Stars:David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz
Writers David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf
Director: Noberto Barba
Network: NBC, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast: March 2, 2012
The good news about GRIMM is it’s found a pretty comfortable weekly police procedural structure that always ends up involving monsters usually derived from the Grimm fairy tales.
The bad news is the series tends to be a little redundant at times and the CGI-creature effects often take you out of the show.
That said, “Three Coins in a Fuchsbau” is an okay episode that brings a little mythology into the mix involving cop Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who discovered at the beginning of the season that he comes from a long time of “Grimms” who can see and have the ability to stop the monsters among us.
This week, he realizes the death of his parents has more layers to it and there other people involved in their supposed car accident. There’s also ties to three ancient gold coins that give the possessor great power. These coins are like the Ring in LORD OF THE RINGS – it corrupts you and makes you crave power.
The coins are uncovered, in part, during a botched jewelry store robbery – but it was the coins that were the target. The coins end up in the possession of the police – with Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) changing because of their undue influence.
There’s some Nazi ties to this (and a great newsreel clip showing Hitler with the coins on his outfit and then transforming into a monster). It’s pretty cool stuff, but the pacing throughout this episode is a bit off and the bad CGI morphs are starting to get really annoying.
There’s nearly not enough Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) in this episode, and at times, it feels like they’re not utilizing Nick’s girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) enough. Somehow, I sense we’re going to discover she’s a monster down the road (a good one, that is). Should be interesting if they go down that route.
GRIMM is a good series, that like the David Greenwalt/Joss Whedon created ANGEL series, is slowly finding its pace and rhythm. It’s great audiences love the series and keep coming back, but I can’t wait to see what Greenwalt and his GRIMM co-creator Jim Kouf have in store for the rest of the season because the potential is there. Now it’s just finding the right balance, the right supporting characters and the right amount of mythology to hit the series out of the park.
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