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Two new fairy tale tv shows popped up this season. I reviewed Once Upon a Time HERE, a quirky twist on Snow White and all the fairy tales, now I’m reviewing Grimm. With much anticipation I DVRd both shows and made my husband watch. We’re still watching both, but I find myself looking forward to Once Upon a Time slightly more. Why?
Grimm follows a darker story line about a descendant of the Grimm family who discovers he has special abilities and is able to see the strange people who live among us and disguise themselves as human. His inherited abilities now force him into a job as supernatural police and he must not only enforce moral laws on his own, but discern what morality is. So far he’s been a pretty black and white character, adhering to the exact letter of what he thinks is right. Despite killing at least one character who might be on his side.
I’m not sure if it’s his goody goody black and white world view that slows this show down, or the way every plot line is revealed that is a little too similar, but I’m waiting for that magical thing to happen. You know, that thing that happens to good shows after they get comfortable with themselves. So-so shows never have it. They make it through the bumpy first few episodes, but never hit the magic. Great shows hit it early on. They may start off looking like every other show, but then they take off and find themselves.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer did it. The remake of Dark Shadows never did. Unless a show figures out it’s personality and gets away from the stated box it starts with, it won’t fly. This is especially true for shows that are risk takers. Shows that are different from the norm. Like Grimm. Any show about supernaturals has to prove it’s worth earlier and stronger than a regular show because it is not only proving it’s worth to skeptical bigwigs at the production company, but it is proving itself to a narrow, highly discerning specialty audience. The paranormal geeks.
Will Grimm make it? I don’t know. They need to take this blue eyed cutie and give him some teeth. They need to take his by the rules side kick and give him some more depth. They’re trying to make it complex, trying to show not all the uglies are baddies, but that’s not enough. That’s external plotting being developed. We expect that. Give us something unexpected and twist it. Then we’ll watch.
I’ll be keeping an eye on Grimm, and seeing if it can struggle out of the box it used to sell itself to the network. Because that’s what it needs to do to sell itself to us.
Have you watched Grimm yet? What about Once Upon a Time? Do you agree with me that paranormal shows need to have more than a regular show? What do you think makes one successful?