Michael Muller, NBC
The start of the second season of NBC's "Grimm" promises answers to some of the questions left hanging at the end of the first season while raising new ones in this cop drama that collides with the realm of fairy tale creatures. The show also makes a switch from the Friday evening to the Monday evening lineup.
In Season 1, Nick Burkhardt (David Giutonli), a Portland, Ore., detective, finds out he is one in a long line of "Grimms" who must help keep the order with creatures who live generally unnoticed by humans — until someone ends up dead. He can see them for what they really are and he is slowly drawn in to the politics, morbid traditions and power struggles in this usually unseen world.
The two-episode season premiere picks up right where Season 1 ended, with Nick having an unexpected reunion with his mother, Kelly (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), whom he was told died in a car wreck with his father 18 years earlier, as they fight off an assassin sent to retrieve gold coins that are thought to have magical powers.
Their rocky re-introduction gets more complicated when Nick's friends, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), reformed Blutbad (aka "Big Bad Wolf"), and Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner), apothecary Fuchsbau, show up. Both species generally aren't friends with Grimms, but Monroe and Rosalee are working on a way to help Nick's girlfriend Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch), a veterinarian, who is in a magical-potion induced coma.
The episodes — "Bad Teeth" and "The Kiss" — also delve more into Nick's boss, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz), and his interest in keeping an eye on Nick as the tales twist in darker and unexpected ways.
More light is shed on the importance of the coins, other histories and the political struggles with the royal family that were mentioned or alluded to in earlier episodes, but more unanswered questions arise.
Nick's newest case involves a creature, a mavais dente, that is on the loose and was sent by one of the ruling families from Europe to take out the Grimm.
The show does well at keeping the many intersecting and diverging storylines and back-histories from being disjointed and confusing for both fans of the series of the first-time viewers.
The show is a darker take on fairy tales as it looks at the gritty underside of creatures, many of which have no qualms with being violent or killing to get what they want. Deaths, blood, and fight scenes with odd and usual weapons are common in each episode, and the new season doesn't stray from that.
While promising more answers and new adventures, it will be interesting to see if "Grimm" will continue to be original beyond these two episodes or if it will become more of a predictable procedural.
The Season 2 premiere, "Bad Teeth," airs Monday, Aug. 13, on NBC Ch. 5, with "The Kiss" the following Monday. "Grimm" airs Monday evenings at 9 p.m.
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