In certain particular ways, "Lost Boys" definitely felt like a throwback to early-series Grimm. From the unsubtle fairy tale adaptation to the direct references to Adalind's and Nick's "first times," it's almost like the writers were feeling sentimental for vintage Grimm Season 1!
The only problem is that we've moved well past Season 1, which leaves Grimm Season 5 Episode 3 feeling very much like bland filler in contrast with the heavily serialized stories we've had of late.
That's not to say that there weren't developments in the ongoing story arcs. Nick and Adalind wisely moved out of the home Nick had shared with Juliette and into an old paint factory ("Home, sweet home," Adalind remarked dryly.), for instance.
(Begin Rant) I know I said in previous reviews that I wouldn't harp on this again, but I just can't stand it. Nick just moved in with the woman who raped him. Just because he's a guy does not make this okay! If their gender roles were reversed, I guarantee that this would not be happening! (End Rant.)
Also, Meisner called on Captain Renard to pass along the news of the King's unfortunate demise. How much of that conversation were we supposed to believe? Did Viktor really offer Meisner the chance to kill the King in excange for Diana? I find that incredibly unlikely.
The biggest theme of this episode was definitely family. From the Captain's frustrated attempt to reunite with dear sweet Diana to Nick, Adalind, and Kelly's "beyond weird" situation to the little lost Wesen kids to Monroe and Rosalee, family took on many different forms in this episode.
Look, whatever kind of family you have, reality is relative. You know? Normal is just the middle of the mess.Monroe
My sympathy for the little Wesen children family was tempered by the moment they showed the box with a number of locks of hair from previous "Mothers," presumably just as kidnapped and scared and now just as dead as the unfortunate Wendy.
They seemed perfectly down with murdering Rosalee when she tried to escape, and showed practically no remorse about Wendy's death. Nice budding little psychopaths, weren't they? And the venom with which Lily rejected Rosalee at the end was chilling.
Unfortunately, there was no real happy ending for them to find, as they ended up back in the system... and got ominously recruited to the Occultatem Libera army.
Speaking of ominous, it was finally confirmed that it was indeed Trubel that was locked up in Meisner's cell, and she didn't look to be in good shape. Was he brainwashing her into a weapon to fight in the coming war? And what side is he on, anyway?
I cannot imagine that Renard will be too happy when he finds out that Meisner is responsible for what's happened to Trubel, though he knew full well how much of a wildcard Meisner is. Indeed, the late lamented Sebastien warned Renard quite specifically about Meisner.
What is the man up to? I hope that we do get an explanation sooner rather than later, because the way they've been doling out information in tiny scraps is really more frustrating than intriguing.
Some final thoughts before the end:
- The titular Wesen children didn't realize/understand that they were Wesen, a lot like Blutbad Holly Clark in Grimm Season 1 Episode 7. Holly, however, had a loving adoptive mother who welcomed her back at the end of the episode...
- This episode featured less-than-subtle character names relating to Peter Pan: John, Peter, Miguel (Michael), (Tiger-)Lily, Hooke, Wendy. Compare this with Grimm Season 1 Episode 2, "Bears Will Be Bears," with the Goldilocks expy Golda.
- Adalind encountered an old co-worker from her time at the law firm (see Grimm Season 1 Episode 3, "Beeware"), who suggested she return to work there.
- Nick and Adalind share that they were each other's "first," back in Grimm Season 1 Episode 1: she was the first Wesen he saw woge, and he was the first Grimm she'd ever seen.
So, what did you think of "Lost Boys"? Did you feel sympathy for the unfortunate, confused Wesen children or freaked out by the number of locks of hair from previous "Mothers"? Did the episode feel "retro" to you? What about the message of family? Let us know in the comments below!
Grimm Season 5 Episode 4, "Maiden Quest" airs on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 9/8c on NBC. You can watch Grimm online to relive the fun until then!