Grimm Midseason Report Card: C+
TV Fanatic is back with another Midseason Report Card.
Best Character: This is an easy decision: Eddie. He’s gone from antagonist to cellist, from a beast to a three dimensional, humanized character (something I can’t say for other actual humans on Grimm). His humanity is constantly surprising me, and the emotional depths he continually needs to dig towards to get there is wonderful. On top of that, the guy has a great sense of humor. It’s too bad the lady blutbaden drive him wolfing mad, he’s quite the catch.
Worst Character: In a supporting cast full of underused, underdeveloped, or unneeded one person (barely) stands out from the rest: Juliette. We all want to believe she’s more than what she seems, something Grimm-y and nefarious. Sadly, I don’t know if we’ll ever get that. The only thing she seems capable of doing right now is spooning Nick to the extreme and taking screen time away from far better characters. There’s nothing wrong with Nick having a home life, but at the very least make it somewhat desirable for the viewer instead of the mundane and annoying.
Best Episode: “The Three Bad Wolves” put a light on Eddie, elevating his character above the rest with a large amount of nuance and just how different he is compared to the rest of his kind, as well the Grimm world itself. “Wolves” also shifted the focus and scope of the story slightly, putting an emphasis on the characters and their humanity, and what the entails, even if you’re not all human. It finished up by setting Nick on a path that will put his two jobs at odds: Grimm vs Cop.
Worst Episode: “Lonelyhearts” sure looked like it was heading towards something with the reapers, and all that was left was Renard deciding to stick to whatever vague status quo he’s been using: absolutely nothing. There were no hints, allusions, or audience only clues, just a waste of time. It ended by starting this trend of letting the bad Grimms escape instead of being caught.
The Biggest Head Scratcher: Why does Hank need to be a mirror of whoever he’s hanging out with? Can he not be his own person? When he’s with Nick he’s a carbon copy of him, and when he’s with Wu he’s just another copy. Find a personality please.
Hopes for 2012: Some of the characters already have a great foundation, and I wouldn’t mind seeing the rest get some of that treatment: mainly Nick and Renard. Learning a little bit more about Nick’s past and his family heritage, and what Renard’s goals are would really help set up what the stakes are and finally let us begin rooting for someone, and something to happen.
Overall Grade: C+
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