Grimm Review: A Grimm Confession
After a few weeks off from an early start, Grimm settled back into its Friday night slot with "The Good Shepherd."
Sadly for Grimm, however,tonight tried telling a mostly procedural story rather than a serial one, and the show stumbled a bit because of it. However, aside from said stumble, there were a few moments that were more than worth the price of admission.
So let’s get started, shall we?
Moment 1: Juliette
Juliette’s memory loss continues to be such an intriguing element to Grimm this season, and I truly enjoy the awkwardness between Nick and Juliette. I know that’s a little weird to say, but a lot of it has to do with them having small scenes together that add up to the love they once shared.
At times Juliette’s go-to line of “I’m really trying” can fall flat, and it’s nice to get some reassurance with some showing instead of telling. The scene with Nick and Juliette exemplifies this because Juliette has every reason to get her own place. Nick is a stranger to her, she literally doesn’t know him, but instead both of them decide to go with their guts and stick around.
In that moment it felt like Juliette and Nick rekindled some of the spark they’ve lost.
On the other side of the coin are Renard and the flashback of his kiss with Juliette. I wonder if the potion that turned him into a “human” temporarily also brought all of those feelings flooding in. I keep expecting once Juliette and Renard cross paths that there will be some kind of Cinderella and Prince Charming reunion of sorts as he is the one who broke her slumber, not Nick.
Moment 2: Secret Agent Monroe
While Nick’s trailer can be seen as his arsenal, it’s really Monroe (and Rosalee) that acts as Nick’s secret weapon. Monroe has the access and Blutbad pedigree to go where Nick can’t in the Wesen world, and that really shined for him here.
It also gave Monroe the chance to have a decently defined role in Nick’s life. As more people have come into Nick’s secret, Monroe has continually lost ground in his partnership. When Rosalee came to town, Monroe no longer needed to provide the Blutbad way of curing things. When Hank learned of the secret, Monroe had lost ground in being a confidant to Nick.
Moment 3: Nick – 3 Bad Guys – 0
The Nuckelavee, for being a creature that bides his time and plans carefully, sure didn’t plan on meeting his maker - but as we’ve witnessed time and time again Nick is always prepared for the royally hired Wesen.
However, the Nuckelavee getting his butt kicked isn’t even the best part: Nick’s reaction to him is. While we know Nick has no real qualms about taking the life of those sent to murder him, his reaction to seeing the drawing of the key seems to really set him off.
Nick didn’t want to send this guy back with a message. No, Nick wanted to erase all trails of him. A lot of that has to do with Juliette and keeping her safe. Nick’s life, and that house, has been such a hotbed for the shady Wesen world that he’s really trying to keep that part of his life hidden, and seeing that drawing makes him realize that he’s failing at doing so.
But Nick also knows the value of the key, and he knows that it needs to be kept safe no matter what.
I just wish Nick would begin putting together Renard…maybe Juliette is the start of that?
- Adalind Schade’s Claire Coffee was promoted to a series regular this week.
- Really? A letter opener?
- Hank is really being distanced from Nick. Can he only see Blutbads? What’s the extent of what he can and can’t see?
- I’m ready for a return of Mama Burkhardt.
Grimm: "The Good Shepherd"
Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.