Grimm Review: Code Breakers

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"Natural Born Wesen" was a return to procedural form for Grimm, but it also explored the scope of the Wesen world while doing so.

Munroe In the Middle

Monroe’s interactions with his fellow Wesen in the dive bar, and in general, is always an entertaining situation. The poor guy just seems to get along better with humans and the mild mannered Wesen (although he certainly knows how to protect himself) than with the more aggressive Wesen.

These interactions shed some light on Monroe’s own conflicting viewpoints, as he played with a Grimm as well as with Wesen tradition and culture. It’s an idea that isn’t always played around with on Grimm since Nick is usually the one with competing identities.

Nevertheless, Monroe’s continual support of Nick is truly admirable because the perks of being Nick’s sidekick and ally, at this point in time, is mostly one sided. He’s always putting his neck out for him – and while Nick definitely sparks Monroe’s morality and courageousness that just wasn’t there for his reformation – and I’m hoping Monroe begins to have a better give and take with Nick since it feels like Nick is taking him for granted.

One of the best aspects of tonight was how far the boundaries of the Wesen world stretched. In other words, since Renard and Nick’s tentative truce, more of the inner workings of the Wesen world are coming to light. And it’s surprising how much clout Rosalee herself has in this world.

One of Grimm’s greatest storytelling abilities is having the advantage of literally showing what is directly underneath the surface of its characters, using it to quickly give the audience a characterization; this technique has been used with Rosalee, but she’s continually breaking out of her meek shell now. This might be due to Nick, like Monroe, but some of it is due to her taking up her family’s business and finding her place in the Wesen world.

She clued DeGroot in on what was happening, and, naturally, Renard sent the pictures of the code breakers so DeGroot knew exactly how to take care of the situation. Renard seems to have his fingers in just about every pie.

Juliette was a little more tolerable here, probably because she was mostly alone dealing with her own issues. Issues, I must say, are a very welcome change of pace. She’s literally trying to traverse her own forgotten memories with Nick. Deep down, Juliette knows what Nick told her in the trailer, and this limbo of no memories and unexplainable feelings for Renard might have been the perfect escape from something that scared her. If she can overcome that fear, then her memories and love for Nick might coming rushing back.

A Few More Other Thoughts:

  • Apartment 214
  • Nick killed Adalind’s Hexenbiest self with some of his blood, why didn’t Renard’s half-Hexenbiest self go floating away too?
  • Thank goodness for Hank’s nutshell recap, things were a little hazy after the ridiculously long break.
  • Nick has the good sense to not put things in drawers that can be opened by anyone, but is hanging the key around his neck a better place?


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (46 Votes)

Agree with the review on most points. Good to get more insight into the Wesen world. Couldn't tell which robber was Blutbad and which was ... whatever. When Nick pointed out to Hank that the key is one of a set from the 12th Century and that, all together, they form a map to ... something ... I said: "Hey, who needs 'Zero Hour'!" My partner agreed. Both Rosalie and Renard contacted the Council. I assume that Renard did not want them getting involved. Did he know that Rosalie had contacted them, and did that force him to send the photos? What are they going to do with the Wesen who killed the robbers? Does Juliette remind anybody of Donna Noble?


Hey is it just me but do others think the police officer that Nick and Hank were talking to in the bank is working with Renard? This officer has been on a few shows but I have not caught his name yet? He is more than he seems!?


Ok why are they still treating Juliette like a baby? You had her in the spice shop with everyone from the Scooby Gang except for Hank and you even had Renard. Tell her the truth already! Stop being a scared little girl and running away from everything Juliette. Boy is she getting on my nerves! Also why have Nick take the position but not kiss Juliette???? Nick is sitting outside her house but didn't see her scared in the door? Or she did think to call someone on her cell before it rang and she dropped it? Maybe next week she will stop being so stupid! I think Nick does take Monroe for granted but I also think Monroe misses the old Wesen lifestyle and this gives him a rush helping Nick. Monroe still has the best him and love him with Rosealee. I was wondering when Renard would contact to the counsel about people misbehaving in his canton. I am just surprised he did not go to the priest!


Juliette was out-acted by a hallucination!


just 2 questions:
1) Juliette spent at least 1 full day stuck next to her door with no toilet breaks?!
2) Why doesnt anyone ask Renard WHY he went through the purification ritual and kissed Juliette?


Apartment 214!! Is that because Juliette is afraid of the dark? :-) I wasn't totally captivated by the procedural this week - maybe because it was called "Natural Born Wesen"...kind of a plot giveaway. However, what was good was how it integrated the larger Wesen scheme of things. The council was really interesting. We've been so informed about the royals and their power, it was good to finally get a glimpse into the Wesen hierarchy. As for Juliette - I can't believe she was at that door for a full half hour of the show. Poor thing. As much as I understand how petrifying it must have been to see a giant sinkhole in your house...they could make her seem less silly.




@Doh-Rae-Me - I thought the exact same thing about the zapping electricity. I actually yelled at the TV at one point: "It's your brain, stupid!" Perhaps a bit unfair to Juliette, but still. I agree that she has to take a leap of faith in order to get through this; remember, it was only when she took that sort of step that she was able to get out of her doorway! Speaking of that, did she really spend an entire day or more huddled in front of the door? Really?


I think that in order for Juliette to regain her momories she is going to have to be like Alice and jump into the rabbit hole. The flashing electricity in the pit makes me think of firing synapses in a brain. She won't get her momories back until she stops being scared and is willing to take a leap of faith. JUMP into the rabbit hole, Juliette!


So Rosalee's father and brother served in the wesen council? wonder if they will show them in future episodes......what will happen if renard's family finds out that he's helping nick? after all he is part of the ''ROYAL FAMILY.'' monroe, monroe what can i say about him funny as hell but dang he almost got himself killed by those 3 duchebags. and juilette ehhh gotta go she' not that interesting. GOOD EPISODE!

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