Sadly, the powerful opening is the episode’s highpoint, and the hour or so that follow feels like a complete decrescendo. There’s a scene where Bigby visits Beauty and Beast that seemingly serves no purpose other than turning two potentially interesting characters into one-dimensional facades. There are interactions with characters like Toad and Bluebeard that simply seem to run circles around ideas and emotions that we’ve been exploring since Episode 1 without shedding any new light on them.
This episode is populated with a handful of new characters like the Jersey Devil, but none of them have scenes with enough meat on the bone to make me really care about them. Bigby shakes down a butcher and gets into a nasty fight in a pawn shop, but none of these encounters really serve to add to the characters or progress the mysteries that we’ve been eager to solve all year. As we near the end of the first season, I’d like to see Telltale begin to tackle some of the loose threads instead of pulling on new ones.