The Vanilla Protagonist

Neat, fun post by Jennifer Cruisie at Aargh Ink — The Vanilla Protagonist: A Grimm Problem

After reading this post, I would like to watch Grimm; I just don’t generally watch things, even things that sound good, because I’m doing other stuff with my time. Also, I can’t stream anything. You know what, I think I’ll just pick up season one in DVD form. There. Someday.

What does Cruisie say about this show?

The new season of Grimm has started, and I’m still hooked; in fact, I think it’s gotten better. I’m trying to figure out why because there’s so much about I shouldn’t like. The romantic relationship is too Mary Sue, the Wesen-of-the-week bit should be getting old, and sometimes the plots don’t quite work (“Quills,” I’m lookin’ at you). But the biggest flaw, the thing that should be the dealbreaker, is that the protagonist, Nick, is one of the most vanilla heroes ever written. The actor playing him does a good job, but there’s only so much Good, Truth, and Beauty I can take in a protagonist before I wander off. Yet I’ll be logging onto Hulu every week to see what happens to him next. Which brings me to the big question: Why?

The rest of the post constitutes the answer, and I have to say, Cruisie makes the show sound terrifically appealing. Especially Renard.

Cruisie’s final theory:

Although I really am anti-Vanilla-Hero, there is one theory I’m still considering: Given Grimm’s offbeat plots and the cast of characters for whom “strange” is an understatement, it’s possible that stories like this need a vanilla protagonist just so there’s one plain, uncomplicated thing in the plot for viewers to hold onto. I’m not completely sold on that theory, but I am sold on Grimm so clearly the Vanilla Hero is no longer a dealbreaker for me.

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3 thoughts on “The Vanilla Protagonist”

  1. I also found Grimm surprisingly enjoyable, mostly for the secondary characters and the commitment to finding really unusual faery tale creatures to integrate into the usual detective drama. I agree with Crusie that it has a nice mixture of familiar and unfamiliar elements.

  2. If I watched things streaming I may watch Grimm, as an actually good guy protagonist would be a draw. they don’t have to be boring – being actually good instead of nice is hard work.

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