Rescue? Nick Burkhardt doesn't need no stinkin' rescue!
You know, unless he kinda sorta crashes the plane he was being transported in during a bad trip/zombie frenzy thing. Whooooops.
To quickly recap last season's zombified finale: Eric Renard and Baron Samedi teamed up to terrorize Portlandia, kidnap Nick, and give Sean Renard a raging migraine. In Vienna, Adalind offered up her unborn and illegitimate royal baby to Stefania in order to get her shnazzy Hexenbiest groove back. Frau Pech betrayed her, but then Stefania shanked the frau so it's all good for Adalind. For now. You know how these things tend to go.
Okay, kids, hope your summers went swimmingly because Grimm is BACK, and with a zombie-ish episode just in time for Halloween, too! You're so cute when you do things on purpose, NBC. Except for The Voice. Shhh.
"Ungrateful Dead" had quite a bit of action for an episode of Grimm. It was nice. That's not to say that Grimm doesn't usually excite and delight but, well, Grimm kind of has a formula. You have your Wesen-of-the-week. You have your hapless-human-victim(s)-of-the-week. Nick chases Wesen. Nick wastes bad Wesen and plays nice with harmless Wesen. Juliette does something annoying. Monroe and Rosalee are the actual most adorable semi-human-but-not-really couple ever. Then it's TTYL 'til the next episode.
There's nothing wrong with that, but "Ungrateful Dead" had so much batshit action and cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs Nick that the usual procedures didn't and couldn't apply. Hank and Wu held down the fort—or rather, they held down the storage containers full of hallucinating citizens—while Monroe, Juliette, and Rosalee mixed up a cure and built the Molotov cocktail knock-offs required to deliver said cure... and they did it all without Nick.
Independence seemed to be the theme of the hour, with even Nick himself managing his own escape from the Baron despite his allies' best efforts. Sure, sure, he contributed to a plane crash, and he's not yet safe and sound yet by any means, but the Nick is out of the box, and that's way more than I thought he'd accomplish on his own based on what we saw in the Season 2 finale. Rosalee said it was his super special Grimm status. Because of course it was.
I can get behind this trend, though, especially if it means a stronger and less-irritating role for Juliette. Those poor crazy kids haven't had a single crisis-free moment together since Juliette properly remembered Nick and got herself invited into the He-Man Wesen-Huntin' Clubhouse. But Juliette held her own during the march of the undead, and even maintained her composure when everyone feared Nick to be dead after finding his plane. This is a Juliette I can support.
Back in the old country, Adalind's return to full Hexenbiest status was completed when she buried Frau Pech's still-beating heart in a field of poppies (those were poppies, right?) and killed all them purty flowers. What a bi—, I mean witch. Pretty sure Adalind would take that as a compliment. And I'm now taking bets on whether or not she suddenly develops momma-bird feelings for her bastard kiddo when it's born and regrets everything she did to get her powers back.
Theoretically, we're gonna wrap up this story for real and for good with the third— OMG third— part next week. Not everyone can pull off a trilogy, Grimm, so gold star and candy and all that. The good Halloween candy, too—Snickers and stuff. And definitely not bananas like some weirdos hand out. I'm crossing my fingers that next week's conclusion is more Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and less Return of the Jedi. And yes, I've heard rumors of a mythical fourth Indy movie, but everyone knows that's just not true. IT'S NOT TRUE.
– "This isn't over." I like your sass, Grimm.
– Monroe was really excited to smoke some zombie-be-gone. <3 him.
– Frau Pech's bod was pretty gruesome, then again, this is the same network that gifted us the greatness that is Hannibal.
– Any predictions for Season 3 so far? What would you like to see?
What did you think of the premiere?
AIRED ON 5/20/2016
Season 5 : Episode 22