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@Romantic58 Great detective work on how much of Vincent's memories are back. I still think not getting concrete resolution on the amnesia storyline was the season's biggest misfire. I mean, I get that the intent might have been for Vincent to fall in love all over again, proving that he and Cat could reestablish a connection no matter how much time had passed. But the amnesia storyline never came full circle with an acknowledgment that Vincent was back. Then again, it might not have been the intention for Vincent to come "back" the way he was in Season 1. It might have just been to have him evolve into a different, more complicated, but still essentially-Vincent character.
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@ruthjccassidy Someone here (might have been in last week's essay) mentioned that Brad Kern said Vincent got a little more than half of them back by midway through the season, but never got them all back. Although I might be misquoting.
@Allifos I think Sam did fake his death, although why it took him six years to get his revenge scheme going, I'll never know. Wait, Dana DID say it was six years ago that Sam "died", no? Either way, so much about Sam's storyline makes no sense, and the only really redeeming features have been Tom Everett Scott's performance, and the emotional through-line of a man seeking revenge for his late son. But even then, it collapses under the weight of scrutiny. And not even heavy scrutiny, at that.
@xclampa Thank you so much for reading!
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@Shereeda22 I don't trust Julie either. I just don't think anything involving her ends well.
And I would agree with Ethan being too creepy, except I think he's not supposed to feel like a human to us. He's overtly creepy, but it feels like a particular choice for the show, which is why I feel Pierce Gagnon's robotic performance works. But I totally get why most people would be put off by it. I admit I'm not the biggest fan of the creepy child trope.
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@Original Beastie Awww, no Ted Whittall? That disappoints me a little. Still, if they're not bringing him back, I imagine it's because they have something better lined up. Or at least, that's my hope.
2 days, 11 hours ago on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Season 2 Retrospective Pt. 2: Holding Out For a Villain
@ruthjccassidy I would have MUCH rather they kept the beasts around, like you suggested. I like the idea of not just showing that there are more out there, but also showing that they're real, three-dimensional people just like Vincent, with their own fears and needs and goals and beast-related baggage. It could have made for a good counterbalance, but I guess the only beast they felt needed development was Gabe. That said, at the very least, I wish they would have had Gabe remain a good guy and maybe team up with Vincent to take down Beasts for a little while, to make his eventual betrayal at the end sting a bit more. But I enjoyed the season as a whole, so I can't complain too much about what they ended up doing, even if it wasn't always a smooth ride.
@Chilly20 Yeah, any possibility of contextualizing Sam as a good man pretty much flew out the window with the wedding bomb, and it created a huge disconnect between how Dana remembered him and how he actually was. The only purpose I could imagine him serving was to draw a distinction with Vincent and Cat, since Sam wasn't how Dana remembered him, and Vincent wasn't how Cat remembered him when the season first started. Of course, by the point in the season where Sam was introduced, Vincent was already well on his way back to the guy we knew and loved, so Sam came across as even more of a placeholder villain. I sometimes wonder if maybe they just didn't have enough story to fill 22 episodes and felt they had to pad it out with an extra villain. I'm not sure. But Tom Everett Scott did very well with what he was given, at least.
@Allifos Yeah, selling that change in Vincent was a pretty tough sell, and it really didn't work for everybody. It took me a while to really buy into any of it, even though I never believed the change would be permanent. Of course, I never thought the change was necessary either. There are plenty of ways to create drama and a potential separation between Vincent and Cat without turning him into a completely different person. That said, I understand why they did it.
Thank you for your thoughts, and for reading!
@Muhawee I love Jesus and Mariana's relationship. It's to the point where I have a hard time remembering that Cierra Ramirez and Jake T. Austin aren't actually brother and sister.
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@ruthjccassidy Aww, you're too kind. Thank you once again for reading. :)
@KarenLBarnes1 I'm hoping Brad Kern is on the same page. Season 3 needs a big villain to keep the plot together, and I think VinCat kicking ass as paranormal investigators could be seriously awesome.
3 days, 19 hours ago on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Season 2 Retrospective Pt. 2: Holding Out For a Villain
@MoniqueHuurman You made plenty of sense, and then some! I admit, I never really bought into Vincent's villainy, although the show came close to selling me on his turn during the gem heist. I worried that they were corrupting the character to the point where it would take forever to make him likable again. It speaks volumes of Jay Ryan's talent that he was able to take that character and bring him right back to the hero we knew from Season 1, reclaiming the chemistry with Kristin Kreuk that was put to the side for much of the first half of the season.
@DonnaPhilips3 I'm genuinely curious, and would be really interested to hear your thoughts, but if Gabe had not been in Season 2, how would you have replaced him? Would a new character take over his role, or would you increase the role for one of the other villains to make up for not having him there?
I ask because I think you bring up an intriguing "What if?" about what a S2 without Gabe would look like, given how integral he was to much of what happened. I'm not sure I'd know how to write it myself. I think Reynolds could have been a good season-long villain, but we obviously couldn't have had him as a romantic interest for Cat like Gabe was (because GROSS). But then, I kind of think Sam could have been a much more substantive villain than he was if given a bigger role. And a better temporary romantic interest for Cat (and no matter how badly we might not have wanted her being with someone other than Vincent, I'm convinced she was going to be with someone no matter what, if only to illustrate that Vincent and Cat are better with each other than they are with anyone else).
I mean, imagine if Cat meets this scientist guy who can help with taking down Muirfield, a kind of Evan surrogate. And not only is he a great guy, but she's falling for him a bit...until she discovers that he's actually the one behind all these new beasts popping up. Worse, he's the presumed-dead husband of the FBI agent who's been helping her this whole time. Okay, so maybe it's not the best possibly substitution, but I think replacing Gabe with Sam could have actually given us a more linked ensemble, in that you could have JT look up to Sam as a fellow colleague in the field of science, only to have his heart broken every bit as much as Cat's when he learns the truth. I think Austin Basis is an extremely underrated actor, and I would love to see him get more scenes to showcase his abilities.
@yvo44 "Gabe even praised himself for being good, a tell for hidden villainy."
This is a great point. Normally, a good guy doesn't have to draw attention to the fact that he's being good. Look at Vincent. Outside of the scene where he talks Sam down from the ledge, and the whole suburban getaway with Cat, Vincent doesn't really talk about being good or doing the right thing. He just does it. In a lot of ways, the contrast between Vincent and Gabe is the contrast between actions and words. Gabe paid lip service to doing the right thing because he felt there would be something in it for him (Cat), while Vincent does the right thing out of principle (and, sometimes, out of revenge. But he's every bit as dedicated to the idea of justice as Cat, even when it's not convenient for him. And doing the right thing even when it's not convenient is the hallmark of a good hero).
3 days, 20 hours ago on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Season 2 Retrospective Pt. 2: Holding Out For a Villain
@TeresaCre Thank you for reading! I agree on VinCat, and really, really hope that we don't come into Season 3 and suddenly find that they're separated again for some silly reason.
@jazzangel1226 Thank you for reading!
And yes, I was immensely frustrated by the show deciding to leave out most of what happened for those three months. Granted, I think we could fill in some of the gaps ourselves, but it was just SUCH an abrupt shift from where season 1 ended. Suddenly, Gabe isn't dead and Vincent isn't technically in trouble, despite having been captured by government agents. It was such a strange direction for the show to have taken, and while it ended up working out in the end, the journey in getting there left a lot of headscratching questions that never got answered, such as how much of Vincent's memories came back, and (as you mentioned) the whole business with Zhao. It was peculiar, to say the least.
As for Tori, did they ever even sleep together? If they did, the show either never told us, or I mentally blocked it out due to the squickiness of those two banging when they had a relationship that just read like "brother/sister" to me.
@jwallny "I was one of those people that knew as soon as season 2 returned and he was "cured" and on the path to redemption that he would end up being a beast again by the end of the season. And so it happened literally and figuratively."
I feel like this is an important distinction to make, because now it seems obvious that Gabe's story could only ever end one way. But I swear, I was virtually the only person in the WORLD who thought maybe Gabe had really changed, and didn't see him changing back into a beast. I mean, it was obvious by about 2x14-ish that it was headed that way, but man, was I ever slow on the uptake. I think it's because I'm such a fan of Sendhil that I was kind of being blind to things a bit.
@ImaFan "we've seen some very early contenders get kicked to the curb because of some unknown reason that causes the viewers to not vote"
That's basically the tale of the tape for the Season 9 semifinals. I've never seen a season with so much potential get so utterly and completely gutted in a single week as it did when Alex Lambert, Katelyn Epperly, and Lily Scott all went home at the same damn time for no discernible reason I could see.
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@Rickey Yup, basically the same deal as last week. Not sure what the point is other than that they want a certain number of people advancing to the semis.
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All video links now posted! Thanks for hanging out, goodnight all!
@jairmorales27 Yeah. I think she deserved her win.
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@jairmorales27 I think so too.
@ruthjccassidy @NickRoman1 Hmmm, that's a good question. I think I might save the answer for one of the essays. I've been going back and forth on some topics for the next ones, and I think you may have just given me one!
5 days, 15 hours ago on Beauty and the Beast – Season 2 Finale – Recap: This Ends Tonight
Simon's crazy eyes in that picture = Another sleepless night for me.
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@Shereeda22 I'm not all caught up, but it's mostly my pick based on the strength of that preview though.
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@jwallny @NickRoman1 This is a solid point. The Gabe relationship always did strain credulity a bit, as if they used him simply to avoid having to write and cast a new love interest. I think it was done to parallel VinCat each having beast-related love interests, but I'm not sure. I like your idea of introducing a past lover of Cat's. It would give us some sense of who she was before Vincent, other than someone who spent the past ten years mourning her mother and ignoring her sister.
1 week, 1 day ago on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Season 2 Retrospective Pt. 1: Vincent’s Amnesia Storyline
@ChRoss I think VinCat is backing to being how they were in S1, but I do think it was kind of a mistake to separate them so thoroughly. I don't mind them having to fight to get back to each other, but does Vincent have to be such a jerk throughout? It almost undid all his progress from S1. Then again, that's part of what made his recovery so satisfying. Even though we didn't see him regain his memories (which I REALLY wanted), I still think he came out on the other side as being relatively close to what he was before.
@IreneLarsson That's a good point about packing a lot into every episode. There's this sense that the story kind of got away from the writers about midway through, as more and more facets were added, such as Rebecca Reynolds, and the gem, and Sam. It was a crowded season, and character development occasionally got lost in all that. That said, I still felt the end of the season justified the first half, in how it illustrated that this ensemble is connected beyond just being friends. They're a team, and they're essential to one another.
@jwallny I ask not because I disagree, but because I'm genuinely interested: whom do you think Cat should have rebounded with, if not with Gabe? Do you think that biker guy she hooked up with when she was undercover would have been a good fit?
@dominguezmarrero Thank you!
@yvo44 I love this! I mean, I don't agree about loving Vincent the entire season, because I had issues with his characterization early on. But that eventually changed as the show got more confident in the story it was trying to tell. But I guess I'm one of those people who loved how it all spilled out at the end, and I'm not sure it would have worked as well if Vincent hadn't been so different when the season first started. We're supposed to want him back.
@Chilly20 I'm one of those people who wasn't sold on the amnesia storyline at first, but I ended up being sold on it by the end. I really do think it was necessary to show that VinCat wasn't just some flash in the pan, it was a deeper connection than even they realized. And I think that was kind of the function of the storyline.
@krswsesrs44 I dunno, I agree that while Vincent's heart never really changed, I think Gabe's did. I think he was trying to be a good man, but it just never came together for him. Being good was just too contrary to what he wanted, and I think that's what defined the character.
@feezya I never thought of it as an autopsy because an autopsy is for something that's dead, and thankfully, BATB is very much alive! But thank you so much for reading and for commenting!
@yrchmonger @chanteyhound I can kind of understand how he wouldn't think those were bad tweets, since the tweet basically boils down to "Yeah, so apparently Malaysia Airlines is cursed." But how could he think people wouldn't take it the wrong way? People have every right to be offended by his tweets.
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@aquayers That's what I figured. Although I'd kind of love if this were a reboot of Power Rangers RPM. I ended up being exposed to that entire season while babysitting my nephew, and it's kind of fantastic.
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@ruthjccassidy I caught the assignment when it came up in the fall of 2012, so I basically ended up reviewing it by chance. And man, did I not like it when it debuted. I just didn't like the original format of unrelated procedural cases interspersed with a tiny bit of mythology and romance. I just didn't think it worked at the time. But by around the tenth episode, I started to turn around. And by midway through season 1, I was OBSESSED with it. Like, I've never had such a dramatic change in opinion before, but I absolutely fell in love with the show, and was addicted by the end of Season 1, to the point that I went back and rewatched episodes and everything. In fact, it's to the point where now, I sort of think I was being too harsh on those first ten or so episodes, since they weren't bad necessarily, they just weren't what the show would become.
Seriously, it's one of my favorite shows on TV now, and I feel like if other critics had stuck with it past those first few episodes, they might feel the same way. I've never been so happy to be proven wrong on my first impression of a show.
1 week, 2 days ago on Beauty and the Beast – Season 2 Finale – Recap: This Ends Tonight
@kfig5 Thanks, no idea what I was thinking there.
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@DesertFox Comment notifications show up in my inbox on a delay, so by the time I got the notification about your comment, the performance had already been posted. And even if it hadn't been, I wouldn't let something as silly as being reminded to post a performance influence my opinion of said performance. I simply wasn't as into her performance, that's all. She's a good singer, and I'll probably like her a lot more with a different song, but I just wasn't crazy about this performance, that's all.
Just my opinion.
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@DesertFox It's right here!
http://www.rickey.org/?p=264962(Sorry, I'm a real slow-poke with these performances!)
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@VikiCarter Can't wait to share it with you all! Thank you for reading. :)
1 week, 3 days ago on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Season 2 Retrospective Pt. 1: Vincent’s Amnesia Storyline
@Original Beastie Ha! Gabe vs. Evan is actually kind of a good point to bring up that I hadn't thought of in relation to how Kristin Kreuk described Gabe. I mean, that description applies perfectly to Evan as well! He's got a successful career, he would have put her first, and even though he had involvement in some shady dealings, I don't think he would have hurt her. At least not anymore than Gabe did.
Whether she knows it or not, Cat really is attracted to dangerous guys (or guys that attract danger themselves). But her choice was made much clearer, in that she rejected Gabe more overtly than Vincent rejected Tori. That said, I disagree somewhat in that I do think it was made implicit that Vincent just wasn't into Tori. So while I don't think he ever completely, formally rejected her, I don't think he ever really considered her as someone who could take Cat's place, although I could be wrong.
Either way, thank you for reading!
@andreajensen53 "I found that Vincent never really committed to Tory, I think he felt some responsibility to her."
I agree with you, in that the chemistry they had was more of a familial, brother-sister chemistry. But Tori misread it and saw it as something more than it was. I think Vincent indulged her for a bit, but started distancing himself after a while when he saw how serious and unstable she was getting. It was a mess for him that probably would have turned out better if he'd thought it through a little bit more than not at all, but then, I imagine there's a lot the character would have done differently if given a do-over.
@pfk The story certainly did illustrate that Vincent and Cat have a stronger bond than most couples, because they were willing to stick with it through the rough patches. I couldn't see Vincent doing that with Tori or his ex-fiance, nor could I see Cat doing that with Gabe or, say, Evan (not that she was ever into Evan, really. On that note, does anyone else miss Evan?).
@anapianapia Thank you! I can't wait for ya'll to read it so we can all have a discussion next week.
@jazzangel1226 "As for V getting his full memories back this season, I've heard some beasties say that Brad Kern said in an interview that V had gotten most of his memories back (ive never seen that interview) But IMO if V really did get most of his memories back, I dont think that he wouldve acted towards Cat the way he did 1st half of the season if he had all his memories back."
I agree completely. And here's the thing: if Vincent DID get his memories back, then SHOW us that! I mean, we got a montage in the finale that cut back and forth between VinCat and Rebelistaire (for lack of any other ship name at the moment), but we can't get a quick flash of all Vincent's memories coming back? We can't get Vincent reminiscing about some random thing that happened last season between he and Cat, with Cat swooning that he finally remembers? It might have been cheesy, but if the old Vincent is back, we really need to see that represented onscreen, I think.
That said, I'm kind of interested in what else Kern has to say. I generally avoid interviews with Kern or any of the other writers or executive producers, because I feel as though knowing the thematic intent behind a storyline or episode will unconsciously influence my review, and I prefer to make my own deductions on what Kern and co. were going for. But this is certainly an eye-opener. Thank you for sharing in the discussion, and thank you for reading!
@DenisefromNY I started getting really passionate in my reviews because I just couldn't understand why other critics didn't like it. It's so much fun! But I'm glad you enjoy my reviews. I love writing them, and I have a lot I want to say about this season over the next few weeks, which is why I'm splitting these up by topic. Thank you so much for reading!
@DonnaPhilips3 I wouldn't mind a love triangle if it didn't feel as strangely tacked-on as the Tori love triangle did. I didn't mind the Gabe love triangle because I felt it was something the probably needed to explore, but the more I look back on the Tori story, the more I wonder what the point was beyond showing that Vincent has insane chemistry that he hasn't had with anyone else (not his former fiance back in S1 and certainly not Tori).
@Romantic58 I agree with your analysis. I feel that the show plummeted in viewership because many of last season's fans weren't going to stick with the show no matter what. They were only going to stick with the show for as long as it was the show they signed up for in Season 1. And it pretty much stopped being that show early into Season 2 as it took a detour to figure out a new direction. While I actually kind of enjoyed the direction they took, I can absolutely see why some fans jumped ship. But, for better or worse, this is a ship I intend to stick with until it either sinks or reaches its final destination.