GRIMM ‘The Other Side’ – Review

GRIMM -- "The Other Side" Episode 208 -- Pictured: Mike Avery -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

If at first you don’t succeed, a little DNA splicing will give you an edge.

GRIMM (2:8) – We didn’t get to see very much of Monroe (Mitchell) in this episode however, he was part of two key scenes involving Sean Renard (Roiz). With Rosalee (Turner) still taking care of her aunt, Monroe has become more comfortable taking care of the Wesen orders that come into the shop.  But he didn’t count on Renard’s visit–he is looking to find a cure for his obsession with Juliette. I am not liking how this part of the show is playing out. It’s really becoming long and drawn out and waiting for any interaction between the Renard and Juliette characters, and it’s beginning to be a partly clumsy on this subject. Maybe this lengthy obsession drama will catch Renard off his game long enough for Nick (Giuntoli) to notice that he is part Wesen? Regardless, enough of this surreptitious affair.

Last night’s episode surrounded a highly competitive academic competition at a local Portland high-school where a couple of its best students were killed by a rouge Wesen. At first, Nick and Hank (Hornsby) thought it was the coach Anker (Hans Altwies) for the competitive team. When he was found dead, Hank and Nick needed to find the killer and fast.

“I thought of making myself a beautiful wooden marionette. It must be wonderful, one that can dance, fence, and turn somersaults.”

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi is the inspiration behind The Other Side. Collodi’s tale is indeed dark and brutal, just as some of the original Grimm Brothers’ tales. Forget everything you’ve seen about the gentle and friendly world of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. Collodi’s Pinocchio features a disturbingly troubled world where the wooden boy puppet take on very real and dangerous adventures in a dark and twisted world where the wooden puppet kills the cricket, on the run from a a manipulative cat who is after the gold in his pocket, and cunning and calculating fox who, in one point of the story, actually hangs Pinocchio by the neck. In Collodi’s world, there are more bad guys than good guys, and our dear puppet teeters on the edge of both.

Killing your friends isn’t cheating, right?

GRIMM -- "The Other Side" Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tierra Valentine, Logan Miller -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Where this Grimm episode ties into Collodi’s tale directly relates to the Pierce Higgins (Logan Miller) who is both Löwen (lion-like) and Genio Innocuo (a rare turtle-like Wesen). His mother wanted to give him a competitive advantage–the Löwen side of Pierce is by nature, competitive and violent. This Wesen duality caused him great headaches, and the overly aggressive side is responsible for the death of his friends and teacher. The problem with this portion of the show–lame story. It was completely unrelated to the type of show advertised and expected. We got very little of Adalind (Coffee) and Eric Renard (Frain). This was nothing more than a disappointing, filler episode.

Let’s get back to the more interesting story surrounding Nick, Juliette, and Renard–with a dose of Adalind, and a serving of Hank. Monroe pairs wonderfully in all this as a nice vintage. Let’s return the show to its principal drama and for goodness sake, lose the intern.

Grimm as a comedy? I don’t think so.

Source NBCs Grimm

GRIMM, The Other Side
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good

Review Summary:

In GRIMM an overachieving student has a split personality; Nick and Hank investigates murdered students; and Renard becomes an irresistible stalker.

Sandy Hoffman
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