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Beauty and the Beast Review: Taking a Chance

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"Bridesmaids Up!" was so good and then so ... not good.

I'm going to start with the lighter fare and then go down to the dark side because this episode was huge in scope. All cards on the table, I never expected to get as involved with Catherine and Vincent or Beauty and the Beast as I have. I'm completely surprised at my reaction to the show and Cat and Vincent as a couple.

I don't know if anyone else feels the same as I did, sharing the ups and downs that came during the hour, but I was blown away.

Her Father's Wedding

For the lighter side, let's start by saying if someone told me I had to buy a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes for a wedding, I would politely bow out. On a cop's salary? Are you kidding me? A pair of nude shoes like the ones shown cost $945. I don't even want to think about what the dresses must have cost. They could all buy new cars for the price of their bridesmaids outfits!

On the other hand, the speech Cat gave at the wedding was absolutely lovely and I'm so glad her family story has turned out to be a happy one when so many shows decide to follow a different path. 

The only thing the case of the week provided was material for Cat and Vincent to get to know each other better via Cat's dating profile. It was a perfect moment when Vincent realized all of her answers were pointing to him as her perfect date. How they danced around the issue of being together was very difficult to watch. Vincent felt so different after taking the serum, almost rejuvenated. He believed his non-scientific tests proved he could handle himself in a crowd.

He wanted to attend the wedding with Cat, but no matter how many ways he tried to make it happen, Vincent couldn't get her to accept the challenge. Part of her was afraid for him and the other afraid for herself. If something did go wrong, there would be a lot of explaining to do, and she could lose him forever. 

My gosh. When he showed up at the wedding, wearing a tux, lurking in the background and she just felt his presence, I cried. Cried! This show on The CW was not supposed to make me feel. Not as strongly as I do, and for that I have to give kudos to the writers. They have surprised me greatly. I'm a born cynic, and even my hardened heart broke at the sight of them dancing together. It's something so many people in love take for granted, but what they felt at that moment must have been overwhelming. If it was to watch, what would it have been to live?

Since Heather asked Evan to the wedding - a pairing I never considered, but quite liked - she got some inside information on what he'd been dabbling with with regard to the DNA evidence he found at his crime scene. He's pulled together evidence even as far back as Cat's mom's murder and he's linked it together. It was the same being, beast or animal; he's not quite sure. But he is sure that it is changing, and losing it's humanity in the process.

J.T. doesn't have the knowledge required to fully study and analyze what is happening with Vincent. That became apparent when Cat was talking with Evan. Evan has barely had time to study the DNA and he's already determined the shifting nature of it from human to animal, and the progression in the wrong direction. 

Cat told Vincent, naturally, because they can't hide information that important from each other. Vincent took off and when Cat went to find him, the murderer from the case of the week hunted Cat down and shot her. Thankfully, Vincent was again lurking nearby, turned beastly and pulled Cat out of the car.

Here's where things get interesting. Evan and Heather were leaving the wedding, and came upon the accident scene. There is no way Evan didn't notice the being holding Cat wasn't wholly human. If you recall, during my review of "Trapped," I suggested that Evan knowing about Vincent might not be a deal breaker. He's not a bad guy and his scientific mind could be very useful. He trusts Cat. He knows the beast saved Cat once when her mother was killed, and saved him when he was almost murdered, and this third time there he is holding Cat safely away from an accident scene.

Might Evan join forces with Cat, Vincent and J.T. to try to find a cure, a solution to stop the steady progression from human to animal? As a balanced guy I can't think of a reason not to trust Cat and have a meeting with Vincent. Would he want to turn him in for saving his life? For tearing the murderer to shreds? Or would he see the potential for scientific discovery and helping a friend? 

That's my hope. Evan will come on board and our trio won't be so damned alone any more. They'll have proper tools, instruments, someone else to run changes by as they occur. What are your thoughts? Do you think Evan will be a benefit or will he turn against Cat and Vincent, and will they have to be even more careful when the show returns in January?

Theorize below, and remember to watch Beauty and the Beast online in order to catch up. I want everyone in top form when it returns January 24th!

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

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Vincent's ex-fiance really needs to step off. VinCat is the future! I don't think I can handle two love triangles and lately I hardly fell as if there is any love triangle involving VinCat and Evan.

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-continued- for "Best New TV Drama". We have to pull together to keep this show on the air. They two of them are so magical!! P.S. Maybe he'll kiss her when she's in the hospital. Let's hope it's sooner than later!!!

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I loved this episode soooo much!! The chemistry is just out of this world between Vincent & Catherine! Him standing in the doorway of the reception looking sooooo handsome wanted to make me just melt!!! And the whole slow motion thing made it so intense! A+ on that scene! I too was hoping for a kiss! I agree with the others that I don't think Evan can be trusted. He still has feelings for Catherine & I think jealousy would set in before wanting to help Vincent. The love triangle won't be with Evan, but with Vincent's ex-fiance at the hospital that recognizes him. Is Vincent going to stay in his beast form when Evan approachs them? How do they get her to the hospital? They looked like they were in the middle of the country! Evan should pick up on Vincent's tux. Didn't anyone see them dance together at the reception? We just have to keep watching it over and over again until January to get our Catherine Vincent "fix"!!! Please keep voting for them on People's Choice Awards for "Best New TV Drama". This is my favorite show now. We need to pull together to keep it on the air. They are magical!!

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it's a very intense and amazing episode IMO.
10000000000000 times better than ARROW nowadays

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The pairing of Evan and Heather seemed a bit odd to me. She's cute and all but she's a bit ditzy so I don't think she's necessarily appealing to him. I think Evan accepted the invite to the wedding just so he could be close to Cat. He does have a thing for her.
I think Evan will be trouble for Cat and Vincent and they should not bring Evan in. He has no reason to keep Vincent's secret and once he sees Cat and Vincent together, he'll know he stands no chance with her and jealously could rear it's ugly head.

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What a rollercoaster of an episode! I think your review totally mirrors my thoughts! Was completely enthralled with VinCat's "discovery" of each others feelings. Would have LOVED to have it sealed with a kiss, but CW Writers know how to leave you hanging. Having Evan on board would be a great asset for Project Save Vincent. I think his respect and admiration for Cat, combined with his scientific curiosity and access to equipment will make him a natural ally. January 24th is a loooooong way away, but it's sure gonna be worth it!

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Well, I don't wanna love triangle in this show..this destroy something magic and beatifull in Cat&Vincent romance. This is my appeal to fan and Beauty and the beast directory.
And I don't trust Evan..but mayby this is change..

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Wow! VinCat forever! I never thought I would be so overly invested in this show. I came in watching just to see if it was as bad as everyone was saying. It truly was not; it's so good. The chemistry between Vincent and Cat cannot be denied and they had amble opportunities to finally kiss but the writers keep dragging it out more and more, which is fine. I used to think that Evan should be in on the secret but as someone else pointed out, the more people in on the Vincent's condition, the more dangerous it gets for him and Cat.

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WOWWWW....the episode was indeed jsut AWESOME...the VinCat moments made me even more crazy for them...the last scene was SUPERB...vincent saving Cat & Evan turning up at the scene...I really do wish that Evan hops on board with Vincent & Catherine....he becomes good friends with VinCat & JT....then Evan & JT together can try to help VinCat ...I liked the pairing of Evan with Heather...they look good together...so this way Evan can earn positive points with us all VinCat fans...

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I loved this episode. I think it was the best one yet. I hope more people give it a chance, it is getting better and better. Some of the secondary characters are becoming more interesting as this unfolds. Cannot decide if Evan is going to lean good or bad but I can't wait to find out.

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Vincent: I can handle being Vincent Zilansky. Forever.
Cat: But if anything bad ever happened to you because I didn't want to go to a wedding alone, I would never be able to forgive myself. Thank you, but I cannot let you do this for me.

I am so relieved, I feel as festive as you look.

Vincent

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Lexi-strate-unstoppable-we-got-that-feelin Unstoppable (We Got That Feelin') Lexi Strate iTunes
Song Silver Streets BOY
J-day-we-got-heart We Got Heart J Day iTunes
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