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Grimm: Season Two(TV) (2012-2013)
In modern day Portland, Oregon, a police detective inherits the ability to see supernatural creatures.
For more about Grimm: Season Two and the Grimm: Season Two Blu-ray release, see Grimm: Season Two Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on September 5, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Starring: David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby, Reggie Lee, Alycia Delmore
Directors: Norberto Barba, Michael Waxman
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Grimm: Season Two Blu-ray Review
Not my cup o' joe, but seven million viewers can't be wrong. Can they?
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, September 5, 2013
Spoiler alert: The following review assumes that the reader is familiar with the entirety of Grimm: Season One. If you have yet to finish the series' first season, proceed at your own risk. A review of Season One can be found here.
Grimm, a guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure of many a network TV junkie, shows significant signs of improvement in its divisive, monster-mashed second season. It also shows significant signs of uncertainty and carelessness, all of which keep it dangling somewhere between addicting and irritating. Silas Weir Mitchell remains the series' greatest asset, yet isn't backed by the sharp scripts his fan-favorite Monroe deserves. David Giuntoli remains the weebly wobbly Grimm of the hour, but doesn't quite have the chops to rally newcomers and detractors to his cause. Russell Hornsby is the lock-jawed, tough-guy cop, shaken briefly by revelations of the supernatural sort but wedged into a part we've seen a hundred times before in the reality beneath the reality shows and films. Bitsie Tulloch's Juliette earns far more attention and screentime this season than proves necessary, and suffers through the kind of contrived amnesia subplot that should henceforth be exiled from any and all television series. Adalind (Claire Coffee) is benched far too often and... the list goes ever on. And that's without even touching on the still-fledgling mythos' slippery and uneven storylines, the hit or miss creature designs and visual effects, the prevalent monster-of-the-week filler episodes, the third-tier actors cast in bit parts, and the generic plotting, cinematography and music. Some of it works wonders, some of it fails miserably.
The mythological underworld rips away at the fabric of reality in Grimm, as one Portland homicide detective must battle killers only he can see. Plagued by his supernatural lineage, Nick (Giuntoli) must hunt the fantastical creatures of German storytelling ('Wesen') that wear human faces, while fighting to keep his secret from the people he loves the most. This season, Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt begins to fully embrace his identity as a Grimm, tackling even more gruesome and bizarre crimes linked to creatures of lore. With the help of his partner Hank (Hornsby) and Wesen confidants Monroe (Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner), Nick must face an ancient royal bloodline linked to the mysterious Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz), race to hold onto the love of his life, Juliette (Tulloch), and contend with curses, amnesia, fatal potions, deadly plagues, child abductions and even UFOs.
More problematic is that Grimm is still in a search for a presiding tone, and in an even more desperate search for a grand mythos as deep and wide as it is terrifying and unnerving. Grimms' Fairy Tales certainly present plenty of opportunity; even a devilishly dark, devious streak that would benefit any fantasy/horror show with a Zakynthos coin and a Hexenbiest incantation. Every element is just too disparate, without any real sense of how it all comes together or why we popcorn-munching DVR dwellers should care. There's humor, drama, intrigue, chills and legends, sure. But the all-important connective tissue is sorely missing. Internal logic languishes. Powers and abilities change on a writers' room whim. Middle-rung CG dulls almost every sharp fright. Formulaic goo gums up the works. The procedural gets in the way of the genre bits. The genre bits get in the way of the procedural. And so on and so on.
Is Grimm's second season a waste of a timeslot? Or in this case a Blu-ray release? Not at all. Too many millions enjoy the show too much to dismiss it so casually. The fact that its viewership hasn't dwindled over the course of its two seasons speaks volumes, and stands as something of a broadcast rarity. But that doesn't mean Grimm is for everyone, or that it's the next supernatural phenom. It isn't, and it isn't. More acquired taste than decadent delight, it divides but rarely conquers, and offers very little that can't be found elsewhere in greater, grander series.
Grimm: Season Two Episode Guide:
Grimm: Season Two Blu-ray, Video Quality
Like Season One, Grimm: Season Two features a strong, sometimes fierce 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation, with the season's twenty-two episodes spread comfortably across five BD-50 discs. Some inherent crush and a bit of spiking noise are the only distractions to be found, and neither one amounts to anything I'd label an "issue." Banding, macroblocking, aliasing and the like are MIA, ringing is kept to the barest of minimums, and next to nothing interferes with fine detail, which is exceptionally well-resolved. Edge definition is crisp, textures are refined, and overall clarity is terrific (minus several less-than-terrific visual effects shots hindered by numerous source-born shortcomings). The series' palette holds its own too, with both warm and wintry hues, excellent primaries, lifelike skintones and deep, ominous blacks. Long season short? No complaints here. The latest high definition Grimm outing is a (relative) beaut.
Grimm: Season Two Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Season Two's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is comparable to its Season One predecessor as well. While its soundfield isn't always the vicious beastie it could be -- quieter scenes lack cinematic ambience and consistent, truly enveloping immersion -- the rear speakers join forces with the LFE channel for every Grimm vs. Wesen encounter the series has to offer. Dialogue remains clear and intelligible throughout, no matter the menace, mystery or rage that fuels any given scene, and dynamics are quite good, with ample opportunities for the sound design to shed its network television skin and show off. Grimm never joins the ranks of more engrossing sonic fare (the Walking Deads, the Breaking Bads and the Game of Thrones, lossless monsters all), but it bears its teeth, barks almost as well as it bites, and leaves enough of a mark to warrant a solid score.
Grimm: Season Two Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Contents (Subject to Change): The initial combo pack release of Grimm: Season Two features a slipcover (with the original pressing), five BD-50 discs, an UltraViolet digital copy of the season (UniversalDigitalCopy.com download via redemption code), and a small bundle of collector cards. Please note: the Grimm: Season Two UltraViolet digital copy is not iTunes compatible.
Grimm: Season Two Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Grimm: Season Two has a long way to go before it can be the Big Bad Wolf of supernatural series, but little by little, it's getting better, even if its growing pains are still all too apparent. I'm a Supernatural man myself, and it's more than possible my love of the Winchester saga continues to prevent me from reaping the rewards of Grimm. Even without Supernatural, though, I doubt I'd be one to warm to the modestly successful NBC series. There are just too many issues that keep me at a disengaged distance. At least Universal's 5-disc Blu-ray release doesn't disappoint, despite its small spattering of special features. With an impressive video presentation and a solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, Season Two pops its claws and makes its presence known. Now if I could only say the same for the series' latest twenty-two episodes...
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