I’ll skip the Reference Rundown this time around, because honestly, there isn’t much to say. The episode is supposedly based on the fairy tale “The Queen Bee”, but has nothing at all in common with it. It’s one of those stories in which three brothers set out to reach a goal, and the last one, the simpleton, is successful because he is kind to everyone and follows advice he is given. In this case, helpful animals come to his aid, ants, ducks and, you might have guessed it, bees. So the only reference is the fact that bees have a helpful role. Not even the quote is from the fairy tale; it’s from a 1955 movie with Joan Crawford, which just happens to have the same title. So there is really not much I have to say about this, aside from the fact that the name “Melissa” means honey bee.
Not really German this time around, Melifer is based on the Latin word for honey bee. According to the website, the queen bee is called “Mellischwuler”, but if it’s mentioned or written somewhere in the actual episode, I keep missing it. Thankfully, because that would have resulted in me laughing the whole episode; the only way I can explain that lapse is that someone missed the line in the dictionary in landed by “queer” instead of “queen”, or that they just looked up possible translations without considering the double meaning of the word in English, since a “Schwuler” is in German a gay man. As a name for a female hive leader, that doesn’t work at all.
Highs and Lows
+ Nick’s dilemma
+ The whole interaction between Nick and Monroe
+ The Flash mob
- Hanks fight with the window. How about simply closing the damn door?
- More cryptic talk, this time from Melissa
- How does shutting down the mill hinders the bee queen to warn Nick?
Was it the right decision to kill Melissa in order to rescue Adelind? It looks like Nick just lost the Melifers as allies, if the bee sting at the end is any indication. But it’s interesting to know that it isn’t “Grimms against the rest of the world”, but that there are actually different groups with different interests.
The Final Judgment
This could have been an good episode if it had been set later in the series. While I am left wondering what the consequences of Nick’s actions will be, not knowing what actually is at stake when he makes the decision to rescue the Hexenbiest over the Mellifer queen, it’s difficult to get emotional invested. It doesn’t help that this is the third episode in a row in which someone makes obscure, meaningless hints to something instead of just telling straightforward what the great danger is, Nick should beware of.
I think it’s a good idea to mix less known fairy tales between the well known early on. But the total lack of actual references to the fairy tale makes the episode frustrating if you watch the show for the mythological aspect.
The only thing in which the episode convinces is the human interpretation of the bees – using twitter as communication, having a hive-like structure. But that alone is not enough to sustain the episode. I give 4 golden keys out of 10.