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Beauty and the Beast Review: The Beast is Back

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The anticipation was high for the premiere of Beauty and the Beast Season 2 - and we were treated to an excellent premiere episode with "Who Am I?," even if it could have been more aptly titled "Who Are YOU?" as Vincent has no recollection of the people he once loved.

The opener successfully reset some of the grievances from Beauty and the Beast Season 1 and should allow the characters to forge a new path, while still maintaining the things we enjoyed the most: intrigue, friendship and (especially) romance.

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A lot has changed in the three months since Vincent has been swept away by helicopter. We can only begin to guess what happened to him while he was gone, so let's attack what we do know first:

Cat's dad never fully recovered and died a month prior to the events of the premiere. Heather has still been harboring the secret she learned about she and Cat not sharing the same father, allowing Cat to grieve the loss of her dad once and will, apparently, let her do it again when she tells her the news later on down the line. 

That seems a little bit harsh. Surely Heather has had some time to drag Cat aside and tell her. The premise seems to be that Cat has been too busy to bother with her sister while she searched for Vincent. That is probably my one issue with the resetting - Cat wouldn't have stopped caring about her family to focus solely on Vincent. She lost her father; that's a big deal. She would have found some time for Heather.

Cat was able to revive Gabe after he was killed, which somehow killed the beast in him. They brushed over that secondary information rather quickly, but there seems to be hope that the beast within Vincent can be killed, as well. Or, at least he could have been before they found him in the state he's in now. 

Gabe has taken over Joe's position at the precinct and he's the man in charge. Joe's obsession with finding his brother's killer was apparently is downfall, which left a job open for Gabe and cleared the romantic entanglement that didn't feel right with Tess. Tess needed to breathe and find a man of her own, not carry on an affair with a married one. Good riddance, Joe!

Gabe has been trying to do his job and help Cat and J.T. find Vincent. Of course he has turned sides and become a good guy; we never really doubted it, did we? Now he has the knowledge of what a beast can do, but without the urges to turn himself. He can be a great ally for the cause.

That essentially leaves us with Vincent. And VinCat. We saw Cat's birth father was the man who took Vincent away, and he seems to have enhanced and reprogrammed him. How he accomplished that is unclear. When we caught up with Vincent, he was in the hands of Li Zhao, the mastermind behind the beasts. He did not know how far Vincent had come and believed he had the upper hand. The new, improved Vincent discredited him in short order.

Not only has Vincent lost his scar, he's lost the ability to heal himself, recognize himself and recall his past. His "skills" are notably improved. He's faster, stronger and his senses are extremely heightened. The changes make his vision alteration seem like a drop in the ocean.

One thing seems not to have changed, and that is his instinct to protect Cat above all else. Despite working for Cat's father (who Vincent recognizes as "Condor"), he allowed Li Zhao to escape when Cat's life was in danger. He saved her life first. That's when Cat knew things would be alright - they are meant to be together. Somehow, even without an understanding of himself or his past, Vincent seems intrigued by this "smokin' hot" woman in front of him and he has lost the inhibitions the old Vincent had when it came to getting close with the opposite sex.

VinCat shared their first kiss - again - receiving an animal-like grunt of approval from Vincent, and Cat finally crumbled in relief at having him back in her life. She doesn't need him to remember her because her faith in their love goes beyond everything else. Any doubts she had before are gone. She is willing to wait for Vincent and believe in him, and it's obvious he's interested. 

Cat: Bright side: In the meantime, we get to fall in love with each other all over again.
Vincent: What makes you so sure we will?
Cat: Cause we don't have a choice. I told you - we're meant to be.
Vincent: You really believe that, don't you?
Cat: I do. And you do, too. You just don't remember it yet. | permalink

Inspired thoughts:

  • For the first time, J.T. was frightened of Vincent. That was a sobering thought. He had been concerned about Cat's safety in the past, but seeing him break a sweat when facing Vincent on his own was upsetting.
  • With Tess a free agent, and two hot, eligible bachelors on the table (I'm talking about J.T. and Gabe!), who would you most like to see her dabble with? Her chemistry with J.T. last season was undeniable, right?
  • Cat's father seems to know everything about her life - at least enough to keep her and her friends safe while still engaging Vincent. How long do you think that will last?
  • VinCat's kiss wasn't quite what we were used to by last season's standards, but with that little grunt we heard, can you even imagine the heat and tingles they'll be throwing down the first time something more passionate comes across our screens?
  • Did you think Vincent's jumping from a tree near Li Zhao's mauling meant his being the killer was a foregone conclusion, or was it a red herring?
What changes are you most pleased with and what are you most looking forward to as the season unfolds? Let's get a good discussion going! Welcome back Beauty and the Beast, you were missed!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (278 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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    I hoping the CW renews Beauty and the Beast for a Third Season. Just love this show and love the chemistry between Jay and Kristin. Those romantic moments between Vincent and Cat are totally awesome. The show is terrific.

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    i really want see more seasons.

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    That true what are going to do i want a third season

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    I really enjoy that show, but boo for the CW for airing it on Monday night after the Heart of Dixie (Show that had a worst rating to begin with). How are you going to assist B&B gate back on track if you air it after such a lame show. I really like the turn around between Vincent and Cat, but I am hoping to see his unconditional love for her again soon. I can not wait to discover everything about her real dad and to see Vincent overcome their mind control of him. Will be watching every Monday, but really pissed off about the first show. If you had put the Original and then B&B that would have been awesome Joseph Morgan and Jay Ryan in one evening...;) By the way Gabe used to be Evil and selfish....is up to something I think.

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    Cat is so sure of Vincent...I am actually not that much, he seems more far than ever...I didn't hear the "grunt" ...and I mean, he is still a man/animal, so instincts could explain that reaction. I am not sure he is feeling what Cat wants him to feel...

    I am intrigued by Cat's father...let's see!

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    Fantástico Capítulo 1 de la temporada 2 de "Beauty and the Beast". Misterioso, intrigante, inquietante... Quién no se ha preguntado alguna vez ¿”Quién soy yo” realmente?, o ¿Quién es el otro?: novio, amigo, compañero de trabajo ... ¿Quién no ha tenido dudas acerca de su vida, sus decisiones, sus elecciones vitales... Es oscuro, es intenso, es una hermosa serie. Si la ves por encima te da “entretenimiento”, si la ves en profundidad te genera “inquietud”. Durante la primera temporada de “Beauty and the beast”, todos los capítulos tuvieron diversión y emoción, además de sorpresa. Esta segunda temporada, con este estupendo primer capítulo, parece ofrecer todo esto y mucho más; han añadido oscuridad y misterio; desasosiego y agitación que nos afecta a todos cuando dudamos acerca de quiénes somos y de cómo es nuestra vida. Excelente. Emocionante. Un gran trabajo de todo el equipo #BatB. Enhorabuena.

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    OOPS- I am looking forward to seeing how the stories of Jt, Tess and yes- Gabe develop. I think the Gabe storyline is important for all involved. So bottom line- I vote for Tess and JT. Makes the most sense. Gabe is a hottie but enough of Tess with her superiors. She deserves better.

    Writers keep it together and keep the storylines cohesive and tight. No awkward dialogue and inconsistencies with details. Devoted fans notice when things are not right! So fellow beasties- unite. Unite by WATCHING THE SHOW. After all, it is about the ratings. Holla back- yall. Maryland Gal

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    It is great to be back, talking with fellow beasties. This opening episode with BATB made up for the lackluster finale of season 1. This by far was probably one of the best episodes for me. And it is only show one!!! There is not enough room on just one posting for me to get my thoughts back. All the best of this show appeared from lst season- loyalty,friendship and that love story. Those ridiculously/wonderfully romantic leads of Kristin and Jay. There is so much magic there- what chemistry they have. I cannot wait to see how the characters find their way back. I wrote in last posting that I want to see the longing come back for one another. That sizzling hot physical side of them as well. I gotta feeling we are gonna see that- since Vincent's "filters" are off- he's already called her "smokin hot" (which she is). Ultimately, it comes down to the writing of the show. The writers have gotten their act together with this show. Great job! I cannot wait to see where all the stories will go- with Tess, JT and yes- Gabe. I am glad they kept him. Very important role. so- now we all have to vote for the show by WATCHING it. ( I vote for JT with Tess!!! Holla back - y'all.

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    I watched the preview of the second episode and even though it sounds interesting and want to find out what's up with this new Vincent 2.0. I dont know but I found the episode is focusing more on Vin/Cat relationship more than the case of the week. I mean if this show this season is going to focus just on the love relationship of Vin/Cat and not add a case of the week each episode, sorry I will pass and change the channel. I dont want to see a soap opera of a police show. It wil get the ratings lower if the pattern will continue through the entire season. I need action, drama and yes some love here and there but not make it the focus on each episode. in that case I will watch a real soap opera.

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    The ratings might be really low because some people did not get to see it on Monday night, the premiere night. Some of us HAD to watch the JETS on Monday night with the local station. The real question might be how many views did it get online, hulu and the app.




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