Grimm: What Big Potential You Have!
One of the shows that we have been eagerly anticipating this fall T.V. season is ‘Grimm’. We had a chance tonight to watch it before the premiere on Friday October 28th and we weren’t disappointed! We’ve even started trying to plan how in the hell we’re going to fit it into our Friday night must-watch programming. Seriously, who scheduled ‘Fringe’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Grimm’ to play at the same time? Damn someone right to hell!
The show takes place in the creepy and sinister city of…Portland? Although we questioned the locale at first, after seeing the pilot, Portland’s mountainous and forested surroundings allow the city to become a character itself. The creators of ‘Grimm’ seem to have put great effort into creating a visually dynamic and atmospheric landscape. From colour tints, unconventional camera angles and breathtaking establishing shots, ‘Grimm’ offers up some of the most unique visuals we’ve seen on T.V. in awhile.
The pilot begins with a sorority girl heading out for her morning jog – wearing her red hooded sweatshirt. This episode was rife with visual indicators of what story they were going to be telling, but not to the point of being blatant or overwhelming. Plenty of puns, fairy-tale references and inside jokes were scattered through out the pilot like breadcrumbs in the forest.
Unfortunately for poor little Red “Running” Hood, she eats it in the first three minutes of the show. Fortunately for us, the show’s champion, Nick Burckhardt (David Guintoli) appears soon after at the crime scene looking like a poor-man’s Brandon Routh – which isn’t too shabby!
The first time the audience and Nick himself sees the true face of one of the villainous fairy tale monsters is both brief and surprising. The woman’s shift in appearance is good foreshadowing of the new direction his life is going to take.
An unexpected visit from a dying aunt who insists they must talk, tells Nick that he is the last of a long line of monster-hunters called “Grimms”. Armed with a trailer-full of weapons and old books bequeathed to him by his aunt, Nick must piece together his family’s history and his destiny. Deathbed revelations and orphaned heroes are standard fairytale fare, so much so, that Nick’s unlikely sidekick, the reformed Big Bad Wolf, makes a joke about it. Say what you will, it’s a fantastic plot device.
We love the fact that Nick not only has his rehabilitated Wolf-turned-clockmaker friend to help him on his journey of discovery, but he also has his reliable and loyal human partner. It’s the best of both worlds, making for what we think will be a charismatic ensemble.
Currently NBC has purchased nine episodes, and after seeing the pilot we hope that it can get a fraction of the love that the boring cop procedurals seem to get. Opposed to most crime dramas with an added fantasy element, ‘Grimm’ puts the by-the-book-crime-solving in the background and focuses on the magic and myths.
The only problem with seeing the pilot already, is now we have to wait two weeks to see what happens next…maybe that will give us enough time to figure out how to watch three shows at once.
The wolf thought to himself: ‘What a tender young creature! What a nice plump mouthful – she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must act craftily, so as to catch both.’ – The Brothers Grimm
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