Grimm 1.19 "Leave It to Beavers" Review

The most frustrating episode of television is one that has all the elements to be great yet doesn't quite gel. You see the potential on the screen and keep waiting for that moment when it all clicks, but there's something about it that keeps it from feeling complete. It could be something relatively minor that undoes its quality, like a momentary writing lapse or a misused character, but it tends to come down to execution. Put simply, the episode doesn't get pieced together properly, typically leaving things a bit uneven or lacking compared to what they could have been. After a string of improvement, "Leave It to Beavers" became that type of episode for Grimm.

But there's nothing that obvious that took Grimm out at the knees, not really. Though the Juliette/Monroe/Nick subplot was a little ham-handed and too short to have any impact, the only thing that I had in my notes that got to me was the attempts at humor, all of which fell flat. Grimm's not too maladroit at handling humor, mainly due to Monroe, but it's had many an episode that had to overcome mostly corny, too self-aware one liners. I think that having humor on a show as murky and (relatively) dark as Grimm is a good idea; it provides a way to keep those elements in the show while making an episode easier to watch, giving the characters the opportunity to not take themselves as seriously. Plus, you can learn a lot about someone by observing their sense-of-humor. But there were at least four or five hack-y moments in "Leave It to Beavers" that made me groan. Loudly. Like your out-of-touch uncle telling you his latest "zinger", almost daring you not to laugh. As much good as good humor can do for a series, bad humor can do as much bad; in the case of Grimm, it really takes me out of a scene, as it feels very forced and dry. Nick's final note (and present) to the reaper boss is about the level of humor that Grimm can execute pretty well - it embraces the darkness with a giant smirk. Not terrible lines about "losing your head" (after cutting off both reaper heads) or "being buried in your work" (later holding his head while cement pouring in around it). Grimm may have improved in the last few weeks, but the humor issue is one that dates back to the pilot and is something that I thought the show had outgrown. Read More...


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