Creator: Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf
Directors: Norberto Barba, Holly Dale, Darnell Martin, Clark Mathis, David Solomon, Omar Madha, Terrence O’Hara
Writers: Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Alan DiFiore, Dan E. Fesman, Sarah Goldfinger, Cameron Litvak, Naren Shankar, Thania St. John, Richard Hatem
Starring: David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mithcell, Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Claire Coffee, Sharon Sachs, Danny Bruno, Bree Turner, Henri Lubatti, Kate Burton, Randy Schulman, Brian Sutherland, Kyle Vahan
“Grimm” is my favorite new show of the 2011-2012 television season. It may be my favorite show on television now. Of course, I’m not watching any of those red hot cable shows at the moment. But, for network television “Grimm” is a fairly impressive series. It doesn’t shy away from its horror roots, and it successfully combines its horror premise with the tried and true police procedural format.
In the universe of the show, the world isn’t what it seems. Amongst us normal humans there are also beings known as Vessen that are part animal in nature. They can transform into their semi-animal form, but don’t often choose to in front of normal humans. Other Vessen can sense each other for what they are, but most humans can’t sense them. There are some humans known as Grimm, who can see the Vessens’ true form, however. These Grimm have special skills that allow them to hunt and fight Vessen. That is where the conflict of the series springs.
The success of the series relies heavily upon the lead character, Nick, a police officer who discovers that he is a Grimm. David Guintoli is a wonderful hero. I don’t doubt that he was in the final casting calls for the new Superman. He plays the detective well. He plays the hero with supernatural powers well. He plays the guy who finds himself in a situation he doesn’t fully understand well.
A strong supporting cast surrounds him. Russell Hornsby is his partner, who is unaware of this supernatural world that affects so much of their job as police officers. Silas Weir Mitchell is also his partner of sorts. He plays a Vessen who helps Nick understand the Vessen world. With the decidedly unfrightening moniker of Monroe, Mitchell works as both an information disseminator and comic relief. He’s a reformed Blutbad, which is kind of like a werewolf. Before Nick met Monroe, a Vessen/Grimm friendship was virtually unheard of. Sergeant Wu is another comic figure, a uniformed officer who just seems to always end up in the middle of things, played by Reggie Lee.