Grimm: 4.22: Cry Havoc

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Strange way to end the Season, I thought. As you might expect, they resolved loads of ongoing subplots and killed off a large swath of the cast. They had the potential of the King, Juliette and Diana escaping to Vienna. The nixed that and then instead left a really weak cliffhanger with the arrival of the FBI agent who wants Truble. Maybe they were worried about cancellation.

I've had a bit of a Grimm marathon recently and I'm now up to date. I thought it really hit its stride in the second and third Season, and that this Season just no longer had the same edge. What does anyone else? It might be that I just became jaded from watching too much of it.
 

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I thought it really hit its stride in the second and third Season, and that this Season just no longer had the same edge. What does anyone else? It might be that I just became jaded from watching too much of it.
I'm still enjoying the Monster of the Week plots, but I haven't been digging the storylines this series - the Wesenrein wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great; I miss the days when Renard was not explicitly with the group, so the side-effects from his near-death experience storyline didn't interest me; and I really hate the sudden turn Juliette's character took. Sure, I can understand that all the irritation that's been bubbling up for the past few series would show itself when she turned, but such a wild re-alignment of personality? Not buying it at all. The Royals storylines are becoming less interesting, too, particularly as there appears to be a prince for every day of the week...

Hopefully the Trubel/FBI storyline is resolved quickly. I kinda want them to go back to basics and finish off the business with the keys.
 

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I think the wild realignment of personality had more to do with her becoming a hexenbeast than anything else.

I still want to know who Truble was really talking to on the phone, in the truck. Coz it wasn't Nick.
 

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I'm still enjoying the Monster of the Week plots, but I haven't been digging the storylines this series
Exactly - Grimm is the worst when it comes to storylines. I actually quit watching for most of season 3 before coming back and, as soon as the next season loses momentum off the season finale/premiere, I'm 99% sure I'm quitting again. I do like Trubel for some reason so that's the one arc they haven't screwed up so far (probably because they took her off the show for awhile before they could) but that's about it.

Aside from arc problems, among the many problems with this specific episode, there was one aspect of the finale I just couldn't get over: they're about to invade the mansion when they hear the helicopter. So do they "head 'em off at the pass" and go to the helicopter, incapacitate it and the pilot(s) and wait for King, Juliette, and child to come to them? No! Like a cartoon where the character runs ahead of the speeding train without ever diverting from the tracks, they charge on through the house, slowly killing their way along, and - surprise! - get there too late. Which turns out to be a good thing as the King gets killed, the kid's recaptured by the resistance apparently, and Juliette somehow didn't go so Nick "catches up" with her anyway. But it's incredibly dumb writing - we want X, Y, and Z to happen, so let's make our characters brain-damaged so it does.

It might be that I just became jaded from watching too much of it.
I don't think you're jaded. I think it's just got a decent idea and can turn out a decent episode but has no point and no one who can create a good larger story. It just has nothing, ultimately, to say or do.
 

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I've enjoyed it too Baylor, I just hope it hasn't lost its way when it returns "in the Fall." It is pretty clear to me that they have been making up the mythos on the hoof, frequently returning to give us an info dump on something or other (possibly after fan inquiries.) I'm also still not sure about the whole Nazis were Wesen thing or that the young Royals are all British (or introducing Jack the Ripper.) Those indicate a lack of originality to me, and I watched it because it started out with a very original premise. There were a lot of problems with the story in this epsiode as @J-Sun points out. I also wondered why they didn't shoot the tail of the helicopter as it tried to land, or at least wait at it for the villains to come out. I was also puzzled where Juliette went, and found a explanation of why she wasn't going with the child lacking. Anyway, it is still better than watching Reality TV.
 

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I've been with Grimm since day one, and in this season it is wobbling. I imagine there are meetings of writers, producers, and network suits. They assume the way to keep the show exciting is to keep throwing new surprises at us, twists and turns that come out of nowhere, characters who pop up and then get killed, villains turning good, or good guys (gals) turning evil.

My biggest disappointment is how Nick's team (esp. Hank and Sgt. Wu) support his act of vengeance on the royal dude. I mean, wow. Nobody had a cooler head to say, hey man, I understand you want revenge for your mom's murder, but this is crossing a line. What Nick did was murder. He lured the guy to a secluded place and brutally killed him, without a second thought, while his buddies stood guard outside.

The whole Jack the Ripper thing went NOWHERE.

Oh yes, the helicopter scene. How did the resistance fighter (what's his name?) infiltrate to the point of being in the pilot's seat of the helicopter? Sure it was a twist when he revealed himself and threw the king out, but rewind a bit... what was he doing on the ground while all the fighting and commotion was happening in the house? Was he aware that Grimm & Co. were making their move? Why take off at all? Why not use the helicopter to assist Nick somehow?

Finally, the creepiest thing I've ever seen for a long time? The glowing eyes smile of the little girl who just witnessed a sweet old man, her own grandfather, being thrown out of a helicopter.
 
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