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Grimm Review: Staying in Town

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It's too bad NBC didn’t premiere Grimm with back-to-back episodes. Because "The Kiss" kicked off right where “Bad Teeth” concluded.

But, when you’re premiering in August and only have so many episodes to go around, this is the result. Still, no complaints are needed. So let’s get on to the good stuff...

Juliette Sleeps

Goodie 1: Widening the Nets
You have to wonder why Grimm would bother with bringing the FBI in to investigate first the case, along with the murder of its agents. and tonight showed us why: to get Nick in that interrogation room.

The Feds asked all the right questions, and, of course, Nick had all the right answers. Nick as a character possesses all the right kinds of skills to succeed as a Grimm. Not only is he quick on his feet and good at kicking major Wesen butt, but his experience as a detective gives him the ins and outs of police work. In some ways he could be compared to Dexter.

So the Federal Agents didn’t intimidate Nick because he knew what they were going to ask him, and he already had a plan to get out of it. Even so, there were small little hints that this will still come back to bite him, but not necessarily in a way that be bad; rather in a way that can expand the scope of the show. Last week illuminated us to what the royal families are doing and why they are searching for: the keys.

If the scope of the show is to expand, the police force needs to broaden as a result, and Portland PD doesn’t have the jurisdiction the US Government does.

Goodie 2: More Layers of Captain Renard are Peeled Away
It looks like we’ve finally gotten to see what Renard is hiding, and he has a Wesen form; however, Adalind’s mom brought up a good point: he’s almost human, and she told Mama B that he’s a bastard of the royal family.

Renard’s Terminator-esque appearance makes me wonder if his royal blood and his other half makes him some type of hybrid creature, and he, therefore, can’t fully commit to either trait. Which would make him almost human.

Even for all of those revelations about him there is still very much that is up in the air. Renard knows his family sent the saber tooth Frenchman to take care of Nick, but Renard’s side is still murky. Is he patiently keeping Nick alive so he can gain prominence in a family that might consider him illegitimate and not the rightful heir?

Goodie 3: Changing Family Dynamics
Juliette is saved! But she doesn’t remember Nick, which is not surprising since we saw Nick fade from her memory last week. I’m guessing since she was given a true love’s kiss (if this were Once Upon A Time) by Renard that she may end up feeling a connection towards him rather than Nick, and that assumes that is the only thing that is different with her.

The other dynamic is Mama Burkhardt now working her own plan behind the scenes without Nick’s knowledge, while having the coins in her possession. Though it is not for certain that she saw Renard walk out of Adalind’s Mom’s house, it’s the only thing that makes sense right now. She knows the family are after the keys and the treasure, her son has a key, she now knows a royal lives in Portland. She’s probably put it all together.

Other thoughts:

  • Both Monroe and Rosalee seemed to gain approval from Mom tonight. Monroe keeping the doctors busy and Rosalee giving her a stern talking to and a hug.
  • “Monalee” continue making their adorable chemistry known with awesome lines such as:
    Monroe: Cheapskate doesn't realize how close she came to getting her throat ripped out.
    Rosalee: That's so sweet, maybe later. | permalink

What did you think of tonight’s Grimm?

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@KansasGuest - LOL!! AGREED!! Mother of sweet things - can EVERY episode PLEASE have a shirtless Renard scene?? Have mercy... Oh boy, Mama Grimm is keeping secrets. Who didn't see that coming...

Joyeful

That was an edge-of-my-seat episode. I was practically yelling at the screen, "Nick! THE PHONE CALL!!" Every episode makes me love Giuntoli more. Rosalee and Monroe are an AWESOME couple. Nick and Juliette - not so much. They're lacking chemistry; I wasn't even convinced when he ran to her awakened side. However, if they're gonna work the fall-in-love-again angle, that might give them something to build on, and us something to root for. I think Hank deserves a hand of applause for his most convincing scene in the show's history, when he asked Nick not to betray him. It's between that and the last season when he met the mother of a crime victim. Renard is half-Wesen royalty!! He's a "bastard", he's barely human, and that was what I think was a Hexenbiest face change. That would sort of explain him - the man would have to be a survivor to make it as a bastard child in a royal family. He looks out for himself. @KansasGuest - LOL!! AGREED!! Mother of sweet things - can EVERY episode PLEASE have a shirtless Renard scene?? Have mercy...

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((It cut have my comment off. Here's the rest)) Maybe he wants to put Nick into a situation where the Grimm will end up working for him (just like the Grimms in Europe do for the Royals) so that he can whip the Portland Wessin into shape and take over their community. We've seen from his dream sequence (when he had the coins) that he's ambitious and that he wants subjects. And that would make sense if that's his family legacy, and yet it's been denied to him. It would even explain his contradictory behavior up till now. One minute he's trying to murder Aunt Marie (to stop anyone else from gaining influence over "his" Grimm) and the next he's protecting Nick from the Reapers (because he needs Nick if he's ever going to establish his rule). So his actions aren't motivated either by evil bad-assery, or good guy compassion. Instead, everything he's done would be out of pure ambition. Even saving Juliette fits (so Nick won't leave, and possibly so he can tie another string to him.) Anyway, that's my theory. It'll be interesting to see if I'm right or not.

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I have a theory about Renard. I don't think he's necessarily trying to get into his family's good books...or at least not *just* that. I think he's trying to gain power in Portaland. Think about it. As a bastard with other Princely brothers, and a well-controlled Europe, he probably found himself in the position of having the title, but none of the power that went with it. The full-blooded members of his family are probably the rulers. We also know that the Royal Families don't rule America the way they do the "Old World". So what if he's trying to create a miniature kingdom for himself by taking over Portland. He could have come here with his family's blessing because they want him to get that key from Nick, but actually have bigger plans he didn't tell the family about. Maybe he wants to put Nick into a situation where the Grimm will end up working for him (just like the Grimms in Europe do for the Royals) so that he can whip the Portland Wessin into shape and take over their community. We've seen from his dream sequence (when he had the coins) that he's ambitious and that he wants subjects. And that would make sense if that's his family legacy, and yet it's been denied to him. It would even explain his contradictory behavior up till now. One minute he's trying to murder Aunt Marie (to stop anyone else from gaining influence over "his" Grimm) and the next he's protecting Nick from the Reapers (because he needs Nick if he's ever going to establish his rule). So his actions aren't motivated either by evil bad-assery, or good guy compassion. Instead, everything he's done would be out of pure ambition. Even saving Juliette fits (so Nick won't leave, and possibly so he can tie another string to him.) Anyway, that's my theory. It'll be interesting to see if I'm right or not.

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KansasGuest,
I forgot to mention that too and I have to agree! Isn't that amazing that the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo had much more chemistry with Nick in just one episode than Juliette in the whole series so far?
I mean, J is just so... whatever. I think the writers need to dramatically change her (which I think it's going to happen now, with all the amnesia thing) or get rid of her and introduce a better counterpart to Nick (preferably one with a little more fire in her soul).

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I have to say I was surprised that Captain Reynard was such a hottie without his shirt on! I was also surprised at how he was able to drink down that really horrid looking potion that was, ugh, chunky with brown stuff, and go through whatever throes of pain it took to get his heart to be pure. I agree with those who think Juliette is going to have feelings for the Captain now that he has kissed her awake. All in all, a fascinating episode, but I am not liking the new voice-over introduction to the show. Why do we need that now? Everyone who watches the show knows what it is about without the voiceover.

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@Fantasma - Agree with you about Juliet. I want the FireEater/Dragon Lady (Danielle Panabacker) back. She seemed dangerous and unstable. I think it would add an interesting element if dragons were not allied with any side and could be an ally of Nick's.

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Have to hand it to Mama Grimm. She is a FORCE to be reckoned with! She killed both a mauvais dentes and MamaHexenbeist in 24 hours and was as cool as a cucumber. I do believe she cares about her son, and that she left to protect her family. Her conversation with Mrs. Shays indicated as much. But, there is more to the story than she is letting on. Perhaps she went undercover for a larger Grimm/Templar Knights organization for a reason yet TBA. I loved her reaction to Rosalee's hug. As for Capt. Renard, I don't care if he's pure or a demon, tanned or glowing red. Can we just have more scenes of him tearing his shirt off, please? Preferably while speaking French. Merci beaucoup!

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First, I was disappointed at Renard's brother sleeping clothes, they weren't princely at all.
Second, I wondered if Renard may not possess a double personality. When he was looking at the mirror and seemed to be afraid of taking the potion I thought that there could be another person/thing inside him, not only his wesen form, but actually another personality.
Third and final: Juliette makes no difference at all to me. She could be in a coma the rest of the season and the series would go on perfectly without her. I think they need to make her presence really important, so that people will actually miss her in action. But maybe it's just me who thinks so. Sorry for any mistakes, english is not my first language.

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Kol(Devil in Disguise)-Dande asked "I would like to know how come only royalty can awake Juliette." It was not that he was a royal but he was pure (due to taking the magic potion). This was stated by the witch. If Nick had kissed her before the Captain did HE would have waken her instead ("True Loves Kiss by someone pure"). The Captain wanted to do it since he did not know that Nick was working on a solution (and possibly there is some bonding to whoever woke her). She had to be woken or Nick might leave town after she died (something that the Captain wanted to prevent - He wants/needs Nick staying).

Grimm Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Monroe: Cheapskate doesn't realize how close she came to getting her throat ripped out.
Rosalee: That's so sweet, maybe later.

It feels like it was just yesterday I was crashing through my window to introduce myself to him.

Monroe