Grimm Season 6 Episode 3 Review: Oh Captain, My Captain

Grimm asks more heady questions than it can answer in "Oh Captain, My Captain."

This Grimm review contains spoilers.

Grimm Season 6 Episode 3

“You will face yourself again in a moment of terror.” – ― Mihail Sebastian

Grimm Season 6 Episode 3,”Oh Captain, My Captain”, attempts a redistribution of power between who and what are usually viewed as good and evil. The balancing act plays out between Captain Sean Renard and Team Grimm. Will this narrative continue until the series’ end? Without a looming last curtain call, I imagine pitting former colleagues against each other wouldn’t feel so immediate.

Nick remains in hiding, dealing with this growing dependence on the magic stick and his friends’ concern about his minor addictive behavior. It all fairness to him, the talisman enables him to do things he and previous family members were incapable. It’s a safe bet that Nick feels it’s his birthright to have the box and its contents.

Before Renard was seduced by Black Claw and the perceived power of the mayor’s office, he was squarely on the side of mortal law. Over the years, he protected citizens in his local precinct while pushing back against the lure of the Wesen world.

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The full quote for the episode is: “You will face yourself again in a moment of terror and will learn once again that old lesson you keep forgetting: that you can escape from anywhere, but you cannot flee your own self.” Without getting too heady or psychological, the small battles spanning three episodes culminate in tonight’s chapter.

Are humans safe from Zauberbiests, or are they destined to wreak havoc and kill anyone that opposes them? The first few seasons of Grimm, Adeline and her mother were evil and vindictive Hexenbiests. Renard and Adeline, now a mother of two and in love, are heading in opposite directions. Episodic shows string viewers along with multiple, sometimes conflicting, storylines and possible tangents to keep us returning.

Diana, the daughter of two witches, is the most powerful being in Portland. She murdered a woman because she was disrupting the idyllic version of the life she wants with her parents. I’m puzzled because there have been no repercussions for the former political manager’s death. Diana is the sum of her parents, both  behave as if they’re afraid of her. Diana can be tool for good or evil depending upon who she loves.

Each character has burdens to bear, contributing unique skills and knowledge for the benefit of the whole. When Adeline was unable to perform the Verfluchte Zwillingsschwester, the identity transformation spell, Eve and Rosalee took the lead. They’re better together than apart, especially when outside forces seek to undo them through conventional or supernatural methods.

Grimm has rarely, if ever, been a morally-correct show. I think, though, there ought to be acceptable rules of engagement in a world that straddles humans and magical beings. Viewers must always suspend disbelief, and do our best to understand the characters in their hamlet or universe, without too much judgment. If we cannot escape ourselves, does it give credence to fate or destiny?


3.5 out of 5