I already talked about my thoughts on the pilot for Grimm. Now we’ve had a full three episodes to get past that pilot episode adolescence and really begin getting into what the show is going to be. I have to say, as a viewer, I’m pretty happy with Grimm. It seems like Nick has adjusted to accepting what he is a bit easier than I think he should, but otherwise, so far I’m happy. He’s not perfect at the job, which is appropriate. Week after week, he’s had his destiny as a Grimm interfere with his normal life–yay conflict–and the writers have so far created a lot of questions to keep people watching.
And people are watching. Friday nights are a really hard time slot. It’s often the land where shows go to die and is otherwise the proving grounds for shows that producers aren’t sure will survive beyond their maiden season. I think Grimm is proving itself. I hung out for a while one day last week under a search for Grimm on Twitter and people were talking about it left and right. According to ads for the show, it’s now the number one show on Friday nights. That tells me that viewers (who are, I might add, also potential READERS) want what Grimm has to offer.
What is that, exactly? Of course people love fairy tales. They always have. Fairy tales tap into universal truths about life and humanity–which is a large part of why they have survived for hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. But Grimm is doing something interesting in that it’s not coughing up the simplified, clear-cut good vs. evil (there’s nothing wrong with that, and I’ll be talking more about that later this week when I look again at Once Upon A Time). It’s not the light, Disneyfied versions we’ve become accustomed to in the last several decades. Grimm is dark. And it’s complicated. And that’s really coming back to the dark origins of the original tales themselves, which I think is marvelous (obviously, since that’s part of what I really wanted to do with Red).
People today want the escapism of fairy tales, but many are not as willing to believe in the obvious happily ever after. Life is messy, and Grimm really reflects on that (particularly after this latest episode taken from The Queen Bee). It really is aiming for the grit of Supernatural (though, sorry, I do not have serious fan-girl love of Nick like I do Dean) along with some creative interpretations of both familiar tales (Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and less familiar tales (The Queen Bee–has anyone actually heard of this one?). I think that’s going to give fodder for well beyond a single season of the show, and I hope that producers continue to pay attention to audiences (they don’t always–hello, Jericho?).
In the meantime, it tells me that audiences are ripe for another inventive fairy tale reboot, as do all the demands from readers “Will there be a sequel to Red?!!” I doubt I’ll do more with Elodie and Sawyer (as I’d rather not muck with their HEA), but I absolutely want to play with doing some more contemporary YA adaptations of other favorite fairy tales. I have a few ideas of my own, but I’d love to hear from y’all.
As readers, which fairy tales would you like to see reinvented?