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"Grimm, Season 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Grimm is the story of Portland police detective Nick Burkhardt who learns one night he has special powers. He is a Grimm, descended from an ancient order that can see Wesen, supernatural creatures that appear human. As the drama unfolds, he becomes involved in evil plots by European royal families and magical beings bent on power and destruction.

Season Two starts off with the reunion of Nick and his mother who he had believed to be dead. And he is finally forced to reveal to his partner Hank Griffin his true nature. With Hank's help, he continues to rid Portland of the evil Wesen while protecting the peaceful ones. In the meantime, the royal families become more involved in the goings-on. Police Captain Sean Renard, one of their princes reveals himself to Nick later in the season to help battle his evil brother. If Nick's plate weren't already full, his girlfriend Juliette has lost all memory of him thanks to a spell placed on her. And she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Captain Renard in the process. It's mayhem to be sure! 

Specifications

  • NBC-Universay
  • 2012-13, Color
  • Not Rated
  • 15 Hours, 49 Minutes (22 episodes)
  • 1.78:1, 1080p, MPEG-4 AVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

There is no shortage of supernatural shows on TV right now but Grimm is a definite standout. Season One hit the ground running with a superb monster-of-the-week format and Season Two follows in that vein. A larger plot arc has been slowly introduced that goes into full swing during Season Two. My favorite aspect of this show is the variety and depth of the characters. There is plenty of evil-doing, but there is an equal amount of humor and levity. Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe, the Blutbad (werewolf), is an absolute riot. I also really enjoyed James Frain as the evil prince from Europe. It's hard to imagine anyone else playing that role better. David Giuntoli masterfully plays Nick as a cool, level-headed hero who has a strong moral compass and unfailing loyalty to his friends and the mission. For fans of the supernatural, this series is a must-own.

Technical

The image quality of many TV shows has improved steadily since the advent of Blu-ray and Grimm is one of the best. Portland is a fairly gray, almost murky city, and this transfer portrays that without losing detail or pop in any way. There is no shortage of bold saturated color despite the cloudy skies, and interior scenes show nice warmth. There is the occasional elevation in black levels, usually from just one camera in a scene. Detail is cinema-quality as well. In fact, when the content is CGI-heavy, it's a little too good!

The DTS-HD Master Audio sound track is among the best I've heard from either a TV show or a movie. The dynamic range is vast; so much so that I had to turn the volume down a bit which is very rare. The surrounds are used extensively, as is the sub, during the more intense action scenes. The dialog is clear and well-placed but slightly sibilant at times.

Extras

Bonus features include deleted scenes, a gag reel, two short background documentaries, a set of webisodes, and one extended episode. The package I reviewed also included a digital copy accessible through Ultraviolet.