Third-episode verdict: Grimm (NBC/Watch)

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

In the US: Fridays, 9/8c, NBC
In the UK: Acquired by Watch

Episode 3 and there are some signs of life still in Grimm. After the somewhat derivative first episode, the second episode managed to inspire a little more confidence with the (apparently) characteristic mixture of humour and horror that we’ve come to expect of the show, with ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ getting a decidedly macabre make-over. Not quite the level of humour as episode one, a bit more of a police procedural, it was okay, but lacked much of a real spark, beyond the humour value of the various reveals.

Episode 3 went off on a completely different tangent, giving us more of the show’s mythos, with fights between Hexenbeasts and Mellifers (sp?), and hints at an overall plot. Solid lead got given some humorous lines to deal with and couldn’t really give them anything much beyond solidness. The idea that the story should in some way reflect the fairy tale being mentioned also got thrown on the back-burner, since this one didn’t even slightly resemble ‘The Queen Bee’.

There’s nothing really bad about Grimm. It’s reasonably intelligent, it has its fun moments and it almost teeters on the brink of scary at times. But there’s nothing really remarkable about it either. It’s no different from a dozen, dime-a-dozen cable fantasy shows, from The Dresden Files to Friday The 13th. It’ll amiable enough, it’ll help you pass the time if you’ve nothing to do on a Friday night, but it’s really nothing you should go out of your way to watch.

Carusometer rating: 3
Rob’s prediction: Won’t last more than a season




  • Mark Carroll

    I suppose I mostly haven’t been watching other cable fantasy shows. I honestly think it’s among the better network shows on at the moment, though. Maybe it’s nothing special, but it’s not painfully awful, which is already putting it above the herd.

  • MediumRob

    “I suppose I mostly haven’t been watching other cable fantasy shows. I honestly think it’s among the better network shows on at the moment, though. Maybe it’s nothing special, but it’s not painfully awful, which is already putting it above the herd.”
    All true – hence the Carusometer rating of 3. But that’s not a good enough reason for me to spend an hour of my life a week on it. I try to imagine, with a show like this, whether at the end of 13-24 episodes I will have seen something that is remarkably different, interesting or original or will have in some way informed my worldview. Grimm isn’t going to do that and it’s not entertaining enough to keep me watching for pure fun value.

  • Mark Carroll

    That makes sense. I have a minimum TV quota I have to fill — unwinding time before bed, basically — and later in the evening I try to avoid watching things the kids have also got into so they don’t miss anything. So I’m definitely looking for several hours per week. (Tonight’s was the previous week’s “House”, which I’d missed at the time.)

  • john mart

    Watched first 2 episodes. Same old stuff as is on most other scarey progs. 2 hours I won,t get back

  • Mark Carroll

    It’s not really even scary; I guess I was thinking of it more like a police procedural (why are those so very popular?), where it makes a nice change from the usual, e.g., the developing dynamic with the civilian Monroe works well, but it’s soon going to have to pull something good out of the bag, maybe some richer background, to avoid monster of the week syndrome each time solved at most by going to the trailer, looking it up, and plucking the according instrument of death. If anything, while the monsters may be variously physically capable, so far there’s very little about them that’s truly inhuman.
    I wonder what current network TV you find that’s actually much better. (-: Admittedly, I’ve not been following the American sitcoms that Rob’s been recommending; I may be missing out there.