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Grimm Review: Choosing Sides and Preparing for War

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Grimm expanded the looming danger tonight, peeling back even more of the layers of the Wesen world.

"Cat and Mouse" exposed a lot of the overarching mythology and what is driving some of the main players, while also illuminating why Nick is not your average, run-of-the-mill Grimm.

Rosalee, Nick, & Ian Confront a Suspect

We learned about the Verrat, who seem to be the police force that protect or are perhaps part of the seven royal families – because Renard isn’t enough, obviously. The seven royal families have permeated themselves into all positions of power imaginable and use the plight of local people in their locations to further their power grabs. Everything they touch brings corruption, and according to Ian - one of the resistance fighters we met in tonight’s episode - the two sides are on the brink of war.

Ian brought to light another big detail: He specifically mentions that the Grimms aligned themselves with the royal families.

And right about now is where I would love some words of wisdom from Aunt Marie, but, like Nick, all of us are jumping in to this blindly.

Grimms aligning themselves with the royals certainly explains why Renard has been protecting Nick from this larger world at almost every turn, but why is he holding back? Even Edgar the assassin wonders why Renard isn’t using Nick to his advantage.

I’m beginning to think Renard isn’t as evil as we’ve necessarily been led to believe. It looks like the mythology is finally beginning to come back around to the beginning of the season. Perhaps Renard wanted Aunt Marie dead because she could have been working for the royals, or maybe with her gone any last links to Nick would have been cut and he could live his life in peace.

If you remember all the way back to the beginning of the season, we wondered why some Wesens were “allies” with the Grimm, and the royal families might be the answer to this. Maybe some of Wesen who didn’t particularly like Nick are part of the resistance?

However all of it shakes out, there’s one thing that is still the highlight of the episode: Team Nick (Team Grimm?). It’s no surprise why Bree Turner’s Rosalee has been upgraded to a series regular for next season; she’s quickly found her own unique space within the show. Rosalee has fantastic chemistry with Monroe and Nick, and she isn't afraid to go toe to toe with the boys of their little operation.

Finally, it looks like Nick has chosen a side: the one his friends are on. He was willing to risk his job to transport Ian out of Portland, he understood why Edgar was killed in cold blood, and even asked Monroe to go stage the body so he could tie up the case without any loose ends. Which means Nick won’t be lining up with his heritage, but Nick never has been your average Grimm.

Other thoughts:

  • Monroe’s slight jealousy over what Ian and Rosalee shared in the past was fantastic. I fully support the two of them pursuing something.
  • Nick’s continued ease of being a Grimm. He continues writing in Aunt Marie’s journals, and he’s even researching his past.
  • Ever since the introduction of Rosalee, Team Detective has gotten increasingly boring.
  • So it seems Hank believes Adalind roofied him and Rosalee and Monroe were her other victims. It’s better than him finding out about Nick.
  • Juliette turns down one poorly timed proposal and she’s back to second string? Let’s get her back in the game!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (59 Votes)

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Wesen are supernatural animal/human archetypes exhibiting the cliched characteristics unique to the animals they represent. Furthermore, Grimm’s are a supernatural human/human super-creature. That the Wesen fear and distrust (and respect) Grimm’s, points to their role not as guardians or peacekeepers but soldiers for hire. From what we’ve been told, the house of Grimm act like bodyguards or possibly enforcers for the Royal families. Furthermore, Aunt Marie and Nick’s parents were rebel Grimm’s, emigrating to the US, escaping the direct influence of the Royal Houses and the Verat, and taking the mysterious key (and the coins of Zakynthos)with them. Renard must have been a young Royal Prince, dispatched to the US to track down the defectors and retrieve the Key. But like the Mafioso that emigrated to the US, Renard has embraced the American entrepreneurial spirit and is grooming Nick to be his knightly champion.

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Some comments and a few questions: 1) the series is amazing and compelling. Its writing and direction is what keeps drawing me back.
2) Nick has been described as human. I don't think he is. I think his natural appearance is human - but his status as a Grimm makes him more than "just a human". Which leads us to:
3) There are some questions that need to be overtly asked. By anyone, but probably it should come from Nick: what exactly is a Grimm? Why are they so afraid of him? What are his powers? What does "Grimm" represent to them? We already know his blood has special properties but....what else? The questions don't need to be answered right away but they do need to be asked. Don't they? The viewer is asking them - let's have the writers at least acknowledge these holes in the narrative.

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...sorry, sliced post... [If the key shows a map to someplace in Germany, what we have is another stage in the battle that's been going on between the G]auls and the Germani for three thousand years. But now the coins and the Key's treasure are back in play, and the Hapsburgs and Bourbons are at each others' throats.

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Grimms and the Seven Royal Families: So we heard that a while back, Grimms aligned themselves with the Seven Royal Families (SRF). But we don't know if that was worldwide, or just in Europe, and we don't know if that's still the case, even IN Europe. My guess is that either it was never ALL Grimms, even in Europe, or that it's been breaking down recently or for some time. Partly because that would be more interesting, but also because I just can't see Aunt Marie and Nick's dead parents being aligned with the SRFs. Yuck. Also, if THEY were, or if all Grimms were, we wouldn't have treasures like the Coins of Zakynthos and the Key(s) being hidden by Grimms for decades or centuries, would we? Just a fun guess? Some Grimms (Nick's family, at the very least) have been keeping the goodies away from the French monarchy (Renaud's family) and other SRFs. If the key shows a map to someplace in Germany, what we have is another stage in the battle that's been going on between the Gauls and the Germani for three thousand years. But now the coins and the Key's treasure are back in play, and the Hapsburgs and Bourbons are at each others' throats.

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Endangered Friends and a Moral Morass: First, I heartily support the direction the show and Nick's character is taking. That said, to save or protect his friends, Nick has gone from providing deadly force (to Monroe) to kill a person (Ogre), to knowingly setting out to kill Adalind (but getting let off the hook by a plot device, though thankfully), to now covering up first degree murder and making his friends the accomplices. In this make believe show, I'm all for it.
And it's also an easy to swallow description of how so many folks slide down the same slope in real life. What WOULD be a curve ball is for Hank to witness some corner cutting by Nick (intimidation, say) and call him on it, or to start getting worried for Nick.

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...sorry, sliced post... [Also, all of Nick's human friends have been almost killed because of his alter (or now true) life. Everyone Nick knows (including Wesen) have, or can become targets,] or just get caught in the crossfire, as Wu. While this is a passive role in itself, the show has made it very, very clear that anyone Nick knows is in mortal danger. That is the topic for another post...

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On Hank, Juliet (and Wu): Before episode 1, we'd probably see Nick and Hank both just stepping into a scene waving instant DNA reports and analyses of the brass of shell casings(!). That is, they're pretty equal in the gumshoe department, in a show that (humorously) skims over the procedural aspects to keep the plot moving. Actually, maybe Nick has a bit more intuition, as with the 'third man' theory, but hey, that's fine for a hero. My point is that Hank is still stuck retrieving FAXes while Nick is plugged in to the real info. I don't find Hank boring at all, but his character shows how lost and helpless the whole 'normal' world really is. Same with Juliet and Wu.
While I wish there were time in every episode for a bit of meaty plot with every character, they recede. Which is the problem with being a Grimm. Also, all of Nick's human friends have been almost killed because of his alter (or now true) life. Everyone Nick knows (including Wesen) have, or can become targets, or just get caught in the crossfire, as Wu. While this is a passive role in itself, the show has made it very, very clear that anyone Nick knows is in mortal danger. That's a topic for another note...

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KansasGuest, I completely agree. TeamGrimm is strong because it is compromised of both humans and Wessens. They both are this strengths and weaknesses. I adore Hank, Wu, and Juliet. It is their vulnerability to the evil Wessen along with his desire to help others that pushed Nick to embrace his destiny as a Grimm and grow closer to Monroe. It was because Hank's life was on the line that Nick first entrusted Monroe with the secret of the camper and that Nick took on Analind ruthlessly. Hank is a cool guy and a good friend as is Wu. Nick is lucky to have them, same with Juliet.

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@Van - it's actually filmed in Portland. The cinematography really should get an Emmy...

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Enjoyed this episode very much & agree w/the reviewer on most counts. SO glad GRIMM has been renewed for another season. YEAH! The only point I seem to be in the minority on is Hank. I like him. Even Buffy & Angel had human friends & allies - Giles, Xander, Cordy, Wesley, Fred, Gunn. We need to keep some of the humanity in Nick's world. Why? I guess just to remind him of what is at stake. Perhaps the ultimate twist would be to discover that Renard or the ruling families are not Wesen at all - just corrupt humans using Wesen to further their ambitions.

Grimm Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

I care about all my friends, even the ones you dislike.

Monroe

If you seek peace prepare for war.

Renard
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