GRIMM ‘To Protect and Serve’ – Review

GRIMM -- "To Protect and Serve Man" Episode 211 -- Pictured: David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Hey Nick, looking to move the story along too? Tell me about it!

GRIMM (2:11) Guys, I am so back and forth with this show so much that I am getting dizzy. I don’t know about you, but I am about ready for all this Juliette (Tulloch) and Renard (Roiz) crud to move the hell along. I am all for building an underdeveloped romance between them, but there are just too many story-lines going on at once. Cut the shit short, quit dragging all this nonsense out, and move this on and outta here! Seeing that we are at the end of the second season for Grimm, I have to say that I am not happy. Once again, just like last season, there is this habit of moving too quickly, and introducing “fresh content” without properly resolving the massive amount of unfinished plots that were already carrying the season successfully. This nonsensical romance between Juliette and Renard lost its appeal when Renard took his shirt off. Begrudgingly, on to the recap.

“The beast was simply the Call of the Wild personified…which some natures hear to their own destruction.”

The Wendigo is a tale from author Algernon Blackwood’s book Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories and is based on an old Algonquin tale of a cannibalistic spirit that could possess its human host and/or is the monster that an individual who craves human flesh (Wendigo psychosis) and fears that due to this taboo craving, will turn into a cannibalistic monster. In the episode, the Wendigo Wesen’s appearance is that of the ancient Algonquin description of the Wendigo–gaunt appearance, skin pulled tautly over bones, razor sharp teeth, etc. It is also said that humans who are consumed with greed can turn into a Wendigo. The tale is familiar to that of the ending Aesop’s Fables, in that the story acts as a sociopathic deterrent, and encourages cooperation with others, and take all things in moderation.

He killed in self-defense.

GRIMM -- "To Protect and Serve Man" Episode 211 -- Pictured: Jason Gedrick as Craig Wendell Ferren -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

The show begins with a flash-back to Hank’s (Hornsby) early days as beat cop on the trail of a man who just shot what he believed to be were monsters in their home. Knowing what he knows now–Hank asks Nick (Giuntoli) to lend his newly acquired expertise in helping identify the possibility of Wesen were involved in the 7-year old crime. Turns out, our death row inmate Craig Wendell (Jason Gedrick) was innocent–well, not for killing one brother and wounding another, but his self-defense case stands, as Nick and Hank found more evidence of the brothers sick cannibalistic crimes. Great story. But that isn’t what grinds my gears about this show.

Going into the fall finale of the show, Grimm has once again proven an inability to carry a significant story-line. Grimm, you are all over the place. Why this long drawn out affair with Juliette and Renard? We all know what’s up with that. If they are not to be together, then the conversation should have already occurred between Nick and Juliette before Renard and Juliette kissed again. Then, head over to Monore (Mitchell) and get this sickness over with already thereby saving us three grueling episodes of relationship mediocrity.

There is a lot about this and last season that remains unfinished.

GRIMM -- "To Protect and Serve Man" Episode 211 -- Pictured: (l-r) Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

— The complete disregard for the whereabouts of Nick’s mother. This woman went off with three coins many people died to possess for her to just walk away with them and hide in the shadows.

— Renard’s brother, Eric (James Frain), has been in enough scenes in the show to progress his character story along. Especially now that Adalind (Coffee) sought him out. His interest in Nick and what ever he wants with Nick’s death–he sent over a Mauvais Dentes to kill Nick–is for what? The coins? The key? There’s an unfinished plot if there ever was one.

— Since her return, Adalind has been grossly underused. Her return was announced four episodes ago just to have her under used since the 8th episode of the second season. We are down three episodes since The Other Side without so much of a revenge laden appearance. Meeting with Eric Renard doesn’t count.

— I’m all about this season being about Hank’s Grimm awareness. Great for a change in plot; however, now this has become the new crutch for the show. Let’s not simmer in this aspect–we know that Hank knows. Queue next season shocker.

— There was this amazing story-line, where the history of the families that surrounded the Coins of Zakynthos and the key Nick is keeping safe. What happened with that story?

— We don’t want to know that Juliette has friends. Unless these “girlfriend” chats happen all along during the show, please eliminate the need for her to have an entourage so late in the season.

The season finale is upon us again, and what we are going to see is a culmination of an entire season of missteps, that if we are not careful and watch the finale closely, we will stand to miss out on the whole point of all this romance, revenge, and remembrance drama which still remain as the neglected purpose of the show all together.

Enough already. On with the show. This is it. 

Source NBCs Grimm

Grimm, To Protect and Serve Man
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good

Review Summary:

Hank recalls a seven-year-old arrest involving a disturbed man who shoots two brothers, claiming they were trying to eat him.

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