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Grimm Review: "Bears Will Be Bears"

Written by Christian Hoffer on Wednesday, November 09 2011 and posted in Reviews

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The second episode of Grimm continues to slowly reveal the world that Nick Burkhardt in which he now finds himself.  The producers of Grimm have opted for a methodical approach to exploring the series' world and have yet to reveal an overarching plot to the show, setting it apart from its fairy tale television series counterpart.  While Once Upon a Time's direction was clearly laid out in the first fifteen minutes of the pilot episode, viewers still don't know where Grimm will go beyond a few cryptic scenes and dreams.    However, the stand-alone nature of the episodes could make it easier for the show to attract new viewers that haven't been following the show from the beginning, provided that it can actually find a distinctive tone to keep viewers interested.  Although Grimm has provided a few glimpses of a captivating show, it has yet to give viewers an interesting hook that seperates it from any of the other supernatural shows filling the airs on Friday night.

While the pilot episode showcased the "Blutbads", a species of wolfmen, this episode "Bears Will Be Bears" focuses on a different species of human-animal hybrids.  Nick and Hank are called to investigate a home break-in which results in the disappearance of one would-be burglar.  Nick discovers that the Rabe family, the victims of the break-in, are jagerbars: bear-like creatures with an ancestral connection to the earth who are about to engage in a dangerous coming-of-age ritual.  Meanwhile, Nick calls in Monroe to protect his dying Aunt Marie from more attempts on her life, revealing a little more about Monroe's character and motivations as well as the extent of his abilities.

With two episodes complete, there seem to be a couple of recurring themes in the show.  The first is a "Tradition vs. Modernity" theme that's been prevalent in both episodes.  Both the pilot episode and "Bears Will Be Bears" have had Grimm creatures that have actively rejected the cultures that cause the Grimms to hunt them, while other creatures continue with the predatory ways of their ancestors.  We've even seen Nick struggle with this as well as he tries to cope with his status as a Grimm and find his own way in the world.   The other theme that I've noticed is Nick's attempts to work with the various creatures as opposed to being innately distrustful.  Maybe it's because he hasn't been burned by interacting with the creatures, but Nick seems to give most of these creatures a fair chance at proving that they aren't just scary monsters who like to eat people.  

Monroe the reformed wolfman continues to shine as the best character in Grimm.  He's quirky, understandably cynical towards Nick and has the best scene in the entire episode when he squares off against two would-be assassins.  In five minutes of screentime, Monroe shows more characterization and depth than Nick did during the entire show. On that note, I still feel that the writers need to find more ways of characterizing Nick beyond that of an average cop with a knack for seeing monsters than no one else can.  The writers of Grimm have done nothing to make me interested in the main character, a flaw that needs to be corrected if they want to build a fanbase. 

All in all, "Bears Will Be Bears" adds very little to either convince or detract viewers from continuing to watch the shows.  Those who enjoyed the pilot will enjoy the second episode of the series, while those who found Grimm dull or boring won't have their mind changed this episode.  Next week's episode looks as if it will focus more on who exactly wanted Marie dead and might appeal to those who want more plot in their fairy tale fantasy television series.

Written or Contributed by: Christian Hoffer

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