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Beauty and the Beast Review: Blinded by Love

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First, let's just say that not only do I like Vincent 2.0, I kind of respect him. He's trying to be on the up and up with Cat, but she won't stop pushing and pushing and pushing... to the point where she got herself "Kidnapped" by him.

On the other hand, Cat isn't listening. To anyone. Tess and Gabe have tried to reason with her. J.T. is popping antacids like candy, but she can't see the warning signs. Vincent sent up more than one red flag, but her stubborn refusal to listen to anything but her heart is borderline annoying.

Kat Is Desperate

It's easy to understand why Cat is pushing things with Vincent. As J.T. tried to explain to Vincent last week, she had a love with him that was kind of epic. It would be really difficult to let that go, especially just days after you found him after an exhaustive three-month search.

It certainly didn't help that Vincent kept tossing Cat bones by asking about their first date, telling her about the pull he felt and bedding her. Vincent 2.0 isn't shy or afraid of putting things out there like Vincent 1.0 (I guess Vincent 0 would have been the one we never met, pre-solder years).

Cat's continual prodding about memories and asking if every little thing triggered one would be enough for me to fly into a rage, let alone a genetically mutated super soldier. Take away everything else, and Vincent isn't a bad guy. He's funnier than he was in Beauty and the Beast Season 1 and more forthcoming. He wouldn't be afraid to take Cat on a real date because he literally has no fear. 

Instead of taking it slow and trying to get to know who he has become while they have been apart and gently massaging his memories out of hiding, she's bullying him. While she's browbeating him into remembering something he clearly doesn't at this point, she's ignoring the pleas of her friends to be careful. 

Cat couldn't be any luckier than she is to be surrounded with people like Tess, J.T. and Gabe. They truly care about her and Vincent. Gabe admitted he took the job so he could protect Vincent. He's been where Vincent is and knows what it means to be hunted. He also knows what it means to have a new chance at life and he's bending over backwards to prove his allegiance to the cause.

One of my favorite scenes of the night was between Tess and J.T., as they realized they were kind of jealous of each other's positions. J.T. has been spending a lot of time with Cat because she doesn't trust Gabe and Tess has been siding with Gabe in her attempt to protect Cat, but both have lost their best friend.

Through Cat's super-sleuthing, we did learn that there is at least one more beast out there, and not all of what Vincent is doing is evil. Her father may be using him to counter-act the terrorist acts of other beasts. We don't know. We may never know if she doesn't stop pushing him away. One thing is certain: Vincent didn't like the suggestion that somebody had ownership over him. Who could blame him?

At the end, when Vincent pushed he across the roof, it was his beast's instinctual reaction, much like it has been her instinctual reaction to trust him. Except he is not the same man who protected her for a decade. She is working with an unknown entity and has to make allowances for that. Now she has decided that he's too dangerous, but part of the reason is because - like an open wound - she wouldn't stop picking until he finally bled. 

What if Vincent's personal memories are lost forever? I doubt they are because television shows are rarely willing to take those kinds of risks. But wouldn't it be an interesting twist if he never remembered the people he used to know and had to re-establish those connections on a completely different level?

The nature versus nurture aspect of relationships could be explored and it would test whether Cat really means it when she says it would be fun to have all new first times. Frankly, I don't believe her when she says it. If he never got his memory back, I think she would cut and run. She's already wavering on her trust of him from one push, after she did nothing but push him all day.

The love is there, the chemistry is hot - it's undeniable. Expecting an instantaneous recall from a picnic on a roof (or a one night stand) is ridiculous and unfair.

What do you think? Is Cat pushing too far, too fast? Would Vincent have pushed back if he had been given some room to breathe, and not been told he was owned by someone?

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What an episode for Cat. Just following her character will keep your head spinning - she's tracks the hunter, tracking down Vincent not once but twice, then is the hunted as she gets kidnapped, then goes through every step of a doomed relationship with Vincent, goes on a boat...etc all in one episode! Speaking of Cat, one other thing I did like was that they used Oxford’s “Come to Life” during one of her less-action-packed scenes when she's grabbing coffee with Tess and then Gabe shows up. I really dig that song and it's nervous energy just kind of fits Cat so well here.

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Coming a little late to this discussion but I loved this episode. I agree, she is pushing too much too soon. I also felt righteous indignation when she compliments Gabe for being a good detective. Gabe actually turned the victim over to the killer beast all the while Vincent is confronting the cartel leader, barking doctor orders like a pro, keeping Catherine from messing up, finding Gina, protecting her, killing the beast and disposing of the body. And Gabe gets the compliment? And he puffs up like a silly peacock. She only grudgingly tells Vincent " you saved someone, it is what you do" and he hangs his head for a second. He tries to tell her that he wants to open up to her but she tells him he is bought and sold. It's a wonder he didn't leave and never return. He is the most patient and loving man. Hopefully she will be worthy of it.

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OK so Cat has been pushy, but what can one expect when she has invested so much in this EPIC love. Because, that's what it was. Who wouldn't have done the same. But now things are taking a different turn and she will surely take a different path, one that I believe the viewers will find exciting and she will keep us on edge! I love this show and I greatly believe that it has a lot to offer to viewers looking for a mix of thriller, drama, romance and excitement. As for the ratings, I am so disappointed for us International Fans (who are great in numbers) who surely cannot contribute as much as the US citizens. I find this system very unrealistic as many of us watch online so many times. I for one am a testimony. I cannot count how many times I've watched Season1 and Season2 Ep 1 and 2. A VERY AWESOME SHOW!!

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@ Maggie

Thanks Maggie, I hope they realize that many of the viewers are international and they are not counted in the traditional ratings indicators. You are fabulous fans!

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I sincerely believe that "Beauty and the Beast" is a great series. I think it has everything what viewers can expect from a quality TV product. It has action and emotion, is passion and entertainment, has intrigue and unrest, have love and friendship, you laugh and smile, and has witty dialogue, strong characters, fun and exciting situations. It has a lovely light, playing as another character. It looks intense that dazzle. It has a lot of gestures (JT is a master at that). I think it's fantastic and I sincerely believe that CW should invest heavily in this series. Do not follow someone that has not seen. If you see her, you follow.
It is intricately equipment. The product is excellent.

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Catherine needs a new hairstyle Pronto. That hairstyle is becoming lame. He needs at least to update his hairsyle, have some bangs or layered hairstyle, the one she currently wears is so simple and does not bring brightness to her face, time to change like Vincent did.

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I love the show. It's only ep2, it will get better. In season 1 they said the same thing. I'm sorry, but I love B&TB

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So upon reading everyones comments after mine...... Yeah, I agree. The fact that Cat and Vincent ended up in bed..... I thought that was sort of stupid and totally gratuitous. For myself- in this fantasy world- I really was hoping that they would wait until Vincent had a "memory that comes back" and he remembers Cat as they were. There was zero passion or love... ( though I see why). I want to see the sizzle and the intense love. And from what I have read, the old platoon member who is going to show up is one of the guys. I think he is an expert in explosives and he hates beasts. The female beast entering the picture is going to be the daughter of a beast . I think she may have inherited the traits from her father- who Vincent is tracking. Her name is Tori and she is going to be a thorn in Cats side- in the sense that she is a temptress for Vincent. Or so we are being teased about. She has been signed for 4 episodes....Lets not forget that Vincents nephew is going to enter the pictue really soon......

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Oh yeah, and one more thing... Something has been bugging me since last season, and I wanted to see if I missed something. They had that flashback episode where they showed the woman in the program with Vincent who had the reaction to the beast treatments, which is when we saw Vanessa give her the serum. Now there is going to be the woman from Vincent's platoon(not sure if they are the same person or not) coming into the picture too. Am I the only one who has a problem with this? There were no woman in combat ten years ago, so how did they end up in Vincent's platoon? I am probably being too picky, but that has bugged me--but then again, maybe I missed something.

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Wow... Much as I hate to say it, it looks like the question is no longer 'will it be canceled', but 'will we even get to see the entire season.' I don't think the ratings could be any worse, but we'll see. However, if Catherine doesn't stop being so annoying, I might start loosing interest myself. If I was Vincent, I'd have thrown her across the roof way earlier than her did, just saying. When I am sitting on my couch screaming, 'Oh my Gosh, back off already!" there is a problem. I for one miss the Cat and Vincent from last season, and really don't like the angle they have taken season 2 so far. Here's hoping things turn around. Though, no matter what, I still love JT. He is the best!

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Catherine needs to let Vincent breathe a bit not being so pushy while she investigates with the team what is up to Vincent. I want this memory loss thing to last a bit longer so we know more about Vincent mission with Catherine dad while bit by bit Vincent starts to remember things but not all at once liek Catherine desires. I want Catherine to see that not always she has the upper hand with Vincent cause Vincent do not want to remember or cant remember yet. There were some funny scenes between JT and Gabe, but other fun scenes I found them like they did not have to be a part of the story. I want a different case of the week to returns, not that the whole case the entire season is just Vincent. I am worried about the ratings as per now the show could is considered as shows "In the bubble". Mondays episode was not very good either in ratings so that is now 2 episodes in a row with bad ratings.