It’s that time of year, when most of the shows on the broadcast networks are finishing their seasons. Agents of SHIELD concluded magnificently last week. How did Grimm and Warehouse 13 fare? (Supernatural will get its own post later.)
Grimm: Blond Ambition (322)
Grimm isn’t a show frequently covered here, but the season finale is worth mentioning for the sheer number of stories left up in the air for next season.
Monroe and Rosalee were married. On the night before the wedding, Rosalee’s sister ruined their grandmother’s wedding dress, which Rosalee had planned to wear. Thank goodness, because it was one ugly dress! Monroe’s parents bribed the bridal shop to open early so they could buy a $7,200 dress for Rosalee on the day of the wedding (She’s worth it.) They’ve come a long way from protesting the mixed-Wesen marriage.
All of the show’s arcs come together quickly with action and blood galore. Where to start?
Adalind Schade (the show’s most tiresome character, as well the reason for this episode’s title ) performed a spell that turned her into a likeness of Juliette, Nick’s almost-fiance. (I’m sure Bitsie Tulloch enjoyed the chance to play Juliette with an edge.) Adalind used her Juliette likeness to get Nick into bed with—wait for it—grim consequences. Which we’ll get to later.
Sean Renard (Nick’s police-captain boss) figures out Adalind’s duplicity, because he’s awesome that way. He has a potion for Nick to drink which will counteract Adalind’s spell, whatever it is. Before he can deliver it, though, he’s shot three times in the chest by C. Thomas Howell playing an FBI agent working for the bad guys.
C. Thomas then goes after Truble), the young woman and fellow Grimm Nick “adopted” a few episodes ago. She decapitates C. Thomas. That task completed, Truble calls the police (for Renard), then runs off, taking the potion to the wedding. Once there all hell breaks loose and of course, she drops the bottle.
The consequence of Adalind’s spell? Nick loses his Grimm-esque powers. Since no superpowers come with the Grimm title, it’s really just his ability to see Wesen when we mere mortals can’t.
The police and ambulance arrive at the scene of the crime (Nick’s house) to take Renard to the hospital. As he’s being wheeled into emergency, he spits up blood into his oxygen mask.
Back at the house, Sgt .Wu comes across one of the Grimm primers Truble has been studying. This causes flashbacks to his run-in with an Aswang, a monster of Filipino legend both Nick and Hank told him wasn’t real. C’mon guys, isn’t it time Wu was brought into the Wide World of Wesen? Just think of all the witty remarks he’d be able to spout.
So, to sum up:
- Nick is no longer a Grimm
- Renard’s life hangs in the balance
- Sgt Wu is on the verge of learning about the Grimm world
- Oh! And Juliette told Nick she’s not sure she can put up with his crazy life any more—just before Nick is about to propose
Warehouse 13: Cangku Shisi (505) and Endless (506)
The third week of May is now officially Mark Sheppard Week. He shows up in both Warehouse 13 and Supernatural to wreak havoc.
In the penultimate episode of Warehouse 13, recurring nemesis Benedict Valda (Shepard) shows up to sell the Warehouse and its contents to the highest bidder. It’s the Chinese, hence the episode’s title, which translates to “Warehouse 14.” He uses a mind control artifact to wake up Claudia’s sister Claire to help him, and begins transferring artifacts out of Warehouse 13 and into Warehouse 14 in China.
The episode is a complete story, in that it doesn’t end in a cliff hanger heading into the series finale. Claudia is able to free her sister from the effects of the infamous music box. The music box’s “power” transfers to Valda, who’s then destroyed; and the Warehouse artifacts return to South Dakota. But the Warehouse still shows signs that it’s getting ready to move elsewhere.
Which leads us to “Endless.” With the previous episode out of the way, the finale is able to focus on the characters rather than the action or the artifacts. In preparation for the Warehouse’s move, the agents meet with Mrs. Fredrick to allow the Warehouse to catalog everyone’s memories.
While I would have preferred the show capture everyone’s “defining moment” from past episodes, some of the new moments were entertaining, even thoughtful and touching. The endless tap-dancing was fun, and Steve Jinks’ moment inside Artie’s heart was lovely. Aaron Ashmore excelled at showing Steve’s wonder . The most emotional memory, though, was Mrs. Fredrick’s recollection of Leena and her “defining moment.” Looking at the Warehouse, Leena expresses her amazement, saying she knows she’ll die in the Warehouse. Although it was a short scene, Genelle Williams delivered a moving performance.
Pete and Myka’s hook up felt forced, but the series had been building towards it all season. The leads had great chemistry in the first season, but as the series wore on, it became more of a friendship. Having the characters suddenly realize they were in love wasn’t as satisfying as it might have been in the early days.
Throughout the episode, Mrs. Fredrick looked on with a sweet, loving smile as the memories flew by. It was possibly the most human we’ve ever seen her. That is, until Steve caused her to actually laugh out loud.
In a somewhat surprising conclusion, the Warehouse remains in South Dakota, and the characters continue the work they’ve grown to love.