Grimm TV Review
Posted June 10, 2012on:
This made my list of favorite new shows that just came out. I remember going to the panel for this at Comic Con last year. I decided to check it out to satisy my curiosity and I wasn’t disappointed. The show did so well that it’s coming back for season two. I’m so happy. Usually the shows on NBC have potential but don’t last long.
It’s about this Homicide Detective in Portland, named Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who discovers he is descended from a line of “guardians” known as “Grimms”. It’s basically their job to fight the supernatural forces and maintain the balance between humanit and mythological creatures (called “Wesen” however use of Germanic pronunciation renders it sounding like “Vessin”).
Nick learned about all this from his Aunt Marie, who raised him after his parents died when he was young. She was injured by a Reaper (a secret society dedicated to eliminating Grimms, get it, Grimm Reapers) when she came for a visit, although she was dying of cancer anyway. Before she died, Marie left Nick her trailer, which contains books, tools, weapons and everything he needs to know about what creatures he might run into as a Grimm.
I like this show because it doesn’t separate one world from another. It’s one world, where it shows mythical creatures hiding in plain sight trying to live normal lives.
Through out the episodes you see Nick trying to find the balance between his normal life and his new role as a Grimm. But don’t worry he isn’t alone. He has help.
First you have Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a reformed Blutbad (wolf-like creature, you know Big Bad Wolf). When Nick can’t find anything in his aunt’s trailer he goes to Monroe who is knowledgeable about the Wesen world. Monroe is one of my favorite characters. I think he’s sweet. By day he’s a simple clock maker but when he turns into a Blutbad he’s a total bad ass.
There’s also Nick’s partner and best friend Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), who is unaware that Nick is a Grimm. He’s somewhat sarcastic but always has his partner’s back. Through out the season Hank starts to notice the strange occurrences that have been happening in Portland and on some the cases they’ve been working on. In the last two episodes Hank gets a real close encounter when he sees Monroe in Blutbad form while throwing such search dogs of the trail. He also saw a Wesen change before his very eyes. Now Hank is all paranoia and having nightmares.
There’s just some people who aren’t meant for this life.
It’s not all about the guys,though. You have Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch), a veterinarian and Nick’s girlfriend. She also doesn’t know about Nick being a Grimm. Aunt Marie suggested to Nick that he leave Juliette for her own safety but Nick decides to stay with her, hopping to one day propose to her like he originally planned. In the season finale, Juliette suffers a scratch from a cat who was given a position from Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee) a Hexenbiest (kind of like a witch), who has a grudge against Nick. Nick is forced to reveal the truth to her. But she was rushed to the hospital and when she wakes up she has black eyes.
For those of you who watch these kind of shows, having black eyes is never a good thing.
Sergeant Wu (Reggie Lee) is a policeman who works with Nick and Hank. He does the grunt work, running down facts and information. I’m hopping next season he’ll a bigger role and more scene time. So far the only major thing that’s happened to him is when he ate the ‘love sick’ cookie that Adalind Schade made for Hank and he suffered some side effects, like eating pillow stuffings and carpet fabric. They cured him though.
Another character on the show I like is Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner), a Fuchsbau (a fox creature) who takes over her brother’s Wesen spice shop after he is murdered. She helps by providing additional information and remedies to supernatural problems. I heard they’re gonna make Bree Turner as series regular next year. I’m glad, we need more female characters. Also I’m hopping she and Monroe will hook up. I think they would like a cute couple.
Finally, you have Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), Nick and Hank’s superior officer. Unknown to Nick, Captain Renard is a member of the creature community and seems to be royalty. So far, he’s seems to be a threat. He was the one who hired Adalind to attack Nick’s aunt at the hospital in the pilot episode. I’m not sure what to make of this guy really but I’m gonna kept my eye on him.
Another thing I like about this show is the different creatures.
First you have the Blutbaden, who have great strength and keen sense of smell. They are very violent in packs and are provoked by the color red. Although their smell can be weakened by Wolfsbane. Wider Blutbad is a reformed Blutbad who manages to control their violent side. Monroe follows a strict diet and exercise to help him with his ‘wolf’ problem.
Then there’s the Hexenbiests, the witch creatures I mentioned. So far the only Hexenbiests I’ve seen have all been women. In their human form they are very beautiful but in their Wesen form they have silver hair and ugly rotten faces. They are infamous for brewing potions that have compulsive, highly emotional and/or deadly effects on humans. But they’re greatest weakness is the ingestion of the blood of a Grimm, killing their Wesen side and making them completely human. This is why Adalind wants revenge on Nick so badly. She blames him for taking everything from her.
Fuchsbau, the foxes, are extremely sly and cunning. I remember Monroe saying once “count your fingers after shaking hands with a Fuchsbau”, suggesting they are a bit on the shady side. That would explain Rosalee’s brother, Freddy, who was selling human organs and blood back in episode 10.
Geier are vulture-like creatures that move quickly through the trees and are pretty sadistic bastards. They deal with harvesting human organs and blood, with the victim still alive. From what I gathered Geier sale the human organs as remedies to the creature world, like they use male testicles as a form of Wesen Viagra. Ew!
Siegbarste are ogres, who have a incredibly high threshold for pain and incredible strength. There’s also known for their tendency to hold vendettas. You know the saying, “an elephant never forget”, well neither do these guys. Nick found that out the hard way when he got the crap kick out of him after a Siegbarste named Stark attacked him at his house as a way to get to Hank, since he was the one who sent Stark to prison in the first place.
Damonfeuer are dragon-like creatures. They’re pretty rare in the Wesen community. They have the ability to vaporize their own fat, which they can cough up as a cloud of highly flammable particles. It gives them the appearance that their breathing fire. There was a Damonfeuer fire dancer (played by Danielle Panabaker), who wanted to start Nick’s fire and she didn’t take the rejection very well. Man, Danielle Panabaker grew up!
Spinnetods are spider-like creatures, whose women have a condition that causes them to age rapidly unless they suck the life out of young men. I’m not sure if the males have the same kind of condition. What they do is vomit this weird juice into the victim’s mouth that liquifies their insides, then draining them. It’s pretty gross. Truth by told, they don’t have to do this but it’s all about survival. I mean, who wants to look 70-years-old when in reality you’re only 23.
But not all the creatures in the Wesen world are dangerous.
You have Eisbier, beaver-like creatures. They appear meek and cowardly, but have their strong points. They have a knack for repairing things, and their pretty good at baking and crafts. I thought it was funny when Bud was repairing Nick and Juliette’s fridge and he got freaked out by Nick at being a Grimm. I don’t blame him. Grimms are considered the Boogie Man in their world.
Reinigen are rat-like creatures. They’re scavengers and not usually violent, unless pushed too far. Pretty much the bottom of the food chain. But they can control rats behavior by using their musical ability. I thinks it’s clever what they did, twisting the whole Pied Piper concept.
Seltenvogel are bird-like creatures. They used to be kept as pets by royal families, you know like a canary. But these days you hardly see one anymore. It’s been said that once in it’s lifetime, a Seltenvogel will develop a glandular bump in the center of it’s neck below the chin. Inside the bump it’s suppose to be some kind of golden egg, but they have to cut it out quickly or the Seltenvogel will die. The egg is suppose to be worth a lot of money but if it’s broken it’s worthless. Why couldn’t they have her lay the damn thing instead cutting it out of her jugular? It would be less painful.
After the way they ended season one, especially when they revealed that the woman in black was Nick’s mom (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), who is suppose to be dead, they got to bring it back. I heard they’re already filming season two and there’s having a few new guest stars, like James Frain. He was the guy who played crazy vampire Franklin on True Blood in season three. I heard he’s suppose to play Captain Renard’s brother.
I can’t wait for season two.