GRIMM Premiere Episode Advance Review


I was lucky to get to take a peek at NBC’s new show, GRIMM, before it airs tonight. I love anything based on fairy tales, and Grimm has been a show that I’ve been interested in since I read about its premise.

I’m going to try to not be too spoilery in this review – I want you all to be able to enjoy Grimm‘s pilot episode without knowing what happens. We start with a college student jogging along a deserted path, with her iPod blaring “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” The set up is pretty obvious, we know nothing good is going to happen to this poor girl as she pops up the hood of her red sweatshirt.

We’re right, the death of the jogger introduces our main character: Nick Burckhardt (David Giuntoli). Nick and his partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) are police offices investigating the death of the college student. It looks like a wolf attack, but the pair believe that something a little more sinister may be after the people of the town.

Cut to Nick experiencing some pretty freaky things. The people he sees on the street seem to be turning into monsters, but in “blink and you’ll miss it” phases. Needless to say, Nick is a little freaked out by this turn of events, however a visit from his family reveals the reason’s why.

Turns out that Nick has a certain set of skills that allows him to see fairy tale creatures for what they actually are; and it is now up to him to take care of all the scary things that go bump in the night.

Grimm’s pilot episode does feel like a show just starting out, but it has potential. There is definite room for improvement, room for character growth, and an endless array of possibilities for Grimm‘s story lines.

Visually, Grimm was wonderful. I felt like I’d been transported into a fairy tale, but it was still an urban setting. Kudos to the set designers for achieving this; it couldn’t have been easy to do.

While I wouldn’t say it was the best pilot that I’ve ever seen; Grimm was entertaining, and did leave me intrigued enough to want more. It airs tonight, October 28 on NBC at 9pm, be sure to let me know what you think!