Another Monster of the Week and another reversal for Renard. Will any of the major plot arcs pay off? Is he a good captain or a bad captain? Who knows? Who cares? Seems like the powers-that-be don’t.

Though I’ve never seen this week’s particular wesen, (a kind of vampire who steals melatonin from deep sleepers, causing them to go insane from insomnia) it feels familiar. I’m pretty sure that even the face hugging special effect has been done before, but not in the spooky night-vision green they used this time… The identity of the perp-wesen was kept hidden, then both conveniently found and dispatched at the last moment. At least Nick got to be all “Grimm outranks cop” when nobody’s looking.

We also got an underwhelming reveal. As it turns out, the mysterious symbols represent some star-map calendar of the future. March 24th will be a big deal apparently.

To me, this was the laziest episode of the season. They present a retread MOTW, the return of an ineffective Black Claw, Renard killing two of their assassins with a silencer equipped pistol and the help of Meisner, and Eve back in the center of the story. Both Adalind and Diana are nowhere to be seen and that lack is sorely missed.

The thing that bothered me most, though, is that once again Monroe is used as bait. My ongoing complaint is that Nick is the worst friend ever. Monroe, the brave and noble soon to be father of triplets is willing to risk his life for someone who has never expressed appreciation. And Nick seems to be getting closer to Eve. That’s another disappointment and I’m starting to think that maybe Renard or Diana or Adalind should off the both of them. Then, the level headed, truly heroic, self-sacrificing (and best acted) Monroe and Rosalee could finally live a well-deserved and normal life. On second thought, Rosalee our lovely fuchsbau should just tear out their throats, she’s got a litter to protect after all.