Fantasy television has always been popular, and with the new interest theatrically in fairy tales, a show like Grimm was inevitable.
Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a detective in Portland, Oregon. In his career he has seen some strange and gruesome sights, but lately he has been having strange visions that he could not possibly be prepared for. Seemingly regular people appear to momentarily transform into horrible monsters. But the visions are fleeting. When Nick’s dying Aunt Visits, she confides in him that he is in fact a ‘Grimm’. Grimm’s are tasked with keeping the balance between mankind and a mythological world thought to only have existed in storybooks. Along with his partner Hank (Russell Hornsby) and a reformed ‘Big Bad Wolf’ named Eddie (Silas Weir Mitchell), Nick must now balance his regular police work with crimes needing his attention in the supernatural realm.
Grimm is produced by David Greenwalt, who also produced Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, the underrated Surface, the also underrated Miracles and the cult favorite Eureka. Grimm has everything fans of those shows could possibly want. Elements of Buffy and Angel are present with the supernatural angle, with every type of creature imaginable from trolls to werewolves and everything inbetween, but all with the shows own unique twist. Fans of Supernatural will also be intrigued as many elements of that show are present as well. David Giuntoli is a charismatic lead, he reminded me of Superman Return’s Brandon Routh a little. Giuntoli’s partners Hank and Eddie are both extremely likable as well, especially Silas Weir Mitchell as the reluctant wolfman type creature. He is great comedy relief as well as being a cool creature himself. The stories are intriguing and fun, with interesting plot devices, great action and horror elements, and even some pretty scary bits. I thought Grimm might have just been another Supernatural of Buffy rip off, but Grimm stands on its own with a strong mythology and great characters. Most of the creature effects are achieved through CG and it does show the restrictions of the shows budget, but with the entertaining quality of the writing and acting, it really doesn’t matter. For years on shows like Buffy and Star Trek we put up with pretty cheesy makeup for the sake of good shows, so dealing with CG isn’t much different. And a lot of it is actually pretty damn cool. Highly recommended.