Season 1, episode 4: “Lonelyhearts”
This week found me yelling at the TV. Yes, I know it’s childish but it made me feel better. I don’t handle scary things well so I have my own coping mechanisms. This series is not really building one week to the next. They are pretty much stand alone episodes. I thought last week that the series was building and the audience would learn some thing of where this is going. It ended with a warning and gave the feeling that we were going to get information that would help make sense of things that were not explained before.
I don’t know what fairy tale this episode comes from.
I don’t remember a goat guy that collects women to breed with. Can some one refresh my memory on that? I must have missed that story as a child or maybe it’s in the adult fairytale section.
Last week there were a lot of unanswered things in the episode. I hoped that some of those would be answered. I didn’t find any answers. None of the creatures from last week were in this week’s show. I wonder what happens to the Mellifers without their Queen to lead them? I think this is the first week we have not seen Ms. Shade at all. I thought perhaps this week would give some explanation of her relationship to the police chief. Two weeks ago the show ended with a shot of a furry face watching Nick and Julliete leaving Marie’s grave. I still don’t know who or what that was.
This episode again had two-story lines. The main one followed Nick and Hank as they solve a murder. The secondary story shows us that the Police Chief has a position of power in the creature realm as well as in the police force. A Grimm Reaper comes to town to avenge the death of his fellow Reaper whom Nick shot in the pilot episode. This confirms what Marie said in the hospital that there are more Reapers and that they would be coming to town. I don’t speak
Russian French, but it sounded like the new Reaper and the Police Chief do. Perhaps some one could set me straight on that. This encounter with the Police Chief did not go well for the new Reaper in town. He loses and ear to the Police Chief who leaves him with a warning to leave town and not come back. I have not figured out if the Police Chief is a Reaper himself or what he is. It does appear that he is on the bad side. Which works out well for him. He can easily keep tabs on Nick and everything that he does.
In the main story line with Nick and Hank they are running leads on a lady who was suffocated on a bridge. She was hit by a car but that is not what kills her. A mysterious man comes and instead of helping her he kills her. I understand that this is the formula for the show. Each one begins with a crime and then our fearless crime fighting duo set out to solve it. Our creature of the week is the Ziegevolk, a goatish man who puts out a scent that women find irresistible. This Ziegevolk seems to have gone bad. He has women kept in wire cages like dog kennels. And despite Monroe’s description of Ziegevolks being lovers not fighters this one killed the young woman on the bridge.
So, Monroe is our guide in the world of fairytale creatures but, apparently he does not know it all. This left me wondering after the show if the lady had to die on the bridge to comply with the formula for the show? It bothers me that the description of the creature, does not fit the behavior of the creature. Since I have limited experience with Ziegevolks I don’t know if this is just a Ziegevolk gone bad or if our knowledge of them is lacking. Maybe Monroe is not a good source for how Ziegevolks behave. My favorite scene is Monroe in the bar. I think that he is starting to like doing police work. This is the first time that Nick has sent Monroe home and Monroe wanted to come along rather than retreat to his home. If Monroe starts being involved in the police work part of this show it is a very good sign for the audience.
When Hank breaks into the bed and breakfast, The Bramble House, run by the Ziegevolk, he figures out the whole mystery. The problem is now he has to get out of The Bramble and like the name implies, it becomes a prickly situation. The Ziegevolk comes back to his house and makes it dangerous for Hank and then for Nick who of course goes in to find Hank. This whole part of the police breaking and entering was the part that I had to warn them about.
The Ziegevolk gets away only to be cashed down by our duo. Courtesy of the tracking device that Hank installed under the car earlier. When Hank and Nick confront the Ziegevolk he runs off and gets hit by a bus. As he is being loaded into the ambulance we see him starting to work his magic on the poor unsuspecting EMT lady.
This episode doesn’t end with the same sort of cliff hanger of the past few weeks. Which is probably a good thing since the cliff hanger episodes don’t get completed in the next episode. Any one have ideas about the furry face from a couple of weeks ago? If I had to guess, I’d say it was a female what ever. I am basing that on the eyes. Maybe it was a female wolf creature. Ooh, a friend for Monroe?