I am a guy who watches a lot of television. I try to follow a ton of shows, via watching them when they air, catching up with them online a week or two later, or marathoning entire seasons in one sitting. And I’ll be honest: the sheer variety and amount of TV shows out there has also turned me into a bit of a snob. I follow around a dozen or so drama shows pretty devoutly, but all of them are at least on basic cable channels, if not premium channels or alternative content providers like Netflix. I firmly believe that there is value to the kinds of procedurals that broadcast networks put out: sometimes people don’t want to spend hours mentally unpacking or recovering from the events of an episode, and sometimes people just want the comfort of watching characters they’ve come to care about solve a problem. But the fact remains that I’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of narrative freedom and complexity that usually comes with cable television, and is a bit more rare on network TV.
Revolution, NBC’s dystopian adventure drama, premieres tonight at ten. It’s the latest in a long line of attempts to capitalize on the post-Lost market for genre TV. The path is fraught with peril; the past few years are littered with high concept sci-fi mystery stuff (The Event, Flash Forward, and Terra Nova being examples which spring to mind). Revolution has an impressive pedigree, with J.J. Abrams serving as an executive producer and Jon Favreau directing the pilot. But does Revolution have what it takes to become the next Lost? (Or at least the next Fringe?)
Readers, you may have noticed that I haven’t recapped an episode of Grimm in a long time. I could give a number of reasons for that. I could tell you that I’m writing for the Kalamazoo Gazette, and that they keep me pretty busy over there. I could tell you that a feature film my friends produced, The Day Job, premiered and that setting all that up took a significant amount of my energies. I could tell you that I competed in, and won, a stand up comedy competition. These are all elements. But the truth is that I stopped recapping Grimm because it’s just not a very good show. It’s not a very good show, no one’s paying me to recap it, and the time I spend taking notes on episodes and writing about them is better spent doing a number of other things.
NBC’s in pretty rough shape. The former top network’s fallen to last place on network TV, and they can’t seem to stem the tide. Recent premiere Smash hasn’t turned out to be “The Show That Saves NBC” the way they’d hoped (One sentence review of Smash: Better than Glee because it’s less cloying, but musical shows just aren’t my thing). The next attempt at The Show That Saves NBC is Awake, a crime procedural with a twist. While I think that heavily pushing one show and being ax-happy with others speaks more to NBC’s continued lack of business savvy, that’s not the point.
The point is that Awake is fantastic.
Welcome back to Gentlemen, Behold!!’s Grimm recaps!! You may have noticed that I didn’t recap last week’s episode, “Beeware.” I’ve been a little busy with work and other projects, and Grimm recaps aren’t a super high priority on my list. Still, I think it’s best I do a super quick recap of last week before cracking open this week’s episode. Basically, some women were killed with bee venom in flash mobs gone wrong. Nick investigated and found out it was an attack by some creatures called Mellifers (bee people) on Hexenbiests, their enemies. Monsterface McHotbody’s name is Adelind Schade, and she and Nick had some nice back and forth jabs while he was assigned to protect her. Eventually, the Mellifers were defeated, but not before warning on a larger threat on the horizon. It was actually a pretty good episode. Anywho, on to “Lonelyhearts”!!
So, I’ve decided to start posting weekly recaps of NBC’s Grimm. I’m kind of busy with other projects these days, but I want to do something quick and fun at least once a week. James Hibberd already has Terra Nova recaps on lock over at EW.com, so I went with Grimm, mainly because for all of its silliness, I think it’s actually a decently clever show which could get really good if enough people watch it to get it another couple seasons (hint,hint). I’m gonna plan on these going up on Mondays, but we’ll see how it goes. Oh, and spoilers, and stuff.
Happy Halloween!! In honor of this wonderful occasion, I’ve decided to post a review/recap of Grimm, NBC’s new Friday night action/drama/crime procedural/fantasy/horror thing. Basically, it’s a light crime procedural with a supernatural twist, in that the killers turn out to be monsters and stuff. My recap starts below, but I just want to throw up a SPOILER ALERT now in case anyone’s worried about that sort of thing.