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Grimm Review: Fate Only Pulls in One Direction

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One of Grimm’s best assets is the ability to show someone’s true colors. What is just below the exterior of a character?

"The Bottle Imp" did just that, and in a way that made both the procedural story and the continuing character arcs richer.

Hank & Nick On the Move

The plot twist of the little girl, April, being the Wesen hurting and murdering people didn’t surprise me too much, considering the Grimm-pedia specifically mentioned “offspring” (while being conveniently left out by Nick and Hank).

But what did take me aback - and what was so much fun to watch - was this living and breathing Wesen world that each creature adapts to and carves out for his/her kind. April’s family members know that as they grow up hormones tend to send them out of control, and to provide a counterbalance to that they have a Wesen of their own looking out for them and keeping them in line in at Juvenile Detention.

The biggest take away from the entire case this week was Nick’s reaction to April near the end when he kept watching her in the interrogation room. There are a couple ways to take this, and it could be as simple as Nick waiting to see the guard introduce herself to April. But I see it as Nick continually realizing just how much he is losing from Juliette’s forgotten memories.

Over the course of the episode Nick grew attached to April and the feeling became mutual. Parlay that with Nick’s dream of Juliette remembering everything about them and it’s not hard to imagine Nick is longing for the life he once had. However, Nick’s fate as a Grimm seems to be taking the reigns, as Aunt Marie’s warning that he should break it off with her because his life will become too dangerous continues to come true.

Plus, Nick’s attempt to remind Juliette of what they once lost by dancing with her had completely unseen results: A kiss with Juliette leaves her seeing Renard instead of Nick.

Poor Juliette, she’s ending up in a big mess of collateral damage because Adalind plays dirty.

Renard is another story, and I (still) can’t read him for the life of me. Is his newfound obsession with Juliette because of the potion he took to wake her up, or are these feelings been just below his unbreakable exterior much longer? If this is being set up as some kind of super awkward Days of our Lives love triangle you can count me out on that story.

Finally, we have Hank. As I’ve mentioned before, Hank being in on the secret makes him far more interesting, and tonight he gets to see Nick’s playground: the trailer. Grimm is playing with this “core three” of Nick, Hank and Monroe a lot more this season from promos, posters and art to every week Hank learning just how much of a partner Monroe is when Hank couldn’t be or can’t be to Nick.

Here, Hank learned that Monroe was the one who saved him way back in “Game Ogre,” and the more Hank learns of Monroe the more the fear dissipates in place of admiration.

A few more thoughts:

  • Adalind is back! And she’s just as mysterious and connected as Renard, but the difference is Renard doesn’t really have any sort of control over her.
  • I still think Adalind’s cat is the key to getting all of Juliette’s memory back.
  • Monroe taking care of the spice shop, while funny, is not somewhere I want him to be. I want him back out in the field helping Nick out, but I can’t fault him he’s being a good friend/boyfriend.
  • I totally want a storage shed buried in a remote location.

Review

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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (51 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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@joker573 - Go back & listen to Monroe's explanation to Hank. Then, remember that Renard is half-human, half-Hexenbiest. Adalind was full Hexenbiest and Nick was able to see her easily. With Renard being part human, a good part of him doesn't need any hiding. It's also a control issue. Renard keeps a lid on his emotions extremely well, probably because he had to while growing up around royals & full humans.

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Question???? Has there ever been an explanation why Nick cannot see Renard as he is? I thought Grimms were supposed to be able to do that. Maybe I missed that. I have watched all the episodes but don't recall an explanation.

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I'm pretty sure that Renard's newfound infatuation with Juilet is due to the potion (at least I hope so cause he's my fav character and Juilet is #1 on my need to die character). Apparently everyone agrees that he's the only one that can break the curse. I'm going to assume that other than a pure heart, you need to be a prince (or at the very least a royal), so that potion to make him pure heart probably also made infatuated with her. I hope next episode will give off a less EPISODIC feel. Kinda feels like a filler chapter where not much plot development happens except we know Adalain is back.

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Kinda sick of the julliet story, I admit that I never liked her and in the beginning the memoryloss was ok, now it's just getting old. You are right about that triangle, count me out! Can't nick find someone else?

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Good episode. Monroe's storyline had a good payoff. I like the greater integration of Hank. I hope Adalind isn't just a plot device in the future. We finally got movement on Renard and Juliette.

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You have an interesting take on the scene where Nick is staring at April. I'm not sure I see the link between that and Juliette. My thoughts were that Nick didn't see the fact that the kid was a little monster coming, and I think it threw him off that someone that seemed so innocent could have that kind of inner madness going on. He thought he knew so well, being a Grimm, about how appearances can be deceiving, but this one caught him off-guard. I think that unnerved him. I thought it was great how cool the warden was with Nick, just on Monroe's word. Speaking of Monroe, I think it's actually important to note in this episode that Nick and Monroe didn't have any scenes together or conversations. Last episode saw Monroe suffer a loss because of the Grimm world; could it be that they're pulling apart? Quick notes: Hank gets more awesome every episode. I'm sure the actor is relieved that he's getting more to do. As for Renard/Juliette/Adalind - that's gonna be a mess. I'm not convinced the cat died...

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I suspect the cat is important too...too bad it is dead (it got hit by a car like about a month ago and I would think if alive well Juliet would have her wouldn't she?) I think it waas funny that Renard had multiple spellings of Juliet like I always do too. I couldn't figure out what was going on with the staredown of Nick and the little girl...that was a regular interrogation room she couldn't see him, but I guess I was not clear on what kind of creature these Wesen were...I think Monroe's storyline went oddly like they wanted it to be comic relief with the funny idea of dealing with girlfriend's job...but they seemed to forget that girlfriend has a very important job and is basically the Wesen doctor and the writers were too commited to the story.

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I thought this episode was OK. I don't know if it was the writing, or the fact that I'm a parent to two tween girls, that made me certain the little girl was the culprit behind the attacks. But, the father never entered the house when he picked her up. She was just sitting outside, making it evident that her mother had been inside, already injured. Another thing I noticed - Nick was positively gleeful when he showed Hank his trailer. He has NEVER been that excited or animated about anything where Juliette is concerned. Nick's dream in the beginning showed us that he wants to share this part of his life with her. But, is this really the right woman for him if the thing he's most passionate about has to be hidden because of her sensibilities? He's hA to choose if she can't handle him being a Grimm. If he chooses Juliette, he will be miserable because he can't stop himself from seeing wesen in his daily life.

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Yeah, I don't care for Juliette much. Didn't like her before she forgot Nick. The Captain, what is he? A Royal, what does that mean? And if he's all that, why didn't he know this spell would cause his obsession of Juliette? He knew how to wake her up, why not the rest? Love the show anyway. Love Monroe and Hank and Monroes Girl. I even like the Captain, he's a really good cop. Another must see on Friday Nights.

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Another interesting thing in this episode that I picked up in terms of "below the exterior" is Hank's continuing discovery of just how far beyond normal Nick's gotten in this life as a Grimm. He may be accepting (for now), but he looked quietly freaked out when he saw the books, the weapons, and when he learned Nick basically ordered the ogre's death. I wonder if we're going to get to a point where things go a step too far for Hank and he finds he can't go on this journey with Nick anymore. I really, really hope the show's not gearing up for a Nick/Juliette/Renard triangle. It took awhile for most viewers to warm up to Juliette and having her cheat on Nick would lead to an epic setback; plus, it's hard to imagine Nick remaining a loyal employee of the person who slept with his almost-fiancee.

Grimm Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

Nick: What's wrong?
Juliette: Me.

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