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NBC's Grimm puts a human twist on classic fairytales

By Eliana Goldstein in Arts & Culture

Nick Burkhardt (played by the beautifully-cheekboned David Giuntoli) is your average police detective, hunting down the criminals of Portland, Oregon with his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby). Unfortunately for Nick, his family has a dark secret that is about to change his life forever.

In the pilot, Nick's last living relative rushes into town, spouting mysterious comments and hauling a trailer full of pointy things. She reveals to him that he is a Grimm (a clear play off of the storytelling Brothers Grimm), able to see the true faces of fairytale creatures living in the human world. She says it's his responsibility as a Grimm to protect the world of vanilla humans from the monsters among them.

Sure enough, Nick's next case catapults him straight into a secret world inspired by the tales of the Brothers Grimm. He chases down a Blutboten (werewolf) with a habit of kidnapping young ladies in red jackets (Hello, Little Red Riding Hood). However, as the season has progressed, the writing has gotten less literal.

"Grimm" is joining the legions of supernatural shows that have hit television these past couple of years ("Being Human," "Once Upon A Time," etc), but it definitely leaves a unique mark. It avoids the trap of linear interpretation it could so easily fall into, classifying the creatures as species rather than characters. In addition, the show has taken the different monsters and written each of them to represent a human characteristic. "Grimm"'s exaggerations of personality traits offer a sneaky commentary on the human condition.

Though the plot of any given episode tends to be fairly predictable, the overarching story is revealed in a slow, tantalizing way, making "Grimm" a potentially addictive TV experience.

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