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4.0 out of 5 stars This isn't your standard fairytale-far from "grim", March 11, 2012
Blu-ray review: When I saw the pilot episode of "Grimm" I thought it would be something of a knock off of Supernatural: The Complete First Season. While both shows have much in common, "Grimm" has managed to grow into its premise and find its own identity.

Portland detective Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli)sees monsters and it's not because he's on drugs. Turns out Burkhardt is one of the last of the Grimms who fought and killed monsters that have preyed on humanity for centuries. Burkhardt like all Grimms has the unique ability to see the creatures masquerading beneath their human mask.

With the assistance of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell)a reformed werewolf (or a big bad wolf in Grimm mythology)to help him understand the strange new world he's been dropped into, Burkhardt discovers that many of the creatures out there are just trying to survive while others have more insidious motives. Unfortunately there are those in Burkhardt's own police department who are undermining his efforts for their own mysterious reasons.

The procedural element of the show isn't quite as strong as the hunt for the various creatures but the show improves as the season wears on. I'd like to see better character development for Nick Burkhardt, his partner and fiance.

Updated for blu-ray: the transfer looks quite nice with a sharp, colorful transfer. Blacks are rock solid. Audio sounds quite nice with nice use of the entire sound stage and pulls you into the action without distracting.

The only thing I DISLIKE is the packaging. Normally how something is packaged doesn't factor into how I rate a set BUT the Blu-ray discs slide in and out of cardboard packaging. The good news is that Blu-ray can stand up better to west and tear and possible scratching compard to DVD but the bad news is that unless you are very careful there is a chance they will be scratched.

The special features don't feature any commentary tracks which is disappointing. We get to see five auditions from the actors. We get two worthwhile featurettes focusing on the creatures in Grimm and the make up effects. We also get deleted scenes.

"Grimm" has a much more droll sense of humor than the more tongue-in-cheek humor of "Supernatural" and Mitchell in particular is a highlight of the show with his often sarcastic, dry delivery as Monroe. Both shows are entertaining ("Supernatural" has its extended mythology which "Grimm" is only beginning to develop)and "Grimm" has continually improved with each successive episode.

Although the pilot is solid, the show improves as the season goes on developing its own mythology. The one flaw with the show has to do with the development of Nick Burkhardt, his partner and girlfriend--while the show does develop the characters as the season goes on they are a bit too generic particularly when compared to Monroe and the supporting characters of the show.

Recommended.
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2012, 10:28:35 PM PDT
Actually, Adam Baldwin plays the part of Munroe. Good to see him again since Firefly.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012, 10:32:37 PM PDT
I'M WRONG, WRONG,WRONG! Sorry, but I do really like this show.

Posted on May 29, 2012, 12:24:57 PM PDT
Monroe is a Big Bad Wolf, not a werewolf.
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