Friday, October 19, 2012

'Grimm' Review - 2.08 The Other Side

        On the newest episode of NBC's Grimm, Nick and Hank investigate the murder of a high school academic decathlete and learn how competitive some extracurricular activities can be; Captain Renard deals with an unwanted infatuation while Adalind has been spending time with his brother in Europe; and Monroe continues to manage the spice shop and gets a visit from an unlikely customer.

        For some strange reason, I'm having difficulty composing my thoughts on this episode of Grimm. Yet again, the show is focusing on a case-of-the-week that was quite complicated and polarizing. Throughout the first half of the episode, the case was going through predictable episode plotting. I figured that it would be one of the students who did the crime. I then came to the conclusion that it was the kid who did do it shortly after because of the amount of screentime and focus he was getting. The show then threw in a twist that had the audience suspect the mother before the final act twist that it was indeed the kid. So, it was the first suspect after all. That just made all the twists in the case seem unnecessary. The idea of two Wesen in one body is intriguing but was too truncated in the last act for it to have any real effect on the overall story.
        After six episodes, the show finally remember about the ramifications of Renard waking up Juliette being a major plot. To that extent, this episode dealt with that heavily but apparently it is only when Sasha Roiz is on the screen that I care about they mystery with his character. Claire Coffee and James Frain are off hamming it up in a Portland set piece Austria with mostly coy teases and dry exposition about Renard (whose first name apparently is Sean) that manages to drag on while still being very cryptic. Roiz was able to be much more commanding with his focus on the character. The interactions between him and Monroe were great. They were entertaining in the moment, very informative with being dry and boring, and also did a fantastic of setting up the future of the story.

So what did everyone think of the episode? Was it too disjointed in structure? Could the main case have been done much better? Share your thoughts in the comments.