Episode 2.14 Writer: Thomas Ian Griffith and Mary Page Keller Director: Michael Watkins
THE ONE WHERE Wesen criminals go on a bank raiding spree using their true nature as their disguises and Rosalee and Monroe circumvent Nick to call in a previously unseen force to help deal with the issue. Meanwhile Juliette seems to be recovering after drinking Rosalee’s potion, but begins hallucinating a gurgling hole in the middle of living room. So it’s not really a win.
VERDICT After all the excitement of last week we plunge straight back into the action, but a lot of things are glossed over. Nick’s asphyxiating cocktail wears off sharpish and Claire Coffee is neither credited as Adalind nor appears. Boo. Rosalee gives Renard and Juliette a concoction which should cure them of their lust although it doesn’t seem to be doing very much at all.
As an episode “Natural Born Wesen” is solidly done and has some nice moments – although Juliette’s hallucinations (when Renard is seemingly completely fine) raise a quality meh and impacted on the general flow of the episode, making it feel quite disjointed. Cole and Crystal (our titular alliterative Natural Born Wesen in the style of Micky and Mallory the film Natural Born Killers) were fun adversaries, albeit somewhat one-note and gave Nick and Renard someone to team up against with their uneasy truce.
We’re definitely back to proper case of the week territory, courtesy of a group of wesen who clearly have spent too much time watching Point Break but decided to do without the ex-President masks. But for once it’s not Nick and the police doing the legwork – Rosalee and Monroe decide they’re sick of being sidekicks and head off on their own. It makes for an interesting dynamic and adds another group who may be involved in the mythological endgame relating to the key.
In a further widening of the Grimmverse, we discover that Rosalee’s family is connected to the Wesen Council, who seem to exist purely to stop wesen breaking the ancient law and revealing themselves to humans. It’s not really covered in the story (in fact actually the whole thing ends pretty sharpish once the assassin takes care of business) but Monroe and Rosalee taking off on their own and leaving Nick out of the action is potentially interesting for the future – unless it’s never mentioned again. Sadly with Grimm you can never tell.
BEST BIT Monroe tries to play it cool while looking for information on the robbers and sparks a bar brawl.
BEST LINES: Renard: “You need to understand your place in all this. If you and I could overcome our differences, we will make history. ” Nick: “And if we can’t?” Renard: Then history will bury us.
• Grimm season two airs in the UK on Watch on Monday nights