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Grimm: Season One – DVD Review (CLIPS ADDED!)

By June L. Aug 8, 2012, 18:51 GMT

Grimm: Season One – DVD Review (CLIPS ADDED!)

The classic Grimms\' fairytales come to life like never before in this "dark and imaginative" (Mike Ayers, CNN.com Entertainment) series from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he\'s descended from a long line of "Grimms," who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, ...more

“What kind of work did your aunt do?  Her body is covered with scars, most of them look like knife wounds.  She must have been involved in something very dangerous.”
“Well, she was a librarian.” - Nick speaking with the ICU nurse.

Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a dedicated crime fighter in present day Portland, Oregon.  He sees a lot of terrible things in his line of work, but now he is seeing unexplainably strange things as well. 

The arrival of his Aunt Marie, his only living relative, brings a few explanations, but hardly illumination for the magnitude of her message. 

It is time for Nick to take up the family business, as he is one of the Grimms, those who must hunt and destroy the evil beings that exist not just in fairy tales.  Feeling that he is now living one of the classic legends or folk tales, Nick reluctantly takes on his new role. 

Several months ago while waiting for the resident scientist to finish in a meeting, I was observing some children playing in the park.  Between the ages of six and eight, and a mixture of boys and girls, these kids were taking turns chasing each other and having what looked like a battle of some kind.  Eventually they all flopped on the grass, breathless and laughing. 

One child said “I want to be the Blutbad this time!”  “Un un, you can’t….. you’re a girl.” Another child piped up, “but Monroe has a girlfriend that is a Blutbad too.”  My ears pricked up at the words Blutbad and Monroe, as I recognized them from Grimm. 

These kids were having a great time playing characters from the series.  The timeless appeal of the struggle between good and evil, and the idea that both creatures and humans have a mixture of the two sides had caught their imaginations much in the way the series had caught ours.

The scenery and the storylines refer to fairy tales, calling to mind both the eerie and the wonderful.  We adore Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) the reformed Blutbad who becomes Nick’s guide and right hand in this new world.  We feel sorry for the Eisbibers who are terrified of Nick as the Grimm, seeing him as the monster in their point of view. 

We want Nick to confide in his police work partner Hank (Russell Hornsby) and let him in on the new world, as he will be a valuable ally.  And we want things to work between Nick and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch).

As a librarian, I love Aunt Marie’s trailer full of books (and weapons).  All the knowledge is there, Nick just has to do his research to find answers and solutions.

Grimm Season One DVD is a splendid set!  Presented on five discs with all the episodes and some nice bonus features, the case gives the appearance of an ancient book with a glossary of terms that one hears on the show, usually from Monroe and very often read from one of Aunt Marie’s tomes.

If you are a fan of the show, you will definitely want to own this set, if you have never seen it or watched it here and there, this is a great way to catch up.  It is definitely a show that will stand up to multiple viewings of the episodes, to appreciate the touches and thought given to staging, acting and story. 

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