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What is it about Grimm that makes it special for me? I love the way this show combines the crime and mystery genre with fantasy and creates a world that’s interesting to both mystery fans and fans of fairy tales and the supernatural. That would be me.

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About the Grimm TV Show

What are Grimms?

Grimms are people who are able to see mythological creatures for who they really are and Grimms are tasked with the job of finding and stopping the bad ones. Detective Nick Burkhardt is descended from a long line of Grimms, and his aunt has returned because she knows she’s dying and that Nick is about to be introduced to his heritage. This is where Grimm opens in the first episode. In later episodes, he continues to make discoveries about his heritage and the creatures he keeps running into.

This is a show I expected to like, but after reading an advance review, I worried I wouldn’t enjoy it. I’m glad I watched anyway, because unlike the reviewer who wasn’t impressed by Grimm, I’m quite happy with the show and didn’t find the first episode to be anything but great to watch. In fact, Grimm was one of my favorite new shows of 2011.

Grimm has a place in my list of all-time favorite TV series.

Notable Characters

  • Nick Burkhardt
  • Juliette Silverton
  • Hank
  • Monroe
  • Rosalee
  • Captain Sean Renard
  • Wu
  • Adelind Schade
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A Grimm find: The Mythology of Grimm

Mythology of Grimm book cover

Although The Mythology of Grimm was released a number of years ago, somehow I missed it. As a longtime fan of Grimm, and someone who rewatches the episodes whenever the mood strikes, it’s a nice piece to add to my fan collection.

The Mythology of Grimm by Nathan Robert Brown

NBC’s hit television series Grimm pits modern detective Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police against a cast of terrifying villains—lifted directly from the pages of classic fairytales. In the world of the show, the classic stories are actually a document of real events, and Nick himself is descended from a long line of guardians, or Grimms, charged with defending humanity from the mythological creatures of the world.

From The Big Bad Wolf to Sleeping Beauty, The Mythology of Grimm explores the history and folkloric traditions that come into play during Nick’s incredible battles and investigations—tapping into elements of mythology that have captured our imaginations for centuries.

What I like about this kind of book is the ability gain insight into episodes and see them in a new light. It makes the old new again. :)

Click the image or the link for more information at Amazon.

More Grimm

Grimm Collection DVD and Blu-ray cover

If you’ve been missing Grimm and want to add the series to your fan collection, check out the Grimm complete collection on DVD or Blu-ray:

The Grimm Complete collection includes all six seasons and special features. A great addition to a Grimm fan’s collection. :)

There’s also the book tie-in series for Grimm that’s worth reading.

  1. The Icy Touch
  2. The Chopping Block
  3. The Killing Time

The links take you to Barnes and Noble for more information, or you can click the link above for the page on Scififantasies where you’ll find descriptions and cover images to goggle over.

For tie-in novels, Grimm has some of the best covers out there. (Most tie-in novels use a combination of promo shots of the actors and stock images and don’t always look that active, shall we say. The Grimm novels are better than most.) :)


Some Grimm Speculation

**Spoilers ahead for those of you who are behind the times.**

Although it’s been months since I watched that jaw dropping season finale, I’m still not sure how I feel about the last season of Grimm. There were definitely some episodes and story lines that I thought were inspired. I actually loved the Adalind Shade story and the twist that ended with Adalind apparently carrying Nick’s baby. It was a great continuation and consequence of the spell she used to slip into Juliette’s place and take advantage of Nick. I had already lost a lot of sympathy for Juliette after that particular episode. I despised the way she appeared to blame Nick for what had happened. Then with all the changes that happened with Juliette in this past season, I just never regained any appreciation for her character.

Which is a shame, because I used to like Juliette.

Because of all that, Juliette’s apparent death didn’t hit me that hard. I was much more upset by the decapitation of Nick’s mother. Juliette’s betrayal killed any wish I have for her to return even if it’s as her former self. I would be quite happy to see her move on to the afterlife and stay there.

On the other hand, I’m not hoping Nick and Adalind will suddenly find themselves in romance-land. I don’t see that as a real option, and if it goes that way, it had better be a damned good story line.

Some sources say Juliette is gone for good. It might be best if that’s true.

Some sources say the show will be darker in season 5 than in previous seasons. I was already missing the lighter moments in season 4. I’m not sure it’s a good idea for Grimm to get too dark. The show’s appeal has never come from the strength of the plots; it’s always been the characters. Grim characters are dull when there aren’t enough of the lighter moments.

Some sources say there’s going to be tension between Monroe and Rosalee because Rosalee’s past is going to come back into play. I don’t know. I’d like to see that, but I’m already a little tired of Rosalee these days. Maybe this will help; maybe it will hurt. Too soon to tell. Monroe has been terribly neglected on the show and I would love to see him helping Nick and Hank more and having fewer of the separate story lines with Rosalee. They just divide up the episodes into two less compelling parts.

Some sources say Hank will finally get some romance! Please let this be true. Hank is the most neglected character on the series and he has so much potential. I do hope they use him more this season. And honestly, I want to see more of his past. The dude supposedly has four ex-wives. Shouldn’t we have at least seen one already?

Right now, those are the big points of speculation as far as I’m concerned.

I might add to this post later as I come across more information about the upcoming season. Feel free to share what you know, or think you know, in the comments. Speculation is fun.


Quick Reviews: Grimm Season 4 Episodes

Here I’m posting some quick thoughts on the episodes of season 4 of Grimm. I haven’t gotten to all of the episodes I’ve watched just yet, but eventually I’ll catch up! :) Links at the bottom of the post give you places to watch the show. Also, I’m not good at avoiding spoilers so don’t read past the descriptions if you’re worried about being spoiled! Descriptions are first after the episode titles.

Season 4 Episodes

Episode 1: Thanks for the Memories

Grimm S4 E1 Truble and Juliette

After the events at Monroe’s and Rosalee’s wedding, Nick is faced with losing his identity as a Grimm. Hank and Juliette join Nick as they try to figure out how to deal with Trubel as she faces the consequences of a heinous murder she committed. Meanwhile, when Wu arrives at the scene, his discoveries bring back images of his traumatic encounter. A new threat arrives in Portland to steal the memories of its victims, leaving them in a state of dementia. Elsewhere, Captain Renard’s life hangs in the balance and Adalind falls into Prince Viktor’s trap as she desperately searches for her baby.

Picks up where the season ender for season 3 left us hanging. Captain Renard is rushed to the hospital, Nick has to face losing his abilities, Trubel makes herself useful (I’m so glad she’s back), Wu gets curious, Juliette eases up, and Hank shines.

I particularly liked Trubel in these first two episodes of the season and I definitely hope they keep her around.

This was a great episode, but watch out for the nasty cliffhanger!

 Episode 2: Octopus Head

Grimm Hank and Nick

As Nick and Hank turn their attention to a string of attacks where victims are left without their memories, Nick weighs whether or not he should regain his Grimm abilities. Trubel joins the investigation and puts herself in harms way. In Vienna, Adalind is being held captive and learns that she is more connected than ever to Nick. Meanwhile, Captain Renard continues to fight for his life as a mysterious visitor arrives to help him.

Picks up the cliffhanger from “Thanks for the Memories” and runs with it. This episode has a lot of Trubel (Teresa Rubel) in it, but I didn’t mind. I’m loving this character more and more all the time. I’m just left wondering if the actress playing her character is a bit better than David Guintoli with action scenes because my mind boggles at how much better her action scenes are than his!

But the episode did really well balancing that out in the end, and it made me wonder if the writers have noticed the same issue. They seemed to be making the point by the end of the episode that although Trubel has the skills, she’s lacking the experience Nick has and that Nick is still a better Grimm even without his abilities. I was glad to see that.

But again, watch out for the cliffhanger at the end of the episode! It was mild compared to the premiere’s cliffhanger but I’m still waiting anxiously for the next episode.

Episode 3: Last Fight

After Nick has a bizarre, unsettling vision, he and Hank find themselves on a case that takes them into the world of boxing. Trubel finds herself under the watchful eye of Agent Chavez before jumping into the ring to help with Nick’s investigation. Meanwhile, Monroe and Rosalee get some unexpected help in figuring out a way to restore Nick’s Grimm abilities. Elsewhere, Adalind encounters a mysterious visitor in her dungeon cell.

Oh, Juliette. I think it’s obvious she’s a problem these days. I know she wants a normal life, but I have to say I don’t have a lot of respect for her after what she told Monroe and Rosalee. I’m enjoying Trubel, but I want Nick to get his Grimm vision and abilities back. The sooner the better. I also want him to have that talk with Wu. Basically, this episode was a bit of filler to drag out all the different story arcs that are going on, and the little forward progress involved Adalind’s story. Oh, and there’s a subplot involving Trubel now that I’m not that happy about.

Episode 4: Dyin’ on a Prayer

Episode 5: Cry Luison

Episode 6: Highway of Tears

Episode 7: The Grimm Who Stole Christmas

This … had a plot hole that even I had trouble letting slide. I mean, it was huge. The good news was that I didn’t really notice it until the episode was over, but then it hit me and yeah, I … don’t know what the writers were thinking with this one. :o

Episode 8: Chupacabra

This episode almost made me cry! (Really.)

Episode 9: Wesenrein

Episode 10: Tribunal

Episode 11: Death Do Us Part

These episode titles came from Wikipedia and hadn’t aired at the time I made this list. If something changes, I’ll fix it. :)


Watch season 4 of Grimm at the NBC website

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The Grimm Novels

Although there are a lot of book tie-ins for Grimm, this updated list is for the Grimm novels.

Don’t these look fantastic? So far the series includes 3 books: The Icy Touch, The Chopping Block, & The Killing Time.

Grimm The Icy Touch - John Shirley Grimm The Chopping Block - John Passarella Grimm The Killing Time - Tim Waggoner

The Icy Touch (Grimm, Book #1)

Back in the 19th century a Wesen and a Grimm fight to the death. The Grimm wins, but the Wesen’s son escapes and vows revenge. In the present day, Captain Renard sends Nick and Hank to investigate an international crime cartel named Le Touche Givre (The Icy Touch). They discover this deadly gang is run by Wesen, and is involved in various illegal activities, including forced prostitution and drug pushing. As they close in on the gang, Nick begins to realize that their charismatic and dangerous leader is just as intent on tracking him down…

Grimm Book #1: The Icy Touch

The Chopping Block (Grimm, Book #2)

A cache of bones is found in a shallow grave in local woods… Meanwhile missing persons cases in Portland seem to be on the increase. As more bones are discovered, Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt and his partner Hank Griffin investigate – but there seems to be no connection between the victims… A brand-new original story set in the Grimm universe.

Grimm Book #2: The Chopping Block

The Killing Time (Grimm, Book #3)

A mysterious creature stalks the streets of Portland, looking for a new identity. With one touch it can dissolve its victims, assuming their appearance, personality, and memories. When Portland homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin are called in to track down a missing person, Nick comes face to face with the changeling, but its powers have an unexpected effect on the Grimm, unleashing a deadly Wesen plague and untold chaos.

Grimm Book #3: The Killing Time

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Newest Grimm book! Grimm: The Killing Time

There’s a new Grimm book that I somehow missed when it was released by Titan Books on September 30, 2014. The cover is seriously appealing to me right now. I couldn’t bring myself to post a tiny version, so here it is in a size we can appreciate. :)

Grimm The Killing Time - Tim Waggoner

Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner

A mysterious creature stalks the streets of Portland, looking for a new identity. With one touch it can dissolve its victims, assuming their appearance, personality, and memories. When Portland homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin are called in to track down a missing person, Nick comes face to face with the changeling, but its powers have an unexpected effect on the Grimm, unleashing a deadly Wesen plague and untold chaos.

The highly positive reviews for this one say it’s a great addition to the series. I’ve already sent the sample to my Kindle and can’t wait to read it! If I like, I’ll be picking up the paperback to add to my collection of TV tie-in novels. Right now it’s overrun with books for Stargate Atlantis, Psych, and Castle.

Wikia says this 272 page book falls between “A Dish Best Served Cold” and “One Night Stand” in the show’s chronology / timeline. “One Night Stand” is the episode with the mermaid like creatures and “A Dish Best Served Cold” had the chef who was killing Blutbaden with his food.

You can find a paperback or ebook edition of Grimm: The Killing Time at most online book stores.


Juliette: It’s time to go

Juliette - Grimm - Blonde AmbitionJuliette Silverton is Nick Burkhardt’s girlfriend/almost fiancée on Grimm. Whoever wrote her part in “Blonde Ambition” certainly doesn’t like her.

As someone who’s quite fond of Juliette most of the time, I was unbelievably disappointed to see her act so irrational, immature, and unlikeable in the Grimm season three finale.

(1) A crazy hexenbeist pretended to be Juliette and slept with Nick. What does Juliette do? She gets mad at Nick.

(2) In reaction to the news that the crazy hexenbeist has in effect raped Nick, Juliette decides that’s the time to tell him she just doesn’t know if she can handle him being a Grimm.

(3) Captain Renard called Juliette and in a very reasonable tone asked to discuss issues that were very pertinent to both their lives, but because she’d talked to the crazy hexenbeist first, she goes off on him and hangs up on him. Because, you know, the crazy hexenbeist told Juliette Sean was crazy. Even though crazy hexenbeist girl (Adelind) is crazy.

Frankly, at the moment, I just hope Juliette leaves Nick, and Portland, and doesn’t look back, because right now, I don’t like her.


Eureka! Only One Episode Behind on Grimm

…and I’m saving it for Christmas Eve. I love Christmas themed shows, especially around the holidays.

My favorite Christmas themed series show EVER? Eureka’s special cartoon Christmas episode: Do You See What I See?! If you’ve never watched this episode, you should definitely take the time. It is still my favorite and I have a feeling it will stay my favorite for many years to come.

If you have Prime at Amazon, you can watch it now. If you don’t, both a standard definition and HD version is available for purchase.

Seriously, the episode’s a classic already.

Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) are secretly planning the perfect holiday surprise for their kids. But a mysterious kaleidoscopic wave of color crashes over Eureka, leaving the entire town and its inhabitants animated. The episode features a stellar line up of guest stars lending their voices to a variety of characters, including Emmy Award-winner Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos, Chris Parnell and Matt Frewer.

My original review of the episode (from my old eureka fan site)

Do You See What I See? has the entire town of Eureka (with a few exceptions) becoming animated. With the help of a Super Photon Generator and a little something extra, Carter, Allison, & the gang end up living out their own cartoon in one of the most inspired, funny, and memorable Christmas episodes I’ve seen from any television series, ever.

Several different styles of animation made an appearance in the episode (see the images to the right), and although I can tell them apart when I see them, I have no expertise when it comes to animation and cartoons so I don’t know enough to identify the techniques or styles. I do know there was traditional drawn animation and stop-motion clay animation in the episode.

Whoever came up with this idea was truly inspired. Although I do generally enjoy holiday specials from the TV shows I watch, I can’t say that I always rewatch in future years. In this case, I see lots of future repeats for myself and my family.

And some screenshots from the show.

Eureka Cartoon 1 Eureka Cartoon 2 Eureka Cartoon 3 Eureka Cartoon 4 Eureka Cartoon 5

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More Grimm Goodies

I have to say, I like the playing cards best, although the lunch box is just awesome. And the bust of Nick wins for top oddity in the bunch. I haven’t figured out what the Grimm Warlock series is just yet, but I sure do know what I could use those shot glasses for!

[They’re all gone now. Gotta be quick with the merchandise if you’re a fan/collector, because once a show is no longer airing it goes fast!]

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All Those Grimm Comics…

As someone who knows diddly about comics, I’m just going to throw it out there that I have no idea what “Photo Subscription Variant” means. But these are some awesome covers. I kind of like the photo covers, but I actually like the drawings best.

Grimm #2

Grimm #2 (Photo Subscription Variant)

Grimm #3 (Photo Subscription Variant)

Grimm #4

Grimm #4 (Photo Subscription Variant)

Grimm #5

Grimm #5 (Exclusive Photo Subscription Variant)

Grimm #6

Grimm #6 (Exc Photo Subscription Variant)

Grimm #7

Grimm #7 (Exc Photo Subscription Variant)

Grimm #8

Grimm #8 (Photo Subscription Variant)

Grimm #9

Grimm #9 (Photo Subscription Variant)

So does this mean they really are comics and not graphic novels? Yeah, I still don’t know the difference.

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