freaky Hexenbiest spell casting!
But, back to the case: In a fantastic twist, it turned out that daughter Drang-zorn was actually the mother-beating, gas-station-attendant-murdering perp and Team Grimm got to see the creepy girl in full-on chomping mode before they put her in the hands of a Wesen Juvie warden.
Elsewhere, in a silly B plot Monroe screwed up a potion and it went comically awry for a while. Clocks were threatened!
“The Bottle Imp” took some baby steps toward doing something with Juliette, and so far it’s got my attention. Unfortunately, after rocketing through plot points early in the season Grimm seems to be slowing back down to the “milk it for several episodes” pacing that plagued Season 1. It’s great to know that Adalind’s spell is the curse that keeps on giving, but I’m afraid there will be no confrontation between Juliette and Renard, or realization of what’s happening on anyone else’s part, for a while.
One emotional roller coaster I did want to see was Monroe’s reaction to Angelina’s death, and how it affected him and Rosalee. But that’s clearly not happening, as Monroe’s very fun (clocks were threatened!) but very unimportant B plot showed.
Some of this is, I think, poor prioritizing on what emotional beats the writers think are important to character development. As a viewer I’d rather spend time on Monroe and Rosalee’s relationship than deal with, say, five more episodes of Juliette and Renard pussyfooting around each other, or on the problems of random Wesen.
However, I think much of this is due to the semi-serialized, semi-episodic nature of the show. More than just a mythology-episodes-versus-monster-of-the-week series, Grimm straddles the line between television where what happened the week before doesn't matter, and an epic, over-arching story where everything matters. The show has been able to be both this season by throwing dashes of greater mythology into every episode, so here’s hoping “The Bottle Imp” is a bump in an otherwise smoother Season 2 road.
1. Is it a Grimm thing that they all draw in the same exact style?
2. Will Hank confront Monroe over saving his life?
3. More importantly, will any cop on this show ever get upset over how many lives he's taken?
4. However: Are there some Wesen, like the Drang-zorn, who really deserve to be put down? Can Wesen be judged the same way as humans when they seem so much more pre-programmed?
5. Along those lines, is the Wesens’ inability to go against type the writers’ playing with destiny and fate, two ideas that saturate fairy tales and the real Brothers Grimm folklore?
6. Why are the Wesen willing to integrate into human society when they are so bad at it? Why isn’t there a shadow Wesen CPS, or an American Wesen police force—or was that the type of thing they fled when they left the Royals in Europe?
7. Is Grimm gearing up for an Adalind/Mama Nick confrontation?
8. Finally, does anyone else think this planning-five-steps-ahead-of-everyone Adalind is way scarier then her old Hexenbiest self? Raise your hand (mine’s in the air already)!