Grimm, Episode 74 “Last Fight” Broadcast November 7, 2014
Written by Thomas Ian Griffith
Directed by Paul Kaufman
After last episode’s recap, Nick is face to face with Wu explaining he didn’t know where he was when had that painful vision at the end of last week’s show. Wu and Juliette take a protesting Nick to see the doctor, leaving the incriminating photo Wu brought of Truble unaddressed on a table. Back in Vienna, Adalind is still in her dungeon cell, recovering from unintentionally swapping eyesight with Nick. The prisoner in the cell next to hers pops open his peephole, laughs, and says, “I see,” before closing the hole. Back in Portland, the black sack is pulled off Trubel’s face revealing her captors to be lead by Special Agent Chavez, a Wesen. She wogs before the young Grimm, and realizes who she is by her reaction. Surprisingly, she offers a job to her because her skills in identifying and killing dangerous Wesen are valuable to a certain group. The offer on the table, Truble is released and she runs off. At the doctor’s, nothing is found to be wrong with Nick’s vision, though he’s going to schedule him to see an ophthalmologist to be sure there’s no nerve damage. As this is going on, someone named Bobby enters a boxer’s quarters with two goons. The young boxer says, “Please, don’t,” as the three men produce wooden bats from a bag and pummel the young man until he wogs into a bull-like Wesen, complete with horns. Once in the ring the beaten boxer’s eyes begin to glow yellow and he demolishes his competition in record time. Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.
I knew that the continuing arc of Nick’s loss of powers, Adalind’s search for her baby, and the Royals’ storylines would be put on the back burner for a while so as to highlight Trubel being the only Grimm in Portland, but that didn’t really happen. Griffith is able to tell his story of Wesen boxing with some nice movement on all the arcs. I liked that Monroe and Rosalee went right to Hank to tell them how confused they were by Juliette’s desire to have Nick stay normal. There was also some good motivation why Captain Renard wants to help Nick regain his abilities. There weren’t too many surprises in the boxer storyline except the acting of Arlen Escarpeta was really strong. The story called for him to be a reluctant fighter and he definitely wore his heart on his sleeve. This was a better than average episode for a non-arc story.
The good: Arlen Escarpeta, Wu continuing to pressure Nick for some talking time, Hank’s smile as Truble mentions she’s got some moves, the introduction of Hoffman, and Nick’s revelation to Hank at the end of the case.
Fun lines: “OPEN!”, “That is not normal,” and “Hurricane!”
The bad: No surprises with the boxer story since there were only so many characters, so it was easy to figure out based on screen time.
The final line: A better than average non-arc story thanks to Arlen Escarpeta’s performance. Overall grade: B+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.