Last night, I went to a special screening of Grimm, a new show on NBC premiering this Friday. Not because I'm particularly special, but because if it's free, I'll sign up to win.
With a friend as a plus one, I rode the train downtown and found my way to a very swank movie theatre (yeah, it was definitely the kind that would spell it that way) after almost ending up in Target instead.
Okay, maybe I am special.
Anyway, we collected our free tickets, overpaid for popcorn, and took our seats. We did not win any t-shirts or DVDs, which was a bit of a bummer, but one of the people who did pumped her fist and cried, "Today, I feel like a winner," so I wasn't too put out.
Most of the people there were from the press. I'm pretty sure they gave out a few tickets to us "commoners" so they could gauge our reaction to the show.
And here's what I thought of the show:
It has potential. The main character, whose name I can't remember, is too pretty for my liking. I'm sorry, but a cop just shouldn't look that... shiny. And they definitely don't make enough money to buy jeans that fit like that. (Not that I particularly minded that.) Of course, it was a premiere episode, which I think often fall flat even for programs that turn out to be fantastic, just because they have to fit so much back story in there.
Grimm is by the same writers who did Buffy and Angel, which definitely intrigued me. I love me some Joss, but it would be nice to see that kind of cleverness without knowing that the end is going to make me feel terrible every time I think about it for years to come. And I could see the similarities between Grimm and those shows. The dialogue is quick and quirky, and the humor is the tongue-in-cheek variety. If you like puns, you'll like it. If you don't like puns, what's wrong with you?
And the wolf man? (Another character whose name has slipped me.) He's fantastic. It's worth watching just because of him. The girlfriend is lackluster and forgettable. In fact (SPOILER ALERT), I think the pretty boy cop might have dumped her at the end. But maybe that was just wishful thinking.
In any case, I will definitely be catching the next episode. The dialogue and main characters alone are worth it, but when you add the fun-poking, it seems like something that'll be awesome, if it hasn't quite reached that yet.
At worst, you'll have wasted an hour, and let's face it, you've wasted hours in way stupider ways.