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Grimm Review: The Damsel and The Quest

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"Plumed Serpent" was easily one of the most imaginative episodes of Grimm yet.

We all give Once Upon A Time a lot of credit for bringing fairy tales and Disney to life, but Grimm should be given its fair share, as well, for delivering its own unique style and spin on things. How the show is shot, and finding the whimsical in and around Portland, can’t be easy to do every week. And that's before they bring it all together as a modern day fairy tale.

Plus, who doesn’t like epic lairs? Those always get a little bit of extra credit from me.

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My biggest gripe with Grimm continues to be the lack of Eddie. It’s hard to like Hank at all when there’s a much better alternative out there for Nick. Honestly, did Hank serve any kind of useful purpose this week?

Contrasting that with Eddie, he continually puts his neck out for Nick. He didn’t know Juliette before tonight; he just blindly followed Nick out of mutual respect and friendship. Risking being burnt to a crisp all, really, for an introduction to Juliette.

Speaking of Juliette, I thought for sure she’d finally find out tonight. There were so many great opportunities. Many emotions were heightened, I’m sure adrenaline was pumping (Eddie has said creatures can show who their “true colors” during highly emotional times). The cave or car ride really felt like two of the more opportunistic times to at least begin that conversation, but this isn’t a fairy tale and even though Nick did save his princess from the dragon, their relationship is still very much up in the air right now.

Juliette is right, there’s only so much she can take, and her life is increasingly becoming more and more dangerous the further Nick descends into being Grimm. The flashback with Aunt Marie telling Nick he has to end his relationship with Juliette felt especially poignant because her warning, as we now know, comes from experience.

Eddie’s words to Nick about a Grimm being murdered by some reapers? That certainly sounds ominous. Perhaps I wasn’t so far off in wondering if a war is coming? Eddie’s uneasiness of being seen with Nick in that bar certainly bears some attention as well. Are others pressuring him? Is he still being threatened?

Finally, I have to end with something that is driving me crazy: Where are all of these on the lam creatures going exactly? How many are we going to let run away in what is supposed to be a procedural? I know Nick technically killed the murderer, but his crazy stage five clinger of a daughter is still out there now.

Other thoughts:

  • Danielle Panabaker as a Damonfuir really messes with my Stuck in the Suburbs memories.
  • What on Earth was the copper for?
  • Eddie’s love of trains makes him even more awesome.
  • I was hoping Daniel Baldwin would have gotten more to do.
  • The scorched outline of the two criminals on the warehouse wall is probably funnier that it should have been for me.

What did you think of tonight's Grimm?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (44 Votes)

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

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Wonderful story, reckoned we could combnie a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well

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I'm consistently impressed by the rich color palate the cinematographers use in filming this show. The deep browns, forest greens and dark reds give "Grimm" a beautiful Grimms fairy tale feel. The moss covered cabin from the pilot episode was gorgeous. So was the copper filled dragon's lair in "Plumed Serpent".
On a different note, I believe you're all being too hard on the character Hank--he's important to illustrate the contrast between Nick's professional life and his Grimm activities. And remember, Renard has instructed his Hexenbiest to get closer to Hank, there must be something afoot we have yet to see.

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I really liked this episode! Ariel was great and it was so fun to see Panabaker in this role! I am not sure if she is really batshit insane or just a traditionalist and just high strung. Once she gave her father a worthy death, she just backed off and dissapeared from Nick's life (maybe) I really want to see her again later, but I don't think it is really necessarily. I kinda like that they leave some of the creatures stories open ended but not cliff hanger-ey. It leaves the possibility of a return, but it's not necessary. And yeah! that look that Juliette gave Monroe, ominous! I like Juliette's place on the story, she represents the normalcy that Nick's unwilling to leave behind. I Juliette more than appears to the eye? I am intrigued, but even so, Juliette and Nick's dynamic is some of those spots that give heart to this show for me. Hank, still doesn't convinces me as a character, he's too much of a "cop chacater" just thrown in the Grimm setting, it could be interesting to see such character more involved, yes, but his archetype is just too common to be interesting with his current characterization. Part of me wants that Hank would have been a mature by-the-book lady detective, maybe lesbian. Oh I am thinking Merrin Dungey! Anyways, need more Renard, Sasha Roiz need's to be bare-chested more often.

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I want Juliette to be a more complex character. I mean, she's not going to go anywhere, she's been there since the start. But I do admit that the chemistry between Nick and Ariel was more intense. And what was that look she gave Eddie? I always think she's more than what she appears, but if she is, why hasn't Nick seen it? Perhaps she's a creature than can only be seen when she wants to be seen, even when it comes to Grimms.

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"Really, Danielle Panabaker had amazing chemistry with Nick. When that happens I get a bit resentful of Juliette though I like her, I feel there should be more." Completely agree with this. Juliette is not a terrible character, but she rarely adds anything interesting. Her and Nick's conversations are usually yawn fests. It's pretty hard to like her when other characters highlight the fact that there could be an actually intriguing relationship dynamic for the leading man.

Joyeful

This was a good episode - last week's was better, but this was still good. I'm glad other people noticed the look that Juliette gave Monroe. She's not normal - I'm sure of it. I'm convinced that Aunt Marie was trying to warn Nick of HIS safety, not hers - her wording is ambiguous that way. Holy crap - that dragon chick was psycho. I mean, I don't blame her for wanting to rip Nick's clothes off, but STILL...she was just nuts!! Villains like that are kind of the most interesting though, because they're the most unpredictable. She's like the Joker to Nick's Batman. I'm both scared of and looking forward to her return. I agree with everyone - less Hank, more Monroe. And more Renard - he intrigues me.

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Really, Danielle Panabaker had amazing chemistry with Nick. When that happens I get a bit resentful of Juliette though I like her, I feel there should be more.

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Ok, so to explain the copper. Dragons are traditionally hoarders, especially of gold, precious gems, metals, etc. So, the damonfuirs are hoarders of copper, which also has the added point of being kind of fire colored. Pretty obvious, in my opinion. Also, as someone pointed out, copper is an excellent electrical conductor, it could be related to the damonfuirs ability to breathe fire (Eddie points out that they ignite the lipids with static electricity). As for dragging out the "Juliette finding out about Nick" storyline, it's carrying on way to freaking long. I wish they'd either get Nick to fess up or break it off with her

Fortyseven

Great. I liked the Girl With the Dragon Tatoo ref. I'd have liked to know about the copper too. I'm sure that Juliette/Nick's relationship troubles will be resolved before it gets wearisome. I don't care if they break up or not. Juliette sensed something when she shook Eddie's hand. By the finale, we should have resolution of Nick/Juliette, Nick/Renard, and Nick/Reapers. They need to bring back the Hexenbiest or explain what happened offscreen.

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Also what the hell was that look Juliette gave Monroe before shaking his hand about? Possibly hint that Juliette is more than she appears to be?