Hello Lovely Readers!
I am back! Or at least, I’m going to try to be back. The last few months have been busy…blah blah blah…packing, prepping, travelling, settling in a new city an ocean away from home…blah blah blah… going to do better with writing this time… blah blah blah… you know the drill, you’re not interested, let’s just get this started, deal?
Recently (okay, okay, it was the beginning of the week), I began watching the NBC TV Series Grimm. The series stars David Giuntoli, who plays Portland Detective Nick Burkhardt – a detective who realizes he’s living in a world different than he ever imagined when he discovers a particular talent he shares with his ancestors. In line with the recent media trend of reinventing fairytales, Grimm works off the premise that everything the Brothers’ Grimm wrote about was true. The Big Bad Wolf really does exist, and the Grimm’s didn’t just write about them, they hunted them. During the first season, Detective Burkhardt has to figure out where he fits in this world, how his job with the police department fits in with his heritage and how he’s supposed to keep this secret from his friends and the woman he loves.
The show is currently in it’s fourth season but, because I’m not all that great at starting a series when it first airs and keeping up with it consistently from week to week (what can I say, I secretly prefer to have the option of marathoning a show), I just finished the first season. Don’t worry, at my current rate of intake, I should be caught up pretty quick, (unless I find another show to take over my life. *cough* *cough* How I Met Your Mother *cough* *cough.* More on that one later). Anyways, late to the party or not, I have finished the first season, I enjoyed it, and I am going to continue watching it. And I’d thought I’d let you in on what I think of it.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy new takes on old story forms, in particular, I like when creators re-imagine fairy tales (I think it started in elementary school when we read Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf. It’s an interest that has continued throughout my life with stories such as Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine), Wicked (Gregory Maguire) and Once Upon a Time (television series). Grimm is a happy addition to this list. I particularly enjoy the police procedural aspect of the show – I’ve always been a fan of crime drama (and when I say always, I mean that I can’t remember a time when shows such as Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, Murder she Wrote and Law and Order weren’t a part of my life). It’s true that much of the show follows predictable patterns with predictable outcomes, but I enjoy how the writers integrate the fairy tale aspects and how they draw continuity and story lines through multiple episodes.
Since this post is beginning to reach the TLDR (Too Long, Didn’t Read) length, I will conclude by saying that I am so far, really enjoying the series and I’m looking forward to beginning Season 2. Also, I have decided that I enjoy writing about the television shows and movies that I’m interested in (go figure), and I would like to include more of them on this blog. I am in the process of figuring out what that looks like, and what types of posts I want to include. If you have any thoughts or ideas for future types of posts or shows I should check out, let me know in the comments! As always, if you enjoyed this post remember to share it with your friends.
p.s Though I am not, as of yet, finding this show particularly quotable (and you know how I do so love my quotes), each episode begins with a quote intended to give a hint into how the episode will go and what fairy tale it will be based on. And that is pretty cool.