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Beauty and the Beast Review: Flat Lining

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Cat's confrontation with her father was not at all as I expected, and either Agent Reynolds is putting on a brilliant act or he's really not an altogether bad guy.

That was just one of the interesting developments on Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 6.

Elsewhere, Vincent was getting prepared for his last two missions, unaware of Gabe's theory that one of those missions mean Vincent taking his own life. What?!?

Getting Physical

It was good that there was so little time wasted after Cat learned Agent Reynolds was her biological father and her decision to chat with him about it. I also like that Cat made the distinction between her bio father and her dad, because there really is a difference.

Your dad is the guy who raises you and puts bandages on your scraped knees; your father is the man who offered the DNA to create you. Cat understood that, even though she chose to use the word dad for effect upon her first meeting with Reynolds.

We won't know for a while, I'm sure, what the real story is behind Cat's birth, but what Reynolds said rang true. He and Vanessa were in love, but broke up before he knew she was pregnant. In a not so realistic time-frame, Vanessa was already in love with another man by the time she discovered she was pregnant and Reynolds decided to step aside until Cat was 18.

Cat was 18 when Vanessa was killed, and Reynolds didn't want to take advantage of the situation, but he also couldn't stay away from the important moments of her life, like her high school graduation. That all made sense. Even when he was probing about Vincent, he seemed both concerned and professionally interested.

I wonder where the two sides of Reynolds will come apart.

Gabe was so certain that his flat-lining technique of beast rehabilitation would work on Vincent's penultimate mission, Winsor, but if anything - it had the opposite effect. There was definitely something much different about Winsor than the average beast.

At least Gabe's theory that Vincent was his own last mission should come to a screaming halt now that Winsor is dead and his daughter inherited his beast qualities. Surely that's a first.

Vincent experienced a few strange things while in Tori's presence - first, he beasted out a bit while comforting her in the woods and second, he ripped the heart out of Winsor while they were both in beast mode in front of Cat, Gabe and Tori. Yikes.

Cat thought that meant he was just taking one step back before he could take two forward, but we all saw Tori look into a mirror - and she's a beast. The reason that matters is it didn't seem like something she was aware of, and she'll likely turn to Cat for help. Somehow, through Cat the news will get to both Vincent and Reynolds.

Vincent needs to help Tori. She needs to learn how to control the beast, and only a beast can teach her that. If Vincent tells Reynolds, wouldn't Reynolds be more interested in how it happened and whether it can happen again (thereby meaning there might be more beasts out there than he knew) instead of wanting to destroy the last two known beasts (Vincent and Tori)?

It seems an awfully convoluted way to get around to a decent story, though, doesn't it? Outside of that option, I admit I'm out of them.

Other observations:

  • What's the deal with writing Austin Basis out of every episode? This week they use his apartment without J.T. in it, saying he's out of town. Throw us a bone!
  • Did you notice that Tess is rooting for Gabe to get the girl? That's why she's pushing Gabe to tell Cat how he feels, and making Cat feel hesitant about Vincent. Interesting.
  • As much as I like Tess and Gabe, it feels like they're being horribly underutilized. Certainly there is more that they can do other than worry about Cat and Vincent.
  • Why did Gabe have Tess close the door when she went into his office when he had a huge board displaying his entire beast theory facing a giant window into the precinct? Kind of moot.
  • Vincent' getting his memories back; there's not going to be some hormonal thing between male and female beasts to keep he and Cat apart, is there? Just say no.

What did you think about Cat and Agent Reynolds? Vincent and Tori? What's next for this group? Are you as invested as you have been since the beginning, or do you understand the plummeting ratings?

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

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I love this show!! I particularly love the two lead characters, they are awesome together their chemistry is electrifying! I think that the Producers and the writers need to get back to what originally made the show a hit and that's the Vincent and Catherine Romance. I am enjoying the back story on both their lives but we're fast tracked through them so quickly. I thoroughly enjoy Cat and Vincent as a couple and I cannot understand why Tess continuously pushes Gabe toward Cat, encouraging him to reveal his feelings for her, Not Good; and not what a good friend would do to a friend that she knows is in love with someone else.

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Interesting review, seems kind of strange to only have 1 mission left..what is going to happen to the rest of the season? Wish they would expand the stories not just here's a beast, kill him, on to the next one. Thought we were gonig to learn more about everyone not just muddy the waters. Agreed about JT! This season is really flat without him. Tess has some good lines but we need our man! Not liking Tess pushing the Gabe option and I wonder, is Gabe's beast really gone? Some thoughts on twitter is that Tori is a trigger & she set Vincent off & that's why he was so violent. Can't wait to see how Vincent beasting out at Dad's place is going to play out.

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Has anyone noticed how often, in this episodes, Cat and Vincent replied ironically?

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I disagree.. I've really enjoyed every episode of season 2 so far. I'll be so disappointed if/when it gets cancelled. I think it's much better than the first season. So much more exciting.

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Sorry, but day it's on has nothing to do with it. It was moved from Thursdays because it was doing so poorly--yes, better than this season, but still bad. The show wasn't renewed for a second season because it did well, it was renewed because too many other CW shows last year did WORSE. That is not the same thing. There has been less than a million viewers every episode so far this season, and with over 40,000 cities and towns in the US, that is--conservatively--less than 25 viewers per town. That's less than the average small neighborhood! I agree with Isabel, they tried to reboot the show to get more viewers, and that was a huge mistake because all they have done is alienate most of the fans they did have. There is pretty much no doubt that it will get canceled this year, so lets just hope they give us something closer to the old show from here on out so we can enjoy what's left. :-/

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I love this show and always will, however as much as I love the epic romance you can't keep a show going with only that. As the saying goes true love never runs smooth. I think Tori causes beasts to get more violent when around her. It happened to her father when she held his hand, and Vincent was also affected.. Even though everyone seems to be trying to break them up, we know it won't happen because eventually they will get together. Gives us something to look forward to. Vincent is more of a soldier now, so we have to expect more action, but I'm sure we will get more of their epic love scenes as well. I would love to see more of JT and a little less Gabe, but since they don't live together anymore, I guess its not as easy to write him in. I feel the poor ratings are because its on Mondays, they should have left it on Thursdays. I won't ever give up on this amazing show.

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@ Edna

Ooooohh I am in total agreement with you, More JT and a lot lot less Gabe. JT's character is enjoyable and entertaining and I look forward to JT and Vincent rebuilding their friendship. I'm a loyal fan and I’m sticking with the show no matter what happens!

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@ Edna

i totally agree with you about this show. less gabe and more jt!

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I loved S1 but i am loving S2 10x more. The epic love is important but what makes a show great is the conflict of life inbetween. S2 now has that, it is more clear, the surprises from week to week makes it hard to wait. I do agree that they need to develope the whole scooby gang with Vincent part of the team which i expect will start happening once Daddy dearest is found out to be part of "M".
S2 is amazing on how they are developing each character to have a much richer story line which will only benefit the epic love stiry long term. I am glad that they know they want to be together and are both working toward that goal. It was better than last year when Vincent kept pulling away. All in All S2 is amazing and i cant wait for the completion of this and the beggining of the next one. I know it is hard to let the story takes it course but i have a feeling it will all be worth it in the bext arc we just need to be patients.

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You know what the problem is? The problem is that we signed up for an epic poignant romantic tale between two star-crossed lovers who belong to different worlds, not an action thriller. I'm not against a bit of the latter but in the process of incorporating action, the writers have somewhere lost the main essence of the show: the romance between VinCat. That's the reason we fell in love with this show in the first place and why we kept coming back to it despite the glaring flaws in writing and execution of the episodes. The first three episodes of this season were so heartbreakingly brilliant in terms of the undeniable pull VinCat felt towards each other despite V's lost memories. But from episode 4 onwards, I've seen the quality of portrayal of VinCat relationship degrading. It's not as heartwarming or as palpable as it used to be. As if the show has shifted focus. I get why the writers feel the need to explore the two characters separately but they don't need to completely move away from what made us love the show and VinCat in the first place. Highly disappointed.

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I so agree with everything Monique and DarcieDee said!
They tried to do something new this season and a reboot some kind of sorts, but they handled it badly. It feels like most things fans loved about season one got lost in the process.
Get the show on track again, and fast!

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One of the main attractions - aside from the VinCat love - was the teamsters - JT & Vincent, Cat & Vincent, Cat & Tess, now its Tess & Gabe, little or no JT, Vincent on his own and Catherine on her own. We're missing the love & connections, the looks, the humor - even Tess & Catherine are not like they use to be. I love S2 but from conversations I've had on Twitter - there are quite a lot who were drawn to the romance - not so much the scifi. Are they sacrificing to try and appeal to a different audience and is it working or harming? And I can seriously say that any romantic interest that comes between Vincent & Catherine might be a death blow and should be handled very cautiously. There is a lot of worry about Gabe and a lot of worry now about Tori. Beasties are like mama bears when it comes to VinCat. Maybe once this arc is done, who knows but next week looks awesome from the promo - I caught some serious humor in a 2 second clip. :D

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