Beauty and the Beast Review: The Beautiful Beast
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.
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....