IT'S A TRAP! Or it's just his mom. Too soon to tell...
“It shall not be death, but a sleep of a hundred years, into which the princess shall fall.”
Well, there we have it. Not only is the princess/Juliette all weird Wesen-coma-y (or IS she?!), but we also have to hibernate through the summer so Season 2 of Grimm gets here faster! Because, shit, y’all. These writers sure know how to push all the right buttons. The two producers I got to speak to earlier this season, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf wrote this episode. I was really, really, really hoping it was going to be the “Dirty Dozen” episode they promised, but alas. BUT, it was still a significant episode, and I’ll tell you why.
First of all = Season finale. And they ended it with a pretty decent cliffhanger. The episode-titular (hehe titular) “Woman in Black” who was following Akira Kimora around – and ultimately killed him – turned out to be Nick’s mom. Or is she?! I don’t know. For now, let’s go with, yes. So, she supposedly died 18 years ago, but didn’t, and now she’s here to… help Nick? Presumably, but that’s what next season is for! (I mean, currently, I do have doubts as to whether she IS his mom…) This was an interesting turn for at least two reasons: 1) AK was set up as the baddie a few episodes ago, and he was just a device. I know this happens in TV a lot, but it just felt cool here. He showed up, Wesenness blazing, scary weird snowflake Aegishjalmur tattoo on his face (like the Viking version of a teardrop tat, I guess), all killing people and tying up Renard, to just have the WIB stab him. I mean… THAT was easy, no? 2) Nick’s mom isn’t dead. So… is she a Grimm? Is she higher up like Renard? Where is Nick’s dad? Was it just him in the car accident? Did she set him up? Did she sacrifice him? So many questions. I mean, Nick could have some serious mommy issues here going into Season 2.
Second reason it’s significant: there was no case in this episode. I mean, not really. Not in the conventional Grimm sense, which I think was an interesting step to take. All season long I’ve been talking about how my favorite episodes are the ones that are Nick-centric as opposed to crime-centric. The biggest crime that happened was the murder of the private investigator, but it felt different because we knew it was connected to Nick the entire time. I think this is an important step that the show is taking, and I really hope that they continue it with the next season. Another thing they did differently? Did y’all notice there was NO CHASE IN THIS EPISODE?! I know! WHAT STRANGE WORLD IS THIS?! As silly as it is sometimes, I will miss Nick’s skinny-jeans-wearing ass chasing after a perp this summer. So I hope they continue this in the next season.
Okay, but enough of speculation and fawning. Let’s recap. So, we last left off with Hank freaking the fuck out because he saw Dr. Brinkerhoff folge back into just a regular human. So, like one does with PTSD, he wakes up in the middle of the night with a nightmare. As much as he tries to hide it, Nick knows that he’s upset about it, and he confides in Eddie, who basically tells him this shit ain’t going away. In fact, most people in mental hospitals are there because their brains can’t make sense of weird shit they’ve seen. Thanks, Eddie. That was reassuring. Read the rest of this entry »