Oddly enough, The Thing With Feathers, opens with a line from Hans Christian Anderson’s The Nightengale, a story which is quite a bit more compelling than this week’s episode of Grimm. The ep is built around a giant coincidence coupled with a b plot which has been simmering much of the season but this ep takes one step forwards and two steps back. And it’s also a bit strange to take a line from one fairy tale when the episode in question is more about a very different one.
First, lets go with the c-plot and the enthralling of poor Hank. The writer’s apparently really want us to feel the frustration he’s feeling, and it works, although It’s not so much enjoyable. Apparently having Hank fall in love is not enough for Captain Reynard and his Hexenbiest assistant. They have to twist the screws on Hank until he’s turned practicaly into a psycho stalker. I can say the Russell sells the transformation, although to be fair, he’s come across as a borderline dirty cop from the beginning and after all has been divorced least three times, and that doesn’t happen without him having a few issues, eh? This part of the ep is creepy and cool (at least with the interactions between Reynard and witchgirl)
Oh, and Sargent Wu is now up to eating paper clips, man I can’t see him lasting past the end of the season if this keeps up.
Alright, and our b-plot, which is that Nick has decided to paradoxically pop the question to Juliette. This involves him taking her to a secluded and romantic cabin in the woods. Given the fact that they continue to *not* have any real conversations about what is going on in Nick’s life that he is keeping from her. Given what happened with the Feuer Dämons, which also involved some awkward moments of our lovebirds *not talking* about the weird shit that Juliette is wondering about, Its really rather messed up that Nick would try to force the issue. Even weirder is that David really seems like he’s trying to really sell that Nick is disappointed when she says no. All and all it comes across really unsatisfying. I know that both Nick and Juliette are being quite stressed by the danger that his Grimmness has brought, but, again, this feels like the narrative here has taken one step forwards and two steps back for no good reason. And it’s too bad, because over the course of the A-plot, Nick and Juliette actually were almost turning into a decent detective couple.
And there’s the A-plot which comes across as more offputting than anything else. Why? Apparently the writer was less interested in co-opting the Anderson story than combining The Golden Goose with a metaphor for how horrible the foie gras industry is. I mean, it goes so far that I would think that the writer is a card carrying member of PETA. How so, we get to witness, repeatedly, Azura Skyk(American Horror Story, CSI:Miami) being repeatedly force fed so that she will grow a brittle gold egg in a pouch on her neck (which if not safely removed will kill her. Yes, it’s no wonder that Eddie considers the breed of Wesen extinct, it’s incredibly surprising that this kind of creatureman living philosopher’s stone could even have survived to perpetuate itself given what a diest of worms, milk and slime puts them through. I’ll not talk about the coincidence that Nick’s cabin in the woods getaway just happens to be owned by the very mean cat-man who is force feeding our very unhappy goose-woman.
This is not to say there are some decent tense moments and a suspenseful end of the ep battle, and truly the team of Rosalee and Eddie is seriously growing on me. It’s simply that this ep reminds me why I never really got into horror much. Why’s that? Because many writers of horror seem to have trouble distinguishing between what’s horrific and what’ merely gross. And yeah, this week, the a-plot was way more gross torture-porn than anything else. What can I say other than: yuck.
Oh, and Nick really needs to work on his victory one liners. Because the old ‘you’ve got to break some eggs to make an omlet’ was more than a little lame.
Rating: 3 out of 5 (too many things just outputting about this whole ep)