Grimm Review: Intersecting Adversaries

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"Season of the Hexenbiest" finally brought Nick’s line of focus to the man just below his Grimm world: Renard.

Of course, this is still Grimm we’re talking about, and Nick is still in the dark when it comes Renard’s royal blood. But Nick won’t let up until he knows exactly what kind of man Renard is because Renard is the person Nick can place blame on for his continually caving personal life.

Adalind Returns

Renard isn’t without leverage of his own, however, as he found Nick’s trailer, and while the key itself isn’t there – since Nick has the good sense to hide what people are searching for – there’s still a lot there that is essential to Nick being a Grimm. If the trailer were to vanish, Nick’s effectiveness could be severely hampered.

Even with all the potential fun Renard and Nick provide, Adalind’s return might have been the best part of tonight’s episode. Until now, we’ve only been introduced to vague antagonists while Nick easily demolishes whoever is dispatched to kill him, but Adalind is true a menace to everyone. Plus, Adalind also comes to town with a giant dose of fun.

Adalind is out for blood, and she’s not afraid to go through everyone to get there. Grimm has done a superb job through over the course of the series of putting Adalind in everyone’s social circle, and she pulls just about every one of those strings tonight. She easily plays Nick and Renard against each other all while badgering Juliette about the trailer. She even takes down Nick’s best ally: Hank.

For all the damage Adalind does accomplish, she still didn’t get to Nick’s trump card: Monroe. If Monroe hasn’t earned his honorary Grimm badge yet, he certainly did tonight. Monroe stuck his neck out numerous times, from serving as bait to Adalind’s entourage... being awkwardly evasive and vague as Juliette came to him for information... and having no problems with letting Nick bunk with him. Monroe’s relatively secret partnership with Nick may finally be coming out in the open, though, as Juliette let slip to Renard that he is a friend of Nick’s.

Speaking of Juliette, I’ve gone back to having mild disdain for her. I’m just not enjoying the direction her character is going anymore, mostly because Juliette and her story are getting incredibly old. While this installment offered some clues that she might be slowly regaining her memory, we’re now in episode 12 of 22, and she’s finally now admitting there are some feelings there for Renard. It’s dull, and the sooner things heat up for this storyline the better off her character will be.

At least Nick finally decided he deserved better than the couch and moved out. I just wish he had kicked Juliette to the curb instead of himself.

And just like that, Grimm is done for the year! With only 10 episodes left, what are you hoping to see in Grimm in 2013? Let us know in the comments and head over to our Grimm quotes to read some of tonight’s best lines!


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (80 Votes)

Sick of the Raynard/Juliette story as well. Really nothing more to add.


Two things I should've added -- I've lived in Portland for 25 of my 48 years. I love the mystique, the reality of "Keep Portland Weird" that us natives are so proud of. There's something about living in a place that can be cloudy/raining for 120 days in a row that not everyone can tolerate, webbed feet or otherwise. The other thing was the look of murderous rage on Nick's face at the end when Monroe came clean about the identity the man Juliette is having feelings for. Yowza -- I can't wait for that confrontation.


@Rachel - I've been wondering that since day one!!! Only one bedroom in that massive house?!? LOL!! @luv4whedon - You raise a good point, and up until this episode I was on board with the dramatic irony, and I totally understood her confusion. She can't help what's happening with Renard or with Nick. I would argue though that by this point, the character had enough little pieces of information to make better decisions, especially with Adalind. I'm not mad that she's an emotional wreck, I'm annoyed because she's doing legitimately stupid things. @SirenusvexTheMouse - Totally agree - if that storyline had been a bit shorter and a little more intense, it would have been more bearable.


Not a bad episode but for me it's not a cliffhanger. I find the Juilette character tedious at best and the ''love triangle' scenario is just boring. The storyline could have been darker and more intense but when you have little interest in one-of the main players that much needed intensity is diminished - more so when your hoping said character will be written out before the credits roll.


Juliete's character is so stupid PLEASE get rid of her


-- transform, that was so yummy, I can't wait for him and Juliette to finally give and let the clothes ripping begin again.


It seemed like three or four weeks in, Juliette was starting to figure some of this stuff out on her own, especially after Bud told her outright that Nick was a Grimm. She might not know what a Grimm was, but she was remembering things and not seeing them through the lens of her love for Nick. Heck, even last year's proposal, she said no because she knew he was hiding things from her. So having her confide in Adalind was a complete WTF moment for me. It just didn't follow/fit, whatever. But now to be contrary, I am enjoying the Renard/Juliette obsession story line. We never got to see him with Adalind, even though it was clear she was in love with him. He rejected her advances. Then he rejected her mother's advances as well. He's too good for the hexenbiest, even though we find out he is one. Aside from the fact that Sasha Roiz is finger-licking scrumptious -- no, never mind, not aside from the fact. The episode where he drank the potion and had to take his shirt off to transform, that was so yummy, I can't wait for him and Juliette to finally give and let the clothes ripping begin again.


I can't believe such a big house has only ONE bedroom and Nick has to sleep on the couch... Where did Aunt Marie sleep when she was there?


I am with everyone who is frustrated with Juliette but unfortunately that is the role she has to play and she's a victim of dramatic irony. The audience knows that Nick's actions are legitimate and justified and the audience knows that she is under a spell but she doesn't know. To her Nick is a stranger whom she is supposed to love and she's trying to piece together what her life was like before the freak coma. I understand why she's overly open with Monroe and Adalind; she actually remembers these people and maybe in a way hopes they can shed light on her confusing life. I am super annoyed with her too but I'm trying to see things from her point of view: she wakes up from a coma to find out she has a stranger, whose life is strange and secretive, living in her house. She finds that she does have feelings are a man whom she DOES remember and feels guilty.
Her storyline and the audience's frustrations with her character (and most female characters for that matter) are not uncommon. It's a result of having so many shows with a male lead whose significant other can never be seen as the leader, she will always be secondary to his storyline - Cordelia "Angel", Rita "Dexter", Lori "The Walking Dead".


I agree with the review. Grimm has a major problem with plot arcs.

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Grimm Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

Juliette: I'm really getting sick of being left in the dark all the time.
Monroe: The dark does have its bright side.

I think the time for being careful is over Nick.