Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Review “Trapped” — Beasts and Manslayers

Beauty and The Beast (CW) Episode 8 Trapped

This week’s ‘Trapped’ saw both Beauty and the Beast (and JT) look into the triggers behind Vincent’s fugue states and how to stop them. While in a drug-induced fugue state, Vincent finds himself remembering what happened in Afghanistan. Not only did other members of the project have similar issues, but the doctor behind it all was none other than Kat’s mother.

The induced fugue state was an awfully contrived way to show us Vincent’s past experiences. We’re expected to buy that he just forgot about specific events, namely his interactions with the doctor and seeing another project member go into a fugue state. It would have been somewhat plausible as a case of state-dependent memory if he’d been in his beast mode at the time, but instead we’re left to think that either he genuinely forgot or that Muirfield made him forget select memories somehow. Neither seems particularly plausible.

And why didn’t he go into beast mode in the drug-induced fugue states? Lorazepam was mentioned, but if that suppresses his beast side then why didn’t he use it before the fugue state problem? It seems likely that they would have tried it in the past.

Kat’s mother being involved with Muirfield was set up a few episodes ago, so it was no great surprise when Vincent remembered it. It would perhaps have been more interesting if she was an antagonist instead of being so nice and bland. At this point she seems like little more than a plot device to strengthen the link between Kat and Vincent, which may work for some. Personally, I’d like a little meat on the bones of this plot.

One thing that struck me as ridiculous was how Muirfield didn’t confiscate Kat’s mom’s paperwork after she died. This is an organization that wiped Kat’s computer because she started looking into Vincent, but they would leave boxes of sensitive information with Kat’s family after her mother’s death? It makes no sense. Presumably we’ll see Kat, Vincent and JT looking into more of those files in future episodes. If they contain any other important information, Muirfield is going to look stupid.

The main plot this week was the attempted murder of a teen pop star, Jake Riley. Talented but obnoxious, Jake had no shortage of enemies. At first Kat and Tess suspect one of the many people who sent Jake hate mail. Then they turned their attentions to a fellow musician who Jake had a twitter spat with, though that was revealed to be a publicity stunt. Finally, Kat and Evan (lured out of his office so JT could use his equipment) searched the office of Jake’s manager and found an incomplete manuscript which mentioned the death of Jake Riley.

One police sting later, the gunman is caught and the manager arrested. There was no hard proof that the manager was involved (the argument that only he knew about taking Jake out the back door was stupid; why wouldn’t they go out the back door to avoid hoards of fans?); presumably we’re supposed to trust that Kat and Tess will find the necessary proof later on.

It was a weak case — did anyone ever suspect it wasn’t the manager? Still, it’s also one of my favourite cases to date. Jake Riley was an hilarious character and Tess’ reactions to him actually made her likeable for once. I’m not sure which I liked more actually — the ‘Manslayer’, the quip based on who shot JR, or the adorable scene when Jake shows Tess the sound system in her squad car. I really hope we get to see more of this likeable Tess in future episodes. Bonus points if she ends up interacting with JT again somehow. That has the potential for hilarity.

Overall, a middling episode. Hopefully the information so clumsily gained this week will at least help give us a good midseason finale next week. Fingers crossed, dear reader, fingers crossed.

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