Beauty and the Beast Review: The Beautiful Beast

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Every episode of Beauty and the Beast just gets better.

"Insatiable" was no exception, as it upped the stakes even higher. Who thought that was possible? It was on the 15th episode of Beauty and the Beast Season 1. We still have seven more to go. Can you imagine what else is going to happen or be revealed? I really can't - and that makes for great writing. The best reveal would be for a second season pickup.

I really don't like that every murder will immediately be "vigilante" related by the police force. Catherine was right, he may not be an angel, but he only kills when he's protecting someone else. Isn't that the definition of vigilante? At first I thought Gabe was going to listen to her rationally after Joe wanted to get justice at the end of a barrel (nice one, Mr. Police Chief), but then he also wrapped up his lashing of Cat by rounding up the murderer and the vigilante as the same person. Very poor police work.

Closing In On Vincent

That's a hell of a task force ADA Lowen put together. Cat is protecting Vincent, the very vigilante they're trying to catch, Police Chief Joe just wants to kill him as his own vengeful justice for his brother's murder and Evan is working on behalf of Muirfield, willing to tamper with evidence to ensure Vincent is caught for their purposes instead of that of the task force. That doesn't even count Gabe's own hidden agenda.

Essentially, he would have been better to choose a bunch of yahoos off the street than the group he has working with him now.

I really love Evan. He is a good man and truly cares about Cat. I have no doubt about that. As soon as I saw Cat left her scarf behind in Evan's lab, I panicked. He had just enough questions to want to look for DNA on it. Sometimes I wish he wasn't as smart about Cat and smarter about Muirfield. But what was all of that crap about demanding the truth from her and wondering where their trust went when he is lying to her face every day while carousing with Muirfield? He knows as much about Vincent as she does at this point, but in a different capacity. That was such a disappointing moment for Evan, to stand there making demands of Cat he wasn't willing to face himself.

It was surprising that Evan didn't put J.T. and Vincent together after their discussion, because the way J.T. beat it out of there after hearing about Muirfield, I would have been testing the dirt where he stood for cross-mutation. If he had been the Road Runner, J.T. would have had dust under his feet and that speedy sound as he hightailed it back to his car to try to warn Cat and Vincent what was to come.

Vincent's plan to give himself up via a charred corpse seemed like a decent enough plan until Evan decided to share the information with Muirfield, thereby putting Vincent's and Cat's lives into immediate danger. They had to run for it after Muirfield dropped in via helicopter. What pissed me off the most was the elite task force came in via the front of the building, so when it exploded they had no idea Muirfield was in back. Once again, only Cat and Evan know what really happened, and I don't think they'll be chatting over it while tossing back a beer any time soon.

The whole time everyone was doing their various parts to find the vigilante, Joe sent Tess to walk the streets and re-interview ever available witness to the vigilante's "crimes." What confounded me was her inability to hear what they were saying. He saved each and every one of them in true vigilante fashion. He did not swoop in on an innocent man and tear him limb from limb for the hell of it. Every person she spoke with said if not for him...blah, blah, blah.

But Tess seemed incapable of processing that. She heard the information about the monster. The cat-like reflexes, the veins covering his face and cat eyes, but not how he came in at a time when people were in need of help and nobody else was around to assist. Another disappointment from a character I once thought of highly.

I missed how she ended up in the tunnels where Cat and Vincent were making their escape after the bombing of the loft. Why was she there? I'm also unsure as to why she shot Vincent when his hands were in the air. In any regular police force, girlfriend would be in for a reprimand and possibly lose her badge. You don't shoot an unarmed man who is surrendering; I don't care how many horror stories you heard about him during your work day. It's your job to hear those stories, and most of them told a tale about a guy who helped people.

We learned nothing about why ADA Lowen came into town, but we know he's planting evidence to get his hands on Vincent. I don't think he's working with Muirfield, because if he was he and Evan would have already crossed paths. It doesn't make sense to choose another Muirfield agent for the task force if you're not going to share evidence to get as much as you can from what you find, so he's obviously looking for reasons unrelated to Muirfield.

My original theory that he be an early generation monster himself felt a little off tonight when he didn't get angry at the cops who let him down, but I forgot all of the evidence of the murder, slashes across the face of the victim included, pointed back to him. Perhaps his DNA isn't transgressing and he is either monster or man. Maybe he wants to be able to control his animal side more fully and is hoping studying Vincent will give him that opportunity. I'm tossing mud here, seeing what sticks!

Things are hitting fast and furious at the moment, and with wildcard Tess holding the future of VinCat in her hands, I can only hope her own relationship with Joe and her need to keep it secret somehow forces her hand and shuts her up. She doesn't have to stay friends with Cat or help them, but she should give them a fighting chance, just as Cat has done for her and Joe. She needs to take time to process what she's learned about vigilantism and rethink their strategy about bringing him to justice. She's smart. She needs to question everything she's been told.

All of this needs to happen because I need more tender moments between Cat and Vincent. We should get at least one scene like the opener every episode because they are so well done. Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan have it down at this point, and I wouldn't be surprised if someone started to question a real life relationship between the two. They are that good.

I can't wait to hear your comments and theories. They're the best! Until next week....


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agreed....loved 80's BATB as much as i love this one. You can't possibly compare the two, life is different after two decades. By the way, Jay Ryan sits in a chair for 4 hours to make him look like the beast in the show. They don't use computers for everything. I wish people would get their facts straight before going online to malign one of the best programs on TV not to mention one of the hottest actors :)


I watched the old Beauty and the Beast with Perlman and Hamilton, and I loved it. Great series for sure. However, the current BATB is a totally different animal (excuse the pun) for sure. It stands alone. I don't equate it with the old one at all, and as such, I don't look for similarities or anything else that would link the two. That was then, and this is now, and the now is my favourite show on the air. Yes, they may have put Vincent and Cat together a little early in the game, but in view of the fact that there may not be a second season (I don't even want to think about that), I would have been pretty upset if they had not gotten together at all! I also have to say that I think Jay Ryan is an amazing actor. The emotion he can portray with just a look? He "gets" the whole Vincent and Catherine relationship, totally, and I for one cannot get enough of this series...


Wow, how incredibly disrespectful. You're entitled to your opinion of course,but might I suggest you express it by not watching the show instead of coming on a fan site and bashing it for not being an EXACT copy of a show from the 80's? Nobody 'ruined your beloved show', it still exists and you are welcome to enjoy it. This is simply a more modern and grittier retelling of the story. The fans of this version still see 'magic' but it exists between the two lead characters. And if you can't see that then you REALLY shouldn't be watching. Also, for the record- 'this Jay person' is actually a real human being and deserves better than to be referred to in such a way. Telling us you're 37 only proves that bad manners can come in all ages.


It bothers me as true fan of the original, how much has been lost in this new version. There is no MAGIC. I want tunnel people, I want Father, I want Mouse, Paracellsis!!!!! And wow... half way through the season and Vincent has already slept with Catherine!!! What?! That goes against everything Batb was about. They rushed it, that's for sure. I like Kristen Kruik from Smallville but I LOVED Linda Hamilton as Catherine and I am sorry, Ron Perlman is the only Vincent. I miss Vincent with all the makeup etc. I mean he sat in a chair for 8 plus hours to get into that character, and this Jay person gets some cgi and a little scar... whoopie do. I miss what the tunnels looked like in the original, and I am no ok with the premise of this Army experiment gone wrong. They ruined my beloved show. It better than Arrow, and that's not saying much. God how I miss the original BatB and Smallville for that matter. This coming from a woman who is now 37, but wrote to the producers of the original BatB when she was 12 asking to be on the show and received and hand written color postcard explaining how I need to be a part of Sag and not be too disappointed. It was followed by autographs from the actors. That was a class act. Fix this show fast, make it more true to the original, please!


So I was watching 'Insatiable' for the *cough* 20th time and I paused it at the beginning to get a good look at the room when Vincent was cleaning up. Did anyone else notice what a complete disaster it was?? Chair knocked over,tableware on the floor,storage locker on it's side and bottles everywhere. At some point the table came into play and they also bumped up against the chemical rack.It's pretty obvious even if they did start out slow and sensual, it didn't stay that way all night!! Love how the show let's you in on how passionate they can get without actually pointing it out directly.


Totally addicted! I agree Tess has been a bit of a disappointment lately, but going forward I believe as her relationship/friendship with Cat strengthens, it will be beneficial for Cat to have a confidante on her side, like J.T. is to Vincent. And I can't wait to see how Tess and J.T. will interact through it all. They are such different people, and I think there is great opportunity for comic relief!


@ Rhonda, even though Tess has seen JT before, to me and to other people I've spoken to, JT looks completely unrecognisable without the glasses. So I don't blame Tess for not recognizing him. In terms of Evan, I still don't get why he hasn't put it together yet. @Xraygirl:
Yes yes and 1000 times yes! Vincent was owning it so hard with the affection in this episode. When he kisses her and looked at her in the tunnel I nearly died.
I'd like to point out that throughout this entire episode, our boy Vincent was the one initiating all the kisses. I don't blame him, they've come a long way from the early days of minimal physical contact.


Oh, and thanks to you Carissa, for writing such detailed and thoughtful reviews. It's easy to see you are a true fan of the show as well. Probably why so many of your insights and observations are so spot-on. Well, except maybe for the whole Tess/tunnel thing. ;) lol


Lovely to find place to share my addiction! Will need to go to support meetings soon!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this show. For some reason, one moment struck me as particularly poignant. Catherine was about to leave the tunnel, when Vincent said 'Wait' and then leaned in to kiss her, almost as if he needed one more moment of connection before she went. When he said 'Okay' like 'NOW you can go' I thought I would melt into a puddle. Such a sweet little interchange.Sometimes the way he looks at her nearly stops my heart.

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Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 15 Quotes

Cat: The last time I really liked a guy...
Vincent: Hmm...liked.
Cat: Okay, after what we just did, you, you really don't need to be fishing for compliments.
Vincent: I'm not, I'm clarifying.

Cat: I know how to pick 'em.
Vincent: Hey!
Cat: Past tense.