Sgt. Wu has seen things that make a man question his own sanity. But it's his steadfast intelligence and competence on Grimm that makes his struggle this season acutely lonely and sharp.
Reggie Lee plays Sgt. Drew Wu on Grimm, which airs its third-season finale Friday, May 16 on NBC and CTV. Lee didn't want to overstate it, but what the heck, he couldn't contain his excitement.
“Come the season-ender, my friend, this particular season-ender has a cliffhanger for almost every character,” Lee said.
Well, in that case, it's a damn good thing Grimm has been renewed for a fourth season. Not that it ever was in doubt.
Grimm, of course, is based on the premise that all the dangerous creatures from the old fairy tales are true, but only certain people can see them in this modern age. Lee's Sgt. Wu faced a major crisis this season when something he saw shook him so badly that he landed in a mental facility.
Sgt. Wu now is back on the job, and he keeps telling himself he's over it, that what he saw couldn't be real. But because the writers on Grimm didn't make his character dumb from the start – and how often in lesser shows are the uniformed cops ridiculously oblivious as the cool detectives solve the crimes? – Sgt. Wu has been conditioned to trust his own brain.
“I knew there was more character development to come, which is great,” Lee said. “Wu is kind of the balance between human and non-human, it's normal people and the rest of the Scooby gang. So it's nice to come out of my shell, so to speak.
“I don't think I really had expressed that much vulnerability or shock throughout the series. Wu is usually so in control and sarcastic, but this is a different arena for him.”
There was a great scene a couple of episodes ago when Sgt. Wu encounters Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) at the police station. They virtually are strangers, but when the subject turns to nightmares, and Trubel says, “Tell me about it,” there's a pause and a look on Sgt. Wu's face that pierces your heart.
“As actors it's like candy for us, and I love that you noticed it,” Lee said. “I know it's network television and we're doing it every week, but I take it very seriously, so it's great to hear things like that.
“Wu is aching to tell someone, to talk to someone about it. He wants answers or even just a sympathetic ear. He doesn't want his co-workers to see that he's 'weak.' So who does he go to? He almost went to her. Almost.”
Grimm specializes in the “almost,” which gives the big moments more impact. There are sure to be a few of those this week.
“This season finale is wonderfully, wonderfully crazy,” Lee said. “With Wu, certainly, I think the fans will get a good kick out of this one.”