Grimm (NBC, Fridays, 9/8C) returns for its sixth and final season with a taut thriller of a season premiere, Fugitive.
Fugitive picks up exactly where the fifth season finale, Beginning of the End (Part Two) left off – with nick facing a very surprised Mayor/Captain Renard who has just saved his life by killing a high-ranking member of the Black Claw…
Confused – Renard (Sasha Roiz) doesn’t know how Nick is still alive after being shot; Nick (David Giuntoli) is confused as to why Renard would have killed Bonaparte – Renard leaves and Nick heads into the hidden tunnel from his loft.
Meanwhile, the others – Monroe (Silas Warner Mitchell), Rosalee (Bree Turner), Eve (Bitsie Tulloch), Truble (Jacqueline Toboni), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Wu (Reggie Lee) – are looking for an exit from the tunnel when Nick reappears and the removal of Black Claw bodies begins.
Something weird has happened to Eve – she seems unable to wogue.
Renard returns to the precinct after waking a Black Claw judge and getting several search warrants and puts out an APB on Nick – with a shoot to kill order – and the manhunt is on.
Directed by Aaron Lipstadt, from a script by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, Fugitive involves every major regular of the series in an episode that is a series of jolts – emotional and metaphorical – culminating in the first of (presumably) many killer cliffhangers. Oddly enough, there aren’t any major action sequences to speak of but the ep is still incredibly thrilling – one of the most intense of the series.
Best revelations: a whole new take on the phrase ‘death grip’; side effects of using ‘the stick.’
Best guess: the holy relic/stick thingy is a sliver from the cross on which Christ was crucified.
Best exchange of the ep: Wu: ‘You’re not a ghost are you?’ Nick: ‘I hope not!’
Final Grade: A-