Grimm Season 6 Episode 9 Review: Tree People

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Okay, one thing's for certain: I am not going hiking in the woods anytime soon.

Yeah, sure, the victims in Grimm Season 6 Episode 9 were all vile, nature-destroying malefactors, but what a way to go...!

This story featured not one but two flora-related beings, the kinoshimobe and the people-eating tree. It's really sort of perplexing that this sort of thing hasn't come up before, actually.

Consumed By a Tree - Grimm

I found it a little bit frustrating that they are still throwing new world-building elements at us when there are so few episodes left in the series.

Really, this story would fit in far better with earlier episodes such as Grimm Season 1 Episode 7, "Let Your Hair Down," or even Grimm Season 2 Episode 18, "Ring of Fire."

(Wouldn't it have been awesome for Holly Clark to have made her home in a man-eating tree?)

It all feels a little wasted that we the viewers will never get to have any further development or payoff in regards to the non-Wesen monsters that pop up on occasion. Volcanalis from "Ring of Fire" was one such creature.

The kinoshimobe appeared similarly elemental in nature, apparently having no human form nor a desire to communicate with the protagonists.

Well, you couldn’t ask for a prettier place to get brutally murdered.


The biggest eyeroll of the story came when Nick, Hank, and Wu were searching the woods and each got an "Oh, look, nature is beautiful!" moment, just to hammer home how despicable it is to pollute nature.

That, and the woman driving up in her unsavory truck to literally dump toxic waste in the forest.

Gee, Grimm. I wouldn't have been able to figure out on my own that destroying the environment is a bad thing. Thanks for spelling it out for me in big bold letters!

Amusingly, Monroe actually played devil's advocate for the kinoshimobe and man-eating tree... right up until the things went after Rosalee.

To be fair, his arguments did not exactly get much traction with the others, but they still came across as rather ludicrous in the first place.

I will definitely admit that the kinoshimobe provided some creepy moments (especially when it killed Drunk Hunter #1, aka Dev).

Though it really looked like a person cosplaying as a hybrid between Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and an Ent from The Lord of the Rings.

The B-story dealt with the ongoing drama of the skull-face in the mirror. For some reason, everyone was taking the whole mirror thing really, really seriously, as if the "mirror" element was the most important part of the problem.

Except then they completely forget about all the other mirrors they use on a daily basis, such as those in cars, interrogation rooms, bathrooms at work...

What about shiny doorknobs? Do they count? What about taking a selfie? Frankly, they seemed to be focusing on entirely the wrong thing (the mirrors) instead of the other common element, Eve.

And it felt like this story was dragging, too. It's like they were given the chance to make one decision each episode to advance the plot, before waiting for the next week to actually do anything about it.

It did manage to provide one of my favorite moments of the episode, though, when Monroe casually armed himself with that ridiculously huge mallet when they brought out the mirror.

Finally, I wish that Renard would actually get something to do other than sit in his office and video chat with his Russian friend. I do love listening to Sasha Roiz speak foreign languages, but still.

A few final notes before I go:

  • The line Monroe quotes about the woods being "lovely, dark and deep" comes from the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.
  • "G&K Waste Solutions?" Driving that cruddy old truck? Yeah, they’re totally reputable. Hire them in a heartbeat.
  • Anyone else find it a bit silly that Nick was drawing on an actual map with a marker, instead of using a computer to pull up the map of the area? It's not like Portland Police wouldn't have that sort of crime mapping software.
  • I guess Drunk Hunter #2 (aka Ralph) is just going to be left to forever wonder what happened to his friend Dev...
  • Check out our Grimm quotes page for some of the entertaining quotes from this episode.

If you want to relive past episodes before the series comes to a close, you can always watch Grimm online!

Tune in Friday, March 10, 2017, at 8/7c on NBC for Grimm Season 6 Episode 10, "Blood Magic."

What did you think of "Tree People"?

Were the kinoshimobe and man-eating tree interesting and potentially tragic antagonists? What is the story with the skull face in the mirror?

Let us know in the comments below!

Tree People Review

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Grimm Season 6 Episode 9 Quotes

Adalind: You know, what if this thing isn’t afraid of Grimms? [long beat] You know, I kinda like you with the stubble.
Nick [instantly]: Me, too!

I am not going to be looking in any mirrors without you.