Grimm – Season 3 Episode 1 – Recap – The Ungrateful Dead
NBC‘s action show about a regular dude who hunts fairytale monsters is back for a third season. Grimm follows the life of Nick Burkhardt, a “Grimm”. His lineage allows him to see monsters hiding among us, usually with German names. Last season ended on a cliffhanger, with Nick petrified by magical pufferfish venom and stuffed into a casket by some Bad Dudes. Let’s see what happens next!
The episode picks right up where last season left off… sort of. There’s a “15 minutes earlier…” and we’re back in the season two finale, getting a slightly different perspective on the events therein. Juliette, Monroe, and Rosalee are escaping the zombies in a truck while Nick sword-fights pufferfish man and voodoo god of death Baron Samedi. Same old same old: Nick gets a faceful of magic pufferfish poison and is locked in a coffin, petrified. Now, though, we get to see that Nick’s boss, Captain Renard, has followed his villainous brother to the shipping yard where our eponymous Grimm has been taken. Nick’s Scooby Gang escapes, but Renard ends up grasped by some zombies.
Team Grimm’s escape is short-lived when their car gets crashed. Luckily, the cops show up to contain the riot (remember, these zombies aren’t dead). Captain Renard volgas his way out of the zombies right near him then heads out to join Hank and the others. The reunited bigger Grimm cheerleading squad gives chase to the villains and Nick’s coffin. Nick ends up loaded on a plane, and he’s lost to them. They refocus on dezombifying the civilians. Back at the spice shop, Rosalee suggests a breathable vapor as the form for the cure to take, and they get to work. Back at the shipyard, the cops help them get the cure into the container where the zombies have been wrangled. It works! Hooray!! After, everybody heads to the site of the plane crash to find that Nick has gone missing. They give chase.
Meanwhile, Analind’s mom is still dead, and the offensively stereotypical gypsy clan she’s working with has ritualistically cut out the body’s heart. Now Analind must further mutilate the corpse. Gross work, but she’ll do whatever it takes to get her hexenbiest powers back. They take her to a field and have her start digging (with a sledgehammer??) as part of some test. She buries the body parts she hacked off dear mommy, along with the box containing mom’s heart. Creepy ghost smoke flows out from the spot where Analind did the digging, killing a big area of flowers, and the gypsy lady declares that she has been accepted. Now comes the dead flower picking. Rituals, man. They’ll get ya every time.
Back on the plane, Nick begins pounding on the inside on his coffin, putting a curious look on the Baron’s face. When Nick pops out, he gets another face of venom from the pufferfish man, but it doesn’t even do anything but make him mad. Dude just starts wailing on Baron, and then the pilot, and then the controls to the plane. Just flippin’ out, crashing the plane like a maniac! Nick survives without injury, but his companions aren’t so lucky. The pilot and co-pilot survive but the bad man does not make it. Nick wanders through the woods, still in a fevery rage from the venom. He comes upon a nearby bar. Nick seems to have undergone some kind of sensory enhancement, hearing little sounds like they’re blaring through bad speakers. Nick fights everyone in the bar and wins. He leaves, still super pissed off. When he comes upon a lovely home with a nice family entering, the screen fades to black and declares “This ain’t over yet…” so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if he eats them or whatever!
This is more like it! During my catch-up over the past two-ish weeks, I was worried that Grimm would keep with the formula initially presented. Plots taken wholesale from well-known fairytales have been almost wholly abandoned now in favor of merely referencing the tales during plots that follow the cast of characters. I’ve come to like the supporting cast, so having the episodes focus on Nick’s pals (such as the big bad wolf Monroe, the fox lady Rosalee, and the normal human amnesiac love interest Juliette) as much as they focus on Nick is nice. Now that half a dozen or so people are in on his secret, the show feels a lot more like it’s spiritual predecessor, co-creator David Greenwalt’s previous show, Angel. I’m looking forward to this season, especially with the hint that Nick finally has some superpowers to help him fight boogiemen. Check out the preview here below!