Channel Surfing: Grimm, Season 4 Premiere – Thanks for the Memories

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The episode starts right where the last episode left off. Nick, Hank, Juliette, and Trubel head back to Nick and Juliette’s house, calling the hospital for an update on Captain Renard’s condition. It’s not good, though the doctors are doing the best they can.

Back at Nick and Juliette’s house, the police investigate Renard’s shooting and Weston’s beheading. Hank stops the car: They have to figure out what to tell the police. If they’re going to lie, they all need to tell the same lie…

Elsewhere, a young man stands outside a house. He closes his eyes and memories flash in his vision, memories about the owner of the house, Henry Slocum. He knocks on the door and introduces himself to Henry, using the memories to get Henry to invite him inside. Once inside, the young man transforms, revealing himself to be a Wesen with a octopus-like head, complete with tentacles. He attacks Henry and grabs his head with the tentacles, driving four of the tentacles into the back of Henry’s head. That is disturbing on so many levels. Yikes.

Nick and company meet the police outside his house, and Trubel confesses to killing Weston in self-defense. They’re going to stick to the truth, except for the parts about Wesen, potions, and Grimms. Nick, Hank and Trubel are interviewed by the lead detectives on the case, but the questions have just begun: FBI agents arrive. Weston was FBI, and they want to know why he’s dead.

gedchtnis-esserThe Octo-Wesen is pulling out memories from Henry, stopping on a memory of Henry logging onto his work and inputting his user name and password at his job. He changes back to human, and starts to leave, leaving Henry mumbling and unresponsive on the floor. The front door opens: Henry’s wife Alexandra has arrived home early. The Octo-Wesen attacks her, hitting her on the head and leaving her bleeding on the floor. He steals the keys to their Porsche and drives off.

The FBI agents introduce themselves as special agents Chavez and Rosten. Trubel walks them through Weston’s attack, leaving out any mention of potions or Wesen.

In Europe, Prince Victor is informed by one of his underlings of Renard’s shooting. He’s upset to learn that Renard isn’t quite dead but Weston is. Weston wasn’t supposed to kill Renard. King Frederick is fond of Renard, his illegitimate son. If the King finds out that Victor was connected to Weston, it would be…unpleasant. Do kings still have torture chambers? King Frederick strikes me as the type who would. Victor tells his minion to manipulate things so that Weston is tied to Nick, not to him. If the King wants revenge, he wants him looking at the wrong people.

FBI agent Chavez is looking through the house, and finds the Grimm journals. She woges turning into a bird-like creature, a Steinadler …she’s Wesen. Well, that’s unfortunate. A beheading and a book on Wesen? She’s suspicious that Trubel is a Grimm. Why is that bad? To most Wesen, the Grimms are the monsters, the bogeymen they tell their children about.

The police formally interview Trubel at the station with the FBI agents watching behind the two-way mirror. Nick is nervous for Trubel but the police and the FBI decide not to charge Trubel: Everything in Trubel’s story matches the evidence, it was self-defense. Agent Chavez doesn’t seem happy about it, though.

Hank meets Wu at the hospital, waiting for news on Captain Renard. Wu tells Hank that he found a book at Nick’s place, a book about monsters that look like people. Last season, Wu had an encounter with a monstrous Wesen, but after some psychiatric help, managed to convince himself that he’d simply had a nervous breakdown. The journal seems to be shaking his belief in that, however. Hank tries to reassure Wu, but the doctor arrives with news: Renard is out of surgery, but he lost a lot of blood and his organs are shutting down. If he has any relatives, its time to let them know.

Monroe and Rosalee and Juliette are at the house, Monroe and Rosalee still in wedding clothes, refusing to go on their honeymoon while Nick is in trouble. Nick and Trubel arrive and Trubel apologizes to Monroe and Rosalee for ruining the wedding. Nick tells them about Adalind’s deception, and how he thought she was Juliette. Rosalee thinks she may know what Adalind did, and she and Monroe head to the spice shop to look into it and see if there is a cure. Neither Nick nor Juliette can sleep, so they spend the night scrubbing the bloodstains off the floor. Nick muses that this might be good for both of them, him not being a Grimm.

141014_2819209_Wesen_Preview__Gedachtnis_EsserNext morning, Nick gets a call and heads out to a case. Nick, Hank arrive at the Slocum house, where Henry has been found confused and unresponsive, and his wife dead on the floor. Their car is missing so Hank puts an APB out on it. They go to the hospital to question Sloan, but he has brain damage and can’t remember anything. The doctor shows them a photo of the back of his head: There are four holes drilled into the back of his head. Hank and Nick do what they always do when weird stuff like that shows up—they head to Nick’s trailer full of Grimm lore. If it’s Wesen-related, it’s most likely in there. Nick and Hank find Trubel already there, studying. They break out the books and begin looking for info.

The Octo-Wesen meets up with his boss, having called for a meeting earlier. He had used Slocum’s stolen memories to log onto Slocum’s work Sitre Corp, and transferred data from their servers into his laptop. What is they up to? Industrial espionage, perhaps? The boss tells him to get rid of the car he stole from Henry before the police can connect him to them. It’s good advice, but as he gets to the car to get rid of it, two policemen spot the car and bring him in for questioning.

Trubel finds the Wesen entry: Gedachtnis Esser, memory eaters. I’m going to call him Ged for short until I learn his real name. Coincidentally, Nick gets a call about Ged, and has Trubel come with them to see if the Ged is the Wesen they’re looking for.

Ged is interviewed by Nick and Hank. He spins a story about how Henry got into a fight with his girlfriend, causing him to leave. He tells them Henry loaned him the car. He’s distraught to learn Henry’s dead, and wants to know how he can help. He’s nice, polite, and unassuming, but Nick and Hank are still suspicious. After he leaves the station, Trubel runs into him in the park across the street. She’s wearing a hoodie for disguise and sunglasses so he can’t see her Grimm eyes. She tries to steal his luggage, but he fends her off. The stress causes him to woge in Trubel’s Grimm sight, and she runs away, having got the information they need.

The episode ends with Renard going into convulsions while the doctors try to restart his heart. Despite their best efforts, it continues flat-lining, and the doctors pronounce him dead, recording the time of death.

This episode is a good start to the fourth season. There’s not a lot of action, but the fallout from the last episode is what drives the plot. This is what makes Grimm shine: Consequences. Unlike a lot of other supernatural, fantasy, or horror shows, actions in Grimm have definite consequences. Nick had to kill the monster of the week? Okay, but the monsters are people, remember? Nick and his friends and allies have to deal with the repercussions of their decisions, which adds an interesting note of realism into the fantasy-horror theme of the show. The body isn’t going to vanish into dust, nor can he just drive off into the sunset. It’s very refreshing to see a show that not only acknowledges the consequences and difficulties of monster-hunting in a modern, disbelieving society, but actually makes it part of the plot.

If you haven’t been watching Grimm, you really should start. This season looks like it’s going to be intense!

~ K.L. Davis ~

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