'Grimm' Recap: The Power of the Three Coins
'Grimm' Recap: The Power of the Three Coins
This week on Grimm, the show ignores all the heavy story lines that occurred last time and dives into a bizarre Grimm/Nazi connection that stems from magical coins that have a devastating effect on those who come into possession with it.

So ... About Last Week...

I was hoping this week's episode would touch at least some aspect of the previous episode because a lot happened with the characters. But ignoring it makes the series feel like it's not fluid, that the latest episode doesn't build off the previous one. What about Nick's ring to Juliette? Or better yet, how about any sort of character development with her? She only seems to matter when Nick needs help with a case, like he did this week, when he needed her to dig up info on this week's bad guy, who claims he was in love with Aunt Marie.

And what about Monroe? He had his usual Nick sidekick moment but doesn't he have any lingering effects after getting beaten up and almost dying? And Nick, too, for that matter!

The Grimm Past

What struck me most about this episode is what Nick took away from it. I'm not too interested in the police procedural part of the show; instead, I want to know more about Nick's past, about the Grimms. We find out that Nick's parents died in a bad auto accident, leaving his Aunt Marie to raise him, thanks to her former love, played by Titus Welliver of Lost fame.

The Magical Coins

These gold coins are crucial to Nick's past because the Grimms got a hold of it after the fall of the Nazis, when the coins disappeared for awhile. The Grimms were keepers of the coins until 18 years ago, when the protector was found murdered. Since then, it's been in circulation. Why are they so magical? It symbolizes wealth and power, giving those in possession charismatic influence over others.

Enter Captain Renard, who realizes what they are right away when he sees Hank with it. The coins were discovered in Nick's latest case -- actually in it -- inside the body of a man sliced open, presumably so the killer could get a hold of it. With the captain having access to them, he has a weird dream where he imagines himself as Hitler-esque, and then goes on a bossy rampage within the department.

Changing History

Thankfully, Nick manages to get a hold of the coins -- I was pretty ready for something drastic to happen, as the procedurals are getting a little too predictable for me. I'm all for "believing" that Monroe is a werewolf and all the creatures are bad guys for the sake of storytelling. But come on; to say that Hitler was a Wesen that got a hold of the coins and therefore fed off that power? That's cheapening the true events, and it left me annoyed at the end of the episode. Anybody else feel that way?

Esther Gim
Contributing Writer

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