Sticking: Grimm

Posted on October 17, 2012

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Of the three shows that bring fairy stories into the modern world – Once Upon a Time, Lost Girl, and Grimm – I actually heard about Grimm first. I was interested in its gritty take on the story idea.

We Watched It

The Brothers Grimm were simply the most famous of a long bloodline of people who can see wessen – monsters that pass as human and live among us. Their descendant, Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a Portland police detective who grew up without knowing his heritage. Apparently, the ability to see monsters sometimes skips a generation.

About the same time that he first sees one, his grandmother shows up to explain things…and gets killed. Nick finds himself in a world more dangerous than he thought, surrounded by wessen who are justifiably scared of Grimms.

Scared enough to kill one and ask questions later, if at all.

Sticking

Part of what I like about this series – besides the acting, writing, and photography – is the theme that we are who we decide to be.

Wessen fear Grimms because Grimms kill every wessen they encounter. Nick, with his years of experience as a police officer, is far more inclined to serve and protect. He wants to be a Grimm without being a killer.

Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) is one of the first wessen that Nick encounters. Monroe is a blutbad, a sort of werewolf, but he chooses not to kill. Monroe struggles everyday to be who he wants to be and not who people expect him to be.

Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) is a Reaper. Reapers kill Grimms. He’s also part of some larger organization based in the Old Country. He argues with his superiors that Nick needs to live, and has acted to protect Nick during the series. He, too, is trying to live his own life.

Those Nick kills are those who embrace “the old ways” and make no effort to live within the law or to adapt to the modern age.

WTF

From my perspective, Grimm has two big problems.

First, although the writing is mostly good, it is far too tolerant of coincidences. Captain Renard just happens to be Nick’s boss? Nick’s grandmother shows up just as he discovers his inherited ability? Nick’s first wessen turns out to be harmless? Oh, you could explain those things away, but the writers need to cut back on coincidence.

Second, it’s formulaic already. Nick encounters a crime. Nick sees a wessen. Nick goes to grandma’s trailer and learns how to defeat the wessen. Nick enlists Monroe. Nick hunts wessen.

Granted, they’ve done some interesting things, taking away the memory of Nick’s fiancée Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and letting Nick’s partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) in on the secret. Monroe even has a girlfriend (played by Bitsie Tulloch). Still, they need to work on breaking their formula.

Thoughts?

This week, instead of asking a question, I’m going to add some shows to the Review list from last week…because I forgot them, last week.

Dropped

Wilfred – We started watching the second season, but just couldn’t maintain interest.

Missing – I’m not surprised that it got cancelled. It didn’t sustain my interest for a full season.

Alphas – Alphas was a show that I enjoyed, but didn’t feel compelled to watch. This season, the show runners chose a darker path for the show and we decided that we wanted lighter entertainment.

On the Bubble

The Walking Dead – My wife and I will (eventually) decide on this one. We haven’t watched the season opener yet. It’s a good show. I just don’t feel eager to watch when I see more episodes on our DVR.

Touch – Waiting for more episodes so we can see the changes they say that they’ve made.

Missing

The Finder – Light entertainment with good characters. Who knows what they would have done after Michael Clarke Duncan passed away.

Awake – It was OnDemand on Comcast, and I was unemployed. I started watching, and we got hooked. I thought it was clever, and headed in an interesting direction, when it got cancelled.

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