Saturday, November 29, 2014

'Highway of Tears' -- Grimm 4x06

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This episode brought to you by Nick! Hank! Nick! Hank! Nick! Hank! Nick! Hank!

As much as the kid had been kind of annoying me last season, I have to say that she has been starting to grow on me this season. Maybe it has to do with the writers doing a little more with her than just the, "let's add a punk kid" thing, and giving her character some more fleshing out. The fact that she was so willing to stay with Rosalee ... that she got kind of teary and relieved and huggy when Juliette was herself again and when Nick got his Grimm back ... it endeared her to me more than probably a lot of other things that could have happened. So, even if there are still times when I want to shake her, I think that I'll be glad for her in addition to the other members of the gang.

I think I may be more excited about the idea of Nick and the kid getting their Grimm on together than I probably should be. I love the idea of the two of them growing together as Grimms, kicking some serious butt, and changing the world. In my own forming headcanon, the kid will get super trained by and with Nick, and she will go off to somewhere else to help change Grimm/Wesen relations in some major way ... maybe taking up an apprentice of her own along the way. Must resist the urge to make a joke about Jedi!!

Elizabeth being so sure that Renard is the father of Diana ... I'm surprised that she is so willing to believe that this is a fact. I can see Renard wanting such a thing to be true (since he seems the kind who would buckle down and be kind of happy for "normal" family life if it presented itself (perhaps because he didn't have anything of the kind growing up)), but she seems like she would be the type who would be more suspicious of the idea that Diana was Renard's daughter until she was able to prove it. I can see her believing that he believes, but that shouldn't necessarily mean that someone who is so wily would just accept such information without testing it for herself.

And I have the feeling that we are being led into expecting a confrontation between Elizabeth Lascelles and Kelly Burkhardt. It isn't just that Kelly has Diana, it's also the mention of Catherine Schade and the fact that Elizabeth wants to be near her "granddaughter" ... and also the repeated mention of the fact that what Elizabeth did to save Renard when he was dying could only be done for both of them once. It makes me think that she's going to look for Diana, that Kelly and Elizabeth are going to get in a drag out, and Elizabeth is going to be mortally wounded (with Renard maybe getting there just before she dies, knowing that he can't save her and gets all wrecked and the gang questions his loyalties a little more than they are right now).

I'm wondering if the stuff that's going on with Josh is tied somehow with the stuff going on with Chavez ... or maybe Chavez's group is part of the one that doesn't like different kinds of Wesen getting married to each other. Arg!! There is something going on there, and I have a feeling that at least two of them are tied to each other, even if all three aren't tied together. I just wish that I had a better beat on which of the two might be tied to each other, and which one is coincidentally happening at the same time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

'Girls, Girls, Girls' -- SPN 10x07

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Well, that was over pretty quickly with dude who was after Dean. I was expecting for it to last a little bit longer than that ... but then, I was expecting that Dean being a demon was going to last longer than it did as well ... or that they would have bothered to try and get rid of the Mark of Cain, if it's really all that dangerous for him to keep it. But it seems like the writers keep coming up with an idea, getting bored by it, and then, going on to something else. It's almost like they couldn't really decide on a story arch for the season, so they decided on a bunch of them, and are going to do all of them over the course of the season. Maybe that should be the signal that this is going to be the last season of SPN, and it would make me kind of happy if it was (since it's being going on for around five seasons too long).

The addition of Crowley's mom to the show ... this had the feeling of being less about exploring the history of Crowley (like when they brought in the ghost of his son), and more like they were trying to do some fanservice. And IMO, doing something just for fanservice makes sure that what you're going to do isn't going to be nearly as thought out as it might have otherwise been, and that it won't be nearly as awesome as it could have been if it was something that happened naturally. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but that's how it seems like things go to me. And that's another thing that makes me think that we just might be in the final season ... giving us possible in-depth coverage of the tortured past of the King of Hell (and the fact that his mum seem to have found out that he was now the King of Hell and came looking for him). Maybe it's just that it might have taken her a while to find out that he was a demon (which I have a feeling she may have already known before), that he was the King of Hell, and to cook up a plan to get in the same room with him ... which had the slight feel of, but it felt like she should have been able to get in the same room with him before this. It might have been that I was reading the situation wrong, but it almost seemed like she wanted to be there with him, cuz she hated demons so much (perhaps cuz she knew that he was one), and she wanted to get his attention long enough so that she could do something to kill him.

I did appreciate the reoccurrence of the use of the term "monster" when referring to a hunter in this episode, even if the use of it when it comes to hunters was kind of lampshaded. Just cuz they protect the innocent and unknowing from the things that go bump in the night (and which, in many instances, would do them harm), that doesn't mean that they aren't monsters. The fact that they shoot first, and ask questions later is something that I still have a problem with (since there are creatures out there which aren't entirely (or even at all) human, and who wouldn't do anyone any harm, and those creatures would still be hunted and killed by hunters without bothering to find out if they were actually a threat to others). In the first couple of seasons, I wouldn't have had this problem, but with the addition of shades of grey, that's when things start to get tricksy.

I am kind of annoyed with the writers for the addition of Hannah to Show. It wasn't the fact of bringing another angel around so that s/he could learn something more than just being a soldier (and become somewhat human); it was getting Cas on mission to bring other angels back to Heaven that he didn't want or need to be on, and more than that, the completely unnecessary sexual tension between the two of them. I'm sure that some people would be able to handwave the sexual tension as something that would have lead us to think that Hannah returning to Heaven, and her vessel returning home was a bit more believable, but to me, it seemed a bit more like the writers going "Oh, you want subtext? Here's some subtext, and it's the prober kind, cuz it's hetero." If the writers haven't had issues in the past with sexism, racism, and homophobia, I don't think that my brain probably would have gone there.

'Magnum Opus' -- SH 2x10

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The use of a Gorgon as what protects the sword ... ok, so they were using a supernatural creature to protect it. A few things about the use of a Gorgon for this:

1) This may be just me, but it felt a little too much like cross-contamination or the mixing of genres that don't belong together to have a Gorgon be what was used to stop people from getting the sword. The Gorgons were from Classical Mythology (specifically Greek, as apposed to Roman), but the rest of what is used in the show relies heavily on American folklore, fairytales, American Literature, and Christian lore (with some Wiccan and Hoodoo thrown in). Sure, it could be said that folklore, mythology, and religious lore are kissing cousins, but it just felt a bit jarring to have the feel of the lore used be (in so many cases) kind of American (or at least, have some kind of roots here in some way), and then, suddenly have something from ancient Greek mythology shoot up. Maybe it shouldn't, with the use of the Templars (since they aren't exactly as current a legend as most of the things that are used in the show), but it still does (I've kind of handwaved the used of the Templars as an extension of the use of the Christian lore and the Freemason lore, since they can be tied to both of those).

2) I did also have a slight problem with the look of the Gorogn, since they are supposed to look human (but with snakes for hair) and not like giant snakes themselves. They are also all female, but this one looked male to me. Maybe I missed something about it that would have triggered "female," and I am kind of hoping that it was me and not something to do with the effects.

3) At this point, the addition of a Gorgon doesn't really make sense for what would be used to protect the sword ... unless they were going for something that they didn't explain well enough for me to understand. From where I was sitting, it seemed a bit too much like they were reaching for something that might be snake related so that they could use Franklin's "Join or Die" cartoon. Unless they were going for something with the origins of the Freemasons, which (if they were), they should have made that a little more clear than they did ... but then, if I remember what little I know about their origins, they are associated with Egypt and not Greece.

Part of my problem, I know, is the fact that I have a tendency to overthink what's going on, and as Andreth used to have to remind me all the time, it's only genre television (and I shouldn't try to overthink it or bring logic to such things).

I was kind of hoping to find that there wasn't really a sword for Abbie and Captain Skinnyjeans to find. My thought kept going back to season five of SPN, and finding out that Dean was supposed to be the Michael Sword (in that he was Michael's perfect vessel). I was kind of hoping that they would do something akin to that. I didn't want them to have to need some sort of super magical weapon to be able to do things that they needed to do, and kind of wanted them to be able to find out that they could do the stuff themselves. I think part of my desire have them not find a super weapon may go back to SPN and the fact that they find a new one every other season (when, at first, the weapons were mythically huge when it came to the things that they could do, and now the super weapons seem like they're kind of run of the mill ... which takes away the super from the weapon and makes them just another weapon to find and use).

At least now we have an acknowledgement by Abbie (at least) that Katrina is a prisoner of the Horsemen, and not the super spy and super witch that the writers have been trying to force down our throats. Maybe this means that we're just a little bit closer to getting rid of what has essentially become a pointless character, and perhaps turning Abbie and/or Jenny into the resident badass witch.

I have a feeling that Irving should have gone to Canada with Jenny. I think that his natural inclination to have to do something to help is going to turn out to be his downfall ... and I think that Henry may be using that to his own advantage when it comes to making the vision of Irving in the middle of a war come true.

Was I completely missing something at the end of the episode? Cuz it looked to me like there were only three Horsemen there. I saw Henry (War) in the middle, Abraham (Death) on the right, and (I think) Pestilence on the left. So, where was Famine? Since the writers can't be bothered to get the order of the appearance of the Horsemen correctly, or the color of their horses, or the weapons that they are supposed to be using (Pestilence/Conquest is supposed to be first, and he is supposed to be the one on the white horse and the one using the bow, not Death), I wouldn't be at all surprised if they didn't use Famine at all. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't use the correct Horsemen ... like if they used Conquest instead of Famine and turned Irving into Conquest (somehow using him as an extension of War). I have a feeling that I would be greatly annoyed by that, and so I'm sure that it'll happen.

'Cry Luison' -- Grimm 4x05

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I suppose that the way to get Nick's Grimm back (as Monroe put it) makes some sort of sense ... to take away what Adalind did, do everything she did backwards. Still, that doesn't mean that I'm not slightly creeped out by the idea of it, but at least it makes some sort of sense.

I am also very happy with the fact that Juliette I now on board with him becoming a Grimm again. It was almost a forgone conclusion that it was going to happen at some point, but I would rather have her on board with the whole thing, than not. It would make the whole thing feel kind of icky, and would create more unnecessary drama than was needed. Besides the fact that I want Juliette to be all up in the Grimm life, cuz I think that she would be awesome at it. Even if she can't see Wesen woge (unless they make sure that she sees them), that doesn't mean that she wouldn't (or couldn't) be an integral part of the team (especially where Nick was concerned).

It would have been nice to see a little bit more fall out of Bud letting it slip that Nick had lost his Grimm, but I suppose that there might be more in coming episodes. I would imagine that there would be others who would come looking for him if/when they hear that he is no longer a threat, and they want to try to kill him cuz of it (thinking that they could get some kind of revenge for all of the Wesen that have been killed by Grimms in the past, and thinking that if they killed him, they might be able to stop other Grimms from being born ... since he still has the DNA of a Grimm, it is likely that he would still pass on the Grimmy powers to is kids, even if he was having some trouble).

Speaking of passing stuff on ... dude whose dad was a Grimm, but who wasn't himself (and whose name I'm completely blanking on right now) ... I wonder if someone found out that his dad had a key. It would seem a little too convenient that they found out that he had one, and then, go looking for it after he's already been cremated. He was old, and his son would have been no help to him against a couple of fully woged Wesen; if they knew that he had it, why not go for it sooner? But maybe there is something else that was going on with that ... something that we don't have the details about just yet (right now, that just seems like the most likely solution).

And now we also have another contender for who Diana's father is. It almost feels like the writers are just throwing in every royal and hoping that one of them sticks (regardless of who would be logical or not). I still feel like Renard's brother is the actual father, and that the reason why we never saw a body from when he supposedly died (and his character got swept under the carpet in a way) was cuz the actor got a gig on another show (perhaps they weren't using him enough, and he needed to get himself some steady work).

It also looks like we're going to be getting a bit more undercurrents of Wesen culture this season. It may not be a whole lot, but maybe a little bit more with people being upset over the fact that Monroe and Rosalee got married. I suppose that it was bound to happen, since there does seem to be a "nice" stroke of racism within Wesen culture when it comes to other kind of Wesen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

'Ask Jeeves' -- SPN 10x06

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I'm rather disappointed that I saw it coming that the "maid" was going to be the shifter. I was hoping that it would be something a little less obvious than that, but then, I'm not really all that surprised that it was kind of obvious.

The fact that they brought Bobby back into the show (in a way) was kind of bittersweet, since I still think it was bullshit that he was killed, and wish that there had been some way that he could have come back for real (since the boys do it all the time). I was happy to see that he agreed to not kill the baby, even if the decision came back to bite Sam and Dean in the ass later on; it showed that even though he was a hunter (and shifters are considered "monsters" by most hunters), he had a heart when it came to the things that he would normally hunt. I would have liked it much more if the one that Bobby had let live hadn't turned out to be the killer in this episode ... that she had turned out to be just another person trying to live her life (it would probably be too much to ask that the killer be a normal person, and that she would turn around and help the boys try to figure out who the killer was. It would have made such a nice turnaround on the trope that the writers have been grounding into the ground since the show's beginning).

And if homegirl had been locked in the attic for most of her life, wouldn't there have been some sort of sign that she had actually lived there at some point (instead of it looking like an attic that they kept junk, and which had been that way for long enough that dust would have started covering things)? Sure, it would have made people suspicious while they were watching the episode, but it would have at least made some sort of sense when you found out that she had supposedly been living in there for so long.

But hey, this is our first legit female shifter (at least as far as we know). I had written a fanfic after "Monster Movie" (one of the only handful that I've done ... not just for this fandom, but for all of the ones that I've been at least somewhat involved in) about a female shifter, cuz it had bothered me that there hadn't seemed to be any that identified as female (and I theorized that the shifting gene must be double recessive (like being a red-head) and attached to the X chromosome (so the Y doesn't have anything to combat it, like with colorblindness), which could be why we had only met those who had identified as male. I was probably overthinking it, but it helped me handwave why there hadn't been any female shifters in the show.

The whole "Clue" vibe of the episode wore really thin after only a little bit, and I was rather glad when it was over. It felt a little bit too much like the writers were trying a little too hard to be funny in this episode (which seems to be a thing that happens quite a bit in Show), and it seems like when the writer tries too hard at it, the jokes end up falling a bit too flat. Like the whole "I hunt quail!!!" thing. I think that we (as the audience) were supposed to fin it funny that this douche thought that he knew what he was doing with a gun, cuz he had hunted quail before (when we understood that he didn't know what the hell that he was talking about), but the joke fell on it's face so hard (as far as I'm concerned) that I kind of wanted to smack someone upside the head for even thinking that it would have gone over well.

'Mama' -- SH 2x09

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I'm not going to lie, with the name of this episode, my first thought was of that horror movie by Del Toro. That's probably not what the writers of this show were going for, but it colored the entire viewing of the episode for me. I kept expecting for the mom to kill Abbie and Jenny. But then again, with the flashback that Jenny had (where their mom tried to kill her by running the car in the garage), maybe that movie was in the back of the writers' minds (seeing as how that film ended with the ghost "mama" killing the younger of the two sisters).

I suppose, in a way, it was good to get a bit of backstory when it came to the early lives of Abbie and Jenny (and being able to see how Moloch was already messing about with their lives at that time ... perhaps he already understood that Abbie was going to be one of the Witnesses, and he figured that Jenny was going to be a pain in his ass, even if she wasn't the one in the family who was the Witness). But even getting to see how things were for them with their relationship with their mom, I can't say that I was really all that interested in what was going on with the episode. The only thing that I found relatively interesting was the fact that the writers seem to be going ahead with the "let's turn Abbie (or possibly Jenny) into a witch" thing that they started in the last episode. If their mom hadn't been so very tormented when she was still alive, I have the feeling that the Book of Shadows witchy book that she had inherited would have been pasted down to the two of them, and the two of them would have learned how to tap into their family power and kick all kinds of ass by using that power. Perhaps the writers think that this may be a way of writing off Katrina (who had so much promise when the show started, but who has fallen completely flat, since she hasn't lived up to any of the hype that has been lain at her door, she is in constant need of rescue, and she has turned into a bitchy teenage girl), or perhaps it may be a way of giving Jenny a more active role with the Witnesses that has less to do with her proficiency with a weapon, or her sometimes knowledge of secret stuffs (since we now have Han Solo Hawley to serve that function when Captain Skinnyjeans doesn't know what's going on).

I think that the writers may also be trying to insert a bit of humanity into Henry's character. First, they had Ichabod get a flash of memory from when he was a frightened child, and now, they have given us a flash of emotion when Katrina picked up baby!Moloch. Perhaps we are supposed to be feeling sympathy for him and the rough life that he's had ... the lack of choices that were given to him, and how he did the best that he could under the circumstances ... but I kind of still want to keep poking him in the eye. Hard. I'm more interested in how being a sin eater ties with him being a Horseman, or if it does at all. Either it is an ability he naturally has from being the son of a powerful witch (sense my roll of the eyes right here, since Katrina hasn't proven herself in my eyes), and it is something that is being twisted to serve a purpose by Moloch; or it is something that Moloch gave to him to help turn him, or make him more powerful as a Horseman. I'd be interested to get an answer on what may be going on there, rather than this theme of "let's forgive and feel sorry for the poor Horseman of War" that has been going on this season.

I don't trust Irving to be with the gang. He doesn't want to betray them, but I have a feeling that at a certain point, he won't be able to control himself ... that he'll be to warped by the evil that Henry has been working on him, he won't be able to stop himself from doing something harmful to one or more of them. This doesn't mean that I don't like Irving, cuz I really dig him, but the fact that Henry has possession of his soul is going to prove problematic when it comes to him being with those who are trying to stop the people who are ultimately in control of him. I do hope that now that the sisters have their family's Book of Shadows witchy book in their possession, they will be able to find something in there that will counteract the contract that Irving signed, and which will give him back control of his soul ... but I don't see that happening for a while yet, if it happens at all.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

'Dyin' on a Prayer' -- Grimm 4x04

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I forgot to mention with my review of last week's episode that I really dig the addition of the idea that the reason why Grimms can see Wesen is cuz they have an extra cone in their visual cortex. It at least gives us some kind of explanation as to why they can see Wesen and most other people can't. Still, I would love it if there was some more history of the Grimm's beginnings that was fleshed out in Show, cuz I still love the idea that they're a Wesen mutation, but that's my own personal fanon.

But this week's episode ...

I rather liked this interpretation of the golem, and I certainly liked it much better than the use of the lore that SPN used a couple of season ago. With that golem, it was far too human in appearance, and not enough like the creature of clay that I always imagined when I pictured one in my head; so, the fact that the writers made this one a soupy clay monster was pretty awesome.

I am curious as to why the step-dad's brother kept going after the step-son in this episode and threatening him; it didn't make all that much sense to me. Maybe it was nothing more than a way to make sure that the golem came back later in the episode, and Nick and Hank were able to make sure that the Rabi was telling the truth, but I kept getting the feeling that there was something more there that wasn't being said. I will admit that it's entirely possible that I am overthinking the whole thing, and there as nothing there, but ... I feel like the kid might be a Grimm. I'm not sure that it was from his mom. She did say that sometimes she thought that she saw things, but I got the feeling from her that she was only seeing the husband and brother when they wanted her to see them Woged. The son, on the other hand, I got the impression from him that he saw it all the time when the two of them Woged (which would have made more sense when the step-dad's brother started threatening him. Who threatens a little boy after the death of their brother, saying that they're going to rip the kid apart? Someone who maybe thought that the kid was the cause of the person's death?). Then, you have the fact that the boy feels such a kinship with the kid (who I still refuse to call "Trouble"), who is still learning about her own Grimmy powers, the fact that he seems so preoccupied with monsters, and the kid asking Nick just how many Grimms there are in the world. Like I said, I may be overthinking it, but I felt like we were getting subtle clues that the kid was a Grimm, too.

I feel really bad for Wu. He knows that there's something going on there (stuff that Nick and Hank aren't telling him), and he keeps getting the shaft from the two of them when it comes to actually getting the truth. And to top it off, he's not going to get the help that he thinks he's going to get from Renard (since it's in the captain's interest, just as much as it's in Nick's and Hank's to not tell him what's going on). He's so very close to all of the answers (not just with the kid, but also with his crazy time from last season), and I wish that he would be jumped into the gang. It's not even just that it would be good for his peace of mind, or that he would be a valuable member of the gang; it's also the fact that you have some FBI agents around, and he might go to them and say the wrong thing if he thinks that he's not getting the help he thinks that he should be getting from the other guys in the police department.

Speaking of the FBI, I'm really glad that the kid decided to tell Nick about what happened when she was taken by that agent. I didn't think that she would come clean quite so quickly (seeing as how she's probably used to doing things on her own), but I was glad to be proven wrong. Perhaps she's starting to get some family feelings toward Nick after all (cuz they could potentially have a really awesome brother/sister thing going on).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

'Fan Fiction' -- SPN 10x05

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I'm not usually very keen on meta episodes (there tends to be a few too many winks to the audience in them that takes me out of the story), but this one I was kind of amused by ... amused more than I suspected that I would be. I figured that I would be doing a lot of heavy sighing at the screen and demanding that they "come. on." But there was none of that. I won't say that I wasn't kind of disappointed by the "monster," but other than that, I was fairly entertained throughout.

I was glad that there was an acknowledgement (which is now canon) of the fact that Adam was left in the Pit with Lucifer, since it was something that hadn't been dealt with in Show before that point. It still makes me feel all icky on the inside that they just left him there, and then, pretended like he never existed. I know that the boys have stuff going on that is all kinds of crazy, but they just left their brother in there, and they reportedly are all about family. How many times has something happened to one of them, and the other sold themselves to the devil just to get the other one out? A ton. But Adam doesn't get that. Bunk. Yes, Dean may have left Sam in the Pit, but that was a special case scenario.

And I will admit to having a bit of a squee moment when we got surprise!Chuck at the end of the episode. I was trying to figure out who it might have been, and kind of hoping that it would have been him (even though I also have been rather annoyed by the idea of Kripke putting himself into the show, using Chuck as his avatar, and turning that avatar into God). At least now we know that Chuck is still around, still kind of keeping an eye on the boys ... even if there was some stuff that they (and Kevin) could have used his help on, and it would have been nice to have him lend a hand ... not out and out saving their asses, but a little bit of something that would have maybe made some things a little bit easier. But if that had happened, I'm sure that I'd probably be here bitching about how whatever happened had been far too easy on them with the deus ex machine (yeah, I'm completely aware that the writers just can't win. They are completely in a lose/lose situation as far as I'm concerned).

But seeing him come in at the end like that, after everything had happened, and the boys had already driven off makes me kind of sure that they won't be seeing him again ... that he's taken himself out of the story (so to speak), even if he's just on the outside of their vision. That doesn't stop me from kind of wanting Chuck to tell them something so that they know that he's alright (even if it's only to Cas), but then, he'd probably have to explain what happened to him (since there could only be on prophet at a time, and they already had Kevin hanging around after Chuck bailed).

Also, I will give them kudos for having the girl that was playing Mary in the play being the one who started singing "Carry on Wayward Son." It made the song a bit more poignant that way.

'Heartless' SH -- 2x08

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Oh, the clusterfuck that was this episode.

I thought that we had gotten past the whole love triangle/let's have Abbie and Katrina bitchfight over Ichabod thing that the writers seemed to be gearing up to do, but it would appear that it may be back (at least somewhat). That whole scene with the two of them fighting over him, and trying to prove who was more important to him (his fellow witness, or his wife), was insulting and infuriating. It wasn't just horrible writing (in a very 1950s, let's have the women fight over the man, since that's the only thing that they would have running through their pretty, little heads anyway sort of way), and as someone who is female bodied (even if I don't necessarily identify female (I ID agendered, if you're curious)), I couldn't help wanting to shake the fuck out of whoever wrote this episode (and specifically that scene). They both have such potential to be really awesomely strong female characters (which we could use a lot more of, especially in genre television), and to have them revert to such cliché trops for how cisgendered females are supposed to act was beyond lazy when it comes to storytelling. My fury about their characterizations may be more focused to that one, particular scene, but that doesn't mean that the entire episode wasn't lacking when it comes to how they were written.

Katrina is not at all living up to the promise that we were given of her when the series first started. We were promised that she was some kind of awesome witch that had almost no equal (and the writers keep telling us how she is still totes awesome), but all we are given is a bit of witchy power and a whole lot of clichés. At this point, the only thing that she really provides is something for Captain Skinnyjeans to focus in on ... a goal to work toward if he starts to doubt his abilities or the need to keep fighting, and to be real, that doesn't give her much of a reason to keep living on the show. She would work just as well as a ghost of love lost if all she is, is motivation for him; his grief-rage would surely keep him going to at least continue the fight against Morloch.

And her going back to Henry and Abraham ... how incredibly tired. At this point, it doesn't seem at all like she is working as a spy, or that her abilities as one are all that great (much like her abilities as a witch, it's another of those things that we hear secondhand about how amazing she is, but we don't have any firsthand proof). What with the way that the necklace was glowing when she was looking down at the baby, it came across much more like she was there cuz she was being mindfucked into being there (and doesn't have any will of her own). Before, I might have been willing to look over the fact that she kept fighting for them to forgive Henry, since a mother's love will forgive a lot of things, but now ... everything that comes from her is going to be suspect in my eyes, no matter what it is.

In a way, I'm kind of hoping that with Abbie finishing the spell that Katrina had started, it might mean that Abbie will turn out to have some witchy powers, and the writers will get rid of Katrina once and for all. It might mean introducing a new minor character that will be able to give Abbie a bit of instruction, and who she will be able to ask questions of, but that is ok (provided that the character is somewhat competent, and not a complete waste of space ... I'm thinking something along the lines of Darius to Duncan in "Highlander: The Series"). But the writers may not go that way. They may, instead, continue to have a completely useless Katrina, and have the women of the show continue to fight like a couple of teenagers.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

'Last Fight' -- Grimm 4x03

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So, we have a whole new faction of ... something ... going on in the Grimm world. Well, a new faction to us, and at this point, we may find out that they're a new faction to the royals and Grimms of the world as well. I'm kind of hoping that it turns out that they have nothing to do with the fight that is going on between the royals and the resistance, but I think that they might ... that they may end up fighting for some sort of third option that neither the royals, nor the resistance has either thought of, or doesn't want.

I really don't like the idea that the kid isn't telling Nick what happened with the FBI agent, even if she is afraid of what might happen if she tells anyone about the whole thing. She may be used to keeping things to herself, and there may be a bit of wanting to keep Nick out of the loop so that he will stay safe from whatever is going on, but I have the feeling that by not telling him, things are going to blow up in her face. Whatever it is that is going on with them, I don't think that her trying to deal with it alone is going to prove to be such a good thing; I have the feeling that it's going to turn into one of those things where it can only really be dealt with by the whole gang together (with everyone on the same page).

The fact that they keep blowing Wu off is kind of bothering me. I can understand why they're doing it, especially when things are so weird and tense with the gang right now (seeing as how Nick doesn't have his Grimmy powers, he doesn't know if he wants them (but feels guilty about shoving the kid out there by herself), and Juliette has made it pretty clear that she doesn't want him to have his powers anymore. It would probably make more sense to tell him everything once Adalind's spell was reversed, and he was back at full power. Still ... I want Wu to be a part of the gang!!

Oh, Bud. I love how nervous he gets about everything. It kind of makes me want to give him some milk and cookies, pet his head, and tell him that everything is going to be alright. And the thing of it is that I know that if he was on the show more than he was, I would end up finding his constant worrying annoying. Hopefully he doesn't tell anyone about how Nick has lost his Grimmy powers, but I have the feeling that he's not going to be able to keep his mouth shut about it (cuz he'll be so worried about what's going on, he'll need to vent about it to someone).

I'm really liking Renard's mom so far, and I kind of don't want her to leave, but at a certain point, I think that she's going to have to ... only cuz she's not part of the core of the gang, and I don't think that we're going to ever be certain of her loyalties (other than those she has to Renard); plus, we already have one hexenbiest running around on the show.

Speaking of, who the hell is that guy that said that he could get her out of her cell. Sure, he got her a little ways out (and from next week's preview, it looks like she ends up back in Portland), but it seems like quite a chance to trust dude. For one, he looks like he's completely crazy (and wouldn't be able to find his way out of a shallow hole); for two, she has no idea if she's being tricked by Victor for some reason. Sure, he has her where he wants her, but I wouldn't put it past him to mess with her mind a bit, just for the hell of it. And even if she may be fun for the writers to write, I kind of wish that they would give Nick an new nemesis, cuz I still want to poke Adalind in the eye (and I'm usually the one who loves the baddies).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

'Deliverance' -- SH 2x7

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Moloch is going to be pissed.

Henry is going to be boned the next time that Moloch calls him into Purgatory.


Is it just me, or is it rather convenient that Franklin just happened to get that key out of the Hellfire Club ... and Jefferson figuring out that whole thing about the Aurora Borealis (and hiding a Borealis creating deus ex machine in a tablet that the Hellfire Club had) ... and that Abbie and Captain Skinnyjeans were able to figure all this out (and get all the way across town) just in time to save Katrina. Convenient.

I really don't believe that the new sheriff would have been so ok with going into that place without knowing a little bit more about what was going on. She came across as a little too willing to go in there without as much evidence of wrongdoing as she might have been in previous episodes. Sure, the way that the episode was written would have made that hard, but it seems like she should have needed a little more convincing to join in, and should have been more suspicious of Abbie and Ichabod trying to sneak out after they had gotten what they wanted.

Also, I don't understand the wardrobe choices that were made on behalf of Katrina's character this episode. Maybe they were trying to keep one foot in the past, while still getting her something to wear, but I don't know why she would have needed to wear a corset. The tank she was wearing underneath it would have been perfectly fine ... especially since those things are freaking uncomfortable, and she was already feeling ill as it was (without adding idiotic wardrobe choices on top of it) ... but while we're at it, I'm sure that the jeans that were almost a size too small wouldn't have helped either.

I'm really hoping now that Katrina and Captain Skinnyjeans are now lovey dovey again, we won't have to deal with the stupid love triangle that the writers were trying to shoehorn into the show. That thing was idiotic (mostly cuz it made absolutely no sense per the way that they've written the characters, but also cuz it was obnoxiously cliché, and was completely unnecessary for the plot), and I will be glad to see it go.

I am wondering what the lightning in the bottle that Henry got ahold of was for, and if it was something that Moloch wanted him to get ... or if it's something that he's doing on his own (some sort of personal revenge on Ichabod for somehow getting inside of his head and seeing him as a scared little boy). But whatever it is, I don't want it to come into play for a while, since the thing with the bone flute came to fruition in only a couple of episodes, and that was pretty fast; if the writers have another plan come into plan and become foiled in a couple of episodes, that would seem even faster, since it would come about on the heels of a victory for Team Skinnyjeans that took far less time than it should have. I'm really ready for them to do an episode or two that is a MOTW type of episode ... ones where we might not find out the true extent of the badness until later on (if ever).

Whatever the writers do, I'm hoping that it's better than what's been going on this season, cuz I'm not digging it nearly as much as I did last season.

'Octopus Head' -- Grimm 4x02

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Ok, I'll admit that within these first couple of episodes of this season, I have a little less frustration over the kid's character. Part of that may have to do with the fact that she seems to becoming a bit of a team player, instead of doing everything completely by herself like she was doing before ... sure, she still needs to work on that sort of thing, but at least she's getting better about it.

I am curious as to why it is that Timothy Perkal (said octopus head) wasn't able to use his freaky powers on the kid. It could just be that he was too freaked out by what he saw in her memories (understanding that she was a Grimm once he started looking at them) and decided to bail before something horrible happened to him, but the way that things have happened to Nick, it seems much more likely that there was something going on there ... like she may have some sort of resistance to the memory bleed (the way that Nick developed zombie powers at the beginning of last season ... or he got freaking super hearing in season ... was it two?). Nick may be atypical when it comes to the adaptability of Grimms, but since he's the only one that we really have any experience with, there is no way for us to really know at this point.

The thing with him and Adalind ... there has to be something with that. I almost want to say that this was a possible side effect of the spell that she did, and one that she didn't bother finding out about. I have the feeling that she isn't one to really bother with trying to find out the side effects of the spells she uses, even when she isn't trying to do something wicked cuz she's pissed off (and just wants to cause as much damage as she possibly can). But I also think it's rather "convenient" that the Scoobs now have a way to try and track her down, whether they are going to need her for some reason in the future or not. If the spell that Renard's mom does to try and help Nick get his Grimmy powers back doesn't work, I have the feeling that the writers put an "out" in the show to use if they want to have the gang go on a road trip and get her to reverse it.

Speaking of Renard's mom ... Renard's mom!!!! Hizzah!! I'm glad that she's finally made an appearance in the show, and I really hope that she turns out to be as awesome as she's been built up to be by the hints and whispers that we've gotten about her before (and that she doesn't turn out to be a complete let down, after we've been led to believe that she's the place where all awesome comes from ... kind of like what happened with Samuel Colt in SPN). I'm really looking forward to seeing what it is that the writers do with her, and I'm hoping very much that she doesn't end up in a show down with Nick's mom over the baby. Mostly cuz they already did it with Adalind's mom (and doing it again would seem cliché and tired), but mostly cuz I have the feeling that Nick's mom would lose, and Nick still needs to have at least some contact with her (when he has series Grimmy questions ... not that she's really been all that helpful when it comes to that, but still).

Also, speaking of Adalind and the baby ... I still think that she was stupid to assume that the royals had her, but being a new mom was probably messing with her head (and wasn't thinking as logically as she might have otherwise), and I still do not believe that Renard is the father. But if they are able to get ahold of the baby again, Renard's mom would probably be able to do some sort of spell that would prove who the father really was once and for all (if she turns out to be as awesome as I'm thinking, at this point, that she is).

Wu is getting so close to figuring things out with the gang, and I don't think that they're going to be able to duck him for very much longer about the truth. If they would just tell him already, that would be freaking amazing! I really want Wu to be a part of the gang already. It would have been even more amazing if he had turned out to be a Grimm also, but I'll accept him being a part of the gang as compensation for not getting the outcome that I would have preferred where he is concerned.