Grimm Season 2 Review “Face Off”

The black cat is out of the bag. Nick knows that his boss, Renard, has been romancing Juliette and he is definitely not happy. His day is just going to get worse when he finds out that Renard has been snooping around Aunt Marie’s trailer and that he’s found the key in Nick’s desk.

It seems like a long time since we saw Nick in Monroe’s house, discovering that his boss was the other man in Juliette’s life. Fortunately, we pick up exactly where we left off and Nick was ready to take on Renard. It was hard to watch Renard enter Nick’s house with Juliette. I was really hoping that Nick wouldn’t back down and would break down the door, gun drawn. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and the situation was allowed to play out. Even though Juliette is under a spell, I hope that Nick will be able to get past picturing her with Renard once the spell is broken. Juliette has never been one of the strongest characters on the show, but Nick’s love for her balances out the violent things he has to do as a Grimm.

I realized last night that one of the things I like most about Grimm is not just its dark tone and monsters, but also the fact that it is still a fairy tale. I was fully anticipating that Renard and Juliette were going to get together and was happy when they didn’t. That would have been too dark a turn and something more fitting for a soap opera than Grimm. Nick is still the good guy and in fairy tales, the good guys may take their licks, but they don’t get completely screwed over.

I was glad to see Rosalee finally return from her aunt’s house. She brings a great dynamic to the relationship between Monroe and Nick. The two men can easily panic, and she is often a soothing voice of reason. It also seemed fitting that as the person with the least connection to Juliette, she would have the emotional distance to see past the liaison and realize that Renard’s access to a magic potion had significant meaning.

If Nick is going to be entrusted with sacred responsibilities and secrets, he needs to work on his stealthiness. It’s been surprising that someone hasn’t found Aunt Marie’s trailer long before now. It wouldn’t have been that hard – stake out Nick or Monroe and follow them to the trailer. Also, while it makes some sense that Nick would have hidden the key at work rather than in the trailer, it wasn’t exactly a secure hiding place.

When we finally got the big confrontation between Nick and Renard, it was less satisfying than I thought it would be. I think that is because Renard gave Nick the key back. I am still on the fence about Renard, and I think that’s where the show creators want us to be. He was menacing at the beginning of the show, but now we know that he’s working with the resistance and hiding the key from Adelind. Does that make him good? Speaking of Adelind, I am ready for Nick to wipe that smug look off her face – again. She’s a great villain, but it’s time for another comeuppance.

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  • ptjackson

    I would like to add a plug for Monroe and his wonderfulness…. I adore him, and the nervous way he waited for Rosalee was just so adorable! Plus, the look on nick’s face – first when Monroe tried to hand him the flowers, and then when Rosalee walked straight up to Monroe and planted one – well, he was pitch perfect!

    Yeah, Adelind needs her due, but now she is pregnant – and what spell is that that would make a pregnancy test react the night after??

    I totally agree with you that Nick being a detective and all he should have better stealth skills – that trailer – sigh, I have been waiting for others to discover it, considering it is easy to trace.

    anyway, a good solid start to the rest of the season, and I am looking forward to next Friday!

    • Courtney

      Agree! I love the Monroe/Rosalee relationship.
      I guess a demon baby would cook faster than a regular baby. Since she’s human now, maybe she’ll die in demon birth. I’d be ok with them keeping Adelind around a little longer, but she needs to take another vacation so we can have a break from her.

  • turretgunner

    Great review and I totally agree that if Juliette and Renard had “consumated their relationship,” it would have taken Grimm to a place I may have not followed. In fact, I am so done with the spell induced uncontrollable hots that those two have for each. It’s past time to move away from that sub-plot. Give Julliette her memory back and then let her fall back in love with Nick. The guy has had his heart ripped out long enough. Hell, end the season with them finally getting married or at least engaged.
    I want to see Juliette learn and accept the truth about who Nick really is and what he does. After what she’s been through, I don’t think she would have a hard time believing anything now. Then she can join of Nick’s “team,” along with Monroe, Hank and Rosalee (so glad Rosealee is back!).
    As for whether Juliette and Nick can pick up where they left off before the spell did its damage, in real life the visuals that plague both men and women in such situations are heartbreaking and really hard for a couple to move past. Nick is probably assuming that his former girlfriend and boss have slept together so given those circumstances you would expect him to really be hurting. Yet, I see him being more understanding than most guys would be in such a situation because of his many nightmarish experiences with the world of the supernatural.
    If NBC doesn’t turn things around for Juliette and Nick within the next episode or two, I think it will really start to drag the show down and they may start losing viewers over it..