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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grimm: tv show review from Miss Eliza

~ from Miss Eliza

People love Fairy Tales. How else can we explain that they have lasted hundreds and hundreds of years. The building blocks of stories are in those creepy Germanic woods that the Brothers Grimm ventured into to collect their tales. As time goes on, Fairy Tales are spreading into more mediums. From blogs (ah-hem) to movies to television, Fairy Tales are everywhere. Last fall saw the debut of two new series heavily rooted in Fairy within just a week of each other and Halloween, the holiday apex of all things "other." I was excited about both shows, one because it was co-created by one of the people who did Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the other, David Greenwalt shout out, Once Upon a Time, because it called to the princess in me. Sadly, Once Upon a Time put me off right away... I know, I know, I should watch it again, it gets better, don't worry, Misty has kindly berated me, also it has Buffy people as well, but I feel it's too much in the Damon Lindelof wheelhouse of interconnectedness that supposedly has some meaning yet really doesn't. I hated Lost. Yes, it's been years, but I'm still bitter. Bitter, bitter, bitter. I think the best review I read of the new show was that "the real Fairy Tale is in believing that Jennifer Morrison is 28." Ok, maybe I just don't like the show because of my Jennifer Morrison issue, she almost ruined How I Met Your Mother last season! Her husband was so much better, Kyle MacLachlan as The Captain, genius... but I digress... to get back to the shows at hand: Grimm, Grimm has promise.

Grimm is a police procedural that follows a cop, Nick Burkhardt, who finds out he is descended from a line of Grimms, who are supernatural exterminators basically, though he personally doesn't kill every creature he sees, unlike those who came before him. Very soon you realize that all of Portland's crime has to be committed by creatures with weird Germanic sounding names. Yes, it's a bit cheesy. I mean, I don't think Nick has run across a normal criminal since he inherited his "gift." Also, his trailer. I should never forget to mention his airstream trailer of baddie hunting gear that he doesn't logically keep in his garage, but at a storage place across town. His superior is a baddie of some sort, not sure what kind because the mythology of the show is more than a little muddled, his partner is inept and more than usually hostile, their underling is developing weird Renfield traits like eating paperclips while sashaying about with the paperwork and Nick's fiance is pretty dull and looks about 20 years older than Nick with his Bieber-esque hairdo. The special effects are so bad, you long for the days of cheap prosthetics from Buffy. Yet the show draws you in in spite of, or maybe because of it's cheesey camp.

Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe
The show doesn't dwell in any happy princess land of pretty castles, the likes of which Disney would have created. Oh no, this is true Grimm. Dark, dank, mossy woods, where death is around every tree. Read the original tales sometime, they are not the stuff of happy endings. The city of Portland helps convey this atmosphere with it's trees and rain. Nothing says supernatural creepy like the dank and dark. Yet it's one of these "creatures" that is what makes the show what it is. Monroe, a Weider Blutbad, aka, Big Bad Wolf... I will admit I have fantasies about the show being just about Monroe. About how we'd follow this quirky wolfie as he repairs clocks and consults with Nick. Nick can stay, but not as the star, he'd be Monroe's sidekick from now on. After all it's Monroe's personal knowledge of this "other" world that has saved Nick's ass on more than one occasion. But, if they decided that even Nick wasn't needed... maybe Monroe just didn't get there in time with his superior knowledge and trendy sweaters because he was at Hot Yoga. The character, as portrayed by Silas Weir Mitchell is just so funny and unique. A Big Bad who's hung up his families evil ways, even admitting that Nick's ancestor killing his grandfather was probably deserved because of his butchering an entire village. Mitchell has been notable in the past for guest spots on My Name is Earl... but I gotta say, he's what makes Grimm work. Give me a little wolfie any day! (And yes, this could be also used to reference Scott Cohen in The 10 Kingdom too).

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  1. I LOVE Monroe too! I'm not sure if I would continue watching the show without him. I think it has promise as well, and I'm enjoying it, but the Monroe scenes are always my favorite.

  2. Monroe is the true hero of Grimm. He's certainly done a lot more than Nick in terms of identifying and getting rid of the baddies.

    The Simpsons became a great show when the creators stopped focusing on Bart and instead focused on Homer. Maybe Grimm will take a lesson from them and put Monroe in the spotlight.

    Or maybe a Slayer can come to Portland... (fingers crossed)

  3. This post is so funny! I love both GRIMM and ONCE UPON A TIME, but actually had a harder time getting into GRIMM in the beginning. Once Monroe started to make more appearances I got hooked.

    You're so completely right about him. He is my favorite part. I love Nick, but Monroe makes the show! He is the vehicle for all of the actual folklore that's presented, which may be why I liked him so much in the beginning, but everything about the character and the actor playing him is so appealing at this point in the story.

  4. OMG I could kiss you for being the only other person I've ran into who couldn't stand Once Upon a Time (I can't keep watching, and I don't believe it gets better--you can't fix that cheesy poorly done production with story), but liked Grimm. I did actually taper off of watching Grimm recently though. It was cool, but it was too much of the same every week and I found it hard to buy into after a time that all of this stuff was going on in Portland, and that every case this guy got happens to do with these creatures. Monroe was totally my favorite part of the show though.

  5. I love both shows, but the Lost like feel does drive me insane. I read books because (usually) they end. I don't want to watch a show that is never going to have any ending. Even a bad one is better than none. Thanks for sharing Miss Eliza!

  6. Also, am I the only one waiting for Monroe and the new chic to get it on? Also I want to see more of bad-ass Monroe.


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