S1E11: link

Reference Rundown

- The Names: Dimitri Skantos as reference to the Greek origin of the source text, Leon Taymer (do I really have to explain this one?

- The Gladiator fights

- Monroe pulling out the nail out of Dimitri’s hand

German Gebrabbel

“Lowen” is simply the German word for “Lions” (“Löwen”, the singular would be “Löwe”) without the Umlaut. While the species of the other Wesen are not explicit mentioned in the episode, they are listed on the website. The rhino-like guy is a “Dickfellig”, which means literally “thick furry”. It seems to be combined out of the German word for pachyderm, “Dickhäuter” (thick skinned, mostly used to describe elephants and rhinos), and the saying that someone, who is not easily fazed, has a “thick fur”.
Dimitri is supposed to be a “Skalenzahnen” – and that is the kind of word, which totally misses the mark. Let’s start with the beginning. I suspect, “Skalen” is supposed to be the translation for “Scales”, with the usually adventurous Grammar thrown in. Thing is: In English, this word has multiple meanings. The translation used means a measuring scale. If we speak of scales like an alligator has, then we say “Schuppen”. And “Zahnen” is another case of gracious Grammar, with an unintended meaning shift. “Tooth” is the “Zahn” in German, the correct plural would be “Zähne”, “Zahnen” on the other hand is what babies do when they get their first teeth. I doubt that this is the association the writers were going for.

Highs and Lows

+ Nick simply walking through the crowd around the ring and putting his weapons on Taymor’s head
+Renard confronting Taymor
+Renard speaking Latin

- I know, Monroe has to lose this fight for dramatic reasons, but why the hell does it take so long for him to morph and go full Blutbad?
- The priest who is really some sort of killer has become quite a cliché, one I admit I’m becoming tired of.
- Strange enough that some Lowen is hanging around the warehouse long after they ditched the car there, but ditching another car at the same spot, knowing that the police has an eye out in this area is just stupid.

The Grimmoire

Thank you, show, for reminding us, that Renard is more than the political savvy but dedicated police captain, who keeps an eye on Nick. That is quite a dirty business he was involved in, and for what? For money? For influence? For the opportunity to get rid of some out-of-control Wesen?
One thing is sure; it’s never a good idea to mess with him.
But I’m wondering: What does he need an assassin for? He is at the scene, why doesn’t he take care of the kill himself? And what group is the assassin part of? Who is calling the shots between him and Renard?
But the most intriguing part is the quote “As it was before, so shall it be again.” The way it’s spoken it sounds like some sort of deeper meaning. Does this mean that either Renard personally or his family lost a lot of their power and he intends to restore it? Or are his goals even more complicated?

The Final Judgment

What I really like about this episode, is the realistic approach to it. Nick has his bad-ass moment, but he doesn’t walk into the lion’s den, so to speak, without back-up on its way. And yes, in real life a little bit friendliness might go a long way, but it is no guarantee for protection, especially not from a guy who has lost all his inhibitions. I also enjoyed the intrigues in this one, how Renard is basically sending his Grimm on the Lowen, without Nick even realizing it.
But there are some hiccups in this one, mainly the subplot with Juliette. While I’m happy that the ring turned up again (took them long enough), she feels kind of disconnected from everything else. Well, she is disconnected, considering that she neither knows Nick’s secret, nor does she have any reason to be involved with his cases. Nevertheless, it’s kind of frustrating to get pulled out of the action in order to see her taking care of the laundry and sitting around at the dinner table. Her finding the ring is an important plot point, and I’m neither dissatisfied with her actions, nor with her reaction at the end, but it is like a puzzle piece which doesn’t really seem to fit into an action packed episode like this. So I go with 9 golden keys out of 10.