First Impressions


Aired on: NBC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            When I first heard about Grimm, the new NBC series, I thought, “Oh, no!  A copycat of Once Upon A Time (on ABC).”  However, after learning the premise of the show which features a detective living out Grimm’s fairytales in real life, I realized that the two series are definitely different.  Learning that the series came from the folks that worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I expected plenty of quirkiness and fun in addition to action-packed supernatural antics.  I decided to check the series out when it debuted at 9pm EST on Friday, October 28, 2011.

            The series begins with Portland Police Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) showing off his recently purchased engagement ring to his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby).  Although Burkhardt feels he is ready to take the plunge, he has begun worrying about his sanity thanks to recent visions.  Lately, he can’t look at someone without that person appearing as a demon of some kind to him.  Of course, no one else sees these demons so he keeps his visions to himself.

            Then, the aunt that raised Nick comes to town to tell him that she is dying of a terminal illness and decides to reveal to him their family secret.  Nick Burkhardt is a Grimm - a descendant of the original German authors who wrote all of those interestingly dark fairytales.  Unfortunately, those fairytales are not just stories, but terrifying realities.  The monsters in these tales really do exist and it is the job of the Grimm family to hunt them down and destroy them.

            All of this is revealed to Nick at a particularly bad time, as he is currently investigating a rather grizzly murder involving a female jogger wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a possible connection to a missing girl who also happens to be wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.  Luckily, Nick just happens to run into the one person who can help him solve the case…a Big, Bad Wolf?!

            While I found the premise of Grimm to be rather intriguing, I think this show is going to experience some growing pains.  As I remember, it took a couple of episodes before Buffy the Vampire Slayer caught on.  I expect the same will happen with Grimm.  The expected quirky and fun dialogue was present in the premiere episode, but not nearly enough.  The first episode was dark and serious until we meet the wolf (Silas Weir Mitchell), who is essentially the comic relief of the series.  I belief that as we see more of him, learn more about the Grimm family’s abilities and get to see more of the fairytales brought to life, the show will win more fans.

            I liked the idea that the Police Captain (Sasha Roiz) is one of the undercover bad guys out to kill Nick’s aunt and destroy the Grimms.  This subplot is reminiscent of the school principal’s storyline in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

            Grimm is a series that has a great deal of potential.  I just hope that it begins to show some of it long before the powers that be decide to pull the plug.


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