Friday, November 4, 2011



Now that we have covered the basics of Once Upon A Time, how did Grimm fare in this battle of TV fairy tale reimagining?

Grimm is targeted to a slightly different viewer than OUAT. I did not find it as appealing as its primetime counterpart. This can be attributed quite easily to its slightly more PG-13 plot. It is setting itself up as a frightening, jump-out-at-you, fairy tale, crime drama. It is structured and written so it seems more real. I think the plot seems practical and somewhat plausible.

The story focuses on Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective, a protagonist identity/career that is becoming a bit over used at this point. Already with this it seems that the writers are limiting and challenging themselves to, not only make Nick an appealing and unique character, but to create interesting plot lines that don’t seem like copycats of other stagnant homicide dramas… with a fairy tale twist. This twist in and of itself is unique, it is presented that all of the characters who are doing less than ideal acts of crime are not human, but Hexenbiests and Blutbads…yeah, kinda weird.

Now the question that I ask myself next is: Did they accomplish what all shows set out to do, in the first episode at least? I’m forced to say that I’m not sure, and perhaps that is the genius of it. Nick is portrayed as a man who has lost something and will do whatever he has to to ensure that it does not happen again. To aid in this, we have already been introduced to multiple allies that he has in his corner. The allies include his Aunt Maire, a woman who reveals herself as a defender of the good, shortly before she reveals to Nick his lineage and his grim life calling; Monroe, a reformed “big bad wolf” if you will; and Hank, Nick’s homicide partner.

Bottom line: Nick is one of, if not THE, last descendant of the Grimm Brothers, who as we all know thanks to Matt Damon and Health Ledger, not only write about the scary and mystical supernatural in our world, but are defenders of the innocent who inhabit it. He is not remarkably accepting of this fact. Even thought he sees the evidence of it in his everyday life…shifting undead and werewolf like faces of the not-following-the-golden-rule folks.

If that doesn’t make things complicated enough for Nick, his aunt is also put in the hospital because she can’t recover from a baddie battle because of a critical illness. The show leaves you with this and the conclusion of the episode’s episodic crime’s conclusion, as well as fairly open ended.

It seems like it will be an ideal show for those occasional viewers. The show is structured more episodically than OUAT, but there are serialized elements that could hook dedicated weekly viewers. Whereas OUAT is strictly episodic, if you miss one episode, you will be asking “What?” the whole time.

Regardless, the show accomplished something…I will be watching it tomorrow when it is on hulu.

But, for those of you who feel like Once Upon A Time is more your tastes…check out the first two episodes here.

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