“Grimm” returns for its second season tonight (Aug. 13) with a strong premiere that will should immediately hook you — even if you’ve never seen NBC’s fairy-tale procedural before.
“Bad Teeth” begins with a Season 1 recap that is thorough enough to get new viewers up to speed but so well produced that even original “Grimm” audiences will be captivated.
Here are some other highlights:
David Giuntoli: Dude is not only hot but he’s showing off some serious acting chops. Not that he wasn’t capable before, but this season calls on him to go deep — and he delivers. It’s hard to believe he got his showbiz start on MTV’s “Road Rules.”
Mommy Dearest: After believing her dead for 18 years, Nick must cope with his mother’s (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) shocking return. On a professional level — fighting their common enemies — they are a dynamic duo, but their personal relationship is rocky. It doesn’t help that she has her own mysterious agenda that she’s not sharing with her son.
Big (Not So) Bad Wolf: Blutbad Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) steals the spotlight in every scene he’s in, and his awkward interactions with the intense Mrs. Burkhardt are priceless. It’s also wonderful to see him working with his girlfriend, Rosalee (Bree Turner), to help save Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). (Dear NBC: If you ever decide to make a Monroe spinoff, we’d tune in every week. Love, The Monroe Fan Club.)
Introducing James Frain: The actor who personifies evil so well (he played nasty vampire Franklin Mott in “True Blood”) joins the show as Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) Frenchy fr�re. (That’s “brother” in English.) He delivers some royal pain to Portland in the form of a mauvais dentes (its English translation, “Bad Teeth,” is the title of tonight’s episode), a sabre-toothed fiend whose gory killings force Nick into overdrive as both hunstman and homicide detective.
The Plot Thickens: Paralleling Nick’s reunion with his mom is Renard’s relationship with his estranged brother. We’re going to start to learn a lot more about the history of the Grimms and those magical five coins, and Renard’s special interest in Nick. Meanwhile, Hank (Russell Hornsby) isn’t as oblivious as he used to be, and that’s going to add an interesting new layer to his relationship with his partner.
“Grimm” will air on NBC Mondays at 10 p.m. for four weeks, before moving to its regular Friday-night (9 p.m.) time slot Sept. 14.