Science/Fantasy Monday: Things Look Grimm
Hello all! I don’t have a ton of time on my hands today, so I’ll keep this relatively short, but I wanted to share a few thoughts on NBC’s new fairy-tale show: Grimm. It has, of course, already received wonderful in-depth reviews last week from the marvelous Tiffany A. White on “Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday: Grimm Versus Evil” and from Kait Nolan on “Thoughts on the Grimm Plot.” But I only got to watch the pilot and this past Friday’s episode (FINALLY) late last night (my crazy schedule just does not allow for consistent tv viewing), and I was pretty excited about it, so I thought I’d share.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, the basic premise of Grimm is this: Nick Burckhardt is a homicide detective who was raised by his Aunt Marie. In the first episode he is starting to see strange things that he can’t explain or understand, but he tries to ignore them, while he and his partner Hank Griffin try to solve the murder of a young woman and the disappearance of a young girl (both wearing red sweatshirts, one might add). However, is Aunt Marie, who is dying of cancer, appears to tell him something important, only to be attacked by a man carrying a scythe before she can tell Nick what she needs to. As the episode progresses, Nick discovers that there are group of people called Grimms whose job it is to police and hunt down supernatural creatures when they go wrong. His aunt is a Grimm, and now that she is dying, the duty (and the ability to see through disguises to the creature beneath) has passed to Nick. To make matters worse, there is a race of creatures called Grimm Reapers whose sole purpose is to hunt down and kill all Grimms.
I won’t go into detail about the actual plot of the first episode both Tiffany’s and Kait’s reviews give detailed run-downs of the first episode instead I’ll give you some of my initial impressions of the series as a whole, based on these first two episodes.
First, the characters: Nick Burckhardt is a likable, conscientious, intelligent character played well by David Guintoli (whose not bad to look at either). I do not foresee any problems with following this character around for a few seasons, which is good. Sometimes even if a show is well-written, the main character is so hard to like that it becomes impossible to watch. Also, his partner Hank, while often skeptical of some of Nick’s theories (because he doesn’t know what Nick knows) is still willing to trust his partner and go out on a limb to follow his lead. That kind of trust is refreshing I get tired of the characters who absolutely refuse to believe their partners when things get weird, even when they’ve never given them any reason to doubt before. Even more likable than Hank, at least for me, is Monroe, played by Silas Weir Mitchell, who will become (as far as I can tell from the first two eps) Nick’s de facto sidekick in his work as a Grimm. Monroe has a world-weary and dryly-humorous attitude that amuses me, and I’m guessing an interesting back-story to go along with it (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it).
The plot of the show looks to be your traditional new-mystery-every-week format, like any mystery/crime drama, with monsters thrown in instead of human criminals, but also with some kind of overarching plot line to tie it all together and keep the magic element at the forefront at least, that’s what I’m guessing based on some of what’s been hinted at so far. I LOVE crime dramas, and I love a good fantasy show (like Supernatural), so this should keep me happy for at least a couple seasons, provided the writers don’t do anything incredibly stupid.
My own complaint, as with Once Upon A Time, is an obvious lack of budget to give the show the special effects it really needs/deserves. I suspect the monsters and transformations, etc, are going to remain fairly cheap and a little cheesy throughout the season. But I’m willing to let my imagination do some of the visual work as long as the story lines and characters stay interesting.
I’m going to leave it there. I definitely recommend this show. So far it’s not catching my attention quite as much as Once Upon A Time did, but it’s still very good. And we definitely need more fantasy television nowadays, so I’ll stick around for awhile and see how it turns out. As with ABC, NBC is getting smart and has the first two episodes available to view online at their website: Grimm Season 1 Eps. Go, and enjoy.
If you’ve seen it, please share your thoughts here! I’d love to hear what others have to say.
Side Note: This is probably the last television review I’ll be doing for a little while. My schedule simply makes it nearly impossible for me to catch anymore of the newer shows coming out. For instance, I haven’t seen any of American Horror Story, which is sad to me because it looks absolutely fascinating. But oh well… Also, Wednesday posts may be a bit sporadic for awhile, as I am nearing the end of the semester and things are CRAZY. Just to give you a heads-up.