It was nice to see Rachael Leigh Cook's character get fleshed out, kick a little ass, and establish her age. Some people have been complaining about how young she is, but she's a woman in her early 30's who has a respectable but not unbelievable career for someone at that age.
Someone said this last week and after this episode I totally agree: "Grimm" may have some of the elements of a police procedural, but at its core it's an urban fantasy a la Rob Thurman novels and the like. The messier endings with some of the bad guys not getting caught and punished at the end of each episode just goes with the territory. The only thing that disappointed me about this episode was that they made Ariel so evil/crazy right away. With her chemistry with Nick, I think it would have been more interesting to keep her more ambigious for the time being - because she knows about and appeals to the Grimm side of Nick her presence would have been another messy shade to the problems he and Juliette are currently having.
I got chills when Hilter was revealed as a creature at the end - holy moly! Nice (and wonderfully creepy) way to tie the coins, the Grimm/German thing, and history together! Too bad Monroe wasn't there; I thought it was a perfect chance to give him more screentime considering his excitement and knowledge about the projector earlier in the episode. It's nice to see Juliette utilized so well. I don't necessarily want her to have more screentime, just see the screentime she does have used constructively. What I'm really curious about is what kind of creature Renard is - even with him being out of control under the influence of the coins he didn't reveal his creature-ness. It makes me even more curious. Great to see Nick really embracing his Grimm-ness. Now at least one other character needs to find out - my vote goes to either Hank or Wu (that would be a good way to make him something a little bit more than comic relief!).
It was fascinating to watch Nick really being a Grimm first and a cop second for the first time. Before the creatures have committed crimes that the cop in him could comprehend or even have been victims themselves, but killing a lot of teenagers and ingesting human organs would be horrific crimes for even the most hardened cop to comprehend. These crimes would make anyone ask "What kind of monster could do that?" And Nick KNOWS this time it's a literal monster that he's in a position to stop. I don't think it's a coincidence that Renard got the warning at the same point when Nick is starting to really embrace the Grimm part of who he is. It's going to be interesting to see how all of that unfolds... I really liked the episode, but there wasn't enough Eddie. They really need to find a way to integrate him into the other parts of Nick's life - maybe by introducing him to Juliette or having Hank see a creature of what it is?
Elizabeth and Mozzie make an adorable team. I also loved the scene in the car where Neal started remeniscing about the stories Peter sometimes tells on stakeouts - it was a nice grace note for the episode. Not looking forward to Sarah's return - I'm not crazy about the character and I didn't miss her at all.
What a great episode! Usually it's easy to pick out the unsubs and the red herrings, but the twists and turns in this one did having me wondering until Hotch slapped the cuffs on the creep at the end. I love how "Criminal Minds" is rediscovering its beat again, how it lets some characters shine one week and others shine the next week, and the fantastic chemistry between the characters.
Totally agree. I'm starting to like Juliette now that her story is getting integrated into the main story arc of Nick being a Grimm rather than being separate to the point of irrelevant. Nick and Eddie's bond takes the prize though - until now it seemed like Nick dragged Monroe into everything but now he's the one who made the choice to continue to help him when Nick gave him the perfect out. I love how this show continues to grow as it finds its voice.
I think Rumple likes to be on the winning side, and it doesn't matter which side it is. He knew the Evil Queen was going to do the curse and worked it to his advantage; now he knows Emma is destined to break the curse and is playing that angle. I don't think he's evil-evil-evil like Regina; if any "bad guy" is going to get redemption, it's going to be him... LOVED the scene when Emma told Mary-Margaret that Henry thought she was her (Snow White's) daughter. There was a nice balance of joking on the surface but emotion underneath. It seemed to make Mary-Margaret more maternal and the bit with the blanket at the end was pitch perfect.
It was great to see Hank, Monroe, Juliet, and Renard step up in this episode. Juliet especially - she's been basically the invisible character, separate from the main storylines and not really relevant, and it's nice to see her acting courageous and resourceful without turning into a full-on Buffy Eddie's growing loyalty to Nick is touching and Renard is one of those wonderfully ambigious characters whose motivation you never quite can figure. My only thing is: how did Hank manage to arrest the ogre in the first place, and how did the penal system manage to hold him for 5 years? I doubt any of them were throwing scalding water on him constantly and it took a freaking elephant gun shooting bullets dipped in a rare poison to take him down this time around!
I hated Granger, despite his admittedly amusing exchanges with Eric. I can just imagine a May sweeps/season finale cliffhanger involving him, Lauren Hunter, and trying to oust Hetty; and that's definitely not something I want to watch unless it ends with Hetty kicking both of their butts before the season's over. I agree with KrennenC: Callen doesn't trust anyone until that trust is earned and Granger has done nothing to earn it (and done a lot to not earn it). I'm interested in seeing how Kensi's background Hawaii storyline pans out. Hope it leads to some good Kensi/Deeks moments!
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