Something good for the Fantasy Horror genre. Nerd Dimension recommends : Grimm (TV Series)

The Emmy nominated series is our new recommendation from Nerd Dimension so make sure you checkout why we think it is one of the best shows in recent years.

It seemed for a while that every network were throwing their hat into the fantasy/sci fi genre in recent years with the successes of Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.and fan favorite Supernatural in the ratings. To be honest I think it would have started even sooner were it not for the slew of crappy teen vampire shows which left a lot of people loathing nightly programming. It was as if good writers quit and producers were looking to glue sniffing feminists for cues and applied the ‘how crappy can we make it before they change the channel’ philosophy to their script grading process. Every week some pale poser struggled with some petty problem involving a buffer poser with a lousy attitude and an androgynous female love interest while dealing with his lethal reactions to UV rays. For a while I felt studios would just give up on the whole concept of releasing an authentic show with some depth and brought something new to the table.

Grimm has proven to be that much-needed breath of fresh air I was looking for. At the time I decided to stream it they were shooting the second season which told me that there would be more to watch yet I did not see anyone discussing it on blogs and the forums I frequented. So I did what every normal person does when trying to make up their mind, visited IMDB and two other specific reviewers who made the show sound like it was worth giving a shot.


Nathan Burkhart ( David Giuntoli, 13 Hours ) is a tall, dark, Portland PD detective solving crimes in the small city with his partner Hank Griffin ( Russell Hornsby, Meet The Parents, Suits, Shameless) and seems to be living the dream. He likes his job, gets along with his boss and loves his beautiful longtime girlfriend Juliette Silverton ( Elizabeth Tulloch, Concusion, The Artist, Parkland). As you all guessed it, things start to change and change fast.

Nathan starts having what he believes are hallucinations early on in the show just around the time his Aunt and former guardian  Marie Kessler returned to Portland in her RV. She had raised him after he had lost both his parents in a car crash when he was still an infant and left after he joined the academy. The more frequent his visions the crazier he thinks he is going until his aunt tells him the truth about the family. She reveals to him the family curse and that he is descendent of monster slayers who are born with sight to see monsters in their true form. She tells him how the Grimm brothers were actually ‘Grimms’ and the stories were all true. Witches, Wolves and Trolls to name a few. He learns that these creatures, Wesen functioned as normal members of society and nobody can tell what they are unless they themselves choose to reveal true face. Naturally he is forced to keep this a secret from his girlfriend and colleagues and finds a new friend in an antique clock repairman Munroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) who also happens to be a Blutbad which is something like a werewolf. It is then he learns that Grimms are feared throughout the world by Wesen and are considered cold-blooded killers. As he struggles to keep his new-found powers and life in check our detective must fight the very beings of our nightmares while leading a double life which seems to spiral further out of control with each scene.

The show starts off with action but gradually gives decent info dumps so that the viewer gains more insight into the setting and creatures that inhabit this secret world. The acting is spot on featuring a cast that carry the roles convincingly and breathe life into the dialogue. The special effects and CGI are good and not over done and the backdrop of Oregon forests only add to the visuals. The team behind the cameras also do a good job as the show is shot well and the fight scenes are captured with realism and only get better as the show moves on. The producers did bot shy away from blood and obscenities and the mix of surprising plot twists and suspense building scenes make this show a must watch for someone who enjoys their action with a heavy theme and intriguing back story. The more you watch the more you feel like you are accompanying Nathan and his allies as they grow in strength and closer forming believable relationships. The interactions and intensity in some scenes create a viewing experience that is not only memorable but truly enjoyable. Honestly I am surprised that more people don’t watch this show but the three people I did manage to get to stream it were happy and have almost caught up with me. Another thing I simply loved was how they launched a webisode miniseires online entitled Grimm: Meltdown which was creative and truly awesome as I have not seen somebody pull it off as well as NBC did.

I would recommend this show to anybody who enjoys Super Natural, Fringe, Sleepy Hollow and the X-Files for it has something for each fan whether it be mysteries, conspiracies or evil beings that you crave. If you like relatable characters and your darkness with a small splash of perfectly timed humor this is the show for you. The protagonist is as much the ‘everyman’ and never comes across as an over the top hero like in most shows and the twists will have you lining up he next episode regularly. If you are looking for a show you can binge watch this summer with your girlfriend or after work with take out and a beer  be sure to check out Grimm.


Score: 8.5 out of 10 (loose 0.5 for leaving me on a cliffhanger too often lol)

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Farscape TV Show Review

A cult classic for some, be sure to read what we thought of the tv-show which launched the careers of several actors in the mid 00’s.

 

Farscape was a show I started watching in the early 00s and became a fan instantly. I loved how at the time they managed to blend great make up and creature creation with CGI without one detracting from the other. I realized how a lot of people I spoke to online at least from Eastern Europe were not familiar with the series and decided I should do a write up so something new is online for people to check out. Some of the things that drew me into the show was their interesting spin on living in space, engaging characters and did I mention Claudia Black was in it?

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Wrong Turn meets the Fugitive…but in space !

The story starts out with US astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder; Stargate SG-1) is launched into space for what he believes should be a straight forward mission. While out there he looses control of his craft before getting sucked into a wormhole and comes out in the middle of a space dogfight. He helps save ‘Moya’ a living spaceship (yeah, I know pretty cool) that is home to an outlaw group all on the run for their own reasons. Having aided them they allow him to crash with them until he can figure out how to get home but they all wind up going into uncharted space meaning returning might prove to be a lot harder than expected.

John has to play nice with D’Argo (Anthony Simcoe), a lethal Luxan warrior with a mean temper who enjoys a fight as much as a tumble in the sack. Aeryn (Claudia Black) the renegade peacekeeper officer is clinical in her interactions towards John and being gorgeous did not make it any easier on the poor guy having to deal with her feminist ways. The voice of reason is the Delvian Priestess Zhaan (Virginia Hey)  who has a somewhat budistic approach to everything and the most welcoming to our human traveler. Other crew members include the exiled Hynerian ruler Rygel (Johnathan Hardy) zipping around on his floating armchair with lavish eating habits and a selfish attitude. However the most interesting character would have to be Pilot (Lani John Tupu) who is pretty much an alien lobster from the waist up but from the waist down is part of the actual vessel, Moya. The latest to join is the the young and attractive Nebari stowaway Chiana (Gigi Edgley).

Together this unlikely fellowship float through space with the Peacekeepers and a vast assortment of galactic baddies on their tail. They do odd jobs, trade and engage in mercenary work just to stay alive while John struggles to survive in this new reality whilst trying to find his way back home. The villains are interesting and the show is quiet unlike any other space science fiction shows out there, definitely at the time it aired. The show has a small Star Trek vibe but with more adult content and has some Firefly to it with less powerful graphics. All in all the show has 4 action packed seasons with a great TV movie to cap off the memorable series. If you are looking for something new to watch that is different, well written and boasts a very talented cast then look no further than Farscape. You will be glued to your screen and is a show you can either binge watch or enjoy episodically, either way you will not regret watching this series. We do stress watching the Peacekeeper Wars movie to know how it all ends !

Our all overall score for this gem is 7.5 out of 10

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