Yes, I’m late with this recap again. I was all set to bang it out yesterday morning, and then the state showed up for their unannounced Medicaid audit, and you know how everyone thinks our health care system is all fucked up? Well, trust me: It’s way more fucked up than you think. But y’all don’t want to hear about my hell-week at work, you want to talk about blutbaden and skeevy supernatural underworld dealings and Sebastian Roche!
Speaking of whom, was there some law passed in Hollywood that requires every single show with a supernatural element to employ SB as a guest star? I’m not complaining, mind you, I just want to get things straight. For the record, you know. I mean, it’s not just anyone who can list Angel Original Vampire Freidenreden (and no, I have NO IDEA if I’m spelling that correctly) on their resume.
ANYway, let’s sum up the plot real quick:
Resistance leader/freedom fighter Ian Harmon (Well helLO there, Ian. How you doin’?) leads his would-be assassins on a merry chase across the country, ending in Portland, where Ian is shot but not killed by Sebastian Roche, who is going by the handle Edgar Waltz in this TV-guest star incarnation. Ian makes his way to Rosalee’s shop. Ian is unaware that Rosalee’s brother, Freddy, was in on the Resistance and was supposed to provide Ian with help. Ian is also an old boyfriend of Rosalee’s, which, damn! You go, girl!
Rosalee drafts Monroe to help her with removing the bullet, and with assisting Ian in evading the Verrat, who are some sort of enforcers for the 7 Royal Families of the supernatural world.
Waltz is a member of the Verrat and a freidenreden, a species purportedly birthed by eating their way out of their mother’s womb, and between this show and Sunday night’s Game of Thrones, I am SO never conceiving anything in my womb. The inn is fucking closed!
Waltz evidently subscribes to the notion that one should never do for oneself what someone else can do faster and better, so after getting information about a local camera shop owner/illegal documents provider from a lizard-person bartender, he kills said bartender and sets Ian up for the murder.
Because all that doesn’t make him enough of an asshole, Waltz then goes to the camera shop and threatens the guy’s family if he doesn’t tip him off when Ian shows up there for a fake ID and passport.
Rosalee and Monroe talk Ian into letting them bring Nick into this thing; despite being a Grimm, Nick “just wants to do the right thing,” according to
his boyfriend Monroe. So Ian is understandably a little confused when the first thing Nick does is pull a gun on him. The supes explain the situation and about the Verrat and the royal families and the fact that the balance of power changed when Grimms started working for them — facts that Nick is later able to back up by watching a film reel in AM’s trailer about Verrat laws.
Nick has a little pow-wow with Waltz, who threatens to start killing people all over the city if Nick doesn’t produce Ian for him. While that’s going on, Rosalee visits the camera shop to try and get the documentation for Ian. He slips it all into an envelope for Rosalee and does not charge her, which would have tipped me off to something being wrong, but I’m all suspicious and mistrustful like that. He calls Waltz with the promised tip. Waltz assures him that, since he came through, his family has nothing fear from Waltz. Unlike him, who gets a bullet through his head for his troubles.
Waltz follows Rosalee back to her shop, and has her call Ian. Rosalee actually calls Monroe and tells him to get Ian to safety, which is pretty fucking ballsy, considering Waltz is there with a gun trained on her. I am so happy that Bree Turner has been promoted to series regular for Season 2.
Nick traces the burner phone Waltz has been using to the camera shop, where it is keeping vigil over the dead shop-keeper’s body. Monroe catches Nick on the phone and says that Waltz is with Rosalee. Nick and Monroe arrive at Rosalee’s shop, where he Blutbads out and tussles with Waltz until Ian kills him.
Nick “arrests” Ian, but once he’s away from the others he lets him go and gives him the fake ID and the chance to run for his life, knowing that others will be coming for him.
I am really happy with how the show has unveiled it’s mythology so far. The addition of the Verrat and the royal families is definitely intriguing, though I’m still trying to figure out what exactly the royal families are ruling over, and still somehow keeping it from the mainstream knowledge.
I do think that either Hank or Juliette need to be let in on the secret by the end of the season, which looks to only be about 3 episodes away, so they best get on that!
What did you all think? Do you like the supernatural hierarchy angle they’re establishing? Are you waiting for others to be in the know? Are you counting down the seconds until Christina gets back to her recapping duties? I am!