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Beauty and the Beast Review: The Wrong Attitude

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If you think about Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 8, it took Cat and Vincent to a place that, logically, they were heading for a long time. 

While viewers didn't want this development and would have preferred that love prevail, the writing has been on the wall since the beginning of Beauty and the Beast Season 2 that Cat and Vincent are unable to see themselves through the same perspective they did at the end of Beauty and the Beast Season 1

Once Vincent was a marked man who was destined to kill his own kind, everything changed.

BATB Midseason Finale Scene

Somehow, after learning right in front of the man that Bob was Vincent's handler, Cat and Gabe were able to keep their reactions silent. We also learned that the improved prowess Vincent received as a result of the proximity to Tori allowed him to save both of their lives and they escaped the blast.

Bob, however, didn't know that and Gabe thought it was the perfect opportunity to use every legal angle (except blackmail, which - the last time I checked - was still illegal) to bring him to justice and toss him into prison. The medical examiner's office has a backlog of bodies and Zach was still among the frozen. 

Blahdiddy blah... a plan was put into action. But it wasn't a plan that Tori was on board with. She's a brand new beast and in her first week out of the gate she was nearly killed for being something over which she had no choice. Unlike Vincent, it seems she was born into it. She didn't even agree to trials that went haywire. She was being judged based upon something completely out of her control. 

The more Cat talked about Vincent losing his humanity if he killed a human the more obvious it became that she was going to lose him. Essentially, she was telling him that his life was not as important as hers because he was no longer human. There was no other way to look at it, and Tori wasn't hearing it through the love-tainted ears of Vincent. Or of this reviewer. 

Killing anything should be frowned upon, and yet Cat somehow found it just fine to overlook all of the killing Vincent did for her father as possibly encroaching upon his humanity. Does killing a human/beast mix, when you are one yourself, only damage your beast psyche? That is the worst logic Cat could have used. 

Gabe must have understood how Vincent was feeling hearing her say that, as he was once a beast himself. Being a beast and killing a beast damages your humanity just as much as killing a human does. By making a distinction, Cat decided that beasts had less of a right to live than their non-beast counterparts. It was a rather disappointing conclusion on her part. 

Of course Gabe would be torn on jumping in and offering up another viewpoint. He's in love with Cat. If he stands up for Vincent in any way, he might have pushed her away and it wouldn't have been his arms into which she was crying after arresting her dad at the end.

Bob wanted to kill Vincent and Tori and all the beasts (except apparently those who could help him, such as the bomb maker) to atone for helping create them in the first place. He also claimed to want to give Cat a normal life. Vincent wanted to kill Bob. Tori wanted to kill Bob. Cat wanted to arrest her dad. Cat shot Vincent so she could arrest her dad. That's going to put a dent into her future with Vincent. 

Cat has now proven that she cannot love Vincent for who he is. She wants him to change. He's not good enough for her as he is now. Tori is dangling out there, just like Vincent. As much as I didn't want the show to change so drastically, Cat has made so many poor choices after Vincent's capture and reprogramming that there was really no choice. 

She tried to force memories on him, was angry when he didn't remember and seemed to blame him for the change, when it was her own birth father who did it to him. Her very own mother and father who created the beast inside him in the first place. A beast that is the very reason she knows him at all. If he wasn't a beast, she would have never met Vincent Keller. 

Cat cannot have everything Cat wants all of the time. There has to come a time when she is willing to bend a little instead of everyone always bending for her. I haven't seen a lot of that, and until I do, I don't want her to be with Vincent. There. I said it.

There was some good to the hour. Guess what it was! Tess and J.T. searching for Zach in the morgue. So J.T. couldn't help himself and even though they had decided never to talk about it again, he had sent her 11 texts to which she had yet to respond. But all hope is not lost! She said just because it happened once, it didn't have to happen again, but she was smiling and being flirty. They are still so darn cute together and match snarky comments very well. More please!

We're heading into a hiatus, and it's always possible The CW could choose to move Beauty and the Beast to another night given the poor ratings before its return in January.

What are your thoughts as we come out of the first half of the season, especially on Cat's emphasis on the importance of human life over that of beasts?

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    Look, honestly I love Beauty and the Beast. This show is epic, season 1 is what drew me in and I loved it and love the characters. Season 2 is different but, I understand it. I get why Cat is throwing in the cold shoulder. She doesn't want to get hurt and I get that. She has been through a lot. They do have an EPIC LOVE. Everything that is happening in the current shows are all for a reason that will lead to something surprising or epic. I can't wait to see what the rest of season 2 has to show. This show is what gets me through a bad day, there has to be a season 3 because this show is to amazing, phenomenal, and epic! It contains a little bit of everything in it. I will be devastated if they cancel another good show for a dumb reason. Every time a good show prevails they take it of air and that's just so unfair to their viewers. We are left with so many unanswered questions. I WANT A BEATY AND THE BEAST SEASON 3!

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    I thought first season was amazing. I am so glad I see rumors of BaB cancellation. What I find odd: CAT in season 1 is drawn to Vincent because he saves lives - ie: she will never be disappointed with him trying to save someone. But season two: he saves Tori and she walks on him into... a murderer. When Gabe killed the carriage driver he was not in the "beast mode" since the morning star on his wall was used and not his claws. So I learned from this CW show and a few others - if you fall in love with a Canadian woman (even though CAT is suppose to be in NEW YORK) and you leave for 4 months. LOVE OVER. The best part these writers did: Murfield wanted Vincent for..... a weapon. Now in season 2 ... CAT, Tess, and Gabe want Vincent for.... a weapon. Funny how that played out. Oh we are in trouble, get Vincent. And the LAST SHOW (I HOPE) on Monday Feb 17, 2014.... Beast... go get Vincent. wait.. they cant use a tranq gun like they did on Vincent and on Tori. Why do they need Vincent.. oh I remember, he is only their weapon. And as to EPIC love. This proves hollywood does not believe in it. I became a fan in season one because it did use the Disney Epic love but now... Cat is with a Murderer, (i do like Tess and JT together) but now with Tori gone- Vincent is alone. I want Redemption to end with Vincent pulling up the anchor on that house boat and moving it where they will never find him. Great job writers... KILL a great show.

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    i believe that some of the story line was irrelevant to the character. it should not have been that vincent would turn on cat with voilence like that. he chose another woman over her. beauty and the beast is all about the love and the attraction of a beauty and a man beast. he would love her for the rest of his life and she would love him even though a beast. the writers could have just add the crime mystery they could solve, the ups and the downs in their love afffair, the anger the pain and other things, but to have vincent turn on cat like that and he turn into a cold blooded killer it turns off the fans. its still my favourite show on cw and i would be devestated to see it get cancel, so i am routing for a season 3. for the sake of the viewers choice award for cat and batb. love you vincat forever

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    @ sandra

    I agree! I loved, loved, loved the 1st season but couldn't have been more disappointed with the 2nd. I don't understand what the writers were thinking. I also find it painful to watch the new relationship between Cat & Gabe. Does anyone see/feel any chemistry there?? It makes absolutely no sense to me & I certainly don't enjoy watching it. Sadly I would not be sad if the show was canceled after watching this season.

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    I miss the first season. I don't even recognize these characters. Cat is so quick to turn off her feelings...what happened to their epic love? And Vincent regained his memory but I'm confused, was it not ALL of it? Because he's being a total jack ass to Cat; the story line turned too quickly...I preferred it when they were battling the big bad Together and had each other's backs. This season feels cold to me. Not happy about it.

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    I was all excited about this series when it debuted last year, but the story has gotten progressively pathetic to the point I'm almost done with it. In this day and age, with Cat being a kick butt cop who can take such good care of herself and others, how did they write her to be such a weak little doormat girlfriend? First there's Alex, Vincent can't decide between Cat and his old fiance, then she jumps back together with him as soon as that option closes for him. Then he's all trying to distance himself for her safety and she's just following him around like a puppy dog begging to be together. Then this season she catches him kissing some chick and she doesn't even confront him on it??? REALLY?? She says their fight isn't about them its more about HER FATHER? I'm sorry, but if I catch my boyfriend returning a kiss some girl is giving him, the fight is sure as heck going to be about that! They're making Cat out to be either some pathetic passivist who is afraid to call her boyfriend out on some really unacceptable behavior or a total idiot who doesn't realize her boyfriend is a non-committal jerk. This show should be called "Doormat and the Beast".

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    @ Angie L

    LMBO!! "Doormat and the Beast"...too funny!

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    I don't care for Season 2 so far. The way the story is heading makes perfect sense for the way Season 2 is being written...and therein lies the problem. Season 1 portrayed them as this great love - two people fated to be together against all odds. Committed to each in other in every way - a true fairy tale. And let's be honest, a fairytale is exactly what the Beauty and the Beast story always has been, no matter who is telling it. That was the appeal for me. If I want realism, I'll watch SVU. If I want lovers who can't quite get it together I'll watch Arrow. (I do watch and enjoy both of those shows.) Season 2 has changed that dynamic. Now their relationship isn't any more special than any other on TV. I used to look forward to new episodes during Season 1. Now, it looks like Season 2 is going to pile up on my DVR until it becomes clear whether the writers are going to completely trash the romance or somehow manage to salvage it. The way things are looking so far I am not holding my breath. What I'm expecting at this point is that he'll end up with Tori, she'll end up with Gabe...and maybe they'll end up finding their way back to each other, but the magic just won't be the same. That's too bad because that magic was why I watched the show. Screw reality. Give me romance.

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    @ DN

    DN you hit the nail on the head for me!! I too watched for the magic, which clearly is no more, and reserved my other programs for when I need to come back from La-La land.

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    Kern is aware that some fans and critics weren't too happy with Cat sacrificing so much for Vincent early on in the season, and he addressed that concern with a challenge to that argument. "Some of the fans had given us a little heat for Cat sacrificing too much, not being strong enough, but I challenge that by saying 'when do you give up on love?' At what point, when you've put in so much time into somebody who is in trouble, at what point do you say 'that's it. You're on your own?' And that was the question we wanted to ask this first 8 episodes. We wanted to start showing some of the cracks in her character, and her frustration as she went to try to go to the reunion, and she tried to go out with Tess... she tried to get her life back, concurrent with saving this guy, because she was recognizing that she was sacrificing too much. That's tough love, right? That's what we were always aiming for, and now, we venture into the consequences of post-tough love. Tough love is sometimes necessary for a relationship to come back stronger together. We're banking on the audience buying into the season, to let us tell the story so that we can develop their relationship separately and together, as adults," he says.
    With all that said, even if the "epic romance" is not at the forefront, and even if there is conflict, Kern says Cat and Vincent have a lot connecting them. "Cat and Vincent will be on opposite sides of cases for a short while, which will, again, be super fun to watch, but they will also discover that there's more than just the love that binds them," Kern teases. "They're destined to be together for more than just romantic reasons. There's a mythological reason that we'll discover, too."

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    The CW this morning held a screening of the episode which preceded a Q&A with Executive Producer Brad Kern, who answered many questions about the current state of "VinCat" (the Vincent/Catherine relationship) and what that might mean for the future. More specifically, and getting to the point -- how long will it be before these two fulfill their destiny to be together?
    "They have to earn their relationship," Kern says. "I mean, they got together so quickly last year, as you guys know. It's an epic love; they're meant to be together... but our design for the season, really, was asking the audience to go along with us on the ride, to explore what happens when a relationship comes together maybe too fast, and you lose yourself inside the relationship, and separating them for all these very emotional and practical and moral reasons will help them in the next several episodes [to] learn more about who they are separately. The plan is for that to make them stronger as individuals, to understand better who they are, ultimately so they can find their way back to each other, stronger than ever. That's the hope; that's the plan," he confirms.

    "But it is Cat and Vincent, right? So even when they are separated, they're never apart, because as we like to say, the universe wants them to be together, even when they're apart," he continues. "So, the fun of the next several episodes will be watching all the different ways that they come together, which is kind of a sign for them. But, we're exploring their separate characters, although as I say, there won't be very many scenes where they're not together, because the gods want them together, and I think the audience does, too."
    Kern is well aware that a world full of rabid "Beasties" will not be happy unless they get some payoff. "I live in a gated community, but I still think the fans would climb the gates and tear down my house if we kept them apart for too long," he laughs before explaining the plan for the relationship on the series. "They're meant to be together. You can't put two people together right away and keep them together; there's no legs to a series if you do that. What do you play? So, the challenge this year has been how we build a show that might last five years, or longer. We can't do that by having them together, and we can't really explore their individual characters together. Last year they were defined by each other because they were thrown together, which is fair, that's what that season was about. But going forward, looking beyond just Season 1 or Season 2, but trying to build a show that has the foundation to really reward the epic romance, it's challenging that relationship, and the metaphor really is for anybody who is in a relationship, the relationship has to be challenged, and you have to overcome obstacles. Not always other beasts, but the metaphor is there's other challenges that we all have to overcome to test the relationship, to see if it really is worthy for them to be together. Not just because it's epic, but because they really deserve to be together. They earned that relationship," he explains. "We've had a lot of fun playing them, even on opposite sides of a case, and there they are running into each other again, and it becomes a little Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which is romantic. Romance exists even when couples are apart," he says.
    Kern is aware that some fans and critics weren't too happy with Cat sacrificing so much for Vincent early on in the season, and he addressed that concern with a challenge to that argument. "Some of the fans had given us a little heat for Cat sacrificing too much, not being strong enough, but I challenge that by saying 'when do you give up on love?' At what point, when you've put in so much time into somebody who is in trouble, at what point do you say 'that's it. You're on your own?' And that was the question we wanted to ask this first 8 episodes. We wanted to start showing some of the cracks in her character, and her frustration as she went to try to go to the reunion, and she tried to go out with Tess... she tried to get her life back, concurrent with saving this guy, because she was recognizing that she was sacrificing too much. That's tough love, right? That's what we were always aiming for, and now, we venture into the consequences of post-tough love. Tough love is sometimes necessary for a relationship to come back stronger together. We're banking on the audience buying into the season, to let us tell the story so that we can develop their relationship separately and together, as adults," he says.

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    Love the show. I honestly have no problem with the storyline and where it is going because we know it will come back round to Cat and Vincent. It would make absolute no sense to have both of them on the lovie dovie train all the time. There had to be some kind of drama, action and some heart break, otherwise the story is boring. The writers would have nothing to write about except Vincent/Beast and Cat hopping in and out of bed all the time and how can writers be creative with this constant love fest?. As for Vincent not checking on Cat after the wreck... well I did notice that too and that is when I got the bad feeling and thought this is not going to end well. He had definitely lost his humanity at that stage and the loving Vincent would never have put Catherine in harms way, never have kissed another woman since declaring his true feeling for her before his capture and would never have killed her father regardless what he had done because he loved and respected Catherine too much. As for Cat not checking in on Vincent after she shot him. I think she had come to the shocking realization and no longer in denial that Vincent was not the same Vincent since his return from being captured. Since his return she had lost so, so much of herself for him. She had lost her friends, her family and put her job on the line and now the only thing she had left was her human soul and the oath she took to protect life as a police officer. I think when she shot him she didn't see Vincent Keller, she saw Vincent the Beast for the first time and the reality of what he had become.
    I honestly think the show is super and the writers and actors are wonderful. It would be a total shame for the CW to cancel it. I also think they are doing the show an injustice by playing cards with it. One minute its returning in January and then February and more in March and then changing nights... So so, confusing and not respectful for the creators, writers, actors, especially the loyal fans. Its always about polls and viewers and sometimes those polls are not exactly correct.

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    I see "Man or Beast" as Vin/Cat going into a crisis that they never dreamed or anticipated. Vincent actions are a result of his reprogramming & Cat knows no other way except push push push but it's gonna take the seperation. Not just a month, maybe 3 months. Vincent will have Tori on his back about those 2 starting a relationship while he's trying to figure himself out- beast or man- & he still has feelings for Cat. Vincent & Tori will try to have some kind of relationship but clearly Tori will see where Vincent heart is. In the mean while Catherine will be running around with a cooking instructor trying to test herself to see if she even wants to do relationships right now. She will beat herself up for putting so much into Vincent to only lose him, so she thinks. Cat & Vin will have a few run ins but nothing will be clear for neither of them for a while. One thing will be clear, each time they run into each other they will get some weird "Spark" that happens when you love somebody.. This should be very interesting.. Last, I want to say it's gonna take more than a Shebeast Tori, an overcharged Beastly Vincent & a bullet wound to keep them apart.. I, for one, look forward to the reuniting of Vincent and Catherine. (Beauty and the Beast)




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