“Fee fi fo fum ... I smell the blood of an Englishman.”
From this episode’s opening quote, one would think we are going to be dealing with a giant and some beans. Not quite, because “Grimm” take a different spin on it.
We open with the rather brutal murder of a judge by a huge man (Eric Edelstein), who we will come to know as Stark. And we quickly learn it’s not the first. Stark leads us through his other murders with various clues, until the death of Assistant D.A. Mary Robinson shines a light on who the next victim will be -- Lt. Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby).
All the victims along with Hank were responsible for sending Stark to prison five years earlier. And now that Stark has escaped, he’s looking for revenge. After learning Hank is the next victim, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) puts Hank into protective custody.
You may have noticed that I haven’t talked about Nick (David Giuntoli). That is because his involvement in this episode is minimal. He takes the back seat to both Hank and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell). And surprisingly enough, it is a stronger episode for it.
Nick gets a monster vibe about Stark, seeing as he has very dense bones and is impervious to pain. He goes to research those symptoms, but comes up with nothing. Only later, when he is getting the beating of his life does he see that Stark is a creature. Nick was surely done for, if not for the timely arrival of Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) of all people.
Hospitalized, Nick enlists Monroe's aid once again. Monroe identifies Stark as a Siegbarst, more commonly known as a ogre. Monroe conveniently knows how to take down an ogre. And just as convenient, Nick has just observed that the very thing was in the trailer.
I think this episode held together rather well, but I have to say I think Monroe being the fountain of information is wearing thin. Nick is fighting these creatures when he stumbles upon them, not actually hunting.
He may be a Grimm, but he hasn’t embraced his life.
What he has embraced is his friendship with Monroe. He has come to depend on him and has even revealed the trailer to him. I think with that move Monroe has gone from C.I. (Confidential Informant) to partner. And it’s about time.
Nick charges Monroe with helping Hank, which he does with the elephant gun loaded with cartridges soaked in Siegbarst Gift, a poison lethal to ogres.
The episode ends with Capt. Renard being very curious about who killed the ogre, and I feel, who is aiding Nick in his work as a Grimm.
Points Of Interest
1. Earlier in the season Nick’s aunt told him to dump Juliette. I think we saw the first hint that he is thinking about it.
2. Hank revealed a bad choice he made that assured a bad man went to prison. Trusting this secret with Nick was unnecessary and shows how close the two are.
3. Monroe works with watches. Did I miss that reveal before?
4. Monroe was so excited to use what he does to help Nick this time, as opposed to what he is.
The growing partnership between Nick and Monroe is great to see develop. In my opinion, Monroe is the bright light of this series and giving him more screen time is always a good thing.
And it appears that Nick was ready to include his other partner, Hank, in the secret. Asking Monroe to give Hank the gun would have led to many questions that only Nick’s spilling the truth could have answered.
I also really enjoyed that Juliette got something to do this time as well. Instead of being the damsel who needs rescuing, she steps up and drives away Stark with boiling water. Way to go Juliette!
What Didn't Work
The biggest problem I have I mentioned above. Monroe is used as a walking Wikipedia, having all the answers whenever Nick needs them. Yes, he’s familiar with the monster world, but how can he know everything?
Do you know everything about every human culture on the planet?
Nick hit the books and came up with nothing. They need to show the man ready to throw himself deep into research and figure out the legacy he’s been saddled with. Otherwise, he’s liable to get himself, or someone else, killed.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Grimm" stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee. It also guest starred Eric Edelstein. "Game Ogre" was written by Cameron Litvack and Thania St. John, and was directed by Terrence O'Hara.
“Grimm” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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