GRIMM OBSERVATIONS: 2.02 The Kiss

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Welcome to Grimm Observations — your weekly guide through the clues, symbolism and connected mythology of NBC’s Grimm. This week we’re going in for “The Kiss”.

GRIMM OPEN

  • The opening quote in “The Kiss” comes from the Sleeping Beauty tale and foreshadows the soon to be ‘pure hearted’ Captain Renard bringing Juliette out of her slumber (and perhaps hinting at their future romance):

“If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life.”

ROYALTY CHECK

  • The connection between Renard and the royal played by James Frain is confirmed – they are brothers, though ‘Prince Renard’ is something of an outcast who differs with his family on how best to deal with their Grimm problem.
  • This connection may also confirm the identity of who was on the other end of Renard’s phone conversation in “Bad Teeth”.
DIGGING

  • Now that Renard knows there are two Grimms in Portland, he suspects that Mother Grimm is alive and goes digging through the old news report on the Burkhardt crash.
REFLECT & DEFEAT

  • Yay set design! We get an interesting reflection of Mother Grimm during her encounter with Mama Adalind — perhaps reflecting their shared motherhood tribulations..

  • ..while also foreshadowing the method by which she would strike her ultimate blow in defeating the hexenbeast — death by mirror.
THE 3 COIN GOODBYE

  • Mother Grimm’s exit is no surprise. With Mauvais Dentes defeated and Nick all loved up for mommy once more, she (supposedly) departs on a long and dangerous mission to destroy the coins that were conveniently put on the back burner the day before.

GRIMM OBSERVATIONS: 1.02 The Kiss

  • Of course, instead of hopping a train, she actually steals a car and disappears into the night, so maybe, just maybe, she has other plans for the One Coins?
CREATURE FEATURE

  • Fearing the ‘ride’ he’s about to embark on, Renard’s creature side manifests, explaining why we got all those reflective shots in the previous episode and confirming long-held theories as to his ‘status’.
  • Are we looking at a Royal/Wesen hybrid, perhaps helping to explain why he’s something of an ‘outcast’?
FAMILY SNAPS

  • Is the fella in the portrait a member of Renard’s family?
PURE-HEART THE BRAVE

  • As foreshadowed by the opening quote, Renard plays the role of Jules’ prince charming, but first he must be purified.
  • The transformation process is brutal and one suspects he may have lost some of the ‘devil’ in him as a result. The upcoming episodes should reveal just how much of a sacrifice old pure-heart has made.
THE KISS

  • As telegraphed in the season premiere, Renard administers the potion — by way of a kiss.

  • Juliette awakes from the spell, but there’s a downside (or upside, depending on your perspective) — as foreshadowed in “Bad Teeth”, her memory of Nick has completely faded. Roselee’s magical eyedrops were about a day too late.
GRIMM ADDITIONS
  • Mauvais Dentes was tied to a dozen murders in Europe. And he could kill an entire village, supposedly.
  • Juliette actually receives two kisses in this episode, the other from Nick. Which do you think she enjoyed most?
  • Adalind not only confirms Renard’s princely status but says he’s “bastard..literally.” Further hinting that the Bastard Prince could be a  Royal/Wesen hybrid.

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