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Grimm Review: Enter, Mr. Sandman

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"Mr. Sandman" didn’t bring any dreams or cute things to Portland.

This is Grimm, after all. Why bring dreams when you can bring death and blindness?

The case of the week proved to be one of the greater investigations of Grimm Season 2. The idea of a man stealing the sight of people who are in periods of grief and, literally, having them lose their way all so he can find his own is pretty compelling.

Finding a New Wesen

It’s a metaphor not only for the case, but also where Grimm is at this point in its story arcs. Almost every element was accounted for: Juliette is experiencing grief over her forgotten memories or fearing what she just can’t seem to remember. Team Nick is doing its best to figure out where it fits in to Renard’s master plan, as it speculated around the dinner table, but sometimes they’re just going into things blindly.

Hopefully the metaphor ends before the stabbing.

The more thought-provoking development of the case was the precedent it potentially sets for Nick as a Grimm. When Andre blinded Nick, his sense of hearing overcompensated; and even after the cure, his heightened hearing remained. It opens up the idea of Grimms being able to absorb or inherit abilities from other Wesen in certain situations, and it’ll also come in handy when Renard talks to his brother or whispers on the phone.

Adalind is still in Vienna, and still very much pregnant. The only difference now is she’s unsure of who the father is: Renard or his brother. No matter who ends up being the father, Adalind secured herself a piece of the Wesen good life by carrying a royal.

Finally, there’s Juliette. Her hallucinations are beginning to take shape, in Nick form no less. It reminds me of an episode of The OC when Che took Seth to the woods to find his spirit animal. Anyways, if these hallucinations are indeed Juliette’s spirit animal, it is high time he leads her right back to her memories.

I’m wondering if the key to making sure Renard can break free of Juliette’s pull is also tied to her memories because, as we saw in his dream, Renard still has some infatuation with Juliette.

A Few More Thoughts:

  • That looked more like a spork to me than a spoon.
  • Love when the medical examiners pops in for a case.
  • Rosalee is quickly becoming my favorite Nick sidekick.
  • NBC, your massive ads during shows for your upcoming shows is getting out of hand. I love Revolution and The Voice, but I don’t need to see Charlie running across my screen or watch the chairs swivel in every day.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (47 Votes)

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Joyeful

@Dreamrose @Autumn - My interpretation of the sly smile afterwards is that he had just realized that he took a level in badass LOL

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I hadn't even given serious consideration to the idea that what Juliet is seeing is just a hallucination. I certainly hope it's not. That would be incredibly boring. I figured that what Juliet is seeing has nothing to do with what Rosalee gave her. That it's an external force. Either another version of Nick (like future or parallel) r something impersonating him, which leads Juliette to discover more information about the bigger picture than even Nick (and the audience) knows. I hope that's the case, because it would actually add something interesting to Juliet's story. If it turns out the Nick ghost is just a figment of her imagination from the stuff Rosalee gave her, which just leads to her getting her memory back, that'll be a snooze fest.

Dreamrose

@Autumn - I think you're overthinking things, to be honest. He'd just gone through something fairly traumatic and emerged with improved abilities. Honestly, I'd stop and think about it for a moment before deciding this was a wonderful thing. Eye parasites, yuck. @joyeful - Alas, you're right about Adalind's baby. She slept with Hank in episode 1.17, too long ago now to only just be finding out she was pregnant. (Still, it would serve her right.) For now, I'm going to go with the theory that it's Eric's baby, rather than the captain's.

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What was up with that little grin at the end of this fruit ninja session...it wasn't TOWARD Monroe, it was almost an aside to the camera...if so, why slyly grin to himself? Just worried they are planting a seed for an evil Nick arc for May sweeps. : / I would not like that if annoying Juliette is finally in the know as far as Nick is concerned and gets all UNamnesia-Ed and then the writers pull an evil Nick on her and screw up her trust. Hopefully I'm over-thinking it.

Joyeful

(cont...) ...amnesia/clueless side-story is almost over. Also, Team Nick - Monroe, Rosalee & Hank - is SO enjoyable to watch! They work really well together. Man, who would have seen THAT coming from season 1's Hank? I also like how the show leaves us with questions every week. Like - who the hell was that woman with Adalind, and what's the deal there? To previous commenters - it's not possible that Hank is the father of Adalind's baby. They haven't been together since season 1.

Joyeful

@McHatton - interesting parallels between this episode's plot and the greater story. If I may run with that...perhaps the truest analogue to the sandman Wesen is Renard. After all, he operated in the shadows; maybe not stealing their sight but certainly maintaining Team Nick's blindness to the truth through his many manipulations, for what seemingly (so far) is his own agenda. I think Team Nick's conversation at the beginning - where they were trying to figure out Renard's purpose - is indicative of that. Perhaps the ending of this episode - Nick regaining his sight with heightened hearing - is symbolic of Nick's heightened awareness of Renard's game. (sigh) That was fun. I enjoy thinking. Moving on... I enjoyed this episode, in all it's eye-worm-gross glory. I think Giuntoli has really been bringing his A-game these days; he was a pretty convincing blind guy. I still tire of Juliette, but I'm hoping that the manifestation of her hallucinations means that the end of this amnesia/clueless side-story is almost over. Also, Team Nick - Monroe, Rosalee & Hank - is SO enjoyable to watch!

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THAT WOULD BE JUST F-in WEIRD............ IF THAT KID TURNS OUT TO BE HANK'S ANYWAYS ADALIND SAID 'TWO BROTHERS' SO IT'S RENARD AND HIS BROTHER THAT COULD BE THE FATHER. MOVING ON RENARD BEING HALF HEXEN/ROYAL?!!! WTF NOW I'M LITTLE IFFY I THINK HE COULD BE USING NICK. THAT ANDRE GUY THAT BLINDED NICK DID HIM PRETTY GOOD...HE GAVE HIM 'BIONIC HEARING' FOR SOME STRANGE REASON. YAWWWN I'M GETTING ANNOYED W/JUILETTE!

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I will laugh so hard if Adalind's baby turns out to be Hank's. All that scheming and plotting, and the poor kid isn't even Royal. At the end of the episode, I couldn't help but envision Nick say "Ding!" and everyone else reply "Grats!" New skill points in blind fighting! One can hope that his hearing is not TOO sensitive, because the first time he fires his service weapon, he'd be writing on the floor in agony.

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That episode was gross, it was cringe-inducing, it made me squirm in discomfort and horror. Oh, "Grimm"...do it again, lol! At first, I was a bit miffed that the "Pretty Fly For A White Guy" Wesen was only targeting women but loved how, with all that testosterone running around, it was a woman who delivered the fatal *swat*. g I usually don't catch on too quickly but knew who Juliette's "ghost" was last week, as soon as he said he just wanted her to know the truth. I'm totally digging Team Nick, giggled over Nick Wesenwalker feelin' the Force, and can't wait til next week!