Grimm, Episode 73 “Octopus Head” Broadcast October 31, 2014
Written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt
Directed by Terrence O’Hara
After a recap of last week’s episode, this installment picks up just as Captain Renard is pronounced dead. The blonde woman who watched the doctors try to save his life enters the room and is halted by an unsuccessful doctor telling her she cannot be there, but her eyes turn pale blue and a blast of energy sweeps the room, freezing everyone. She opens her bag and produces a two headed snake (it has no tail, but instead another head), one end is red and the other black. The ebony colored serpent bites Renard’s chest, the other her own. She drops the snake when it releases both of its bites, and it falls to floor and turns to ash. She then falls, the doctors unfreeze, and Renard sits up gasping for air. In Vienna, Adalind is at the gate of Vikor’s estate. She tells him she took Nick’s powers away, but he needs confirmation. The Hexenbiest wants in to see her baby, and he lets her to enter. On the streets of Portland, Trubel has followed the octopus-headed Wesen to a hotel and contacts Nick and Hank. Back at Vikor’s, Adalind is put in a cell-like dungeon, told by her host he doesn’t have her child–it was taken by the same resistance that helped her escape him in the first place. She screams as he leaves, “You can’t do this! I did what you wanted me to do!” Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.
This was a good episode. The introduction of the woman who brought Renard back from death has a lot of potential and Kouf and Greenwalt are wasting no time in introducing her to other characters and creating her backstory. She has a lot going for her and I eagerly await to see what she’ll do. I wasn’t surprised that Renard didn’t die as the character is the only link to the Royal subplot that’s been going on for some time. Kill him and there’s no point discussing any action in Europe. Adlaind once again is her own worst enemy. For someone so powerful she has no clue on the politics of any situation. Officer Wu finds the information he needed to find out something about Trubel, and that spells trouble for his relationship with many characters. Trubel is great in this episode, showing that she’s got the talent, but still has no clue how to use it properly. Monroe and Rosalee don’t do too much, but there is a decision made that will bring them into conflict with another soon. Nick is still not used to being “normal,” but that’s the only thing helping him stay safe from a Wesen in high places. The villain of the episode was great, and he looked like an evil Clark Kent as Trubel followed him.
The good: Wu making trubeling connections, fantastic solution to stopping octopus head, great twist with Nick and Adalind, and the addition of the “blonde woman.”
Fun lines: “When do I get to see her?”, “We need to talk,” and “What the hell?!”
The bad: The design on the Wesen in high places is not great. It looks like bad CGI. And that’s it–The rest of episode was great.
The final line: On it’s own, this was a good episode, but when combined with the previous two this is stellar. Great fun and the story arc continues to be ramped up. Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.