Grimm Season 6 Episode 1 Review: Fugitive

Grimm Season 6 Episode 1 gets things off to a comfortable, if unspectacular start.

This Grimm review contains some spoilers.

Grimm Season 6 Episode 1

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” – Aldous Huxley

Tonight’s episode is entitled “Fugitive.” When I think of fugitives, my mind wanders to Harrison Ford or Wesley Snipes and Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive or U.S. Marshalls. David Giuntoli isn’t any of those actors, and he needn’t be to complete his role in the final season of Grimm.

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Idris Elba or Chris Hemsworth would’ve been interesting choices if they were up-and-coming actors when the show was originally cast, if not for their physicality and brute strength.

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Neither would’ve been contained and fulfilled in Portland. It’s taken me several years to finally accept that The Brothers Grimm story world had to be bigger than the male lead. The slight build of the actor might’ve been purposeful for fans to identify with him as Everyman, something we wouldn’t have done with Idris or Chris. The obstacles and villains over these past six seasons had to be formidable for the featherweight actor, if only for him to rise up, overcome, and grow.

Nick’s in hiding after his immediate world was upended at the end of season five. Dead bodies are nothing new to Team Grimm, however when Nick or Eve might join the death corps, there’s reason to panic. Who would fill the void? Trubel usually pulls double-duty between HW and her cohorts. The loft had been an isolated fortress until Black Claw infiltrated their haven, hell-bent on leaving no survivors. The team needs the two strongest fighters on the battlefield, especially with the more powerful daddy’s girl, Diana, fighting to keep Captain Renard and Adeline together.

The tunnels below Nick’s loft and Portland at large seem divorced from each other. Some fans might enjoy the disconnect, but I’m not among them. I’ve sometimes struggled with the missing overlapping layman and magical worlds. For the casual viewer, Grimm does stand on its own in sleepy, overcast Portland with its nearby woodlands.

When the camera is up-close, personal and blind to Portland in general, there’s a vibrancy. Last season, we were introduced to The Black Forest and a magical, healing wooden stick of unknown power. It will be interesting to see what unfolds with the totem, as well as Diana’s during this final season.

Black Claw and HW suffered major losses locally, and now it’s cleanup and rebuild time. The situation seems dire. Each team member will have to pull their weight to ensure each other’s survival.

Renard has a taste for political power that might endanger Adeline. Who would Diana choose to protect and reprimand if that scenario were to develop? The captain, yet to be sworn-in mayor, is acting like a scorned lover with Adeline even though he was sleeping with his former public relations manager.

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The stick has altered or rebooted Eve, but to what end? What’s up with Renard’s bloody hallucinations? Will there be a battle between Diana and Kelly? We’ve yet to know if he has magical powers. The first episode has several spinning plates atop poles that hopefully be resolved over the course of successive episodes. Game on, Grimm!


3.5 out of 5