Grimm 1.04 "Lonelyhearts" Review

Apologies for not getting a review out for last week's episode. My laptop tried to go into winter hibernation for a week and a half, but I think I got it under control.

One of my main problems with the pilot of Grimm was its worrying dual selves, wherein the show could go big and a little campy or it could go dark and somewhat gritty, with both sides of the coin containing a certain amount of credibility. It's a backhanded sort-of problem ("you do too many things well! stop it!") that generally gets worked out through time, network notes, and fan feedback, but until it does get worked out, episodes tend to be more hit-and-miss than the talent involved would make you think.

What's most interesting about "Lonelyhearts" is how much of a resemblance it bears to the pilot and how much better than the pilot it actually is. Well, let me rephrase. "Lonelyhearts" is better than the show's pilot at balancing its two distinct sides, fusing a dark case (guy lures women to his house and keeps them in cages) with spots of humor (Monroe's cello, Juliette's banter with Nick), grossness (the toad snacks), and striking visual images (Billy's garden) to create an episode of TV that embodied steadiness. I know, it's hard to call an episode featuring decapitated body parts, almost-date rape, and lots and lots of gas "steady", but "Lonelyhearts" did what an episode of Grimm does without straying too far up or down the Qualitative Scale of TV Awesomeness (that I'm building in my basement). You could argue that this represents lack of ambition, that a show should be shooting for the moon any chance it gets, but from a new show, I merely expect them to figure out who they are, at least in the early episodes. For its faults, "Lonelyhearts" shows Grimm settling in a little and you know what, that's okay. Read More...


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