Beauty and the Beast Season 2 Review “Father Knows Best”

Father Knows Best

After seeing Cat deduce who her birth father is at the end of last week’s episode of Beauty and the Beast, I’m sure many of us were anticipating some kind of showdown, or at least to find out more about Reynolds’ history and motivations. We got neither, and it looks like we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks before his connection to Vincent and his missions is uncovered for both Cat and for the audience. Does that mean it wasn’t satisfying seeing Cat finally talk to her biological father? No, but that nice-guy act might be covering up something else.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for Vincent – especially if Gabe’s theory that Vincent himself is the last beast on the list turns out to be true. How would this work, exactly? If this is the case then maybe Reynolds is trying to eradicate Muirfield’s mistakes rather than randomly killing people/beasts and, like it or not, Vincent is part of that mistake. His fatherly feelings towards Cat muddy the waters somewhat, and it’ll probably be this that forces him to reconsider his plans when the time comes.

Before we get there, however, we have to deal with the beast of the week – a powerful father who was experimented on with the same strain as Gabe. This causes Gabe to bring up his flatlining theory again, despite the fact that it didn’t work on the arsonist beast, but his attempts at reversing the effects seem to just make things worse. There was something different about Winsor and, when he beasts out mid-flatline, Vincent reacts by ripping out his heart. Two steps forward and one step back? More like ticking time bomb.

But, what’s this? From the final tease it looks as though Winsor’s daughter has inherited some of his beastliness. Have we ever considered what might happen if Vincent and Catherine made a baby? It happened in the original series but, while that kid was a normal human baby, maybe this one would have beast DNA? That said, why did it stay hidden until now, and will the fact that Vincent killed her father so brutally mean that Tori’s our new supervillain? Either way, it should be enough to keep Vincent alive for a couple more weeks.

For me, the Vincent/Catherine stuff this year has just been weird, with a complete personality change from Vincent even before he started to get his memories back. If his memories of Catherine are starting to trickle in now, why did the writers erase them in the first place? To play with the audience? I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m just as invested in the friendship between JT and Vincent so, if regaining his memories of Catherine for the last year or so is possible, then why isn’t anyone trying to reach further back?

He and JT were friends for over a decade, after all, and JT gave up his whole life. I realise that the show is a romance at the end of the day, and that has to come first, but ignoring all of the other elements that made this show great might just be the thing hurting the ratings. I’d like to see more Tess and Gabe, and a triumphant return for JT while they’re at it. What did you think of the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.