Movies Horror Grimm (2011–2017)
I was skeptical when I heard of a cop procedural meets fairy tale show. We’ve already got something pretty close to that (or we used to) with Supernatural. But while in the folktales course I took this year, my TA suggested it and gave it good reviews so I figured why not. And I’m so glad I did.
This show gives a refreshing spin to the stories we all grew up hearing from our parents and grandparents. For once, they weren’t being spoon fed to us as these colorful tales that always had a nice, neat happily ever after. They’re dark and menacing and a bit terrifying just as they were intended to be when the Grimm brothers wrote them down in the first collections.
The portrayals of the “monsters” is a great blend between scary and amusing that brings back the nostalgic Buffy fan in me (which makes sense seeing as David Greenwalt helped create this). There are some rough spots and the characters need some more development (more Monroe, please!) but that’s nothing a bit of time can’t remedy. A lot of shows are a little shaky during those first few episodes and start to get their stability once they’ve found their voice. Seeing as we’re only six episodes in, I think things are going pretty well.
As for all the negative feedback from various sources saying it isn’t as good as Once Upon A Time, the two are completely different entities. Despite the fairy tale connection, they barely have anything in common. Once Upon A Time is to Grimm the way that Disney is to Horror films. They aren’t even in the same drama. Not that there’s anything wrong with Once Upon A Time but to constantly compare the two and debate which is better is a waste of energy and time. Hopefully, Grimm can pick up a bit more favor or reviews with a little less bias in favor of OUAT. Either way, we’ve got till May to see if these fairy tales have happy endings for all.
Grimm largely follows the line of most crime dramas, but with the fun twist that the bad guys are characters from fairy tales and folk-stories. The main character is reasonably interesting, his partners (one his human police partner & a new friend that is basically a big bad wolf) are mildly amusing, and the crimes are intriguing. Only time will tell if it can stay interesting, but for now I am extremely optimistic. It is a show that can appeal to fantasy fans (like me) and crime drama fans (like my husband).
Being one of two fantasy themed new shows on network television, Grimm is inevitably compared to ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which is a bit more fantasy. I am enjoying Once Upon a Time a great deal (my husband hasn’t watched since the first episode), but frankly it seems more like a mini-series. It has an end written into the story & if they try to drag it out too long it will start to seem ridiculous. Grimm on the other hand, can last as long as the writers keep finding more folktales & there are thousands of those.