Grimm – Season Finale Review

Rating: 6.9

 

If I didn’t have mad love for Rosalee, Bud, Hank the Tank*, and Monroe I’d be totally out on Grimm. I really wanted to believe that this was my new and fantastic monster-of-the-week; this was going to be my new Angel, Buffy, The X-Files, etc. Grimm was what I needed. But I simply can’t keep up with everything this show is doing in the periphery, let alone the main story arc.

This entire season has been an experiment in repetitive, bad writing. It started with a coma and ended with a gypsy plot. Somehow there were some keys, a lot of amnesia, love spells, and plenty of shirtless Renard scenes. It’s all really a blur.

That speaks volumes to a viewer like myself. I’m the kid who can tell you the title and/or episode number of an X-Files episode that is randomly dropped into any conversation; I’m willing to bet I can do that for differently genred shows, such as House (up through season 4… after that I kind of stopped caring), Friends, or Castle. I’m a fangirl at heart, that’s just who I am. That kind of fan-loyalty comes with a weird, instinctive memory for plots, meaning I rarely am confused by what’s going on because I’m simply consuming every aspect of the story. So for a series like Grimm—a series that should be my bread and butter—to leave me so confused and pissed off is truly a feat.

I’ve finally figured it out. This entire season may have been written for the audience to have sympathy for Juliette. She has Protagonist’s Poisonous Love Interest Syndrome (PPLIS): often times the fans root against this character because she stands between the protagonist and his goal (or some other similar reason), not because the love interest is inherently a bad character.

I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I think that Juliette is just a bad character. From the start she has been a frigid, cold and difficult partner for Nick. There was very little chemistry between the two, and her decision to reject his marriage proposal was an ill-timed first season mistake. The viewers felt rejected along with Nick, because at that time he was the emotional core. Nick quickly lost that role in the series as the fan-focus shifted to Monroe—Nick’s comrade and instructor in all things Wesen—and any hope that Juliette may recover from PPLIS was lost to the Monroe and Rosalee budding romance (which, by the way, is organic and has fantastic chemistry, unlike the aforementioned one).

How did the series decide to make Juliette win back our hearts? By giving her amnesia and losing any previously built up character traits, allowing for a new, more likeable personality to be left in its stead. But guess what? It didn’t work. Nope. Nope, nope, nope. The curious Juliette who wants to be a part of the Wesen-catchin’ gang is a monumental shift that is nothing but a cheap trick to get viewers to like her again. The problem is that she is a dreadful character who has spent this entire season whining and being trapped in her own house because her mind was playing tricks on her.

Series have been known to psychologically torture characters to evoke sympathy from the audience. Unfortunately, this was both psychological torture of the character and the fans.

Other thoughts:

  • It’s incredibly unfortunate that Juliette and Nick are back together again, because they have the least chemistry of any two characters on the show, nay television.
  • The final battle wasn’t nearly as cool as I thought it might be.
  • My colleague Kyle Trembley and I are always writing Grimm fanfiction in our staff meetings, because we really need this series to use the characters we love rather than the ones we hate. I kind of hope that Nick doesn’t come back to the series, a new Grimm shows up, Juliette commits seppuku, and Hank the Tank, Monroe, and Rosalee start a monster fighting agency.
    • Oh, and they can totally tell Wu what’s going down.
  • I have absolutely zero investment in Adiland or her baby.
  • I have absolutely zero investment in Renard and whatever he’s doing (which I honestly don’t know what that is because there’s way too much happening on this show—I think he’s having a fight with his brother and it involves squab).
  • I only have investment in Eric Schriarch because James Frain, the man with a voice nearly as beautiful and creamy as Alan Rickman’s, portrays him.
  • I liked that the zombies were 28 Days Later zombies rather than Dawn of the Dead zombies.
  • I hope Wu doesn’t become a zombie.
  • I hope Monroe and Rosalee move in together next season, because their grown-up sleepover was adorable.
  • I’m glad that Grimm has a sense of humor… “To Be Continued… Oh, Come On, You Knew This Was Coming”.
  • Finally, I will reinstitute my 5-episode rule** for next season. If changes aren’t made, I’m bailing.

Thanks for reading! As always, please leave your feedback in the comments. I’ll see you next season, Grimm!

 

*- Hank the Tank is a nickname that my colleague Kyle Trembley and I have come up with to describe the true hero of Grimm.

**- My 5 Episode Rule: Many pilots are either awesome or awful. Changes need to be made after a show begins, sometimes to the series’ detriment and sometimes to its benefit. I believe that a show should have itself mostly figured out within 5 episodes, thereby giving me a clear indication of the product I am consuming.

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