Nick Burckhardt is a Seattle police detective whose unknown past is seeping into his life by way of odd visions, and his dying Aunt Marie arriving on his doorstep with a trailer full of weapons, diaries, and a book that seems to be the go to for evil creatures.
Based on the Grimm fairy tales, I am not sure where the genre hook is coming from, but this is #2 in the new fall-lineup for 2011-2012. This new NBC show is action packet and full of oddities. What is a Grimm? Why is Nick Burckhardt suddenly seeing the demons morph out of what he once believed were normal people? The legacy of the Grimm is passed down through the generations, but is only embraced when the previous Grimm dies. I like the idea of the show, the Buffy / Angel throw back. It has a good pace and raises lots of questions that I want to see answered. For instance, Aunt Marie can kick some major butt and she is dying, will the new Grimm be able to do that as well? In the pilot episode, while we are finding out all about the Grimm curse, Nick and his partner are searching for a killer responsible for literally tearing a college student to pieces in the forest. Now a little girl has gone missing. The common element, both were wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. Cheesy? Yes, but not so much so that it becomes ridiculous.
Will Grimm ever be up for an Emmy? No. Will I watch it as mindless entertainment? Definitely. There are tons of top notch shows that are chalk full of critical acclaim, but I have to admit, there is nothing like mindless television. The show Reaper was also a perfect example of this. It was light, funny, dark, and corny as hell, yet we watched it every week. Prime Time sometimes takes itself too seriously. So when a show like Grimm, Reaper, or Chuck comes along, we should embrace the cliché and give in to our sluggish desires. TV is meant to be enjoyed, not always to challenge, and Grimm is a good example of this. It is reminiscent of an Evil Dead movie with a touch more of a plot.
If you like the idea of saying ewww once in a while and chuckling under your breath at the fun, give Grimm a try. It is better than you think.