Believe and Grimm: Two (Sort of) Quick Takes

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.

Winter and crew release Tate and Bo so they can escape their evil pursuers.

Run, heroes in peril, run!

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.

Nick and Hank consult with Sgt. Wu.

Nick and Hank still don’t tell Wu the truth.

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.

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4 responses to “Believe and Grimm: Two (Sort of) Quick Takes

  1. We loved Believe!

    It started with Bo. Excellent casting. She has that vulnerability (who the heck WOULDN’T want to protect her?!) but is capable (“I stuck her really hard in the butt”) and still a kid (her fear when the fight in the hallway started). She and Tate not only have fantastic chemistry, but their dynamic is SO well written. He’s probably the only one who will treat her normally. Like a person. (Albeit not a kid so much. LOL) He’ll protect her as special but won’t treat her like she’s overly precious. And she’s got enough complexity to keep it all interesting.

    I also thought they were cast perfectly as *spoiler* and *spoiler*. I loved Martin’s one-sentence reason for giving Bo to Tate. It ties everything together so well AND opens up other possibilities. (Her power has to come from somewhere, right? Not that I think they *have* to go there.)

    I actually liked the fight scenes. They were so much more realistic. Tate’s a street fighter. He has no training. So of course he’d be a little heavy and slow. The assassin had a little more training and control, but she’s light so he could hold his own for a little while. I think we’re all a little spoiled by wire-work and black-belt choreography. 🙂 I’ll take clunky and a little bit of grounding in “reality.”

  2. Early in the episode, I thought they might be *spoiler*.and *spoiler*. But it didn’t really stay at the forefront of my mind. Too much action, I guess. But it was a pleasant affirmation at the end.

    I’m trying to write something up for the second episode of Believe and Resurrection. I’m just about as slow a writer as I am a reader. Arrgh.

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