Review of ‘Grimm’

So Grimm is currently in its winter hiatus (curse you, season breaks!!!). Which means I am going out of my mind with no more episodes left to watch. BUT that leaves a perfect excuse for all of those of you yet to divulge into the strange and exciting world that is Grimm, it’s a perfect chance to get caught up. Yes, we are currently mid-way through season five, but trust me – you’ll be so hooked that those five seasons will fly by.

The show revolves around Detective Nick Berkhardt played by David Giuntoli, who as a descendant of the Grimm’s, well known to us for the creation of fairy-tale, is able to see strange animal-like creatures known as Wessen. This is seamlessly tied in with the detective theme of the show, bringing together a bit of fantasy, supernatural and detective fiction. The story lines are consistently fast paced, largely due to the fact that each episode focuses generally on a separate case. Within each series however there is always a larger, underlying story which spells a greater danger to Nick and those that he cares for.

Though Giuntoli is fantastic in the lead role, and over the five seasons we have seen him grow and develop into a fantastic character actor with some extremely strong scenes, the show is often stole by his supporting cast. Of particular note is Monroe, played by Prison Break’s Silas Weir Mitchell, the reformed big bad wolf role who mentors Nick upon the discovery of his ability. Monroe has a great sense of humour and as his responsibilities increase, and his own role within the story line continues to grow had become a character that quite frankly I struggle to see how the show would do without. A second supporting character that has long since been a favourite of mine is Sergeant Wu, played by Reggie Lee. His quick one-liners have only grown funnier over the course of the show, and his smart-alec remarks have me cracking up every time.

There has been, as there so usually is, one character I would gladly have seen the back of quite early on. One of these being Nick’s girlfriend Juliette, played by the stunning Bitsie Tulloch. Though I have found myself continuously envying Bitsie’s gorgeous locks, clothing and general grace, I have very rarely though, wow what a great female character. She is sadly stood up far too often by the shows other female characters, Hexenbeast Adalind Schade played by Claire Coffee and Fuchsbau Rosalee played by Bree Turner. Though the interesting elements of their characters may arguably come from their Wessen status, I continue to find their character’s engaging when they are appearing in their human form. They are smart, self-assured and confident, but on top of that, they’re both bad-ass with complex and interesting backstories. Juliette on the other hand may be smart and confident and gorgeous, but she is not interesting. It seem to me that she exists purely to be Nick’s vulnerability, which she so often proves to be. Granted, she does start to become more interesting as her story and character changes, but this doesn’t really start to happen in my opinion until the start of series four.

Many may be put off by the idea of the show, feeling that its supernatural element may be a little too close to being scary. But fear not (no pun intended). I am quite possibly one of the world’s biggest scaredy-cats (at the age of 21 I still have to sleep with a lamp on if my boyfriend is away for the night), and yet I have successfully made it to season five with only one episode giving me the heebie-jeebies. That is not to say though, that those looking for heart-racing excitement will be left bored and wishing for more thrills. The story-line takes enough twists and turns, and has enough dangerous elements to keep the adrenaline flowing is fine amounts.

As with many long running seasons there is of course a low point. There was a point in series two where I felt a particular storyline was getting a little old but since then the show has gone from strength to strength. It was most definitely worth riding out the low points for the highs that the show reaches. It’s certainly safe to say the writers sure do know how to leave you on a cliff hanger.

Each series has left me screaming for another series and immediately leaping for Google to see if a further season has been announced and when it will be airing. As the habit of American shows having a mid-season break grows, the writers have had to make sure that audiences don’t drop away during this break, and boy have they managed it. Now I’m struggling to cope with the month long drought of episodes that had ensued with this year’s winter hiatus. The previous few seasons have been no different. I regularly find myself counting the days between episodes when they’re being aired weekly, let alone when I’m having to wait months at a time.

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