When two are company, the third is Juliette…
GRIMM Spoilers! Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) is starting to get curious about Nick’s friends. After nearly an entire season of GRIMM, she is finally suspecting that Nick (David Giuntoli) is doing something more than just police work. It did not help matters with her peeking at Nick’s notes–she asked him what an Eisbiber was–and asked Nick to invite Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) to dinner (he saved her life in Plumed Serpent). The dinner turned out to be a little more than Juliette getting to know who Monroe is–it turned out to be an awkward moment for all three of them. Thanks to Nick’s interventions, they instantly begin to gain alms from his Eisbiber fans.
Dinner came after Nick decided to hone his skills as a ‘fighting Grimm’ by taking out and training wit a few of Aunt Marie’s ancient weapons with the help of everyone’s favorite Blutbat, Monroe! Nick has to get ready for what’s to come and believe me, something big is coming.
But first as always, I like to get into what inspired this episode of Grimm. For those of you who are a little anxious and want to get into the review straight away, scroll down to the section titled If you build it, they will come and demand your moolah! to delve into the review bits.
“Wait!” the troll said, jumping in front of him. “This is my toll bridge. You have to pay a penny to go across.”
Depending on which version of the Brothers Grimm Three Billy Goats Gruff you read, and there are three versions of the tale about a bridge, goats, trolls (trolls actually originated in Scandinavian folklore), and one tale that did not involve a troll at all, but a wolf.* You will not get the specific citation you read above, and seen at the opening of last night’s episode. Let’s refer to the tale of The Toll-Bridge Troll by Patricia Rae Wolff,* you will find the following:
“Wait! the troll said, jumping in front of Trigg. “This is MY toll bridge. You have to pay a penny to go across” (Rae Wolff, 1995).
Wolff’s tale is about boy named Trigg who could not pay the penny toll needed to cross the troll’s bridge so that he can get to school. Instead, Trigg asked the troll if he could pay him in riddles. If the troll could not guess the answer, Trigg crosses the bridge for free one whole day–but this only works the first time. Every morning before he left for school, Trigg had to find new ways to trick the troll into letting him go across the bridge. It’s a pretty neat little book and beautifully illustrated, if you’re interested in it.
Now, let’s get into last night’s episode. If you haven’t seen it yet, go to NBC’s Grimm post haste! Now, let’s begin.
If you build it, they will come and demand your moolah!
Like I said before, Grimm is getting rough around the edges! First with the Verrat assassins, and now with the Hässlich–trolls, who are not only involved with extortion–they are also involved with the elimination of Grimm’s. One Hässlich in particular likes things to proceed in the old ways of troll bridge management. Sal Burrel (David Zayaz) is into bridges and bridge construction and of course Eisbiber’s, or beavers, likes to build them. However, if you want to construct one, you have to pay a toll. One particular beaver refused to pay–and Sal wasn’t happy about that at all. So a Eisbiber wound up dead and Nick and Hank are on the case.
Arnold, an Eisbiber, unfortunately witnessed the whole thing. He goes into hiding and Nick visits an old friend to find him. Nick pays Bud (Danny Bruno) a visit at his place of employment to find the ‘missing’ murder witness. Now, these beaver people are all terrified of the big nasty troll just as much as they are afraid of Nick. Arnold didn’t want to come forward, so Bud decides to call a collective of beaverdom to let them all know that Nick is no longer an enemy of the Wesen world, but an ally. Meanwhile, it seems the troll-men are on the edge now and they need to be rid of Nick before their web of extortion is ruined. So what did Sal do? He called in a couple of Reapers. Eventually Arnold comes around and decides to identify the man who killed the Eisbiber at the start of the episode. Nick then decides to escort Arnold to a safe location. Unbeknownst to them, the Reapers were watching them in a car parked across the street from the station.
Gripe #1: We head to Mannheim, Germany where the Reapers seem to congregate. They are in Germany–why weren’t they speaking German? My guess is it may have something to do with Renard and his family lineage. If you can recall, in a prior episode of Grimm (Three Coins in a Fuchsbau) Renard spoke with a member of his “family,” the dialogue was in French. Connection there? Perhaps? This is what I mean when I talk about the inconsistency of the show. You find these little episode slip-up’s sans explanations.
You get what you pay for.
What happens is this: Sal meets with the French-speaking Reapers that hail from Germany who beat the poor fool into a pulp, which to me didn’t make any sense. Gripe #2: Naturally, Sal was going to tell them where they could find Nick, and this was senseless to rough him up. It seemed such a shame that they could have used that energy to give Nick a run for his money. Not only did the duo of Reapers skillfully attacked Nick with their scythes, Nick had his own set of bad-assity–the dude was blocking, swinging a notched club, dodging and flipping! I swore I seen Nick’s hair glow Goku golden! Now this my friends, was a fierce fight.
After one of the Reapers was accidentally beheaded and Nick properly executed the other, he now has two casualties to cover up. Since he cannot tie the incident into a criminal case, Nick phones Monroe to tell him to bring a shovel. When he arrives, Nick decided to send one of the heads to the Hässlich leader to teach them a lesson. Monroe told Nick the best way to send the Reaper leader a message, he should send two heads. Because we all know the saying; two heads are better than one.
I gave this episode a 3/5 rating–you know, I’m all for Grimm upping their character’s combat skills and somehow involve Juliette in more of the episodes. For some reason I feel that this episode fell flat. After the last two weeks of a highly intensive mix of revealing back-stories and all the involvement between Renard, Adalind and her Mother, it seems that Grimm has returned to the old, methodical (safe) way of doing things–without connecting all the dots. At least the beavers were cute.
*Ashliman, D. L. (2000). Three billy goats gruff. Informally published manuscript, Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved from http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0122e.html
*Rae Wolff, P. (1995). The toll-bridge troll. (p. 24). Orlando, FL: Voyager Books.