Friday, March 9, 2012

NEW!: Grimm 1:14 - Plumed Serpent

Overall Rating: 7.0

This episode lays the groundwork for next week...but is otherwise run of the mill.

Plot Synopsis:

Nick runs afoul of a psycho daemon-fier (dragon-like vescin who can spit their own metabolized fat cells and turn them into a fire ball on cue) chick who is attempting to rescue her aging father from a death without honor. The woman first finds it exciting to try to seduce a Grimm, but Nick refuses her (after she nearly costs him his relationship with Juliette by taunting her over Nick's phone), and she decides, instead, to set up a fight between her father and Nick.  A fight that Nick ultimately wins, resulting in the death of the aging "dragon."  She appears to self-immolate in a crazy attempt to kill Nick, but is shown surviving the blast.

Other notes: Monroe informs Nick that another Grimm in British Columbia was killed by reapers, so he should be on his toes.  Juliette is kidnapped by the psycho dragon bitch and her involvement leads her to question her relationship with Nick (bad things keep happening around them, after all).  Monroe meets Juliette for the first time and she seems highly disturbed that Nick has a friend that he was evidently not willing to introduce to her.

The Skinny:

Monroe was hilarious in this one, but the only plot of consequence, as far as I'm concerned, was Juliette's become once again imperiled by Nick's job and coming up with serious second thoughts about staying with him long term.  It was obvious that this would come to a head sooner or later.  At some point, Nick is going to have to tell Juliette about his real identity...and at that time, Juliette will have to make a choice - does she love Nick enough to help him carry his burden and to endure a rather brutal existence?  Or will she decide that it's best for both of them if she is elsewhere?  The not-so-subtle set-up for next week's big reaper showdown notwithstanding, this was a pretty ordinary creature feature and not worth a lot of deep commentary.

Writing: 7.0

Meh.  A good, functional action episode, but nothing more.

Acting: 8.0

Monroe continues to be a huge asset to this show and Nick and Juliette are improving both in how they interact with each other and how they react to the strange world around them.

Message: 6.0

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