Original Airdate: October 4, 2014
Director: James Head
Writer(s): Billy Brown and Craig S. Phillips
So from what I've read, this seems to be an episode that people really like. Do I agree with what they say? Well, let's take a of closer look.
While visiting his deceased, estranged grandfather's house, Bo discovers his grandfather's glasses, which give him the power to see a demon that may be haunting the house — and uncover why his mother hates talking about her father.
One of the strongest elements of this episode is the characters. For one thing, they seem to react to things in a somewhat realistic manner. For example, when the mother is listening to Bo's claims, she is skeptical but she tries to believe what she's saying. She also figures out that Bo might be telling the truth rather quickly. Second, I felt like the characters got just enough development for me to care about them but not too much to where it bogged down the episode. For example, Bo's grandfather abandoned his family to travel the world, as he felt that it was more important than them. However, when he realized that this decision came with major consequences in both the physical world and the afterlife, he decided to take responsibility and right his wrongs with the help of his grandson. I also like how we get to see how the situation affects all of the characters, rather than just the main character.
Unfortunately, there is one major problem with this episode that just irks me. I'm of course talking about the demon's voice. So in the episode, a demon (which turns out to be the mother's anger personified) is trapping the spirit of Bo's grandfather and preventing him from moving on. The best way I can describe the voice is that it's a generic, guttural sounding voice, which is the most clichéd type of voice you can give a demon. In fact, it's so clichéd, that the voice comes off as unintentionally funny. Now when the demon first appears, it doesn't talk while it's stalking Bo and trying to scare him. During this time, the scenes where it's trying to be scary and/or disturbing are more effective. However, when the demon starts to talk, it's almost impossible to take it seriously. Maybe it's just me but I personally prefer monsters who don't talk because it seems like most of the time, I feel like talking monsters are difficult to take seriously. If you're wondering why I'm dwelling on this so much, it's because this show has taken plots that have been done to death and put their own spin on it. So I know this show can do better with handling clichéd elements like this.
Overall, Grandpa's Glasses is an episode that isn't too bad, as it can pull off the emotional moments with the help of its strong characters. But when it tries to be scary, it just falls flat on its face most of the time and that's a shame because there have been other episodes that have pulled off both the emotional and scary/disturbing moments before.
Overall Grade: C+