Saturday, December 13, 2014

'Chupacabra' -- Grimm 4x08

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Well, finally they have kind of breached the subject of actually telling Wu what has been going on. Ok, sure, the gang had the discussion about whether or not they should actually tell him last season, but they didn't come anywhere close to really telling him (and made it pretty clear that they weren't going to say anything at all, if they could get away with it).

I can understand why Wu decided that he needed to get as far away from Nick and Hank (after seeing dude turn from a Chupacabra into a dude again) as he possibly could, but I really do wish that he would have stuck around. Not only will it mean that the gang wouldn't have to go looking for him while they have other (more important) things going on, but it would also mean that he would get the answers that he's been wanting far more quickly. I'm sure that getting everything explained to him will be tons better for his peace of mind than having to drink away the WTF?

It was a very nice touch to have the dudes who are so pissed off about Rosalee and Monroe getting married hanging up a dead fox outside the backdoor of the spice shop. There probably isn't much of anything else that would disturb her as much as seeing a dead fox in that manner (being, essentially, a fox herself). And I kind of would like to see them try and put a dead wolf outside of Monroe and Rosalee's house, just to try to find and kill a wolf without getting hurt themselves, but also to try and get such a thing past him. I have no doubt that they thought that they could get away with trying to intimidate Rosalee, since Blutbaden are so intimidating to other Wesen; but if they did such a thing in a group, they might feel like they had an upper hand ... and they must have had some sort of upper hand with what happens next week, if the preview is correct in showing that Monroe was captured by those assnozzles.

I'm really glad that it turned out that Juliette wasn't pregnant (and that I was right in thinking that they were just trying to psych us out at the end of the last episode). I'm sure that there would probably not be anything like an ideal time for a Grimm to start a family, but the way things are right now for the gang (and especially for Nick and Juliette), it seems like it would be bad timing to the extreme for it to happen right now. There would have to be a point where things would settle down a little bit (even though it's not likely to ever be completely calm), and it seems like that would be the better time for the babies to start coming (when people aren't trying to kill Monroe and Rosalee, Wu isn't deciding that he wants to go kind of crazy cuz he doesn't know what it is that he's seen, Wesen don't still think that Nick doesn't have his Grimmy powers, Adalind isn't hovering over their entire lives ...). If even a couple of this things can start to get calmed down, and everyone in the gang can kind of look over the baby, things might be a little bit different.

Is it wrong that I kind of want Juliette to permanently become a Hexenbiest? Cuz I would kind of love that. The idea of it amuses me to no end that she could have been turned into a kind of Wesen. But it also begs the question: what would happen if a Grimm and a Wesen had a child together? What kind of being would the child be, being half the hunter and half the hunted. Sure, something like this should have occurred to me when we found out that Aunt Marie has been seeing a Wesen, but we were still too new to the whole "Grimm" world at that point for the question to really occur to me. And it would also be interesting to see just how different each child would be for each different combination between Grimm and Wesen (Grimm/Blutbad, Grimm/Fuchsbau, Grimm/Hexenbiest, Grimm/Coyotl ...), since the different kinds of Wesen have such different natural traits.

Also, I would like the writers to get back somewhat to Agent Chavez, if only to tie up loose ends. Once it became clear that she was up to something, and the kid let Nick know what had happened, we haven't seen her (and have only kind of seen the dudes working with her a bit). I would love to know if they're still in town, if they've still got an eye on Nick (since that could make things troublesome for him), or if they're following after Josh and the kid. Gimme something, so I don't have to keep wondering!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'The Things We Left Behind' -- SPN 10x09

Warning: Spoiler Alert

If there's one thing that you can count on this show to keep going back to, it's the family issues. And yes, you should be able to read that with all kinds of sarcasm. The family issues that the characters all seem to have is something that I would love for the writers to dial back on somewhat. It's one thing if one or two of the characters are having to deal with their daddy issues, but to turn around and have all of the main cast (and I am counting Crowley and Cass with this) have some variation of a daddy or mommy issue ... it's a little overboard. I might accept the twist on the fact that Cas is someone else's daddy issue if it weren't for the fact that the boys have had daddy issues since day one (and it's been something that has been a serious Thing for the two of them), and if Crowley's mommy issues hadn't now become a Thing.

Also, I want some more rules laid out for how an angel can continue to inhabit a body where the spirit has already gone on to Heaven. We know that demons can keep a body going via Ruby, but I'm completely fine with that, since they are demons and are riding a body until it wears out (whether the soul is still in there or not). With angels, there has to be some sort of permission given before they can even go in in the first place, and even though the way they go in might be splitting hairs, it makes me wonder if there other things that they have to do differently. Angels (for the most part) in the SPN universe are dicks, but they are based on the angels from the Old Testament/Torah, and those dudes were soldiers fighting on the side of humans against demons ... and they were still at least somewhat the helpers that Christians think of them now. Would there have to be some sort of permission given to continue to use someone's body after they have left it? Or does it matter if they get it or not? Andreth would tell me not to worry about this sort of stuff, cuz it's only genre television, but this is the sort of stuff that my brain circles around. Gimme the breakdown of the rules, damn it!!

And this episode made me start wondering again what exactly it is that makes some people so special that they are able to be vessels for angels, and why others aren't. I still want to think that the people who are able to be vessels are descendants of Nephilim, but Show has shot that idea right out of the water. It's not just that we met the one Nephilim that there was supposed to be in existence last season (with Cas and Metatron), but the way that the writers have set up angels, there is no way that they would be capable of having children. As completely spiritual beings, the most they could do would be to possess someone, and guide them into having children with each other ... but the kids would still be completely human. It's just like there's actually no such thing as demon blood (since they are also completely spiritual beings, they don't have blood, and if you are drinking blood, you are drinking the blood of a terrestrial being (whether they may be possessed or not)). I guess there would have to be some sort of marker in their DNA or something, but I'd really like to know what that is. ::whine:: At least "Grimm" gave us a reason as to why Grimms can see Wesen, and how Wesen are able to tell when someone is a Grimm. ::/whine::

This was a rather disappointing midseason finale. Instead of creating any kind of tension for the rest of the season, or actually focusing in on who will become the Big Bad, we get a shit ton of daddy/mommy issues. I suppose that Crowley's mom might become the Big Bad for the season, but if she is, it's still kind of disappointing. It's not just that she doesn't seem imposing enough to be the Big Bad (despite being the kind of kick ass witch that Katrina was supposed to have been on "Sleepy Hollow"), or that she isn't super sneaky (which is pretty awesome in its own right) ... but the Big Bad of Show has a certain level of badassery to live up to (like YED level). She may be powerful and pretty evil, but she has not proven herself to be YED or Lucifer; so, if it turns out to be her, I think that it's going to be a let down.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

'The Grimm Who Stole Christmas' -- Grimm 4x07

Warning: Spoiler Alert

I'll have to admit that I really wasn't expecting the writers to get rid of the kid. I figured that she was going to last a while longer on the show, with the two of them learning more about what it means to be a Grimm (while helping each other along the way). Sure, the show is really all about Nick being a Grimm, but the way that this episode was written, it almost felt like the writers were saying that the kid knew all that she needed to know from Nick, and she should start teaching someone else. That may not have been what they were going for, but that's kind of how it seemed.

But I suppose that it's good to have a Grimm somewhere else in the world who has ties back to Nick and the gang, and who Nick can trust to have his vision of how the world should be (when it comes to Grimm/Wesen relations). I can see Nick becoming the de facto leader of this grouping of Grimms (provided that there are going to be more of them who are allied with him, which I can completely see happening), even if he maybe wouldn't want to become their leader. And I kind of like the idea of this happening. Part of it may be the dissatisfaction that I've had with shows like SPN, where everything that isn't human is called a monster, even when those beings aren't hurting anyone else and just trying to live their lives (and when there are plenty of regular humans who should be called monsters, but aren't).

Hopefully, now that I've started to like the kid, we'll still see her some more, and she'll continue to report back to Nick about her progress with what's going on in her neck of the woods. In a way, I kind of hope that Josh doesn't become a Grimm. What I can see happening with him is that he'll try to compensate for not being able to see the Wesen when they're woged, so he'll try to study as much as he can, and he'll gather as much information as he can (whether it's from his and the kid's experiences, or from the experiences of other Grimms) into one place. I can fully see him becoming Super Librarian and Keeper of All the Grimmic Knowings, and people will come from all around to ask him to drop some knowledge on them; and there will be apprentices ... people who were born into Grimm families like he was, but who never got their Grimmy powers (so they know that there is stuff out there that they can't see, and they still want to help however they can). In a way, I guess I kind of picture him as becoming the head of a group that's kind of like a mix between the Watchers from "Highlander: The Series" and the Men of Letters from SPN.

I'm glad that when Nick and Hank went to the parents of the kid whose med alert bracelet they found, the parents didn't prove to be so careless that they realized that something was going on with their son, but they were just letting him run around terrorizing the city. That was bothering me while I was watching it ... that there would be these kids who turned into goblins during the 12 days of Christmas, and the parents didn't do anything to try and stop them from hurting people if they knew it was going to happen. It settled a little bit easier with me that they just didn't know that this was happening to their son, cuz it was such a rare thing (and they didn't realize that he was sneaking out at night).

Speaking of the 12 days of Christmas ... I feel like we're going to have a return to the comment Monroe made about the Lunar cycle, and wondering how he knew that. I don't feel like we're suppose to treat that like it was a throw-away comment, even though it didn't get much attention in the episode. I almost feel like we're going to find out that it's the key to solving something later on ... and I hope that it doesn't turn out to be anything so mundane as a correlation between werewolves and the moon.

The way that they were drawing out the way that Juliette was staring at herself in the mirror at the end of the episode, I kind of get the feeling that we're going to find out that she isn't pregnant. It seems almost like they were trying to do one of those psych outs where they want us to think that she's pregnant, just so that they can come back and go, "Haha! I can't believe you fell for that!" So, I'm saying no to the whole pregnant thing.

Also with Wu at the end of the episode, and what they showed us from next week's episode, it looks like he might finally be brought into the gang; and about time, too. I'm really looking forward to seeing Wu becoming a part of the gang ... and seeing his brain brake for a second (that's completely wrong of me, I know).

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

'Hibbing 911' -- SPN 10x08

Warning: Spoiler Alert

I'd almost say "good on you" to the writers for having Jody yell at the ex-husband for fat shaming, but the fact is that I can't really do that with much of a clear conscious ... not the way that they usually treat women, PoC, and the LGTBQ community ... and especially after the comment they had Dean make about trans-werewolves. It may not have seemed like a big deal to some people, but it struck me the wrong way (maybe from a combination of not being cisgendered myself, and having a very good friend who is trans*). Maybe if the writers hadn't proven themselves to be Dude Bros time and time again, the comment might not have made me want to cringe, but the way that they have proven themselves to err on the side of insensitivity toward gender, orientation, and anyone who is not a white Dude Bro made it just one more thing in that area that cannot be painted over.

I wish the writers would do more with the Mark of Cain, but at least they didn't ignore it in this episode. As much as it could have been awesome with the boys trying to get rid of the Mark, it's turned out to be so disappointing so far. But I don't know why I would be so surprised, since the writers have the tendency of not living up to the idea that they may have had for a season ... and they could have really done something unexpected (and potentially awesome) by keeping Dean a demon for the entire season and have him be the Big Bad (instead of having his demon days be wrapped up so quickly and easily).

I would love to see Cain again, since he was the bright spot in Show amongst seasons of blech. But since it would have been completely legit, I doubt that we're going to see him again (so I probably shouldn't hold my breath).

In a way, I'm glad that Jody has someone to hunt with her and watch her back, but I'm getting more of the feeling that this might be the last year of Show ... and I can't say that I'll be all that sad about it. By giving her someone that she can rely on, it feels like the writers are kind of wrapping up one more loose end that may have been weighing on their minds. I'm really hoping that by doing that, they aren't just trying to make sure that she's not alone, and trying to give themselves an out when it comes to possibly doing a spin-off. The spin-off they should have done should have been about Samuel Colt, but since they've already proven that they can't make him as awesome as they have made him sound from the first couple of seasons of Show (and the way that they have made the one spin-off they were going to do completely dumb), a spin-off should probably not be an option.

'The Akeda' -- SH 2x11

Warning: Spoiler Alert

I know that it's probably not something that I should be tripping out over, but I want to know what happened with Irving's body. It was laying on the bench when everyone in Team Witness was having their little "I am Spartacus!!!eleventy!!!" moment, but when Henry came into the church, it was nowhere to be found. It could very well have been that the gang did hasty burial, but the fact is that I can't see where they would have found the time to such a thing while they were planning on how they were going get stuff done when it came to Henry and Moloch. It makes me wonder if he somehow rose from the dead during the commercial break. It's possible that the writers may have really killed him off, since they haven't really been using him all that much this season, but I don't see them doing that. The character seems like he's pretty popular, and I don't see writers of a show that want to keep their popularity would want to kill off a popular character and possibly alienate a section of the fandom. If they were DeNight (who was the show runner of "Spartacus") that might be different, but he's a far better writer and show runner than any that I've come across in some time ... and certainly better than those who are working on "Sleepy Hollow". I think that he's going to come walking out of the shadows later on this season, and we're going to be expected to be completely surprised that he's there.

So ... Moloch speaks English when he's fully in our realm? What? Are we supposed to believe that the only reason that we couldn't understand him, or see him clearly, was cuz he couldn't come into our realm completely? If that were the case, why wouldn't Abbie and Captain Skinnyjeans have understood him, or seen him clearly, when they were in Purgatory? It would have made much more sense if his blurry visage and demon speak were only used when he was trying to communicate with someone on Earth, while he was still stuck in Purgatory. To have the sudden change doesn't make sense to me, unless the writers are going to say something about how the magic that he used to bring himself into our realm somehow changed him enough that we no longer get the blurry figure and the demon talk (and that those in his service didn't have it once they became his servants). But maybe I'm expecting too much logic from genre television.

And we're expected to believe that this isn't the first time that Moloch has tried to start the Apocalypse. I want to know just how far he's gotten with his previous attempts, and if Team Witness is able to stop him this time, if he will be capable of trying again (if he survives). If he has made attempts before, have there been other Witnesses (since there have been other Horsemen)? And if he tries again, will there be more Witnesses after this? Or are Abbie and Ichabod the only Witness that there have ever been? There would have to've been someone around that would have stopped him and his previous Horsemen, since he is still trying to get his stuff done ... but the way that the lore is being used, it sounds as though Abbie and Ichabod are the only Witness that there have been. Dear writers: Clarify!!

Henry using the sword on Moloch ... of course Moloch isn't going to be dead when we come back from winter break, and I don't think that Henry is going to end up joining Team Witness (and I don't think that Henry is going to die from using the sword, either). Perhaps that is what's going to happen with Irving. Since his soul was claimed by Henry, he will become the new War when Moloch gets his power back while he's in Purgatory ... I completely think that using the sword on him on Earth will only send him back to Purgatory and that the only way to really get rid of him is to use the sword on him while he's down there. Just watch, I'll bet anyone that that's what's going to happen.

Captain Skinnyjeans and Katrina are on a "trial separation" ... yeah, just one more reason for me to think that Katrina is going to get killed before the end of the season. And I can just imagine that she'll get killed, and the writers will have Ichabod holding her as she does so, telling her that he forgives her for everything that's happened between them. I would almost hope that she would have come back as a super powerful ghost, but the way that we were promised that she was Katrina, Super Witch ... but she turned out to not be in any way, shape, or form, would make me think that it's pretty much impossible for her to be Super Witch Ghost either.