Wednesday, June 21, 2017



From Oregon Live:

"The Wesen killer this week was a huge cicada insect that climbs out of the ground once every seven years and has one day to find a substantial human to feed on for the next seven years, until it's feeding time again. Ick. Even more disturbing, the big bug -- who's also quite a Dionysian party animal, in a detail that didn't really get developed -- is none other than William Stillman, a Portland founding father. For you non-Portlanders, Stillman is fictional, and we don't have a park named after him, with a statue looming. But it was nice to see "Grimm" back in Portland's woodsy parks, a hallmark of the show that I missed last season, with all that hanging around the gloomy Hadrian's Wall headquarters."

If you want to read the full review, click here.

I give props to the creators behind this show for this episode, in writing it so that the background story was believable.  Not that I bought into the "cicada-man" character, but that I believed that there really was a William Stillman in Portland's past.

I was sorry to find out that William Stillman was not only fictional, but that they didn't claim an actual Portland founder was Wesen.  The show in the past had asserted historical characters were involved in the Grimm/Wesen "history".  The most famous example was even echoed in the opening credits - that Adolph Hitler was a Shakal Wesen.  Nobody had a problem with that - I mean, it's Hitler.  I would believe he ate babies, even if he couldn't woge.

And Hitler wasn't the only one!  (Napoleon was supposedly a Steinadler.)

And showing that TV is educational, the show also introduced me to a famous artist in its last episodes:

From the Grimm Wiki:

Monroe shows the others a classic mythological rendering of the astrological constellations by Giovanni Antonio Vanosino da Varese. He says based on the what was painted, he thinks Giovanni could have been a Grimm. Nick agrees that the painting looks pretty Grimm-like and Monroe asks, "What if what they assumed were mythological pagan creatures were actually artistic representations of Wesen from the universe or multiverse or wherever?" Nick and Monroe point out that if that were the case, then Leo would be a Löwen, Ursa would be a Jägerbar, and Taurus would be a Taureus-Armenta. Rosalee asks Monroe if he is suggesting that Wesen come from other planets, and he tells her no, but he saying that Giovanni might be suggesting it.

The show has now ended, but as the Curator of Toobworld, I think I should continue looking for signs of Wesen activity in other TV shows.  I had done so once before, when Kay Lenz displayed such raw emotion in an episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' that I was certain she was about to woge into one of the big cat-like Wesen.  (Click here for more.)

I would also like to take a look at some real world people with their own "televersions"; some of them easily could be Wesen... one in particular.

A lot of the Wesen mythology stems from Germany.  And many of the Wesen we've seen in the past sometimes have a resemblance to their Wesen physiognomy in their human appearances.  

They never did have a Wesen during the run of the series which resembled squirrels.  Which is kind of surprising, considering how wooded an area surrounded Portland.  I even had the perfect name for such a Wesen - "Nussscheren".

A bit o' wishcraft: who could be this Nussscheren Wesen?  Is there somebody out there in the real world with an established televersion who has a Germanic background and sometimes resembles a squirrel.....?


I guess we'll never know now.....


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