It just occurred to me that Juliette has had more Wesen spells heaped on her than any character on GRIMM - Adalind's cat scratch, Rosalee's eye drops, & Renard's princely kiss (although that last one is not exactly a downer). Poor thing. @GP - Renard is half-human, according to the actor & Catherine Schade. She told Kelly Burkhardt the prince in Portland was literally a bastard. The audience then realizes Renard is half-royal/human, & sees his hexenbiest side before the transformation.
Wanted to add that Russell Hornsby did a FABULOUS job conveying how Hank's inability to reconcile the wesen sightings with his knowledge of reality confused & tormented him to the point where he was thinking about resigning from the police force. In addition to feeling bad for Hank though, I started to admire him because he was clearly putting his partner & the public above his own needs. Well done. Now, Nick, when are you going to tell him about Adalind in case she shows up again? He may never eat another cookie again...
Aside from Hank being welcomed into the Scooby Gang, I found this episode extremely disturbing. First, they had to put us all off-kilter by casting Mark Pellegrino as a loving father. Who knew? I really liked watching him in such a different role. But, ye gods! What an awful type of wesen! The entire mating initiation storyline made me so sick to my stomach, I could barely watch it. Did appreciate how Hank & Nick used their brains to outsmart the pack instead of brawn. As for Renard, all he asked for was a way to wake up Juliette so she wouldn't die & Nick wouldn't leave town. By that criteria, whatever he drank was a success. I don't think he much cares about the memory loss. As long as she's well enough to keep Nick in Portland, Renard will be satisfied. Getting information about Nick is not the goal. Renard knows who Nick is; he knew before Nick did. Renard had a line in a previous episode that implied he's been watching Nick for years.
@art - Don't think Hank is a Grimm. If you follow the timing of his wesen sightings, it goes to back to when Adalind cast a spell on him, after he was cured of his obsession. I think her Hexenbiest blood also made him able to see wesen like she could. @Ginger - GRIMM had a panel @ Comic-Con this year where it was explained that wesen can only be seen when they are in heightened states of distress or excitement, because that is when their inner "animal" comes out. When they are in control, guarded, and consciously not trying to give anything away, they will not "present" that self. I think it's the same for Nick. The young girl was panicking & agitated, & when Nick was trying to interact w/her he became agitated, too. But, when he & Hank were confronting the pack, everyone was on guard, very tense, & attempting to get the better of each other; playing poker as it were. I think this is also the reason we rarely see Renard's Hexenbiest side. He has mastered that part of his personality so it never presents.
I enjoy how WC weaves character threads through all its stories. So this week's episode didn't have more progress on Ellen's death or who Sam is. So what? That's the way an investigation progresses in real life. You don't get all the answers in one week or one month. Some cases can go on for years. This week was about Mozzie and it wove his past into a real tale of America's first spy ring. Very cool, enjoyable and a decent history lesson IMO.
My suggestion for a modern-day artifact: Michael Phelps' Olympic medals. There would be, what, 22 of them so it might be a pain to track them down in the future. But, wouldn't it be a hoot to have his artifacts make people have long winning streaks, causing all the casinos in Vegas to go bust?
That wasn't my last comment. This is. There's a great interview w/GRIMM creators David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf about what they have planned for the season. No spoilers. Just interesting thoughts, and answers to some questions about Nick's mom. It's at the Futon Critic website. Here's the link: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/... And, if you're hesitant about clicking on links, I'll just tell you. This season they have two main themes - 1) make it epic - bigger & broader, and 2) make everyone suffer. Yes, indeed, Mr. Greenwalt! I can certainly see the influence of BUFFY's & ANGEL's second seasons in these themes. One more question: Can we start using the term "Scooby Gang" for GRIMM now? Monroe won't like being compared to Scooby. But, that's what you get when you're a blutbad.
@Dan - And we all know SUPERNATURAL began its run by copying THE X-FILES, BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER & ANGEL, which was co-created by David Greenwalt, who created GRIMM. So, we're back to square one. FYI, there are many viewers of GRIMM who have never seen SUPERNATURAL or previous genre shows. If you want to claim plot originality for any genre show on tv, you're out of luck. They all harken back to Greek mythology along with the epic poems of Homer, THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY.
This will be my last comment, promise! I'm going to miss Jessica Tuck as Ms. Schade. She was hilarious as Nan Flanagan (vampire) on TRUE BLOOD, and I like her blend of sexy elegance, intelligence and ruthlessness. She would have been an interesting ally for Renard to have in his corner IMO, even more than Adalind. Too bad we'll never know.
While we're on the subject of Ms. Schade, I looked up the meaning of her name because on GRIMM, everything has a double meaning, even if it serves to reinforce the obvious. In German, "Schade" is defined as a pity, a shame, or a sin. As a verb, it's usage is to do someone sorrow, harm, or damage; and also to cause offense or injury, or wreak havoc. It's interesting that Capt. Renard embodies all of those by being half-Hexenbiest and half-royal/human. BTW, there's a great interview w/Sasha Roiz (Renard) on the Entertainment Weekly website where he confirms his character's wesen origins. Check it out!
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