CAPC Update: “‘Grimm’ Reveals that The Other is Often Ourselves”

My latest article for Christ and Pop Culture takes a look at NBC’s supernatural detective show Grimm, which I’ve been enjoying a fair amount. It’s not earth-shattering television, but it’s definitely enjoyable, and I’m a sucker for shows that try and develop their own sense of mythology. But Grimm’s most interesting aspect, so far, is how it treats its hero by positing him as a monster to the very monsters that he’s seeking out.

…Burkhardt discovers that the wesen are, for all of their strange habits, outlandish appearances, and whatnot, far more normal than they appear. Many of them simply want to live, work, and raise their families in peace. Indeed, in a world populated with frightening monsters, Grimms like Burkhardt may be the most frightening monsters of all.

Grimm is currently available on Hulu, and is worth checking out if you’re a fan of supernatural-themed shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.