Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) always seemed more intuitive than usual, even for a cop. As it turns out, the title character of the NBC series Grimm has the inherited ability to see mythical creatures, hiding in plain sight and, often, committing crimes among humans.
The second season premieres Monday at 10 p.m. ET, and the five-disc Grimm: Season One (2011-12, Universal, not rated, $60; Blu-ray, $70) is out on home video just in time to catch up on his story so far. Burkhardt comes from a long line of Grimms, who are tasked with keeping the multitude of supernatural beings collectively known as Wesen in check. Nick gets help from his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), who, like Nick's girlfriend, Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch), is unaware of his true calling.
He also gets assistance from good friend Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a reformed creature with insight into the supernatural community. Among other prominent characters are Capt. Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), Nick's boss and, secretly, a powerful Wesen; Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee), a colleague of Nick and Hank's; and Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner), who runs a Wesen spice shop.
Nick's Aunt Marie (Kate Burton), who revealed to him his heritage, left him a trailer crammed with all manner of ancient weapons, devices and artifacts to aid him in keeping the evil beasts at bay. The creatures take a variety of forms with a wide range of traits and powers. For example, some use powerful pheromones to seduce victims, while others emit fatal ear-splitting sounds. There are some that harvest human organs from still-living victims, and there's a black-widow type that maintains their vitality by sucking the life out of young men.
The eerie show, from the producers of Buffy the VampireSlayer and Angel, draws inspiration for both stories and creatures primarily from the Brothers Grimm (Wilhelm and Jacob), who published more than 200 German folk tales in the early 1800s. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Nightingale, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and The Pied Piper are among the stories given scary, modern twists. The 22 episodes also draw upon British, American, Japanese and Latin fables.
Grimm, which is filmed on location in and around Portland, Ore., earned its first Emmy nomination (outstanding stunt coordination) with the season-closing episode The Woman in Black.
Bonus features include deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, a guide to the fantasy world of Grimm, a behind-the-scenes look at the makeup and special effects, audition tapes and Grimm collector cards. The Blu-ray set also has an interactive book with information about various creatures on the show.
On Monday's premiere episode, titled Bad Teeth, Nick has to deal with the unexpected arrival of his believed-to-be-dead mother and find a way to wake Juliette from her coma.