Grimm delivers the goods with a deranged take on Goldilocks

Grimm gave Goldilocks a dark little twist and made her pay for all the nasty things she did inside the home of the Three Bears.

(First things first, here's last week's recap of the pilot in case you forgot what Grimm's spiel is.)

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When Goldie (going by the name of Gilda in this episode, you get it) and her boyfriend break into the Three Bears' home, the boyfriend goes missing. Perhaps they shouldn't have picked the house covered in aboriginal bear art like nasty Germanic Bear Paws and Fijian War Claws!

Enter the law enforcement and their new undercover Grimm, Nick! Nick finds out that the family with the insane collection of bear trinkets are secretly Jägerbär (or something like that). Anyway, all these creatures have delightfully Bavarian nomenclature, like Monroe the Blutbad!

Anyway, Nick discovers that the Three Bears (well two of them at least) are keeping the boyfriend in the wilderness to perform a violent sort of "Bear Bar Mitzvah" where they hunt the BF down. Nick's Aunt (who held it together long enough for one more episode) said that the whole thing was messy, and that Nick shouldn't tell anyone about her trailer.

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The rest of the show is a delightfully tight-scripted monster-of-the-week with a sprinkling of fairy tale conspiracy theory. It's slick, fast, doesn't take much effort to follow, and reminds me very much of a poor man's Buffy (and that's not an insult). Monroe the Blutbad is basically your Xander/Spike character, except a lot more fun because he rips your arms off. Nick is Buffy, the Aunt is Giles, and his partner is someone I hope who is killed off soon. Who thinks Nick's girlfriend is hiding a secret? I do, I do! There's nothing surprisingly new about this show, but there is something fun about a well-paced monster series.

Last week I was decidedly mixed on Grimm, but this chase episode gives me hope for the series (even if their police skills are screamingly illogical and illegal). TiVo this show if you can't get around to watching it on Friday — the thin gruel has given way to some porridge that's just right. Hey-yo!

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