It’s hard to get excited about grievous injuries to beloved heroes when the main character has an artifact in his pocket that brings people back from the dead. It is also difficult to be scared of a Big Bad that doesn’t have much of a back story. The important characters are not really at risk, and the threat is just perfunctory. That leaves the suspicion that the real danger lies in the behavior and decisions of the writers and show runners. Are they making a genuine effort to create an epic story or are they just wrapping things up? It looks like this penultimate episode leans towards wrap up.

The good news is that everybody is on board with Team Diana. She is in peril and regardless of motive or relationship to the girl, it is entirely believable and appropriate that all of the principles would band together to protect her. That Diana is suddenly helpless, is allowable, in that, despite her power, she is still a very young child.

I also want to highlight the two outstanding performances that must be mentioned before it is too late. Silas Weir Mitchell has cemented his position as the MVP of Team Grimm. Monroe, once again, proves to be the true hero. Without hesitation, he volunteers to go through the mirror to save Nick and Eve. He is smart, compassionate, funny, and loyal; a joy to watch on screen. He’s the best, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. And the kid is amazing. Where she had always been charged with being creepy and menacing, Hannah R. Loyd, as Diana has to be vulnerable and frightened for the first time and she pulls it off better than some of her grownup cast mates would be able to.

I hesitate to talk too much about this part one, (of two) of the season finale. The Big Bad is on scene, vague details have been added about what his staff is, and what the stick is all about. Suddenly, we are told that Baby Kelly is in danger too, Eve can’t woge anymore, and, you know, do our favorite characters survive?

Oh, and Trubel is back, proclaiming without any explanation that the Black Claw no longer exists. It seems to me that that would mean that HW has nothing to do, so shouldn’t they descend en-masse into Portland to help with the most important threat to civilization since the Crusades? Just sayin’.

I mostly liked this episode. It functioned well in terms of pacing, addressed some story problems, brought back one beloved secondary character and set up the final confrontation in a reasonable fashion…but where’s Bud?