NBC's Grimm began its first season showing a lot of potential, but it took a little time for the supernatural drama to find its rhythm. Fortunately, NBC gave it room to grow, and grow it did. By the end of the series' first season, just as Nick was beginning to settle into his new life balancing his work as a detective with his calling as a Grimm, so too did Grimm settle in as a series well worth watching each week. Season 2 premieres with "Bad Teeth," but other than its title, there's nothing bad about the series' second season premiere.
Created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, Grimm is a drama series inspired by the Grimm Brother's Fairy Tales. The series stars David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective who discovers he's the descendent of a line of criminal profilers known as Grimms, and that his job is to help protect mankind against various beasts disguised as humans.
The first season introduced us to Nick as he attempted to juggle his personal and professional life with his responsibilities as a Grimm. This included keeping his newfound nature and responsibilities from his fiancé Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and his partner Hank (Russell Hornsby). Given the violent nature of some of the creatures he's able to see, there's naturally a bit of crossover between his work with the police and what he does as a Grimm. Nick also developed an unconventional relationship with two reformed Grimm Creatures, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner).
When Season 1 wrapped up, Juliette was in a coma, having been scratched by Adalind's cat, and Nick's mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) arrived, though she was presumed to be dead up until that point.
Season 2 gets off to a great start, introducing Nick's mother Kelly to the story and adding some great tension, as she isn't exactly thrilled to find that her son's closest confidants are creatures she considers to be a threat. Kelly's a bit of a wildcard, especially since she's supposed to be dead, but Mastrantonio's great in the part and demonstrates her ability to get in on the action when push literally comes to shove for her character.
Speaking of family additions, Captain Renard's (Sasha Roiz) estranged brother comes back into his life. And with that is the appearance of the fantastic James Frain (The Cape, True Blood). Not only is Frain a great bit of guest-casting for the season, but perhaps we'll get get to know a little bit more about Renard's (royal) background now that his brother is in the picture.
Waking Juliette from her mysterious coma is obviously a priority, but "Bad Teeth" also brings a new threat to town, and as always Nick's attention has to be divided between work, personal and Grimm. He has responsibilities and enemies, but he also has Monroe, Rosalee, and now his mother, so he isn't completely on his own. And that's a good thing, as it seems someone (or something) has it out for him.
The development of the trio of Nick, Rosalee and Monroe is probably my favorite thing about the series, and with Kelly in the picture, Monroe and Rosalee's unusual relationship with Nick is brought into focus with some great moments. Grimm's first season took a little while to get going, but once it did, it became a must-watch series, and one of the best dramas on TV on Friday nights. The second season premiere picks up on some of the momentum left over from Season 1 and runs with it, delivering an exciting start to what will hopefully be another great season for the series.
Grimm Season 2 premieres Monday, August 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
(Starting September 21, the series will move to Fridays).