Grimm 1.09 "Of Mouse and Man" Review

How much is too much serialization when it comes to a procedural? The whole point of having a series be more episodic in nature is that it allows casual viewers to drop in without feeling overwhelmed at complex mythology, but allow things to become too routine and you risk making your entire fan base "casual fans". Having certain serial elements and character growth in a procedural, especially one with supernatural elements like Grimm, hooks in other types of viewers and can allow your series room to grow. However, those moments tend to have to be earned, not so obvious as to disrupt an episode's flow but impactful enough to actually mean something going forward.

Grimm has been walking that tricky tightrope since episode one, leaning heavier on the familiar cop elements but sprinkling in moments that hinted at something bigger than police work and perp wrangling. In "Of Mouse and Man", it finally reversed course and buried its head in the serial bowl like a hungry 2nd grader, which made for some extra tense moments and interesting set-up going forward. Most notably, we had the creature community sending a strong message to Monroe about his continued involvement with Nick Burkhardt, card carrying creature killer. Instead of a one-off run-in with some punks, it seems like tension is growing in Portland, with Nick's reputation preceding him in many aspects. I don't expect a full-out war between the two mostly peaceful men and every critter in the Pacific northwest, but stoking the fires between the two camps gives some of the more routine cases additional stakes (will this one try to take them out, is that one connected to anyone powerful, when will they strike again) and makes the supernatural aspects of Grimm a little fuller. Until now, we've only gotten bits and pieces of clues about the way that one species interacts with another and the attitude they all have toward Grimms, which tonight's episode hinted at and all but promised to expand upon in future weeks. Read More...


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