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28 January 2012 @ 01:44 am
TV Review: Grimm  
So, I watched all the episodes available for this show on Hulu while nursing a monster fever. Consequently, I felt like I didn't really process much of it at all. I was able to gather that it was the story of a homicide cop named Nick Burkhardt who discovers he comes from a long line of Grimms. Basically hunters who fight supernatural creatures who all seem to bear some sort of resemblance to a character out of a Grimm fairy tale. Recently, I finally got back to a comfortable 98.6 and rewatched a few episodes. Below are some rambling thoughts.

Each episode is basically a Creature of the Week type story where Nick has to investigate the latest murder that ends up involving a Grimm creature. In the pilot, he inherited his Grimm status when his aunt (the former Grimm) passed away from cancer, leaving Nick with a trailer full of weaponry and an ancient journal that details all the creatures the Grimms have battled and killed over the years. Nick also develops the power to "see" the Grimm creatures in their true form (they often just look like regular humans) when said creature loses their temper or composure for a split second, which is basically a handy skill that allows the audience members to note the Creature of the Week. 

No one in Nick's "normal" life is aware of his double existence as a monster hunter. Not his girlfriend, Juliette or his homicide partner, Hank. The only one who assists Nick in his weekly fights is Monroe, whom Nick meets in the pilot. Monroe, as we find out early on, is a Blutbaden. Otherwise known as a Big Bad Wolf. Not surprisingly, I found the relationship between Nick and Monroe as the most interesting, given that Grimms have a long history of killing Blutbadens. However, Monroe is a reformed Blutbaden and seems to take helping Nick out in his investigations as a way of paying penance for the sins of his past. Or at least, I'm sort of assuming this given the scant information we're actually given regarding Monroe's motivations. It certainly hasn't earned him any popularity points from his own kind who view his relationship to Nick as a complete betrayal.

The show reminds me a lot of The Dresden Files in that it feels a lot like a police procedural show that features supernatural creatures. We have the male hero juggling secrets and his encyclopedic friend with a shady past who helps him out. Only minus all the emotional angst. I'm not sure if I actually mind the lack of gloom and doom all around. Despite Nick's vague concerns of his Grimm live intruding on his day to day life, he's remarkably an average, easy going sort of guy. He doesn't spend episodes brooding over his dual existence or complain about the lies he has to tell his girlfriend and partner. He just marches on and gets the job done. And after watching the characters in shows like Supernatural and Torchwood, this show's lack of emphasis on emotional agonies is actually kind of refreshing. While it can sometimes feel a bit unlikely how angst-lite this show can be, I have to appreciate Nick's originality as a character in the sense that he's not a tortured hero but simply normal guy living an abnormal life. The same is sort of true for Monroe. We got one episode that explored his less than pristine past but even that was treated with a light touch that had significantly less emotional upheaval than one might imagine.

I do sometimes wish that the stories were better. I like how each episode starts with a quote from a Grimm fairy tale which is a nice atmospheric way of starting out but often the solution to the crimes feels a little ridiculous. Even by supernatural standards. Still, NBC has ordered a full season of Grimm and I may keep going, time willing.

in_the_bottlein_the_bottle on January 28th, 2012 07:45 am (UTC)
I kinda want to read a xover with Buffy. :P

I'm only up to ep5 or so, but it seem interesting enough.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 30th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
Given the guest stars who will be popping up, it feels like they should just do one.
quickyfant: core energy surgequickyfant on January 31st, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Mhhh I have been re-watching the DF and reading your DF-stories for n-th time, maybe I will give this show a chance.
I dont know why even I want the angst of Harry and Bob, I should be watching something more uplifting, but something in being a cursed soul for all eternity makes me see my life in a better light, maybe? :S
quickyfant: worriedquickyfant on January 31st, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Sorry forgot to ask: How are you doing with your fever? :S I hope you are doing better! :)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 31st, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
Definitely over the years, when I thought my life was bad I thought about Harry's. Or Bob's. And then I felt better.

Also, I'm sort of squeeing on the inside that you someone still reads my DF stories!

My fever is now gone. My body finally conquered it.
quickyfant: distancequickyfant on January 31st, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Exactly, compared to them my life is fun and easy! ;) :D

Mhh I dont know if I am going to scare the hell out of you and appear like a total stalker, but if your stories would be in physical form they would be like very worn out paperbacks, all thumbed and read n-times! Yesterday I just HAD to read 'Rite of Passage', 'Rag and Bone' and 'The Best of Me'! I really have no idea how many times I have read them, but all of your stories I re-read, even if I can almost quote them literally! :) :) :)

Yay, thats good news! :) I hope you keep on feeling better! And have a non-stressful week to recuperate fully! :)