Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) learns that he is descended from the Brothers Grimm and that the stories they told weren’t just fairy tales. The stories were real and the Brothers Grimm were hunters trying to keep the balance between the supernatural and the human world. Monsters are all around us, but normal people can’t see them. Because he’s a Grimm, Nick can see the monsters. It is his destiny to hunt down the bad ones whilst solving his normal crime cases as well. I’m sure they will cross over sometimes.
Based on the first episode, I’m smitten. I’m hoping it’s not a premature smittening. As with any other new show that comes out, there’s always a chance it’ll get axed real early.
There are so many good things about this first episode. The main character, Nick, is competent, persistent, and cute to boot! The potential “wolf” sidekick, Eddie (Silas Weir Mitchell ), is funny, smart, yet dangerous. The monster effects? Really well done and pretty creepy. Nowadays with technology as it is, one would expect fairly flawless effects, and I feel this show delivers just that. The transitions from human to monster were subtle yet realistic. The first episode showcased the “big bad wolf” while glimpsing a few other creatures. I’m interested to see what else we’ll see.
One thing I HAVE to talk about is the music. Sometimes the music of a show or movie doesn’t matter or maybe it’s not even noticeable. But music has the great potential to enhance an experience. The first thing I noticed when I started watching the show was the music. It starts off playing “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics which instantly grabbed my attention. The song also played a part in the plot and the episode ends with a different rendition. I sincerely hope that future episodes continue the trend of excellent music.
Another element of the show that I appreciated was the attention to detail in the setting. It is set in Portland, Oregon. Okay. But it’s not just regular Portland, Oregon. It’s Portland, Oregon in the world of Grimm where they showcase the trees, the wooded areas, and the neighborhoods with amplified coloring. You can’t help but notice the color contrast. Everything is purposefully bright green, bright red, bright blue, etc. And it’s not gaudy, it’s a fairy tale.
Grimm was touted as a creation from the producers of Buffy and Angel, and there were parts of the episode that felt familiar to me as a fan of those past shows. The familiarity was particularly experienced through the action and fighting scenes. It was kind of comforting in a weird way; yet the whole show was also fresh and exciting and well put together. I was quite pleased with this pilot and I’m hoping the rest of the season delivers. I guess we’ll see. Catch the second episode tonight!