“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned…”
Um, shit, you guys. That line is as beautiful as it is terrifying. The Season 2 premiere was a continuation of the Sleeping Beauty tale that they started in the Season 1 finale, and they picked right back up where they left off. Like literally. Actually, they began a little before, which was good for a couple reasons: 1) for people like me who need help remembering what we had for breakfast this morning, and 2) it allowed the story to continue at full steam pretty much immediately.
We got the new story/Wesen introduction, or course, which included dead bodies in a cargo container. Def had a Dexter flashback for a moment there. Speaking of mommy issues, this new Wesen required the help of Mama Burkhardt, whom you will recall from the finale, was not really dead. I’m glad she stuck around because I was really scared she was going to go the way of Farley Kolt and disappear after dropping a bomb of info on our poor, sweet Nick. But she stuck around, and even though she tried to kill Eddie the first time she met him, I’m grateful for that. (Bitch, please, you do not fuck with Eddie).
It was a really well put together episode. There was a lot of information crammed in these 48 minutes, I’m not even sure where to begin. I took seven pages of notes. Seven. I can’t give you everything because that would be very boring to read, so I’m going to do my best to sum up and explain why this was such an amazing freaking episode (and it wasn’t just the new badass title sequence).
Okay, so let’s see. So the cops show up to Nick’s house right after the fight with Akira Kimora (the dude who’s trying to get the Three Coins from Nick), and they arrest him before Mama Burkhardt can finish with him. He’s the last person alive who knows who betrayed them (remember the accident that killed Nick’s dad, and who turned out to be Nick’s mom’s friend?), so he’s kind of pivotal for them. So of course he’s taken away.
But thinking it’s totally cool, Nick and MB have a bit of a reunion and we’re treated to a bit of an Info Dump. (Later, we see that Kimora is murdered in the jail, which just opens up so much more opportunity for future angst). Nick asks about their family history and we learn that the Grimmness is hereditary, but they’re not sure how it works. Mama and Aunt Marie were Grimms, as was their father and their paternal grandmother. But apparently they had a brother who was not. This is very interesting, as it’s basically just the luck (or unluck) of the draw. MB’s face when she realizes Nick can see AK “for who he really is” actually made me a little sad, and I really dug their bonding moments.
Especially when he took her to AM’s trailer. The best reaction to this trailer still goes to Eddie, but seeing as MB and AM were actually the ones to put it together, her reaction was more of a remembrance than awe, and that was really cool. This sounds really dumb and kind of “duh,” but I love that we get that there’s history in this thing that Nick cannot even begin to know. Like when through opening draws in a card catalog-type chest, MB opened a secret side drawer which held a page from the very first Grimm diary. That is some Nicholas Cage, National Treasure shit right there.
But back to the story. After Nick and Hank are called down to the docks and they see the bloodbath (or blutbad, if you will! #germanFTW), MB helps Nick figure out that the Wesen that killed those people is a Mauvais Dentes, which in French means literally “bad teeth.” No kidding.
She also explains that way back when, the Wesen basically did the bidding of the Seven Royal Families, who also employed the Grimms to keep the Wesen in line. Knowing that, this is where things get a little… complex. And I have questions (which I know only time and more episodes will answer).
The Mauvais Dentes are French, oui? So, I’m going to assume that one of the Seven Royal Families is anchored in France(Germanytoo, for sure, right? Also Japan. Possibly Spain. I’m undecided on the others). So Renard is definitely one of the Wesen employed/owned by one of the Royal Families to do their bidding, right? More specifically, to obtain this powerful thing that MB mentions that will help the Family gain control of the world. I’m basing this solely on the fact that Renard was speaking to someone in French on that phone, and they were alarmed by the two Grimms who foiled the plans with Kimora. “The family can’t know.”
But, as we know, Renard also sprecht Deutsch, so methinks he’s playing multiple families. There’s no way for me to know this right now (and I’m probably so wrong), and I guess it doesn’t really affect the episode, so moving on.
Speaking of Royal Families, I think we may have met one of the members. Or at least a very close confidant/muscle man. He was very upset about some dudes in “The Resistance,” which is such a French thing to be upset about, you know? So he’s torturing some guy all medieval style in his Bastille castle-type digs. He is in contact with the Mauvais Dentes, who assures him that things will be over soon, and he says the “families will be pleased.” Well if that doesn’t give you fucking goosebumps.
This is just all very exciting. We’re getting somewhere, you guys! Gone are the days of the “frivolous” Wesen episodes like with Roddy the Reinigen, Martin the Mauzhertz, or Billy the Ziegevolk. We’re into the MEATY episodes, y’all. We’re delving deeper and deeper into this bible of mythology that the EPs promised us, and I am so fucking thrilled. GOD.
But before I get ahead of myself, don’t think I forgot that EDDIE IS BACK ON OUR TV SCREENS, YOU GUYS! I hadn’t realized how much I had missed him in the few months since Season 1 has been over. *SIGH*
He and Rosalee are working on the cure/antedote to the coma that Juliette was put in by the scratches she got from Adalind’s creepy-ass cat. Because Rosalee is a fucking AWESOME apothecary Fuchsbau, she deduces that the spell on Juliette mimics dementia, and before they can work on waking her up, they need to work on keeping her from losing her memories. We also get to see some of this memory loss and it was kind of scary. In a dream, Juliette remembers the dinner with Eddie, and while talking, Nick starts to fade away like someone cut in on his parents’ dancing at an Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. Toward the end of the episode, the concoction Rosalee comes up with is ready and they have to go administer it to Juliette in the hospital. Nick tells them he’ll meet them there.
But right now, at the end of the episode, he’s busy fighting the Mauvais Dentes in the old lumber yard, where the tiger-Wesen has lured him. I’m hoping it’s time for a good old fashioned Nick Burkhardt chasedown, but… but… but…
OH GOD, I’M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!
Here, I’ll just copy and paste what I had in my notes for the very end of the episode:
The FBI chick is dead. And the Wesen is after Nick! Turn around!
“To be continued”?!
FUCK YOU, MAN. FUCK YOU.
I love you.
Are you kidding me right now, writers?! Like, I FLOVE YOU with my entire being, but how can you put my Nick in danger like that… and then not let me know that he’s awesome and okay, and OMG I have to wait a week for this?!
Random Notes/Favorite Quotes
- Is the Dragon’s Tongue working with any of the Royal Families? Maybe like a group of hitmen or something. I NEED TO KNOW.
- “It was safer for you if I was dead.” That’s kind of clichéd line at this point, but NICK’S FACE YOU GUYS. NICK’S FACE.
- “Who the hell is this bitch?” “She’s my mother.” Heh.
- And the follow-up: “Isn’t she supposed to be… not so alive?” And also, “Oh, so you two haven’t really caught up in any significant way yet.” Oh, Eddie. Me love you long time.
- Love that the coma spell is called “L’esprit ailleurs,” or literally “spirit elsewhere.” I love how this should uses other languages as central to their mythology. Teaching AND entertaining FTMFW.
- When Eddie says, “Dude, I gotta be honest, your mom scares the crap out of me,” did anyone else immediately think about this? (FF to 3:04):
- Dear Nick’s Blue Sweater… I love you.
- The phrase written in blood inside the cargo container, as best as I can tell, said: “Ce soir j’ai été béni par la présence d’un marin mais pas pour longtemps” or “Tonight, I was blessed by the presence of a sailor, but not for long.”
- Okay, that made me laugh.
- “Are you threatening me?” “I’m sorry. I must have done it badly. I thought I made myself pretty obvious.” NICK IS A BADASS. #tellmesomethingidontknow
So, what did you guys think of the first episode of Season 2? Things you liked? Things you didn’t like? I know I left out a lot of the info Mama Burkhardt laid on us. Did I leave out any awesome quotes or scenes? Did this episode give you ALL the feels like it did me? Let me know in the comments!