Bad Moon Rising
Comfort is not something in vast supply in the Grimm-verse. As much as it seems like every character has been looking to find some semblance of peace in a world that continues to crumble around them without their knowledge, nobody has yet to find the equilibrium they so desperately desire. Through issues of identity, sanity, memory, and family, the residents of Portland have slowly been confronting their personal demons, looking them dead in the eye and daring them to make a move. In “Bad Moon Rising”, an episode where every subplot found a character trying to get back to their idea of “home”, there was indeed some movement in that area.
There was something inherently exciting about Season 1’s logo and discordant instrumental theme, cluing you in to the fact that there was more to meet the eye in the forested, fantasy-land that is Grimm’s Portland. With the new sequence’s horribly hyped-up narration and Photoshop-filter fun, I can only hope that the show’s title-sequence people saw a Wesen and temporarily lost their minds, and will return to the original opening posthaste.
Face-to-face with a Coyotl pack (think red-neck coyote people), Hank chose to believe in what he was seeing and successfully fought them off. And when the baddies were in custody, Nick finally explained his heritage as a Grimm to Hank. Nick was afraid that Hank was overwhelmed and angry over what had happened, to which Hank replied, “Today’s been one of the better days of my life. I might be crazy, but now I know I’m not alone.”
Monroe schools Nick and explains that coytls introduce the female to the pack through their fertility ceremony which is done on the full moon after the woman’s 17th year. Now that Nick knows where to look, he and Hank set out with Jarold in tow to visit Hayden, Carly’s uncle.
Hank had been suffering psychologically after his various run-ins with Wesen, so finding out that he’s not crazy, he just has really weird friends came as some relief. Will Hank’s complicity make things easier for our Grimm on the force, or trickier? Either way, it was a pleasing bit of forward motion for the show, especially considering the three point turn they’ve performed with Juliette.
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