Grimm season 3 episode 10 review: The Eyes Of The Beholder

Review Christine Horton 13 Jan 2014 - 12:20

Grimm neglects its on-going mysteries in favour of another standalone episode. Here's Christine's review...

This review contains spoilers.

3.10 The Eyes Of The Beholder

As has noted previously, the writers over at Grimm HQ don’t appear in much of a rush to expedite any existing plot points, and this week saw yet another standalone episode where Nick and Hank chased down the bad guys – and not much else.

Following last week’s somewhat dubious racial stereotyping of Russians, this week tackled predominantly black gang activity. But with the exception of a personal connection to Hank, it was a fairly predictable, crime-by-numbers episode.

There was, admittedly, a potential love interest for Hank in the shape of his physio, Zuri, who we met last week. But the path of true love never runs smooth…especially when it turns out she’s a Wesen. Furthermore, she struggles to such as extent with her Wesen identity that she’s reluctant to commit to poor Hank.

She’s apparently not alone. Alicia, who’s been staying with Nick and Juliette after leaving her violent husband, appears to also have issues about being a Wesen. She vehemently denies it when Juliette tells her she knows her secret – leading Juliette, predictably, to seek Rosalee’s advice on the matter.

It turns out being Wesen is a bit like being gay. Who knew? According to Rosalee, some Wesen live in denial about what they are: “You have no idea how badly you just want to be normal,” she tells her.

The icing on the cake comes later when Juliette tells Nick: “Alicia’s just not comfortable coming out yet.”

It’s a potentially interesting path to explore, this notion of Wesen struggling with what they are, and their attempts to create a “normal” life. You can, of course, replace Wesen with just about any marginalised group in society. It feels like it could develop into a much more interesting story of the writers decide to pursue this direction in future episodes, rather than it being a ‘theme of the week’.

The Alicia storyline was wrapped up though. Despite having stalked her for days, her husband Joe decides to force his way into the house, while Nick’s at home, and try to grab her back. He’s stupid, as well as violent then. Somehow he knocks Nick out (this is Nick 2.0 with astonishing strength among his other superpowers) so it’s left to Juliette and Alicia to kick his ass. I suppose this was to highlight Juliette’s transition to a bad-ass, but it never felt as if anyone was really in danger.

Nevertheless, nothing happened in Europe this week; there was very little Renard, no Adalind whatsoever, and Kelly Burkhardt is still nowhere to be found – seriously, have Nick and Juliette even mentioned her since she made contact weeks ago?

Even Monroe and Rosalee’s participation really just amounted to exposition to help the gang storyline along – by a stroke of luck Rosalee knows all about the gangs of Portland and Seattle from her ‘troubled’ youth.

Perhaps the writers wanted to devote more time to Hank and Zuri’s budding romance, which, to be frank, was heavy-handed and clichéd. We know Hank can be a bit of a sap when it comes to women (remember Adalind?) but the doe-eyed stares and meaningful pauses were just too much.

Incidentally, Hank had no problem when Zuri ripped our bad guy’s throat out. Is that a sign of how far he’s integrated into the Wesen world, or does it say more about his taste in women?

We can only hope that episodes like this one, and last week’s Red Menace, are the calm before the storm. Keep your fingers crossed that the action will ramp up now in the second half of the season, and we can welcome the return of much-missed characters like Adalind – and that we might also be offered explanations to our mounting questions.

Read Christine's review of the previous episode, Red Menace, here.

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