‘Grimm’ 3.02 Recap: “Death Does Not Last Forever”

As I wrote last week, I wasn’t overly enthused with the third season premiere of ‘Grimm’. The second episode of the season attempts to clean up some of that mess while still developing an ongoing serial story arc. It’s an improvement and a step in the right direction, but I’m just not as excited for the show as I used to be.

‘Grimm’ isn’t necessarily the type of series that I feel a need to recap here in the blog from week to week. Some shows I’m content to just check in with from time to time. However, since episode ‘PTZD’ (a clever title, admittedly) was the second half of the two-part premiere, I thought it was worth covering. Whether I recap the show again next week or not for a while will depend on my mood and my level of interest.

With that said, events here pick up with Nick still an angry zombie. Having just beaten the crap out of a bunch of guys in a bar fight, he wanders off and next attacks an innocent family in their home. Fortunately, his friends are nearby searching for him and hear the family screaming. Hank and Monroe try futilely to subdue Nick. Eventually, they lure him out to a barn and trap him so that Rosalee and Juliette can administer the antidote.

Nick wakes up the next morning with no memory of what happened, but seems to be mostly back to himself. Relieved, the others leave him home to recuperate while they return to work. At the police station, Hank and Capt. Renard are informed that one of the men that Nick fought in the bar has died of his injuries. A pair of detectives assigned the case (one of whom is Jay Karnes, more or less reprising his character from ‘The Shield’) have begun a search for the suspected attacker, identified only as a “Thomas Shirach” (the fake name on the passport that Renard’s brother had cooked up to transport Nick out of the country).

Hank and Renard secretly confer with Monroe, Juliette and Rosalee. After debating, they decide to cover up Nick’s involvement and, more importantly, not to tell Nick about any of this. Of course, he finds out eventually, when the detectives come calling to his house to question Juliette. Overwhelmed by guilt, Nick threatens to turn himself in and confess. Everyone else insists that this is a very bad idea, and repeatedly assures him that he can’t be held responsible for his actions while zombified. Nick doesn’t listen to them at first, but Renard finally talks some sense into him.

In the midst of all this, Nick also experiences spells where he seems to revert back to a zombie state briefly. Juliette freaks out when he appears to be dead in bed, but he wakes up a minute later insisting that he’s fine, in fact even kind of horny. This will certainly come around again later.

In a side story, Adalind the former Hexenbiest finally gets her powers back after undergoing a rather disgusting ritual performed by the gypsy witch Stefania (Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo). You know, the actress who plays Adalind is a cute girl, but every time I look at her, I’m distracted by the fact that her eyes are just a little too close together on her face. Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyway, as I said, this episode is better than the first part of the premiere, and I like the fact that the things Nick did while a zombie will have fall-out and consequences. Still, something isn’t working for me. I’ll continue to watch the show, but it’s not really a priority for me anymore. I won’t be too surprised if I let some episodes accumulate on my DVR before I get around to watching them.

[Banner image borrowed from Screencapped.net.]

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