Grimm Season 6 Episode 10 Review: Blood Magic

Grimm took on a weighty subject in a curious, not terribly effective way with "Blood Magic."

This Grimm review contains spoilers.

Grimm Season 6 Episode 10

“Nothing, they say, is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying.” – Thomas Paine 

“Blood Magic” was about euthanasia in the Wesen community. I was unable to connect this to the underlying plot device of the wooden stick, box, symbols, and tunnel.

Are viewers to glean that some members of Team Grimm might face certain death before series’ end? Thus far, everyone except Eve has remained on-script in what we’ve come to expect of their actions and behavior.

Eve’s quest for information on traveling to The Other Side was interspersed within an overall soapy episode. Why not parallel inevitable and unexpected deaths among the team? I wish more time would’ve been invested from the first chapter in season six on what could happen to individual team members. It would’ve created tension and suspense to experience the effects of turning pages in an unfolding story coming to an end. We were treated to this last week when Nick transcribed the tale of the tree people into a Grimm journal.

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We know better than to assert that we all die alone, given mass murderers, families dying in house fires, and innocent bystanders losing their lives at the hands of a suicide bombers. Arranging deaths with the assassin bug was meant to contradict the lonely nature of crossing over into an unknown next realm. Death ought to be painless for the afflicted and their loved ones is what I gathered.

Who would Nick be without Rosalee’s spice shop and Monroe’s friendship? Hank would’ve remained an outsider if not for his experiences with a Wesen ex-girlfriend, among other seemingly inexplicable things happening in and around Nick’s life. Wu was the last to be brought into their confidence before his werewolf conversion. Could there have been more layers between characters and their fates in the final season? 

By episode’s end, Eve stepped solo into a full-length mirror, unprepared and unequipped to investigate the green-eyed skulled creature. Some believe death works similarly in that at the time of passing, individuals step into the unknown with no expectations of returning.

Viewers might wonder why Eve has taken on the role of martyr. Guilt can be a powerful motivator, however Nick has seen the creature, and Diana’s able to see the symbols as well. We’re just as much in the dark as is Eve because she didn’t alert anyone of her spontaneous plans.

Are we to expect apprehensive Adeline or cautious Nick to piece together clues that Eve has ignored both their warnings and traveled by all accounts one-way? The writing and plotting still appears reckless as we draw nearer to the series’ end. It’s difficult not to compare and contrast Grimm with past and current programs, supernatural and mainstream, that better handled interconnected episodic television.

Renard and Dasha are a new faction, not quite at odds with Team Grimm because Diana’s integral to both. A big picture concept that is yet to be introduced: if we all don’t work together, we’re all doomed. Instead of putting differences aside and working for the good of all, we have baring of teeth and chest hairs between Renard and Nick. It’d be dramatic if they were to find their way to each other just as the stereotypical meteor’s an hour or two away from crashing onto earth. I’m partial to a slow-cooking stew versus scrambled eggs with bits of shell inside. Let’s see what happens in upcoming episodes.

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3 out of 5