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, and 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.
Taking advantage of a brilliant marketing campaign, NBC offers viewers the chance to view the Grimm series premiere before the October 28th date simply by following @NBCGrimm Twitter account. You will receive a DM with a code and link to access the series premiere. Since being there, and doing that–here is the review.
The series is set in a town in Portland and begins with an approximate minute and a half long intro featuring a college student in a red hoodie, taking a run through the woods. Now instantly, Little Red Riding Hood came to mind. Blasting the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” on her iPod, she is distracted and then in a “flash,” she is blindsided by something large and fuzzy. Then screams ring out from somewhere in the forest, along with the sound of slashing. That brief blur of what took her was enough to startle any unsuspecting viewer–and piqued enough interest to continue through with the preview.
Now queue in detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin (Hornsby) to investigate. With the missing college student, Nick begins to notice that there’s something strange going on–something more than a student gone missing. He notices that some of the faces of the people in town distort into something sinister–this is reflective of the facial distortions in the 1992 film Sleepwalkers, except the areas around the eyes and mouth are a bit darker and more hollow. As the investigation into the missing–now dead–college student continues, the detectives begin to look into a similar missing persons case–feeling as if it may be connected to a mysterious “postman”somehow.
The premiere introduced some interesting Grimm-themed characters. Mentioned before det. Nick Burkhardt, Grimm-creature profiler, played by David Giuntoli, and det. Hank Griffin, played by Russell Hornsby, who is completely unaware of his partner’s unique talent, and offers some comic relief to some of his partner’s suspicions. The two definitely demonstrate good on-screen chemistry. Briefly we are introduced to Burkhardt’s fiancee “Juliette,” (Bitsie Tulloch) who is curious about Nick’s goings on, and is unaware that he is trying to propose marriage. I am sure we will get to see more of Juliette in the series, and I am curious to see what she will bring to the show, overall.
Also making a brief appearance is Kate Burton as “Aunt Marie,” who tells Nick that he is a descendant from a long line of “Grimm’s,” in charge of keeping the balance between mankind and the mythological world. She did not get to fully detail Nick’s role in all this because they were suddenly attacked by a mysterious-sleepwalker-looking-thing, sending Aunt Marie to the hospital. This leaves Nick trying to piece together things on his own. The more interesting of all the premiere’s characters is “Monroe,” played by Silas Weir Mitchell, a werewolf and reformed Grimm-creature who is det. Nick’s reluctant informant.
There were a few things about the premiere that did not meld well–for instance, the visual-special effects were off and aside from the show “bringing to life” the childhood fairytales, the premiere wasn’t too clear on the show’s overall direction as a fairytale crime drama–will each crime be resolved in each and every episode? Who should we be on the lookout for? Will their be an arch enemy/villain? Will it turn out to be a Buffy’esq type series? Maybe these questions are answered in future episodes.
Overall, the series is an interesting one, and I am curious to see just how it will progress. If the writers, cast, direction, and effects team come together harmoniously, then I suspect the series will be around for awhile. It has a brilliant premise and I would hate to see all of this potential go to waste.
NBC’s Grimm makes it’s OFFICIAL television debut on Friday, October 28 at 9 PM / 8 PM Central.
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