by Laure Mack
Dash: "I know. I'm sorry."
Killian: "Don't apologize. I know you wouldn't do anything like that on purpose."
Like any mediocre episode, this one was peppered with the good, the bad and the confusing.
Dash and Killian are obviously the brothers referred to in the title, but for an episode named after them, it didn't center around them as much as I thought it would. It's time for them to get their inheritance (aka the grimoire), but we already knew and they both already knew that they are warlocks so the whole reveal was a little pointless. Something this episode did well was all the brotherly love. It was nice to see them getting along and Dash not only seemed relieved that he hadn't murdered his brother as he thought but also went out of his way to save his life. The laughing, the bonding and the treasure hunt were all a lot of fun, but I bet it won't last long.
Another thing that's been done quite well all season is the ambiguity of Frederick's loyalty. Towards the beginning of the episode I thought the writers were redeeming him to us. It seemed like he was being genuine with Freya and not interested in helping the shapeshifters to the point that he was perhaps even a little embarrassed by his history with them. Then he was all secretive and duplicitous when Freya was taken and didn't seem all that upset when he was told half of his family was probably dead. (On a side note: it makes complete sense why Joanna and Freya are so upset that he didn't tell someone what was going on EXCEPT that the entire family has terrible communication skills. They should really be used to it. Joanna didn't call Wendy or Ingrid when she finally found out. Pot, meet kettle.)
While we are talking about Frederick, the current array of options for who the beast could be are also quite incestuous with Freddie at the top of this list and Ingrid straddling him every other episode. She keeps referring to feeding him, but the imagery is way too overtly sexual for it to be an accident. I mean, what exactly is she feeding? His penis?
I don't understand why Ingrid is blaming herself for the murder of Dash's blackmailer, but what's even more confusing is her trust in him. Helping him learn to control his powers is one thing, but asking him for help with her lapses in time is coming off as a cheap way to push these two together. She saw him murder a man in cold blood, he admits to feeling no remorse about it and unless I forgot something Dash is still thought to be her sister's "destroyer". So then how could she confide in him over her mother or her sister or her aunt?
Speaking of possible incest, this week the ick factor award goes to the leg lick. Licking the bloody thigh of your twin sister while she is in her underpants is wrong on too many levels. ICK. We probably haven't seen the last of Ivar's sister. I wonder who will lick her wounds for her now. A close cousin perhaps.
2 out of 4 Grimoires
maybe 1.5 out of 4
Bits and pieces
(I really want to change this section title to something more witchy, but I can't come up with anything that has the right ring to it. Any ideas?)
This is the first episode title this season that wasn't a play on words of a Hemingway novel title. It is a play on, however, The Brothers Grimm who were responsible for writing the original versions of some of the most beloved fairy tales.
If I were a shapeshifter, a rat is one of the last possible options I would choose to shapeshift into.
Killian seemed awfully upset that Freya didn't tell him the truth for someone that is married to another woman.
Wendy spent the entire episode trying her best to canoodle with the very charming EMT.
Victor died. It struck me as absolutely absurd. Why couldn't Joanna switch Freya and put a bag of potatoes in the chair? It was lazy writing to get from point A to point B and I expected better. That's really all I have to say about that.
Joanna: "I'm happy with Victor."
Wendy: "Yea, after you fought for three centuries and were estranged for two."
Joanna expressing how happy she is was the kiss of death for poor Victor. This exchange screamed that he wouldn't survive.
Freya: "Twincest? Really?"
Ivar: "You're worse than we are. Lower than a rat. You always were."
Frederick: "You really came here and threatened my family knowing what I'm capable of?"
Ivar: "You just killed half of your family."
Frederick: "Yea, but I killed you too."