GRIMM-Season-3-Posterby Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Portland Detective Nick Burkhart (David Giuntoli) discovers he is descended from a long line of Grimm, hunters and warriors who protect the humans in their ignorance from the “real” world, full of supernaturals and shapeshifting monsters!

Nick is a good cop in a bad world; he tries to do the right thing. But when his aunt, who raised him after his mother up and disappeared, is dying herself and intends to leave Nick a legacy whether he wants it or not, the roof of comfortable “reality” is caving in and Nick begins seeing things. Impossible things. Men and women and yes even children who, when they get angry or scared, will shape-shift into the most unusual of creatures: were-everything-under-the-sun, dangerous witchcraft users, and even demonic forces. And now Nick, armed with new knowledge and burgeoning Grimm powers, begins to take on the shadowy underworld of life!

It turns out that the woman who runs the folksy tea and herb shop is a Fuschsbau (were-fox), Nick’s watchmaker friend Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) with so much Wesen knowledge is a Blutbad (werewolf), hell, it’s even revealed eventually that Nick’s police Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) is a strange hybrid Wesen that has ties to the royal family. Wesen (the collective term for supernaturals in this series, it means “creature” in German) are everywhere, and Nick goes on to discover that most of them are decent enough and worthy grimm-2of the let-live policy, so long as they do their best to stay within the confines of the law. When species lines begin crossing, or when some Wesen decide to mess with Nick’s “sight”-blind girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), that Nick has to take on that Grimm aspect and go kick some butt!

The television show is an NBC network creation, and has been going for three seasons already, with a fourth soon to begin in late October 2014. Special effects for the shapeshifting are used more often than makeup tricks, it’s true, but when makeup is used, great care is shown in bringing out the animal attributes of that particular Wesen; it’s usually easy to tell that Rosalee is a werefox, for example. Full of both shadows and light hidden in the unseen world, Grimm is always worth a watch or three!