On Monday night, “Beauty and the Beast” ended its fall run with an episode that really served to ask an important question: Has Vincent fully gone over to the dark side now that he has Tori in his life? For her, becoming a beast has been an awakening, and it has helped her to realize a part of herself that she did not quite fully realize was there beforehand. However, for Vincent this is much more complicated. He doesn’t want to give in fully to the urges of that power, even though Tori’s presence seems to amplify some of the abilities that this part of his power gives him.
The good news for the future of this episode is that Vincent resisted the urge to kill Cat’s father when he had the opportunity to do so. As a matter of fact, we’re sure that there was a significant part of him that really wanted to. But this is hope for the future of the couple, at least in that they can try to work on some of their problems.
But, they still have quite a bit of work cut out for them. There’s still the issue of Tori, and there is another guy fluttering in and around the picture in Gabe who presents a very different sort of alternative. Cat’s father is now in prison, and after dealing with the emotions associated with that, we might suggest to her that it would be a better move to just sit back, take in a few deep breaths, and try to prepare for what is sure to be another thrill ride moving forward.
In watching the midseason finale, the only thing we could have hoped for that was a little different was the ending. We would have wanted more of a cliffhanger, or at least something that suggested that a major change was in order that would impact all of the characters. As it stands, we only saw a fraction of this. But still, a good episode, and we are happy to see that the show has found its way this season after a slow start. Grade: B-.
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