Grimm: What Big Potential You Have!
One of the shows that we have been eagerly anticipating this fall T.V. season is Grimm. We had a chance tonight to watch it before the premiere on Friday October 28th and we weren’t disappointed! We’ve even started trying to plan how in the hell we’re going to fit it into our Friday night must-watch programming. Seriously, who scheduled Fringe, Supernatural and Grimm to play at the same time? Damn someone right to hell!
The show takes place in creepy and sinister city of…Portland? Although we questioned the locale at first, after seeing the pilot, Portland’s mountainous and forested surroundings allow the city to become a character itself. The creators of Grimm seem to have put great effort into creating a visually dynamic and atmospheric landscape. From colour tints, unconventional camera angles and breathtaking establishing shots, Grimm offers up some of the most unique visuals we’ve seen on T.V. in awhile.
The pilot begins with a sorority girl heading out for her morning jog – wearing her red hooded sweatshirt. This episode was rife with visual indicators of what story they were going to be telling, but not to the point of being blatant or overwhelming. Plenty of puns, fairy-tale references and inside jokes were scattered through out the pilot like breadcrumbs in the forest.
Unfortunately for poor little Red “Running” Hood, she eats it in the first three minutes of the show. Fortunately for us, the show’s champion, Nick Burckhardt (David Guintoli) appears soon after at the crime scene looking like a poor-man’s Brandon Routh – which isn’t too shabby!
The first time the audience and Nick himself sees the true face of one of the villainous fairy tale monsters is both brief and surprising. The woman’s shift in appearance is good foreshadowing of the new direction his life is going to take.Continued on the next page