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Decent Sci-Fi show. Has issues, though.
on August 17, 2015
We generally like watching this show, but it is definitely lacking in depth and consistency.
This first season has been a lot of "monster of the week" repetition. There is very little depth to the story or an overarching storyline. Most of the actors are likable, but forgettable. We really got into Lost, Fringe, Heroes (seasons 1-3), Smallville (seasons 1-6), Supernatural (seasons 1-7), and several others. Those all had a premise that there was something bigger happening and the weekly stories slowly built a rising tension. Grimm has not been doing that.
The same special effect is used over and over again - you see the non-humans' faces morph from human appearance to their non-human face (werewolf, rat, troll, etc.). I know this is likely due to low budget, but it is starting to get a little old. How awesome would it have been for the snake man to actually turn into a snake and try to eat the mouse man? The spider lady turn into a huge spider? Instead you get an ok looking man/snake head and some human fighting instead of monster fights. We want to see the monsters that are pretending to be humans actually turn into the monsters! X-Files did this many years ago to great affect - I am still freaked out by the lady who turned into a snake and ate someone - so why can't Grimm?
There are consistency problems in the shows, too. The werewolf is supposed to have this awesome sense of smell, but too many times he is unaware of the humans or other monsters nearby. He was shown early on to be incredibly strong - as a werewolf should be - but that strength seems to have disappeared. Also, the main character Nick has the ability to see the monsters as they really are, but yet that ability seems to only be randomly available.
We see from the other reviews that the seasons get better reviews as they go on. We will keep watching and hope that it does finally start to find its stride like Fringe and Supernatural did after their initial awkward seasons.