October 28, 2011 will be a day Grimmsters will never forget. If you tuned in that night, you were intrigued by the amazing premiere of Grimm. In a world where Grimm fairytales are real, and only their descendants see the truth, Nick Burkhardt is one of them. He is a police officer in Portland. For many viewers such as myself, we were pulled right in from the beginning. "Sweet Dreams" playing on a joggers headphones before she gets mauled. We will never think of that song without thinking of Grimm ever again.
I always thought of it as a cop show but the criminals are all these creatures. That's what alot of the first season was. Single episode stories, told in one night, nothing was overlapping. Many things have changed over the years. Of course, a show never knows if its going to last, so it often waits to build its mythology. Grimm is no different. Rewatching the first season gets a little trippy. We are so used to Rosalee being there that its hard to imagine that she doesn't appear until episode 1x15 "Island of Dreams". Even the terminology of "Wesen" and "woge" didn't come into the episodes until late in the first season. And it even changed over the years. When Monroe was teaching Nick about it, he stressed about it being pronounced "vog-a". Over time, as more actors said it, they dropped the "a" and now it sounds like "vogue". We expect Madonna to come out dancing any minute.
Season 2 was where it really started to branch out and build its own mythology. Where Season 1 used several takes on classic fairytales such as Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella, season 2 stepped away from the fairytales. There were still a couple references for the sharp eyed viewer. Rumpelstiltskin/The Millers Daughter in "Nameless" cleverly used the "guess my name" portion of the fable. Season 2 also expanded on those who knew about the Wesen community. Hank and Juliette were brought into Grimm's "Scooby Gang".
Sgt. Wu was always a fan favorite. His quips and Wu-isms were among the highlights of every episode. He wasn't just a spurt of comic relief. Everyone genuinely cared about him and his progressions as a character.
The Wesenrein story was important in more ways than one. It inducted Wu into the Scooby Gang and it brought a little more drama into a usually light-hearted series. Yes, Grimm has its dark and gruesome moments, but this story arc gives Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) time to shine and deliver the most dramatic, powerful speech of the series.
Although this is probably said about a lot of fan bases, Grimmsters have formed special bonds in fan groups all across the web and have grown together over the last six years. We have shared triumphs and tragedies together. We have become a family. For this, we send out a great thank you to the cast and crew. Without this series, we may have never met some of these special friends we have in our lives now. You will be missed. Cheers!
I have been right there from the start of the series, thanks in part of Sean Hayes who I follow on Twitter and was on the Broadway revival, Promises, Promises, at the time with Kristin Chenoweth. We all promised to watch the pilot. For me, it was intrigue that got the better of me. I never even knew who the actors were back then. But, until now, I still remember that scene where Monroe and Nick got into a fight because the latter thought that the former was the suspect but instead Monroe invited Nick over to have some drinks. It was the start of a new friendship that was unheard of: a Grimm and a Wesen, a Blutbad to be specific. It was also the time that I fell in love with Monroe and Silas Weir Mitchell.
Throughout the years, in my honest opinion, Grimm never had a bad episode, that one episode you don't want to talk about. Each and every episode made my heart race and made me cry, angry, mad, every emotion out there. It is also a show that celebrated diversity. Whilst it was overlooked until FOX's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, there wasn't a Filipino in any US show who was billed as a regular. Reggie Lee is the first Filipino-American actor to have been in an American television show that lasted longer than a season as a regular (recurring in the first season). And as a fellow Pinoy, I'm very, very happy that they had an entire episode on the story of the aswang, a local monster that have been used to scare naughty children. Trust me, when it's told in Tagalog/Filipino, it's scarier. It was also the first time that they had subtitles that I don't have to read because I understood what they were saying very well. (Haha!) There's also Sasha Roiz who is Israeli-Canadian and Russell Hornsby is a person of colour. And they all great friends on and off screen. There's no discriminatory bone in the cast and that was carried on in front of the cameras and with the crew.
I'm going to miss this weird, adorable, lovable series. Not a dull moment in the six years it has been on air. I've always looked forward to Fridays (Saturdays on my end) just so I can watch a new episode. If anyone in the show is reading, use Google Translate or let Reggie translate: Maraming, maraming salamat sa anim na taon na puno ng saya, lungkot at takot. Hindi namin malilimutan ang magagandang alaala ng inyong palabas. Tunay na pinasaya niyo kami. Sa muli nating pakikita!