We Just Caught Up On NBC’s Grimm…

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…

Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

18 thoughts on “We Just Caught Up On NBC’s Grimm…

  • 31 March, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Yes! My husband and I love this show and have been watching it from the beginning. I also tend to yell at the screen when watching this! Especially the “just TELL Wu already!”.

    Monroe is my favorite character by far and I like that I’ve grown to like Juliet too, at first I really didn’t like her.

    I could go on so feel free to talk to me about the show!

    • 31 March, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Did you hear that they got the whole idea of the Aswan (I think thats what it’s called…) from a real folkstory that scared the actor that played Wu when he was a child.. he was talking to the writers and they decided to turn that into a script! I love when shows do that.. work with the actors and let them help mold the unfolding story.

      Did you see the previews for the next episode? I think they might try to pull a switcheroo and make Nicks mom bad and Adalind good.. Jon thinks I’m crazy, but that’s what I’d do if I were a script writer, to keep the drama twisty and turnsy, lol

      • 31 March, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        That’s pretty awesome that the writers did that! I dated a Philippino guy for a while so I’d heard of the Aswang before and thought it was a cool story to do.

        I haven’t seen the preview, my husband and I don’t gave cable so we watch Grimm on Hulu Plus and I never take the time to search for next episode promos, haha.

        • 1 April, 2014 at 2:39 pm

          Haha, Jonathan were wondering how much of their monsters are completely made up and how much are pulled from real myths.. that’s a freaking scary Philippino myth!!

          Okay, I won’t say any preview spoiler then, haha..

          • 1 April, 2014 at 7:23 pm

            Yeah I hope they do more ‘real’ stories! And no worries!

          • 2 April, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            Hey! It looks like some of the actors and writers are active on Twitter.. let’s go spam them with out ideas for shows! Haha!

  • 31 March, 2014 at 6:38 am

    We watch Grimm too…but I still love Once Upon a Time better! 😉 The big question is, how do you feel about Juliette? I love everyone on the show, except her. That character just feels like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Monroe is also my favorite, and he was from the first episode!

    • 31 March, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      I didn’t like her when she lost her memory. But now that her memory is back, I like her a bit better. I joke that her superpower is “researching”, which is what I’d be doing if I were dating a Grimm, haha. But the whole, “not marrying Nick while living with him” thing kind of pissed me off…

    • 1 April, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Wish we’d checked it out sooner! Who’s your favorite character??

  • 2 April, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Really? Really?! The show was so good in the beginning. Now it feels like such a chore to watch. Wu’s “I’m the plucky sidekick that’s always it the dark!” Is grating. Rosalee was retooled and as a result has gone down hill. Monroe isn’t popping like he used to (though is be far the best part of the show and the main reason I still watch it) Hank has always been blah to me. Sexy boss man got way more attractive after we met him at comic con. But the whole royal family plot is both confusing and boring. Adalind was always interesting to me and is really the only storyline I’m still interested in. And last and definitely least in my mind, Juilet. I want her to be hit by a freakin car. She has never been interesting, has no chemistry with anyone else, is a bad actor and freakin annoying. Better yet just pull a Happy Days and make her be like the brother that went upstairs in the one episode and no one ever saw or spoke of again.

    It’s pretty much just another cop show. And it’s getting real old that absolutely every new character and day player is wesen. It’s not just predicable, it’s lazy writing! And with that ratio the humans would be the ones hiding from the wesen. It’s not character driven at all. And beside Monroe and Rosalee becoming engaged and Adalind having a baby. There is no depth to any of the characters and has been next to no character development in most of them over the span of the series. I watch it for pretty people, the odd badass monster, props and sets that are to die for, and the odd Monroe quip and/or facial expression.

    *end rant*

    Oh, and every negative thing I listed about Grimm, OUAT has as a positive. And they have it in spades!

    *runs away*

    • 2 April, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      LOL. The story is slow to unfold, in true storybook fashion. While it is simple, and predictable, it at least has a sense of intention behind it, whereas OUAT seems to have a meandering, “We’re just making this crap up as we go along” feel. I don’t get all the Juilette hate, (even fans of Grimm hate her!) aside from the fact that she’s a mediocre actress. Okay, so maybe she’s worse than mediocre. Sometimes she’s downright awful. But still, it’s a fun watch. Not my new favorite, but one I am certainly enjoying.

      It’s funny you mention Adalind being the only interesting element, since I find her the most boring and dreary, lol!

      And I feel you on the whole “everybody is a wesen” thing. I keep thinking, and why, exactly, are they hiding out again?? haha..

      Argh, baby is crying. We’ll have to bicker over NBC’s fantasy shows in person. 😉

      • 3 April, 2014 at 8:22 am

        I didn’t say I wasn’t a fan of the show. Just an insanely jaded fan. I watch all the episodes. But seriously, I don’t know a single fan of the show (except know for you) that likes Juilet.

        And Ouat sooo doesn’t meander. That’s one of the reasons I love the show is because they wrote the pilot knowing the story lines for the next 5 seasons. So pretty much everything is a subtle hint! Like a book page shown for a few seconds in the pilot hinting at the plot of the third season. That makes they rewatch value high because you see clues you missed!

        Now hurry up and bring that baby to California so I can squeeze her!

        • 3 April, 2014 at 4:52 pm

          I didn’t like Juliet at all at first, now I’m warming up to her more. And I’m with you on OUAT.

      • 3 April, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        I think it’s really interesting how you can have two fans of the same show and have them like and dislike the almost exact opposite of the other’s likes and dislikes. Haha. I think that’s what fuels certain (or all?) Tv shows!

        • 6 April, 2014 at 6:44 am


  • 2 May, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Haven’t seen this show; sounds interesting

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