Eve and Nick step through the looking glass and discover a world ruled by Wesen
When you step through a mirror into an unknown world, isn’t it common courtesy to leave a note?
Not if you’re Eve, apparently.
Monroe and Rosalee have to use context clues (uncovered mirror, open Hexen-book, blood on the mirror frame) to figure out where their new houseguest disappeared to at the end of the last episode. Once they do, they immediately call Nick and Adalind, who agree to come right over. “The cloth, the symbols, the other place. It’s all connected,” Adalind tells Nick. “I think you should bring the stick.”
That’s right: Nick’s stick is back in play, you guys!
And not a moment too soon. Eve wakes up in a snowy forest surrounded by Outlander-ish stone henges, one of which acts like a window into Monrosalee’s house. She pounds on it and yells, but they don’t hear her. Worse, the window disappears, leaving behind stolid stone with the cloth drawings carved into it. I tried to warn her that this might be a one-way ticket!
Suddenly she hears roaring and screaming and runs toward it (why toward??) and finds a human being pursued and eventually devoured by a group of Wesen, all of which are dressed in vaguely Medieval garb.
At Monrosalee’s, Adalind has to woge to open the Hexen-book, so she explains to Diana that her face has to change, but it’ll still be her. The process doesn’t seem to bother Diana at all, although Nick looks a bit unsettled. According to the book, Hexen-blood is acceptable currency to the other world, but only the blood donor can pass through.
Adalind immediately volunteers to go, which speaks volumes about the evolution of her character, but everyone stops the mother of two from doing so. Nick decides to give his stick a try (despite Adalind’s objections), and Monroe offers to go with him (but is overruled by Rosalee’s objections).
One tap of the stick on the mirror opens the Death Grip void, and Nick steps through. Although he was counting on using the stick for protection, it isn’t able to pass through the mirror with him. Diana is unsurprised. “It can’t. It doesn’t belong there.” Monroe and Rosalee worry that Nick won’t be able to find Eve, and if he does, they worry how the two will get back. But one problem at a time, I guess.
When Nick opens his eyes in the other place, he, too, sees the window into Monrosalee’s house before it dissolves into stone when he touches it. Next, he hears the same sounds of a nearby struggle and arrives in time to witness a vicious battle. Maybe they’ve discovered Wesen Fight Club Planet? A Blutbad has just killed a Bauerschwein, but when he spots Nick, he speculates in German that this “walking meat” will taste even better.
When aggressive punching doesn’t stop the Blutbad, Nick pulls out his gun and shoots him in the chest. “What kind of magic is that?” Fight Club wolf asks as he dies, which is actually kind of sad, like the Enterprise introducing warp technology to a civilization that’s barely mastered the wheel. But hey, at least Eve heard the shots and comes running.
“What is this place?” Eve asks Nick. Um, the place you foolishly traveled to alone? Nick tells her it looks like the Black Forest, although the Wesen here don’t woge back after they die. Then he yells at her for trying to prove something she doesn’t need to prove, and she retorts that she’s not trying to prove anything.
After they leave, another Blutbad finds Nick’s kill and howls in a way that was very upsetting to my cats. As they travel through the forest, unsure of where they’re going and only vaguely aware of how to get back to the henge, Eve tells Nick she’s seen Hundjägers, Klaustreich, two Schakals, a Coyotl, and one man dragged off like food. This leads them to believe they’re in a world run by Wesen, which might explain why Death Grip guy thought Eve would be his golden ticket.
At this point, they both notice that Eve’s hands are starting to woge against her will, and Nick suggests they try to, you know, leave. “Not before we kill that son of a bitch,” Eve replies, so they continue their hunt for skull face.
At Monrosalee’s, Adalind tells the couple that Renard has a friend who might be able to help, but he won’t share until he sees the tunnels, which she and Nick agreed needs to happen. Monroe is reluctant. “After all the backstabbing that’s gone on, literally and figuratively, you really want to bring him in on this?”
They loop in Hank and Wu at this point, and neither man is thrilled about the Renard plan. Still, when the sexiest police captain in Portland arrives, they all troop into the tunnel. (Renard is sort of horrified to realize the entrance was in Nick’s loft all along, and Monroe helpfully explains that they were Shanghai tunnels a century ago, and they also came in handy during Prohibition.)
When Renard learns the origin of the carvings, he’s gobsmacked that they have five of the seven keys. While Diana makes all the carvings glow purple to amuse her father, Adalind quietly reminds him that they need to figure out how she’s connected to it all.
Renard examines the cloth next, marveling that this is what the royal family’s been looking for for centuries, although he’s underwhelmed by the stick until he learns about its healing powers. At this point, Adalind asks him to call his friend.
In the other place, it’s now nighttime, and Nick and Eve are being pursued by a pack of Blutbaden. Luckily, they stumble across an open-air human encampment, ringed by stakes. Nick shoots all the Blutbad except one, which escapes. The terrified humans creep out and speak to them in German, which they barely understand. Okay, over the last couple of years, shouldn’t Nick have been doing some Rosetta Stone to improve his sprechen-ing of sie Deutsch?
The lead human is jubilant, shouting in German, “Our enemies are dead! He saved us!” The humans drag the Blutbad bodies into the encampment, where they’ll become that night’s dinner. Nick and Eve follow them, unsure if they know what a Grimm is and how they’ll feel about Eve’s Hexenbiest side.
Around the fire, the humans marvel at Nick’s terrifying weapon, which he explains is used to kill bad things, and if you look closely in the background, you’ll see the first-ever meeting of the Wesen World NRA being called to order.
Given the language barrier, the only way they can communicate is through Wesen names, which they have in common. This becomes a problem when they’re offered a helping of BBQ Blutbad. “How do you say ‘I’m a vegetarian’ in German?” Eve mutters. (Believe it or not, this is quite literally the only German phrase I know, thanks to a college trip abroad with a vegetarian roommate.)
Then Nick uses a charred stick from the fire to sketch the skull demon’s face on a flat stone. It ends up looking like primitive outsider art that would totally clean up at certain Portland galleries, I imagine. The humans seem to recognize the beast, so Nick points his gun at the tablet and Eve haltingly asks in German where they can find it. “Black Forest” is the answer, leading Nick to murmur that they’ve come full circle.
Emboldened by Nick’s boomstick, the humans start chanting, “Kill the Zerstörer!” So now they have a name and a local guide to leads them back to the henge, where ol’ skull face was chilling earlier this episode. The human tells them in German that it’s Wesens only from here on out because “no walking meat comes out alive.” Wait, is the name for humans in this place “walking meat”? That is DARK.
The human beats a hasty retreat when he notices Eve’s creeping woge on her hands and neck, and since Wesens in this world don’t seem to ever unwoge, they might want to get a move on.
On Earth, everyone’s gathered around Renard’s Skype call to Dasha, who warns them that nobody should go to the other place because it’s full of “wild things.” She compares it to Shrödinger’s cat, which is both alive or dead as long as its box is closed. These two dimensions exist simultaneously as long as they both stay closed, but when Nick and Eve went through, it opened one dimension and closed another.
I… do not understand that, and neither does everyone else. Dasha’s quick to say it’s not like they’re alive while Nick and Eve are dead, but it might be kind of like pre-life or afterlife, as opposed to heaven or hell.
Diana pipes up at this point to say that someone really bad lives there. When Dasha hears about the skull guy, she switches to Russian so she doesn’t scare the child. She tells Renard that Skeletor could be the devil, foretold in many prophesies, come to find a Shaphat and make her its bride to bear him 100 children.
The problem? Diana may be the Shaphat. Renard is not pleased about his potential son-in-law, particularly when Dasha says she doesn’t know a way to stop it. “You should prepare for the worst. We all should,” she says, then dramatically logs off.
Once Diana’s tucked into bed, Renard fills in the non-Russian speakers (a.k.a. everyone else) on Dasha’s information. Monrosalee recognize Shaphat as Hebrew, but Renard says in this case it means “child bride” — and it’s his child. They immediately scatter to do more research using the spice shop books and Adalind’s mother’s collection. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Man, do they need to digitize this stuff.
In the other place, Nick and Eve enter the henge and realize the one they came through has the cloth shapes on it, as do the stars above them. Then Eve points nearby and says, “I’m guessing this is your standard stone slab sacrificial altar.” Cheerful!
Although they’re braced for the Zerstörer, it’s actually the surviving Blutbad that attacks them, leaving Eve bleeding and Nick with only three bullets left. When Eve suggests he return home, he tells her that they’re sticking together, and they finally have a long-overdue conversation.
Nick tells her that none of this would’ve happened to her if not for him, making him feel guilty and responsible. Eve responds that when she was Juliette, she was scared and angry and did terrible, unforgivable things. “But I am not Juliette anymore. I’ll never be her again.” Furthermore, Eve says she wouldn’t want to change anything because she now has a strength and a purpose that she never did. Happiness no longer interests her, but she says there’s a reason that events conspired to bring them to this place together, which means she likely needs Nick’s help to kill the Zerstörer.
Wow. This is the best version of Eve we’ve ever seen. She’s confident but not apologetic, firm but not cruel. Well done, show, in turning robot-Eve into a character who knows her own mind and heart.
At this point, the ground starts to shake and the Zerstörer appears, eyes aglow. He pounds his staff on the ground and knocks the humans over with the resultant shockwave. Nick’s last three bullets bounce right off him, and the Zerstörer’s staff flashes green with power as Eve fully woges, ready to do battle.
Aaaand… to be continued!
- Love, love, love the snowy alternate dimension where humans cower from the Wesen overlords and everybody speaks German. It’s like Bizarro Narnia. Do you suppose Nick and Eve also found their way there to liberate the humans?
- I so hope we get a flash-forward in the finale so we see who and what Diana grows up to be. Wait, did I say flash-forward? I meant spin-off.
- Two more episodes, Grimm-sters…