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, Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz. Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (Giuntoli) finds out that he is from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms.” He quickly finds that it is his destiny to maintain the balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. In this episode, Nick and Hank investigate a ‘flash-mob’ homicide of the apoidea kind.
“She’ll sting you one day. Oh, ever so gently, so you hardly even feel it. Til you fall dead.”
A memorable quote from the film “Queen Bee” (1955) that starred Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, and Betsy Palmer. The film “Eva Phillips is a Southern socialite whose manipulation and ruthlessness ruins the lives of everyone around her. The question is, will anyone be able to stop her?” – IMDb
The Queen Bee is a classic fairy-tale written by the Grimm brothers in 1812. Grimm’s episode Beeware isn’t similar at all to the classic tale–but this episode is highly intriguing this go round.
Okay Grimm. You got me. Should the quote above be any more true, we’d all be feeling sting of the seemingly new and improved episode of Grimm’s Beeware, which provided just what the show, until now, lacked: suspense. A woman boards a crowded bus on the way to work when a ‘flash mob’ breaks out, dancing to the tune “YMCA,” by the Village People. When the bus stops and everyone exits, she was left behind, dead–wearing a pair of the most amazing shoes! Nick and Hank are not on the case and they find that the woman died of anaphylactic shock from a bee sting. A bee, or a Mellifer, a human’esq bee creature, who lives in hives and operates in a ‘hive mentality.’ Guest star Nana Visitor (Torchwood TV Series), as Melissa Windcroft, is the Mellischwuler or queen bee of the flash mob. She has a vendetta set out against the Hexenbiests who wronged her–losing their centuries old paper-mill business the “Primrose Paper” case, due to a class-action lawsuit. Soon, another flash-mob attack occurred, which lead up to the final murder/attack against another hexenbeaiest. One of whom Nick is already familiar with. Nick has to again call on Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) to sniff out the Queen, which leads them to her old office at the paper mill, and to a large home where in the attic, now abandoned, looked as if it housed a massive beehive.
The hexenbeaiest, Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee), is next on the list. Unfortunately, the same woman Nick stopped from killing his aunt in the hospital, he now has to protect. Eventually, the bee queen and her swarm catches up with the hexenbeaiest and a fight to the death ensues. It is during this confrontation that Nick has to make the choice between who to save–clearly, these two creatures were trying to kill each other. Adalind, warning Nick to do his duty as a cop and protect her–by killing the Queen Bee, who, on the other hand, was telling Nick to kill Adalind, because she is a hexenbiest, and he was in danger from her. Nick had to make a decision that will haunt him–he shoots The Queen, in order to save Adalind. She dies, but not before warning Nick that someone was coming for him. Someone who his aunt also warned him about.
Who is the mysterious man Nick should be wary of? This is what we will have to find out next episode, however, this episode proves just how a plan come brilliantly together, by bringing in ‘real’ conflicts for Nick, who at one time, did not believe in his destiny, forces him to follow in intuition to help him solve crimes. The working relationship between Nick and Hank is ever prevalent now begins to mesh and the fabled crime-drama is starting to flex its ability to deliver more suspenseful events that will last viewers well enough until next week’s episode.
‘BEE‘ sure to check out the full episode of “Beeware” only on Grimm’s NBC website!