Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast 2.16 – About Last Night

by Mieke Trudeau Lately I have been starting my BatB reviews with a quote that sums up the episode pretty nicely. However, this week, the show was so chock full of great ones, that I had a hard time choosing: Cat: “I can’t go backwards.” Gabe, to Vincent: “What can you do that I can’t do?” Vincent, to Cat: “We are better together than we are apart, and you know

Beauty and the Beast 2.15 – Catch Me If You Can

By Mieke Trudeau “You can’t completely deny your other half. That’s you too.” Truer words were never spoken, and once again they came from JT – Beauty and the Beast’s own Yoda to Vincent’s Luke Skywalker. All along we have been witnessing the struggle between the heart and reason, between beast and human. Catherine is eager to move on from all the heartbreak in her past, by denying her romantic,

Beauty and the Beast 2.14 – Redemption

by Mieke Trudeau “It’s hard to be Dr. Jekyll when everyone keeps wanting Mr. Hyde” Once again, a single line, this time delivered with acute insight by our own JT, nails down the main message of this week’s BatB episode, Redemption. Vincent is not only desperate to prove to Catherine that he once and for all has gained control over his beast side; he also is looking to make amends

Beauty and the Beast 2.13 – Till Death

By Mieke Trudeau “I was so focused on who he had been that I couldn’t see what he had become” Those words, spoken by Agent Landon, at the end of “Till Death”, nicely sum up the message we seemingly are supposed to take away from the latest BatB episode. Catherine has trouble trusting Gabe. She has been holding back on their relationship and while searching the dungeon for clues, she

Beauty and the Beast 2.12 – Recipe for Disaster

By Mieke Trudeau Sidekicks on a TV show or in any other narrative, often fulfill important roles. They can be there as the narrator or to provide an outside (the viewer’s) point of view and often they serve as the little devil or angel on our hero’s shoulder, his or her moral or immoral compass. Also quite often, they are quite literally the embodiment of a certain aspect of our

Beauty and the Beast 2.11 - Held Hostage

By Mieke Trudeau Hallelujah!! Talking! Apologies! Understanding! I held my breath through some of those scenes for fear that it would all go sideways again. Phew! But let me start at the beginning. Catherine, while preparing for Tess’ surprise birthday party, is trying very hard to convince herself and Gabe that she is completely over Vincent.  She is only still involved because of her ancestral connection to the mysterious necklace.

Beauty and the Beast 2.10 - Ancestors

By Mieke Trudeau Vincent and Catherine are both struggling to find themselves and their place in the world, if that world seemingly does not include each other. Vincent may have physically come out of hiding, but he is still lying about who he really is. He is resisting Tori’s vision of his future, which includes playing the handsome amnesiac war hero. Instead, he wants to focus on his past and

Best of 2013 TV - My Top Ten List

by Mieke Trudeau After the decorations have been put away and the last of the confetti swept up, there is some time for reflection as we look forward to what the New Year will bring. In TV land, the holidays mean festive specials and traditional fare but also a long hiatus for most running shows. Fortunately, the next few weeks will bring the return of our favorites and also the

Beauty and the Beast 2.08 - Man or Beast?

by Mieke Trudeau In the series’ mid season finale, the beast of the week is Vincent himself. After last week’s explosive conclusion, everyone, including Catherine and Agent Reynolds, think that Vincent is dead. He narrowly escaped a fiery death by persuading Tori, who was bound and served up as his bait, to tap into her beast nature. Amplifying each other’s powers, they managed to get away safely. Catherine is certainly