“Pilot” written by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf; directed by Marc Buckland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Earlier this week I took a look at the first of this year’s fairy tale TV series: Once Upon a Time on ABC. Today, I’ll take a look at Grimm on NBC.
Nick Burckhardt (David Giuntoli) is a police homicide detective who suddenly begins to see a few people around him momentarily morph into hideous monsters. His terminally ill aunt, Marie (Kate Burton), who raised him after his parents were killed when he was 12, comes to visit but is attacked by one of the monsters before she can fully explain what’s going on. But what she does say is that Nick is descended from a line of Grimms, monster hunters, and that when she dies, her powers will transfer to him. Nick understandably doesn’t believe her, but when he examines her mobile home he discovers a cache of edged weapons and a notebook with sketches of the monsters he has been seeing.
When an apparent serial killer starts terrorizing the town, Nick and his partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) begin investigating. A little girl is abducted and they suspect she is the latest victim. Nick conveniently meets what seems to be the only reformed werewolf (Silas Weir Mitchell) living across the street from where the girl was last seen, and the two track down the evil werewolf to his cabin in the woods outside of town.
Grimm has a lot going for it. It is a police procedural with an engrossing supernatural element. I see a lot of parallels to The X-Files: two law enforcement agents tracking down supernatural menaces, one of them a believer and one of them clueless. There is a conspiracy element as well, with the monsters banding together in secret to rid themselves of the pursuing Grimms. There is some black humor as well, especially from Mitchell’s character, as he gets exasperated by Nick’s naivety about what’s going on, and how he has maintained a “strict regimen” to dispel his killer instincts.
Unfortunately, the pilot episode was up against Game 7 of the World Series for most of the U.S. It does have a good lead-in with Chuck, but Fridays are not great nights for massive ratings to begin with, and it will be up against Fringe on Fox and Supernatural on CW. So set your DVRs, or watch online, because this is a series that deserves a chance to be seen.