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Grimm – S01E10 – “Organ Grinder”

NBC's Grimm

Grimm – S01E10 – “Organ Grinder”

Nick stumbles upon a monster-ran organ smuggling ring which is preying on the homeless. Embracing his inner-Grimm, Nick must locate the monsters responsible before a young girl and her brother become the next victims in this spin on the classic Hansel and Gretel tale. Nick’s character development is given center stage but that isn’t enough to raise this rather boring and predictable episode above the ranks of average.

Score: 3 of 5

>Spoilers<

Hank says it all when he wonders if it’s just him or is this town getting freakier and freakier? Leaves open the question of whether or not the monsters being conveniently located where a Grimm took up residence is coincidence or design. It also leads Hank farther down the road of discovery of the truth.

Grimm – S01E10 – “Organ Grinder”

Nick intimidates a shop owner.

And is it me or is Juliette too good to be true as Nick’s girlfriend? Could she be a fairy or witch of some sort? If she was a monster then the Aunt wouldn’t have let her live. I hope she does turn out to be something other than a monster (which would be cliché city). If she simply is this good a person then hello Mary Sue-ville.

The Captain knew what they were going up against and wasted no time in using a shotgun on the monster. Again, one has to wonder just what is his end game and where does he stand on monsters in general? More importantly, who was on the other end of that phone call? It was a call we were expecting and let’s hope this story line delivers.

Nick for his part, is really starting to embrace his inner-Grimm in this episode. He intimidates monsters with his Grimm-persona and definitely goes rogue from his cop persona. Granted, two lives where on the line and he had no reason/warrant for being in the shop but it seems like he was way to comfortable throwing his reputation around. Thing is, it isn’t his reputation. If the monsters only knew how little training he’s had and how easy he’d be to kill then they wouldn’t run so much.

As for the plot line, even if this wasn’t an obvious attempt at the Hansel and Gretel story, it was still pretty tropey and predictable. As soon as he spent any amount of time with the doctor we knew she was the ring leader. As soon as the kids were given names we knew that he would have to rescue them, it was only a matter of time before they would be caught. It’s a plot-line seen on just about every cop show in existence.

Even Monroe wasn’t as punchy or interesting in this episode, dragging it down further into mediocrity. Nick’s character development is the only thing that really rescues it. It’s a decent buffer episode at least as last week’s episode was pretty darn good and next week’s looks wicked (in more ways than one).

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Television

 

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TGIF: Yes and No

There is a special place in ratings analysis for Fridays. Shows are allowed to survive at lower ratings because the consensus is no one is really watching tv on Fridays because, well, it’s Friday. Movies premier, functions occur, nightlight hops, etc. But lower ratings mean less advertising dollars, so a show needs to balance that budget between expense and profit just as closely as weekday shows.

But this isn’t a discussion about that, more like a commentary on my life as Friday is the biggest night for tv for me with four shows all airing at 8pm. What is a girl to do?

CBS CSI: NY
CW Supernatural
FOX Fringe
NBC Grimm

This is when I miss my dvr.

Well, I am not a nelson home nor do I have a dvr so what I watch has no impact whatsoever, otherwise I’d pick the one with the biggest chance at being canceled as to help it out.

CSI:NY is a pick up show, can watch any time and not lose context plus it’s got great syndication.

Grimm is new but so far good and NBC trends to have the episode online pretty quickly.

Supernatural has plenty of one-off episodes but seven seasons in the show has become complex enough that I have to make sure I don’t miss any episodes.

Fringe is very complex and you never know when something important is going to flash across screen in a seemingly innocuous moment.

As you can probably guess, Fringe wins. It’s not a show to get behind on and it’s always noteworthy to talk about. However, if there is a guest star of note on Supernatural then I might choose it over Fringe.

Of course this is just the 8pm CT slot. SyFy usually had something on at 9pm worth watching and there used to be Chuck at 7pm.

So either Friday is where great tv is dumped or according to studios I need to get my priorities straight. I vote the former.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Blog

 

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Wack-a-mole: Pilot season starts with a lot of misses.

The pilot season for 2012 has started, this is the time of year that hopeful studios, execs, writers, etc, pitch their tv pilots and what results is akin to a plate of mash potatoes being thrown against the wall… we see what sticks.

There isn’t a lot to go with right now but EW.com has given us a handy-dandy list of this year’s hopefuls. These write ups don’t give us a lot to go by but here is my initial reactions to some of them.

NBC

Beautiful People
Logline: An imaginative and thematically rich ensemble “what if” drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — that is, until some of the mechanicals begin to “awaken.”
From: Writer-EP Michael McDonald; EPs Robert M. Sertner, Stephen Hopkins; Universal Television and ABC Studios

Been there, done that. Terminator and I, Robot pretty much covered this for us.

The Munsters Mockingbird Lane
Logline: From writer-executive producer Bryan Fuller, Mockingbird Lane is an imaginative reinvention of The Munsters as a visually spectacular one-hour drama.
From: Writer-EP Bryan Fuller; EPs Bryan Singer, John Wirth; Universal Television and Bad Hat Harry Productions

So… if it’s not a half-hour comedy but an hour drama without the monster make-up… then it’s not really The Munsters then. I see by the name change they noticed too.

The Frontier
Logline: In an intense tale of survival a group of disparate travelers embark on an incredible cross-country adventure through the West, where danger stalks them at every turn.
From: Writer-EP Shaun Cassidy; EPs Thomas Schlamme, Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry; Sony and Prospect Park

I assume this is a pre-gps era period piece but how long do they think they could run this concept? Unless it’s 24 style then there is only so many wolf attacks and land slides we can watch until we get sick of it.

Midnight Sun
Logline: This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. Based on an acclaimed Israeli format, a female FBI cult specialist starts an investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy.
From: Writer-EP Lisa Zwerling; EPs Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Alon Aranya, Efrat Shmayadron, Minit Toovi, Noah Stollman, and Oded Davidoff; Universal Television

Initial thoughts: The Event meets Alcatraz. Also, Americanizing a foreign show can work but often goes horribly wrong.

Revolution
Logline: A high octane action drama from J. J. Abrams following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
From: Writer-EP: Logline: Eric Kripke; J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk

You know, I got my BS in History, but even I’m pretty sure that ‘all forms of energy ceasing to exist’ is pretty impossible, especially since the 1st Law of Thermodynamics is quite clear about how energy can not be created nor destroyed. I mean, just breathing takes energy of a sort. The Earth spinning. Gravity! Inertia! Flowing water! This is one is so full of fail…

Bad Girls
Logline: From the producers of Shameless, and adapted from the long-running U.K. hit series of the same name, Bad Girls follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates – some mothers, some friends—who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside.
From: Writer-EP Nancy Pimental; Warner Bros. Television, John Wells Productions, and Shed Media U.

Maybe on a cable channel… but NBC? Sorry, if they can’t keep Playboy Club on the air then this has no chance.

Downwardly Mobile
Logline: This multi-cam comedy brings Roseanne Barr back to series television as the proprietor of a mobile-home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy.
From: Writers-EPs Eric Gilliland, Roseanne Barr; EP John Argent; 20th Century Fox Television

Roseanne is back in her wheel house of representing the downtrodden middle and lower classes. While this is practically revolutionary in the 80s and 90s, I’m not sure how relevant she’d be today. Perhaps too relevant and that might not bode well for her.

Daddy’s Girls
Logline: A young woman returns home from overseas to find that her father is seriously dating the “mean girl” from her high school.
From: Writer-EP Dana Klein; 20th Century Fox Television and Kapital Entertainment

Isn’t this bordering on illegal? Ick.

CBS

Elementary
Logline: A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with Sherlock now living in New York City.
From: Writer Robert Doherty; EPs Robert Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly; CBS Television Studios

It worked wonderfully for the BBC and while I think you can never have too much Sherlock… I don’t mean that literally. How would it work anyway? Sherlock a transplanted Brit or an American version? What about Watson? Why couldn’t they just make another Sherlock rip-off instead… like House?

Trooper
Logline: A common-sense mother turns New York state trooper.
From: Aron Eli Coleite; EPs Aron Eli Coleite, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman; Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television

Don’t know what the format is, but if it’s a dramedy then this could be awesome. Otherwise, yawn.

Golden Boy
Logline: A show about the making of a man. Tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner.
From: Writer Nicholas Wootton; EPs Nicholas Wootton, Greg Berlanti; Warner Bros. Television

Don’t they know that these style cop shows are just not popular right now? Chicago Code failed and Blue Bloods is barely holding water.

Widow Detective
Logline: After losing three partners in the line of duty, a decorated police detective becomes surrogate husband, lover, and father to their families.
From: Writer David Hubbard; EPs David Hubbard, Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz; CBS Television Studios

This is statistically improbable, just saying.

Untitled Ralph Lamb
Logline: Period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb: rodeo cowboy turned longtime sheriff of Las Vegas.
From: Writers Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker; EPs Nicolas Pileggi, Greg Walker, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian; CBS Television Studios

Has promise but will all come down to the style and tone of the show. Viewers love Vegas.

Quean
Logline: An edgy and independent millennial-hacker girl teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes.
From: Ilene Chaiken; Ilene Chaiken, Joel Silver; Silver Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television

Can we say Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rip off?

FOX

The Asseta
Logline: A character-driven drama set in the CIA’s New York City station, focusing on a female agent with a very specialized and controversial area of expertise.
From: Writer-EP Josh Friedman; Twentieth Century Fox Television

So… what? She gets ‘close’ to her assets? Nothing really here to work with but I guarantee everyone is going to compare it to Alias.

Guilty
Logline: After being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney uses his unusual methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling and ultimately to exact revenge on the man who set him up.
From: Writer Marc Guggenheim; EPs Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, McG, Peter Johnson; Bonanza Productions / Berlanti Productions / Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Warner Bros. Television

So… Life, except it’s a lawyer?

Untitled Karyn Usher
Logline: The orphaned 17-year-old daughter of a CIA operative encounters a mysterious rogue agent-assassin who serves as both her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world.
From: Writer Karyn Usher; EPs Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements; 20th Century Fox Television / 21 Laps

So… Leon: The Professional meets Hanna?

Untitled Kevin Williamson
Logline: An edge-of-your-seat thriller about the complex relationship between a diabolical serial killer and the damaged FBI agent who took him down. After the killer escaped, the agent is reactivated and discovers that he is no longer just hunting one man, but a massive cult of serial killers created and manipulated during his time in prison. Kevin Bacon is near a deal to star as the agent.
From: Writer Kevin Williamson; Warner Bros. Television

So… Silence of the Lambs meets White Collar? Yeah, I know, the joke is getting old but Fox is making it so darn easy right now!

ABC

Beauty and the Beast
Logline: A fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.
From: Writer Jon Steinberg; EPs Gary Fleder, Mary Beth Basile; ABC Studios

ABC Studios HQ: “Freaking heck! Once Upon a Time is a hit! Quick, what other fairytale stories we have the rights to? Sleeping beauty sleeps all the time. Mermaid would be too expensive. Wait, Beauty and the Best, we can work with that!”

Gotham
Logline: After pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, a female cop discovers a magical world that exists within New York City. A world that goes unseen by normal humans, and takes all of the familiar NYC landmarks and reinvents them in a magical otherworldly manner.
From: Writer-EP Michael Green; 20th Century Fox Television

No Batman? I.am.disappoint. (on a side note this is kinda similar to a book I wrote in 2010… hhmmm…)

Last Resort
An international action-thriller-soap that follows the story of establishing a new society in a world held hostage by the crew of a ballistic missile submarine. Basically, a U.S. nuclear sub crew refuses orders to fire their missiles and escapes to a NATO outpost and declares themselves the smallest nuclear nation.
From: Shawn Ryan, Karl Gajdusek

So, what happens when the sub needs to refuel and resupply? Freaking send Seal Team Six on their butts and call it a day.

Zero Hour
Logline: A bizarre twist of fate pulls a man who’s spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.
From: Writer-EP Paul Scheuring; EPs Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott; ABC Studios

Has potential in the X-Files kind of way as long as they don’t go the cheesy routes of… everything that tried to capitalize on X-Files’s success.

Penoza
Logline: Based on the Dutch format, Penoza centers on the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in an organized-crime syndicate in order to protect her family.
From: Writer-EP Melissa Rosenberg; EPs Alon Aranya and Howard Klein; ABC Studios, Endemol Studios

I never watched it… but isn’t this kinda like Sopranos? And isn’t being on a network just going to water it down?

666 Park Ave.
Logline: When a young couple accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City, they unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building.
From: Writer-EP David Wilcox;  EPs: Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo; Warner Bros. Television, Alloy Entertainment

The title is going to upset the sensitive people and I’m not sure they can drag this idea out into a full season and not get repetitive. At least with Supernatural they drove around and went after all manner of demons and stuff.

Untitled Roland Emmerich
Logline: Set in New York City against the backdrop of the presidential race. Follows a young astrophysics student who finds out that his destiny lies not in science but somewhere between hell and heaven.
From: Writer-EPs Emmerich and Harald Kloser; EP Nicholas Pepper; Mark Gordon Company

I have no idea what this means… but it could be cool if Emmerich is involved.

Scruples
Logline: Based on the 1978 novel Scruples that follows the life of Wilhelmina Hunnewell Winthrop, a.k.a. Billy, a previously plump woman who loses weight, becomes fabulously cool, and survives a very rich (and very old) first husband. She ends up opening up a Beverly Hills clothing boutique called Scruples.
From: Writer-EPs Bob Brush, Mel Harris; EPs Tony Krantz, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch; Flame Ventures LLC in association with Warner Bros. Television

Why watch a tv show when I can just watch entertainment news?

Nashville
Logline: A family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise.
From: Writer-EP Callie Khouri; EPs RJ Cutler, Steve Buchanan; Gaylord Entertainment, ABC Studios, and Lionsgate

Country Song rip off?

Gilded Lillys
Set in 1895, this epic love story follows the opening of the first grand luxury hotel in NYC, against a backdrop of vicious family rivalries, scandalous secrets, and conflict and comingling of classes.
From: Writer K.J. Steinberg; EP Shonda Rhimes; ABC Studios

Another stab at recreating Mad Men and if I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, you can’t recreate success. Usually these shows become big because there is nothing like them on when they air. So maybe studios should think about what we don’t have and less about saturating our screens with what we have.

Only Fools & Horses
Logline: Based on the iconic British series, this classic comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires.
From: Writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley; ABC Studios.

No, just no. The humor won’t transfer, they will get it all wrong. Office was easy because it was universal… this is not.

CW

Arrow
Logline: Based on the DC Comics comic book, this hour-long drama is a modern retelling of the legendary DC Comics character Green Arrow. Stephen Amell to star.
From: Writer-EPs Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg; Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television

It worked for Superman, right? But this could be perceived as an attempt to recreate Smallville so best of luck to them.

Shelter
Logline: Drama set at an historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional, and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries, and romances of their own.
From: Writer-EP Mark Schwahn; EPs J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk; Bad Robot Productions, Mastermind Laboratories in association with Warner Bros. Television

Faulty Towers, the teen years abroad?

The Selection
Logline: Based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass, The Selection is an epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.
From:  Writer-EPs  Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain; Warner Bros. Television

The logic of The Phantom Menace meets the wildly inappropriate subject matter of Hunger Games?

Cult
Logline: After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, an inquisitive, young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show called Cult joins a journalist-blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program, in real life.
From: Writer-EP  Rockne O’Bannon; EPs  Josh Schwartz,  Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein; Fake Empire in association with Warner Bros. Television

Someone has been watching too much Supernatural, but true, that was an awesome episode. “So now you’re Polish?”

Beauty and the Beast
Logline: Loosely based on the CBS’ Beauty and the Beast series from the 1980s, this is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. (Yes, this is in addition to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast project.)
From: Writer-EPs Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper; EPs Paul J. Witt and C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow, Bill Haber; CBS Television Studios

CBS Studio Office: “Freaking Heck! You see that ABC has a hit with Once Upon a Time? They have all the Disney properties tied up, what do we have?” “You do realize the fairytales are common domain right? We just have to avoid anything specially made by Disney.” “Hey, remember that tv show with the Terminator chick? Let’s reboot that.”

 

And that is it for the initial showing for pilot season. I’ll have updates once we get to pilot orders and more plot details. So far, nothing really grabs me. A lot of obvious rip offs or completely out there shows. Who knows, I like surprises and there could be a few in there.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Blog, Television

 

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Chuck S05E12 & S05E13 – “Chuck vs Sarah” and “Chuck vs the Goodbye”

NBC's Chuck

This encompasses both episodes as they aired together as a two hour series finale.

Chuck S05E12 & S05E13 – “Chuck vs Sarah” and “Chuck vs the Goodbye”

Spoilers for previous episodes.

Sarah’s most recent memories have been wiped by the Intersect and Quinn has manipulated her into thinking Chuck is the bad guy. Chuck never gives up on Sarah being able to remember who she is even when she has a gun pointed at him. Will she remember in time to stop Quinn? What will happen to our intrepid group of adventures? How will it all end? Chuck goes out on a mimic of one of the most pivotal scenes of the series, a satisfying conclusion that while not utterly fantastic, deserves a nice slap on the back for a job well done.

Score: 4 of 5

>Spoilers<

Chuck – S05E13 – “Chuck vs the Goodbye”

Chuck, Sarah, and Casey defuse a bomb.

Series finales are the bane of tv shows, especially ones that have ran for longer than four years. If you have kept your audience around that long and know this is the end then you better make sure that you leave things on a note that is very satisfying for fans. While you want to be innovative and go out with a bang you don’t want to be so out in left field that you leave viewers going ‘what just happened?’ Looking at you there Seinfeld. You also don’t want to do exactly what you’ve never done and make a cop-out ending. *cough*X-Files*cough* And don’t get me started on LOST.

Thankfully, Chuck managed to barely skirt on by these hazards and pulled out a pretty decent closure that many fans just aren’t given enough credit too. I could go through the whole plot line of the two hours but really, it was your average Chuck episode. You might not even realize it’s a series finale until the last half of the second hour as the characters start to wrap up their storylines and go their separate ways. Here is what happens to them:

The General: She keeps on being the General, her door always open if the team wants to get back together to save the world again. – Good

Big Mike: Staying at the Buy More which has new owners, Subway! Yes, they lampooned the running gag of product placement. Beautiful. – Perfect

Jeff and Lester: Jeffster actually came in handy, seriously, it was like a miracle (and the singing wasn’t bad at all this time). They even got a record deal, they are going to be big in Germany… and that totally makes sense in that weird way that Germany loves The Hoff so much. – Perfect

Elle and Awesome: Moving to Chicago to take some new, quite well paying, jobs. There they can raise their child in a real home… but away from Chuck? It’s good to see that they finally moved to that point where Elle doesn’t think she has to take care of her brother anymore, but all the way to Chicago? – Passable

John Casey: He’s going to go after Verbanski and as he puts it, he doesn’t run after people, he stalks his prey. Giving Chuck a big hug he finally admits that there is one thing the Russians do right, big hugs. As much as I kinda wanted him to get back with Alex’s mom, Verbanski is probably a better fit and he’s sent off in Casey style. – Perfect

Morgan and Alex: They move in together with Casey’s blessing… and that’s it. It’s a nice, happy, ending, but nothing really happens. – Good

Chuck – S05E13 – “Chuck vs the Goodbye”

Chuck tells Sarah the 'Story of Chuck and Sarah'.

Chuck and Sarah: Sarah’s memories don’t come back to her but she does have a few pieces here and there. Chuck finds her at the beach and she asks him to tell her the story of us. In a short flashback sequence interchanged with a smiling/laughing Sarah, we get a sense of her opening up to what made her fall in love with Chuck in the first place. (Why he doesn’t use the picture from “Bullet Train” we have no idea). Just like the marriage proposal, the episode ends with Chuck and Sarah in a quiet long shot, the two kissing. While I think this is almost perfect I can see where other fans might be upset. They don’t like the reset and want to see Sarah with her memory back. Can’t please them all? – Great.

Overall it’s a decent way to end the series, I don’t feel like I’ve wasted five years of life and I truly believe that all these characters are going to live happily ever after. So I didn’t get to see it explicitly and yeah, it leaves things open for future exploration, but it’s still a conclusion, the end of a novel, and that’s what’s important.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Television

 

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Grimm – S01E09 – “Of Mouse and Man”

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Grimm – S01E09 – “Of Mouse and Man”

A man is killed, stabbed with a screw driver and dumped into a garbage truck. Nick and Hank are put on the case and the suspect pool includes not one but two different monsters. Meanwhile, a more cautious Juliette eyes people spying on their home and Monroe gets asked to work on a clock but is it more than he can handle? Solid episode which delves into the psychology of mice, men, monsters, and everything in between.

Score: 3 ½ of 5

>Spoilers<

Grimm – S01E09 – “Of Mouse and Man”

Monroe returns after being beaten for consorting with Nick.

When I say stabbed with a screw driver, I mean that in the most literal of sense. It’s brutal, personal, and spontaneous. This is why Nick and Hank immediately look at the last people who saw the victim alive and that would be one Mouse and one Snake monster, respectively.

The Mouse is a timid pack rat… yeah, I see what they did there… and the Snake is a slimy personal injury lawyer. A bit blunt there guys but it isn’t a defining trait or really that much of importance so we’ll let it slide.  So which one of them did it? Or was it either of them?

The episode slumps a bit as more pieces are put together, another person is murdered, and we learn more about Mouse and Snake monsters, but then three very interesting things occur.

Juliette sees that her house is being watched and is able to get a license plate. Nick gets an address which Juliette memorizes and goes to. She sees the woman who was watching them and she immediately runs her two kids into the house when she sees Juliette watching. Is this woman a monster, one who is scared that the Grimm is going to catch her? I don’t think Nick really understands what it means to be an active Grimm.

Grimm – S01E09 – “Of Mouse and Man”

The result of the killer's psychotic break is chilling.

Monroe gets asked to work on a clock, only when he shows up, several monsters beat the crap out of him. Good news is, if they wanted him dead, he’d be dead, so this was only a warning. The Reaper monsters who are after Nick and probably monsters in general don’t like Monroe socializing and upsetting the social monster norm. Nick offers to stop going to Monroe for help but he’ll have nothing of it. He likes helping and he’s not exactly one for doing what is expected of him.

Lastly, our killer is the Mouse who literally snapped. A psychotic break I think they call it. It’s really a wonderful examination of our own inner mouse as this monster could have easily been a human. His digression into a full blow psychosis is both blunt and subtle at the same time. A bit more depth than to be expected from a show like Grimm and that is why this show has a very bright future indeed.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Television

 

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Grimm – S01E08 – “Game Ogre”

NBC's Grimm

In what is possibly the best episode of the season so far, “Game Orge” highlights some of the secondary players while Nick sits on the sidelines, though not of his own volition. We learn more about Hank as a character and Captain Renard shows that he’s just as much a cop as a monster. Juliette gets a significant development moment and even Sergeant Wu does more than stand around filling in exposition. All it took was the Grimm-universe’s version of an Ogre who is possibly the scariest monster yet. The series is starting to flesh itself out and let’s hope that “Game Ogre” is really ‘game on’.

Score: 4 of 5

>Spoilers<

Grimm – S01E08 – “Game Ogre”
Hank and Renard work the case.

I will fully admit that this episode actually gave me a fright. I knew something was going to happen but when the Ogre runs full long through the window and tackles the judge, well, maybe I shouldn’t have been sitting so close to the screen. It was then nice to see Wu doing something other than giving out exposition by showing up on the crime scene and going through the motions of a beat cop.

Nick and Hank investigate and the Captain shows up because it’s a state judge and that warrants him making an appearance, then what follows is more of a Hank and Renard episode as it’s these two who follow the leads to another dead body, this one missing a hand and wearing a watch as a clue. As Hank says, Nick knows a watch guy. There is a fun but awkward moment where Monroe tries to play off that he and Nick aren’t as good friends as they are now.

Monroe is able to quickly get them a lead to the next victim (which I guess is believable, watches are big business so I can see lots of paper trails involved). This leads to a prosecutor that Hank knows and the whole thing clicks. Hank helped put away a man, Oleg Stark (Eric Edelstein, wonderful casting btw), and he’s out for revenge. Renard immediately puts Hank under protective detail, he’s not to leave the station. This is an interesting character point for Renard. We know he’s a monster and he’s got some kind of plan doing for Nick and the other monsters… but he seems to be genuinely concerned for Hank as one of his cops. The line becomes ever more muddled on just how much of a bad guy Renard really is.

Grimm – S01E08 – “Game Ogre”

Nick is sent to the hospital after his run-in with the Ogre.

Stark decides the best way to draw out Hank is to beat the living daylights out of Nick who really gets his butt beat. For a Grimm he’s not very effective against an Ogre, but then I suppose who is? Juliette comes home just in time to scare Stark off by throwing a pan of boiling hot water on him. Nick is hospitalized and Juliette is left to clean up after the mess made by the home intrusion. There is a wonderful underplayed moment as she reacts to what just happened. She’s a strong character but is she strong enough to live the life of a Grimm’s gf/wife? I’m sure more on that soon… if Nick bothers to tell her he’s a Grimm before she finds out the hard way.

But Nick does the one thing his aunt told him not to do and let Monroe know about the trailer, guess that means Nick trusts Monroe that much… or he cares more about Hank to risk it. Monroe gets the gun and poison to kill an Ogre but is too late getting it to Nick. Hank has decided go against Wu’s plan (again, he’s given more to work with in this episode) and leads Stark to a quarry. Monroe follows in what is the worse ‘trailing each other’s cars’ scene I’ve seen in a long while.

Grimm – S01E08 – “Game Ogre”
Monroe prepares to take on the Ogre.

While Stark beats the crap out of Hank, Monroe loads the special gun and it knocks him on his rear but he’s able to take out Stark. So the bad guy is dead, Nick is recovering, and Hank survives, all is well.

Then Renard let’s Hank know how Stark died, a three barreled ‘Elephant Gun’ from the 1800s. Both are very interested in knowing where that came from and who shot it… but for obviously different reasons. I hope this isn’t the beginning of perhaps pitting Hank against Nick, though it would make sense since Nick hasn’t told Hank about him being a Grimm, etc. Not that Hank would really understand.  

A storm is brewing… and Nick is at the center of it.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Television

 

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