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Grimm Review: Close Encounters of the Wesen Kind

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Welcome to Tuesday, Grimm

"Endangered" was one of the better installments to introduce new viewers this far into the season, thanks a mostly predominant procedural case and light, easy to follow serial elements.

Juliette's Memories

Nick, Monroe and Rosalee’s adventure to save the tiny blue Wesen and frame the UFO-ologist reminded us how far the three of them have come as a team. Nick isn’t worried about getting a warrant about anything anymore and would much rather just tell Monroe to commit a crime to get things done.

Monroe and Rosalee follow along happily like the awesome sidekicks they are. They all stepped up to protect the newborn Wesen, and instead of letting justice take its course, they gave the newborn family a fresh start and framed the skinner instead.

Some more information was divulged about the key from Renard and Monroe. The latter narrowed down the map to Germany. Renard’s answer regarding what the key is hiding is still mostly hidden, but the legends do point to it being something BIG. Renard also shared that they royals have four of the seven keys and the other two are currently unaccounted for.

Renard and Nick’s interactions are still tense, most of which has to do with Renard. The guy is still a complete enigma and we’re completely unaware of where he is in his plans for Nick, Portland and his royal family. It’s fun and enjoyable to continually wonder where Renard might be, but I’m hoping before Grimm Season 2 comes to a close we’ll begin to see more information from him.

I’m glad that as Juliette begins to regain more of her memories together with Nick that she also acknowledges how poorly she treated him. While I’ve been very vocal over the memories issue, I love seeing the flashbacks to simpler times with Nick and Juliette.

Their chemistry together is fun and playful, and, after watching an angst-ridden season, seeing them say, “I love you” to each other for the first time in the flashback finally brought me back to a place where I’m rooting for them as a couple again. It happened right around the same time we saw Juliette rediscover the emotional connection she had with Nick at the end of the flashback.

Review

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The problem with Nick and Juliette is that there is no chemistry. There wasn't any before she lost her memory either. Time for them to move on

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As always I love the show, love the story line, the artistry of the characters, Nick and of course Monroe. But as Juliette has more and more screen time, I am liking her less and less. She is a definite turn off.

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> "Procedural shows can go on forever a la CSI or L&O. The procedural people are winning, damn it." The problem is that serial shows rarely survive on network channels. I've seen show after show try to go serial only to fall in the ratings and be cancelled. Anyway, the chemistry between Monroe and Rosalee is amazing. They are really the stars of the show to me. What was that quote that had me laughing? "The truth is out there. East of Portland." I think..

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There's a war going on behind the scenes, in the writers' room, between the people who want to hold onto the procedural part of this show and the people who realize how good it could be if it was just the serialized stuff, the meta story. The trouble with telling all of the meta story is that once you're done, there's no more show. Procedural shows can go on forever a la CSI or L&O. The procedural people are winning, damn it.

Grimm Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

Monroe: Don't you need a warrant for that?
Nick: You're right, you open it.
Monroe: Oh, okay.

When it comes to you and Nick I'm certainly privy to more than most.

Monroe