Never talk to strangers.
GRIMM (2:9) was all about a curious paranormal terror for its Halloween episode. Unfortunately, is skimped hugely on the terror aspect. What is going on with these last few episodes? Grimm is getting a bit soft round the edges. La Llorona was nothing more than a “fluff” of a Halloween episode. Let’s quit eluding the heavy–the bigger and more important story that is brewing between Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and Renard (Sasha Roiz)! There is a lot going on right there. Focus on this issue–focus on what the hell Adalind (Claire Coffee) is doing? What of Nick (David Giutoli)? The man is tired of sleeping on that damn couch! Okay, I’ve said my piece, for now. Lets discuss the opening quote from last night’s episode:
On many a dark night people would see her walking along the riverbank and crying for her children.
La Llorona is the tale of the weeping woman of the Southwest. La Llorona is Spanish for “weeping woman” and the tale has been part of the Spanish culture since the early 15th – 16th centuries. In the tale, the tall spirit of a woman would roam rivers and creeks at night crying and searching for children to drag to their watery graves. As described in the episode, La Llorona killed her children because her husband left her for a younger woman. In another version of the tale, she was burdened by her two small sons. She would leave her sons at home alone while she enjoyed herself in town. One day, the young boys were found drowned in a local river. Some say it was due to her neglectful behavior–other say the boys died by their own mother’s hand.
The ghost, the grimm, and the investigator.
Luis Alvarez (David Barrera) tries to rescue a woman he believed to be committing suicide in the lake he and his small son were fishing in. Luis went to save her only to see the same woman in the distance walking off with his son. Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to the scene, and since no one on the police force spoke Spanish, Juliette was called in to translate. With Juliette’s help, the team was able to discern that the woman of interest was an ancient paranormal legend that Nick and his ancestors also tried and failed to hunt down the woman in white.
With the help of Valentina Espinosa (Kate del Castillo) a Balam wesen (a jaguar-like wesen) known for their obsessive behaviors, has been on the case for years since her nephew was taken and drowned by La Llorona. She was able to fill Nick and Hank in on who the paranormal suspect is. They sort out that the abductions occur near a specific river outlet–where the children are also drowned. Eventually, they find the missing children and Nick attacks La Llorona, and they struggle underwater. He is shocked when the hideous figure transforms into the face of a woman then continues to sink deeper into the lake to escape Nick. I am thinking that La Llorona may not be a spirit at all, but some form of unidentified wesen mermaid perhaps? Either way, the kids are reunited with their parents. All’s well that ends well–until that annoying intern showed up.
Why is that intern there? Something isn’t right about this kid. Who is this Ryan Smulson (Michael Grant Terry)? What is his purpose there? Maybe he is the next person to be killed under “mysterious” circumstances. We all see how Renard gets when he is angry and wesen out on occasion maybe he will see Renard do this one day and come to an underdeveloped character demise.
Blutbad goes rawr!
Thank goodness when all else fails we get some Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) action. An entire show can carry brilliantly on his character alone. Not only does Monroe enjoy Halloween–he put a few bullies in their place by showing the wolf side of things. Also, I didn’t forget to mention what happened when Juliette was left at Alvarez’s home, a woman, Pilar (Bertila Damas) noticed Juliette’s scratched hand and knew what had happened to her. Although there wasn’t any further detail on just how she knew, Pilar did say that Juliette had to make a decision between two things or two situations. Of course, we know that she is torn between Nick and Renard.
Let’s just get on with that part of the story already.
Source NBCs Grimm