I tried watching Grimm but barely managed two episodes. I didn’t find either the story or the characters one bit appealing. My husband described the show as “Supernatural with fairy tales,” but while Supernatural at least featured the charismatic and decidedly lovely Winchester boys, I’m not feeling any such spark for the Grimm couple.
From what little I saw, I gathered the basic plot to go something like this: Someone dies in some unusual way and the descendant of the Brothers Grimm and his partner solve the case. The fairy tale tie in comes when the Grimm happens to see someone in their true form and/or reports it to some guy who happens to know about them, which helps solve the case. Rinse. Repeat.
Moving on, then, to the other show about fairy tales that hit the networks this season: Once Upon A Time. This one I’m actually watching and enjoying.
Enter our protagonist, Emma Swan, played by Jennifer Morrison who doesn’t really seem to be stretching beyond her previous role in House. No matter, since the plot and other characters are interesting enough to make up for that. Emma is, unbeknownst to all, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, whom the couple managed to transport into this reality in hopes of keeping her safe from the Queen so that she could save the fairy tale people when she grows up. Fulfilling prophecy and all that. The Queen is now mayor of Storybrooke, and as fate would have it, her adopted son, Henry, is actually the birth son of Emma, who gave him up when she had him at age 18.
And Henry knows the truth.
Or at least, he believes wholeheartedly in the truth and is doing his best to convince Emma to help him awaken the others to their true selves, while thwarting his adopted mother’s attempts to keep things under her control.
|I don't care how desperate you are.|
Stop making deals with him!
The jumping back and forth and twisted tales might seem daunting, but it is surprisingly straight forward and easy to follow, with enough “oooooh so that’s what’s going on!” moments to keep me intrigued. My husband complains that the show is frustrating because the good guys never win in every episode. I am a fan of non-Hollywood endings, but it hadn’t actually clicked in my head that that was, in fact, what was happening: the fairy tales are not getting their happily ever afters. As of right now, the bad guy is winning.
Still, it’s not all doom and gloom. For every setback that Rumpelstiltskin and the Queen/Mayor manage to throw at Emma and Henry, there is always a moment of hope. I even had a “Hell yeah!” moment in the Jimmy Cricket episode.