Grimm 1.11 "Tarantella" Review

Thus far in its run, Grimm has had many modes in which to slip in and out of. There's the funny, slightly campy Grimm that brings levity to an episode; there's the creepy Grimm that layers on the supernatural elements and horror movie homages; there's the expository Grimm, heavy on police work and general mythology that provides the foundation for basically every installment. Though the show has leaned too heavily toward each of these at one point or another, resulting in a good-but-off-balance episode, it's been getting the hang of it in recent times, including last week's creative pinnacle "Organ Grinder". Once you feel like you've mastered something, it's only natural to want to move on to another endeavor and for Grimm, it looks to be emotion.

Emotion and genre shows tends to be a balancing act of its own. You want to be able to bring the humanity to an otherwise otherworldly situation, but if there's too much trudging through emotion and feelings, you risk alienating a certain portion of your audience. Luckily, Grimm managed to bring a haunting sadness to "Tarantella" that admittedly stayed with me more than I expected. In the last couple of minutes of the episode, Lena Marcinko (Amy Acker), spinnatod and soccer mom, was thwarted from feeding on the third young man she had lured into her (metaphorical) web; after being taken in by the police, there's a shot of her, framed by a spider web, having aged what looks to be 50 years, all gray hair and wrinkles. Lena didn't want to kill nor did she really have a choice, considering the fact that she had to prevent herself from rapidly aging, which is what made "Tarantella" such an emotionally intriguing episode of television. Thus far in Grimm, most of the Wesen that Nick has come across have killed/harmed people for the sake of it and looked to be enjoying every scream, every cry, every heart finally stopping, so the prospect of someone having been born into this world and not enjoying her abilities was a nice wrinkle in what could have been a fairly routine episode of Grimm. You had to at least somewhat feel for Lena and that type of gray morality (not all bad guys are 100% bad, not all good guys are 100% good) can elevate Grimm to the next level; of course, killing is wrong and she should have been punished, but she never really had a chance to have a life. It made you think about just how much culpability she really had in the matter, with the biological gun to her head, and there's a certain sadness in having something assigned to you from birth that you can't change. Read More...


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