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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!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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My favorite part of this show...the sorry at the end of the to be continued...It won't take long for Nick to figure out Renard but I wonder how long it will take Renard to try and explain himself (I will guess everyone can get past to attempt to kill Marie thing as Kelly has already laid the groundwork that the two sisters had different philosophies and if Renard's plan is more than selfishly motivated). I did keep wondering why Monroe didn't ever mention why Renard had been in the shop in the first place (if only to cut down Nick's anger at Juliette). adalind is so fun...I like that at least for now she is only human to Nick so he really can't do anything to her (and who thinks it will be real fun when Kelly comes back to accept responsibity for her mother's murder.

Dreamrose

@Simone - And yet, Adalind actually failed to kill Aunt Marie. Renard had to know that Nick would be in that hospital room when Adalind made her attempt; he did make sure to tell Nick that he was removing the posted officers. Adalind, at least then, was young, foolish, and completely infatuated with Renard. In other words, a total tool. And this was the person he sent to kill a Grimm? The reason Renard gave for killing Aunt Marie was plausible, but just barely. How much Grimm lore could she possibly give Nick in her current condition? She wasn't going to get better at this point. Remember, they didn't know about the trailer then. It would have been infinitely easier and less conspicuous to simply let her die. So, why try to kill her? Maybe the Royals were pressuring him in some fashion, and he had to make it look good.

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@DreamRose What spin? Renard is a bad guy who tried to kill Marie. I suspect that Nick will be forced to form a reluctant alliance with him against the rest of Renard's family. However, eventually Nick will kill him.

Dreamrose

Renard is in a very, very precarious position, and he has some serious choices to make. As soon as he discovered that Monroe recognizes Juliette and that Monroe was a friend of Nick, he had to know that it wouldn't be long before Nick realized that Renard was involved in the Wesen world. And how long after that would it be before Renard's identity as a Royal became known? In any case, it is in Renard's best interests to get in front of this now and control the narrative in his favor, rather than allowing Adalind to control it. A little spin goes a long way, and Renard needs to make sure Nick hears his version of events before Adalind says anything else.

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If Nick had not found out about Renard, I was going up to give up on the show so I was glad when he did. It won't take much for Nick to figure out that Renard was the royal. Nick will quickly remember that Renard was the one who pull the protective detail from Marie's sickbed and then the dominoes will fall into place. I love the fight scenes we need more of those. I cracked up when Monroe asked Nick if he wanted to arrest them "or what" and Nick said "or what." I love Monroe. He is such a good friend. I wish Hank had more to do this episode, but Nick is going to need when he takes on Renard. I use to like her, but I am done with Juliette. She is simply annoying now. I could not believe how she was confiding in Adalind and acting like she was such a good friend when she only met Adalind twice before. Nick needs to kick Juliette out of his house.

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I totally agree with Tanya: please get rid of Juliet already! She never made the cut but now is dragging on and on..

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I feel better knowing I'm not the only one getting tired of Juliette. A lot of people were down on the character last year and I was fairly neutral about her. But now I'm really getting tired of her storyline. The whole mutual infatuation thing with Renard seems like a bad soap opera gimmick. I can't believe we're half way through the season and it's still a focus. And for someone who seemed a bit suspicious of Adeline a few episodes ago, she sure was chatty. I get that she's in a situation that she cant control, but now she's getting annoying and stupid. I'd rather spend more time figuring out the Royals, Renard's story (w/o the Juliette infatuation), the key, nick 's mom. Okay, I'm done venting. :D

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I do think Nick put two and two together on Renard being a royal: - He knows you need royal's kiss to awaken Juliette and now he sees Renard and Juliette have this whole thing.
- Adalind implied that the Royal is someone close by.
- Nick had more than few situations of suspicious stuff happening in the police itself.
- Nick is a cop. Its not hard to put two and two together and figure out that Renard is who he is.