The NBC series “Grimm” weaves a clever and chilling twist into the classic tales of The Brothers Grimm, offering a distinct departure from the 2005 film starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. In this TV show, the familiar subject matter of fairy tales takes a dark and mysterious turn, firmly establishing itself within the realm of crime procedurals.
Set in the atmospheric backdrop of Portland, Oregon, the series follows the titular detective, Nick Burkhardt (portrayed by David Giuntoli). Nick’s life takes a dramatic and supernatural turn when he discovers that he is part of a lineage entrusted with maintaining the delicate balance between good and evil. Endowed with the unique ability to see ancient mythical creatures living in the present day, Nick puts his newfound skills to use solving eerie crimes. He forms an unlikely partnership with a reformed Bludbat named Monroe (played by Silas Weir Mitchell), and together, they embark on daring adventures to eradicate evil from the world. “Grimm” brilliantly utilizes age-old mythology to construct an immersive supernatural world, akin to iconic series like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Teen Wolf,” consistently delving into the timeless dichotomy of good versus evil.
The series emphasizes a crucial message: one’s lineage, even if it comprises supernatural beings, doesn’t inherently denote malevolence. Monroe exemplifies this notion as he exercises restraint and discovers a kindred spirit in a fellow Wesen, Rosalee Culvert (played by Bree Turner). Although Rosalee doesn’t make her debut until later in the show, she seamlessly integrates into the core cast.
Rosalee makes her first appearance in “Grimm” during season 1, episode 15. Her introduction follows her brother’s enigmatic demise, leading her to realize her striking similarities to the investigator Monroe. Both classified as Wesen, Rosalee and Monroe share a common trait—they are shapeshifters. While Monroe embodies the traits of a Bludbat with wolf-like characteristics, Rosalee is a Fuchsbau, and her Wesen form resembles that of a fox. After uncovering her brother’s murderer, Rosalee becomes an integral member of the crime-fighting team, contributing her unique skills and perspective to their efforts. Over time, she and Monroe cultivate a romantic relationship founded on shared ideals and their unique bond as Wesen.
Impressively, Bree Turner’s character, Rosalee, appears in a total of 100 episodes of “Grimm,” spanning from her introduction in season 1 to the final season aired in 2017. Throughout this time, her character undergoes significant growth, evolving from a newcomer to an integral member of the “family” formed by the main characters. The love story between Rosalee and Monroe reaches new heights as they ultimately tie the knot and become parents to triplets, a union frowned upon by a cult that deems cross-species relationships as taboo. Despite not always achieving the highest ratings, “Grimm” delves into socially relevant narratives and unapologetically celebrates the love between its central characters. The show’s remarkable longevity of six seasons on a major network solidifies its status as a beloved favorite within the genre.