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Beauty and the Beast Review: Cutting it Close

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Ironically, Cat admitted during "All In" to swan diving off the cliff when it came to Vincent, and I chose to title my post Swan Dive last week. Who knew?

It really was a pretty raw deal for her to discover he had a "burner phone" for emergencies and didn't bother to give her the number. She was writing notes and giving them to JT like a girl in grade school, and he was receiving calls from the people he considered important. Tough blow to take.

Vincent's Secret

What became obvious during the episode was how much Vincent had missed contact with the outside world and making a difference in it. He was once a doctor who went from helping people to hurting them. By following Cat, he got the opportunity to assist in a case after he witnessed an innocent woman arrested, and he remembered how good it felt to be on the right side of humanity.

It's sad to think that when he signed up to be a super soldier, he probably did so believing he would be Batman. With as many shout-outs as he gave the mythical superhero tonight, I could imagine a young soldier with visions of taking down the villains with his super strength and cunning abilities. If he was intelligent to begin with, certainly he'd only be more so after the enhancement. 

Instead he ended up a beastly creature that even he doesn't understand and can't completely control after many years of trying. It makes sense now that he was hidden away. He knew enough to be aware of his human trigger points. Cat has thrown him right into the path of them and he can't turn away. He wants to protect and heal and like everyone else it's obvious he wants to love. Not giving Cat his number was probably his last hope at keeping love at bay. 

Now I see how Cat being a cop will help propel the story forward. She needs to be out there and he needs to have a reason to help. Tess was pretty cool with the whole thing, especially when she said that even if Cat disappeared unexpectedly for a week she'd still be the best partner Tess had ever had.

That made me wonder how long it will be before she's in on the secret. If JT can know, then someone on Cat's side will eventually be made aware. Like Hank on Grimm, I'm betting it will be Tess. It won't be a member of Cat's family, as she'd be too worried about them. Another possibility could be Max if Vincent somehow got hurt, but that would create an odd love triangle rift, even though nobody is involved. 

There were a couple things about the case that confused me. First, how did Cat keep everyone from the room where Vincent was with the killer? I watched it twice and still couldn't make it out.

Secondly, why was the chief so angry about Cat working the case after she was suspended? Not so much that she was working under those circumstances, but that she took the chewing tobacco. He said she stole it from the club without a warrant. I've watched enough cop shows to know that anything someone leaves behind as trash is open for anyone to take and analyze without a warrant. Instead of congratulating her, he threatened to toss her out as garbage. 

In spite of all the precautions that were taken, someone figured out that Vincent is alive. That's an exciting proposition and should make for some action packed storylines coming forth. I'm still very anxious to know if any of his fellow soldiers are alive, but doubting that a bit if the mystery men are relying on Catherine Chandler to reel him in. It would seem a super soldier could do that quite well on his own, even better if there were a pack of them. 

It felt like we found some solid ground. I was a little concerned that Vincent wouldn't turn, but they gave him a last minute changeover and did so in the dark so we couldn't see to what degree the special effects have come along. When all was said and done, I found myself looking forward to next week. What about you?

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I thought this was the best episode so far. My favorite part is when Cat and Vincent have their chat at the end of each episode. I hope they keep that up. My pet peeves: Cat's gun is too big for her and even though Cat and Tess have beautiful hair, during the action scenes their hair are all over the place and it's not realistic that cops on duty have free flowing long hair.

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I am addicted to this show! It is AMAZING. I hope and pray it doesn't get canceled... this show is special and unique, and I love it. I am happy Vincent is getting more involved now and helping cat out with her cases. It seems as though the show is starting to find the right rythm and is moving at the right pace. Now I have a question: Does anyone else feel as though Cat's partner will get killed off eventually? Or is that just me? Also: This show reminds me SO MUCH of moonlight! Anyone else? I love this show!

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I like the show, but I wish they'd make the cases more compelling and suspenseful. The second I see the people included as suspects, it's extremely easy to pick out who it is.
As for Cat's partner, can I just throw her off a cliff? I find Tess extremely annoying and I'm not seeing the chemistry between Cat and her.
In regards to Cat's sister, anyone else getting the feeling she's going to be killed off? I hope not, as I adore her, but it just seems like a way the writers might move towards mid-season finale wise.

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I've seen all 3 episodes so far and I think they get better and better. I could do without the murder stories but I get that it's a way for them to interact and they aren't in high school so they need to be doing something. I love Catherine and Vincent together and think they are the sexiest couple on network tv. I really hope the cw let's it build. Oh, and maybe their promos should directly address the fact that it's not the 80s version. Thank god. I much prefer watching hot jay Ryan instead of Ron Perlman covered in fur.

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I am absolutely hooked on this show. I was glad to see that Vincent did change in the end but would have liked to see more. Looking forward to next week!!!

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I'm still not sure about this show. It keeps my attention when I watch it, but when it's over, I'm not entirely happy that I watched it or enthusiastic to see it each week. I think the make-up could be better. I also really wish they had given the show a different name. As a fan of the older show, this one simply isn't in the same league. I try not to, but I subconsciously compare them even though they're two different shows.

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I agree that this show is an awesome grower without anything too speedy or whatever. the way they build up the love is not shallow, superficial or sexual. i love it. and it's this very show that got me to like crime shows. i can never stand those noramal protocal shows like NCIS....just imo

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It was a great episode, Cat & Vincient have such a great chemistry where they can be straight up honest with eachother & jokey without ever seeming cheesy. I can easily see them becoming an epic couple .. vincent is a mix between stephan & Dameon 4m VD (Best of Both) and I really look forward 2 next weeks episode.
I just wish they'd promote the show more, its getting bad ratings and it would be such a shame to see it cancelled b4 Vincient & Cat become the epic couple we know they will be...

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Thank you Tania for that..She took care of looking in the closet...Simple...I loved how she calmed him down once she got down to the room...I think it's going at the right speed as far as romance is concerned...you don't rush romance

Marissa

Great episode. I'm loving the show and thinking its moving at just the right speed. I like cats sister even though she's not that important she's kinda funny. It was great seeing Vincent get to help people again. Can't wait till next weeks episode.