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Grimm Review: Penultimate Flatline

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There was at least one good thing to come out of "Big Feet," with Juliette finally hopping back on the Wesen trail and telling Nick about her findings.

The rest of the episode set up almost nothing, and instead sent the story momentum Grimm has been building up over the last few months crashing and burning.

Monroe & Nick Are Shocked

To start off with, there’s Hank - the most numbing character on Grimm – and his absolutely unique ability in bringing about narcolepsy. Nothing he does is annoying or bad. He just brings very little to whatever scene he is in. There are no funny quips, no real attempts at showing any ability to do his job. His only purpose at this point is make us all wish for some more Monroe.

Can we list all of the useful things Hank did this week? He shot the fourth Bigfoot and saved Nick, who I am sure would be fine if Hank didn’t do anything useful in that moment. Remember badass Nick?

Congratulations Hank, you’re officially still boring.

Next, let’s talk about the case of the week. Why? Why would this kind of episode be the penultimate episode? One that basically flatlines everything the show had been running towards for the last few weeks? Is there any sense of where overall story is heading? Nope! Is Nick finding out a little more about his heritage or getting a little closer to Renard’s plans? Negative!

Instead, we’re given this Bigfoot story about men who are so overcome with wanting to push down something that makes them who they are that they seek medical treatment, and in doing so that side of them ends up pushing them farther than they ever would have went otherwise.

It’s a nice metaphor on where Nick could go, and I can understand its usefulness. But how about supplementing that with story arcs that have been building all year?

At least it looks like Juliette is being brought back within the fold. I loved watching her piece everything together, and her hypothesis that basically explains Nick’s entire existence now. The look on his face was priceless.

While Juliette did prove to be a saving grace in this episode (as is the continuing Nick and Monroe bromance), the rest of the episode just left me puzzled. As the penultimate episode, things should be in flux, the story should be building towards something not losing energy. We should be excited and counting down the minutes until the next episode. Instead, my enthusiasm was drained.

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Editor Rating: 2.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (60 Votes)

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Love the show and loved this episode. Alot happened this week and you can't deny it although many of you tried. It set us up for next weeks show of telling his wife and maybe Hank. We've been waiting all season for Hank to see one of "them", well, it happened. Why be so critical? It's a good show and if you didn't like this particular week ok, but no need to trash it.

Joyeful

@Nick - way to defend your review, dude. :-) I still disagree that it wasn't a game changer, but we can agree to disagree here. But let's run with your point, that it's a potential game changer. Given what we know about Nick's character, I think it's safe to assume that the issues with Hank are not going to end easily. Is he really going to let Hank believe that he's going bonkers? Also - the actor may portray a really boring Hank (totally agree, he brings nothing special to the screen), but the character Hank isn't an idiot. He's a pretty competent detective when he's not under spells or being lied to etc. In any case, I think there are enough questions going forward from this episode to take us to the finale. Not only do we have to wonder what the hell Nick is going to do now that stuff is pretty irrefutable, we can also be sure that some of the greater story arcs will be addressed. I think a potential game changer is good for a penultimate episode :-)

Wolfshades

I agree with Nick. This was a throwaway episode, really. Criminal Minds just did the same thing in providing a mostly boring episode that did not change anything at all. Is this industry practice - making the penultimate episode a kind of comma before the big bang of the finale? Fine, Nick saw a Wesen change, and Juliette now has some sketchy DNA that she can't explain. My question is: so what? If the writers were trying to be subtle, they succeeded - to the point of being boring.

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(cont'd) ... Also, I thought the idea of Wesen trying to control their urges and find ways to become permanently human will become much more relevant to the overall arc of the mythology in time. It adds a deeper level and I'm intrigued to see where it goes. It also developed Monroe's character considerably in my opinion.

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Nick, I get where you're coming from because there was a ton of mythology building up a couple episodes back and this episode plus the last one have been a come down from that. However, I still enjoyed these episodes as standalones. The last episode did nothing for the character development or mythology or impending showdown between Nick and whoever. The same can't be said about this episode. This episode did a lot in that regard. I agree with the other commenters about how Nick's world is closing down around him. It will be interesting to see where they go with Hank's character. I don't know that it's as simple as revealing the truth to him. I think Hank's moving along the trajectory of becoming an antagonist with a vendetta against Wesen without the benefit of knowing good from bad. Also, I thought the idea of Wesen trying to control their urges and find ways to become permanently human will become much more relevant to the overall arc of the mythology in time. It adds a deeper level and I'm intrigued to see where it goes. It also developed Monroe's character considerably in my opinion. My two cents.

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Could it be an out of order ep? Fox has a habit of skipping episodes of rookie shows expecting a shortened season based upon early ratings and then running the skipped eps later but making things kinda out of sync for the viewers and story arcs. Maybe this one was shot at another time and put in last night?

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Oops, got cut off. I was just saying that Juliette's veterinarian training, Rosalee's apothecary skills, Monroe's insider information and contacts, and Nick being a Grimm would make a strong force to be reckoned with. Overall I liked this episode, but it could have been shown almost anywhere within this season after the first two or three episodes. It looks like the finale will bring up a bunch of unanswered questions plus a few new ones, and leave us hanging until next season.

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I'd say the one big thing we have not seen before is Hank seeing "Bigfoot" change into human form right in front of him. He's been clueless about Wesens before, even with Adelaide, mostly because Nick and Monroe are careful to keep him in the dark. This time he was knocked over by Monroe and then saw the transformation of the other guy with his own eyes. He was struggling with what to believe pretty much the whole episode. The rest of the episode, like the reviewer said, continued old conflicts. Nick is more and more willing to break police procedure to fulfill his work as a Grimm and to protect Monroe. Juliette is still curious about Nick's "hidden" life and he is having more difficulty keeping his two lives separate. Juliette's sleuth work--and her sharing her findings with Nick--make it more likely that either she'll turn out to be a Grimm (or Wesen?) or she'll do whatever she can to aid Nick. If there is a revolution next season, her veterinarian skills, Rosalee's apothecary skills, Monroe's insider connections and knowledge, and Nick being a Grimm, will make them a strong core force.

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Bored Now., Please elaborate on how everything fit together, I'd like to hear your take on things. Because I'm not seeing this as one of the best episodes Grimm has ever done. If anything, it's just a mess. The mythology is still shaky, Hank is experiencing yet another Wesen thing and is none the wiser, and the crime of the week was just that. It rehashed themes and concepts the show has dealt with before.

Nick m

Blurgh, character limits. joyeful, This isn't a game changing episode. Nothing changed in this episode. Did it set up for a potential game changer with Juliette? Yes, but the extent of what could change, and if it ever will is unknown at this point. You say that Nick's dual life and him trying to keep both separate is a running theme, and it is. Here's the thing, he successfully kept things divided in this episode, again. Hank doesn't know what he saw, Nick didn't bother correcting him. Juliette is on the DNA trail, and that could lead to something, but, again, the outcome is unknown. It is everything we've seen before, and I would much prefer the penultimate episode to be ramping up all the hanging plot threads instead of retelling ones we've seen before. Bored Now., Please elaborate on how everything fit together, I'd like to hear your take on things. Because I'm not seeing this as one of the best episodes Grimm has ever done. If anything, it's just a mess. The mythology is still shaky, Hank is experiencing yet another Wesen thing and is none the wiser, and the crime of the week was just that. It rehashed themes and concepts the show has dealt with before.

Grimm Season 1 Episode 21 Quotes

Right now I'm not asking you as a Detective.

Nick

We all have secrets Doctor, now let's talk about Larry's.

Nick