A Good Cringe

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A Good Cringe

WriterFreak001

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Before watching Beauty and the Beast “Liar, Liar,” I was a little worried about the episode. Being a HUGE VinCat shipper, I cringe as Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) slowly drift apart. However, after seeing the episode several times after its airing, I can definitely say the CW outdid themselves once again! 🙂

Before you get any presumptions about my cringing habits, let me clarify a few things first:

This cringe is a GOOD cringe! Well, the feeling isn’t good but the fact that I am cringing, is…well, it’s good! 🙂 Okay, so that didn’t really make sense, did it? What I mean is: the fact that BATB is making me feel a strong emotion at all is quite an accomplishment. Growing up, I have always watched a lot of TV (more than I probably should have) and when couples from TV shows fall apart or when something dramatic happens like a main character death, I normally could care less. To me, all of the other shows are just…well…just shows. But, for some reason, I connect to Beauty and the Beast. The cringing feeling definitely does NOT drive me away from the series. In fact, it makes me want to see more! I want to know if Vincent and Catherine can overcome this major bump in their relationship. Obviously they will because, well, in case you’ve forgotten, ahem, the show is called “Beauty and the Beast.” ^_^ So, the fact that Catherine and Vincent will come back together is a damn giveaway but it isn’t the result that lures me to the plot. It’s the sequence of events.  HOW will Vincent and Catherine get back together? WHEN will they get back together? WHAT does Vincent do in order to win Catherine’s heart back? WHAT does Catherine do to force Vincent to gravel on his knees (metaphorically speaking, of course…though, I wouldn’t mind seeing Vincent working his ass of to win her heart back…he obviously didn’t do enough of that in season one after the dark episodes with Alex (Bridget Regan).

Anyway, before I get too much off on a tangent, I would like to redirect your focus to the most recent episode, “Liar, Liar.” The first scene between Catherine and Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) was in a way, touching, but also relieving. Heather is thinking about moving away  (Nicole Gale Anderson has a new gig with ABC’s Ravenwood) and Catherine finds this new information completely shocking. Aside from a mysterious sperm-donor, Heather is all Catherine has left in her family.

Heather Chandler_2.03_LL (01)  So, of course, Catherine would take Heather’s *first* news as a surprise–especially since their ‘father’ had just died. I’m glad this scene was the first of many Cat/Heather scenes of the episode. We obviously haven’t seen that in a while….

Best Heather Line: “Yeah…. People are going to think you have an abusive boyfriend.”

After a little bit of sisterly love, we have some bromance time between Vincent and JT (Austin Basis). I, for one, was actually surprised there even was a Vincent & JT scene–especially because Vincent and JT aren’t living together anymore. However, despite my shock, I was thrilled. I, for one, always loved the Vincent and JT interactions and even though Vincent has lost his memory, their interactions are gold. Like Season 1, old habits die hard because we see Vincent opening up to JT and they eventually have a little heart-to-heart conversation–something they shared throughout the first season. Picture yourself in Vincent’s shoes: you don’t really know who you are (other than what people have told you) and your supposed girlfriend and best friend are trying to reach out to you. Even if you aren’t accepting at first, eventually, like Vincent, you will start opening up to them.

Vincent Keller_2.05_LL (01)We automatically start seeing Vincent open up to Catherine (ergo sex in Episode 2.02 “Kidnapped”) but until the most recent episode, the bromance wasn’t happening. I’m glad Vincent found the courage (if he even needed any) to talk to JT even though he still doesn’t remember him. The instant he admitted to hurting Catherine, I couldn’t help but want to hop into the TV and give both Vincent and JT a big hug. Vincent still looked devastated and JT was incredibly shocked…and I’m not talking about fear or surprise. JT’s reaction to Vincent’s confession sent me chills. I literally held my breath when JT said, “Like…physically?”

Now, I’m not going to go through every scene and talk about the highlights but if there is ONE thing I’d like to say about Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and Tess (Nina Lisandrello), it would be that I can see a shipment (?) in the future! Why else would these two characters be suddenly teamed together (quite often too) within this episode? Also, you could smell their flirtation with one another from your couch! I know there are some JT&T shippers out there but I’m sorry, I don’t ship that. :/ Yes, JT and Tess can have heart-to-hearts and I’m sure the writers might play with that pairing for an episode or two but I don’t think it will actually work as a thing. Sorry.

What REALLY surprised me was that JT Forbes (no offense Austin Basis) did not have the best lines of the episode! I did love his one-liner “Maybe he just wants to see you in a swimsuit.” but the other characters, in my opinion, had the funnier lines! However, JT did have some heartfelt lines with Vincent (which I’m glad b/c it shows he isn’t just snark) but, to be honest, the best lines award must go to Gabe and Tess!

Gabe: “Hi? That’s your big idea?”

Gabe: “Your partner wants to go undercover, pretend she’s [Vincent’s] girlfriend, even though she is his girlfriend, even though he doesn’t remember that.”

Gabe: “I’m not saying that Vincent’s laptop wouldn’t be helpful right now, but he’s a human polygraph.” (my only comment: V isn’t a human though)

Tess & Gabe_2.03_LL (01)Tess: “I don’t know if I’m relieved or disturbed.”

Tess: “Like that ever works.”

Tess: “Right, a don’t ask, don’t tell investigation”

Those are my top three faves for each character but, I’m telling you, there’s more of them! 🙂 Kudos to Sendhil and Nina! 🙂

 

sebastian Sebastian (David de Lautour) by far was the best beast (aside from V of course) yet! His magic really enhanced his skills and I actually liked the fact that Sebastian was actually a challenge for Vincent! If Vincent could defeat all of the beasts as if he was breaking crayons, the show wouldn’t be as interesting and would turn out to be too predictable. Obviously, that’s not the case, is it?

 

 

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I have one thought on the elevator scene: IT’S ABOUT TIME VINCENT KELLER REMEMBERED SOMETHING! There, I said it. It’s done. It happened. I’m over it now. Let’s proceed, shall we?

 

 

Vincent & Catherine_2.03_LL (01)At the end of the episode, I was deeply moved. I know some Beasties were probably pissed off because Catherine closed the window on Vincent but seriously, he damn-right deserved it! If I were ever dating and my boyfriend ever lied to me, I would definitely slap his face and turn the opposite way too! Catherine’s reaction wasn’t uncommon and if she came running back into his arms instead of closing the window, the situation would not have seemed believable. And yes, I did cringe at this scene but again, it was certainly a good cringe! 🙂 So therefore, I loved Catherine’s reaction and am psyched for the next episode!

We all know why the most recent episode was called ‘Liar, Liar.” Now, I’m anxious to find out why Vincent’s pants are on fire! O.O

I have much more I could say about this episode but I think I’ve covered the highlights. So, I hope you enjoyed this rather lengthy review and remember: Beauty and the Beast airs on MONDAYS at 9/8 c. on the CW.

My CONDENSED Version to Why I Think People Should Watch CW’s “Beauty and the Beast”

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If I wanted to, I could write pages and pages of reasons why I think CW’s Beauty and the Beast is a phenomenal show. However, since my goal is not to scare readers away from BATB, I’ll keep my answer clean and concise. (note: for me, this answer IS clean and concise)

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

First of all, if you are rolling your eyes because you think BATB is a sappy romance show, you’ve got another thing coming! Yes, I admit, the show does have romantic elements (some heavier than other shows) but BATB is not all about the romance. It is about daily struggles, life-changing moments, intense action, suspense, mystery and more! I won’t give any spoilers because I don’t want to give away the entire series but it’s definitely worth watching! You get the whole package!

For the hopeless romantics out there (like me): This show will have struggles and if you watch it, there will be times you will want to throw your screen out of the window (yes, I have contemplated that several times) but what relationship doesn’t have its struggles? If you fall away from the show simply because the romance department is either too slow for you or not working in your favor, please give the show a chance! It definitely pays off in the end! Believe me! You’re not alone for wanting to ship two characters together and yet the shipment (?) doesn’t work in your favor. :/

As I have mentioned in a lot of reviews for the show, what drew me in wasn’t the romance. It wasn’t the mythology or the fact that the show casts a really sexy guy (a.k.a. Jay Ryan).

Please view and drool before I continue! 🙂

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Before I go one with this explanation, I would like to direct you to a video if you need more proof that Jay Ryan is literally one of the sexiest men on the planet: http://t.co/KFHIyU7kAo

Okay…enough with the Jay Ryan Visual Appreciation Demonstration, here’s the rest of the article:

What drew me in was the interaction between the characters. Relationships (from romantic to bromantic) are really important in this series. I’m not sure if there really is an episode that doesn’t deal with relationships in some way. And no, I’m not talking about on-screen chemistry in case you were thinking that. The relationships behind these characters made me want to learn more about them.

I think I’ve made my case in explaining why I think more people should watch CW’s Beauty and the Beast. If you’re not sure if you want to give the show a chance, please just watch the first five episodes; the whole first season is on Netflix. If you still don’t want to watch BATB after watching the first five episodes, I’m sorry for you because you would be missing out on a GREAT show!

Beauty and the Beast Season 2 plays Monday nights at 9/ 8c on the CW. The first three episodes as of now (10/22/2013) are posted on the CW website under Beauty and the Beast.

 

 

Help Me Decide!

Beasties!

As you all know, I make screencap comics for BATB but since there wasn’t any Vincent & JT scenes in Episode 2.02 “Kidnapped,” I’m having a really hard time trying to pick which JT scene to use!

VOTE your favorite JT scene! The highest one by tomorrow evening at 6 PM will be the winner! 🙂

 

“Beauty and the Beast” is on a Whole New Level

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“Beauty and the Beast” is on a Whole New Level

Written by: WriterFreak001

Over the summer, I’ve kept up with the panels and the spoilers and the interviews and everything else the BATBNation and the CW were willing to give to us hungry Beasties but everything paled in comparison to watching the actual series. On October 7th, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the animated gifs posted by Canadians because it seriously gave me a premiere to look forward to! And boy! The wait was certainly worth it! 🙂 BATB Season 2 definitely came back packing a punch!

I admit, although I am a diehard fan for the series, Season One certainly had its hiccups (what pilot season doesn’t?) but the comeback for season two was, in my opinion, flawless! I love the entire idea circling around Vincent (Jay Ryan)’s memory loss because it gives the television show a whole new atmosphere! The old Vincent was bashful but the new Vincent…DAMN! He’s certainly not someone I would want to piss off! (i.e. the ending of Episode 2.02: Kidnapped)

As I was mentally planning this season out by trying to guess what might happen in the upcoming episodes, nothing was what I thought it was going to be. At first, I thought Vincent may regain his memory within the first two episodes but considering the fact that Episode 2.02 played last Monday, my theory was inaccurate. I hope the writers do not drag it out too long though but I’m anxious to see how Vincent remembers (since *ahem* reliving experiences *ahem* didn’t work like Cat (Kristin Kreuk) had originally planned).

Episode 2.01 was certainly “achingly romantic” as Kristin Kreuk had said in an interview over the summer but it had it’s kick-ass action too! Catherine has definitely improved her fighting skills and Vincent, dare I say, has become hotter! And I’m not talking about his anger either!

Although I loved Episode 2.01 “Who Am I,” I loved loved LOVED Episode 2.02 “Kidnapped!” I have so much I want to say but I would like to focus on three different scenes.

First scene: EVERYTHING that happens in the Boathouse/houseboat/ (whatever it is called).

The interaction between Vincent and Catherine within the boathouse has to be my favorite scene of BOTH seasons! The moment Vincent yelled at Catherine and told her to shut up, I immediately realized just how different our favorite Beast really is. However, we get a glimpse of Vincent’s caring side when he offers Catherine water, acupressure, and a sandwich! He starts opening up to her and asks her questions about his past. Best part of the scene: Cat seduces him! Even better part: they never finish making their sandwiches! So, the whole night, Cat must have been super hungry because, as far as I could tell in the episode, she didn’t ever eat her sandwich! Maybe she wasn’t hungry for food…wink, wink. I’ll leave the rest to your own imagination.

Second Scene: JT = BUSTED!

The moment I see JT (Austin Basis) stuffing his face with the Turkey & Avocado sandwich Catherine had made for Vincent, I start bursting out with laughter. Typical JT all right. Best part of the scene: Getting busted by Tess (Nina Lisandrello) and Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy). JT’s whole reaction was priceless and, like always, JT couldn’t handle the pressure very well so he rats Cat out and “folds like an accordion” (JT Forbes ~ Episode 04 “Basic Instinct). I absolutely love his line, “Did you try Vincent?” when suggesting a password to Tess. And Tess’s reaction?! Genius! 🙂

Side note: Kudos to the music selectors of the BATB crew because they pick the best songs to enhance each scene!

Third Scene: Vincent’s Bitch Slap

Honestly, I have no other way to describe this scene? Vincent tries to reconnect with Catherine (again) but she starts re-asking all of the questions he told her he couldn’t answer. Yes, I understand she’s begging for his trust but I think Catherine needs to start trusting Vincent too if she even wants to receive a fraction of trust from him. Hate to say this, Beasties, but Catherine was asking for that strike. I’m sure, if Vincent was a normal guy, he wouldn’t have thrown her across the roof but he’s not so her ego and her stomach is going to be bruised for a while, I’m sure. If Catherine had stopped asking all of those questions and started appealing to him as a girlfriend rather than a cop, our favorite couple, VINCAT, would have probably found themselves waking up in Catherine’s bed!

While FanFictions can explore that realm of possibility, I’m glad the TV show is giving Beasties twist upon twist because if Catherine and Vincent ended each episode in a bedroom, the show Beauty and the Beast would be way too predictable and probably undesirable.

I’m so glad the BATBwriters aren’t taking that route!

Oh! One more thing:

Leave a comment if you wish…what do you think about Tess and JT? Ship it? Don’t Ship it? Indifferent?

Well, that’s all I have for now! Stay tuned for other schtuff in the future!

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Watch Beauty and the Beast Season 2 on Monday nights at 9/8c. on the CW!

Season 1 can be found on NetFlix! Refer to this link for other options to watch S1! 🙂

BATB ~ Recruitment Mission

 

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All right, Beasties!

You have a mission! We are all soldiers and fight for one cause–to spread the love of BATB worldwide!

So, in order to do this, we must hook newbies onto the show by introducing them to the first season!

But how, WriterFreak001? How are we supposed to show Season 1 when it isn’t airing anymore?

Gee! I’m glad you asked! First thing is first, you need to obtain the first season if you don’t already own it in your possession. There are quite a few different ways to complete this step of the mission.

1. Buy the DVD.

Amazon: it is listed as $49.99 for non-Prime members. If you have Amazon Prime, it is listed as $35.99. Link: Amazon: Beauty and the Beast Season One DVD Collection

Target: List price: $35.99 (sold online only)Link: Target: Beauty and the Beast Season One DVD Collection

Walmart: List Price: $42.49 Link: Walmart: Beauty and the Beast Season One DVD Collection

I’m sure there are other stores out there that would carry this title but which ever store works for you, GET IT! 🙂

2. Buy BATB S1 Instant Video

iTunes (If iTunes is provided in your country, you can purchase it via iTunes store)

Amazon Instant VideoList price: $22.99 for the entire Season

Walmart VUDU–List price: each episode ranges from $1.99 to @2.99 depending on which version you get. I’m not sure how this would work but if you’ve used it before, more power to you. 🙂

3. NETFLIX

Yes, that’s right! BATB S1 is now on Netflix! So, if you have a Netflix account, USE IT! 🙂 Invite friends over (especially ones who have never seen the show) and have a BATB Showing Party! 🙂

But WF001, I do not have a Netflix account.

First of all, in case you did not know this, Netflix (if provided in your country) is free for the first month! You can either continue with it after the free trial for $7.99 a month or cancel it if it doesn’t work for you. If you’re parents are the ones who would be getting the account, simply ask them to try it out with the free trial. More than likely, they will like the system and would want to utilize it. 🙂

4. If you don’t have any of the above but know someone (locally) who does, BEG THEM to use their stuff!

The more the viewers, the better the ratings!!!!! 🙂