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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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I have mixed feelings about this episode. For onbe part I understand Catherine because she is desesperate to help and protect Vincent and help him have his memory back so he can remember her and all the things they went through together, so she is trying to do anything possible for that to happen, even if it means breaking the law. But on the other hand I dont like she is so pushy and forcing Vicent to remember and it seems he does not want to she has to let things flow a little bit and not force them. The getting laid part I do not understand why they do it if Vincent do not remember her ., Did Catherine really believe that having sex will bring Vincent memory back? I guess there are other ways to achieve that and getting laid was a cheesy scene for me. It did not feel natural or spontaneous it was like forced, just cause Catherine wants at all cost Vincent to remember her. It it is not just about Catherine it is about JT as well. Cont..

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The person he needs to make amends to is Jt! Threatening to snap his neck is not a bonding moment. Lastly, boo hoo to Vincent. He also needs a wakeup call. Too bad the truth hurts- he IS owned by Agent Reynolds. It is insulting to Vincent- but it is the truth. So I am looking forward to seeing what will start to trigger Vincents memories. I suspect it will be his nephew or old platoon buddy....... Maryland Gal.

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Firstly, I am very worried about the ratings. Monday night is a black pit for this awesome show. So my thoughts on this episode. It certainely appears that the group- Tess, JT and Gabe are coming together as a cohesive group with humour and touching moments. And finally, Cat admits to herself the truth. To me, this is Psych 101- Cat is focussing all her attention on Vincent to AVOID all the internal issues she has. I don't blame her in a way for clinging on so hard to Vincent. He was until recently the only person she felt "got" her and who loved her back ( in her mind). I do not think that the one action of shoving her was the reason for her "wavering" in her trust of him. She knew all along- she needed a wakeup call- and Vincent gave it to her. She is a tough cookie- it appears she has snapped out of it. She needs to not be "so available" for him. And yes she needs to be the consumate cop she is. Vincent is forward and direct.... but the person he needs to make amends to is JT. Threatening to snap his neck was cold and callous.... irregardless of the situation..

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I think people are being way to hard on Cat.Imagine if the love of your life was kidnapped and after searching nonstop for him you find him and he doesn't remember you. That's kind of hard to just "get over" or "get used to". Also, she's been known to be kind of pushy in the past, it's all a lot to take for someone.

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Well it's on opposite Sleepy Hollow so potential audiences will be torn. But good news SH is on a 2-week hiatus.

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Something is not working on BATB as ratings fell 25% last nite. The season premiere was terrible in ratings and now yesterday episode was not very good either. The writers need to improve something soon, anything cause it may cost the show to get cancelled earlier than everyone expects it.

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Great new look and feel, changing the production team has brought a bit of professionalism to the production values - could do better still - a few stupid moments and Catherine still not being portrayed as the character needs to be - Kristin Kreuk fighting skills are better than last season but STILL BEING written as self-centred and arrogant in her thinking she is the only one who can fix things. Remember her pushing Vincent into dinner with Heather - disaster - and she is on the same track here - why? are the producers/writers so lazy?incompetent?unimaginative Jay Ryan is great and his new super-soldier thing is so different from previous Vincent - and that could be a problem for returning viewers and even new viewers - some of the people watching this episode with me didn't relate to this at all - they were all confused in that they thought this was a LOVE STORY between Vincent and Catherine. Hope the showrunner is not so entranced by his own brilliance that he forgets the real heart of this story - stop keeping Vincent and Catherine apart NOW - remember, together they can overcome anything.
Bit worrying when the scene in Ep1 that got the most attention was when Tess is talking to Gabe telling him she is fed up with the Muirfield/finding Vincent angstfest - viewers of the first episode of a long arc shouldn't be picking up on stuff like that
Bit worrying when the scene people are picking up on in Ep2 is one of male violence towards a woman - nothing - not being annoying, not asking questions 24/7 justifies writing that action - that he beasts out and leaves - yes - dont have an issue, even makes sense but for a show where for all last season and every interview just about that SCooper/JLevin and KK have given where they have babbled on about setting examples for women etc etc to be party to even hinting at violence by a man towards a woman is totally totally unacceptable
Right now this is a soulless, unengaging, unromantic experience - all the reasons we stuck with Season 1 - the lovely interaction between Vincent and Catherine from the Pilot onwards, Vincent's basic decent nature and his struggle with his beast, all gone - why would anyone want to start watching this now? and if its going to be 8 episodes before they start to become a couple again - will take a miracle to build the audience numbers needed to keep going - avoiding mid season cancellation will be enough of a challenge

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THIS perfectly sums up that provocative incident that had fans moaning about physical abuse. "At the end, when Vincent pushed her 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." Thanks for clarifying. I loved every minute of this BEASTERRIFIC episode.

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Hi! I think Blinded by Love is actually a much better suited title for the episode. We all know where Cat is coming from but all her moments with Vincent and about triggering memories. Some deep part of him must really love her, he was being too patient! Besides, if he did remember it all at this point, wouldn't that pretty much kill the whole season? Overall, it was a really good episode and I like the idea of other beasts out there as well as the fact that the other important characters in the story are also moving forward in unexpected directions. I'm still hooked and that's always a good sign.

Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Cat: Vincent would never hurt me.
Tess: Cat, you said yourself he doesn't remember you.

I am not looking to prosecute this crime. I told you, I took this job to protect Vincent. That also means protecting him from himself.

Gabe

Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 2 Music

  Song Artist
Song Come To Life Oxford
Haerts all the days All The Days Haerts iTunes
Nause this is the song This Is The Song Nause iTunes
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