REVIEW - Grimm S02E09

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Ah, Halloween: that wonderful holiday stuffed full of cobwebs, fake blood and sugary goodness.
It's over now, but we've still got Grimm around to supply us with monsters and mayhem.

Any monster-based show worth its salt has to up the ante in the Halloween episode: this episode should have the creepiest antagonist and the creepiest scenes.

Grimm's never really been a scary show (it's gorey and got monsters, but that doesn't always make things scary) and the scenes in this episode didn't really stir anything in yours truly, but that doesn't mean it was a bad Halloween episode. It may not have lived up to my expectations, but it was actually one of the more entertaining episodes in season two.

As per usual with Grimm, we had three subplots: bringing down this week's antagonist, Monroe's subplot and the ever looming messy love triangle between Renard, Juliette and Nick. Because I discussed my feelings towards the love triangle last week, I'll try and focus on the former two subplots.

For those of you who have never seen Grimm, Monroe is a Blutbad AKA a Big Bad Wolf AKA the Grimmverse's version of a werewolf.

He is also the comic relief and easily one of the most fun characters to watch on screen. He works with antique watches, had a model train set and, best of all, celebrates Christmas with more gusto than you'd imagine from someone his age.

As it turns out, he's also a huge fan of Halloween.

I cannot express just how much childlike-glee covered my face the moment I saw Monroe's decorations. His plotline focuses on three neighbourhood kids trying to get revenge on him because he stopped them from stealing a girl's candy. It had no real effect on the main plot of the episode, let alone the series' storyline, but it's still pretty entertaining.

Besides, how else would we have known it was Halloween if Monroe hadn't shown Nick his decorations?

Our villain this week isn't from a fairytale as one might expect: what we've got here is the Weeping Woman, a piece of Mexican folklore. This is acknowledged via Nick's ancestors being unable to figure out what exactly she was and the one wesen in this episode not registering that this was a supernatural threat.

While I like that the book is unable to supply an easy solution and forces Nick to take a huge risk to save the victims, part of me feels that we could have deviated from the formula a bit more than we did.

The Weeping Woman, or La Llorna, feels like it would terrify a parent much more than anyone else: she systematically captures two boys and a girl then drowns them. The parent sees her drowning, goes to save her...but by the time they're in the water she's walking off with their child.

The kid'll be dead in the water the very next day.

We've dealt with kidnapping and child abuse in Grimm before, but we seldom witness it. I feel that this is because we generally don't like seeing children getting hurt, which is why over the course of the episode we're shown scenes where the kids are just in a really dark place but completely unharmed.

This episode ultimately failed to deliver the horror you'd expect from a Halloween episode. While we clearly see the stakes rising throughout the episode, it feels more like it's NCIS, not Grimm. I also feel that in terms of the children's safety we played things far too safe to conjure a sense of dread. It might've made a difference if we saw a glimmer of fear in even one child's face.

All this said, it was an entertaining episode, even if it was a disappointing Halloween special.

Review by Greta Rehak


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