Team Grimm rushes to connect the dots in order to save Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) before the tribunal passes their final sentence.
Let’s bitch it out…
‘Tribunal’ is the second act of the story that began last week and despite Monroe’s touching speech about the purity of his marriage to Rosalee (Bree Turner), I’m not sold on the idea that this needed to be a two parter. Here’s a pro and con list for ‘Tribunal’:
Con: The Wesenrein uniforms, cheap masks and beyond obvious swastika-inspired symbols are way too on the nose.
Pro: Bringing in Bud (Danny Bruno) to educate Wu (Reggie Lee) on woging is genius. So much uncomfortable talking = so much pleasurable watching.
Pro: Wu’s dressing down of Officer Acker (Will Rothhaar) for his professional inadequacies. It’s cool to see Wu in such a take charge role. Plus: punches to the face!
Con: Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and Rosalee’s “investigation” into the party guests. Yes, it turns up Officer Acker’s sister, but it takes up too much screentime and, in reality, doesn’t reveal anything we don’t already know.
Con: Nick’s (David Giuntoli) kinda deplorable plan to force Acker to tell them where Monroe is by using poor Acker’s sister as bait.
Pro: Monroe’s impassioned speech about what love is. It’s a nice moment for Weir Mitchell in an episode that focuses more on action than genuine character moments.
Pro: The power walk group shot out of the precinct after Officer Acker tells them where to find Monroe. It’s a touch of Buffy/Angel and a touch of awesome.
Con: The cheese-tastic moment where everyone tosses their badges in the trunk. Especially when Juliette throws in her purse. Totally laughable.
Meh: Wu using his woge training to take out a Wesenrein. It was heavily telegraphed by his earlier encounter with Acker, but more importantly this is how Wu would have reacted had any dangerous criminal charged him.
Pro: Hank’s (Russell Hornsby) impressed reaction to Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) powers.
MAJOR, MAJOR PRO: When Juliette loses her gun and uses her new Hexenbiest powers to literally blow Jonah Riken’s (Nick Krause) brains out…with her mind. It is completely awesome.
Pro: Bud’s surprise at discovering his chiropractor is among the Wesenrein. Quite the unique little touch.
Pro: Monroe and Rosalee prove the couple that kill together stay together when they both take out Grand Master Charles Riken (Brandon Quinn).
Con: The silliness of Hank and Nick going on honeymoon with Monroe and Rosalee. The logistics of the plan make no sense. Accompanying them to the airport? Sure. Anything beyond that? Dumb.
Pro: Juliette confides in Renard about her new powers rather than Nick. Considering their previous relationship, this is…interesting.
- I’m sure it’s no surprise that when the masks come off, all of the Wesenrein are white males who look like KKK and/or Hells Angels members.
- Befriending a Grimm is a capital crime – who knew?
- Bud’s tribunal babbling includes air condition repairs, picking up the cheque and Christmas friends.
- Bud (accidentally Voging): “Oh no, I prematured again!”
- Nick (reassuring Wu that Bud is safe): “Bud is a nice beaver.”
Your turn: what did you think of part two of Monroe’s trial? Was the Nazi symbolism too obvious for you? Were you frustrated by how drawn-out the story was? Did you like seeing the group in action? Excited by Juliette finally getting something interesting to do? Sound off below.
Grimm airs Fridays at 9pm EST on NBC. Here’s a preview of the Juliette-centric episode: