Grimm Review: The Decapitare Versus Krampus

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Thank you, Grimm Season 3 Episode 8, for ruining Christmas for all of us.

On the bright side, the legend of Krampus is awesome if you want your kids to behave (no wonder it’s real), there are always alligators living in the sewers ready and willing to tear their limbs off to make sure they are fully traumatized.

Evil Santa

If there’s one critique I do have about these two installments: it’s the “winter finale” tagline.

This has nothing to do with Grimm Season 3, and more to do with the state of television in general. The allure of stamping “finale” on an episode can bring about a chance for increased ratings, and, if done well, then it lives up to the term; however, there’s a chance for just run of the mill episodes to suddenly have the task of living up to a “finale.”

These two are very much just solid, procedural episodes of Grimm with some light plot motivation.

Grimm Season 3 Episode 7 really cemented an idea that’s been very consistent this season: Nick is absolutely fearless. It might be because he’s been to one side of death and come back again, or because his immediate social circle is in more danger now that his secret is out the he has a desire to make sure nothing can come back to haunt anyone.

As Nick was facing against the Gelumcaedus in the sewer, vambrace strapped on, his only mission is to save Hank. There was no fear there. He only feared for Hank’s safety, and he was more than willing to kill all of them if he needs to.

Renard is right, Nick is not afraid of killing Wesen, at least not in the moment. When it comes to Krampus, Nick wasn’t in the killing mood. Everyone was in agreement about killing him, but Nick suddenly did not.

The Krampus decision is difficult, Nick is in a situation much like his ancestors where he gets to serve out justice the way he sees fit, and Hank has a very stereotypical “human” reaction that he’s Wesen, he’s not innocent. Nick doesn’t necessarily have much, if anything, to use on him in a court, and he knows it, which is probably why he ends up deciding it’s best to let the council take care of it.

Nick’s decision to let Wesen handle Wesen matters is relatively new. He’s never been quite like his ancestors, but he’s never been shy when it comes to killing Wesen (the previous episode supports this) so long as he has something he can use on them. Renard’s words might be having an effect on Nick.

Speaking of the captain, his European field trip is in full swing, and…that’s about it.

The Verrat are really doing their damnedest to try kill them before something can go down, but aside from Renard and the Resistance entering a more official agreement and Sebastian looking super shady for two hours…not much else happens – I’m all for a slow burn, but we’ve been waiting patiently let’s speed things up Grimm.

Viktor, though, in one of a few small scenes, has already established himself on a level Eric could never reach. He’s watching Adalind, big brother style, and he’s expecting a list of names as suspects in his murder from her as well. Personally, I doubt he even cares that Eric is dead. He probably just wants the names of anyone that Renard might be in contact with so he can shut him down.

Monroe and Rosalee – so much adorableness. They’re really trying to make it work, and while rough waters might be ahead things are going rather well. Even the Christmas decoration extravaganza ends on a positive note (even after hearing about Rosalee’s rough child with her favorite Aunt and Uncle dying). Pleased to see some girl talk as well since it’s been an aspect close to nonexistent so far.


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (29 Votes)

I enjoyed both episodes - I thought Krampus was awesome. I really liked that Nick hesitated before killing Krampus though, even though he was being egged on by everyone. Nick's willing to kill in self-defense or to defend others, but I think he's trying to figure out where that line needs to be drawn. I think he hesitated because, Wesen or no Wesen, the guy was defenseless, lying unconscious on the ground.


Ok the gators in the sewers is something everyone has heard in their life. I found the story odd. I guess the purpose of it was to show that Nick needs to get over killing. Wu was funny and I love Nick and Hank as partners. That was missed a lot last season I guess because Russell was hurt. More Nick and Hank and less Juliette. I thought it was going to be a Juliette free epi but she did show up. Love cool sexy badass Sean Renard the bas....! I loved it when he said yes I can be a times. Finally we get to see the resistance after they have been talked about since season one! Interesting that Sean said his brother Eric did not trust his cousin that is in charge now. I still hope Eric isn't dead. The writers really wasted a great actor. After the Wessen and the Bees lesson last week still don't know who Adalinds baby daddy is. Since she was "human" when she had the baby and Eric is human the baby should be human. Stephania (Sean's mother) is turning the baby wesson with that stuff...when Sean opened the jar he changed! Also he spotted the camera right away and Adalind didn't? Adalind needs to pay better attention. Also Sean did not seemed to care that the Royals know he is in town since he was on the camera. I was kind of sweet when Adalind was saying mommy to the baby. Sean going to have to help her keep her baby. The Krampus storyline fit christmas. I was laughing when Santa said you are being naughty and beat the kids with a switch! Then put them in his bag and left a lump of coal! I also thought it was funny he was only taking teenagers! I love Nick he is such a good guy...he has to really be pushed to kill. I guess we will see more of the Wesson council this season. I am so glad this show is back on track this year. Season two was bad! Also glad the show will be back on Jan. 3. Ok when is Monroe and Rosealee getting married? Ok that was really stupid that Monore asked Juliette to help him decorate...the writers are really reaching...also now she is Roselee's girl pal and they are sitting around talking? Also it looked like they where talking in an apartment...who's apartment? Reaching writers....really reaching to make Juliett likeable this season and part of the scooby gang when she awful and dumb last season. I still don't like her, getting mad at Nick when she saw the email from M saying I love you and she was running around last season gross kissing the Captain and trying to have 50 shades of grey gross sex with him...really! The previews for when the show returns on Jan 3 look great. NBC was stupid to take Grimm off for so long last year. Other networks are taking their shows off and not bringing them back until the end of Feb and March! Did not learn from NBC's mistake!


Loved both episodes. The whole gators in the sewers things was interesting. I loved how they all had dinner together and talked about the case and what it might be its just completely normal for them to sit around eating while talking about arms and legs being ripped off. The next episode was also very interesting and let me just say Santa is probably completely ruin for me now. I'm glad they got to the kids in time. Krampus turning into a normal person at midnight and not knowing what he is was interesting and that explains how Krampus just disappeared after he ate the children. I liked that Nick decided to let the council handle it because they couldn't arrest him but they also couldn't just let him go. It makes complete since why Rosalle hates Christmas I mean who wouldn't after your favorite aunt and uncle died. I liked how at the end she put all the Christmas stuff up and left out a bear and a cigar like she always use to do. I wonder if Juliet had to help her set everything up again. This didn't really feel like a mid season finale it just felt like 2 really good normal episodes. Can't wait till the show comes back on.

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