No matter what the trend may be, there will always be competition. Whenever a brewing company comes up with a new kind of beer, another will make their own version of the same. If a grocery store has a sale on chicken, you can bet another market in the area will follow suit. And then there's the world of film and television, wherein all it takes is for someone to come up with the premise of Once Upon a Time — a show that brings fairy tales into modern times — in order for some schemer to create a series like Grimm, a tale about a descendent of the Brothers Grimm battling real-life Grimm Fairy Tale monsters in contemporary Portland, Oregon.
Yes, it's another show about fairy tales coming to life in modern times. Granted, I suppose that's a great way to get today's youth to actually watch your show, but — to me — I can't help but feel it's because Grimm's budget must have been lower than its level of originality. On the plus side, nobody had to invest in any fancy-pants costumes --something the folks at Once Upon a Time certainly don't have an issue with, I might add. It also means you can expect some truly cheapo CGI effects: an element of sub-par storytelling that the people behind Grimm embrace wholeheartedly.
David Giuntoli — an actor who I can only imagine would have made a better Superman than Brandon Routh — takes the lead here as Nick Burkhardt: a police detective in Portland who discovers one day he suddenly has the ability to spot certain individuals for the monstrous beings they really are. Big bad wolves with fetishes for girls in red hoodies, bears who don't like people sleeping in their beds, et al: they're all just as real as can be — and the reason our hero is now seeing them in that manner is because he's part of the Grimm lineage.
As luck would have it, Grimms have been dispatching the bad critters from the world for centuries, and Burkhardt is the latest to inherit the ability to fight the evil. Just like any good cop out there, he has both a faithful partner (Russell Hornsby) to help him out in the pursuit of justice, as well as Grimm's very own Huggy Bear: a panicky, reformed wolf-feller (Silas Weir Mitchell) who lends his firsthand knowledge of all things Grimm-like to an otherwise oblivious Nick. To ensure that things aren't completely kosher for our supernatural detective, his superior (Sasha Roiz) is a part of the underground creature community.