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Fun, Fresh, and Different,
This review is from: Grimm Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)
The CW's Supernatural has more often than not mastered the mix of being a serialized drama driven by a running mythology and a crime procedural with the twist on crimes being committed by supernatural creatures. NBC's Grimm hopes to be able to do the same thing and judging from the pilot, it seems they are off to a good start.
The series itself has a great visual presentation, helped in large part by being set in Portland. The fog, the trees, the dampness all make for an intriguingly atmospheric setting. During the day, it feels ominous and eerie. At night, dark and frightening. Contemporary, modern life contrasted with misty fantastical forests. Actually filming on location in Oregon contributes a great deal to the show.
If you're looking for royalty and the traditional fairy tale, you might want to check out that other new fairy tale show. Grimm on the other hand evokes a sense of fantasy that could just as well exist in our own everyday world. The crimes ground the series while the creation of this world in which Grimms have been fighting off creatures for a few hundred years gives it that hook that makes it different and fresher than the sea of crime procedurals on television today. And having the series be that grounded actually helps it be that much more magical.
Grimm is as much a mystery/crime drama as it is fantasy and supernatural and more of an adventure as well. Delving into the history and backstory of Nick and his family should be as engaging as the case of the week. And as long as the series can maintain that balance, viewers should be in for a satisfying and enjoyable ride.