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Beauty and the Beast Review: "Playing with Fire"

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Life went on this week, as we were introduced to a new medical examiner on "Playing with Fire" and the details of Gabe's life before he became the Assistant District Attorney finally emerged.

It wasn't the best or most romantic episode of the season, but there were a lot of revealing moments leading to some pretty extensive character insight, as well as important history in regard to Muirfield.

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Despite Joe's desire to get revenge on Evan for helping the vigilante and, therefore, getting his brother killed, Gabe Lowen squashed that pretty early on.

My guess that Muirfield's tentacles were much farther reaching than Vincent and even Gabe was also quickly realized when Gabe's girlfriend said she had just as much reason to find Muirfield as he did, revealing a giant scar down her back.

Whoever or whatever Muirfield are is still very unclear. Of the utmost evil? Most definitely. Gabe's story revealed he was an orphan taken from Calcutta and experimented upon at a very young age. Until Cat mentioned to him tonight that she used to wear a Chimera necklace and was a scientist, he had no idea just how close he was to the woman who saved his life.

He also had no idea how close Catherine was to Muirfield and to the vigilante until his girlfriend showed him photos of the crushed servers at The Orchard Muirfield facility, courtesy of info given to Cat from Cole David (Nathan from Haven) who was guarding the Muirfield facility last week, delivered to her just before he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Cat's clearly on the Muirfield radar, and it's only a matter of time before they are all discovered. How they all work together is what's going to make all the difference. Just like we didn't want to trust Evan, we learned too late he was a good soul. After what Gabe went through, and what Cat's mother did to save him, I think he's trustworthy.

Everything Gabe told Cat made sense. Why he wanted to take the vigilante alive. Why he wanted to find Muirfield. I was shocked he didn't know where they were. He knew a lot about them, but was using clues to get him as far as he had gotten. What they both lost in protecting Vincent with the destruction of the Muirfield data instead of Cat letting the download go through might be a painful lesson in the long run.

It's so bizarre to think how little Gabe really knew and how lucky he got in finding Catherine and the daughter of the woman who set him free so many years ago. I really can't wait to see how that plays out. It's almost as if they are siblings. Strange, scientifically bred siblings, but still.

Tess was looking out for Joe and trying to get him to help to move on from his broher's death. I believe whether he does that and when will determine their future. And his marriage. Why she is still into a married man is a shame. She's such a great character, now that she's back among the sane.

J.T. still thought it might be a good idea to go back into hiding rather than live the more full life they are engaged in now, it having proven so dangerous and taken the life of his friend Evan. But Vincent and Cat have decided it's best to take down Muirfield together and for everyone they have harmed and to stop thinking only of themselves.

There really isn't a different decision to be made at this point. They have learned what it is to love each other, let more people in, what they are willing to do for each other and others for them. It's all enormous. They have to do what's right because it's who VinCat are as a couple. To choose a different path would mean the end of the couple we've come to adore.

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Ya, maybe not so much sizzle, but still, very informative. Also true that if you had Vin/Cat making out every episode, it would lose a little of that thrill factor.
Parisa mentions that it has not been renewed, but I believe it has. It was taken off of the "Vote One Show" contest on E Online because it was renewed.
What a huge relief that is! It makes a show like this last one with not as much chemistry between Vin/Cat much easier to accept, knowing there's lots more ahead! I liked the show, it opens up a lot of possibilities and other avenues.
Looking forward to this coming Thursday, as always!

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@Parisa
I really disagree with you. While this episode wasn't one of the best, it served it's purpose of furthering the plot AND the characters themselves. By having the Murfield victims be multi-continental, it showed how far their tentacles really reach and makes them more to be feared. It WAS light on the romantic Vincat moments but we would get pretty bored if all they did was make out every episode! And I don't know about you but I have NEVER kissed my brother like that!! I don't know enough about tech stuff to comment on the download of information but I do know you have a bit of a healthy 'suspension of disbelief' to enjoy a show such as ours. They call it mythology for a reason.

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The data transfer was rather ridiculous. Then again we're watching a show about a hybrid person hiding in tunnels like some benevolent Phantom of the Opera. It seemed like a waste of the talents of Luke Bryant (Cole David, aka Nathan from Haven). But the progress the show made in the characters and mythology was good. Finally.

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for the war in Afghanistan but exploited orphan children from the streets of Calcutta? Really, we couldn’t do better with a plot line? In the past, even though there was always the story of the week, it helped refine and reveal the characters and their relationships with one another. Now the show has taken a left turn into the realm of James Bond action and left behind what made it so great for the first 17 episodes – character development and story. Not only was the VinCat sizzle missing last night (they may as well have been brother and sister) but gone too were the witty JT commentaries that help keep a lighter tone to the story and bring out the best in Vincent.

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I hesitate to write this knowing BATB has not yet been renewed, however……as a BIG fan of the show I was nothing but disappointed in last night’s episode. Up to now, I’ve been addicted to the program and have watched each episode a few times, but have no desire to do so with “Playing with Fire.� One thing that has made the show appealing, besides Jay Ryan being ever so easy on the eyes, is the fact that up to now the plot and characters have been believable and it was easy to be empathetic and get swept up in their plight. Last night’s acting was wooden and I could not have cared less about them. I’ll blame most of it on the writing and directing, but Kristin and Jay have much more chemistry than was portrayed. Compare “Playing with Fire� with previous episodes like “Bridesmaid Up� or “Trapped� where the plot is realistic fiction (yes, even the fact he turns into a beast has been slightly believable in context). But now? Muirfield not only targeted soldiers for the war in Afghanistan but exploited orphan children from the streets of Calcutta? Really, we couldn’t do better with a plot line? In the past, even though there was always the story of the week, it helped refine and reveal the characters and their relationships with one another. Now the show has taken a left turn into the realm of James Bond action and left behind what made it so great for the first 17 episodes – character development and story. Not only was the VinCat sizzle missing last night (they may as well have been brother and sister) but gone too were the witty JT commentaries that help keep a lighter tone to the story and bring out the best in Vincent. So much for Cat finally getting together with Vincent; in this episode she was more concerned with losing Evan and helping Gabe than making sure her relationship with Vincent was solid and his safety came first. What about her lecture about partnership on the fire escape? The lure of being the bad ass detective and conquering Muirfield took precedence over what she knew would be the most sensible thing to do. After all they’ve been through, I would have thought that last night would have been the perfect opportunity for Cat to take a leave of absence, go to the beach with Vincent for a few weeks, and regroup. Instead we got lack of depth in a story pushed too far forward – all plot, no relationship. Let’s hope BATB redeems itself in the final few episodes.

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So not what i expected but really informative. I really think JT is the only sane guy in this show. Cat and V have a death wish going after Muirfield!! But kinda comforting to know Gabe will soon get on the ship!!! i went to bed feeling troubled but calm that there are some few episodes left. GOOD REVIEW CARISSA!!!

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RIDICULOUS!
Look folks, I like drama, suspense and everything else but don't they have technical advisers? The Orchard data center was similar in size to one of Google's or Facebook's data centers housing thousands of servers. We're talking several Petabytes of data. Petabyte = 1 million gigabytes or 1 thousand terabytes! it would take 3.16 YEARS to transfer 1 Petabyte over a 10Mbps Internet Connection. The home machine could only hold a few terabytes of it, if that! Transferring all of those files in a few minutes? While standing there is LUDICROUS and INSULTING TO TECH PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD!

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I love the complicated mythology of this show that keeps you guessing. Lots of crumbs to follow. This episode was interesting and I was engaged by Gabe's backstory, but the cartoony fire jumping not so much. I'm probably in the minority and apologize to the vocal fan base if you take exception to my views. Rawr!

Marissa

Great episode. Ok first I think the new medical examiner is kinda hot I hope we see more of him. Everything about Gabe makes perfect since. At the end when his girlfriend showed him the photos of the computers and he said that Catherine was more connected than they thought his girlfriend said that it looked like Catherine was keeping secrets from him but hello it's not like he isn't like the memory of her mom helping him and oh yeah his girl friend seems to be pretty important and very serious about finding muirfield to. Vincent was trying to protect cat and cat was trying to protect Vincent but in the end they decided to protect each other and the way to do that was to go after muirfield together. I'm happy that there actually going to work together instead of them both working separately trying to help the other. The next episode looks really good I can't wait for it.