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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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Love LOVE BATB. I've watched each episode I don't know how many times. Simply can't wait until next Thursday then unfortunately a three week wait until series continues...withdrawal symptoms here we come :) thank goodness for online viewing. Everyone wondered how Tess could possibly shoot Vincent, I could see it happening, even though everyone she interviewed that the vigilante was animallike she wasn't expecting to actually see it herself. Shooting him was reflexive, still no excuse she is a cop and has had training for these type of situations. As for Catherine and Vincent, has anyone else noticed how all the other characters call them Cat and Vince but they say each other's names it's always Catherine and Vincent, I love that. Agreed the chemistry is amazing. They are so so hot together. (Redfaced with embarassment) I've rewound kissing an love scenes just to see it again and again. Gabe? I"m glad Denise clarified that he can't be the son of the girl Vincent knew during Muirfield experiments he would be 11 years old. He's definitely vicious. JT had the best lines in every episode. He's so cute. CW must renew BATB for season 2. Way too many people will be disappointed if they don't. BTW loved moonlight too. It was stupid to cancel that show because look how popular vampire shows are now.

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I love this show and the chemistry between Jay and Kristin! They look so good together! The show keeps getting better and better every episode.
I too would not be too surprised if they started dating outside of work, of course they need to break up with their partners first. How can someone ignore that chemistry? Everyone, I mean everyone can see it through their tv screens!

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@Rhoda, I totally agree. I'll say this again, if you don't like the show don't subject yourself to 16 hours of it nor the 16 weeks you have out in just to complain at the end. Just don't watch. I for one love this show with all my being and have been reading and following Carissa's reviews ever since. She has pretty much echoed my feelings about every episode and given me perspective on things I may have missed.
I really came in thinking I would 'hate-watch' this show but every week has been a steady improvement and it is now top of my list. Other shows have fallen to the wayside.
With that said, I can't wait for next week.

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SORRY GOT SO MADIT THE WRONG BUTTON. WELL ENOUGH ABOUT BEBE 2! NOW FOR SOME WELL DESERVED KUDOS! FIRST OF ALL GREAT REVIEW ONCE AGAIN YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD EXCEPT FOR MISSING HOW TESS FIGURED OUT ABOUT THE TUNNELS WHICH I DONT EVEN SEE HOW SHE COULD FIGURE THAT ONE OUT CAUSE ALL ALL OF A SUDDEN SHES DUMBER THAN A ROCK! IVE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG THAY BOYFRIEND (HER) OR GIRLFRIEND (HIM) THESE TWO ARE MORE INTO EACH OTHER THAN JUST ACTING! IF YOU CAN'T SEE THAT THEN YOUR AS BLIND AS BEBE 2. IVE SEEN FANTASTIC ACTING AND THESE TWO MELT THE SCREEN AND MY HARD SKEPTICAL HEART. BEFORE THESE TWO I LAUGHED IN LOVES FACE NOW I HAVE TO EAT EVERY WORD BECAUSE THIS COUPLE HAS MADE ME BELIEVE IN LOVE AGAIN. AND ITS A BEAUTIFUL THING AND A EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL SHOW! XOXOXO TO ALL THE BEASTIES IN THE WORLD ME INCLUDED XOXOXO

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FIRST THIS IS FOR BEBE 2 ARE YOU DEAF DUMB AND BLIND? IF YOU HAVE WATCHED THE SHOW SINCE THE BEGINNING AND THIS IS EPISODE 16 AND YOU DONT LIKE IT WHY HAVE YOU WATCHED 16 HOURS? YOUR NUTS!

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To anwer Anita; Vanessa Chandler was killed in 2003, 1 year after the "experients" were killed off("Trapped" ending @ cemetery). ADA can't be child from girl in Vincent's unit (Lafferty). He would be 11 years old now! I hope Cat knows not to trust Evan anymore. Someone commented if Vincent & Cat were being "careful"? He is a doctor & I'm sure he doesn't want to make a "baby beast"! Catherine has to blackmail Tess about her affair with Joe to keep her from exposing Vincent. I think that's what Tess means in the previews that they can't be friends anymore. The CW SHOULD promote BATB more. The star of ARROW has been on talk shows in NY. Close to Toronto. Why not Jay Ryan? Jay's girlfriend is having their 1st child @ the end of this month & Kristen has been with the same guy for 8 years, (Wikepedia) BUT on screen romance/chemistry is fantastic!! Please give us a season 2! Carissa, thanks for your reviews too! Love the insight!

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I agree, this show gets better every week, which makes it that much harder to wait for the next one! Thankful for all the sneak peeks :) I'm not sure about Gabe, beast or Muirfield? we will just have to wait and see. I was thinking he was another beast, but he used a weapon to kill the carriage driver. Maybe to cover his tracks or maybe just trying to set up Vincent. Either way, he's bad news! As for Tess in the tunnels, the last victim she interviewed, I believe the girl who was almost raped, said "One minute he was here the next he was gone" then Tess saw the access door for the water system. She was just being smart, too bad it ended with her shooting Vincent! Can't wait to see how Catherine explains all of this to Tess. And where Vincent and J.T. will be living!

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Loved the article!You're absolutely right: we all need those tender sweet love scenes between Vincent and Catherine in every episode! It became our now days craving!

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Carissa just had to comment after our little twitter chat! Beautifully written review again. thank you! And love your final note....they can't possibly be acting that.....can they? Looking forward to next week **BEASTIE HUGS**

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You are so right. Every episode just keeps getting better and better. It is also getting harder to predict what direction it will go which keeps me watching! I really hope they continue for another season!

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.

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