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Grimm is still teetering: mid-season review

January 1, 2012

Those Buffy producers sure have a formula. New fairy tale/modern day police dramaGrimm, started its mid-season break a couple weeks back, but I’ve been watching the entire series online so I’ve only recently caught up. Here’s a hint about what I think of it: I watch it online, meaning it hasn’t won its way into my regular TV lineup, even though there is nothing else on Fridays at 9 p.m. I still think it has merits, which is why I’ve watched this far, but I’m skeptical they’re enough for a successful series.

The series earned a full-season order from NBC in November so that’s a good sign (although it’s NBC so that doesn’t really mean much). The show also has Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel alumni David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf as executive producers. It’s almost obnoxiously evident in the basic premise of the show: Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is the last remaining Grimm and must defend little old Portland, Oregon from big bad fairy tale creatures like evil rats, pigs and werewolves. He has to keep his life a secret from those around him including his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), and fiancée, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch).

It’s Burkhardt against all the evils, except some of them aren’t so bad and try to fight their nature (ahem, Angel) and end up helping him nab a few baddies. Instead of a vampire, the honor goes to a werewolf named Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell). Predictably, Monroe provides the comic relief for the show, which unlike Buffy, isn’t really that funny. Seven times out of 10 he’ll crack a joke and it’s a let-down. The elements are there for the character – he’s a scary wolf-man, but he does pilates and appreciates a good wine – so I hope they inject some original thought into his dialogue soon.

What’s keeping me watching this show? Essentially the premise. I want to know the mythology of the show. So far we don’t know anything about Burkhardt’s family history and why his aunt kept it a secret from him for so long. There’s the sinister character of the police captain who’s watching every move Burkhardt makes, unbeknownst to him. There’s all the books and artifacts in the aunt’s trailer that I want to know about yet Burkhardt has barely touched. Basically there are a lot of unknowns so far which I hope they delve in to soon. So far they have aired seven episodes and they haven’t discussed much. I’ll give them five more before I call it quits. New episodes return January 13.

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  1. January 2, 2012 11:44 am

    So my question is, does it get faster? I found the first (and only) episode I watched to be pretty slow. It was the premiere, but you’d think they’d want to catch your attention better. I’m all about the funny these days do I don’t know if I could watch this if they fail at even little jokes. We’ll see in the summer.

    • January 3, 2012 9:25 pm

      It’s still got that sleepy, sinister pace to it. It’s set in Portland, Oregon so I kind of figure it fits the West Coast style. Apparently it’s doing relatively well ratings wise so maybe it will stick around.

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