Grimm 5×05 Review – Trubel Trumps the “Rat King”

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This week’s episode of Grimm was a really exciting one to watch – but mostly because of one half of the show. Everything to do with Trubel’s return had me on the edge of my seat, while the Wesen of the week plotline just made me wish they’d go back to Trubel every time it came on. To say that this episode wasn’t well balanced is an understatement.

GRIMM -- "Rat King" Episode 505 -- Pictured: John Henry Whitaker as Mel -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

GRIMM — “Rat King” Episode 505 — Pictured: John Henry Whitaker as Mel — (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

The whole Rat King plotline was really just… boring. So the Klaustreichs (cats) and the Reinigen (rats) really do have a rivalry in the Wesen world, just like in the real world. Ho hum. Sometimes Grimm uses these ‘real world’ insights in a way that’s interesting, but this wasn’t one of those times. About the only interesting thing was Rosalee’s explanation that the Rat King is made up of many individual Reinigen using some weird genetic process like cancer that makes all of their cells bind together. I was just expecting that the leader Reinigen would get Wesen-magicked into a huge rat, so that was different. Still, it wasn’t enough to make the whole thing worthwhile – especially when electrocution took out the big monster and killed all the individuals. Meh.

BUT. Then we had the return of Trubel to save the episode – even though that brought up so many more questions. Where has she been since she disappeared? How did she get injured? Why does she have all those different identification cards and passports? Body armor and weapons – where did she get those and why does she need them? And what’s with the super-expensive, tricked-out-for-a-Grimm motorcycle?! Where is the money coming from to pay for all of this – and an apartment in Portland, too!?

GRIMM -- "Rat King" Episode 505 -- Pictured: (l-r) Damien Puckler as Meisner, Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

GRIMM — “Rat King” Episode 505 — Pictured: (l-r) Damien Puckler as Meisner, Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade — (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Adalind answering the call from Meisner about Trubel was fun, as was their meeting. It had seemed that Meisner and Adalind were heading towards having a ‘thing’ back when they were traveling with Diana, and there still seems to be some attraction going on there. Better be careful, Meisner – unless you want to be a daddy. Speaking of which – will he tell Adalind soon that he has Diana? Or DOES he? It’d be nice to know what in the world is happening to that little girl.

Thankfully – I was worried, I won’t lie – Adalind’s trust in Meisner isn’t misplaced, and he really IS a good guy. He and Nick finally meet just in time to save Trubel from getting de-Grimmed (problem in her brain so she needs surgery? Yep, that’s what they were going to do) by those Occultatum Libera Wesen who conveniently (or not) worked in the hospital. Nick was far too distracted – he never should have left Trubel alone and drugged up in a hospital when he has no idea what’s been going on. That’s not a mistake he would’ve made before, and it’s disappointing. But thank EVERYTHING Trubel was okay at the end. I was seriously trying not to bite my nails off for the Trubel parts of the episode!!

GRIMM -- "Rat King" Episode 505 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Damien Puckler as Meisner -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

GRIMM — “Rat King” Episode 505 — Pictured: (l-r) David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Damien Puckler as Meisner — (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Then we have the very brief scene of the mayoral candidate offering Renard the Chief of Police job if he supports him in the race. Is the guy Wesen? Is he tied to the Occultatum Libera, or is something else going on? We know Renard’s somewhat power-hungry, so it’ll be interesting to see if this helps to sway him – and what it’ll mean for Portland.

Sometimes I wonder if the Grimm producers and writers have put in so many little questions and unresolved plotlines that even they don’t remember them all… and that’s why we never see any resolution. I hope I’m wrong. Well, here’s hoping that next week, we get a lot of questions answered and a more fully consistent episode than we did this week.

See you again next week as I live tweet via @ThreeIfBySpace during the East Coast airing of Grimm – please join me! Then you’ll find my review here soon afterwards, as always!

 

Vicki Dolenga