In Review: Grimm, Episode 89 “The Grimm Identity”

I'm glad Grimm is back, but this wasn't an outstanding season opener.

Grimm, Episode 89 “The Grimm Identity” Broadcast October 30, 2015

Written by Jim Kouf & David Greenwalt

Directed by Eric Laneuville

SEASON PREMIERE

“Previously on Grimm,” Adalind reveals to Nick she’s pregnant with his son, Renard is worried about the men after him for the three women he killed, Nick’s mother is killed — her head delivered to his house in a box, Juliette goes Hexenbiest and tries to kill Nick, but is killed by Trubel. Unknown to the Grimms, FBI agents are about to swarm into the house under the direction of Chavez, a Wessen.

“It is not light that we need, but fire.”

Nick cradles Juliette as the FBI agents burst in. They overwhelm both Grimms, with Nick being knocked unconscious by chloroform. He dreams in black and white, remembering good and bad times with his former fiancée, culminating with a graveside service with all of their friends present. Back from the cemetery, he mourns in his empty house, until seeing a floating box that contains the head of his mother. The box and head are in color, while everything else is black and white. A duplicate box, complete with matching head, appears alongside it, floating in the air. The pair disappear, replaced by a coffin on the dining room table. Then a familiar looking box appears on the floor; though this box is closed. Other boxes appear, swallowing the room until the floating head-box reappears, and his mother’s eyes open. Nick wakes up on the floor. Trubel is gone, Juliette’s body is gone, and the room has been cleaned. He remembers what has happened and bolts up. His quick search for Trubel is interrupted by a call from Hank checking in on him. Nick tells him Juliette is dead and Trubel’s been taken; Hank says he’s on his way. At Monroe and Rosalee’s the couple begin to discuss Adalind and Nick’s situation just as Nick calls. He fills them in and hangs up. Upstairs, Nick remembers a conversation with Trubel about Chavez being a Wessen. Downstairs Hank has arrived and Nick rapidly fills him in. He wants his partner to find out everything he can about Chavez while he goes looking for Trubel. “You do realize,” Hank says, “you’re going after an FBI agent?” Nick glares, “She’s Wessen. I’m taking her down.” Cue opening title credits and first commercial break.

This episode built on the previous season’s finale and began laying out teases of what this season’s focus would be, and it looks to be war among Wessen factions. The dream sequence at the beginning of the episode was bizarre, as it should be, and a big thumbs up to director Eric Laneuville for going black and white. There were an additional pair of neat directorial shots, where Nick broke down upstairs and the slow pull back from the hospital room as Nick is holding someone. Nick is an interesting character when he’s losing it, which he’s done several times in earlier seasons, but this time he’s looking for a fight and no one is going to stop him. David Burkhardt looked to be enjoying the change from the traditional Wessen-of-the-Week episodes. The supporting cast is stuck reacting to Nick’s actions, with all doing a fine job, but not really advancing their own characters or the season’s arc; although Adalind makes a major contribution to Nick’s character in this episode. Danny Bruno as Bud makes an extended appearance, and he always brings a welcome burst of nervous comic relief to any story. Elizabeth Rodriguez returns as Agent Chavez, and she moves the story forward the most, though with the expected teases of bigger things.

The good: The direction by Eric Laneuville, David Burkhardt, Danny Bruno, Elizabeth Rodriguez, a freaky dream sequence, Nick under an unbelievable amount of stress, a new setting involving prisoners, and Bud’s appearance.

Fun lines: “Hey, good work!”, “He is,” “Gotta get some help,” “We’re going to need fire,” “That’s all I needed,” “I’m not thinking that any more,” and “They’re coming here…They’re rising…Everywhere…”

The bad: Renard’s threat wrapped up too quickly and too neatly, don’t blink or you’ll miss Trubel, the supporting cast not getting to do much but react, the setting of the action sequence looks like it’s been in several other episodes, the teases of bigger problems on the horizon, and a 1980’s bad horror movie final thirty seconds.

The final line: I’m glad Grimm is back, but this wasn’t an outstanding season opener. It’s setting up the pieces to knock them down later. This was just “okay.” Overall grade: B-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five 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.

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