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Grimm Review: Feigning Death

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"Over My Dead Body" went back to telling a strictly serial story - and Grimm benefited from it immensely.

Monroe Is Warned

Coming along for the solely serial ride is Angelina, who you may remember from “The Three Bad Wolves,” and she’s just as charming as ever. Sadly, even for all of Angelina’s charm, over the course of the hour it became apparent her story arc would be coming to a close rather than staying open-ended again.

All of the talk of death and sending messages to Nick through a murdered Monroe certainly had some weight to them, and it has been quite a while since Nick and Monroe have had to deal with threats from the other side. But with no real heightened stakes prior to Monroe’s feign death, it became clear that Angelina would end up dying simply because she offered the more compelling story.

Monroe has been steadfast in his pro Nick support, and I don’t have any doubts that it won’t continue, but Monroe hasn’t really had any skin in the game when compared to Nick. He’s mainly been helping Nick because of friendship and morality; but this season is shaping up to be very different, as it seems every few episodes Monroe is pulled is being pulled in deeper and being given more to lose with Rosalee’s entrance and Angelina’s exit.

Those two developments bring Monroe nearly parallel to Nick, and it will be interesting to see just how much the emotional repercussions of them will follow him. 

Meanwhile, the royals that are after Nick are still as vague as ever. Renard’s mystery woman, Mia Gaudot, is certainly hard to pinpoint, but from their conversation over dinner it seems she’s from a different royal family. Renard, naturally, didn’t clear any of it up for us, but, nevertheless, she does drop a few things that piqued my interest, mainly that she knows of Renard’s plan, and she’s actively trying to get to Nick.

Her hiring of the middleman to kill Monroe actively goes against Renard’s desire to keep Nick in Portland and safe, and I’m hoping his confrontation with Mia on the plane will eventually lead to something.

But knowing Renard it will be for him to know, and for us to find out, maybe.

Other thoughts:

  • Hank offers a great audience point of view now as he tries to wrap his head around the Wesen world, and, thanks to him, we now know why he can’t see come of them transform. Nick can see them no matter what because that's his ability as a Grimm, but if a Wesen doesn’t want a human to see them then a human won’t.
  • Rosalee and Monroe are still adorable.
  • I have to give Grimm due credit for only using their main cast when they are needed now rather than finding uses for them that end up wasting time. Rosalee visiting sick family will make me cherish her eventual return and the story elements she will bring. Which is much better than growing to hate her for sucking up time like Juliette tended to do in the beginning of last season.
  • I have to hand it to Juliette for continually trying new ways to unlock her memory with Nick as well as her trying to start over from scratch with him.

Review

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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (59 Votes)

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Kitanishi h mcdonald

If we ignore the horrible wooden acting from Alice Evans(gods why is she still getting acting jobs, especially after the trainwreck that was her role in TVD), this episode was BRILLIANT.
I am sad that Angelina died. She show managed to make an otherwise quite unlikeable character last season into a very likeable and interesting addition AND managed to make me care for her death. And that howl of Monroe's...oh gods, this is so depressing and awesome at the same time.

Grimm Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Monroe: Well, here's looking at you kids. [Continues speaking in German].
Angelina: What does that mean?
Rosalee: Hopefully not for the last time.

Nick: Hank, whatever goes down out here tonight...
Hank: Yeah, I know, off the books.