NBC’s GRIMM is a new drama series inspired by The Brother’s Grimm classic fairy tales. The series, written and jointly created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt, and Jim Kouf stars David Giuntoli,Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz. Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (Giuntoli) finds out that he is from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms.” He quickly finds that it is his destiny to maintain the balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. In this episode, Nick and Hank investigates a suspicious disappearance of a young man following a break-in and an introduction to a new creature profile.
In Grimm’s “Bears will be Bears” episode adaptation of The Story of the Three Bears, by British Poet and author Robert Southey. A young couple breaks into a large and beautiful home for fun. Within the home, there are museum quality pieces including large totem statues surrounding it. Instead of eating porridge, as in the storybook, the uninvited guests wine and dine, all while wearing the homeowner’s clothing. They then ransack the house, going room-to-room, frolicking in beds until one of the occupants of the home arrives. Scrambling to escape the home, Gilda (Amy Gumenick) escapes out of the window first, and her boyfriend is pulled from the window by something mysterious. You hear a struggle and some growling. Then, Gilda bolts to the truck to escape what was chasing her. Thereafter, she reports what happened to Nick and Hank who, of course, pickup the case. She admits to breaking and entering the home but she tells them that something ‘attacked’ her boyfriend in the home. Nick and Hank investigate her story.
While at the home, Nick notices that the son’s face changed. This confirms that something did happen at the home and he needed to visit his aunt Marie to try and figure out what he is up against. Aunt Marie tells Nick that the family he encountered were called “Jagerbar,” and according to the Grimm creatures profile page, Jagerbars:
Jagerbars are bear-like creatures that date back to 900 AD. They use a rare Germanic weapon with a carved bear head and a claw-like scoop to disembowel their victims. This weapon is used during Roh-Hatz, a coming-of-age celebration of a young Jagerbar from boy to man. Jagerbars can live safely in society as long as they stay away from alcohol. Most Jagerbars are politicians and mortgage lenders.
Aunt Marie also warns Nick of a group of alternate Grimm-like creatures other than Blutbaden’s. Their purposes are to eradicate Grimms. Although I do not see any further information on the NBC site referencing these creatures–they are already making their presence known with their attempting to kill Nick’s aunt Marie–are the Reapers who have hunted the Grimm’s for centuries. Surprisingly, Nick doesn’t notice his boss, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) is quite possibly their leader. I won’t tell you about the entire episode, you can watch the full episode now on the NBC’s Grimm site. But I will tell you that there are a lot of reasons why the NBC series Grimm is nothing like ABC’s Once Upon A Time: it is a unique crime drama that takes its viewers into the imaginary world of fairy tales, just as we may have dreamed them actually to be. Grimm, just as Once Upon A Time, allows viewers some form of belief in these series of unrealistic shows. Even down to the unrealistic belief that everything eventually always ends happily.
There were a few things that bothered me still about the show: the CG effects still don’t quite cut it. The scene where Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) rips off the arm of one of his attackers was unconvincing. Nick’s fiancee Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) serves only as a break from the crimes Nick investigates. If anything, she only fills in the series necessity for normalcy and family–other than his Aunt Marie–Juliette is all he has. I predict that the character Juliette will be used as a bargaining chip somewhere along the line because I do not see any other reason for her to be part of the show.
What I do like about the show is that it doesn’t just give you one antagonist. There are a multitude of options for different characters in the series and in the end, there isn’t always a need for a happy ending. The show teeters on being overly predictable, but hopefully, by the end of the season, that will change.
Overall, I do like how the plot leads you into the show’s climax, however, I just don’t like where it dumps you off. I will give the series a hard won ‘3’ star rating for now to allow the show some time to get it just right.