You Have Been Watching…
Less Grimm now, more Supernatural…
Grimm “Blimey, is that still going?” shows. Yes it is, and its US ratings are healthy if not spectacular. And it’s still pretty much the same as it was when we all tuned in for the premiere and thought, “Not much point investing time in this one… It’s got ‘ Axe Me’ written all over it.’”
So, yes, it’s still a monster- of- the- week show with a mythology- based arc story and a huge dollop of domestic melodrama. It still has some of the silliest – and shoddiest – looking creature effects on TV that make it look like a lavish production of Toad Of Toad Hall. These monsters – Wesen – still live among us in human form, and can only be seen by a “Grimm” – though only sometimes by him and
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sometimes ( under stress or when they allow it or when it’s handy to the plot) by all humans. The rules still don’t make sense. Nick Burkhardt is still a cop and a Grimm, and David Giuntoli – who plays him – still has the expression of man who only half understands the dialogue he’s given.
In season four, some things have changed but not much – all the changes are familiar telefantasy developments. More people know Nick’s secret. Parents are being introduced all over the place. More characters with the same “mantle” as the lead character are appearing. Season four starts with Burkhardt powerless
Best Gag In The Making: Ep seven, “The Grimm Who Stole Christmas”, has this exchange between Renard and Nick: “I don’t want my mother to kill your mother.” “And I don’t want my mother to kill your mother.” Quite how that didn’t descend into a series of “Your mum is so evil…” gags we’ll never know.
In- Joke: Two consecutive episodes feature hospital rooms that have the same number as the episode’s production code: 404 and 405.
Best Line: Elizabeth ( when Nick discovers that to regain his Grimm powers he needs to have sex with his wife while she’s been magically altered to look like Adalind): “I would suggest a very dark room.” and tutoring a new young Grimm. She’s actually a great character, but don’t get too fond of her…
And now that the show has apparently run out of credible animals to Wesen- ise ( clearly Armadillo Man and Naked Mole Rat Man are too silly even for this show) it’s shamelessly going down the Supernatural urban myth route with Golem and Chupacabras. There’s also a wonderfully bonkers subplot in the early episodes of the season with evil Wesen Adalind subjected to Wes Craven’s take on Alice In Wonderland. There are some lovely macabre touches here that the show should use more often.
So how has a show that’s little more than a smorgasbord of clichés survived so long and developed such a loyal following? Perhaps because it doesn’t actually care that it’s a smorgasbord of clichés. It just does what it does efficiently. Although the monsters are laughably poor, the rest of the production values are high, the acting is solid, the characters are likeable. Season four is not going to make any new converts, but neither is it going to alienate current fans. Dave Golder
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Is that David Giuntoli’s “where was I?” face?