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.

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 2.06 - Father Knows Best

by Mieke Trudeau Does father really know best? Maybe if his name is Robert Young and he plays one in the beloved classic 1950’s TV series. Catherine is pretty upset with her newly discovered biological father, Agent Bob Reynolds a.k.a Condor (again portrayed with appropriate ambiguity by Ted Whittall). Apparently Reynolds has been watching her all her life and she can’t understand why he has yet to reveal himself to

Beauty and the Beast 2.05 – Reunion

by Mieke Trudeau High school reunions are like time travel. Fun, confusing and at some point we are bound to run into our past selves resulting in a disruption of the time/space continuum. As kids we all imagine our future but seldom does it look like what we envisioned when we actually get there. The way we remember our experiences frequently clashes with how others saw it. Perhaps if we