Jonathan and I signed up for Amazon Prime not too long ago. I forget why. I had some crazy post-pregnancy overwhelming desire to buy, I dunno, shoes or natural deodorant or something. And I HAD to have the expedited shipping. Even if it cost me $75.
Anyway, when we eventually had a lull from the initial “buy all da things and get free two day shipping” spree, we decided to check out the movie and TV show selection of Amazon Prime. Jonathan suggested we try watching NBC’s Grimm, and I half-halfheartedly said okay. It looked interesting enough. Fantasy, dark fairy-tale, modern setting, blah blah blah. But the last few newer shows we tried watching were uber flops for me, *cough*Once Upon A Time*cough*… soooo I wasn’t too hopeful.
Now, somehow over the years I’ve developed different levels of “watching” TV. And you can pretty much gauge my interest in a movie or show by how much I engage with the TV screen. Standard TV watching includes me playing on my computer or my phone and quoting back the last line whenever I’m asked, “Are you even paying attention?” If I find something interesting, the extra media devices get put away and I’m actually watching the screen. But if I REALLY like a show, then I begin talking to the TV like I expect it to talk back.
Well, it turns out that Grimm is a “scream at the TV like I’m some kind of cracked out Honey Boo Boo” kind of show. It’s become me and my hubby’s new favorite, and since we JUST caught up with the most recent episode I thought I’d share with you guys and see if there are any other Grimm fans out there!
More About Grimm
Synopsis from the IMDB:
Portland detective, Nick Burkhardt, has seen some gruesome crime scenes, but nothing prepares him for the strange visions he begins seeing: seemingly regular people momentarily transforming into hideous monsters. A visit from his only living relative reveals the truth. Nick has inherited the ability to see supernatural creatures, and as a “Grimm,” he is tasked with keeping the balance between mankind and the mythological. A reformed “Big Bad Wolf” becomes his greatest (and also reluctant) ally and confidant. It’s not long before his work as a policeman leads Nick to the criminals he once thought were only found in fairy tales.
My Thoughts On Grimm
So, obviously, Grimm follows the line of most crime dramas, which I am not really a fan of. (Except for Castle. But that could just be because Nathan Fillion.) But what makes Grimm exceptional is the fun twist of the bad guys being characters from classic fairy tales and folk stories. Pulling on established mythology while spinning its own unique world, Grimm has the potential to continue growing and continue crafting a unique fantasy realm for as long as the writers can keep finding more folktales. And there are thousands of those.
The way the writers mix the Grimm’s Fairy Tales into present day plots are very interesting. They just suck you into the story. While not entirely dark and menacing, the series portrays the “bad guys” and evil creatures every bit as terrifying as they were intended to be when the Grimm Brothers wrote them down in the first collections. As literature geeks, Jonathan and I just gobble this up like candy.
Cleverly written, an awesome blend between fantasy, comedy and suspense, this show just begs to be watched in a sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat marathon. (Like, um, Jonathan and I maybe might have.. possibly… done.. *shifty eyes*)
Further, the actors are all wonderful. Even minor supporting actors end up growing on you to the extent that you end up screaming, “WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TELL WU?!” every other episode.
But ultimately, Monroe makes the show for me and Jonathan. Seriously. Every scene he shows up I’m just like, “Awwww, my dark fairy tale soul sibling that can turn into a wolf-man!” He REALLY reminds me of Jonathan and myself. Whenever friends come over and want to just chill on the couch with a beer watching the game, we’re all like:
Pretty much every single scene of Monroe’s awkward-yet-endearing “I geek out over random crap” could have been lifted right out of our living room.
Anyway, Jon and I are extremely impressed with this show. It’s family friendly. There’s no strong language and no gratuitous sex scenes. While the fights and dead bodies can be somewhat graphic, it’s relatively tame compared to some of the crap I’ve seen on the air these days.
And what’s more, the show just continues to get more and more interesting. It appears to have the rare gift of getting better each episode. So it you haven’t had a chance to yet, check it out. This is a fun, charmingly predictable, yell-at-the-TV-with-your-spouse series that is heavy on the fantasy geek and book geek culture.
Have you seen Grimm? TALK TO ME! I need some people to discuss new episodes with over the virtual water cooler…
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