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What if they weren't just stories? What if every fairy tale you'd ever heard was a warning? This is the premise of Grimm - fairy tale creatures are real, it's just most people can't see them for what they really are.
That's where the Grimms come in - a group of people descended from the writers of stories, the protectors of people, who could see what lurked in the dark. Perhaps I'm being a little over-dramatic, Grimm is a lot less - well - grim, than what you would expect, and in fact has some excellent jokes and one-liners. Monroe (my favourite character,) delivers the best of these - he's got an amazing outlook on some pretty bizarre situations.
The Grimm of the title is Nicholas Burckhardt, known as Nick. He's also a cop in Portland, Oregon - and this is where it gets interesting. The show has a great mix of cop/detective show traits, and gothic, supernatural, thrills and spills. The mix means that it's not too heavy on either side, which is good, but I do find that occasionally plot aspects etc. are a little underdeveloped - I feel like sometimes things could be expanded on, but aren't, perhaps because of the amount of threads that need to be continued and/or tied up.
Perhaps the show is also a little too light on strong, good, female characters. Nick's girlfriend Juliet can verge on the side of the damsel-in-distress, though her character, in defence, is still in development for pretty much the entirety of this series. Adalind Shade - the other continuing female presence in this first series - is, literally, an evil hag - or hexenbeast to be precise. So, like I said, a bit of a lack of positive female characters, though this is rectified in later series, and is not a huge complaint to begin with.
Generally speaking, this is an excellent, enjoyable, and compelling series.
This is one of my other half's favourite shows - hence I bought him the DVD box set of season 1. It is a fantasy drama series from the U.S. This first season has 22 episodes. The box set has all the episodes plus deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, interviews and audition tapes and is available at Amazon for £12.00 (25/07/13) The DVD is cert. 15 as it contains 'strong gory images and violence.'
The story follows detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli)an implausibly handsome Portland homicide detective as he discovers that he is descended from a long line of 'Grimms.' A Grimm is a sort of policeman of sorts - who has to keep the status quo between humans and Wesen - the collective name for a host of mythical creatures who do in fact exist but are only visible to each other and Grimms. To the rest of us mere mortals they can look like regular human beings.
Some stories follow some of the old Grimms fairy tales but are given a modern twist: cue Red Riding 'Hoodie' etc. Some are loosely based on other myths. The stories are quite engaging with enough plot twists to keep you interested. There is usually a different story each week - with a long sub-plot unravelling week by week to keep you watching....will Juliette discover Nick's secret? What is the police chief hiding?...That sort of thing.
There is a strong base of characters including Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) Nick's partner, who in this season at least is oblivious to Nick's secret; Nick's girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) whom he is aching to tell and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) who is one of the monsters, albeit a friendly one, who helps Nick adjust to his new role.The characters are interesting - but personally I found little chemistry between Nick and his girlfriend. The most interesting interaction takes place between Nick and Monroe.
The script is often humorous and surprisingly lacking in cliché. The dialogue and the stories are well written. There is a good balance between light and dark in the stories. Some scenes are genuinely scary; some are heart-warming.
The special effects are fairly average by today's standard. They are certainly less convincing than the effects on Supernatural - another U.S. offering which is of a similar genre.
In fact, there is a lot in this series that reminds me of Supernatural; quirky stories, humour mixed with genuine scares - except in my opinion Supernatural does it better. Sorry hubby. This series is alright - I found it watchable and overall I quite enjoyed it - but I am not going to shed tears if I miss an episode.
Close - but no Supernatural. I give it 3 and a half out of 5 dooyoo stars - but it will show as 4 below.