Grimm Review: Curiosity

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"Nameless" is filled with plenty of interesting side stories and plot development, but Grimm’s procedural story is better left forgotten.

A Wesen Killer

Juliette’s curiosity, and her slowly reemerging memories, is beginning to break her from her boring, season long shell. It’s a welcome change to witness the character I came to enjoy as Grimm Season 1 went towards its finale begin to come back. At this point, aside from Wu, everyone knows of Nick and his extracurricular activities, so Grimm isn’t the least bit afraid of Nick’s family secret getting out to immediate friends.

In terms of shocking reveals, the news that Nick comes from a long line of fairy tale ass kickers will probably be a little shocking to Juliette, but Juliette’s experience with the Wesen world is considerably deeper now; any more delays would just feel fraudulent, so she might as well join the pack.

Speaking of the pack, Juliette’s recruitment of Monroe and Rosalee into her recovery process brought up a detail that I never really thought about: Rosalee has never heard of (or been to) Nick’s trailer. It’s usually part of the welcoming committee, when one finds out Nick’s a Grimm and they join the team one of the perks of joining is getting to see the trailer.

It’s disappointing Rosalee missed out on this initiation process.

Renard’s conversations with his spy really began to shed some light on what is going on in the Royal Wesen world. The Royals are secretly trying to dissolve of the union and attempting to put themselves back in power, and, while Renard wants to continue on the resistances’ side his spy is growing increasingly wary of Meisner – a man who is only looking after himself.

Renard seems to be stuck in the middle of two sides that shouldn’t want power at all, and it begins to paint of picture of how Nick could be of such value to him. The Grimm are the enforcers of the Wesen world, making sure they do not prey on humans or other Wesen, and if Renard can bring about an alliance with Nick for all the Wesen world to see – after the Grimm basically cut ties with the Verrat and the Royals – could send a very powerful message to the Wesen world.

As for the case, it couldn’t hold my interest. The mixing of the Grimm world and the video game world sounds entertaining on paper, but the villain is mostly boring and the victims were mostly one note characters riddled with clichés. The only positive to come out of the case is Wu, who finally gets some screen time beyond calling for backup or making a quick one-liner.

A Few More Thoughts:

  • Is the episode number going to be on every apartment door from now on? I would be okay with that.
  • I like to imagine Wu heard Nick using the Grimm terminology on top of the roof.
  • Renard’s flash drive of names is reminding me of Arrow’s list.


Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (47 Votes)

Just watched the May 7th show. Bitsie Tulloch's acting is so bad that it makes me uncomfortable. Tonight closed the case. She's awful.


oooooooo........What's going to happend to adalind's baby........i hope she loses it i don't like her!


1. The Rumpelstiltskin angle would have made a lot more sense if the programmers had consciously made a deal with him and then reneged on it. They didn't seem to think they had. What was the deal FOR, anyway? Money? First-born children? And why is Rumpel an acid-dripping cutter-in-halfer anyway? Couldn't they figure out something closer to the fairy tale, like a baby-eater? 2. Juliette wants to know RIGHT NOW so badly that she can't wait for Monroe to consult with Nick? They should let her leave. PLEASE. 3. On the other hand, can N & J really get back together once she recovers her memories? I think ... and hope ... that ship has sailed. 4. Bandwagon comment: Renard is the suave version of Jack Bauer!


@joyeful: "It was nice to see Wu taking centre stage though, I find him really amusing." This is not a knock on you, @joyeful, but the longer they play Wu for a fool, the more uncomfortable I get. You know, he's just the (somewhat) nerdy but clueless Asian guy. @Nick said that he hoped Wu heard the Wesen-related talk on the rooftop. I doubt it, but it would be nice to see Wu demand to be let in on what's going on. BTW, I don't know a hell of a lot about PDs, but isn't Portland big enough that it should have a dedicated Homicide department? And more than two detectives?


I didn't realize this was a take on Rumpelstiltskin till I saw the names in the anagrams screen shot. Interesting. Rodney Yee is effin' brilliant. Otherwise, I think the reason the police part of the story didn't work great came down to the actress playing the programming whiz. Just not strong. I'm also not feeling Juliette's journey with amnesia/obsession/visions. The actress is just not strong enough to make this stuff believable for me.


why is Juliette asking "the spirits" to talk to her instead of talking to live Nick? Please stop making her so stupid! She finally looks like she gets half a brain cell next week! I bet even Bitsie thinks Juliette is an idiot!


See I liked the MOTW (Mystery of the Week). Thought it was a clever spin on the Rumplestiltskin tale, how people hide their identities/motivations/true natures and the foreshadowing of what happens when you can't hide in the shadows anymore (like basically the entire cast did during season 1). Names are important in GRIMM. They denote origin, identity, power, & purpose. Renard's discovery of the list of names parallels how the main characters are becoming more aware of each other's purpose and abilities in this chess game. They're having more scenes together, bantering, & relationships are gelling - while they may not trust each other completely, it's not making them weaker. Excellent episode IMO.


It was really nice to see Badass Renard back and not stupid Renard chasing after boring Juliette! This is the Badass Renard I love. The resistance storyline is really good just show it more writers! I am also very happy that Nick is not chasing after Juliette. He did enough of that when he was sleeping on the sofa in a two story house! I have to say Juliette finally did not get on my last nerve this season. She was Juliette from season one again and she was even funny at times! She still has a long way to go before I like her again...thanks writers! I am glad Monroe keep Nick as number one and did not put Juliette first about the trailer. I love Rosealee and Monroe together but Monroe was right to ask Nick first about the trailer. Love the fact that we got to see more of Sgt. Wu this week. More Sgt. Wu please! I wonder if Sgt. Wu will ever be part of the Scooby gang? Next week doesn't look good for Adalind and her baby!!!!


My hopes of Juliet having a non-boring story are now totally gone. I hope they get rid of her soon.


I didn't mind the procedural. I thought the story was interesting enough, but not fleshed out as well as it could have been. It was nice to see Wu taking centre stage though, I find him really amusing. Agreed with all - Renard was pretty badass in that restaurant. Nice to be reminded why he's a police captain. The more we learn about the overarching plot, the more I believe that Renard is more of a good guy (with questionable methods) than a bad guy with a self-serving agenda. Juliette continues to make no sense to me. "My memories of Nick are coming back, he was trying to tell me something, but I won't ask the real Nick because he's keeping secrets, thought he might have already told me in the memories...anyway, I'll just ask his friends who are obviously trying to keep something from me..." I don't even understand that train of thought. Note - I did like that all the names of this week's villain were anagrams of Rumpelstiltskin...

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