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Beauty and the Beast Review: A Little Jab Will Do Ya

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Tonight is the night I'm going to alienate myself from the Beasties - because I found "Never Turn Back" to be the most underwhelming episode since we found ourselves fighting our way through the return of Vincent's past red-haired love interest.

There was one relatively (pun!) unique reveal in the finale and the rest was fairly straightforward.

Beauty and the Beast Season Finale Scene

It turned out that Vincent didn't need to take more pills to be cured because the pill that Tyler synthesized using a combination of the ones left over from Cat's mom and information she stole from Muirfield created a perfect destruction tool against Vincent's animal DNA. He was being cured without his body ingesting further toxins.

That win was short lived as Tyler and Gabe needed Vincent's entire lymphatic system to create a pill to do something similar to save Gabe's life. But they needed his "beastie boy" and not the nearly cured man he was becoming, so they were up against a little wall either way.

We had Cat dreaming of a future in a small town in Colorado, as assumed persons, free from the beast and of Muirfield. Vincent fell into step with the entire idea and when he learned he could withdraw the effects of the cure and reignite the beast to save Cat, he chose to use his skill as a soldier to fight Gabe so he could keep his future in tact.

Earlier, Cat's father called her, which we have to assume was to share with her that he wasn't her father considering what was on his broken iPad - that a Muirfield man had reentered the country. He must have chosen to protect her and give up his coveted status as her father to do so, but that's just a guess, as he was run down in the street. Heather was the first person to find out Cat wasn't his daughter through a donated blood DNA match.

If this review is all over the place, it's because the finale was, too. It didn't flow like the great hours we've come to expect, and felt pieced together to try to get to a conclusion, but none of stories that were ended truly had a conclusion.

For instance, from the start, Gabe was having second thoughts about killing Vincent to save himself, but the scientist in Tyler convinced him it was the only chance he had. She not only got him killed, but herself as well. So many questions were left dangling with the Gabe situation. We did get to see an imagined baby beast locked in a lonely stone room, and learned he turned once when he didn't take his meds on time and killed his adoptive mother by accident.

Somehow Muirfield knew who Tyler was as she was the first they killed, and when they found Gabe, they shot him down, as well. Whether he's dead we'll find out next season. Who knows what his beastly DNA will allow him to survive. Cat gave up the normal for the beast and shot Vincent full of flu vaccine so he would be a match against Gabe, but their fight was fleeting before Muirfield before showed up and shot Gabe and captured Vincent. That's when the Muirfield fellow announced not to shoot Cat, because she's his daughter.

The best scene of the entire episode was when Tess rescued J.T. after Tyler handcuffed him to the radiator in the apartment. Their banter never fails to impress and their meeting will go down in history as one of the best examples of two best friends of lovers ever coming together as friends.

But, and this is just indicative of the many problems and drops with this finale, Tess' line "we might have another problem..." lead nowhere. Who writes like that? I mean, I guess I do, but I'm not a professional screenwriter with a team of pros sitting around me on the bed writing this review with a board in front of me tying this entire review together. Someone had to wonder where all the dangling scenes were going.

If they had been typical spectacular finale-type scenes, it would be understandable, but they felt sloppy and unplanned. It could be they felt written into a corner with two beasts and weren't sure where to go with Gabe. Perhaps as of the time they were writing they didn't think his character could be salvaged and just did the best they could to wrap things up.

Obviously, at the time a second season hadn't been green lighted and decisions had to be made on where the story would be left if it didn't continue. So, there was some mystery and the knowledge that Cat and Vincent had an undying love.

Now we can move forward to Beauty and the Beast Season 2 and I'm hoping a lot more hours like "Heart of Darkness" and a lot less like this finale. Let me know your thoughts on the finale. From the Twitter feed as it was going live, it looked like a lot of satisfied customers, so I'm expecting a bit of backtalk!

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Oops. got off on a tangent, here is the rest
They have been trying to shove the Gabe Lowen character down our throat for the last four episodes. They need to learn that he is not the lead character and no amount of giving him Vincent's powers will make him the star. Time for him to be gone or have less air time. He is not the star of this show. they spent more time on his special effects than the quality of the writing. The editorrs cut the last scene was cut so Catherine is not seen trying to save Vincent, nor do we hear him call out her name in regret.

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This episode was poorly written. It was choppy and had little continuance from previous episodes. it is as if the writers thought the demographic was pubescent or uneducated. I found it insulting. Firs they tried to make Catherine Chandler either evil or mean,not sure which. She knows the pills would kill him and last episode said don't take any more. This time she says, she wouldn't want him "hurt" by taking the pills but... Then the writers have Thomas Chandler the victim of a hit and run accident. They try to make Catherine look paranoid because as her sister says she "sees criminals everywhere" Tess says it was an accident, one of 750 a day in the city. NO it wasn't just an accident, it was hit and run. The entire police force would have been searching the scene and hunting for the car and driver. An induced coma is not "a few broken bones and bruising" it's life threatening or life altering brain swelling. The writers were very cavalier. Another flaw in the writing;It is against federal regulations to discuss Catherine's blood with her sister. The writers have made the character of Gabe Lowen the star and they seem intent on making him the lead role by giving him all of Vincent's powers. They have done that for the last four episodes. Sorry but this character has no appeal, he isn't even interesting. No matter how much they shove him down our throat, he is not Vincent and never will be. It is time for that part of the series to be done. To top it off, the editors took out the most important part of the end, Catherine trying to shoot her weapon and Vincent calling out her name. The editors are almost as bad as this episode's witers.

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I agree with u completely Marylandgal. I wondered the same thing the lack of emotion between those two in the last minutes of the episode. I mean Vincent seemed not to struggle to get out of the net or at least scream Catherine´s name as she was on the floor. He simply sat there and gave up. Then Catherine did not scream either when she saw Vincent inside the trap it is like she knew he was going to get trapped and Im sure she had no idea about him being trapped at that precise moment. I mean she did not even look surprised and did not say a word.She had to wonder and be surprised what the heck was going on, why Vicent is inside the trap and doing everything possible to set him free or grab him, struggle but she just stood up. At least she could have said like "Vincent Im going to find you, I love you". Like you I want the 2 of them not to see each other for a couple of episodes that way the longing, yearning and distance between then will be killing each other for not being together.

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Okay,... so the finale was just ok for me. This episode should've been fraught with danger and anticipation. The fight was NOT rough enough. But what irked me the most was the LACK of emotion between Vincent and Cat. No attempt to try to get him down.. why didn't he use his beastie to break the net??? I sort of posted this same concern in the last show review. I worry that the intense emotion and longing for one another may fall flat. In this episode it did. The show could've been sharper and more focussed. The writers did so incredibly well up to that finale. Get it together guys. What I would like to see is the two of them not get together for at least the first 3-4 shows. I want that yearning and sense of deep longing/love to redevelop itself. The magic of these two is that they cannot get enough of each other. They healed each other's emotional wounds but must overcome odds. I do want them to recapture the PASSION they have for one another. Along with the danger and taut storylines. CANNOT WAIT FOR SEASON 2. - a PASSIONATE BATB FAN.

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The final episode was Ok. For me everythign wrapped too quickly. I dont think Gabe is dead as he was shot when he was in his beast side. So who knows if he survived and since he knew it was Muirfield who shot him, maybe he will help Vincent to escape from Murfield as he still will need Vincent to survive, in case he survived. I doubt he was a bad guy. He just is like that as a consequence of being in the hands of Murfield like Vincent as Murf.. changed both of them.

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We all know what Jay and Kristin are capable of as actors, so I kinda have to lay the blame squarely on the writers for the lack of emotion at the end. I'm still in shock as to how they could let each other go without words of any kind...
I heard from another forum that there were scenes of her shooting at the helicopter and Vincent calling out her name as he was whisked away, but they were cut? I rewatched some of the older episodes this week, and man, they have got to recapture that magic. It is still my favourite show as well, but I want to be able to see it through an entire second season, so hopefully they have a few months to get their act together... Are the writers different now? I just don't get it.

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This is my favorite show & I hope the writers get their act together. It did feel choppy & my husband watches this with me & watch "Arrow" with him! Catherine just acts too "giddy" sometimes & it gets alittle sickening! I didn't like the emotionless ending. Vincent should've been mad & beasty still because he was trapped. Catherine was "blah" seeing him go off in the air. Maybe that's why she survived so long, because her real Dad was calling the shots. Believe me, they could've followed her from work to her apartment if they wanted to kill her. I loved JT this week. Tess shooting off hand cuffs on JT? Far fetched. Ricochet yes, & very risky not to hit JT in the process. I hope season 2 is better. I watched it 2x & it was just ok.

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question... why would it take a full beasty-mode Gabe that long to break down a simple wooden door? That was all I could think about...

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For season two, I think that Vincent and Catherine will be kept apart and I'm not sure how to feel about that. They've never been apart, even from the very beginning, on the pilot. They've been together in some way or another in every single episode. It will be very strange not having that interaction, no matter how many other things are going on. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out, I really hope Gabe doesn't get too much involvement in season two, he really didn't do anything for me at all. I guess Vincents mother will have to show up at some point, and I can't remember if his dad is dead or still around...

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I'm really glad you guys saw some of the flaws that I saw in the episode. A few things that I did notice but did't mention were the lack of emotion as Vincent was being pulled away, his inability to tear through the straps, her not giving him the gun (I thought she was for a moment) and that we didn't learn Tyler's place in the Muirfield world. Good catch on stepmom not showing up. They're newly married, to top it off! Felt like new writers took over for the finale. Weird.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 21 Quotes

You know, it's getting harder to remember the last time in my life anything felt normal.

Cat

If this battle of the animal senses keeps up for another few days, you could be cured.

J.T.
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