NBC’s police procedural/supernatural fantasy/dramatic comedy Grimm returned earlier this month, and I wasn’t happy with the results. After a promising cliffhanger last year left protagonist Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), a Portland detective who gains the ability to spot supernatural creatures (“Wesen”) masquerading as civilians, captured by an enigmatic prince and placed in a zombified coma, the potential for Grimm to start its third season strong was sky-high. In fact, I was confident that, after two seasons of consistent mediocrity, my patience with the show would finally pay off. At last, the writers had a chance to step up and transform Grimm into truly great television.
Shockingly, the two-part season premiere and episodes since have done much to reverse the steps forward Grimm had taken at the end of its second season. Now, to my great disappointment, Grimm is settling in for another repetitive, lifeless string of episodes, and I’ve had enough. There’s just too much potential for greatness in the show’s set-up for me to sit idly by and watch, week after week, as the writers fritter away every chance they get to make Grimm good. And with an episode titled “Twelve Days of Krampus” coming up, I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Read on for my four recommendations on how to save NBC’s Grimm from itself.