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Grimm Review: One Memory At A Time

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"Ring of Fire" keeps the serial elements to a minimum for Grimm Season 2.

With Hank and Rosalee taking a break from the canvas, the most unlikely of trios formed to keep Portland safe and weird: Renard, Monroe, and Nick.

Overwhelming Memories

While serial elements accomplish two things: the first being it keeps reviews and the analysis fresh, and the second being is I enjoy storytelling that moves at a faster pace. In the course of a 22-episode season, however, it’s sometimes refreshing to take a small step away from season long plots to just have an enjoyable time with a show and characters you love.

It was basically like guys night out, but in typical Grimm fashion.

The serial elements that are here focused entirely on Adalind and Juliette. Juliette’s memories are both sweet and annoying. By taking one memory at a time we get to see Nick and Juliette back when things are good for them. This flashback brings me back to a time when I actually enjoyed her character, yet the way Juliette gets to this point is contrived.

The memories of Nick are overwhelming her, and that’s not the problem. The biggest problem is Juliette needs to first break things off with Nick and then seek guidance with Spiritual Grandma… who tells her the painfully obvious of taking one memory at a time.

The legitimate reasons why Juliette needs to break up with Nick and be told the painfully obvious are few and far between, and it’s continually damaging to her character. Build up is one thing, but I don’t need painful, six month long ‘90s-esque soap opera storyline stalls to bring Juliette to just about the same point in time to where she was last season.

Adalind’s story focuses on Frau Pech and how much she can get for her royal baby. Adalind, much like Juliette, is focusing on her past, and she’s willing to give up her baby to the highest bidder so long as they can find a way to get her Hexenbiest powers back. It makes me wonder, since her baby is predominantly Hexenbiest if Adalind is coming up to a crossroad. The baby could be the answer to having a fresh set of powers, but at what cost to the baby?

A Few More Thoughts:

  • NBC has cancelled Ready for Love, and Grimm will be heading to Tuesdays at 10 starting April 30th for the rest of the season.
  • More Bud scenes please.
  • “El Diablo” is unlike anything we’ve seen even in Grimm’s world. 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (36 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Joyeful

....her "hexenbiest-ness" was taken from her.

Joyeful

I got it in Canada - I think the pre-emption depended on what part of the US you were in. I thoroughly enjoyed the fellas and their escapades with the fire-monster. I especially liked the last Ghostbusters-ish scene, and that mountain dude is a bad-ass. I also find it interesting how well Renard and Nick work together; I wonder how that's going to play in to the rest of the series. I liked the procedural part of the episode MUCH more than the serial parts. I actually groaned when Juliette first appeared on screen - doing the same thing she'd done for the past four episodes - being afraid to walk into her house. I can't for the life of me imagine why the writers think the snail pace of this story is necessary. Adalind - gets my vote for worst mother of the year. I'm not sure that we know that the child is predominantly Hexenbiest. It hasn't been established WHICH royal is the father, and I'm not sure that the child would get Hexenbiest traits from her mother since her "hexenbiest-ness" was taken from her.

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NBC IS STUPID THEY SHOWED ANOTHER REPEAT LAST NIGHT! THEY DIDN'T SHOW THIS EP. AT ALL! SO HOW DID YOU (TVFANATIC) HAVE THIS REVIEW? AND I JUST SAW ON ANOTHER SITE THAT GRIMM IS MOVING TO TUESDAY NIGHTS. VERY BAD MOVE ON NBC IF THIS SHOW DOESN'T SURVIVE IT'S THEY'RE FALUT THAT THEY MOVED IT GOING UP AGANIST NCIS ON CBS EVEN IF THEY SHOW IT AT IT'S ORIGNAL TIME @ 10 PM. SO DUMB!

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Nick, you make an excellent point about Juliette (and the viewers) spending 6 painful months getting to essentially the same place... I hope, at least, this time she accepts Nick for what he is or gets out permanently. While I think Renard is essentially a good character I thought it was a lot more fun when we thought he was the bad guy-- we have too many antagonists. Like you said, it was like boys night-- fun but not that suspenseful. Thank God Wu doesn't know-- that is keeping it a bit more fresh.

Dreamrose

@Nick McHatton - We, at least, got stuck with a rerun of "The Kiss" (episode 2 of this season). There was much grumbling at the official Grimm Facebook page.

Nick m

It must depend on the timezone. It aired for me.

Dreamrose

Too bad that NBC bumped this episode at the last minute (probably due to coverage of the Boston stuff) - it's not actually airing until this next Friday.

Grimm Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

Keeping Portland weird.

Monroe

Now we know where bull-headed comes from.

Monroe