Beauty and the Beast

Mondays 9:00 PM on The CW
Beauty and the beast
TV Fanatic Works Better with Prime Instant Video
40,000 other titles are available to watch now.

Beauty and the Beast Review: The Red Haired Beauty

by at . Comments

This is television. I shouldn't be this angry, but considering my excitement for a new installment of Beauty and the Beast building what happened had both me AND Vincent "Seeing Red."

The winter finale, "Bridesmaids Up!," was so beautiful and highlighted what potential there was for a love affair between Cat and Vincent. Even though Evan discovered Vincent's DNA was changing rapidly, more toward the animal side than human, Cat was going to dive in and give herself to Vincent. One car accident later and she's being nursed back to health by his former fiance.

Say what???

Cat's True Feelings

Vincent has a specific taste in women, doesn't he? Alex looks enough like Alex that they could be sisters. Briefly watching the commercials for the episode, I genuinely thought Cat was screaming Vincent's name, with a different hair color, as if in a dream or something. Hell, she was just in an accident, it didn't seem so out of reach. Instead it was Vincent's ex. That, my friends, is a type!

It was really uncool, and completely out of character, that Vincent lied to both Cat and Alex about his relationship with each. Telling Cat that Alex was a friend and Alex that Cat was his handler would only come back to bite him in the ass. Did he forget he was in love with a detective? Finding his past in a shoebox in a stranger's closet was a painful and cruel way for Cat to stumble across the truth.

Was telling Alex about Cat the most difficult thing Vincent ever had to do? Telling her about a secret experiment and a group hunting him down wasn't enough to throw off the woman he was supposed to marry? That was a huge disappointment to me. If he had lied only to Alex, that would be one thing, but he lied to Cat. After everything she had put on the line to protect him, it was unacceptable.

Even when Vincent was 'saving' Alex from what turned out to be an ordinary stalker (another bummer - it wasn't even Meerfield), I didn't feel Vincent was being a hero. Yes, the guy was a creep, freak and a weirdo, but it wasn't Vincent's place to use his beast to kill him. He could have retained him just as easily. It only made him feel good and left more unexplained crap that Cat would have to deal with and try to explain away, but this time she didn't get to walk away with the guy on her arm.

We can top that off with Vincent appearing at her window without even an apology for lying about who Alex was to him before accusing Cat of using Alex as an excuse to get between them. Seriously? Pick your battles, 'Vince.' That was not the right time to point out Cat's penchant for bad boys and hold yourself up as the ultimate and make puppy eyes about her running away from commitment at a slight, because the news she received was huge!

The only one in that conversation who wasn't being honest was Vincent. Just like he ran away from Alex when Meerfield was after him, he was running away from her again, but using Cat as an excuse.

Their relationship never had a proper ending. It would have been hard enough putting himself fully into a new one with Cat if he had never seen Alex again, but there she was - waiting, ready and on the inside of his secret. Granted, she didn't know the beast, but he told her enough (quickly) that the loss of her in his life was painfully obvious.

I don't blame him for being happy to see the woman he was intending to marry, but I really dislike the way he treated Cat from the moment he saw Alex from the escalator. If you imagine Cat at the top and Alex at the bottom, Vincent was walking at a normal pace back up the down escalator - pretty much going nowhere, but slowly being drawn back to Alex.

Which brings me to the other obvious point. With Vincent's questionable state of affairs, will Cat revisit her interest in Evan? It was unclear whether Heather and Evan were going to be involved or not, but it was definitely clear Evan still holds Cat in the highest regard.

Evan recognized that the beast saved Cat from the car before he rushed in and saved her medially at the scene of the accident. He didn't admit to Cat what he saw, but going to J.T. at the end showed how concerned he was about the creature and her safety. If he's still in the diagnostic phase, at least he's not out to kill it. Did we know J.T. wrote a book on DNA cross mutilation? I loved how he tried to play it off on cashing in on Dolly the sheep. Not so fast!

The good thing about a possible partnership with J.T. is that he could talk Evan off the ledge of the more drastic theories he might posture, and steer him toward what he actually knows about Vincent. I'm still getting a good vibe about Evan being involved, but I think if he does realize who the subject is and his connection to Cat, his acceptance will be with reluctance. He'll want an arm's length approach and will distrust Vincent immensely until he proves himself.

That's where I stand this week. Deep in the weeds of a fool's paradise. I know you'll have a lot to get out. What color are YOU seeing? In the meantime, we've started tracking the music from each episode (never a letdown - well done!) so check out the Beauty and the Beast music section.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
  • 4.3 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (120 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

Tags: ,
Avatar

The whole episode was a great roller coaster ride (exhausting, but great). I can kinda forgive Vincent for acting a bit "out of character" in that he's just be thrown for a complete loop! Seeing Alex had to be completely shocking for him. I can understand the lying to Alex. But to Cat? No, that's just not on! I think he's kinda fallen into some quicksand right now, and is gonna panic a bit, going back and forth between Alex and Cat before he figures out which way is the best way FORWARD..... and we all know that's gonna be with Catherine. Feelings and emotions are gonna get stepped on all around, as he goes through the process, but in the end I think this all makes for one HELL OF A KISS AND MAKE UP!!

Avatar

Read the Jay Ryan interview on this page. Doesn't seem like the "ex" is leaving the picture anytime soon. Seems like all the romance we'd hoped for is with her and NOT Catherine. I thought JT would've been "rooting" for him & Cat instead. No mention there on how Cat is feeling over all this. I thought those two were becoming "buds"! Waited weeks for the show to return. Such a total "180" on Vincent's feelings! Hope all these different writers know what they're doing. Still hoping for better outcome between 2 leads.

Avatar

While there are many mixed reactions by fans to this episode (some likes, many dislikes) there seems to be an almost universal problem with Vincent lying to Cat. It was completely out of character for him and will be one big problem that the writers are going to have to address. He simply can't be a D-bag in this episode and then be all "I'm sorry - please forgive me" to Cat sometime later on in the next few episodes (presumably after going on a date with the Ex, getting arrested b/c of her, seeing her naked and going on a romantic getaway [all spoilers that are probably available on this site]. It will be one tough sell for Vincent to become a Class-A hero again.

Avatar

Catherine is fovever my fave character. She's got a heart of gold and she's so strong. She's bleeding all over the place and she still wants to help out the damn ex. Kristin Kreuk is such a great actress. She plays hurt so well - gosh how can she convey so much emotion w/her beautiful eyes! I can't stand seeing Cat hurt and she deserves better than this Vincent.

Avatar

This episode was writen by a man which explains Vicent's behavior! He shouldn't told them each the truth straight away. Alex thinks he's just he same ol' Vince with a war scar! Better come clean on the "other half" buddy. Will she want you then?? He didn't have to kill he stalker guy either. Another mess for Cat. Evan is hiding something from his past. Changed the subject in a hurry about his "doctoring skills". JT will have his guard up with Evan. Cat won't wait for Vincent. Guess we won't be getting that kiss from them anytime soon! Too bad. I want them to be together. Cat & Alex look nothing alike by the way. Tall, pale red head -vs- petite brunette.

Marissa

This was a great episode for a return and I enjoyed it but Vincent just kept lying to alex and to cat which is so not cool. I think Evan and JT partnership is going to be good they can help each other out and uncover a lot more than they would by themselves. Can't wait for the next episode.

Avatar

I do feel slightly bad for Vincent. He didn't want to hurt Alex and he didn't want to jeopardize what he had with Cat. But he shouldn't have lied...that was not fair.

Avatar

cowardly vincent referring to Cat as your handler - shame on you.
dishonest to both woman. Not cool.Very disappointing episode.
Quitting "cold turkey" seems like a good idea.

Avatar

Am I the only one who thinks that Evan might be linked in some way to Muirfield?
Definitely very out of character for Vincent to lie to Cat. Wasn't so crazy about that. Vincent's whole character was out of sync this episode...

Avatar

Firstly Cat didn't let him off, she told him to figure out how he feels before jumping into a relationship with her. I feel sorry for her though, having to deal with possibly being a back-up. Then again, Vincent is going through alot too; he's stuck between two women that he loves and it could drive him insane. I really do adore both Cat and Alex, but Vincent has to choose Cat.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

It's okay. Vince told me everything. Obviously, that's just what you do when you're someone's handler.

Alex

You didn't lose me. I'm right here. And, I accept all of what you are.

Cat