Grimm "The Law of Sacrifice" Review: On the Road Again

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Apr 12, 2014

Grimm S03E18: "The Law of Sacrifice"

For a second there, I was sincerely worried that Momma Grimm was gonna bite it. I mean, we had the simliarities between Kelly and Adalind and their relationships to their children, and then we had Renard basically asking, "Hey, you'd die for my monster baby, right?" as Momma Grimm felt ongoing pangs of guilt for the effect absence had on Nick as he grew up thinking she was dead. The baby was still unnamed at the episode's halfway point, and that was my theory: Kelly Burkhardt was going to pull a big damn hero routine and the unnamed baby Hexenbeist would be called Kelly in her honor and it would be a big emotional moment for everyone. And in the end, I was wrong. 

I ain't even mad. 

"The Law of Sacrifice" had so many WTF moments and such a big, surprising pay-off that it felt, at times, like a season finale (and don't think I'm not worried about the fact that it felt like a finale even though we still have several episodes to go before summer vacation omg plz don't blow it, Grimm, this season has been so gooood). 

The titular law of sacrifice enabled Grimm's good guys and gals to win while simultaneously losing. Kelly didn't go to prison for murdering Adalind's mom a bazillion episodes ago, Renard and Adalind (and the wee baby Diana) got to live, the newly named baby didn't have to go live with her sucky super-villain relatives. Winning, all around. 

But then there are the catches: I'm not entirely sure how Kelly's freedom was granted. I'm sure Renard had a huge say in it, but now Adalind knows who offed her mother and that could easily drive a wedge between their tentative partnership. Adalind and Renard will no longer be hunted by the Royals, but their child is now in the care of a flighty Grimm, and while Renard knows that Diana is safe, Adalind thinks the baby is with the Royals and she thinks Renard is the one who gave her to them, and that's going to be messy. Maybe he'll bring her into the plan; it's not like Kelly didn't basically tell Adalind what was up during her little spiel in the interrogation room, but honestly, it would be safer for the baby if as few people as possible know where she is—including her mother. 

The Kelly/Adalind, Diana/Nick parallels were strong in this one. 

The law of sacrifice is also an Old Testament biblical concept; God's decree to Adam and Eve, post-Eden, was that they would sacrifice the firstborn of their herds as atonement for their sins. With so much attention paid to Diana's "specialness" and the repeated assertions that she's much more than just a baby Hexenbeist, there can never be too many biblical allusions. It's been implied a few times that Diana is some sort of Wesen messiah, and in Christianity, if I'm correctly recalling Sunday school from 20 years ago and a broad Wikipedia overview, the notion of animal sacrifices—the law of sacrifice—was voided by the death of Jesus: the ultimate sacrifice. As both Adalind and Renard's firstborn and the possible Wesen messiah, the hugeness of Diana's importance can't be ignored... and yet, so much is still unclear. She wasn't even properly named until this week! (And what a great name for a baby Wesen messiah: Diana, goddess of the hunt, women, childbirth, and—haha?—animals.) 

That's really not a problem, and if anything, it serves to alleviate some of my worry that "The Law of Sacrifice" wrapped up too much too fast with too much season left and not enough story to tell, but really, we're still just exploring the outermost layers of Diana's potential. 

With the temporary sorta conclusion to the Monster Baby storyline, Grimm has regained its momentum and then some. I can't believe we're taking another break, though. Really? I mean, really? See you April 25, kids!


– "You find that attractive? Really?" —Nick

– Poor Hank. 

– Have we revised our Monster Baby theories at all? 

– More Monrosalee wedding planning, plz. 

– Adalind's scene outside the police station, with the woging and the screaming, hit me right in the feels. 

– Diana's sass is so amazing and she's only like, what, a few weeks old? Love it. Love her slamming the locket shut and drawing skulls with scalding hot coffee. <3

What'd you think of "The Law of Sacrifice"?

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  • JenMo73 Apr 23, 2014

    Super fun episode and great review! Grimm has kicked it up a couple of notches! Adalind is going to be one pissed off mommy! Not sure how her and Renard will reconcile. That scene was brutal! Hopefully she can realize it's all for the best. Momma Grimm seems a little too happy having Diana, but Diana picked her so I suppose it's ok. Can't wait for the next episode!

  • all-hail-lord-starscream Apr 18, 2014

    When Diana closed the locket I said out loud with my family in the room "You better step off son." They all started laughing so hard. It was great. And then this show did the one thing I thought it never could, it made me feel feelings for Adalind.

  • JenMo73 Apr 23, 2014

    Yeh! Feelings for Adalind? Where'd those come from? Didn't know it could happen but it did!

  • rpennycuff Apr 17, 2014

    I think this episode of Grimm was not as good as the episode Synchronicity. I also think that is a good thing that baby Diana is safe. I also believe that Adalind will raise some hell over what happened. I am looking forward to the next episode of Grimm.

  • vcivi Apr 17, 2014

    Oh oh Diana is gone with Grimm's mother...Adalind is going to be so pissed and Rynard and the Grimm...that cannot go well..

  • Gonzai Apr 15, 2014

    No one has mentioned, what with the baby now named Diana...

    Wonder Woman!

  • KateSullivan Apr 14, 2014

    A random complaint...why is NBC doing this to Grimm? Wasn't the Olympics enough of a break? This was what, two episodes after another break and now two weeks. And according to my tv guide, its not even like Dateline has a two hour special next week. And last I checked, NBC doesn't do the Ten Commandments or anything. I personally am just going to be checking that I have all the ingredients for a cake I am baking for Easter. Then what, they are at least going to go uninterrupted, right? And why does this seem to be happening all over the place? I know there were two Arrow episodes after two weeks gone and then a week off. ABC is barely trying with Suburgatory, As far as I know, Enlisted hasn't been cancelled yet, but I haven't seen it in like a month. I'm going to sound old here, but I remember shows just ending in May and they might take a week off after whatever event they did for February sweeps, but then they ran straight through.

  • Katerine_M Apr 16, 2014

    Actually, I'm pretty sure TV shows never ran straight through. :) Except maybe for 24. Definitely no shows before that - I think 24 was the one that changed everything towards the way networks do things now. It used to be worse.

    21-22 episode seasons have always been the standard for hour-long weekly shows (at least as far back as the 80s).

    What they did before the days of 24, was, true... they aired an episode every week from September to May... but any given week, there would be about a 40% chance of it being a rerun. Rerun weeks were scattered all over the place, so you'd have to check the TV Guide every week to see if the episode airing that week would be an original, or a rerun.

    All told... I think I prefer this way. :)

    And I'm guessing they just figure that Grimm isn't good "Good Friday" material. :D

  • nunopires100 Apr 14, 2014

    Grimm is turning this hard, adalind recovering her powers, losing her mother and now losing her daughter? it's too hard but she deserves it, killing someone to get something that always been ours. Maybe the baby is better without her...

  • tryptz Apr 13, 2014

    I feel sorry for Adalind, she' s lost more than anybdy in this....well she did kill to get her powers back.

  • Joker62002 Apr 13, 2014

    The baby is and well kill one day..

  • Mate Apr 13, 2014

    I don't have the time to get into it all. But that just set up a lot of stuff that they are going to get to play with for a while. I kind of forgive all of the episodes that were trying to make us like Juliette. Well done Grimm.

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