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25 January 2017 @ 09:44 am
I have a lot of feeling about Grimm.

Particularly about Adalind.

And Juliette.

Why do people hate on Juliette so much? Honestly. I don't understand.

She was lied to, kidnapped, memory-wiped, nearly-murdered - all more than once. Yet, she always loved Nick, helped when and how she could, and tried her very best to be a good person.

Her descent into 'evil' was slow, believable, and not entirely her fault. In fact, yay, here's another thing we can blame Adalind for, yet no one seems to.

I read a decent article Can 'Grimm' Season 6 Fix The Nick, Adalind, and Juliette Problem? that makes a couple great observations:

[[ It was a slow slide down a slope which intensified when Nick rejected her. Juliette doesn’t react well to the notion that her friends think she needs to be "fixed." When she transforms she becomes something horrific to them and in their rejection she becomes what they fear, but had they — and Nick especially — put her needs before their own prejudice, she could have been saved.

There's an anti-hexenbiest prejudice which runs throughout the characters in the show — as a race hexenbiests are usually evil. But whilst Nick, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) all shelter and protect Adalind, even after all the terrible things she did to them, they reject Juliette — their friend and loved one — when she begins to change.


The question is, why are we expected to forgive Adalind so easily when she was always so much worse than Juliette? Why does Adalind succeed when Juliette is punished? Juliette had a hand in Kelly’s death, but she did not kill her. Adalind has attempted to kill Nick, Juliette, Kelly, Monroe, Rosalee, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) and more, but she receives redemption whilst Juliette does not.

Do we give Adalind more leeway because she is a mother? This is certainly a point of contention once she falls pregnant with Nick's child, as Kenneth Bowes-Lyon (Nico Evers-Swindell) says to Juliette in "Iron Hans":

"She's having what should have been your baby with your boyfriend."

Given the influence of the hexenbiest, Julliete’s reaction to the events of Season 3 and 4 is understandable, to an extent. As much as we may love Adalind, she is not a good person — especially when it comes to the relationship between her and Juliette.


And lets be honest, biesty Juliette is the best kind of Juliette. She’s assertive, she’s strong, she’s a stone cold bitch and after three seasons of her being a bit of a weed, it’s a startling and incredible transformation. For the first time she’s standing up for herself, for the first time she’s calling Nick out for being a rubbish boyfriend, and it’s a breath of fresh air.


Grimm doesn’t take many prisoners, but Juliette is the show’s greatest victim, echoing the warnings of Marie Kessler (Kate Burton) who told Nick from the beginning that he must leave Juliette and a normal life behind in order to protect her. Maybe I'll be proven wrong, maybe the writers will find a conclusion to her story which doesn’t end with her dying tragically. But, at the end of the day, Juliette deserved better.]]

So, yeah. I don't know why fans and show alike are so awful to Juliette.

When you read the comments at the end of the article, people are brutal. They hate Juliette, so much, for no reason. Juliette did little if anything to deserve such ire and bile - and then when Adalind does all the fucked up shit she does - including raping Nick, stealing Juliette's memories, putting her on the path that makes her a hexenbeist, again against her will - and somehow Juliette is the bad guy and Adalind is ok?

Adalind's power got taken away and suddenly she became "good"? Really? Such bullshit.

And the fact that the show went in the Nick/Adalind direction is honestly creepy and fucked up. Not just because they sacrificed Juliette and didn't give a shit for a character who put up with a lot and really only ever loved and tried to be a good person, but also because Adalind has done and attempted to do fucked up shit, has never apologized for it, and raped Nick.

I just...I can't. I really can't.

Cross-posted @ http://eos-joy.dreamwidth.org/126743.html