On "Bad Moon Rising" we were faced with a Hank we hadn't seen before, one falling apart and being torn apart by internal demons. But the real surprise was coming for Hank later when Carly turned in front of him and Nick gave up the... Wesen.
The good news was Hank took it much better than Juliette did when she learned the truth. Hank was just a boatload of happy to learn he wasn't crazy. Was I the only one who laughed out loud when Hayden went all tough guy, turned Coyotl, ran toward Hank and Hank just punched him in the face?
Coyotls are like the bad gangs of the Wesen world; more specifically, they're the semi-hot, brutal, redneck bad boys who are kind of like werewolves. But their real advantage is that they can catch humans off guard. Hank expected him and the dude dropped like a bag of rocks.
Ladies and gentlemen, Hank finally earned his stripes and I will never have to moan about his ignorance again. I am one happy viewer.
But what about everything else? Given the emphasis placed upon Juliette's segregated memory, complete except for the most important person in her life, I was surprised there was so little of Renard in the episode. "The Kiss" clearly wiped Nick out of Juliette's mind, but did it replace him with Renard? I was dying to know exactly what role he was going to play in Juliette's new life. How dare they leave us hanging!
Considering how smooth the previous two episodes flowed with regard to story, this one was lacking. Don't get me wrong, Hank's being brought into the circle was very well played and timed so he wasn't angry or vengeful about being kept in the dark for so long. That could have been a rough road, but instead it was a treat.
Dropping the ball on Renard, his bastard-of-the-royal-line reveal and that he took Juliette away from Nick without even thinking about it this week was just odd. When they spoke of Adelind and her mom briefly, they could have at least dropped us a piece of unripened fruit to toss around while the rest of story stayed dormant. It didn't have to be juicy.
That Renard didn't think about it made me wonder if he even knew exactly what that kiss was going to do. If he did, would he have let Juliette wake up and go home with Nick?
Might getting information about Nick be the big plan? If so, surely there could have been a spell that would have left her memory in tact. She had just learned the secret, after all. That would have been more helpful in a dirt sifting scenario than starting from scratch.
Ah well, I'm nitpicking. It's exciting to think what Hank might bring to the inside now that he knows the full story. He'll be meeting everyone again for the first time, which will be fun to explore. Grimm Season 2 has started out with great momentum and moved from "sure, I'll watch it" to "must see" on my viewing list.
Be sure to come back next week when Nick McHatton returns from his hiatus to review another all new episode of Grimm!
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