NOT AS THE BROTHERS WROTE IT
Grimm, now showing on the Seven Network, already has a firm place in our top 10.
It’s intriguing, heaps of fun and a wonderful blend of crime with the supernatural. Despite the name, Grimm is no traditional fairy tale – though series one in particular does put a modern slant on some of those well-known Grimm Brothers’ tales.
The central character is homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who discovers as his aunt is dying that he’s a “Grimm”, a monster hunter of sorts from a long line of monster hunters, of sorts.
He begins to see supernatural creatures and their true faces. Some of these creatures – called Wessin – are evil, some are placid, even helpful. Sometimes it’s not clear who’s good or bad – and Nick himself doesn’t always make unselfish or even “right” decisions, which is part of the show’s appeal.
The new Grimm becomes friends with a reformed wolf-like Vessin called a blutbad named Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) who fills Nick in on this hidden world. His aunt’s creepy caravan also contains manuscripts written by previous Grimms as well as an assortment of weapons.
Other key characters are Nick’s girlfriend, vet Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch) and his partner Detective Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby). Nick’s police captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) is also connected to the Vessin world – we don’t know why at first – but (spoiler alert here) in season two he is called “Your Highness” and it appears he’s half human and half Vessin. Is he bad? Is he good? What does he want with the Grimm?
Grimm has lighter moments that are actually amusing but for the most part it’s dark and often scary.
The lead character develops nicely and the support roles are well rounded. Particularly strong is Juliette, Nick’s girlfriend, who knows he’s hiding something and is unwittingly drawn into this world as Nick makes enemies, including Reapers – killers sent especially to deal with Grimms.
With Seven already featuring Once Upon a Time, the network by also picking up Grimm is becoming the place for interesting fantasy.
HOT GUY ALERT: By the end of season one David Giuntoli begins to rate in the dark and good looking stakes. Might have been a change of hairstyle half way through… And I know other fans who swear by Sasha Roiz and his rather charismatic, elegant good looks.