The Vanilla Protagonist: A Grimm Problem

The new season of Grimm has started, and I’m still hooked; in fact, I think it’s gotten better. I’m trying to figure out why because there’s so much about I shouldn’t like. The romantic relationship is too Mary Sue, the Wesen-of-the-week bit should be getting old, and sometimes the plots don’t quite work (“Quills,” I’m lookin’ at you). But the biggest flaw, the thing that should be the dealbreaker, is that the protagonist, Nick, is one of the most vanilla heroes ever written. The actor playing him does a good job, but there’s only so much Good, Truth, and Beauty I can take in a protagonist before I wander off. Yet I’ll be logging onto Hulu every week to see what happens to him next. Which brings me to the big question: Why?
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I Have No Guilt So I Watch Grimm


You know, I have no problem recommending Person of Interest because it’s such smart storytelling. I love recommending Leverage because it’s such smart storytelling. I tell everybody about iZombie because it’s such smart storytelling.

And then there’s Grimm.

Grimm is run by people who routinely forget entire story lines, shove new characters in weekly, change the rules at any given moment, and often take implausibility so far out toward the edge that it circles back and bites them in the butt. The Grimm people look on smart storytelling the way extreme sports addicts look on yoga. They are batshit insane and so are their stories.

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