Grimm’s fall finale brought nearly every one of the series' existing plots to a head as Nick learned who was kissing on his lady, Hank learned never to trust an ex-girlfriend, and we learned the nature of Adalind’s big “bring down Nick and Renard” master plan.
“Season of the Hexenbiest” picked up right where we left off last week, with Juliette and Renard smooching in the spice shop as Monroe recognized Juliette. In response, Juliette ran away! Did anyone take me up on my bet last week? No? You mean the moment was so predictable that everyone saw it coming? Okay, then.
Monroe behaved like a good best friend and told Nick about the spice shop makeout, but cautioned it was probably the result of Adalind’s curse. Speaking of Adalind, the ex-Hexenbiest (ex-enbiest?) was back in Portland with a posse of sexy hand-tattooed bikers (the Verrat) and a desire to take down everyone who'd ever tangled with her. After Adalind’s attempts to place doubt about Nick in Hank’s head, which failed since Hank now knew the score on her Wesen-y ways, she switched to Plan B: Sic the Verrat on Hank and beat him senseless. Adalind, always proving she does not know the meaning of overkill!
Adalind then gave Renard an ultimatum: Get the Grimm Key to her or she and Ro Bro would reveal his princely status to Nick and the Grimms. This ultimatum also included using the Verrat to murder Renard’s European contacts. (Continue the overkill.)
Nick and Renard teamed up against Adalind as the she pried the location of Aunt Marie’s trailer out of Juliette by employing the tried-and-true Grimm method of just asking a couple of questions. Nick grabbed the Grimm Key and a baseball bat and went to town on the Verrat before Monroe identified Renard as the man sharing kisses with Juliette, and the episode ended on a cliffhanger as Renard pulled into the lot that held Aunt Marie's trailer. It looks like Nick's secret Grimm hideaway is not so secret anymore.
This episode should have been called “Nick, We Have to Talk.” Fun and well- paced, it pretty much contained more Juliette gumption and forward movement on mythology then we’ve seen in a long time. And I collected more evidence that when I yell at my TV my complaints are transmitted straight to the Grimm writers room. I yelled at Nick to move out and it happened! I yelled at Juliette to show a cursory interest in the world around her, and she finally began snapping at Nick and trying to find out what Monroe was supposed to tell her the night she went into the coma! Anyone want to come over when the show returns and join me in abusing this power?
The highlight of the episode was definitely its happy refocusing on Nick and Monroe as Grimm's main Wesen-investigating duo, though it took putting Hank in the hospital to do it. Maybe next year Grimm will figure out how to write a three-person partnership? There were some enjoyable verbal bon mots, too, like Monroe’s exasperated worry that Hank would just sleep with Adalind again and Renard calling his brother easy.
The only downside was Nick’s bad fight choreography. I understand that Grimms are supposed to be super fast and strong against Wesen, but so far the show has made it seem like Wesen just wimp out when fighting Nick instead of proving that Nick is better than they are. It’s a conceivably easy fix (after all, if Buffy could convince us that a tiny high-school girl was strong beyond belief, Grimm should be able to do it, too), and hopefully one that will be addressed in the second half of the season.
Overall "Season of the Hexenbiest" left us with a great mid-season cliffhanger, well balanced with just enough unanswered questions to keep us interested until the show returns in January (will Nick realize Renard is the prince as well as Juliette’s paramour? Who will end up with the Grimm Key?). The episode also felt more like the ones from the beginning of this season: fun, fast, and full of as much information as our brains could handle.
"Season of the Hexenbiest" was so much better then the last handful of filler episodes, in fact, that I wonder if Grimm is a show that could benefit from a shorter, cable-style season, focusing on a fast-paced and twisty 13 episodes rather than a slow and drawn-out 22 or 24. I, for one, would be willing to sacrifice some of the episodic Wesen-of-the-Week plots to focus more on the Royals vs. the Grimms.
– Now that we have a month to ponder, do you guys agree that if Grimm had shorter seasons, it would consistently deliver solid episodes and stay away from the drawn-out plotting that has dragged down parts of Season 2?
– Can we keep Adalind? Raise your hands in the comments if you think she’s the best bitchy villain of the season!
– When did Juliette become hugging/sleeping on the couch buddies with Monroe? Does she think he’s her good friend since she doesn’t remember Nick?
– Nick possibly should have used gloves while touching the dead Verrat bodies; do you think those murders will come back to haunt him?
– With Adalind’s focus on finding out who murdered her mother, will we see Mama Nick return in the future?
– Will Adalind and Renard get the Grimm Key?
– What does the Grimm Key open?
– What will happen to Juliette and Renard is they don’t lift Adalind’s curse? They seem to know their attraction isn’t natural; if nothing is done, will they hit Hank obsession depths?
– Even if Juliette and Renard break the spell, will Nick want to take Juliette back?