Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Review “Reunion”

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There was a dual meaning in the title of this week’s Beauty and the Beast, ‘Reunion’, with Catherine’s ten year high school reunion just happening to coincide with a similarly doomed reunion between Vincent and an old war buddy. On the plus side, this episode featured Blair Redford from The Lying Game and Switched at Birth (two shows I also cover here) but, less good were my feelings on the sustained leap in Catherine and Vincent’s relationship.

The episode starts with Catherine attempting to carve out some time for herself, but this is instantly thwarted when another beast of the week, Zach arrives at her home trying to find Vincent. He attacks her, Vincent finds out and goes after him, and then they discover that they actually know each other. Because Zach’s presence is triggering some old memories for Vincent, he wants to keep him around, and this causes some tension between Vincent and the rest of the cast – including JT, who jealousy at a new friend on the scene isn’t very well concealed.

Gabe’s jealousy isn’t hidden either, as Tess continually points out, and I wonder how long it will be before he either gets over it, or his attentions turn to Tess. As much as I’m for her and JT making a go of things at some point, I wouldn’t hate this to be a love triangle. It’s a good job I like the supporting cast, since the relationship between Vincent and Catherine is pretty confusing this season. Three weeks ago, he pushed her in full beast mode, and the week after that she was shutting the door on their relationship for good. Now, they’re pretty much dating, and the worst part is that the new and improved Vincent from the first couple of episodes is nowhere to be seen.

I know that this show is based around the central romance, but I wish they’d had to fight a little bit harder. The storyline with Zach this week was an incredibly silly way to bring Vincent’s feelings for Cat to the fore and, seeing as he doesn’t actually remember her as anyone other than the girl who practically stalked him and pushed him to remember what he couldn’t, it boggles my mind why he’s so protective. It was a big leap, and I’m still trying to catch up.

And that provides my segue into another huge leap – Catherine’s assumption that she’s found her birth father. That didn’t take long, did it? I guess I’m welcoming any additional conflict at this point, since the promise of trouble in paradise for VinCat is dissipating fast. What they don’t know is that he’s also the one ordering Vincent around.

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