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Grimm Review: Bloody Cookies

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"Island of Dreams" pulled from its past back into the present this week, and, as is always the case with Grimm, we were left with more questions than answers.

Juliette Takes Aim

The biggest person to come walking back in to the present was Adalind, who we haven’t seen since "Danse Macabre" when she attempted to get closer and closer to Hank. As it turns out, in our time away from Adalind, Hank decided to keep business and pleasure from intertwining, but that’s nothing a few blood-tainted cookies couldn’t fix.

And Adalind couldn’t have done it without a little help from Captain Renard. Renard continues to slide under the radar. Even as we get a little more from him every time we see him, there always seems to be one half of the coin that is shrouded from our vision with him. Are he and Adalind partners? Or is he much more interested in his goals and, as long as she stays within his limits, she is free to do what she wants?

However the outcome turns out, one thing stayed constant during all of it: Hank. The guy is so stereotypically bad at his job now it’s comical. At this point his only purpose now is to be a foil in every investigation since he seems to always be in the crosshairs of any magical item that crosses his path. But at least he got to make his best-blood-laced-cookies-in-the-world face.

For all the boring that Hank dished out, the Grimm world was expanded for the better with Rosalee, who decided to stick around in Portland. Which means Eddie gets to have just a little bit more to do since the two of them hit it off a little bit.

Rosalee seems to have arrived just in time, too, because Wu decided to enjoy one of Hank’s blood cookies. As it turns out if anyone other than the target eats them they could die, but Team Nick came together to save him. Although Wu doesn’t seem to be the same anymore since he’s now eating his couch cushions.

I’m going to bet against the odds and say he probably won’t be calling Nick for help with that.

Overall, Grimm’s first episode back wasn’t the best it has ever done – especially as a stand-alone episode. The case wasn’t particularly interesting, but this doesn’t feel like one that can be taken as anything other than the beginning of the rest of the season. There was a lot of set up, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

A Few More Thoughts:

  • Nick is no longer worried about hiding being Grimm. He easily uses it to further his own investigations and intimidate people. I continually wonder, though, if Grimms have any abilities. Eddie has his smell and strength. Does Nick have some type of ability other than recognizing who people are?
  • The Grimm Grossness Factor is alive and kicking this week with Wu’s disgusting boils, the drug addict who decided to sew his wound together, and Adalind’s gross looking bloody cookie dough.
  • Nick’s other life continually gets closer and closer to Juliette, who didn’t get to do much other than shoot a gun.
  • What exactly was Hank having in bed without Adalind’s touch? That was awkward to watch.
  • No more breaks for Grimm! It's all new every Friday until the season finale. What makes things even better is the show has been picked up for another season!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (36 Votes)

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

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I wonder if Juliette will turn out to be a fairy-tale character? One of the many princesses/queens/witches that populate the genre? They have to do something with her, else kill her off. There's no way her relationship with Nick is going to withstand the knowledge of what/who he is--and she WILL find out...

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Grimm's are evidently much feared by the Wessen, which would indicate that Wessen consider Grimm's dangerous--even compared to the creature folk who we've seen to be generally more powerful than humans.
Furthermore, that while its apparent that Nick is quite the fighter--he defeated the reigning death-match champ in "Last Grimm Standing", slew the dragon in "the Damsel and the Quest" and knocked out the jay addict in this episode, it probably has more to due to his being a Grimm than his police training.
My wife loved the "jay-den" and once again I think some of you are being too hard on Hank.

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I have been suspicious of Juliette from the beginning (the first time Nick sneaks out to look in his aunt's trailer and she is just standing there, that was odd) and I feel like when Adelaine was wondering why she wasn't seducing Nick and Renard had sort of a halted response (best way to a man is through his...friends...that was odd too) but maybe because he already has a mole with Nick who he imbedded with Nick in case he inherited the Grimm powers. I think that Rosalee is probably the character to start pointing out some of the conspiracies surrounding Nick to him, Monroe is just too close to the matter (and kind of seems to want to believe the best in people).

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I'm going to be the contrary one and say that I like Hank. I like the actor and I wish his character was written better because Nick needs a human ally on the police force. Also, if there was anything "special" about Juliet, Nick's aunt would have probably told him. While he may be coming into his abilities, she was clearly at the peak of hers, cancer notwithstanding. Finally, I want to see Ariel back and have her fight on Nick's side against Adalind. Imagine having a sexy dragon lady on Nick's side!

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three things. first I do not like what they do with Hank at all. In my opinion it is not the fault of the actor,who in my opinion is a better actor than the guy who plays Nick, its just the actions the writers give him make no sense for a cop to be making, let alone a veteran of the force like hank.also youd think in a profession were your life is literally in your partners hands, dont you think Nick is making their jobs more dangerous by not telling hank what he is. Second why is Renard having adeline hex hank in the first place? the only thing i can think of is that so when he does reveal himself to nick, hank could be a selling point to get nick on his side. third, Renard is really a roller coaster to try and figure out. One episode he has nicks back, the next he is deliberately sabotaging nicks progress. and heres one thing that mind boggles me . if renard was supposed to be straight out evil his decision to put a hit on nicks aunt makes sense. but because he has somewhat middle ground(key examples when he talks on the phone with a Reaper he says nick is different he has a conscience, or in the last grimm standing he chides leo for the morality of taking parolees who are trying to turn their lifes around for the lowen games)it doesnt hold water that he would make that decision. he has a conscience(somewhat) and is a genius perse so youd think hed realize that a) he is trying to kill a beloved family member of a "friend" he in essence cares for and b) if nick were to ever find out what renard did, it would forever blind nick to renards cause. if there was sort of a see saw act between his good and bad sides then it would not be as jarring, but his bad acts are so evil, that when he does do good they fall flat.

Fortyseven

Hank is the worst. I wish we'd have seen more of Adalind this season. I didn't even remember her name. I was like oh yeah the Hexenbiest! Poor Wu! When Rosalie said that Nick wasn't what she expected, Nick should have said "I get that a lot". Nice for Monroe to have a love interest who isn't crazy and unstable. The wesen "opium den" scenes were well shot.

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@joyeful, I tend to think Grimms have some kind of powers as well. Back in Last Grimm Standing Nick was able to use those weapons with ease, and I don't think medieval weaponry is back of his training as a cop. Perhaps Grimms are natural experts with weapons? Or maybe very tactical fighters?

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

I really do think the Grimms do have some kind of powers.
Agreed with that possibly something adrenaline-based (like how Slayers in btvs were). What increases the chances for that is the dragon episode - especially the scene when Nick found Ariel in his house and Juliette nowhere to be found, he seemed to push Ariel slightly, you had this weird sound and she pretty much crashed into the wall.

Joyeful

Oh my goodness - wasn't Hank AWFUL?! I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that. Yikes! They either need to rewrite his character completely, or just get him off. He's pretty bad. I love Monroe and Rosalee. She's a great addition to the show, and they have great chemistry. However, I'm a little concerned now about Nick having more Wessen allies than human ones. There isn't a single regular human that knows what he is. But I have a feeling that Wu (or as I like to call him, network-friendly-Masuka)is going to be the one first introduced to that world. I'm still convinced (as I have been from the beginning) that there's more to Juliette than meets the eye. There are way too many clues being dropped. @Nick McHatton - I'm with you on that first point. I really do think the Grimms do have some kind of powers. I'm thinking that Nick hasn't tapped into it yet since he doesn't know too much about his heritage yet.

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Loved the episode, though I think that I too am (finally) ready to jump on the "Hank is useless" bandwagon. It seems as though perhaps the showrunners have realized it as well, and are slowly writing him out. The obvious problem there is that detectives tend to work in pairs, so Nick would then need a new partner who may not be any better. Of course, I doubt he/she could be much worse, so why not roll the dice? RE: Wu and the couch stuffing, my first thought wasn't that it was a side effect of the cookie (or whatever it was that Rosalee gave him). I could be wrong, but he's always seemed a little off to me...