For better or worse, Grimm has played it safe for the first three seasons. Hiding within the comfort zone of a police procedural, the series has been happy to offer entertaining morsels without much concern for character or plot development. Propelled by the sudden upheavals in Season 4, Grimm finally gains a sense of purpose and urgency in its fifth season. Anchored by the Black Claw, the nicely-wrapped episodes are finally heading somewhere. The characters also move out of their comfort zones and grow from one episode to the next. In contrast, the video and audio are the same as before, which is not at all a bad thing. The show favors low lighting and warm colors, so it is nice that the image is strong enough to show different shadings and a decent sense of depth. The soundtrack is anything but subtle. Despite the loudness, however, the audio is not muddled, which is very welcome, with all that is going on in Season 5. The stage is set for Grimm's sixth and final season.