'Grimm' has been on for three seasons and has an upcoming fourth season starting this October. This supernatural police detective series has conjured up a loyal fan base over the last few years and is a couple of steps up from the teenage glitter monster craze that currently plagues the airwaves. For those of you don't know about 'Grimm' yet, I'll give you a little background information on the series.
'Grimm' is loosely based on the chilling yet adventurous stories known as 'Grimm's Fairy Tales' and is set in present day with a police detective story surrounding it. The main character here is homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who live is Portland, solving crimes with his partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby). Burkhardt is not your normal homicide detective, as he has a very unique and special gift. He comes to find out that he is a Grimm, which allows him to see the monsters and creatures walking among us who look like humans.
These creatures range from vampires, werewolves, and other creatures that come from the original 'Grimm's Fairy Tales'. His aunt has raised Nick since he was little and tells him that she is in fact a Grimm, and that he comes from a long line of these special people who are tasked with keeping the peace between the creatures and humans, living together. Not all the creatures and monsters are bad, but the ones who, are, Nick must kill. That being said, Nick spends every episode on a new case where he has to use his special abilities to find, capture, and or kill whatever beast he is hunting.
There are a few small running story lines throughout the show, mostly dealing with relationships and betrayals, but for most of the episodes, there is a start, middle and end, with a new and different case each week, which is your standard primetime police detective format. This 22-episode season starts off with Nick in a zombie-state of mind from the previous season due to an evil zombie creating witch. Once Nick is cured, he and his partner go back to solving crimes and fighting the evil beasts. It's more or less the same shtick from the previous two seasons, so if you're a fan, you know what to expect. In this third season however, Nick and Hank have a stronger bond than ever and he is reunited with his girlfriend Juliette, as the three of them solve the mysteries and crimes.
Other key elements in this season portray a newborn royal child, an exorcism gone wrong, an evil Santa Clause, and a serial killer who all make life difficult for Nick and Hank. Another cool plot point is when Nick finds out that he and his family are not the only Grimms in the game, and when the lines between the creature world and human world become more similar, the results are catastrophic. 'Grimm' as a series doesn't rely on the mundane and cheesy love plots that riddle the other shows that deal with the supernatural.
And the monsters in 'Grimm' are evil villains, and not concerned with who loves who, but with who to kill next. And that's what makes 'Grimm' stand out in this genre. This third season has a cliff hanger climax, which will leave you on the hook for the upcoming fourth season, which will start very soon.
'Grimm' Season 3 comes with a great 1080p HD transfer presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Being a primetime series on NBC, this overall picture is glossy and very sharp. Detail is very vivid throughout, even in the darker scenes, which make up most of this show. Closeups reveal great textures in costumes, props and background items as well. Wrinkles, makeup blemishes, scars, dirt and blood, all show up nicely on the actor's faces.
There is no murkiness to this image at all, which is nice since most of the show is shot in the dark. There is a good amount of depth to the image as well. Colors pop off screen and are very well-balanced, with some great looking greens, reds, and cold blues. Black levels are always deep and inky, and the flesh tones are always natural. There was some minor banding during transitions here and there, but it's nothing to write home about. Other than that, this series is issue free, leaving it with high marks.
This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix in English with options to listen to it in French or Spanish as well. This is a fully immersive audio mix, and NBC has done a great job of making the ambient noises, and sound effects sound lively and robust at all time. The rear speakers get a solid workout with all of the villainous sounds, and action noises that are constant in this show. The score sounds great too and always adds to the suspense in each scene.
There is some great directionality here as well as every noise and piece of dialogue is layered and well-balanced. Speaking of the dialogue, it's always crystal clear and easy to understand, and free of any pops, cracks, and hissing. When the action beats happen, expect your sub woofer to power up and rattle the walls, with well timed and realistic nature and monstrous sounds emanating from the rears.The LFE is excellent and the dynamic range is wide with this release, leaving this audio presentation with great marks.
Deleted Scenes (HD, 6 Mins.) - There are two deleted scenes that show more character development between Nick and his friends.
Gag Reel (HD, 10 Mins.) - Here is a long blooper reel, filled with flubbed lines, laughter, missed cues, dancing, and the actor's acting goofy on set. I admit, I laughed quite a bit.
Something Wesen This Way Comes: Inside Season 3 of 'Grimm' (HD, 12 Mins.) - Here is short look at the making of the show with cast and crew interviews as they discuss the central themes and characters of season three, along with some of the CG effects.
Double Take: Fighting a Hund Jager (HD, 4 Mins.) - This is a look at one of the action scenes, specifically Nick fighting a monster, and all the stunts and CG work that went into it.
Meltdown Digital Series (HD, 8 Mins.) - Here is the short digital series called 'Meltdown' that has the guys solving a small crime in the matter of 8 minutes.
Love is in the Air: Elegant Endeavors Digital Series (HD, 7 mins.) - Here is another digital short that doesn't focus on a crime, but the characters of the show getting together for a party.
'Grimm' Season Three, is a solid entry into the series line of episodes. It's quickly paced with some decent story lines and some great action beats. The characters have grown in a good way, which leaves you wanting to spend more time with them in each episode. 'Grimm' knows its fan base, and the series continues to deliver the goods with each episode. The video and audio presentations are both excellent with some decent enough extras. If you're a fan of the show, you'll definitely want to own this. Recommended.