Be warned, there will be some major spoilers.
Still reading? So be it.
‘Grimm’ was one of the shows that premiered last year that I knew was going to be D.O.A – Dud On Arrival. How wrong was I? REALLY wrong. I was more convinced that “Once Upon A Time” was actually going to be the stronger of the two series. “Once Upon A Time” really isn’t a new concept, there was once a show (I forget the name at the moment) similar to this that was on TV for a season some years, may a decade or so ago. Also there was the, now defunct, “Fables” TV show that would have been the TV adaptation of the acclaimed comic book series (and would have a vastly superior series as well). However, “Grimm” has surprised me with how well they were able to serialize a show about, Nick, who was handed the reins of a century’s long tradition of hunting and killing all Wesun (pronounced Vesin) he could find. Wesun are the monsters of legend, witches, dragons, werewolves, snake men, big foot, etc. However, not being fully trained as Grimm, but as a Seattle Police Detective, he instead becomes a champion of the helpless Wesun (yes, there Wesun that are a harm to no one) in tandem with his duties as a cop. In a Wesun of the Week-styled series, this series could have easily gotten tiresome and ridiculous. However, instead it’s become a compelling series about a cop living between two worlds, trying to protect his girl Juliette (we’ll come back to her) and not let his partner, Hank Griffin, know about his secret life.
One of the overarching storylines revolves around his Captain, Sean Renard, the bastard child of a Hexenbiest (a witch) and his Royal father (an unrevealed Wesun species or human), who wants to control Nick through subterfuge and keep him centralized in the Seattle area for reasons yet unknown. Another character, Adalind Schade, is the vengeful ex-Hexenbiest, spurned ex-lover of Renard, who lost her powers in a battle with Nick towards the end of season one. Renard knows that in order to keep Nick on the force and in the area, Juliette needs to be off limits. He figures this is the only tie he has to the area as Nick was orphaned (not really – his mom is played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio of “Scarface” fame) as a child and was raised by his Aunt, the preceding Grimm. The spiteful and deceitfully Adalind cooks up a plan to kill Juliette slowly, taking away something the Grimm loves at the same time disrupting whatever plans her ex-lover Renard has been plotting. She mixes up a powerful potion that she feeds to her beloved cat. Juliette, a veterinarian, believes the cat to be sick when Adalind brings it to her for a check up. The cat scratches Juliette, who soon goes into a mystical coma. As both Renard and Nick rush to save her life, Adalind flees town.
Renard visits Adalind’s mother and forces her to craft a potion to counteract Adalind’s and save Juliette. It works, but at a cost. One of the effects of the potion is to make the person who breaks the spell pure of heart and Renard is anything but. The effect of make someone of his demonic nature “pure” proves to be quite painful. However, he delivers the lifesaving spell to Juliette via a kiss – a true love’s kiss maybe? When Nick arrives to save her with a potion to stop the spell altogether, she awakens only to have her memory of Nick completely wiped out of her mind while retaining the memory of every other aspect of her life.
Thus, season two finds us (the viewer) watching this relationship clumsily trod along as Nick tries to get her to remember him and Renard finds that there’s another side effect of the elixir he took to save Juliette’s life – he’s slowly becoming obsessed with her. It seems he saved her only to now become reduced to being her stalker. So, now we (the viewer) have to watch this clumsily and monotonous side story of Renard trying to rid himself of these aftereffects while at the same time succumbing to them as the urge to be with Juliette becomes more insatiable. At the same time, Juliette is also feeling the effects as she seems to also be falling for Renard in a way that she can’t yet explain while still trying to rekindle the relationship she once had with Nick – now a total stranger to her.
STOP IT! STOP IT NOW! THIS PART OF THE STORY LINE IS NOT GOOD!
The writers need to understand, this is not a good direction for the show. Instead of building tension and intrigue, it’s making my eyes roll to the back of my head. This direction is worth only of the pits of hades where every daytime soap opera resides. This is a subplot that only drags down the show because for one, it’s been going on for FAR too long this season. Secondly, it’s not even sultry in any way. Listen, they’re two pretty people, but honestly there’s a creep factor to this that is really more off-putting than intriguing. What they need to do is focus more on Renard’s family and how Adalind is weaseling her way into their graces. What they need to do is bring his mother back into the light and let us know (if only in a minor way) what she’s doing. What they need to do is give us a glimpse into Renard’s plan. I get why Juliette’s character is important, but they can truly do the show justice by giving us less relationship triangles weekly and more insight into the secret underbelly of the Wesun society.
This is a really good show with compelling characters, but this love triangle subplot is doing only one thing, it’s making the future of this series – grim. Yeah, I said it.