Grimm, "Pilot": CSI meets fairytale theater

Quick Take: Grimm, "Pilot"
This pilot is grim, but it has potential.


Review: Grimm, "Pilot"
(S0101) Between Once Upon a Time and Grimm, Grimm is definitely the network fairy tale series that I was most looking forward to, mostly because the title Once Upon a Time made me cringe. I know, I know. I also judge books by their covers. I’m sorry.  However, title alone did not draw me to Grimm, but the marketing as well. I thought the previews looked legitimately interesting.

Unfortunately, the clips shown in the previews prove to be the only interesting scenes in the pilot.

At first, I thought Grimm was going to be like Supernatural, without the bromance (and really, what’s the point of that?) and then I thought that it was going to be like Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, without all the undead mobsters. Admittedly, part of that might have been Grimm’s lead, David Giuntoli’s uncanny resemblance to Dylan Dog star Brandon Routh.  The resemblance is so strong that I initially thought Routh was the star.

In retrospect, I wish Routh was the star.

Regardless, the Dylan Dog comparison is actually fairly accurate: I thought that movie was pretty boring too.

I’m willing to chalk the snail-paced plot up to the need to cram as much exposition as possible into the pilot because disappointment aside, Grimm has the potential to be really fantastic. David Giuntoli stars as Nick Burkhardt, a descendant of the famous Brothers Grimm, you know, the guys who gave us Cinderella and The Little Mermaid in all their gritty glory. Most of us are only familiar with the kid-friendly Disney adaptations of these tales but really, the source material for Disney’s “timeless classics” featured a lot less singing and a lot more dismemberment.

And hey, Grimm has the dismemberment down before the first commercial break, so there’s one point in its favor. The contemporary retelling of Red Riding Hood was clever and enjoyable. It was everything else that had me yawning.

So, Nick is a descendant of the Grimm brothers and it turns out that the Grimms were more than just scholars and writers; they were hunters and warriors as well, keeping the big bad wolves and other nightmares in check.

And that’s all very interesting. Really.

But Nick himself? Not so much. I’m hoping that he magically develops a personality next week because all the clever retellings in the world can only take me so far if our leading man only has one facial expression. 

By MaryAnn Sleasman

About the author

MaryAnn was raised by television because her parents were too cheap to get a babysitter. Some people have fond memories of summer camp, she has Salute Your Shorts rerunsStalk her on Twitter at @radium_girl.

More From MaryAnn Sleasman

When is "gourmet buffet" NOT an oxymoron?
Read More
"I should have taken that job at Google."-- Charlie
Read More
“Beer’s not food. It’s whatever water is.” - Dean
Read More

Email (Will not be used):


characters left

Featured Articles

Popular Today


Recent Comments

"Mysterion Rises" with The Cute Lord Cthulhu - South Park review
Actually, the birthing of Kenny in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" doesn't necessarily conflict with the circumstances of Kenny's reincarnation...
Alien Encounters, "The Message": a hard to find little show that's worth the search
Mind Reading Technologies and Tongues Governments from around the world have been using mind reading technologies that can read...
Dog The Bounty Hunter, "And Baby Makes Three": revisiting an old favorite
i do like your show i wish can be your fan club i want all of your show on dvd please
Boardwalk Empire, "Two Boats and a Lifeguard": daddy issues
Are you looking for a partner for the relationship or for fun? Then you came to the right place. We are providing you the best dating...
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
I can verify Bear Claw. Good man. I cant vouch for the other participants. It is to bad society does suck so bad that this type...
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
Lake Michigan is not an ocean. Has anyone seen my white dog? Lost him while hiking in Arkansas
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
I too also as well live on the island, I can attest that Dan lives in the ocean as he has for hundreds of decades. We locals call...
Parks and Recreation: why is everyone so mean to Jerry?
It's funny because its so not funny.
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
I too live on the island and ISLANDER does not know what they are talking about. Dan lives out in the middle of the island with...
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
this is not real i know that goat and it is not "doc's" its my neighbors goat. and by the way i live on the very top of that mountain...