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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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@dickenshall, me neither. I watched it on the CWTV app last night. Couldn't wait until Saturday. I have never been so pissed at Directv, WPIX, and the Jets {even though they won}. It was on ESPN for god sakes... Thank you CWTV app... BTW- Yes good episode.

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Not great news about the ratings for this premiere. It only drew 860.000 viewers in the demo. I even read the show may be on The Bubble list: Likely to be cancelled. I hope it wont happen.

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I really enjoyed this episode and look forward to this season. I love the new Vincent 2.0 he seems a lot more dangerous and electric. His instinct to protect Catherine is alive and well but he is clearly very dangerous. I am looking forward to finding out the backstory behind JT and Vincent. I anticipate being surprisedl. When it comes to romance no show has done in better in recent memory. I live in New Jersey and did not get to watch live, but was able to view on the CW site. I did not want to wait until Saturday.

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Excellent Ep, loved meaner Vincent (reminded me of a certain Angelus) loved the electricity between Vincat it hasn't dwindled one bit. They have ruined every other TV coupledom for me as I compare everything to them. Bring on the rest of the season, can't wait......btw I think he grunts 'I won't

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Finally, the wait is over. The premiere was great and quite above my expectations .I wonder, how ratings are low. It’s impossible to resist the temptation of following the show. I watch it religiously.

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The premiere was fine I enjoyed it. No Mary you are not the only one who thinks Jay/Vincent look 10 times hotter than Season 1. I love the way he is now, and that shorter hair is so incredible sexy.
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It seems Vincent memory is not 100% wiped out as he looks like he do remember things with Catherine. I mean he hugged her and even kissed her. A man with a 100% memory loss would have not done that, he will be repelled by it or not enjoy it. So my guess is his memory loss is about 60%. There is one thing I did not like about this episode. Catherine leaving her sister alone in the middle of her fathers funeral in front of people as she was suppose to give a speech about him. That is tacky and heartless!!! Im sure she could had given a small speech and then left if it was so urgent to go and find Vincent but at least he cared for her father. Everyone will think Catherine did not really care for the man who raised her and it was supposed to be his dad.

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Was it just me or was Vincent/Jay a zillion times hotter than in season 1? I definitely like the shorter hair!

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Not a bad start to the season, though I'm not sure I love the whole erased memory thing. I'm just surprised the ratings was so low, especially for a premiere. Lets just hope we get to see the whole season and they don't cut it early. :-/ Though I will say I love that Joe is gone. I might be alone, but I never enjoyed him or the way he treated Tess.

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Their romantic scenes are so heartfelt, and every portrayed emotion feels so believable and real.
And that’s why “VinCat� is my favorite couple on TV and why I will always love this show, no matter what flaws it may have otherwise.

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“animal-like grunt of approval�? I thought he was saying „I won’t“, LOL… I had some small issues with this episode. They were overdoing it with too much exposition in the dialogues and with a few lines from Catherine (“we are meant to be�- she sad it even twice!)
And the whole solution of the Muirfield storyline felt very rushed, considered it was the main plotline over 22 episodes last season.
But overall it was a fast paced and entertaining hour.
I thought beast 2.0 is a big improvement over last season, although I miss Vincent’s scar!
But what I can’t praise enough is the acting of both Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, especially in this last scene at her apartment. It was heartwrenching to watch.
I don’t know how they do it, their lines spoken by any other actor in any other show normally would make me cringe, but in Beauty and the Beast I’m always getting teary eyed. This episode was no exeption. Every portrayed emotion in their romantic scenes feels so believable and real.
And that’s why “VinCat� is my favorite couple on TV and I will always love this show, no matter what flaws it may have otherwise.