Grimm Season 3 Premiere: A Look Back And A Look Ahead

By Kelly West 2013-10-23 08:03:58 discussion comments
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Season 3 picks up with "The Ungrateful Dead." Here's the official episode description:
NICK’S DESTINY IS UNCERTAIN AS ZOMBIES CONTINUE TO OVERRUN PORTLAND – SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO, REG E. CATHEY AND JAMES FRAIN GUEST STAR -- A panicked Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and Rosalee (Bree Turner) enlist Hank’s (Russell Hornsby) help in fending off a zombie hoard while trying to figure out what happened to Nick (David Giuntoli). Knowing the truth, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) takes measures to help rescue Nick from the clutches of his brother, Eric (guest star James Frain). Elsewhere, along with the help of the mysterious Stefania (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo), Adalind (Claire Coffee) finds herself facing her most gruesome task yet in her effort to regain her Hexenbiest abilities. Reggie Lee also stars.

I've seen the premiere, and without going into too much detail, "The Ungrateful Dead" begins as a direct continuation of last season's "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm." Nick's in the casket, his friends are under attack…



It's a real benefit that all of the major characters in Nick's life know what he is now, as they can all work together to get him back. Secret identities are fun, but they can really clutter up a story if every turn involves telling lies or one or two in-the-dark characters constantly missing obvious clues that something's amiss. In the case of Grimm, with Juliette and Hank in on the loop, they can get involved in the efforts his friends are making to rescue Nick.

Mild Season 3 spoilers ahead...

The first act of the Season 3 premiere is an exciting one, when factoring in all of those zombies that are still at large, not to mention Nick's captor's efforts to escape. And it’s evident by the second episode (“PTZD”) that there will be some fallout from this whole zombie incident. Meanwhile, Adalind's story feels pretty detached from everyone else's, as she works with Stefania to get her Hexenbiest abilities back. It feels a bit like a distraction, but a necessary one if it means we'll have powerful-Adalind back in action.

This may be sheer optimism here, but looking at the first couple of episodes of the series, I feel like Season 3 could be Grimm’s best yet. Now that Hank and Juliette are in on Nick’s situation, there’s so much potential for the group dynamic to really gel. And then there's the matter of Nick coming into his own as a Grimm...

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I’m going to do my best to be as vague as possible for spoiler-purposes here. One of the things I’ve noticed about the show, particularly in these first two episodes of Season 3, is that protecting regular people — innocent bystanders/non-Wesen Portlandians — is a priority for Nick and his friends. It’s not just about them protecting themselves from threats or rescuing a targeted victim from a predatory Wesen. Limiting the collateral damage is also a priority. With monsters tearing through the town on a regular basis, the intended targets aren’t the only people at risk. Some guy walking in the wrong parking lot at the wrong time could get hurt, or more specifically, those people who got turned into zombies. They matter. Their lives matter to the lead characters. This is made evident in the season premiere, but it's even more relevant to the second episode.

Something transpires in Episode 2 of the third season that makes me wonder if maybe this subject will be explored in greater detail from Nick’s perspective. The set-up is there, and “PTZD” leaves off in a somewhat uncertain place, which makes me think maybe part of Season 3 will involve Nick trying to handle the level of responsibility that comes with his calling, and question just how accountable he needs to be for the things that happen on his watch.

And with that, I’ll shut my mouth so I don’t give anything else away. But be sure to tune in and watch Grimm when it airs Friday, October 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
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