One series ends, two new ones begin. A third series returns, and a fourth is so good it deserves to be discussed.
Almost Human ended, only to be replaced with Resurrection and Believe. Worse, both shows will be airing at the same time on Sunday evening. As it was, Believe premiered last night at the same time as Intelligence. What in the world did we do before DVRs? Or VCRs?
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland returned, and Grimm, which I’d stopped covering, has been too entertaining to ignore. Let’s cover these shows in alphabetical order. Only Believe and Grimm are discussed here, because I ran out of steam to cover all four shows.
Believe: Pilot (101)
The timing for the series premiere could not have been better. It comes from Alfonso Cuarón, fresh off his Academy Award win for Best Director. Cuarón co-wrote the script with series co-creator Mark Friedman, and directed the pilot as well. The omnipresent J.J. Abrams is also involved.
The show centers around Tate, a wrongly-convicted death row inmate, and Bo, a specially gifted young girl. Tate is rescued at the last minute by a mysterious man posing as a priest. Winter, the faux priest (played by Delroy Lindo) hires Tate to protect Bo from those who want to harness her power for evil. Or personal gain. Or something like that.
The casting is superb. In a surprise twist, Kyle MacLachlan plays the arch-villain and Delroy Lindo the “arch-hero.” (™ me) Go figure! It works remarkably well. Even guest star Rami Malik as Doctor Terry was terrific. So much so, I’d hoped he’d be a regular.
The key to the series is the chemistry between Tate (Jake McLaughlin), the reluctant protector, and the precocious Bo (Johnny Sequoyah). It’s off the charts, and it’s what makes the show so appealing. There are great special effects, plenty of action and excitement, and loads of unanswered questions.
The only downfall so far is the fight sequences, which feel clunky and poorly executed. Let’s hope our karate kids improve. Sadly, it appears Tate has shaved off his gorgeous locks for the regular series.
All in all? Fabulous! (Although I may be in the minority.)
Grimm: Mommy Dearest (314)
“Mommy Dearest” has to be reviewed because it features one of my favorite supporting players, the sarcastic Sgt. Wu, played by Reggie Lee. A childhood friend is attacked by a monster of Filipino legend, the Aswang. He’s so upset, he can’t even make a joke. Worse, during the course of the investigation, so many things don’t add up, Wu begins to question his sanity.
Wu is the last of the regular cast members unfamiliar with the world of Grimm and Wesen. Nick the Grimm and Wesen Monroe and Rosalee are against opening their world to him, saying the Aswang is too gruesome for a Wesen introduction. Both Hank and Juliette, the two regular humans, say that no good comes from being kept in the dark.
While I agree the Aswang is particularly creepy, and its method of attack so disgusting (yes, even more gruesome than last week’s scalpers), I vote for Hank and Juliette’s approach. We spent the bulk of a painful season 2 suffering through Juliette’s initiation to Nick’s world. But I guess 3 wins against 2.
Wu ends up being attacked by the Aswang, yet Nick and a reluctant Hank tell him he didn’t see what he thought he saw. When Wu checks himself into the psych ward, Nick and Hank come to visit. And they still don’t tell him!
Oh, and Adalind has a baby girl. And she is pretty darned creepy herself.
Sorry. That’s all for today. I’ve run out of steam. Intelligence and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will be reviewed later.