GRIMM ‘Happily Ever Aftermath’ – Review

GRIMM -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- Photo by: Eric Ogden/NBC

SPOILERS! Well, it seems we are encountering in on a tale of alleged evil sisters and their stepmother, however this episode isn’t the typical happy ending expected to occur at the end of every fairy-tale. This is especially true in the original tale of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. In the original tale there was no fairy Godmother, nor slippers made of glass. As you all know, before I get into last night’s episode, I like to “revisit” the original Grimm tale of Cinderella. 

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“…and they lived happily ever after.”

When a rich man’s wife fell ill and died, he was left to raise his only daughter, Cinderella, alone. Everyday, Cinderella wept at her mother’s grave and remaining true to her mother’s kind words of remaining pious and good. One day her father married another woman with two daughters, who were beautiful but have dark hearts. Of course, over time, things got pretty bad for Cinderella.

They made her their kitchen maid and she wore tattered clothes and wooden shoes. She worked hard day and night to please her new stepmother and sisters. When Cinderella’s father would go out, he would ask all the girls what they wanted him to bring back; the step sisters would ask for jewels and fine clothing, while Cinderella asked for the first branch he brushed on his journey. When her father returned, he brought them all that they asked for–including the branch Cinderella had asked for (Ashliman, 2011).

She took the branch and planted it at her mothers grave where she wept and soon that small branch grew into a tree. Cinderella visited at least three times a day and wept and prayed under the tree. A white bird appeared and whenever she made a wish, the bird would give her what she asked for. Then of course, there is a Prince, a ball, and all the back and forth trying to find the wearer of a golden slipper. Toes and heels were chopped, and eyes were plucked out for misdeeds in the quest to fit the shoe.  However, when the tale is through, the Prince found his true dearest love, Cinderella.

**note – images for this episode were unavailable at the time of this review. So I re-used images present from other episodes**

All’s fair in love…and money?

David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Grimm 'Three Coins in a Fuchsbau,' NBC

This review will be short because I found that there is no longer a need to divulge in each and every aspect of each weekly episode. Instead, I will ponder the points of the show I found to be more curious of the episode, starting with the creature creations and all the awesome that it comes with.

We don’t exactly get the traditional tale of Cinderella but we do get that Happily Ever Aftermath is an even darker tale than the original Grimm Brother’s tale. The story instead focuses on who or what killed the not so necessarily evil stepmother; she just was shrewd with dishing out some cash to an otherwise less responsible son-in-law (he lost all his money in a Ponzi scheme). The Cinderella in this tale wasn’t a poor girl in rags, but a spoiled little rich kid who did anything to get what she wanted. Even if she had to kill for it. The opening scene with Lucinda (Amanda Schull) parading her newly purchased and expensive evening wear told the whole story.

When Hank and Nick are called to investigate, they find the stepmother’s body at the base of the stairs with glass shattered all around her. Both are puzzled at what instrument–or bomb that could not only shatter glass, but ears, eyes and causing a bloody nose–without causing the entire house to come down. When the stepmother’s daughters reveal that the murderer could be Arthur Jarvis (David Clayton Rogers) or Spencer (Tom Wright), there are questions. However, I figured out pretty quick who the culprit is.  But I will leave it for you to discover by watching last evening’s episode on NBC.

Good girl gone bad? I don’t think so.

GRIMM -- "Cat and Mouse" Episode 118 -- Pictured: Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

The great thing about this episode is that Hank (Russel Hornsby) is becoming confusingly aware of the circumstances of the latest murder. He is catching on that things aren’t quite “adding up.” When they had to bring in Spenser as being suspected of committing the murders (one of the stepsisters was killed in the same manner as her mother), he escapes by emitting a loud “sonic shriek” which exploded the glass from the interrogation window.

The creature that did this is called a Murciélago, or what Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) described as a Geölterblitz,  an aptly stated “bat outta hell.” The only way Nick (David Giuntoli) had a chance with this creature was to use one of Aunt Marie’s awesome weapons: a Murciélago’s Matraca that emitted a counter siren that rendered the Murciélago’s shrill incompetent. Of course, the case was solved but we did miss out on a few people, and were enlightened on a great concern regarding Nick’s past.

Earlier in the episode, Nick had a nightmare about his parent’s car crash and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) tasked herself to find out more about the case. It is revealed that there were four involved in the death of his parents. The show revisited the Fuchsbau from Three Coins in a Fuchsbau episode. The fourth potential witness in question; a man named Akira Kamura. Now let’s see how this will fair in the last two episodes–or how this just may lead us into the next season.

More to Grimm than meets the fairy-tale.

GRIMM -- "Cat and Mouse" Episode 118 -- Pictured: David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Come to think of it, Grimm truly hadn’t re-imagined any of the original tales for awhile now. Going by the quotes that are loosely associated with each tale in the beginning of each episode has proven to be difficult for me to pin down the exact tale each episode is derived from. This is actually a good thing because it shows that the show’s creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf are not handicapped by trying to stay true to each episode re-imagining.

In the beginning of the battle of the fairy-tales series, I started out reviewing both ABC‘s Once Upon A Time and NBC‘s Grimm. I quickly gave up on the ABC show–granted, the series has brilliant acting performances and script. However, I just could not keep watching a tale that is simply too goody-goody for me to believe in. Granted, Grimm isn’t actually “reality television,” but it provides for it’s viewers an air of plausibility and adaptability that I can “get with.”

Even though Happily Ever Aftermath isn’t the best episode of Grimm but the entire series is an attempt to get back into the originally darker Grimm Brother’s tales and I admire that. Ovations to Greenwalt and Kouf’s for showing (who will not be named) how a Grimm tale, and great script writing are properly done.

Only two episodes left and my oh my…what Big Feet you have!

Source: NBC Grimm

*Ashliman, D. L. (2011). Cinderella – jacob and wilhelm grimm. Informally published manuscript, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved from http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm021.html

Grimm, Happily Ever Aftermath
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent


Review Summary:

The classic Cinderella tale takes a very dark turn when Nick and Hank are called to investigate the mysterious death of a wealthy matriarch.

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