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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I don't have a problem as much with the threads in the unanswered things that's a cliffhanger but I have a problem with his way to writing doesn't really make sense for some of the things that happened the characters have an iPhone already explained in some of the ending quite a bit of the ending just felt contrive we suspend disbelief only watch things like this but we still look for logic and a sense of a belief system what makes sense with in the show itself. The way Vincent what about trying to save Without asking test for help without really using military training without I was waiting game didn't make any sense to me and him and Catherine standing there for so long having a discussion didn't make any sense either within the show itself these things were poorly written and illogical.


The show was going great until the last scene. Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Dopey! Cat, a trained detective (someone that should be cool under pressure) didn't have the presence of mind to give Vincent the GUN in her other hand. The people in the helicopter wouldn't have seen that and they could have been taken out. I just really hate STUPID writing. I'm getting cynical. If she had not picked up the gun or didn't have the weapon in her hand I would have been fine. That ruined the whole episode for me. I hate writers write stupid characters.


I love this show and the finale was good. The only part that I did not like was the very end. I felt no emotion from Cat when Vincent was being carried away. No screaming, no crying, no shooting....nothing. It felt like she didn't even care that he was captured. That could have been done/acted out better.


Clarissa, I totally agree with you, this episode was very disappointing. Even if it is a cliffhanger, something that is introduced as a 'finale' should also be that: a grand culmination of everything that has led up to it. And this episode just wasn't. It was bitty, sketchy, rushed, all over the place. Maybe it would have been better if the show had been 2 hours, like someone suggested, for now it seemed like someone had lots of ideas but none of them were really worked out properly. But then recent episodes have all been too packed with turns and twists in the storyline for their own good. The characters can't fill out all these quick changes in plot, so they become flat. Finally, the story is losing its own inner logic. E.g.: Vincent in his human state can break an iron windowbar, but in his animal state he can't rip a net?? Why has no one else commented on this yet? I found his deportation totally pathetic and unbelievable in the light of some of the feats he was able to perform so far...


This episode could have been edited better. The spoilers online must have done it for me for the ending was a big meh to me. I was expecting a better story line. I get the whole separating the couple and all, but the writers could have come up with a better story than that. The episode felt rushed and the editing is sloppy. I want season 2 to succeed so we can get a season 3. So please writers bring us a better not predictable story line. Break them up, whatever it takes. Viewership will weaken if the story line is weak. We all know that, right?


First off I am happy to know that there will be a second season. I have watched the show from the beginning and have had my issues with characterizations and writing. Despite that I never gave up on the show and I have been impressed with the level of ambition the producers or whatever have for this story. I don't have a lot to say about the finale except that I enjoyed it. It was a classic cliffhanger with unanswered questions and I look forward to seeing how the story continues. Like how and when Cat learns about her real father and all the details of that revelation; does Gabe survive and will he continue to be after Vincent; how will Cat and Vincent maneuver through their relationship. In hindsight I think the writers have done a good job keeping up the momentum.


SOOOOOOOO with you, this episode was a flop in every way. Even the Cat's father revelation has been blatantly coming for months, so yeah. I had hoped things would get better, and they have not, and unfortunately, there is way to much coming on next season on every network for me to bother recording this one any more. And with only a 0.5 in the ratings for last night's episode(and a finale no less), looks like a lot of people are with me. Sorry, but I'm out.


I agree with Ladyhawk, I didn't feel the desparation that they should have been going through, being torn apart that way. I think I was more upset than Catherine was! I don't know why, but I just haven't been feeling that amazing chemistry between them the last few episodes. This is my favourite show bar none, I want that chemistry back!!!
I'll have to watch the end again, could she have slipped him a tracker or something when they grasped hands at the end? The way her real father looked at her, seems as though he loves her, maybe that will work in Vincent's favour?
OMG, what a long wait till October, hopefully time for the writers to get back on that old track...


continued from below.... So much going on with unanswered questions, that I wasn't compelled to really care about. When characters I find interesting disappear, I'm disappointed. I mean the duplicitous Claire, Agent Kyle (I heard his last name but forgot it), Dad played by Roan from Nikita, Brooke the step thingie, Sarah, J.T.s girlfriend, even Joe Bishop. I'm glad for Season two and think they'll get the storyline in order and focused, otherwise I won't be able to focus and that's when I stop watching.


I have watched this show from the pilot and really enjoyed it as it progressed along. Mostly because I like this modern day take on one of the fairy tales that I adore, that you love what a person really is and not what they appear to be. Gabe was a great threat, but a not so great monster and Tyler was killed off before we knew what Muirfield did to her. I liked the banter between her and J.T. and their roles could have furthered the storyline. I miss Evan. I kinda wish Cat and Vincent were as witty as Tess and J.T. Keeping lovers from being together and their fight to overcome the odds is what makes a show like this worth watching. I think they did that at the very end and in an interesting way, but getting there wasn't as engaging as I thought it could be. Everyone seemed to agree that the procedural police drama wasn't very good or necessary, but I liked it because it gave context to their love story and made Cat seemed less one dimensional. So much going on with unanswered questions, that I wasn't compelled to really care about. When characters I find interesting disappear, I'm disappointed. I mean the duplicitous Claire, Agent Kyle (I heard his last name but forgot it), Dad played by Roan from Nikita, Brooke the step thingie, Sarah, J.T.s girlfriend, even Joe Bishop. I'm glad for Season two and think they'll get the storyline in order and focused, otherwise I won't be able to focus and that's when I stop watching.

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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.


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