Grimm season 3 episode 18 review: The Law Of Sacrifice

Review Christine Horton 14 Apr 2014 - 14:35

Grimm's third season is really hitting its stride. Here's Christine's review of The Law Of Sacrifice...

This review contains spoilers.

3.18 The Law Of Sacrifice

Grimmsters were treated to another action-packed episode this week, indicating the series is really hitting its stride as it approaches the final leg of season three.

However it’s more than finally delivering what it’s been promising us for weeks; The Law Of Sacrifice feels like a game-changing episode.

Prince Viktor knows Adalind is back in Portland and will stop at nothing to stop at nothing to get his hands on her child. Several things happen as Viktor’s search reaches its conclusion: battle lines are drawn, sides are taken, and we witness a betrayal that is sure to have devastating repercussions for the fragile alliance.

But it wasn’t all about fighting and fast talk. The way events unfolded demonstrated a dramatic tension that’s left us second-guessing ourselves as to what could happen next.

An initial wary face-off between Renard and Nick sees them both keep their guns close to hand for reassurance. “Our best chance is to work together,” Nick tells Renard, which of course is true, as the Grimms go on to help Renard, Adalind and the child – who has been named Diana – escape the Verrat.

And so the Scooby Gang and Renard, Adalind and Kelly Burkhardt join together. It is of course a dysfunctional group, with enough resentment to keep any therapist in business for months; Renard tried to kill Kelly’s sister, Adalind tried to kill Hank, Kelly killed – or was at least culpable in the death of – Adalind’s mother... the list goes on. But somehow they have to put all their histories aside to try to defeat the Royals.

One of the most interesting things to note is Captain Renard almost immediately throwing his lot in Adalind and the child. The man with the history for manipulating situations to benefit himself, this time, had no ulterior motives – just an instant and overwhelming love for his baby.

It’s this new-found need to protect his loved ones that ultimately leads him to make an almost impossible decision, likely to not only sever his relationship with Adalind, but potentially send her spinning back to her formerly sociopathic self.

It doesn’t matter that the betrayal could be perceived as a necessary evil, or that it was done to save lives. The act could see Adalind wreak a path of devastation through Portland.

As much fun as old Adalind was, it is somewhat of a shame if Portland’s power couple were over so quickly. Their “You slept with my brother” / “Well you slept with my mother” conversation highlighted just how well-suited – and pragmatic – a pair they are.

Elsewhere there was a welcome addition of C. Thomas Howell as Steward, the Portland-based FBI agent in Viktor’s employ. Steward really catches the worst of it, as he’s first knocked out by Kelly Burkhardt, then given a pasting by Renard. He’s left seeking revenge on the captain, so hopefully it’s not the last we’ll see of him.

We also finally see Renard and Viktor facing off. Alexis Denisof plays Viktor with just the right level of menace, so he never strays too far into the territory of camp criminal mastermind. But it was great to see the interaction between the two; both trying to outplay the other before Renard seemingly acquiesces to Viktor’s demands for the child.

But the theme of the episode was sacrifice; what you will give up to protect the people you love. There are obvious parallels between what happens this episode and the sacrifice Kelly Burkhardt made in the past to protect Nick. It seems also that by focusing on her obvious bond with baby Diana, she is offered a second chance at motherhood.

However, Adalind’s has been thrust into a world pain and loss – and that seems likely to translate into rage and revenge against those she believes have wronged her. (It’s not like there’s a wedding to disrupt soon is it?)

Read Christine's review of the previous episode, Synchronicity, here.

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