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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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What can one say other than this show was HOT and exciting!! Which is exactly why I lover it! Cat and Vin are so awsome together, my hear just melts when I watch them! I think Tess will let Cat help Vin other wise what is the alternative Vin and Cat run that woudl be a sure way to end the show. I am so ready for next Thur already and WRITTERS HEAR THIS I WANT A SECOND SEASON!

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It's always agonizing waiting for the next episode. The only way I get through it is checking out spoilers and comments. I like your recaps. Perhaps these types of experiments have been going on for decades and Gabe is a son of a beast! Which leads me to my next thought - I hope Vincent and Cat are using protection! Can you imagine all the angst around what he/she/it would turn out like? But that's a good storyline for Season 4, because I can't imagine Beauty and the Beast not making it to Season 2!!

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I love love love this show, and have been hooked since the beginning! So much going on, so much to look forward to. Now that we've gotten "will they/ won't they" over with, the show can (and certainly has) continue to grow. It scares me to think that there might not be a 2nd season. I truly believe that if more people KNEW about the show, they'd watch. You can't please everyone, and so there ARE folks that simply won't like it. However, amazingly, EVERYONE that I've recommeded the show to has started watching and has gotten hooked!!! That has to say something! CW - WE NEED MORE PROMOTION PLEASE!! You HAVE A HIDDEN GEM ON YOUR HANDS! If you promote this show more, the viewers will come! How many shows have such a DEDICATED fandom as this. There is so much more to the story that can be told - WE NEED A SECOND SEASON!! Pretty please and thank you!

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Oh what a tangled web those Batwriters are weaving! And Catherine and Vincent are right in the center of it. LOVE LOVE this show. Thursdays are the best day of the week because of BATB. One theory about Gabe. Could he be an offspring of someone who was injected like Vincent and a fully human mother? By his shaking hand, he may be physically deteriorating and need Vincent's DNA to heal or rejuvinate himself. Having this kind of altered condition may mean a lot shorter lifespan, which makes me morn for Vincent and Katherine's future. Muirfield could have been doing these experiments way before Vincent. They may have murdered his mother like they did Catherine's. Lots of suspense and surprises coming, hopefully, that will take us into a second season of this wonderful show. Enjoyed reading this review!

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Continuing on my Insatiable rant :) : As far as the plot goes, I remember the writers describing Insatiable as a "game changer" and I think that describes it very well. The whole episode had a very different feel to it from all the other episodes before. I don't know if I can put my finger on it but it felt like we entered a new era. The procedural element had already been missing for a few episodes, so it wasn't that. And it wasn't simply Gabe's presence either because he was already there in Any Means Possible. Was it seeing a very cool, gum-chewing Vincent and JT as undercover "investigators" at the antique weapons store? Evan agreeing to compromise evidence for Muirfield? Joe keeping Tess on the side lines in order to protect her? The suggestion that Gabe is the one trying to set Vincent up and trying to get to him before the authorities? Evan finding Vincent's DNA on Cat's scarf and later admitting to JT that he's in kahoots with Muirfield? Catherine suggesting that her and Vincent could never again lose themselves in each other and that they have to be more sensible from now on? Or was it Tess finding Vincent in the tunnels and shooting him? Probably all of those things put together :) So many things happened in Insatiable and it seems everyone is out there in the open and vulnerable...Vincent especially (and literally). This is definitely a new era for BATB.
And the entering of this new era was powerfully brought home by the burning down of the warehouse, or the three musketeers' "home", or the old lair. A new safe haven is needed and a new home...maybe one that will shelter not only Vincent, Cat and JT but Tess as well. There are definitely new times ahead of us...personally, I can't wait!

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I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!

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Love the reviews but really need to get the episode count right - this is episode 16!

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great comments. totally agree with you .
and i really wish it will have the second season . because i think it will be worth it .and beauty and beast need a chance to prove it .

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AMAZING show last night omg!

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Great review and I agree completely. The writers really did give us another fantastic episode and I sincerely hope this show gets a second season - and more! The potential is there. I didn't get why Tess was in the tunnels either and was shocked that she shot Vincent with no apparent reason to do so. If Tess shoots her mouth off about Vincent and Catherine then I think Catherine should fight fire with fire and spill the beans about Tess and Joe. All's fair in love and war.

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.