Grimm 1.18 "Cat and Mouse" Review

On Jersey Shore, there's a little concept referred to as "t-shirt time". During said time, the guys on the show prepare for getting ready to go party by lounging around in a wife beater. They do everything in their normal routine except for put on their respective t-shirts, until the last minute where they put it on and finish getting ready. This keeps their shirt from getting wrinkled before they get to the club and, well, provides that type of bro-bonding that one can only find on the Jersey Shore. In a lot of ways, you can think of "Cat and Mouse" as the Grimm equivalent of "t-shirt time", as a lot seemed to happen but the finishing move has yet to be deployed.

And honestly, I'm okay with that. Grimm has been operating on a slow burn once they began embracing serial elements, but nonetheless, it's had forward momentum that earlier parts of the season lacked. In "Cat and Mouse", there was a lot of that movement, but for every gunned down body lying crumbled on the floor, there was another slight teasing at what is to come in the final four episodes of season one. Most interestingly, it got very philosophical on the issue of morality, both in terms of which side of himself Nick was going to go with regarding Ian and the entire verrat/lauffer dynamic. I don't expect socio-political commentary from my spooky Friday night genre shows, but it drew some interesting parallels from the verrat/lauffer to Marx's concept of the bourgeoisie/proletariat. Waltz's comment about the oppressed becoming the oppressors was also an allusion to Paulo Freire, a way to take the concepts of fox-people and the big bad wolf and put it in very real world terminology. Grimm may be a supernatural show, but it has shown a tendency to try and have its feet as firmly on the ground as possible, which makes the sudden moral dilemmas and philosophical underpinnings a little more believable upon introduction. Read More...


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