Let's start with one VERY simple question: "What was The Resistance resisting against?". That should be an easy enough question to answer, shouldn't it? After all we've met many members of The Resistance, Renard, his friends Sebastian and Meisner, Ian Harmon and of course Nick's Mom Kelly, but for all we've seen of The Resistance (those meetings Renard had in other countries and clandestine phone calls, political assassinations), we haven't the slightest clue of what exactly The Resistance is trying to stop. "The Royals!" You say? Okay, I'll bite, Stop The Royals from doing what? Because last I checked, The Royals didn't even have a clear goal to begin with.
|This was a whole lot of nothing|
In the first Season Renard attempted to kill Nick's Aunt to obtain The Key. In the Second Season, Renard's brother Eric arrived in Portland to obtain The Key. In the third Season Viktor arrived in Portland to obtain Adalind's baby for reasons that still remain unknown. And don't tell me "Because she's a Royal baby!". Sean is only half-royal and a bastard which makes his baby "The bastard of a bastard" and only a quarter Royal. And don't tell me it's because Adalind's baby had special powers, The Royals had NO way of knowing that as she never exhibited those powers until she was born and even then The Royals didn't see her exhibit those powers until much later. In the fourth Season Kenneth arrived in Portland to obtain Adalind's baby. So The Resistance went from wanting to stop The Royals from doing....something to wanting to stop The Royals from getting a bastard of a bastard...explanation, please?
|You know she really is a princess|
I suppose none of that matters anymore because wouldn't you know it, all of those clandestine phone calls and meetings in foreign countries ultimately lead to nothing. There wasn't a major war between The Royals and The Resistance. Also, correcting me if I'm wrong but there were Seven Royal Families and thus far we've only seen one. It looks like Renard's family is the ONLY Royal family with some ambition...granted those ambitions are more ambiguous than Richard Kelly screenplay, but at least they're being active. Now The Resistance doesn't even matter, and that's not even me saying that, that's coming from Renard. Renard casually noted that Meisner used to be with The Resistance and now he's with H.W. (Hadrian's Wall). Wait, what happen with The Resistance? Did he leave? Was his time done with them? Did he decide it was lame and move on to something else? Was his only job just to push an old man out of a helicopter? Is this making any sense?
|BUT HE'S THE KING!!|
Meisner killed The King, a Royal, not just any Royal, A KING and NO ONE'S looking into this? Shouldn't Sean have people knocking on his door wanting to know what the police are going to do about a missing member of a Royal family from a foreign country? Furthermore, where's the fall out? sure Viktor assumed the throne for now but that only after members of his family all seem to mysteriously go missing in Portland. Eric Renard is dead, Kenneth is dead and framed as to being a serial killer and Fredrick Renard, The King is M.I.A, and no one's asking any questions? Right. Wars don't just end once you take out the head guy. WWII wouldn't have ended just by taking out Hitler, it'd have been a decisive blow but nothing war ending. Taking out Royalty would only turn the heat up on The Resistance, even IF Viktor wanted to get his uncle (The King) back for pulling him off the case of Adalind's baby, pressure from other family members would no doubt cause division among them and inevitable fall out.
Speaking of fall out, let's address The Wesen Council which I've neglected to mention in the previous articles. So as we know, The Wesen Council has been murdered by Black Claw. What are the implications of that? For example, if Congress blew up and every single state representative and legislator died that ramifications for the country would be immediate, elections would have to be held, mourning, non-stop news coverage, people would be appointed, speeches would be held, and a lot of legislation would be held up for more than likely a couple of years. Granted, Wesen operate in secret, but secretive or not, The Wesen Council was supposed to be the arbiter of all things Wesen (also, how does that work exactly? Do Wesen children go to Wesen schools where they're given a book of Wesen rules? Learn about Wesen culture? Is there a Wesen Hotline? A Wesen Council website that ONLY Wesen can log on to? How are these rules disseminated through out the Wesen population without drawing attention?). I guess none of that matters because The Wesen Council's dead and we'll never get the answer to those questions.
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But wouldn't you think that a group of Wesen appointed (was The Wesen Council elected? Appointed? If so, by whom and how?) to adjudicate on Wesen matters wouldn't be so easily removed from the picture. So what does this mean? Is there a special Wesen task force assembled to deal with such an event? A secret Wesen police force to investigate the matter? Will there be elections for new council members? Are there back-up council members? Also who are they? My wife and I have a running joke between us that The Wesen Council is solely composed to these two guys;
All jokes aside "Grimm" has taken great strides in building it's world of Wesen but hasn't REALLY thought it through to any degree where it'd be realistic. Take for instance the Beati Paoli, proud Wesen who are offended when humans desecrate Wesen culture, sounds logical until you realize that Humans aren't even supposed to be aware of Wesen and therefore wouldn't be aware they're desecrating anything. Little things like that make me wonder just what exactly is going on in the writer's room of "Grimm". And now I'd like to talk about Eve. Let's ignore the fact for a minute that there's no logical explanation behind why she's no longer Juliette and ask just why in the hell does she have all those wigs? Honestly, what's that all about?
I could see if she was an undercover operative, but she's not, I could see if she was attempting to disguise herself, she not, so what would an insanely powerful Hexenbiest need with a bunch of wigs? Its not like Eve seems to be all that concerned with her appearance (Hell, H.W. isn't even concerned with where you sleep, their rooms look like prisons) So really, according to Meisner H.W. is funded by the Government secretly (which explains the bare bones ass look of their headquarters) but did they really have room in the budget for Eve's many wigs? Get real. And don't feed me some B.S. about this being a "I'm not Juliette." kinda deal, because has NO problem going wigless at headquarters but out in public she gotta look fabulous? Right...
That being said where this current Season is going I can't say I'm too thrilled, sure we found out what The Keys open (a healing Stick) but ultimately that revelation is treated as background noise to the (extremely uninspiring, unoriginal) Black Claw a.k.a Wesen Supremacists and Renard eventually becoming Mayor of Portland by getting back Adalind's baby (who we still don't know why The Royal Family wanted to being with for those of you keeping score at home). In order to maintain it's episodic nature "Grimm" continues to fail at giving us a villain who's motives and goals are clear and can provide a lasting and credible threat. For 5 Seasons now "Grimm" has churned out one bad guy after another with no real staying power and the more they do this, the more the show's problems is magnified. My wife and I still greatly enjoy "Grimm" but as opposed to being riveted by the storytelling, we enjoy it because it provides much needed comic relief to end our week. I'm hoping "Grimm" pulls it together but after 5 Seasons, I'm not holding my breath.