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Beauty and the Beast Review: Picking Sides

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Where's Muirfield when you need them?

On Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Episode 18, the stage was pretty much set for what's going to happen in the future. Instead of Vincent hiding underground for fear of being tracked by Muirfield, he's now going to be underground hiding from Gabe.

It was a dead giveaway when they showed Gabe saying "I won't let him hurt you" in the "previously on" portion of the show. He fessed up that he called SWAT. Duh. I've never wished Muirfield was back in the story more than right now.

Gabe is a pain in the ass. He's not a good villain and there are several reasons why he just doesn't work as one.

1) Gabe is THE WORST at tracking down criminals. If he doesn't have detectives flanking Cat's apartment and her rooftop, then he's an idiot. Since we saw Vincent and Cat together on her roof and Gabe's stormtroopers didn't come flying in, we can make the assumption that he is, indeed, an idiot.

2) Since Gabe was a beast, going around calling Vincent a criminal when he did many horrific things himself to set up Vincent in the past to try to steal his blood for his own cure, he's not just an idiot, but a hypocrite. It's very hard to get behind a big bad who can't even get his stories straight.

3) Pining for Catherine is such a losing proposition that it's laughable. 

4) Vincent, Cat, Tess and JT should be able to come up with some evidence on Gabe showing what he did in the past to get him kicked out of the DA's office. It's early in the game, so I'm going to hope that's their next move.

5) Gabe's own cops are working against him. 

6) It's not realistic to believe that the FBI would get an exoneration prepared for Vincent that could then be overridden by a lowly DA with a horrible track record. If we can't believe he has any power in the situation, then he's just not believable, period.

Gabe really needs to go and I'm thinking back to Reynolds chat with Cat that Muirfield was a worldwide operation and the odds they're completely dead are pretty low. Please please please bring back an awesome bad guy (or corporation) to make Vincent's hiding worth it.

That said, our foursome is working together seamlessly. Dana Landon is giving out their names as individuals who can help on covert operations when nobody else (more specifically, when proper channels) cannot. That will make things fun. 

Gabe's windy threats about destroying Vincent are useless. He'll never have Cat now, nor her trust and now he's left knowing that she's in love and meeting her lover when Gabe can't see. The people he used to call on when he needed the hardest work done (Tess and JT) have picked sides, and it's not with Gabe.

In what delusional world did he think anyone would choose his side? Talk about out of the loop.

Vincent was feeling a little out of it since things aren't working out as he hoped, but he need not worry.

Vincent: I don't know. I can't believe we're like back where we started. Me hiding in shadows, you hiding me.
Cat: At least it's romantic. Stolen moments, secret love.
Vincent: Still, it's no future and I think we deserve a future.
Cat: We'll have one, I promise. Together.

That's the Cat and Vincent we know. Stolen, extraordinarily romantic moments making every second they're together count. My wish is that Gabe gets worked up enough to become a beast again in his attempt to triumph over Vincent, that the FBI is let in on Vincent's secret and that Gabe winds up in the hell hole.

It would even be alright for the FBI to keep what they know of Vincent under wraps so secret rendevous are still necessary for our romantic heroes. Those always make the best movies and romance novels, right?

It would be super cool if Muirfield came back into the picture and the FBI would work with Cat and Vincent to try to bring them down, albeit clandestinely. Once it comes up above ground (figuratively speaking), we risk losing the magic. 

Build a fierce team of people willing to go out of their way to work with the capable beast and his beauty, force Gabe out of the picture and try to bring down a re-emerging Muirfield. That's my wish. What's yours?

Now we only have four episodes left until 2015! Be sure to watch Beauty and the Beast online via TV Fanatic and be here for all the latest news. Hit the comments with your wish list to keep the pressure on our couple, allowing them to flourish romantically while continuing to investigate interesting cases.

Which big bad do you wish was looming in the future?

 

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I honestly don't know how much more of this show I can watch if they continue to make it all about Gabe. I can't possibly begin to explain how sick I am of this character. I love VinCat, but after this season, I won't ever see them the way I used to. I remember during season 1, I rewatched those episodes so many times, I'm surprised my DVD player didn't break. The only eps that season I didn't rewatch was the ones with Alex in them. That began the tainting of VinCat for me, but I still loved Jay and Kristin's chemistry, so I couldn't stop watching them. This season, it's been torture even watching it once. They totally destroyed this couple to me. First Vincent's abuse, then his cheating. Cat shooting V, then sleeping with Gabe. I do keep watching, but only for Jay and Kristin. If they don't get Gabe out of this story however, many others are going to stop watching. Enough is enough. This is a story about Beauty and the Beast. Writers please get back on track

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While I agree with everyone that Gabe is a pain in the ass, I don't want him to go (I love me some Sendhil Ramamurthy)! But I want him to be turned back into the beast because of his wickedness to Vincent. He's too jealous and using his position for a vendetta against Vincent because he can't have Cat. They say there's nothing like a woman scorned, but I tell you there's nothing like a human who became a beast then back to a human and fell in love with another beast's wife-scorned. lol. Gabe is one jealous ex-beast. He needs to feel how Vincent is feeling now. He needs to be "re-born" as a beast and have other people hunting him. Then he'll get it. Then he'll understand.

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I'm not sure it was Gabe (although storyline said it was him) that got the exoneration revocked. It came from the FBI, the only person with that kind of pull would be Daddy. Gabe might have alerted him but I think Dada had a hand in it. Love the stolen moments as well, definitely adds to the romance. Just excited to see where we go from here!

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I just watched the episode and it felt a bit like Season 1 not in its entirely but part of it for me. I also agree Gabe needs to GO ASAP or if he wotn go then keep him like he used to be a beast he was better playing the beast in S1 than what he is playing in the current season. The Tori and Vincent saga was not that bad beause I understood that Vince had to sided with a person who understood him like Tori cause she was also a beast so they had that common denominator and link between them, but the Gabe storyline is the worst and as beasts on the good side of the law. they have to protect each other. Catherine did nto understand that back then. Gabe is just trying to destroy Vincent with all the ways he can just because Vicent got Catherine back and he could not that is the only and sole purpose of why Gabe is the way he is now, just to get vengeance to Vincent for a love problem and he is dragging everyone in the departmetn down with him,. cause his motives to get to Vincent are just personal not becuase Vincent really committed a crime. is just cause Catherine told him she does nto lvoe him anymore so now Gabe cant accept that so all the things he is doing against Vincent and involving the police force is just for a personal and love matter not for a work issue. Really pathetic!!! Like I said Gabe needs to go away and if he has to stay keep him as a beast he was much better like that. He is a coward who is using work means for a a personal vendetta. Find Gabe another lady so he can fall in love to and leave Catherine and Vin alone

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La traduction du francais a l'anglais est mauvais

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Catherine et vincent sont genials quand ils travaillent ensemble.l'histoire des betes n'a pas encore tous devoiler,mais comme ils ne savaient pas si il y aurais une saison 3 .je pense que tous va etre devoiler pour la s3 (un couple magnifique a l'ecran )

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Great review. I am SO glad to finally have back the VinCat romance I loved so much in Season One. Only thing left now is to get rid off Gabe, OMG , the man is SO annoying, he has been killing this season for me. At least finally he has shown his real face , an evil one. Please Gabe go away !

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I feel they are trying to go in a new direction after the 1st half. Gabe mantra used i am going to make it up to you guys. I think the story is going to be there really was not a cure and he will turn back by the end of the season

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Review is right on spot...Creepy Gabe has not been believable the entire season. It's almost like the build plots around him. He just needs to be killed off ...for good this time. So glad we have our Vincat epic love story back...together ...fighting for their right to love. Good job

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Enjoy the acting but not writing. In a believable scenario, with Keller's face plastered everywhere for citizens to see and assist NYPD surveilance, he would at least have considered quick basic camouflage - shaving (!), perhaps even quick change of hair / hat - color and/or style. Plus, given Cat having learning of surveillance on her as well, she would be likely to undertake some sort of camouflage as well. This is only one example of many repeated, basic flaws in writing that are truly irritating. Audience members are not idiots and should not be treated as such by the writers. Sloppy writing is a huge injustice to the cast as well.

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