Review – Grimm (Season 1)
Grimm is a TV series created by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt. It aired in 2011 on the NBC channel, starring detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli).
In Portland, a normal Oregon city, strange crimes occur and the police think they are inexplicable. Only after the arrival of his aunt Marie (Kate Burton), Nick (David Giuntoli) manages to conceive their modus operandi and to learn more about himself and his abilities. It is precisely on this occasion that the detective discovers that he is a Grimm, that is, that he belongs to a lineage of people able to see the true appearance of some beings. It is thus introduced to the mythology of the wesen, beings that seem human but who actually conceal an animal essence and an equally wild behaviour. With this knowledge Nick (David Giuntoli) finally manages to solve the cases he investigates on and reconcile his work as a detective with his mission as a grimm.
Nick (David Giuntoli) appears at first as a flat character who gets carried away by events. Episode by episode, however, are showed more and more facets of his character. Like him, his girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloc) appears to be a bland character. Their relationship, as it is presented already in the middle, does not give the same thrill of a conquest. Fortunately, these two aspects will be settled during the second season.
Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) is instead, the real winning character of the show (and the actor is also the best of the three in acting). He represents how the wesen should not necessarily be subjected to their primordial instincts but can decide how to act and how to behave. Having abandoned the practice of hunting and undertaken a vegetarian regime, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) is the living library of the protagonist who turns to him whenever he needs informations on the Wesen world. In fact, both Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Nick (David Giuntoli) show that we should not generalize and make a bundle of all grass. The former uses his strength above the norm only when the occasion requires it; the second, unlike his ancestors, practices the path of forgiveness and second chances without necessarily killing the creatures he comes into contact with. The wesen, actually, are nothing but the allegorical representation of the dark instincts of the human being while Nick (David Giuntoli) represents true justice.
Themes and style
Freely inspired by the mythology of classical fairy tales, this TV series stages very deep themes in a completely modern setting. Each story tends to teach something, just like the purpose for which fairy tales were invented, but transposing everything into an updated and current context. The Grimm brothers themselves are mentioned as those who put their knowledge on paper in order to pass it to posterity and put them on the lookout for Wesen.
I really liked the style and the basic concept of the series, in particular I found a similarity with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of my favorite series. It should be noted in this regard that one of the writers of the series is David Greenwalt, a collaborator of Joss Whedon first in the aforementioned series and then for his spin-off Angel.
Surely in this show there is much to improve, for example, the horizontal plot that unfolds in these first 22 episodes is weak and is present only in a few of them. But the special effects are clearly better than other TV series with the same target such as Once upon a time. The soundtrack also seems to me adequate (how can we forget Sweet dreams at the beginning of the first episode?) to the mood of the series.
Overall the series is completely enjoyable and full of modern and well-developed themes. The finale is open and leaves the viewer intrigued and eager to continue watching it.