* With the bulk of fall premieres behind us and an intermittent schedule of mid-season debuts ahead, this will be the last week of Fall TV Scorecard on Wood's Stock.
television show about vampires is hardly an innovative idea in the
modern entertainment landscape (see: Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire
Diaries, etc.) but NBC's latest drama
earns some bonus points for going back to the original and most
celebrated source: Bram Stoker's Dracula. The story is still set in
turn-of-the-century England, but with few twists on the central
characters and plot.
Most notably, Dracula (played with effusive
charm by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Professor Van Helsing are partners in
a plot of revenge against the shady Order of the Dragon, a secret
society that has performed nefarious deeds for centuries. Currently,
they represent an organization of politicians and businessmen whose
power is derived from oil industry profits, leading Dracula to combat
them economically by posing as a Nikola Tesla-esque electrical
While that central structure could come off a bit
high-hat, there's still plenty of the expected sword fights,
neck-biting, period costuming, sexual metaphor and rivers of blood to
keep us entertained.
in it's third season, Friday-night spookfest Grimm has fully set up its
chessboard with all indications that the real game is about to begin.
The major characters, except Wu I suppose, have been cued in to the
rules of the game – namely that we live in a world where storybook
creatures, or Wessen, hide in plain sight as regular folk – and the
various warring factions are now reasonably aware of each other.
3 picks up right where the last season left off, in that our hero Nick
has been put into a semi-comatose/undead state in order to be shipped
off to Vienna for the unsavory bidding of the mysterious royal family.
But since he's a Grimm, he reacts a little differently to the process,
waking up mid-life and wreaking havoc on his captors.
premiere episode is devoted fully to cleaning up the mess we were left
with and does nothing to advance the storyline. It's also yet another
two-parter, meaning at least two weeks will be spent digging the story
out of the corner the writers put themselves in. It also
all-too-conveniently ties up most of the loose ends created by the
season finale, making much of last season's final events look pointless
in hindsight. I, for one, thought putting Nick behind enemy lines in
Vienna would have been interesting, but unfortunately that's a world
we're not yet going to be allowed to see.
Still, Grimm is as fun
as ever and the teaser for the new season promises that we will
eventually get into more interesting territory.