Fairy Tale Face Off

21 Oct

Cover of "The Fairy Tales of the Brothers...
Cover of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Once Upon a Time premieres this Sunday October 23rd on ABC at 8pm, Grimm premiers Friday October 28th at 9pm on NBC.


David Giuntoli plays Portland homicide detective Nick Burckhardt. He is about to propose to his girlfriend, Juliette (who won’t make it thru the first season), he also happens to be a descendant of the “Grimm” a group of humans who can see mythological creatures like Hexenbiests and Blutbads.  Nick finds out about his ability along with the audience during the pilot, he is visited by his aunt, played by Kate Burton, who provides the back story, a magical key and a trailer full of stuff to use for research. Its like the Sunnydale library on wheels, very convenient for our hero.  The first fairy tale, is Little Red Riding Hood, its fun to watch Nick solve the crime and make friends with a reformed Blutbad (wolf). Of course he gets the bad guy, but a different sort of bad guy is revealed in the second to last scene.

Once Upon a Time (ABC)

Jennifer Morrison plays Emma Swan a bailbondsperson, who is visited by a small boy who claims to be the child she gave up ten tears ago. The boy convinces her to return him to his home in a town called Storybrooke. (get it story broke-n). She is told the town is populated with storybook characters, but they don’t know they are storybook characters. The show switches back and forth between the fairytale universe and present day, filing in the bits and pieces.  Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) was cursed by the Lana Parrilla‘s (Evil Queen), the curse ended her happily ever after with the prince and is the reason the characters are trapped in our world.  I will check this show out, I am curious to see how it is developed, we may just end up with some really fresh new inventive TV. (or not)

I subscribed to the Grimm Twitter feed and got an advanced screening of the pilot. It was good, not great, it laid a solid foundation for the season. With over 200 Grimm’s Fairy Tales to use for source material the show practically writes itself.  There is a plot twist at the end of the episode, that I should have seen coming a mile away.

The bit with the reformed Blutbad, was cute, just like on Buffy and Angel this show has a demon on the inside to guide our hero.

Are you going to watch either of these shows? Why or Why Not?


4 Responses to “Fairy Tale Face Off”

  1. Elizabeth October 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    I still haven’t seen Grimm – though I’m going to watch it this weekend. I did watch the pilot of Once Upon a Time. Given the bits of Grimm I’ve seen and the first episode of OUAT – I’ll be watching the later. I love the cast which is what’s pulling me. I’ll see how I like Grimm – who knows I might end up watching both! 🙂

    Will you be watching either of them?

    • tvhappyplace9463 October 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      I got see Grimm with the secret code tip you gave, thanks. How did you get to see Once?

  2. Edward Hotspur October 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Both of these seem interesting, and also first to be cancelled. Sad, but when I like a show, it gets cancelled, unless it’s been on for at least 3 years.

    • tvhappyplace9463 October 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

      I think Once will go before Grimm, if Grimm doesn’t get picked up for season 2 look for SyFy to pick it up.

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