GRIMM ‘Bad Moon Rising’ – Review

GRIMM -- "Bad Moon Rising" Episode 203 -- Pictured: Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

He knows.

GRIMM, Season 2 Ep. 3 – Not too sure that the last episode resolved itself when Nick’s mom left with the Coins of Zakynthosbut I am sure that we haven’t seen the last of Kelly (Mary E. Mastrantonio). Which is a good thing–including dropping what further happened with Captain Renard and his timely transformation. Nick is in an awkward position now since Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) awoke from her coma. This is a great approach. Not only does this incident facilitate the dynamics of their relationship–Nick is basically on a clean slate now, and can pretty much change whatever he told Juliette about being a Grimm. There are so many ways this plot twist can play itself.

Meanwhile, Hank is now seeing a therapist trying to work the demons out of his head, and now the “Grimm” is out of the bag! Last night’s big reveal was a long time coming! Hank (Russell Hornsby) knows now exactly what Nick is, and more importantly, he knows he is  not crazy. So, is Hank a closeted Grimm? Just as, Nick was made aware of his abilities, maybe Hank is finally coming into his own. This is heavy folks.  Two Grimms kicking it in the Portland PD office? This will take me a moment to wrap my head around this idea so instead, lets discuss last night’s opening quote.

Then she began to weep bitterly, and said, what can a poor girl like me do now.

The Old Woman In The Wood is another tale of a beautiful maiden who fell into misfortune. As we all know, the original Brother’s Grimm tales–are all grim tales. The maiden’s family was killed in the woods by robbers and just when she thought that it was all over a beautiful dove gave her the golden key it held in its beak. The golden key unlocked a haven in which she found sustenance. Eventually, there was an evil old woman (a witch) who dwelled in the wood; a prince and his subjects who were turned into trees by the old woman; and the young maiden destined to break the spell that released the prince, and in turn both lived happily ever after.


GRIMM -- "Bad Moon Rising" Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hunter Jackson as Todd, Maddie Hasson as Carly -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

How did the old woman in the wood tale tie into last night’s episode? It had a lot to do with a pack of nasty Coyotl‘s and ages old mating ritual. Hank’s goddaughter Carly Kempfer (Maddie Hasson) went missing, and her father Mark (Mark Pellegrino) needed help to find her. Since the group that stole her away was part of his old Coyotl pack, he knew just where to start looking. Nick was already back at the trailer with Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) conducting their own investigation.  Here, is where Nick was basically forced to reveal to Hank that he is a Grimm, and the “transformations” he were witnessing are real.

I am excited. The significance of Hank being able to see what Nick sees absolutely makes him a Grimm. A freaking twist! Now the show has morphed it’s description of not having one specific leading Grimm character, but a near unstoppable duo. Not only has the show improved on its past scripted content and near perfect interlinking of events–BOOM–Hank is a freaking Grimm. Guys, I can hardly write this review. We did not get to see much screen time of my beloved Monroe this episode, neither did we see Rosalee (Bree Turner) although credited, the episode keenly focused on Hank’s character reveal.

An awesome episode. Right now, the only complaint that I have is the show’s new intro. I am not too crazy about it. Not at all.


GRIMM, Bad Moon Rising
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

Review Summary:

As Hank continues to seek help to cope with the inexplicable sighting he had, an old friend needs his help when his daughter goes missing. Nick's expertise as a Grimm comes into play as he investigates the disturbing motives linked to the disappearance

Sandy Hoffman
My name is Sandy +AIDY Hoffman. I am the creative writer and film reviewer of the AIDY Reviews website.
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