GRIMM ‘The Good Shepherd’ – Review

GRIMM -- "The Good Shepherd" Episode 205 -- Pictured: Jonathan Scarfe as Reverand Calvin -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

“Beware of false prophets, they come to you with the garb of sheep, but at heart they are ravenous wolves” Matthew 7:15

Grimm (Season 2, episode 5) – Okay, Hank (Russell Hornsby), we get that you can sorta “see” Wesen, but it is not necessary to ask  every time  you and Nick (David Giuntoli) confront a whacked out suspect. Other than that, I am really enjoying that Hank is in the know and that he, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and Nick are a more cohesive, crime fighting team. As Nick and Hank investigates a murder involving a Blutbad leading a church of Seelenguter, Juliette goes on a girls’ night out. I was at least hoping that she would remember more this episode, however, that this allows for more dynamics to her character. This is a good thing. Now, let’s visit last night’s opening quote which is from the Aesop’s fable The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

“Dressed in the skin, the Wolf strolled into the pasture with the Sheep. Soon a little Lamb was following him about and was quickly led away to slaughter.”

Did you know “Aesop the fable writer” was a slave and storyteller that lived in 5th century Greece (620 – 560 B. C.)? He would tell his tales at banquets and to small children to pass the time. Also, each of his tales represent true to life adage or proverb related to them. In the tale, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, a wolf thought it to be a brilliant idea to put on sheep wool so that he may infiltrate the unknowing herd. Just as in the quote, a small lamb did quickly follow the wolf, however, the Shepherd that tended this particular fold had a taste for mutton soup that evening and, conveniently enough, found the mischievous wolf and killed it on the spot. The proverb of this tale:

The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.

GRIMM -- "The Good Shepherd" Episode 205 -- Pictured: Jonathan Scarfe as Reverand Calvin -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

What could be a more fitting Aseops’ tale for the latest episode of Grimm? Here, we have an adorable sheepish congregation being led by a reverend Blutbad (wolflike Wesen) or Rev. Lance Calvin (Jonathan Scarfe), who is a less than an honorable shepherd, seeing as how he meddled not once, but twice within his own flock–in addition to stealing from the coffers. In order to isolate the reverend as the culprit, Monroe (Mitchell) had to go undercover and nearly became a victim of the Rev. Calvin’s cover-up–he twice killed the accountants of the churches he presided over. Luckily, he was betrayed by his sheepish lover Megan Marston (Kristina Anapau)–who was just as deceptive as the Calvin. She and another member of the flock had plans of their own–and the plans did not include the dearly departed Rev. Calvin.

What was telling about this series is that each Wesen member are assigned a destiny per se, pertaining to their species type. Viewers are coming into more of an understanding of not only what type of Wesen citizens of Portland are–but what are their likely personality description and what job description they may take on depending on their Wesen trait. For example, the  Eisbiber are beaver like Wesen who primarily work in the logging industry–just as the Lausenschlange, a snakelike Wesen are normally attorneys or work in scrupulous professions.

All the single ladies put your hands up!

GRIMM -- "The Good Shepherd" Episode 205 -- Pictured: Bitsie Rulloch as Juliette Silverton -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

I decided against going tit-for-tad with every episode since the start of season two–Grimm has taken on a new persona. The series is beginning to pay more attention to the underlying mystery surrounding Nicks’ Grimm heritage–but delving in the individual personalities of each permanent cast member. Not only is this essential to a successful series–it refines the shows longevity. I absolutely enjoy that Juliette is now “her own” character personality. We are not beginning to see who she is without Nick–independent, sociable, and intelligent. Before, it was as if Juliette was at the whim of what ever flowed in each episode as an unwilling participant in whatever mess that got stuck on Nicks’ shoe that day. There is a silver lining to all this. This is another opportunity for them to get to know each other and fall in love again.

The only character on Grimm that I think quite has a place is Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee). Now, I love him as the quick witted crime scene investigator–but I would like to see more dynamics with his character. It does seem like more is being done with his character persona. For example, in season one he was more involved with the last few episodes and in this season, getting in more on-screen time. But Wu can carry a little more weight on his own. Maybe there will be an episode surrounding just Lee’s character? Hopefully, we will end up to seeing an episode like it.

Get to the Wesen already!

GRIMM -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: Sasha Roiz as Cpt. Renard -- (Photo by: Michael Muller/NBC)

Yes. I am on about this again. Good thing Nick again averted the mess Renards’ hidden family assassin was after–Nicks’ key. However, we were left in the dark yet again on Renards’ purpose in Portland. Now, what made me really nervous–the captain experienced a “flash back” of when he kissed Juliette (The Kiss)! I am all about finding out just what that little flashback meant! Also, if Renard ever ‘Wesen’ out–here’s hope that he at least has wings. I am all about a fierce flying Renard-Wesen Prince right now!

Another great episode! Grimm continue to impress, and I like that each episode adds in a twist to break any potential for being predictable. I miss Rosalee (Bree Turner) in this episode. I am absolutely loving that Monroe, Nick, and Hank are all cool and the gang, and my favorite of the series bad asses–Adalind (Claire Coffee) will be back!

See you next week!

Grimm, The Good Shepherd
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

Review Summary:

When a local reverend reports that his church has been robbed, Nick quickly learns that it's a Wesen church and enlists Monroe to check for any suspicious activity regarding the shepherd's flock.

Sandy Hoffman
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