Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grimm 6x06 Review: “Breakfast In Bed” (Don’t Fall Asleep) [Contributor: Alisa Williams]

“Breakfast In Bed”
Original Airdate: February 10, 2017

“Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all.”

We’re fast approaching the series finale, and Grimm is continuing to pull no punches with its introduction of new sinister Wesen. In the latest episode, we meet Dan, a man who is running on very little sleep due to a green, toothy monster who likes visiting him at night. Dan is living in the derelict Englewood Hotel, where many low-income individuals reside. Despite Dan’s attempts to secure his room, the monster keeps getting in. This leads Dan to become paranoid and delusional, and he attacks and kills a man in a park one morning after a particularly disturbing visit from the green monster.

Before Nick inevitably gets called in to investigate, he and the team are doing some early morning research into the strange symbols Eve and Diana have been drawing. They discover one of the symbols is seven stars — the constellation Pleiades — and this corresponds with the seven Grimm crusaders and seven keys they already know about.

Once Nick gets into the precinct, he fills Hank in on what they’ve learned about the symbols. Then they head out to investigate the latest murder. It doesn’t prove to be too hard to track down their suspect, considering there were multiple witnesses and Dan was only wearing boxer shorts and a white tee for his stroll in the park and subsequent killing.

Dan continues to scream nonsense at them as they break down his door, yelling that he can’t let them in because something is after him. Nick and Hank hope it’s just all in his head but they suspect a Wesen may be behind it all. They talk to the landlord and he says Dan was normal when he first moved in a couple months ago, but got “weirder and weirder” over the past few weeks. Meanwhile, there’s a creepy old man in a wheelchair, Mr. Charles Lynk, who seems to just like hanging out in the hallway outside Dan’s room. Hank and Nick are a little suspicious of him and the landlord confirms there’s something a bit off about Lynk — no one’s ever heard him speak.

Back at the precinct, Renard is paid a visit by a high-level member of Black Claw. Renard tells him in no uncertain terms that he is done with Black Claw. The bad guy just smiles and walks out, which does not bode well for Renard, in my opinion. Also, can we discuss how last episode ended with Renard sprawled out on the ground of an abandoned building with the undead Meisner standing over him? It was unclear at that time whether Renard was trapped in his own head or what after his bout with the spirit vacuum. But now he’s back at work and seems alright, albeit a little jumpy.

Nick and Hank are becoming more and more determined that Dan has had a bad reaction to seeing a Wesen and that has caused his volatile behavior. They go in to question him but he’s only able to give them a vague description before he becomes overwhelmed by memories of the beast and becomes violent, causing Hank to have to knock him out before he hurts them.

Eve, Rosalee, and Monroe are still at the spice shop, where they’ve developed the theory that all of these strange symbols are a map of the universe that form a calendar. They can tell some of the symbols are Sumerian and others are Mayan, but how symbols from these two cultures work together to form an ancient calendar is still a mystery. Just then Hank and Nick join them, needing assistance with their Wesen case. Even with the vague description from Dan, Monroe knows immediately that the Wesen they’re looking for is an Alpe — a beast who paralyzes its victim so it can feed on their sleep, causing the individual to suffer insomnia to the point of madness. Turns out, Monroe’s favorite aunt back in Germany was plagued by an Alpe, but the family didn’t realize until it was too late that it was a Wesen feeding on her sleep that drove her insane.

Now they know what the Wesen is, but they still don’t know how the Alpe got into Dan’s room. As they look deeper into past problems at the hotel, they discover a past tenant attacked a maid, while six other tenants committed suicide. The suspicious violence spans the past 60 years, making the old man in the wheelchair, Charles Lynk, their prime suspect.

They place a call to the woman who owns the hotel, Beverly Garwood, but she is no help at all. She resides in Los Angeles and says she inherited the property from grandfather when he died and she just lets the manager and repairman handle the day-to-day.

As the day winds down, Renard heads out of the precinct, but Meisner warns him that two men are waiting by his car, ready to kill him. Meisner then helps Renard by blinding one of the men while Renard sneaks up on the other, grabs his gun and shoots first him, and then the blinded one. When Renard questions why the undead Meisner helped save his life just then, Meisner says it’s because Renard chose the right side this time. Then he walks away. As Renard shouts after him, asking if he’s done haunting him now, Meisner merely waves. I’m going to guess Meisner’s only just begun.

Meanwhile, back at the hotel building, the Alpe has had to find a new victim: Dan’s neighbor across the hall. She takes having her sleep consumed even worse than Dan did. In the morning — after the Alpe’s paralyses finally wears off — she runs out of her room screaming, trips on the stairs and falls over the banister to her death.

Nick and Hank decide they need someone to go undercover at the hotel. Since all the suspects have already seen them, they enlist Monroe. He’s more than willing to help bring down the Alpe and considers it payback for what happened to his dear aunt. Rosalee is less pleased that Monroe is putting himself in danger, but Nick and Hank assure her they’ll catch the Alpe before it has a chance to feed on Monroe’s sleep.

They pump Monroe full of melatonin to attract the Alpe and turn him loose. He books a room at the Englewood and heads straight to bed after locking the door and windows and setting up a camera on the dresser. It doesn’t take long for the Alpe to take the bait. The camera gets knocked down before Nick and Hank can get a look at it, however. Then it paralyzes Monroe and prepares to steal his sleep. Nick and Hank try to rush into the hotel but the front door is locked, thanks to the manager.

They break the glass of the front door but by the time they reach Monroe’s room, the Alpe is gone. They realize there’s a passageway behind the dresser (which is why the camera got knocked down). They take off through the passage and quickly find the manager, who attacks them. But when he woges, he is a Hundjäger — definitely not the Alpe, though him trying to kill them would suggest he works for it. They kill the manager and take off down another passage in search of the Alpe. This passage leads them into an opulent room which is in stark contrast to the disrepair of the rest of the hotel and the clientele it serves.

As they look around, Beverly Garwood comes out in her bathrobe, looking extremely disgruntled by the intrusion. Apparently she doesn’t live in Los Angeles after all. Monroe is able to smell that she’s the Alpe they’ve been looking for. Nick tries to reason with her but she attacks and ends up falling onto an end table, dying on impact. Not that anyone’s too sad about this.

Meanwhile, upstairs the old man in the hallway, Charles Lynk, begins laughing uncontrollably and woges into a red herring-like Wesen. Because of course.

Back at the spice shop, Rosalee and Eve are still hard at work deciphering the calendar. They are able to plug the star coordinates into the computer and it spits out a date — in the future. March 24. Apparently, all the strange symbols lead to a date and time that hasn’t happened yet.

Bonus Musings:
  • “Got a fun one. Someone woke up in a bad mood and smashed a guy’s head into the pavement.” “And you’re happy about this?” “No. But I’ll take a cold-blooded murderer over an unsolvable ancient riddle about the universe any day. The only big bang theory I want to deal with is the one from a gun.” 
  • “These things can’t walk through walls... can they?”
  • “You might want to reconsider conversing with someone no one else can see.”


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