Dark show brings lively delight
March 30, 2012
Filed under Features
On a crisp, sunny morning, a sorority girl goes out for a jog. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics plays on her iPod as she peaceably takes the trail among the trees.
A creature at supernatural speed darts across the screen. Bone-breaking sounds are heard and the camera zooms in on a lonely iPod. “Sweet Dreams” continues to play.
It’s a new decade for the classic, well-feared beasts of the all ages. Yes, the werewolves, dragons, vampires, are stalking college girls and popular culture. And all of the TV stations are battling it out to make the “it” show for the much-demanded fantasy genre.
NBC nails it with their recently launched Grimm.
Deriving from the well acclaimed Grimm fairy tales, NBC took what many see as a huge risk. Choosing to take on a show that constantly requires special effects, they jumped right into the fight to make a mark in American homes.
Even from just the first episode, one can see Grimm is a fast-paced, energetic show.
Main character Nick Burkhardt, a (refreshingly normal) Portland detective, has been on a lot of crime scenes, but nothing can prepare him for the cases to come.
Inheriting the ability to see people turn briefly into surprisingly frightening creatures, his dying aunt tells him an unnerving truth: that he is a “grimm.”
Now Nick must keep the peace between the normal world of humans and the supernatural world of Grimm creatures on steroids.
As anticipated, violence is on a high note. How else could a big, mean chain of modernized Grimm beasts be portrayed?
A question arises in all the bloody, violence messes our detective unravels: Is the violence a little over the edge for a TV-14 rating?
It’s true that television violence has dramatically risen within the past 20 years, and kids today are growing less and less sensitive to it. But still, it’s safe to say that Grimm is completely inappropriate for any squeamish soul.
Be warned, even though this is a fantasy show filled with kid-attracting elements like werewolves and slick detectives, Grimm most definitely aims for older teen and adult audiences.
Despite this, the show does well to balance the violence by easing humor and increasingly lovable characters into the plot.
Eddie Monroe, Nick’s right-hand man and friend, is a “blutbad” (big bad wolf) who keeps a strict vegetarian diet, fixes clocks in his free time, and does Pilates.
Being the go-to guy for information on bizarre beasts and fairy tale creatures, this revolutionized blutbad serves as a lovable comic relief.
Another thing that is particularly refreshing about Grimm is the surprisingly well-done special effects.
As everyone knows, TV shows don’t have the time or means to make good special effects. The results, hence, come out awkward and in all honestly not very watchable.
This is where Grimm really becomes unique. The special effects add to the show, increasing its popularity, rather than taking away from it.
No, the effects aren’t perfect (it’s still a TV show with a strict deadline), but it’s vigorously better than what’s usually seen in a fantasy television series.
Grimm’s got a lot of potential, some of which is already becoming evident. The lovable characters and fast-moving plot gives an easy way for future seasons and increasing popularity.