When told about the upcoming start of “Grimm” on Watch, I was incredibly excited. Created by David Greenwalt I was hoping to gain the same enjoyment I got from one of his other shows, and my guilty pleasure, Angel.
From the very start I was not disappointed. A young red riding hood, jogging in the woods listening to Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics, Is suddenly taken from our screens with such speed and force, I found myself sitting up in my chair thinking to myself “here we go then”.
Introduced then to Detective Nick Burkhardt and his partner Hank Griffin ( played by the well cast David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby ) Police men from Portland, Oregon, tough men used to gruesome crime scenes, they find themselves confused by finding a boot print at a scene that could only have been an animal attack. Nick starts to glimpse people as they actually are, momentarily viewing the mythical evil faces hidden beneath. The show continues with Nick starting to realise he may have special powers. A visit from his dying Aunt leads to the revelation that Nick is the last in a elite line of supernatural criminal profilers known as the Grimm’s.
Upon the abduction of a young girl wearing another red hood, Nick starts to believe that these may not be as simple a crimes as maybe they first appeared. Whilst hunting for the missing child, Nick inadvertently comes in contact with the reformed Big Bad Wolf that is Monroe. I loved the humour and honesty that Silas Weir Mitchell brings to the role of Monroe, the reluctant font of knowledge that Nick relies upon as he try’s to understand his gift whilst still searching for the abductee.
An old fashioned sniff out through the woods by Monroe leads Nick to a house in the middle of nowhere and the postman, himself a psychotic Harrison Ford looking man. Eventually the criminal/monster is defeated and the girl is saved. Right at the end of the show you see that Nicks boss Captain Sean Renard ( Sasha Roiz ) is in league with the supernatural and that leaves you begging for episode two.
Modern takes on old classics are becoming the norm in television these days, but this is definatly one attempt that works.
From my childhood growing up in Germany, I remember the Grimm fairy tales, a collection of folklore the two brothers, both academics, had collected in the 1790’s and really enjoyed Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm. I hope the excitement and attention to detail ( all the terms and names are the actual ancient German ones ) continues through the first season. We caught a glimpse on the next episode of the take they will have for the Goldilocks and the three bears story and I really hope my favourite Grimm tales are included, three little men in the wood and the riddle. I certainly will be watching

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