Grimm continues to juggle multiple storylines without advancing any of them as we near the fall finale.
Let’s bitch it out…
Case of the week: Paging The Wicker Man. The case of the week is mostly unexceptional aside from the atmospheric climactic location in the scrap yard with the giant burning statue. The case itself – couples kidnapped and sacrificed in holes every three years – feels pretty lightweight aside from the fact that Nick (David Giuntoli) recovers his powers at the absolute best/worst moment and a potential new love interest for Hank (Russell Hornsby) ends up in one of the holes. There’s never any fear that Nick won’t save the day, though, and listening to Hank and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) screaming from their respective pits for five minutes is a wee bit annoying. At this point I’m back to wishing the cases would take the backseat to the other interesting storylines, or that they would disappear for a while entirely.
Meanwhile in Austria: Very little happens in Austria this week with Viktor (Alexis Denisof) and Adalind (Claire Coffee) that we don’t already know. The result, unfortunately, ends up feeling like a lot of recap designed to catch up inattentive viewers who weren’t paying attention last season. At least the emphasis on Kelly Burkhardt and the baby suggests that we’ll be seeing her in the near future.
Meanwhile in Portland: The much anticipated moment teased in last week‘s closing moments arrives as Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) downs Elizabeth’s (Louise Lombard) Sorting Hat potion and morphs into Adalind. There’s sufficient discomfort (resulting in quite a bit of comedy from Monroe and Bree Turner’s Rosalee) as well as awkwardness as Juliette-as-Adalind and Nick get it on. No disrespect to Tulloch, but it is super fun to see Claire Coffee escape from her “Austria” narrative to interact with Giuntoli – the pair have a surprising amount of chemistry. I have some suspicions about Juliette’s recovery – she gasps in pain and clutches her stomach – but for now, baby speculation is only speculation.
The Spice Shop: Thankfully there’s a bit more Monroe and Rosalee this week in the aftermath of the burning stake. We rehash the details about the Order of the Wesen, which frowns on inter-sex marriages because it dilutes the blood line, but – like many of the other storylines – this one simply doesn’t get the air time it needs to move beyond a B or even C-storyline. At least more Monroe & Rosalee means that there is an increase in the show’s humour quotient.
The trouble with Trubel: Finally, Josh Porter (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) makes his way to Portland to connect with Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) after going on the run. Trubel’s words that “There’s a lot going on” could be the tag for the episode itself as little else happens here aside from Josh’s arrival at Nick’s house. At this point the Key, Monroe & Rosalee’s marriage, Trubel’s recruitment into some secret order and the Royal baby are all in play, but because there are so many storylines being juggled, nothing significant happens in any of them. One can only hope that Grimm will double down on one of them in the near future because so far S4 has felt like it is stuck in a holding pattern. Let’s hope that now that Nick is Grimm’d up, we can get back to business.
- Nothing new to report on Wu (Reggie Lee) aside from the fact that he continues to exist in the world of the show. Le sigh.
- Elizabeth bids adieu to Renard (Sasha Roiz) because apparently she only turned up the save his life and administer a spell. She leaves him with a promise to return once Kelly reaches out and advises him to guard the Sorting Hat, which I guess means we’ll see it back in play sometime later this season.
- Viktor (reassuring Adalind with food): “Not to worry – it’s all organic.”
- All (when Elizabeth asks if Juliette wants to be Adalind full time): “No!”
- Juliette-as-Adalind (telling Nick to enjoy the “extra martial affair”): “I’m going to have at it.”
Your turn: are you happy that Nick is back to normal? Did you enjoy the humour surrounding the Juliette-as-Adalind spell? Are you impatient for all of these stagnant storylines to kick into gear? Hoping to see Kelly Burkhardt before the holiday break? Sound off below.
Grimm airs its fall finale next Friday at 9pm EST on NBC