Television Review: Grimm, Series 2

 

With Juliet in a coma, Nick will do whatever it takes to helo her. But when she regains consciousness, things become complicated. Juliet has no memory of Nick whatsoever and an obsessive attraction with the man who roused her from her coma – Captain Sean Renard.

Hank thinks he is losing his mind, Renard is more than he seems and Adelaide is back in the game. Not to mention the numerous veson involved in crimes that Nick must bring to justice one way or another.

The line between friend and foe starts to blur. But Nick needs friends more than ever.

Programme: Grimm, Series 2

Company: GK Productions 

Date: 2013

Rating:  3.75/5

Having re-watched the first series of Grimm, I was eager to go straight into the second and I’m glad I did. I was invested in the characters and the plot-lines far quicker in the second series and enjoyed the direction of the plots. The above quote sums it up perfectly for me as the bad guys become more extreme and implausible in each passing episode.

This series, for me, was all about character development. Hank learns the truth about the veson (and I have to admit, I’m so glad they didn’t drag that on for the entire series, but let him truly become Nick’s partner) and the truth behind Renard is revealed. Nick’s band of sidekicks grows and it provides some entertaining interactions. Monroe and Hank keep Nick grounded, despite their different approaches.

The memory plot-line with Juliet did, unfortunately, drag. The mid-series double episode with Nick, Juliet and Renard was intense (more so than the finale) and that should have been where it ended. That being said, however, we again got to know Juliet’s character more. Her determination made her likable, which helped balance the repetitiveness to her scenes. I was also loving the increase of Sergeant Wu with his dry humour and often insightful breakthroughs in the case and hope there is more of him to come!

Perhaps it was because more people were involved or because introductions weren’t needed, but the plots also felt stronger. There was more on the line with each episode. Nick is hurt more than once – more than a few bruises – which adds more reality to it rather than him being invincible. With Hank knowing the truth, the tension could be escalated. Nick could be hurt and put out of action without pointless (and often irritating) lies. The second series of Grimm felt as if the characters and the plots progressed as the series went on rather than the excuses that are often dragged on too long.

Overall, series two of Grimm was stronger in all aspects compared to the first series. There were plotlines that feel they could still be taken further, but there were no episodes that felt completely pointless. The characters are likeable, relationships develop and the veson become more absurd. If you enjoyed the first series, you’ll love the second. If you weren’t sure on the first, the second may convince you.

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