This weekend, NBC premiered its brand new fairy tale procedural Grimm. The show exposes the world to the dark underbelly of criminal fairy tale behavior, and it's like Law & Order for exceptionally desperate Buffy fans.
Main character Nick (David Giuntoli) is a hard working gumshoe with an amicable girlfriend and a big house. It's all very nice, which is a fairly accurate description for this pilot. One night, Nick's wacky Aunt shows up and menacingly chops tomatoes with a knife. Her bald cap points out that this character has cancer and will most certainly die soon, something she confesses to Nick as well.
But before she goes, Nick needs to know one thing — he's a "Grimm!" Then BOOM a smashed-face monster jumps out of his classic car and tries to murder Nick and his Aunt with a giant scythe. They beat the monster with many bullets, the monsters turns back into a human, and the Aunt is sent to the hospital. But the damage has been done. Nick knows that he's a Grimm now. And worse yet, his presence around magical terrorists and fairy tale convicts exposes the creatures' secret identities, thus making Nick a walking target.
In other news a little girl is then abducted by a Big Bad Wolf creature, which this show insists on calling babyboobins or something. Nick follows his instincts into the house of another Big Bad Wolf, but this one is cool because he doesn't kill people and does pilates. I ended up liking this guy a lot just because of how many times he reminds Nick that he's doesn't know anything, and then fills in the holes for the audience.
Meanwhile Nick's dreadful partner shows up to say horribly cliché things like "What a way to go!" and
"Big night, don't blow it Romeo!" He was the worst. Anyway, the Big Bad Wolf (the actual bad one) has kidnapped the little girl so he can eat her up cannibal-style, which is slightly less horrifying than chasing down a pedophile, even though Grimm paints him as such for the entire episode. Nick convinces the Pilates Wolf to help them (because, well I don't know why he's a really nice wolf we guess) and they track down the Bad Wolf by scent. There's a bit of a kerfuffle, and eventually the Bad Wolf attacks Nick, who fills the Bad Wolf with bullets. EDIT: Maybe his partner shot the Bad Wolf but he was still shooting him IN THE BACK, which I'm pretty sure is quite illegal.
Funny side note: this is the second "person" that Nick (and his partner) has killed in only just one episode. After shooting up the fella that attacked his Aunt with the scythe, Nick had a meeting with the police chief about firing his gun for the first time on the job. And later, his partner explained to him that basically the scythe attacker deserved it because his prints turned up rape and assault charges all over the nation (so death deserved). And clearly, death deserved to this Bad Wolf because he was going to eat a little girl.
But here's my question — is this show going to continue to have Nick kill "people" who are secretly demons or whatever but actual people in the real world? Because that death toll is going to add up and (even if they are all horrible creatures) I can't imagine someone being allowed to work as a suburban cop with 25 kills under his belt. Just a thought, as Grimm introduced the fact that these are REAL people but are REAL monsters as well.
Anyways, Grimm was enjoyable enough. It reminded me of Buffy but without the fun or real sense of dread. But hey, main character Nick's not all that bad of a protagonist to follow around (his partner not so much). Pilates Wolf made me laugh and introduced the whole "fairy tale profiling" aspect which I hope is dropped immediately.
Surely, Pilates Wolf will step in as Nick's Giles until the Aunt wakes up from her coma (which it looks like she has). But not unless she's murdered first, because this show ends on a bit of a storybook conspiracy theory. A woman who was earlier exposed as a demon or whatever tries to poison the Aunt and Nick stops her (getting poisoned himself). She runs away into a big black SUV, and the person driving is Nick's police chief. BUM-BUM-BUM, fairy tale conspiracy!