Grimm; S02, E08

The Other Side

I’m not sure why I watch Grimm.  I like it, but I don’t love it.  I started watching last year simply as a way to pass the time on Friday nights.  In part, I liked the mythology, having actually read the original Grimm stories, which are definitely not “fairy” tales.

Monroe and Rosalee from "Grimm"

Grimm’s Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and the object of his affections (Bree Turner)

The other intriguing aspect is the cast, most of whom I’d never heard of before; and the multidimensional characters.  David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt handles the action scenes, the drama, and the comedy equally well.  Nick is the type of guy you root for; a good, dedicated cop, a nice guy, and a loving boyfriend.  But the break-out star, or character, is Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a vegetarian werewolf (called Blutbat here).  Everything about Monroe is a contradiction.  He fights his violent genetics with meditation, the cello, red wine, and his love of clocks.  (He claims digital clocks are an abomination.)  Even in the midst of desperate situations, he is the comic relief.

"The Other Side" gets 3 starsAs for “The Other Side,” it gets 3 stars, an “okay, even good” rating.  If I had half stars I’d likely have given it 3½ stars.

Most Grimm episodes have a twist ending.  That is, the episode points to a particular villain throughout, who is usually found to be innocent (or dead) in the waning minutes.  The twist for “The Other Side” was that the main suspect of the episode was indeed the villain. It’s just that it was an alter-ego, whom the character wasn’t aware of.  (Much like the classic film “The Three Faces of Eve” or “Sybil.”)

“The Other Side” also shed some light on the continuing “overarching” storyline.  Adelind, the “deflowered” Hexenbeist responsible for Juliette’s selective amnesia, returned.  (This probably sounds really weird if you don’t watch the show!)  And we learned a little more about Captain Sean Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) background.

Speaking of Renard, the most memorable scenes by far were those between Renard and Monroe. Seeking treatment for his obsession with Juliette (a side-effect of Adelind’s spell, see paragraph above), Renard reluctantly visited the spice shop, aka Wessen pharmacy. Seeing the usually stoic, somewhat arrogant Renard uncomfortable and rather sheepish was a treat.  He wanted to get out of the spice shop as quickly as possible, but Monroe, oblivious to his discomfort, went on and on about the power and wonderfulness of love.  (Brought on, of course, because Monroe is in that euphoric state of falling in love.)  Hilarious!

Renard is probably one of the most captivating characters on the show, but I’ll save those thoughts for another post.

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