Grimm season 3 episode 12 review: The Wild Hunt

Review Christine Horton 26 Jan 2014 - 16:25

Grimm is back on its game with a gore, romance and conflict-filled episode. Here's Christine's review...

This review contains spoilers.

3.12 The Wild Hunt

Hooray! This week saw a welcome return to form for our favourite fairytale-inspired detective show.

In the last episode before a month-long break – yeah, thanks Winter Olympics – we were treated to action, gore, romance, comedy and a “uh-ho” moment at the end that makes the four week wait until the next instalment more than a little frustrating.

More importantly, though, the writers attempted to cautiously edge some storylines out of the spot where they’ve been parked for weeks, and take them for a spin around the block.

First things first though – we have a Wesen wedding to look forward to as Rosalee accepted Monroe’s proposal of marriage! The lead up was charming, with a fancy dinner (Rosalee really scrubs up well once she’s out of those cardigans), featuring some hilarious double entendre about each of their “first times”. It was then back to Chez Monrosalee for a typically sweet and slightly over-the-top proposal from Monroe – yay!

It’s only the next day when it comes to sharing the good news with his parents that Monroe realises the potential stickiness of the situation; he’s failed to tell Bart and Alice he is in love, and co-habiting, with a Fuchsbau. Add to that he’s best friends with a Grimm, and suddenly the challenge of working out the seating plan at the reception becomes more of an issue.

Monroe’s belief that it won’t – or at least shouldn’t matter – to his parents that he’s marrying outside of his species proves naïve at best. In fact, they take it very badly.

Sentiments historically associated with those choosing to marry outside their own race are thrown around in the confrontation: “They’re breaking the natural law and they don’t care about the consequences,” yells a clearly shaken and angry Bart. “We’ve seen how these relationships tear these families apart,” pleads Alice.

Grimm has often pointed to the struggles Wesen can encounter in adapting to modern society, addressing arranged marriages in One Night Stand for example, or examining the shame and confusion some Wesen feel about themselves in The Eyes of the Beholder. This storyline with Monroe’s parents amps up the (perhaps needed) dramatic tension between our favourite couple, albeit with a depressingly familiar, yet weighty challenge to their relationship.

In Vienna meanwhile, Prince Viktor reappears in a meeting with the head of the Verrat, Danilov. Still trying to discover who killed his cousin Eric, he summons Adalind to find out if she recognises any of the resistance from photographs they show her. Renard’s ‘man in the castle’ Sebastian, however, manages to get to her first and warns her to keep her cards close to her chest – which she does.

She admits Renard left a note in her room, though attempts to throw them off track by telling them it concerned her mother’s murder. Afterwards Viktor and Danlov put two and two together and figure out that it could be Renard, rather than Eric, who has fathered Adalind’s unborn baby. (Which prompts Viktor – who’s shaping up to be a worthy replacement for Evil Eric – to begrudgingly admit it’s “sort of impressive” that Renard bedded both Adalind and her mother.)

It also means that plans to kill Renard are put on hold while they find out who’s the baby daddy.

Adalind’s baby, meanwhile, is showing signs that’s it is growing bored of its confines as it pushes its creepy CGI hands and face against her belly. This naturally, freaks out our favourite Hexenbiest, who is only six months pregnant. However Stefania, making a welcome return, greets the news with a sparkle in her eye and tells her the baby is just active and will soon be born.

There’s an update too on Nick’s mom, who hasn’t been mentioned since her email to him seven episodes ago. Juliette decides to act as a go-between between the Burkhardts, and emails Kelly. Nick’s wary of getting her involved but she argues that she got into far worse trouble when she was annoyingly clueless (not her words, admittedly.)

Grimm also ramped up the gore this week with a serial-killing psychotic Wesen called a Wildesheer, who attacks cops and military, fashioning a coat made from their scalps. It’s the show at its, well, grimmest. And guess who now tops the Wesen’s list of ‘worthy’ opponents? Yep, Nick, I’d watch those glossy locks if I were you.

The episode reaches its dramatic conclusion when Nick – with possibly the worst timing ever – calls over to Monroe’s and runs into his parents, who as Blutbad, naturally leap into attack mode at the sight of a Grimm. (If I had super-hearing, as Nick does, I think I would use it to judge if a situation’s going to be awkward before stepping into a room. It’s not a sexy use of the powers, granted, but to be fore-warned is to be fore-armed.)

As Bart and Alice leap at Nick, the writers read our thoughts: “Oh #*@%!!! and “To Be Continued’”.

Frustrating as that might be, it’s great to see Grimm get back on its game again. Hopefully it signals a faster-paced and exciting second half to the season when it returns on the 28th of February!

Read Christine's review of the previous episode, The Good Soldier, here.

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