December 20, 2013 Grimm
It has been a Grimm week. Although perhaps formidable emotionally, it comes from watching Season 1 of the supernatural series of the same name. Grimm first aired on NBC in 2011. It is a mix up of CSI or Numbers, Buffy, Angel and even The X-Files. Ray recommended it, so I checked it out of the library. Now Ana and I have found a new favorite.
Detective Nick Burkhardt is descended from a line of Grimm’s or Guardians. In much the same way Clary Fray is a Shadow Hunter, Nick is sort of an angelic warrior. The show, drawing from the Brother’s Grimm, has a very Germanic Subtext. The Wesen, or supernatural creatures, all have German names. Granted, the writers created the names using the German but most of the creatures aren’t directly from fairytales. Monroe is a Blutbaden. The name translates to “bloodbath” and not wolf-man or man-wolf. There are also Hexenbiest, Eisbibers, Fuchsbau and man other shape-sifters or human-animal hybrids.
I look forward to seeing where they go with show and watching the rich mythology develop. And, admittedly, it makes me want to move to Portland now and see if I ever come across any Wesen.