This appears to be a love it or hate it type of show based on what I read on-line, hear on podcasts or through people I talk to. I don’t love it or hate it. I enjoy it. Grimm is a solid show. It takes a TV formula that works (the cop procedural) and gives a supernatural twist that make it different from the typical cop procedural. Does it have some room for improvement, sure. But lots of shows do.
My biggest problem with the show is most people’s problem…the lead, David Giuntoli. I don’t think he’s as horrible as some people have cast him, but I do think he’s not connecting with the audience. He’s not very engaging. While I like him because he’s a nice guy, I don’t find myself rooting for him. Eddie Monroe (played by Silas Weir Mitchell) is someone I root for. He’s awesome. Even Russell Hornsby’s Hank (Nick’s partner) is more layered and interesting than David’s Nick. How can someone with Nick’s background be so boring? Is it the actor or the writing? I can’t believe it’s the writing because the other characters are pretty strong. So it has to come down to the way Giuntoli is playing Nick. He’s very stiff and approaches most scenes the same way. It’s almost as if he’s wearing an ear piece and the director is telling him in his ear (ok David in this scene I need you to be forceful because your mad and in this scene I need your delivery to be comical because this is a light-hearted scene.) It’s not natural. Luckily for him, everyone else is so good and the stories, to this point, have been compelling enough, that I don’t need to protagonist to carry the show. And maybe he’ll get better as the show moves forward. I think it’s going to be renewed so the more he gets used to the character (and maybe takes some classes) he should be fine.
My one request from Grimm is to get more into the history behind the mythology in the show. We got the most we’ve seen series-to-date in “Three Coins in a Fuchsbau” when we learned (we think) who killed David’s parents. But there seems to be more to this story. Quite honestly, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of Nick doing family research on his background after Aunt Marie told him the powers of the Grimm family are passing to him. But his parents (at least one of them) were Grimms. They were holding onto the coins that many creatures were after. So how involved were they and for how long? Also, how many Grimms can have their “powers” at one time? It doesn’t seem Nick has been able to see the creatures until Aunt Marie’s visit and likewise, the creatures haven’t been able to tell Nick is a Grimm before now either. Why is that? How does that work? Also, how do they know he’s a Grimm? Is it like being blinded but if someone sticks a skunk in your face, you know it’s a skunk? Is it sensory? Does Nick’s face change? Does Nick have cousin’s who are also Grimms that can see what he sees? If he and Juliette have kids, will the “power” pass to them? I would really like more information on all of this.
The big question is, what the hell is the police captain? He must be something powerful because Nick has yet to see his face contort into a creature and we all know he is. So what is he? And why is he actually being protective of Nick right now? Is it because he has a bigger plan for him? I’d like to see this storyline start to progress.
We are at the point in the season, where I think we are ready for some answers and some more back story. At least I am. So I want to see the show go down that path. I enjoy it and I really like it. I think the stories are fascinating. It reminds me a little of Season 1 of Supernatural when you had all these different urban legends/creatures from mythology that we had to learn about. I just want some progression on the mythology.