Grimm: “Island of Dreams”
Wu becomes a casualty in Adalind's plan to bewitch Frank, while Nick investigates the tea shop owner's murder.
April 5, 2012 7:02 pmXena
I'm happy to announce that Grimm will be back for a second season, which means more random Portlanders will be brutally murdered by hands of mystical creatures. And we will have more fun watching them doing it. Anyway, this episode slightly touched - and then slightly tickled - personal lives of our characters who are not Nick.
It started with Captain Renard scheming with Adalind next to a painting Renard's family used to own. Three things you should know about Adalind: 1) she is a Hexenbiest, 2) when she is not a Hexenbiest, she is pretty hot, 3) she tried to murder Nick's aunt, when she was in the hospital dying from cancer. Anyway, this chick is a master of screwing up stuff Renard told her to do, and of course this episode was no difference.
For some reason, they decided to make Frank fall in love with her, and she made him magic cookies. Of course, she made tons of them and they were enormously big, so Frank would've probably be eating them all day, except sergeant Wu stole one. And if Frank's reacting to cookies was mostly hallucinations about Adalind and probably a stomach ache, Wu wasn't so fortunate. We'll talk about that later, though, because Adalind wasn't the only thing happening this episode. There was also a murder, duh.
The victim was a Fuchsbau tea and spices (not really, dry human liver and other creepy "spices") shop owner who got shot during a junkie robbery. Because they are junkies, they came for more right when the owner's attractive and smart sister Rosalie was there. Rosalie was cool, she kinda hit it off with Monroe, but that is all beside the point. The point was, she got away and identified the perps, and then Frank and Nick went to catch them. But then Frank started hallucinating about Adalind again, so the perps got away. They did find them eventually in some awesome junkie place, giving Rosalee an opportunity not only to be smart, but also a bad ass. They put a lot of effort into her this episode, I smell a new female character, you guys! Good for her.
After a night with Monroe (he slept on a couch, nothing happened), she decided to keep the shop and stay in Portland. When they were taking care of the store, Wu, who had already eaten the evil cookie, walked in and said he felt fine. Like really, he just walked in, said he is fine and felt dead. Well, not dead, but he was looking really bad.
Rosalie recognized this particular voodoo (she is a very helpful character, not like some other read-headed girl on this show) and cured him. Well, not really. After everyone left, Wu opened up a cushion seat and started eating the foam. That and Frank dreaming of Adalind were two major cliff-hangers of this episode. I really like Wu, I hope this eating disorder will be fixed before he poisons himself. Frank is very funny under influence, so he and Adalind together are a recipe for some good laughs (before the spell breaks and he gets back to being just Nick's clueless partner again).
The third recurring theme of the episode was the hilarious Wesen handyman, who was stalking Nick and Juliette since he recognized Nick as a Grimm. This time he fixed their door and brought them a cherry pie and a blanket. I'm guessing that bribing Grimms in order to survive is their old tradition, which means Grimms used to abuse their powers and take advantage of low level creatures. Nick is also going that road. Shame on you, Nick! You're a police officer, stop taking bribes.
This episode was really full of stuff, but it kinda felt they mixed too much together and you can't taste the flavor of each story. The murder was solved super easy, and I felt cheated - Grimm is still a procedural show and magical creatures are not an excuse for a bad detective story. But I really liked that Wu wasn't cured completely and Frank is not just in love, but obsessed with Adalind now. And yeah, Monroe is awesome, as always, and I totally approve his new (soon-to-be) chick. With his knowledge of creatures and her knowledge of "spices" they are like ultimate sidekick team. If Nick decides to continue his oh-not-so-superhero-behavior, he can just lock them in his aunt Marie's slayer truck and use their powers and knowledge for free. Oh wait, he already does that, never mind then.
That's it for now, see you soon, take care!
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out of 10