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Grimm Review: Of Reapers and Reasons

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I’ll just get this out of the way right now: I’m enjoying Juliette’s character more and more. It’s probably because "Organ Grinder" elevated Juliette from her slightly useless status.

Captain Renard in Action

I don’t think Juliette is dumb. She can no doubt sense that Nick has probably put more and more time into his work, and pulling away from her emotionally, however slightly, ever since Aunt Marie came into town. That’s a lot of added stress and anxiety put upon a woman who has already had plenty of encounters with Nick’s work and double life. Her role in his life isn’t easy.

We had a chance to peer a little bit in to where all of these feelings are coming from. Juliette knows what it’s like to have a guy leave her and stop all contact – something Aunt Marie told Nick to do. Which makes things difficult because they love each other, but Nick is dealing with this newfound Grimm aspect of his life and wondering how he can be honest with Juliette about it. Let’s be honest, Eddie is right: either they’ll believe you and think they themselves are crazy or they don’t and think you’re the crazy person – there’s no good outcome.

Yet the outcome already feels like it’s been set in stone. Eddie revealed to Nick that creatures can reveal themselves to humans. While I don’t think Eddie is going to have Juliette over for a beer or latte any time soon, nor do I think he’ll be the one doing the revealing. It does seem likely that Nick’s life work will once again come crashing all around her soon, and the only choice will be to let her in on it.

Juliette certainly proved her worth tonight, picking up on emotional cues that Nick didn’t with Gracie. Granted, Hanson (By the way, really? Really, Grimm? Of all the “H” names in all the worlds you guys went with the one used by early 90s brother boy band?) and Gracie weren’t creatures, but it’s a good start.

The other interesting development came with Renard. I think we all had an inkling that things were going to get real when he went out and helped Hank and Nick with their case. He even quickly changed the subject, and used his position of power, to keep Nick’s slight slip of Grimm tongue with the dried organs. Although, Renard may have said it more for his own peace of mind than trying to distract Hank and Wu.

It does look like things might be coming to a head with Renard and his reaping duties. As we learned last week, it seems like the reapers want things to stay status quo, and Nick is upsetting the balance. Is Renard, and by extension the reapers, allies to the Grimms? But why would he send his minion in to kill Aunt Marie but not Nick? This plotline is quickly shaping up, and I hope Grimm continues to sprinkle a few more breadcrumbs (puka shells?) our way.

Speaking of breadcrumbs, I suppose I could actually discuss the case this week (even if the mythology and characters are more fun). Honestly, there isn’t very much to say. A clinic kidnapping homeless teenagers and harvesting their organs so the creatures can get some “herbology” going is creepy.

Overall, I really enjoyed “Organ Grinder” and it’s Grimm’s best mix yet of serial and procedural. Which is rather amazing considering how sparingly Eddie was used. Usually his screen time has an almost direct correlation to how much I enjoyed the episode.

Other thoughts:

  • There was a lot of ball crushing imagery tonight.
  • Did anyone else feel like Hank’s banter was really forced? Usually he has a decent back and forth with Nick, but something felt off.
  • How is that corpse still in one piece after falling off that ridiculously large waterfall?

Review

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I thought it was interesting that Renard went along on the mission and ended up killing the suspect with a shotgun. It made me wonder if he was actually silencing someone who could hurt his position. Renard's reason for allowing Nick to survive and work on the police force may come out in the coming weeks and his young female prosecutors will be back in action. The byplay between Nick and Renard is necessary for this series to continue. I like the fact that the audience is in on the secret but Nick is not. Shouldn't Nick see Renard in his creature form, though?

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I really enjoyed this episode - mostly because of Nick. I love watching him embrace his Grimmhood and using that to intimidate the "creatures". He gets a little more bad-ass every episode. David Giuntoli is really finding what works. I also found Hank was a little more wooden than usual, but not terrible. Juliette was the most pleasant surprise; they used her well in this episode. Seems like her future is shaping up. Okay - when Renard brought a freakin' rifle to the trailer, we knew things would get real. And when he shot the guy before he had time to breathe, things were definitely on. I'm thinking Renard as a reaper is sort of an analogue to Nick as a Grimm. They both have a conscience. I think Nick sounds like the first Grimm to consider the monsters and their circumstances; he doesn't kill first and ask questions later. Renard treats Nick that way, he realizes Nick isn't really a threat to all creatures, just the bad ones. That's probably why he's protecting him.

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It was fascinating to watch Nick really being a Grimm first and a cop second for the first time. Before the creatures have committed crimes that the cop in him could comprehend or even have been victims themselves, but killing a lot of teenagers and ingesting human organs would be horrific crimes for even the most hardened cop to comprehend. These crimes would make anyone ask "What kind of monster could do that?" And Nick KNOWS this time it's a literal monster that he's in a position to stop. I don't think it's a coincidence that Renard got the warning at the same point when Nick is starting to really embrace the Grimm part of who he is. It's going to be interesting to see how all of that unfolds... I really liked the episode, but there wasn't enough Eddie. They really need to find a way to integrate him into the other parts of Nick's life - maybe by introducing him to Juliette or having Hank see a creature of what it is?

Grimm Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Renard: No matter how you look at it, it's cannibalism.
Wu: Uh, I think it's called capitalism.

I'm not asking you as a cop, so don't expect me to behave like one.

Nick