This fall NBC’s “Grimm” delves into a dark backstory of the folklore that became the catalogue of over 200 stories collected by the Grimm brothers. But were they really just stories? Or were the Grimm brothers really profilers of their time chronicling the ogres, beasts and other monstrosities and enchantments that were truly living amongst the mortals? This is the premise of “Grimm”, NBC’s newest series. The series’ tagline is, “”the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Well, those weren’t stories; they were warnings.”
The series backdrop is the Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon. In the pilot of the series we find detectives Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and his partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) in search of a serial killer with a penchant for girls in red hoodie sweaters. Nick is the straight-laced detective about to marry his sweetheart, Julliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch). Hank is the more seasoned detective that has been “around the block” a couple of times. Reggie Lee plays Sargent Lee of the Portland Police Department, and they all answer to their boss, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz).
As the story unfolds, Nick Burkhardt starts to feel as if he is losing his mind as he starts to see monsters morph in and out of human form. His Aunt Marie visits and tells him he is not losing his mind; he is able to see “them.” Aunt Marie says, “When they lose control, we can see them for what they are.” Nick has a sixth sense in regards to supernatural beings and is the last descendant of the Grimm brothers, hunters of evil. “This isn’t a fairy tale. The stories are real,” the dying Aunt Marie says. Nick is reluctant at first but he realizes that this newly found power can help him in his job as a detective and with the help of an unenthusiastic “reformed werewolf”, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), Nick gets more answers.
When asked how they have been preparing for a cult following or “Twilight”-type hysteria, the two main characters David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby sheepishly reply. Giuntoli says, “It’s exciting to think about. And, you know I just, I think it energizes me and I just welcome it. I haven’t prepared for it in any way… if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t, but I’m going to enjoy the ride.” Hornsby quotes his hero, Roscoe Lee Browne, who about ten years ago said to him, “‘Never mistake your presence for the event.’ And that’s always stuck with me and I really sort of live by that. And so, you know, you never ride too high or too low. You just kind of of walk the line and walk right in the middle and that way, you know, you’re always managing expectations and continuing to be yourself.”
“Grimm” is a series filled with dark and ominous storytelling with a cerebral sense of humor. It is the weirdness of “X-files” meets a gothic horror story that lands in present day. The players of “Grimm” are normal people put in bizarre circumstances. Giuntoli and Hornsby are the seasoned performers that make it look easy. They pull us into their world and make us want to care for them and convince us to rethink the fairytales we know and love as warnings, not the fluffy “happily ever afters” that we are used to.
“Grimm” may be a great risk for NBC but could easily gain a cult following and with the buzz of the final Twilight Saga film, “Breaking Dawn” being released, one can’t help but think that perhaps there is room now in the heart of the public for other monsters living amongst us.
If you haven’t been following the series, you can catch up on www.nbc.com/grimm. Watch “Grimm” on NBC, Fridays at 9pm EST/8pm Central.
Article Written by: Aiona Kaufusi
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