Grimm Season 2 Finale Review: Zombieland!

By MaryAnn Sleasman

May 22, 2013

Grimm S02E22: "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm"

Yes yes YES! There they are! There are my previously promised, flesh-eating, not-quite-dead-but-close-enough zombie pretties! Hello! Good to see you! Good to see a lot of the things that were rampant in Grimm's Season 2 finale—Rosalee rolling her eyes at Juliette being a dumb, Juliette becoming less of a dumb, Rosalee and Monroe finally getting a chance to indulge in a little Wesen sexin', and Prince Eric and the Baron being REAL evil about things. 

"Goodnight, Sweet Grimm" felt like a natural extension of last week's snoozer of an episode, but with a wee bit more pulse. Just a wee bit, because for as much of an improvement as Grimm's finale was over "The Waking Dead," there was still a lot of set-up for next season, especially over in Austria with Frau Pech, Adalind, and, ever-so-briefly, Frau Pechalind. R.I.P., Crazy Lady, but bring on the re-powered Adalind!

With Eric's approval, Baron Samedi unleashed his hordes of zombies on Portlandia to create what Wu so quaintly referred to as a "crime wave" because "zombie apocalypse" tends to only be taken seriously in very specific circles and Samedi's pawns did tend to act more like a mob of PCP-smokers with some serious munchies than like a unified front of shuffling undead. Since the Wesen-approved Grimm zombies aren't actually technically undead anyway, it works—and with that in mind, should we be concerned about Wu getting bitten or not? 

Regardless of whether Wu is a ticking timebomb of terror, Portland is in luck because Rosalee managed to throw together a nifty zombie cure. Of course, it's a big pain in the ass to administer to just one zombie, let alone an entire storage container's worth, and it's also only effective on subjects in the final stage of zombieism, so it's not even like the gang can be proactive about it. Have fun with that! Miiiiight want to order a few more of those torture devices/giant freaking three-pronged hypodermic needles before the fight picks up again in the fall. 

When Grimm returns for Season 2, it will involve, if our cliffhanger is to be trusted, an international rescue mission. Basically, the zombies'/Prince's surprise visit and Samedi's shenanigans were a large, elaborate trap intended to snag Nick and hand his key over to the Royals. Nick had the foresight to stash the key in the spice shop, but didn't realize soon enough that when you stumble across a coffin in a storage container and a passport with your photo but so not your name, you should probably GTFO. I even yelled at him that it was a trap and everything. Bon voyage, Nickypoo!

So, halfway-zombified Nick is in a box on his way (I'm assuming) back to Europe, Juliette picked the worst possible time to sign up for Grimm Sidekick Boot Camp, and Portland is still overrun with flesh-eaters. Good game, Grimm. Oh, and that little quip beneath the obligatory "To be continued?" I like your sass. I did know that it was coming—or rather, I strongly assumed that it was—but I like that you acknowledged the moderate predictability you sometimes suffer from. Admitting you have problem is the first step to recovery. 

Look at it this way, I pegged Hank for a goner because the one on crutches is always a goner, and I was genuinely surprised that he emerged from this season finale unscathed. You got me. 

Grimm also got me planning to jump back into this clustertruck of awesome when the show returns in the fall. Here is my humble wishlist for Season 3. Sound off with yours in the comments!

– More not-useless Juliette. The characters themselves even pointed out how handy her veterinarian skills would be. 

– The return of BAMF Adalind. If there been one big disappointment this season, it's that we still haven't officially gotten her back. Crossing my fingers and toes that it's earlier in Season 3 rather than later. 

– More information about the Royals would be welcome. More Eric too. His twisted fondness for that time his mom tried to kill Renard's mom was precious in a little baby psychopath kind of way. 

– Let's bring Wu into the Wesen/Grimm Super Happy Fun Time Club! Though it's important to note that I'm not ride-or-die on this one. I won't write any strongly worded letters if Wu isn't introduced to Wesen, I just think the man's earned his place at the big kid table.

– As always, more Monroe and Rosalee. Forever and ever amen. 

What are your Season 3 hopes and dreams? What did you think of the Season 2 finale?


NOTES



– "Oh c'mon, you knew this was coming." Still making me giggle. I like your style, Grimm.

– How do we feel about Nick and Juliette shacking up again? I bet Monroe is counting the days... or would be, if he wasn't busy battling the mindless hordes. 

– Ta-ta, lovelies! See you in fall! Same Bat— okay, actually Grimm is returning to Fridays. But definitely be the same Bat-Channel. 

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  • Copioli Jul 12, 2013

    Ok, first of all, rant. I can't stand the fact that Nick is such a stupid. An obvious trap. Samedi wanted him to follow him. And he did it. Then he opens the container, obviously wanting him to follow...and he does. The candles, coffin, and so on should have indicated him to run long before. Also...he should have been prepared for being spat at any given time.
    Also, I may be the only one, but I don't want Adalind's powers back. I am glad Nick did something well at depriving her of the powers. Having them back is like wasting what Nick did. And I am against that.
    Oh! and Juliette is still annoying!

  • ManaBot Jun 06, 2013

    I dont have much to say because most have already said it in the previous comments but I would like to see in the future, Monroe and Rosalee together and acting like a couple more. Maybe not season 3, but some season rosalee get pregnant and they create a new type of Wessen? idk.

  • KatharinaHenz May 31, 2013

    Am I the only one who thought that they would zombiefy Renard when he went to see his brother?

  • ionee24 Jun 05, 2013

    Truth is: I'm always afraid something is going to be done to Renard when it comes to his brother.

  • KatharinaHenz Jun 05, 2013

    Yeah, I know what you mean, but I can't help myself I kinda like his brother. Well maybe it's just because he loves Vienna, my hometown. :) Love how the royals live in Vienna instead of the in US-series mostly used Paris, London or even Rome.

  • ionee24 Jun 05, 2013

    I like him too, but I feel the same way about all the Royals to be honest. There's something about the family that's intriguing.

  • Whatifnuts Jun 01, 2013

    No I feared the same thing. So you were definitely not the only one.

  • daliaebeid May 25, 2013

    I agree with the "To be continued" bit. That was funny. They did it before
    with writing "Sorry." It shows a sense of humor and empathy with us poor viewers
    who have to wait four months to learn what happens.

  • mikelalba May 24, 2013

    I loved the "oh come one" comment! Of course we all suspected something like this. But they made it fun. I laughed with that comment, which was the least expected thing. In general, more Juliete teaming up, would be great. And more royale, of course.
    Question: will some chapters in season 3 be in Europe? assuming he was sent where Adeline is, will the European characters be developed? I hope it will be just for 3-4 chapters, but it would be great, fresh.

  • ionee24 May 24, 2013

    I agree the zombies don't have the same hook as "what happens when the Royals receive Renard's grimm in a box", but Iliked the cliffhanger.

  • Katerine_M May 24, 2013

    Honestly, compared to the mid-season cliffhangers, this episode didn't leave me hanging very much. I was really excited after the mid-season ep, but with this one, I'm just kind of, "eh."

    Part of it is just that I wasn't ever much into zombies. But I think a big part of it is that I'm starting to get more and more irritated with the directing.

    Specifically, the zoom-in on the bad guys smirking evilly at the camera. It happens ALL THE TIME, with ALL of the bad guys. And it's always with expressions that have no in-story reason to exist. Real people never have those expressions... they are, in short, expressions that have only one purpose, and that is to break the fourth wall, and communicate to an audience that isn't supposed to be there, that, "yes, my eeeevil plan is working!" Last episode, the Baron and Eric exchanged that expression with each other for no reason, and this week, it was Adalind. It was Adalind before as well, when she smirked at the camera and said, "so, tell me about the prince and his new love," for no apparent reason except to bring the audience up to speed on her eeeevil plan. I hate it. It completely destroys my ability to suspend disbelief, and if I can't suspend disbelief, I can't enjoy the show.

    And in this episode, Eric and the Baron did nothing BUT exchange those expressions, and I think that's a huge part of the reason I'm not waiting on pins and needles for the next season.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm still looking forward to finding out what happens to Nick and when/if he gets out of this. I'm just not waiting anxiously for it.

    So... that's out of the way. Sorry about that; it's just been simmering for a while. :)

    Question: how far do you think Nick saw ahead? We know that he smelled a trap, and we know that he knew to have Rosalee hide the key for him, and we know that he knew there was an empty file Eric had, that probably had something to do with papers for a "dead" person, and that Eric wanted the key. Could it be that Nick actually did some good old-fashioned detective work? PLEASE let that be so! :)

    Question #2: Another thing that's just been simmering for a while: is it just me, or does the friendship between Nick and Monroe seem a little unevenly balanced? Not that they aren't friends, it just seems like Monroe is always there for Nick... like, in EVERY SINGLE episode, and Nick was there for Monroe... twice... once last season when Nick stood in for Monroe in the fight club, and this season when Nick investigated the contract on Monroe's life.

  • GreyMinerva May 23, 2013

    Decent episode, although I can't help it - I still find Juliette - even the new, more levelheaded and in-the-know version - mostly annoying. :/

    I think Nick will get some face-to-face time with the Royals in Europe before he's rescued, I'm just not sure if they'll keep him as a zombie or restore him immediately; if they want to question him about the key, they'll probably have to fix him as the zombies didn't seem to helpful in the intelligence and communications department.
    For some reason, now I'm seeing Nick (or, well, the ACTOR) spending all summer buffing up for topless "interrogation" scenes in the fall...
    Hmmm, I don't see a downside to this. :D

  • PhoenixTremayne May 23, 2013

    I really hated the last two episodes of Grimm they promised me zombies, "What was that?" Now I know what, The Walking Dead would look like if it didn't have a budget. Why would Nick take Juliet on a case, she can't fight, doesn't carry a gun and she just a victim waiting to happen? That's like a cop taking his wife to a shoot out so she can watch? Or me taking a date to a building that's on fire. Not excited about the end either Nick getting shipped off will give us a better look at the royal family I guess and how Juliet and the rest get out of that car is anybodies guess, But we know they will. C'mon you know it's coming.... (eye roll)

  • BosleyMcGilla May 23, 2013

    I would be fine if Juliet dies in Ep1S-03, she adds very little.
    Wu can't die, he is awesome and apparently the entire Portland police force. He's not ready to be brought in yet but I would like to see that happen.
    – As always, more Monroe and Rosalee. Forever and ever amen.

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