Weekly Reviews: Grimm, Ep. 2.01: “Bad Teeth” explores a Grimm family reunion
Grimm, Season 2, Episode 1, “Bad Teeth”
Written by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf
Directed by Norberto Barba
Airs Mondays at 10pm ET on NBC (Fridays at 9pm ET starting 9/14)
In a preemptive move, Grimm begins a three episode August run to launch its sophomore season. When last we left Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and his friends, Nick’s presumed-dead mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) dropped by for a visit, his girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) caught cat scratch fever after learning the truth, his partner Hank (Russell Hornsby) struggled with the supernatural, and his Captain (Sasha Roiz) acted mysterious, as usual.
This episode introduces us to a Wesen called Mauvais Dentes as time is running out for Juliette. Nick and the FBI track the beast while our favorite Wesen Monroe the Blutbad (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee the Fuchsbau (Bree Turner) hunt for a cure. Meanwhile, Renard lends a hand and a man in a castle tortures a man and seemingly calls the shots.
We bear witness to a chilly family reunion. No warm hugs, just martial arts. It makes sense, considering Nick thought his mom was dead. The mother-son moments early on work well. However, her role soon reduces to providing exposition about the coins, key, and Nick’s family tree. This gives context to some of the clues presented in Season 1, but avoids some potential character beats….