Grimm has come far and while mostly good it has been a rocky and uneven road. Now season 4 has finished and while having enjoyed the finale I am not entirely sure if I will be following it anymore.
Since Grimm is made by the same producers of Angel it is very easy to spot how similar both shows are. However where Angel was getting progressively stronger Grimm keeps struggling to maintain the high level of superb drama. And instead falls into soap opera antics that for me at least detract too much from my pleasurable viewing experience. On top of it the producers don't even try to make the monster of the week story lines to be compelling or interesting. They are just there as fillers with no consequence or particularly lasting effect on the main stories. For me they were so awful that I took a long break from watching the show. Until I saw some highlights by accident. Since I am a very curious fella my interest was peeked and started watching again. Where I kept at it even when at times I had to skip certain parts to avoid getting bored.
One of my grievances was Nick losing his powers and then getting them back again. I don't know about you but it's a tiring plot device since most of the appeal of shows like these is the fact that these supposedly normal human beings have extraordinary powers. You know that if for some reason they get removed they will get them back. In Grimm this fact lead to the introduction of Trubel. Nick's niece who also is a Grimm and who seems to be far more efficient as Nick and the start of a story line that aggravated me a lot.
In order for Nick to get his powers back Julia and Nick have to recreate the exact steps of Adelind's actions where Julia temporarily is transformed into Adelind. At first I thought it was highly inventive to play around with these characters but in hindsight I am not entirely happy that they did this. Because all of the above somehow has made Juliette turn into a Hexenbiest. Which again I thought was quite the twist. But then they had to mess up a potential and touching love story where if chosen that path Nick would have proven his unconditional love for Juliette. What can I say, the romantic in me would have liked that so much better. Instead we get a Juliette who acts like an immature teen but gets worse every second she is on screen. To a point that she is fully evil and obnoxious. This tale might have worked for Angel but even when he was evil he was still likable. Juliette always had been a character that did not add that much to the show. Of course they tried to get her involved her more and more which logically speaking made sense however I think they went overboard with it. Juliette as Hexenbiest was too far removed from the character she was. Which I could have accepted if we follow the theory that it is the beast inside her taking over. But what about Adelind? Despite her being conniving and evil her character has stayed consistent. If I am remember it right she has never lost control like Juliette did. Juliette on the other hand went from a nice and friendly person into a real bitch. Naturally I can understand the anger or frustration to have been put in her position. Only when Nick and his friends repeatedly tried to help her as much as they could she destroys them (emotionally) every chance she gets while she has no trouble siding with the bad guys who basically are at the core of why she has become this monster in the first place. This simply does not make sense. Of course dramatic wise it's unnerving and maybe even shocking. If only they tried to reach that effect by writing a story that would fit the character better.
Look, I do like it when they stir up things like these as it does get to you and in the end is one of the reasons why shows like these are a lot of fun. What I can't overlook though is how inconsistent and uneven everything is written. Nick's mother for the whole duration that she was in the show was a bad ass. Am I supposed to believe that someone like that can be taken out that easily and totally not be on her guard? Granted when I saw the box I had a suspicion they were going all mafia on us and I cried out of devastation and sorrow for Nick. For the first time we have seen Nick lose it and it was a powerful moment. Now I braced myself to see Nick go all Rick on us and kill every man and beast in sight. But how does it play out? Nick stays calm and doesn't really kick that much butt. I was like why? Here was a chance to show how dangerous he could be like they did in season 3. It was the perfect moment and it would have been immensely satisfying. Nope. Nothing of that. We just get to see Nick being calm and composed and completely boring. Speaking of which what happened to the enhanced Nick story line? Did they just drop it? It was one of the most interesting things they did in the show.
Then the death of Juliette. Hooray! Not going to lie, I was saddened by it a little bit. It was a strong moment. But at the same time I was happy. Only I have would have been happier if enhanced Nick would not hesitate to crack, crush, slice and dice her into little pieces. Then to realize what he has done and weep to his lost love. I told you ever the romantic.
So here we are at a crossroads. Should I give this show another shot? Or should I forget about it completely. I honestly don't know. I guess the first few episodes of season 5 will have to help me decide this. But please, please, don't bring Juliette back. If you do then I am done with this. Or if you have to do that then please do make Adalind Nick's new love interest. Hey, if you are going soap then go full soap!