Television Review: Grimm – Season Two

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I remember when Grimm first started, I was impressed with the first season and with the character of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) they brought in a character who was interesting enough to keep you hooked.  This is not to ignore Nick (David Giuntoli) the actual Grimm himself of course.  Monroe though was that quirky type of character that tended to appeal more.

Moving into Grimm Season Two it’s obvious that the makers of the show realise Monroe’s appeal and have given him a love interest in the form of Rosalee (Bree Turner).  The fact that these two, as well as some of the other recurring characters have their own little story arcs helps to keep the season feeling fresh.  For the Grimm himself we see the appearance of his mother played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and the continuing story of Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) who, when finally woken from her coma appears to hack Nick removed from her memory.

A show like Grimm only stays strong if the creatures and dangers are kept fresh, and this is one problem I do have with the second season.  For the middle of the season there is a point where some of the episodes do feel a little routine, thankfully though this is only to build up to the final few episodes with the inclusion of “The Baron” played by Reg E. Cathey, who brings in an element of Voodoo and the zombie.  Don’t expect too much blood and gore with this though, this is Grimm not The Walking Dead.

If this season had a weakness I would say that there is a feeling that many of the story arcs were left unfinished, which in a continuing series is fine, but it would have been nice to have a few ended just to feel that there was some closure to the series.  Nick’s mother is a good example of this, the fact that she appears for one episode and her story is put on the backburner is slightly annoying and hopefully this will be resumed in season 3, then we have Nick’s boss, Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) and his “family connections”.  These are important for the end of the season, but when Renard was the main “big bad” of the show it’s somewhat strange that he now helps Nick.  This ambiguity between what Renard wants and the danger from his family felt like it needed just a little more tightening up, but again this may be looked at more next season, especially with the events of the final episodes.

Although I think Grimm Season 2 felt a little unfinished it’s still a fun and quirky show with characters that are likable.  Although I would have liked some story elements wrapped up it is obvious that these are going to be long term stories that run into next season and even beyond and there is plenty to keep on watching for.  If anything Grimm is a show that I will continue to watch, even though at times it needs to work on upping the tension rather than concentrating on the more comic side, but then again why break a formula if it works?

Grimm Season 2 is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK now.

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