Amazing. Simply amazing.
From Wu's confrontation with Officer Acker to Monroe's impassioned declaration of love for Rosalee, to the Awesome Posse rounding the corner on the way to save Monroe, there's so much to like about Grimm Season 4 Episode 10 that I'm not sure where to start!
"Tribunal" was fast-paced and exciting, despite the fact that we were all about 95% sure Nick and company were going to successfully save Monroe.
One of the best things about this episode was Wu. He and Hank have a lot in common, as Hank pointed. Their conversation, by the way, had some great lines:
Wu: And by "ready," you mean "off the deep end"?
Hank: There is no shallow end in this pool.
With Wu finally in on the Truth About Wesen, Nick and Hank did what I had hoped they'd do and brought in The Least Threatening Wesen Out There, everyone's favorite Eisbiber Bud, to do a woge for Wu. Bud was surprisingly integral to the story, actually - a convenient coincidence, but one I am more than willing to forgive for the sake of keeping the story from getting too cluttered.
The writers' treatment of Wu throughout the back half of last season certainly irked a lot of fans (myself included); now, it seems, they're finally doing right by him, and it's paying dividends. The way he coolly provoked Acker in the interrogation room was fantastic. Just how far Wu has come was encapsulated in this Grimm quote:
I don't know what you are. But you're no Aswang.Wu
Did anyone else notice how totally unimpressed Monroe was with the whole tribunal? He seemed to have a perpetual expression of "you gotta be kidding me!". And then he gave that speech about purity and life being messy. You knew that it was going to bounce right off the Wesenrein idiots' heads, but it was still a great speech, nonetheless.
On a more technical note, the Wesenrein tribunal contained a lot of obvious visual references to both the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, with that wolfsangel just this short of a swastika. It even had the same color scheme as the Nazi flag. Hate groups confuse me: don't people have better things to do than to stew about racial "purity" and the like? And these guys clearly had too much time on their hands, if the whole ceremony with robes, masks, and props was anything to go by.
I don't think Acker really appreciated the depths of his problems, either. He is going to jail. And I'm certain there are plenty of nasty Wesen in jail who would be very happy to do all sorts of nasty things to a cop in jail.
Juliette's problem, meanwhile, was only getting worse. She actually blew out one of the bad guys' skulls using her new-found witchy Hexenbiest powers. Ew.
Juliette has been getting much better treatment out of the writers, too; here she set aside worrying about her own problem (which isn't exactly small!) in order to help her friends. Thankfully, once the immediate danger was over, she did the right thing and told, er, showed Renard the issue. I'm not sure if I've ever seen that particular expression on his face! A nice little combo platter of shock, horror, and confusion. I think Elizabeth is going to have some explaining to do, because that is one heckuva side-effect!
Speaking of Renard, he got to show off his own physical prowess during Monroe's rescue, albeit mostly off-screen. Though to judge by Hank's expression, it was quite an impressive display. I'm actually a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see more of Sasha Roiz there, but maybe it was best left to the imagination.
My favorite scene of the episode was when the team rounded that corner in the station as they left to go rescue Monroe. I had to rewind it just to watch it again, it was so awesome! The only thing missing was a tumbleweed blowing nearby, and we'd be ready for a Wild West shootout.
At least Monroe and Rosalee finally get to go on their honeymoon, complete with police escort to the airport.
A few final notes:
- Bud's exceedingly long-winded testimony was crucial in delaying the tribunal until the rescue arrived.
- "Oh, my God! It's my chiropractor!"
- Nick, Hank, and the Captain tossed aside their badges before charging to the rescue, completely forgetting the fully-uniformed sergeant standing right next to them.
- As they threw in their badges with purpose, Juliette threw in her purse with equal purpose. Yep.
- Officer Acker's sister was dating Bud's friend... an Eisbiber.
So, what did you think? Did you find "Tribunal" exciting or overblown? Did you like seeing Bud again? What do you think of Juliette's new powers? Do you like how they're integrating Wu in with the team? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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