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Grimm - S04E08

Drama . Fantasy . Mystery . Horror

An unsuspecting traveler brings a blood-sucking legend with him to Portland, and Nick and Hank find themselves investigating the gruesome trail of "El Chupacabra." Meanwhile, Monroe and Rosalee prepare to leave for their long-overdue honeymoon as they are met with more threats regarding their marriage. Elsewhere, Viktor and Adalind decide to take a trip of their own, while Wu decides to confront Nick about what he has been seeing.

Episode Title: Chupacabra
Airs: 2014-12-12 at 21:00
  • David Hinckley

    It isn't invested deeply enough in magic to create an alternative world, and while Giuntoli is perfectly fine as a cop, the police procedural part feels routine.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Among Grimm's more immediate challenges are Giuntoli's initial blandness as its lead, along with questions regarding how long his confused partner ("Lincoln Heights'" Russell Hornsby) can continue showing up at crime scenes without ascertaining something's weird in the state of Oregon.

    Variety Full Review
  • Daynah Burnett

    Filmed and set in a soggy, green-washed Portland, Oregon, its procedural plotting and visual flair carry it along when it occasionally lapses into something like camp.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Underneath the special effects and fairy-tale plot propeller lurks just another crime drama, and not a very good one at that.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It should be more original, and the characters should be less forgettable.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The show vacillates between hokey and clever as it mines the Brothers Grimm for contemporary analogues.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Grimm is most alive in the scenes where Nick teams up with Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a monster who is trying hard to walk the straight path. These moments introduce some much-needed levity to a drama where every echoing slam of a file-cabinet drawer amounts to a portentous groan.

    Slate Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show is moderately entertaining, albeit somewhat predictable.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The show offers genuine scares, but lines like "I already cried wolf once--you think they're gonna believe me?" cast a hokey spell. [31 Oct 2011, p.35]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    If only Grimm didn't also feel like we've seen it before, only executed with more verve and humor back in the glory days of Buffy and Angel.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Lechevallier

    Grimm is neither a very strong police procedural nor a supernatural drama, as it sacrifices the intelligence required to construct smart, puzzling crimes in order to spend more time attempting to enunciate its fantastical elements, which aren't all that fantastical, with amateurish CGI.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Compared to so many other crime procedurals, Grimm offers a twist on the usual. It remains to be seen whether that twist will be superficial or substantive.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    There's a potentially good supernatural cop show to be made, and certain pieces in place to make this into that. But the version you'll see on NBC tonight seems to be embracing the show's likely failure by being something few will miss if it doesn't work out.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Grimm is buoyed by some decent special effects and snarky wolfman Monroe, who will be a series regular. But it's not nearly as imaginative, involving or picturesque as ABC's fairy tale offering, Once Upon A Time.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Grimm has real promise if NBC has real patience.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Some of the jokes work, and some of the frights are actually scary, and on a repeat viewing the craftsmanship and attention to detail made more of an impression.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    It can be genuinely scary (the pilot has a "Lovely Bones" vibe that's not for children). But it has wit too, and avoids camp.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The byplay among the main characters is appealing, and the premise is solid and easy to grasp. The show does overplay its dread notes tonight, but there are also a few promising moments when Grimm shows a surprisingly subtle and even amusing touch.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    All of which adds up to a nice, moody, entertaining-enough hour and the troublesome question of how interesting this will be by the third episode.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Grimm has a low-rent Saturday Syfy vibe to it.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    It's dark, disturbing and a little downbeat--which isn't a dis at all.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It has chills and humor and the ability to take a procedural story and twist it.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The show shrewdly offers more than a monster of the week, with some absorbing subplots that continue from week to week.

    Miami Herald Full Review
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