TV: Grimm 1.4 “Lonelyhearts” Review (**1/2)

Posted: November 20, 2011 in Reviews, Television
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At its core, Grimm is a procedural show, not a style I usually dig for television. From Prime Suspect to The Chicago Code, these cop shows get real old, real fast. The repetitive nature of these grown up Scooby Doo whodunnit adventures allows little room for surprise and worse, not enough buildup for season-ending climax. The one exception is when they have a good enough twist too keep me around. Grimm has that twist, and it certainly works.

Inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales, the latest episode introduces us to a Billy Capra, a Ziegovolk toad-eating hypnotic-inducing serial rapist. Halfway between Dr. Heiter (The Human Centipede) and Dr. Jonathan Crane (Batman Begins), Capra is more creep than scares. And for the most part, that’s what makes Grimm especially enjoyable. Unlike American Horror Story, there is no need to freak out its audience for freak’s sake. Every scare from Grimm has a purpose, and better yet, that purpose is not confined to one particular episode. Villains come back in future episodes and as a group, they pose a deeper challenge to our hero. And as any superhero/cop drama helps us realize, heroes are not made until they are challenged with a dangerous enough villain.

Grimm, at least in this episode, appears to have settled into an identity not unlike the cult-favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Let’s not go crazy yet, though. Grimm is no where close to the zingy writing of Joss Whedon. But it does create a balance between creepy scares and fun comedy relief. And for that, it makes Grimm unlike any other show on television.

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