Monday, August 27, 2012

'Grimm' Review - 2.03 Bad Moon Rising

        In the newest episode of NBC's Grimm, as Hank continues to seek help to cope with the inexplicable siting he had, an old friend, Jarold Kempfer comes to him when his daughter goes missing; and Nick's expertise as a Grimm comes in to play as he investigates the disturbing motives linked to the disappearance.

        This was probably one of the best episodes of Grimm that focused primarily on the police procedural aspect of the show and not the serial, global plot. The episode heavily focused on the partnership between Nick and Hank - more-so than any other episode of the series. To increase that focus, Monroe, Juliette, Renard, Wu and Rosalee were relegated to very minor moments throughout the hour or didn't appear at all. Usually the show drowns when it doesn't play up those supporting members (especially Monroe), but here, for probably the first time in this series it played to the strengths of David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby wonderfully. Thusly the episode came together beautifully and was wonderful as a stand-alone addition.
        Russell Hornsby is wonderful actor but for most of this series' run, I keep thinking that he is just not given enough to do. Throughout season one, he had moments but usually he was relegated to the background partner who's suspicious but doesn't do anything to really change the status quo. That mentality definitely could have continued through this episode with him continue to be oblivious to the creature world around him but I applaud the writers for taking a risk and revealing Nick so early in this season. Now that Hank knows about Nick being a Grimm, or at least him realizing he's not crazy, I'm expecting him to suddenly see a lot more Vessen change in front of him.
        Even though Monroe and Sergeant Wu were minor characters in this hour (and really when isn't Wu just a minor afterthought), they had two of my favorite lines of the episode. Monroe describe the mating ritual to Nick and Wu comment on Nick's impressive day.
        The episode also briefly touched on the fallout of Juliette waking up from her coma with no recollection of Nick. It was story that the series wrote itself into and needed to be dealt with but it wasn't as engaging as the rest of the episode or as big as being the cliffhanger from the previous hour. I'm intrigued to see where they're planning on taking Nick and Juliette but it's just not entertaining yet.

So what did everyone think of the episode? How do you think the dynamics will change now that Hank knows? Share your thoughts in the comments.