‘A fool and his coins, are soon parted…’
NBC’s GRIMM is a new drama series inspired by The Brother’s Grimm classic fairy tales. The series, written and jointly created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt, and Jim Kouf stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, and Sasha Roiz. In ‘Three Coins in a Fuchsbau,‘ Three thieves are trying to steal three historical coins; Hank and Captain Renard lose their damn minds, and Nick learns something about the death of his parents.
‘For me there are neither locks, not bolts, whatsoever I desire is mine…’
When I seen the three men/creatures arguing in the beginning of the show I instantly thought about A. A. Milne’s poem Three Little Foxes. Instead, it referenced the Grimm Brother’s tale Der Meisterdieb or The Master Thief. The tale is about a young man whose poor family had nothing left to give him nor his other two brothers. He lead them to a cross-roads where each of the brothers took their own path. The youngest, took an alternate path through the woods and came upon thieves. He told them he wanted to be part of their profession, so they set him out on a quest to steal oxen. He was successful, but they abandoned their promise. This is just one of 6 separate tales, where the young thief had to prove himself a master thief. You can read the entire tale online–for it is a very long and detailed. I’d love to tell you about it, but I’d much rather discuss last night’s episode of Grimm. Warning, there be spoilers. You can still catch this show online at NBC Grimm.
Three suspects rob and kill a beloved jeweler, who died protecting three mysterious coins. These coins are more than just three pieces of gold, they bestow unnatural power to the individual who possesses them. As Nick and Hank begin their investigation into the robbery and murder, the truth about the coins are revealed. Last night’s Grimm was a great episode, however, it left too many holes in the story–just too much ambiguity going on lately, but I’ll get to that in a moment.
When in doubt…lock em up!
The thieves were after the coins, and when they realized that they didn’t have what they were looking for, their leader, Soledad (Jordi Caballero), a Schakal a jackal creature, went out to find them, only the coins weren’t at the store. They were in the belly of the dead jeweler. It seemed that he wanted to be sure the coins went with him to the grave. But that didn’t happen. When Nick and Hank are called in to discuss the details of the dead jeweler, Dr. Harper (Sachs) seems to not want the coins to go back to the station with them.
When Captain Renard went into the history behind the coins found in the jeweler’s stomach, it was impressive the amount of research that must have gone into the history behind the coins. It seems these powerful coins, the coins of Zakynthas, date back to before time, and have a powerful effect on anyone who has them, as evidenced by the near beat down Hank was giving Farley (Titus Welliver), just by having the coins in his pocket. After Hank and Nick left his office, he placed a phone call to some guy in France (well, I assume France because they were speaking in French). He warned Renard about the coins and what did he do? He did a semi-nude pose in front of a mirror rubbing two of the coins together in one hand. I don’t know what he was doing with the other hand. See what I mean, ambiguity.
When Farley did speak more about his involvement with the thieves, he also spilled a bit about how he came to town and that he was involved with Nick’s Aunt Marie. He even gave a some detail about his parents death–that Soledad may have something to do with it.
Schakals, are baby eating bad asses. What more do you need to know?
The effect the coins had on the holder was like the one ring in Lord Of The Rings in that once someone physically came in contact with the coins, they would never be rid of their need for it. Hank touched them, and he was too aggressive with interrogation tactics, and even gave the Captain the ‘stink eye,’ when he had to turn over the coins. When the Captain possessed the coins, they had a delusions of grandeur effect on him. He wants to lead, but be the leader of whom, or what? You know what I’m thinking? He may have been cast out of his father’s house or something like that–I mean, what Grimm tale does he fit into? This is something that needs more looking into.
Back at Aunt Marie’s trailer, Nick wanted to find out more about the steinadler and schakals, but needed Monroe to translate the German in the text. As he is translating, Nick finds out that Farley was a shifty type of creature–you don’t know whether to trust them or not– and that the Schakals were baby eating badasses. This particular Schakal, however, didn’t want to eat babies–he just wanted those coins. When Farley told Nick of Soledad intentions, he persuaded Nick to let him help with his investigation. And Nick let him maybe because he wanted to know more about what happened to his parents. I wonder why Hank isn’t asking him about bringing others in on their investigations?
In the end…he just wanted to hold them in his hands again
The coins definitely made Renard more confident. He called a press conference to discuss what he will no longer stand for in the town. While he went on his coin induced rant–Soledad was watching. He knew he had the coins. He just needed to find out a way to get them for himself. What resulted after Renard’s speech, was an overall shoot out between them and eventually, all’s well that ends well. Nick knows no more about the death of his parents than he did already did. Renard was left whining on the ground worrying about the coins that were robbed off of him. On top of that, Farley is gone! Nick traces him back to his hotel room and they had a bit of a scuffle, with Nick eventually taking the coins. Seems Farley wanted those coins for himself all along, regardless of the ill luck the coins bought to him.
— I have to say, I enjoyed the visual effects of the Steinadler, the eyes on that thing were amazing, and the beak, wicked! Not only are the character/creature profiles becoming more intriguing, the story overall is coming into its own now–the episode and events are starting to flow more naturally.
— Although this was a really good episode, I thought last week was better. I do not like that the show completely “abandons” what happened in the prior episode. I at least want to know how it resolved, and I think the show is relying too heavily on the viewers figuring out exactly what’s going on between what is being depicted onscreen:
- Remember Adeline Shade? Remember Hank went to dinner with her? What more of that?
- What more of her relationship with Captain Renard? He obviously was giving her orders to watch Nick. Why did her surveillance cease all of a sudden?
- Remember last week’s episode? There was still more to that one. What the hell that priest creature was and what did he do to that fight promoter?
- Who, or what is Captain Renard? We gathered that he is of royalty of some kind, but what more?
- I do not like how Nick only uses Monroe as his Grimm’apedia. Did he forget two episodes ago Monroe asking ‘more’ of the relationship? Maybe I’m just grouchy because I did’t get to see more of him and Sgt. Wu this episode. Note to NBC–you are under-using two of the series best supporting characters. Please give them more screen time! Just saying.
Question – what do you think of the series so far? Do you think the show is becoming more ambiguous with each episode? Leave your response in the comment section.
Check out the sneak peek at next week’s episode ‘Plumed Serpent‘ – on NBC, watch out, There be dragons
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