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.

Grimm Teammates

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?


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (44 Votes)
Kitanishi h mcdonald

Also can I just say that I LOVE how SENSIBLE AND SMART AND REALISTIC CHARACTERS ACT? CAN I? How they handled the jealousy scene? BRILLIANT AND REALISTIC. Nick taking time to explain where he is going, prove that Hank is going there to, etc, to Juliette? BRILLIANT. Also I am VERY interested in Ariel's backstory. The show REALLY left a lot to be told about it for latter times - how her mother died, what is that tattoo, how her father got the scars, why is she obsessed with grimms, etc.


I keep wondering if Juliette is something other than human herself. Perhaps Grimms are unable to see the other side of creatures if they're in love with them. Maybe Aunt Marie's gasped warning to Nick about staying away from her was more ominous than we realized. Especially when you consider that out of all of them Juliette is more closed off than any of them. We never truly know what she's thinking. I was sure it might have come out when she asked him to pull the car over. And there's this: Nick's boss knows who and what he is, and wants to keep him under his thumb. (P.S. why hasn't Nick figured *him* out yet?)


Copper is an excellent electrical conductor. Not sure why it would benefit the dragons though.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Juliette was awesome this episode. I loved the fact that writers found a way for her actually to participate in her own rescue instead of Monroe just rescuing her. That was awesome. Also Ariel is an awesome addition to cast. I hope we see her more than once. I think Grimm's "Dragons" did dragons a whole lot more justice than recent far less than stellar dragon "portrayals" (*cough*supernatural*cough*) Overall a solid 5/5


oh and i bet Baldwin will show up again and will turn out to be in cahoots with our own fav dictator-to-be captain Renard and will turn out to be a creature.


@Nick McHatton
i agree 100% on Hank, and creatures running away, that is so unsatisfying! are they having club meetings of Grimm survivors or sth?
as for copper, well i guess it the treasures of today for these dragons, they look good, can be found in all sorts of shapes and sizes plus they aren't cheap and can be used for multiple purposes, but you are right, they should have explained it instead of us speculating.


i am so liking where this show is going and that Nick is Grimming out instead of walking and defeating the creatures accidentally or them running away. on the other hand, i am sorry but dragons could have been WAY cooler, it would also help if the final fight between Nick and daddy dearest (aka big depressed papa dragon) would last a little longer with a little more exhibition of Nick's Grimm skills and also a little more lit up (pun intended), honestly it was a little messy and clustered-no glory at all. about Juliette, seriously, Nick dump her already, and find some creature hottie (just not the spit cracker dragon chick). Juliette is boring, her eyes are set way too far apart which makes her look weird and she looks like she is older than Nick. @Susan
Monroe's full name is Eddie Monroe, Monroe is the last name.


Someone said this last week and after this episode I totally agree: "Grimm" may have some of the elements of a police procedural, but at its core it's an urban fantasy a la Rob Thurman novels and the like. The messier endings with some of the bad guys not getting caught and punished at the end of each episode just goes with the territory. The only thing that disappointed me about this episode was that they made Ariel so evil/crazy right away. With her chemistry with Nick, I think it would have been more interesting to keep her more ambigious for the time being - because she knows about and appeals to the Grimm side of Nick her presence would have been another messy shade to the problems he and Juliette are currently having.


Who the heck is Eddie?! I think you mean Monroe.

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Grimm Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

Time for you to scream.


I'm just glad that bitch is dead.