“Nothing, they say, is more certain
Than death, and nothing more
Uncertain than the time of dying.”
It’s been quite a disappointing six weeks for Grimm fans as our Friday nights have been filled with too many subpar episodes through this truncated final season and while “Blood Magic” has its flaw, it’s the first time since the first three episodes I’ve had an emotional investment in all aspects of the story.
We knew business had to pick up as it relates to the ‘magic mirror’ and Julieve is the one leading the charge. Wanting to take the fight to the man in the mirror, she picks Adalind’s brain (and library of Hexenbiest reading material) to find a way to cross over. There’s a focus to Julieve that we haven’t seen since last season and even though she promises not to go at it alone, the minute she runs across the possible solution, Julieve can’t help but test things out. Not only does it work but, in one of the more head scratching character moments, Julieve walks through the newly opened portal to God knows where. No weapons, no backup. Just her.
Julieve’s insanity aside, it’s actually the case-of-the-week that takes center stage. Yes, the magic mirror and its secrets will lead to some heavy-hitting episodes as we countdown to the end, the Gevatter Tod, or “Godfather of Death”, was the emotional core. Like humans, Wesen can also suffer from the horrible effects of dementia and the potential for uncontrollable wogeing, which isn’t good for anyone involved. When Nick and Hank bring the case of a dementia patient found dead with venom normally found in an assassin bug in her system, Monrosalee breaks down the Wesen community’s own Dr. Kevorkian. Because our white hats work together so well, it’s strange seeing them on the opposite side of things. Monrosalee asks Nick not to get involved, demanding his promise not to arrest the Gevatter Tod lest he destabilize a correcting force within the Wesen community.
In respect to how he deals with often unexpected situations, Nick has shown that he can adapt, not afraid to mete out grimm justice when his badge isn’t an effective solution. It’s an aspect of his character I truly appreciate. This is furthered when, after discovering proof of a second Wesen effected by dementia has killed two people, Nick leaves the ultimate ending in the hands of the ‘Godfather’ Wesen.
With all that said about Nick’s adaptability, with the unknown threat looming in the near future, can he get over his disdain for Renard and work together with his captain? Their brief interaction in ‘Blood Magic’ reminded us just how at odds the two men are—for good reason, mind you. Though I get Nick’s absolute distrust of Renard, the latter’s concern with his daughter’s safety as it relates to the mystery symbols may trump my support of Nick. Either way, both men will have to put aside their differences as this threat won’t have any issues taking them both down and, as the saying goes, a house divided cannot stand. And whether they like it or not, Renard, Nick and the rest of the gang are a part of the Wesen House of Portland.