Sunday, October 14, 2012

Grimm, Season 2, Episode 7: The Bottle Imp

“’Let me out, let me out,’ the spirit cried. And the boy, thinking no evil, drew the cork out of the bottle”

Fire works are going off, Nick and the amnesia-hit Juliette are sharing some memories – only this time Juliette remembers them, she remembers telling a story about her childhood to Nick. In a shocking moment she remembers him – holds him and kisses him. Hugging and crying follows before she steps back, it all coming back to her. Everything – and the last thing she remembers is Nick telling her the big Grimmy secret. Kind of a “can we have a little bit of the amnesia back?” moment. She tells him she didn’t believe him but now, after all the stuff that’s happened, all the terrible stuff, it all makes sense. She kisses him, understanding everything.

And then he wakes up. Whaaaat? Oh Grimm you dirty, rotten tease! And he wakes up fully clothed as well! Damn it you could have at least thrown in a consolation Nick in his underwear if you were going to pull the damn “dream sequence” ploy.

To the actual monster and crime – we have a little girl called April and her dad who appears to have problems with anger, which makes him woge, showing he’s a Wesen. He goes to a garage, tries to pay with a series of credit cards, all of which are maxed out. Shortly afterwards we hear the sound of a beastie slicing the garage attendant into teeny-tiny, messy pieces.

In comes the Grimm team, Nick, hank and Wu - who has been missing a bit lately and is clearly trying to make up for lost snark, starting with lamenting the good ol’ days when people were just shot and stabbed and not mauled into a gazillion pieces (lampshading like this, when well done, can always make me smile).Time to dot he investigative thing at the police station with Captain Renard looking on because… well what else does he actually do all day? They check the cameras and the refused credit cards to get the man’s name and address – William Granger and they see he has a girl in the car.

Paying a visit to his home they find the place is in in disarray with blood splashed around. They find Mrs. Granger alive but severely injured – asking for her daughter. She manages to woge just before passing out and being taken to the hospital. Back to the police station for more Wu snark – not his best, but he begs off, he can’t produce excellent snark all the time. Looking at poor Bill Granger they find he has not been having a good time lately – lost his job (after run ins with his fellows), he’s broke, in debt and he’s separated from his wife. And described as “volatile”. They’re worried he may kill anyone who sets him off and aren’t reassured when they find lots of survival-orientated material on his computer (as in “the end of the world is coming I need to stockpile me some guns!” kind of survival. Personally my plan for doomsday survival is to die and be reincarnated some point in the distant future when the descendants of the survivors have reinvented the Mocha).

Nick has another line of research to do – having seen Mrs. Granger woge and he takes Hank to the Grimm Trailer (still infinitely less cool than the Bat Cave). Yes, I love it – and they have a little geeky love over all the sharp things and books and potions within. I love this scene, Hank is looking at the shinies and Nick is like a school boy showing off all his best toys to his friend. The expressions on both their faces is perfect. They do find the Wesen – a Drang-zorn, a short tempered Wesen that’s fiercely protective of their young and favours underground dens when threatened. In between the geeky love, Hank notices the triple barrelled elephant gun and realises that it’s the gun that killed Stark, which saved Hank’s life. He knows Nick didn’t shoot it – and demands to know who did. Nick tells him that Stark was a Siegbahst and that Monroe fired it. I cringed, waiting for Hank to be angry over the secrets or the interference – but instead he remarks on how he owes Monroe his life – with Nick adding that Monroe has saved his own life a few times. I admit to a sigh of relief – I keep waiting for them to screw this up. Hank also realises just how long Nick has been dealing with all the weird stuff as well.

Granger, meanwhile is having problems. Dumping his trucks so it isn’t recognised after the death of the garage attendant, he gets a ride with someone else after the driver sees his little girl begging. They drive along but the Amber Alert on the radio alerts the driver to who Granger and April are. Hearing this, Granger smacks the driver, takes over the truck and leaves him tie up, but alive and relatively unhurt. They head into the woods and hunker down in an impressive bunker that Granger has built from the building supplies and a shipping container that was referred to on his computer – throughout this it’s April, the daughter, telling the panicking and edgy father that it’s all going to be ok.

Wu’s computer skills narrow down some wilderness pictures on Granger’s computer and Hank and Nick search the woods with dogs – watched by Granger through the scope of a gun. Hank and Nick find the entrance to his underground bunker – but Granger doesn’t fire, just watches as they go inside and find April. Reassuring her, they take April back to the police station. They try to ask her questions but she says nothing about the attacks and child services arrives to place her while her mother recovers in the hospital

Which is where Granger goes to find his wife. Hank and Nick hurry after him and catch him in her hospital room – they confront him at gun point making him pause even though he woge-s (still not sure if that’s a verb). After showing that they understand Wesen, Nick and Hank get the full story – it’s April, the child doing the killing – and she was the one who attacked her mother. She’s going through her change which should normally happen at 13, she’s can’t control herself and her mother isn’t strong enough to control her, she’d called Granger to come help her.

There follows a race to the child services home where they find April trying to eat the family she’s been placed with out of temper. Eventually they get her out – but she’s headed to Juvenile Detention. Thankfully Monroe knows one of the guards there – a Drang-zorn herself – who is confident she can handle April. She blames hormones in the meat which is making girls like April change early.

In side plots, Adalind contacts Renard – and wants to know who killed her mother, Catherine. Renard’s more concerned with what happened to Juliette – and tells her she’s awake. Adalind knows that Renard must have had something to do with that – and makes it clear she has more mischief on the way and she doesn’t answer Renard’s question. We look at Renard’s computer and find he has written “Juliette” several dozen times.

At home, after that teasing dream, Nick and Juliette have dinner and he refers to when they used to dance together on evenings like that. Juliette insists they dance and they do to the music – until Juliette kisses him. Have an aww moment folks, because it doesn’t last – she draws back and sees Renard instead of Nick. Blinking back the hallucination she hurries off quickly.

Monroe isn’t completely absent either. He’s running Rosalie’s shop and keeping in touch with her over the phone while she cares for her ailing aunt. Rosalie checks how Monroe is doing after Angelina died last week and has a special order she needs Monroe to fill. He does – but incorrectly and hijinks ensure with a Mauserherz with balance issues being most eccentric with paint and a chainsaw.

Things still seem to be moving on, it’s a little monstery-of-the-week but enough has been happening to make the odd episode ok, especially since it’s integrating hank into the Grimm world. It’s development, it’s growth, it’s progress – the story is moving forwards. We have meta and it is still linked together and moving forwards. I’m impressed, may it continue!

I am, however, saddened that the original start with a strong female character – Kelly, Mummy Grimm – was a one off. With her leaving and now Rosalie out of the immediate picture (as she has been for a while) and Juliette with amnesia, we have no active female characters. Worse, it looks likely that Juliette is again going to be embroiled as a victim in Adalind’s plans for her and Renard – which means Juliette has again been targeted for her connection to Nick.