This series is probably my ultimate guilty pleasure, I admit that it is ultra-cheesy but I still love it. Detective Nick Burkhart finds out that he is descended from a long line of grimms and that all those fairy tales were real. His ancestors fought to eradicate wesen ie, the big bad wolf, the three bears, dragons, ogres. He teams up with Monroe, who is also a blutbad (big bad wolf) to keep the wesen of Portland at bay and is able to solve cases that would otherwise go unsolved because he can see the creatures for what they really are. I enjoy the modern day, retelling of some old fairy tales and the cast is pretty great. My favourite episodes would have to be:
Pilot – This is the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the first time that we get to meet Nick’s aunt Marie and the first time that we meet Monroe. Nick and his partner Hank are investigating some pretty grisly murders, Nick is starting to see the wesen for the first time and his new found abilities help him track the killer to an eerie little cabin in the woods.
Season 1 Ep. 4 Lonelyhearts – Nick and Hank are investigating the death of a woman who spent her last moments alive in a fairy tale-esque garden at The Bramble House, a B&B run by a total nerdlinger. We find out that he is a Ziegevolk and has an uncanny ability to manipulate people to do his bidding. They catch him but only after he gets hit by a bus.
Season 1 Ep. 8 Game Ogre – An ex-con released on parole has started murdering the people who put him there – Hank is next on his list. The ex-con turns out to be an ogre and basically unstoppable. While Nick is in the hospital, he enlists the help of Monroe to take the ogre down with the help of a triple barrel rifle and a special potion from his Aunt’s possessions. This one was actually pretty graphic and a little scary, a real life ogre would be terrifying to encounter.
Season 2 – Ep. 2 The Kiss -Juliette, Nick’s girlfriend is in a mysterious coma after treating the cat of a woman who we know to basically be a witch. Captain Renard is given a potion to help wake Juliette but when he does, instead of remembering Nick – she falls in lust with Renard which leads to some sessions with a psychic and lots more potion drinking.
Overall, it is a fun watch but it goes a little off the rails at the tail end of season three – Juliette turns into a wesen after she drinks a potion and finally remembers who Nick is after her coma. Nick travels to Vienna, Renard turns out to be part of a Royal Family that has a lot of power in the wesen community, the witch gets pregnant – it’s a whole thing. I would recommend the early seasons though!
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