Not sure the Grimm brothers would wish to be considered descendants from an
“elite line of criminal profilers” known as simply, “Grimms.” The character, Nick
Burkhardt, is very popular in the television show with that name. It is a combination
of mystery, suspense, horror and fantasy. I have watched this from its premiere, with
bated breath waiting for the next episode to begin. Nick’s character partner is named,
Hank Griffins, who is part of knowing Nick’s ancient history. The story revolves with
ancestry references and a fictionalized heritage besides. Hank is a good and trust-worthy
partner. This history allows him to ‘see’ and ‘fight’ by engaging in battle with all sorts of
strange creatures. The fantasy television series first appeared three days before the
holiday, Halloween, in 2011.
The other side characters in “Grimm” include a woman, Fuchsbau Rosalee, who is
able to use pharmaceuticals, including herbs and natural ingredients needed to be
‘antidotes’ and ‘potions.’ She is the “Fox,” among the characters. The Wolf,” is also
once the ‘big, bad wolf,’ but has learned to control his transformations, unless he
is angered, his character’s name is Monroe.
A very popular episode with my fellow coworkers at my warehouse is one that engages
the character of the Filipino fairy tales, the terrifying, ‘aswang.’ Felda, Mary Jane and
their families gathered to watch this “Grimm’s” episode that aired on March 7, 2014.
It came up again in conversation, with the new Fall Season starting soon. Next Friday,
another “Grimm” show will be presented. The March scary Filipino fairy tale involved
a popular character played by a Clevelander, a Padua Franciscan High School graduate.
In the television series, his name is Sergeant Wu. As Sgt. Wu, his character was an integral
part of the way the case against the “aswang” was solved. In real life, Cleveland born Reggie
Lee, could have headed off to Harvard. His parents, who were from the Philippines, would
have been so ‘proud of him.’ He chose instead to dabble in the dramatic art of acting,
at the Cleveland, Ohio Greenbrier Theater and Cleveland Play House.
Make sure you check out “Grimm” for fulfilling your need for fantasy crime scenes!
There is a rather new “fractured fairy tale” written by a woman named Helen Oyeyemi,
who has written a re-telling of the traditional, “Snow White.” Her book titled, “Boy,
Snow, Bird” is her newest book. This is a tale with the main character being a bi-racial
eight year old girl and her ‘badly behaving’ secret friend. Ms. Oyeyemi’s history of
wondrous books includes her first book published called, “The Icarus Girl.” This tale
wove African and Western cultures together in an international mythology. Her second
one was called, The Opposite House.” Her third book, “White is for Witching,” sounded
intriguing, too. While on the cover of her “Boy, Snow, Bird” book there includes “Mr. Fox”
as her most recently published before this one. If you wish to hear why the secret friend
of the 8 year is old is ‘wicked,’ you may check this out. The playfulness of the book, is
shown in the mother being called mistakenly, “Boy.” While her daughter is called, “Bird.”
The rat-catcher, involved in the plot, adding comic relief. It is published by the Riverhead
Publishing Co. Its bright lime-green colored cover, captures your eyes like ‘eye-candy.’
It has a rose-covered vine winding around the title. . . like a sinister snake.
This is not a fantasy, but it is certainly inspiring to watch. Check out YouTube for a
community of Amish people constructing a barn. I always think of that fantastic
mystery, police story and cultural movie, “Witness,” when it comes to the artistic
‘barn-raising’ scene filmed in this Harrison Ford movie. The way it is constructed in
such a beautiful, poetic and fluid way is just goosebump raising for me. So far, there
have been over 2 million ‘hits’ of watching this Raising of an Amish Barn.
Here is a quotation that wraps up this post that is about the television series,
“Grimm,” some creatively constructed fairy tales by Helen Oyeyemi and
the Amish community spirited barn-raising:
Charles Dickens’ quotation:
“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this:
that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a
thing created is loved before it exists.”