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Grimm [what an unoriginal show]
Zia McCorgi by Cooner
It is a well known fact that in creative circles and production that few ideas can be kept secret for long. This is why you will often see similar ideas being produced at the same time. One often feels a little more rushed because it is the one that was created after another idea in an attempt to either A) copy an idea or B) get on the band wagon for a perceived possibility of success.

Grimm is clearly the inferior copy to Once Upon a Time and there is little evidence that could be given that would convince me that someone was taking the idea of supernatural/fairy tales in the modern world and just running with it.

Sadly where Once Upon a Time has a deeply thought out mythos, attention to detail, and delightful acting Grimm is a shoddy monster of the week bland show.

The basic premise is that there are people, called Grimms for reasons unexplained I suppose to connect to the brother's Grimm but no in universe explanation is given. Grimms are able to see the truth that there are creatures out there that look human but really are supernatural monsters. Many of these creatures have animal features. Nick the protagonist is a Grimm. Grimms apparently, for unknown reasons come into their own after another Grimm has died or is close to death. It is there job to kill the supernatural creatures who "go too far". Nick is new to his duties. If this sounds amazingly reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire slayer and its many copies that is because it is and really it doesn't do much to avoid the connection to Supernatural, Buffy or Charmed. The most original idea they have with this is that Nick's aunt who raised him is a Grimm and she is a long time Grimm who some of the creatures seem to fear just by name. We get her for two episodes the pilot and the second. In both she is clearly suffering from cancer and obviously weak. She's also the most interesting part of the show.

It isn't awful. It actually can have some decent writing and the Main character, Nick Burkhard, has an oddly good chemistry with Monroe the blutbad the vegetarian wolf creature he goes to for advice and help. There is enough chemistry that I keep expecting them to make out. Monroe actually chews a lot of scenes he is in because he is interesting and has some skill. It also has an oddly interesting on going subplot with the chief of police who knows Nick is a Grimm and knows about the supernatural creatures about and might be one himself and seems to be manipulating events. I'll even give it the benefit of the doubt and say that Nick's semi-Fiance Julliette is interesting and the actors have a decent comfort level that they pull off the "we've dated for a long time" and there is some tension now in that Nick is unsure if he wishes to propose to her and put her in danger.

The strongest bit to the show is the Grimm Library. A mobile home that Nick's aunt bequeaths to him and has generations of Grimm lore telling about difference creatures, their weaknesses and filled with assorted tools, treasures, and potions that can kill the monsters. It has a delightful creepy 19th century flare to it and whenever Nick is in his library I'm delighted. It is also clearly abused for the easy answer solution to every problem.

But really the show is just derivative. It doesn't take many risks with its ideas and it relies on very old conventions to tell its stories. Nick is never wrong about the monster he is tracking down. The cops are always right. The bring up profiling but never run with it as an idea when it comes to these supernatural creatures. Monroe is treated as a unique individual for the fact that he works against type. The one black man who is in fact a supernatural beast is of course A) a previous felon B) a supernatural beast centered on strength and a rhino influenced creature and C) an athlete way to work against stereotypes [same episode a leonine creature who is the master mind of the events in story is white]

It is worse in that the monsters of the week are often obscure and we waste time reviewing them every episode and often its hard to tell them apart really. Its boring silly and the episode plot lines are contrived in many places. Really this is the type of show you should watch with friends and mock as you're doing it the dialog is uninspired, the stories are weak, and it doesn't take any risks.

It annoys me that this show has been approved for a second season.

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I have to say I like grimm better because I like mysteries hate the other. This seems to be common either you like one or the other. Once upon a time seems more formulaic while grimm does surprise me and I like the monsters just my two cents

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