Grimm (Season 1) TV Show Review

When I first started watching this show I wasn’t expecting anything. It hadn’t been recommended to me and I hadn’t even heard of it before. I had only seen a couple of ads for Grimm on TV and thought “That looks like an interesting show”. It turns out that I was greatly rewarded for deciding to watch it. Warning that this post may contain spoilers.

Grimm is a fantasy/crime TV show that’s roughly (very, very roughly) based on the Grimm Brothers Fairy-Tales. Each episode begins with a quote from one of their stories. It’s a US show that first aired in October, 2011 (but the first season just finished airing in Australia recently). It was created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, produced by Steve Oster and Stephen Welke and edited by Chris G. Willingham.

The cast consists of relatively unknown actors. Despite this, they’re all pretty good at what they do. While none of the acting is really amazing, I can’t actually pick up any flaws in it which is good enough for me. The main cast includes David Guintoli (Nick Burkhardt), Russell Hornsby (Hank Griffin), Bitsie Tullok (Juliette Silverton), Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe), Sasha Roiz (Captain Sean Renard) and Reggie Lee (Sergeant Wu).

The show is aimed towards more of a young adult to adult audience, and I wouldn’t recommend it to children as they could be easily scared. Truthfully, the fear-factor in the show is only really used I the first few episodes of the show, before the main character, Nick Buckhardt, and the viewer get used to the idea that people aren’t always as they seem.

I was going to try and get through this review but it seems that I will have to mention it at some point. Grimm is based on the idea that not all people are entirely human. Some people can also turn into other creatures (usually during times if fear and anger). These creatures are called Wesen. However, normal people can’t see them when they turn, only other Wesen can, and people from a particular bloodline called Grimms. My explanation isn’t very good and it’s actually a lot simpler and more interesting than that. Just watch it I say!

Anyway, my need to mention this in the review is so I can talk about the use of CGI. It’s actually pretty good. I think even throughout the series it’s gotten better, which leads me to think that in future seasons it will get even better. The sort of things they have to do are pretty tricky and I think that they did a great job of it considering the difficulty of the task.

The storyline in the actual episodes themselves vary, some episodes are very much based on the ongoing storyline and some are stand-alone episodes. Usually I’m not a fan on stand-alone episodes but it works well with Grimm because they still teach us more about the characters and give us lots of background information. If you skip an episode, you will definitely be missing out on something important.

One of the downfalls of the shows is the names of the different creatures. They’re all in German which makes the sound really cool, but also makes them hard to remember and recognise. The writers of the show just seem to expect the viewer to remember the names after one mention, which is fine for the episode in which they’re introduced, but is more difficult when it’s mentioned in episodes after. An example of some of these names are Fuchsbau and Blutbaden.

The music, composed by Richard Marvin, has this creepy, fantasy feel to it. It plays a very important part in making the show seem more supernatural because a lot of the time it could just be an ordinary crime show with a twist. Here is the music from the introduction and credits:

Favourite character/actor: Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell)

Least favourite character/actor: Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee)

Favourite episode/scene: Last Grimm Standing

Least favourite episode/scene: Happily Ever Aftermath

Rating; 4/5 stars


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