Analysis and Speculations of Beauty & the Beast 2×19 “Cold Case”

Analysis and Speculations of 
Beauty & the Beast 2×19 “Cold Case”

Before I go on about my review, I have a few announcements.

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And now…the Analysis…

Vincent Keller

Sexy Jay Ryan nailed Vincent Keller’s character once again! With the lack of JT (Austin Basis) in this episode (because he’s mysteriously gone to Boston), Vincent, in my opinion, definitely picked up the comedy in this episode! In my opinion, not only did Ryan have the best lines, but he had the best blocking as well! Even though Vincent did not have a strong appearance in this episode, he really shined the most! He encouraged Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) to tell Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) the truth about him (beast and all), proving he’s definitely evolved since Season 01. In the first season, Vincent needed Catherine to keep his secret at all cost, but as the first season unfolded, more and more people found out about his beast—including a slew of people: Alex (Bridget Regan), Tess (Nina Lisandrello), Evan Marks (Max Brown) and Gabriel Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy). Needless to say, the more Vincent tried to hide in Season 01, the more people slowly found out about him. In the last part of Season 02, Vincent has proven himself to be more trustful of others—at least those who are close to Catherine like her sister, Heather. At the same time, he has lost Gabe’s trust, but who hasn’t in this season, anyway?

Vincent cares for Catherine and loves her enough to realize how much these secrets have taken a toll on her relationship with her younger sister; he’s willing to take the risk in having Heather find out. Though, even when Catherine tells Heather, the younger Chandler sister does not take the news very well—in fact, she thinks her sister has lost her marbles!

In all reality, “Cold Case” may have not only focused on an old case from the first season, but it also centered around Vincent and Heather having sort of a ‘let’s start over’ moment after Catherine’s sister finds out about Vincent’s beast in the worst but possibly the best kind of way.

Vincent has definitely shown how much he wants Catherine in his life, and in order for that to happen, he has realized he needs to be on friendly terms with her younger sister. After all, besides bio-dad, Heather is Catherine’s only family.

Thank you Jay Ryan for giving us an excellent Vincent Keller performance! Now let’s hope next week’s episode shows a little bit more skin than in this last episode. 😉

Catherine Chandler

As usual, Kristin Kreuk DOMINATES Catherine Chandler in this episode of “Cold Case.” I really liked her playful side when she’s with Vincent. In a way, while JT has gone off to Boston, she has kind of taken on the roll as Vincent’s sexy handler (with more than one benefit, of course) by giving him burner phones when he needs them and helping him out. But, of course, Vincent and Catherine can’t help but sneak in a kiss or two every once in a while. Ironically enough, in this episode, Catherine is the one who keeps leaving Vincent behind rather than the other way around.

Silliness aside, Catherine had to confront a very big situation in “Cold Case:” her sister. After lying to Heather (Anderson) for almost two years, it has definitely put a toll on Catherine’s relationship with her sister. While Catherine initially insists on keeping Heather in the dark, Vincent believes it’s time to tell Heather the truth—especially if or when she gets in tight situations like being kidnapped and tossed into a dungeon.

Catherine realizes the danger she has put her sister through by not telling her the truth; therefore, she decides to come clean. However, as stated before, Heather doesn’t take the truth very well. Now Catherine has to figure out how to mend her relationship with Heather along with continue to keep Vincent’s whereabouts a secret from Precinct 125 as well as tracking down a witness of a cold case in order to incriminate Gabe. Catherine certainly has a lot to juggle in “Cold Case,” but she manages to accomplish almost everything on her plate—including letting her sister in on the secret.

ANOTHER WINNER WHEN IT COMES TO KICK-ASS DOMINANCE! 🙂

Not having to lie to Heather anymore is the best present any fugitive beast (wink, wink) can give to his girlfriend, right?

Heather Chandler

Alas, Heather Chandler is not in the dark anymore!

Nicole Gale Anderson really shined in “Cold Case” along with Jay Ryan (fun fact: NGA and JR share the same birthday). Her character, Heather, makes a surprising entrance, totally shocking Catherine (as if the oldest Chandler sister didn’t have enough on her plate already) in the process. Heather has some exciting news, but because Catherine has other things to deal with at the moment, Catherine doesn’t seem to be able to make time for Heather (nothing new, right?). Tired of her sister abruptly leaving in the middle of a sentence and lying through her teeth, Heather decides to do a little bit of investigating on her own.

She goes to the precinct, expecting to find Catherine, but doesn’t. She finds Gabe instead…which, I’m curious, when did they ever meet? Heather was in Miami the whole time Catherine was ‘dating’ (and I use that word very lightly) Gabe…so unless Heather met Gabe sometime during the three months lapse of Catherine finding Vincent, I’m at a total loss. But, we never get everything on camera anyway. Gabe, being the sneaky bastard that he is, decides to use Heather to find out where Catherine is. I’m so glad Heather never made that call to Gabe though. 🙂 It’s not nice to use others for one’s benefit. Naught Gabe! Heather tries to reach Catherine, but gets Tess instead…. Heather grills Tess into telling her the truth, proving she has matured since we’ve last seen her. Tess spills the beans that Catherine has been seeing Vincent, which causes Heather to march off to find her sister and give her a piece of her mind.

One thing happens right after another, and Heather catches Catherine with Vincent. Not being able to handle more lies, she marches off and Catherine chases her as Vincent throws a boot up in the air and sighs, “Well this just keeps getting better and better.” I don’t know if Vincent is amused by the fact that Heather found out about them or if he’s inwardly freaking out, hoping Heather doesn’t alert the authorities. I’m going with the former since he was the one who told Catherine to tell Heather about him in the first place.

As mentioned before, Catherine tells Heather everything, but Heather doesn’t take the truth very well—and they say the truth will set you free. Not in this case….

In the end, Heather ends up being kidnapped by Evil Sheckman Brother #2 in order to lure Vincent into a trap. Vincent finds her and has no choice but to reveal himself to her.

Obviously, a lot of people have to see something in order to believe it as true—that’s very much the case in regards to Heather. Not only seeing Vincent beast-out confirmed to her that her sister wasn’t a crazy whacko but because Vincent saved her, she quickly rules him out as a fugitive and apologizes to him (well, she apologizes to Cat) for all of the judgmental crap she had passed on him in the past.

All seems to be forgiven.

For now.

Tess Vargas

Tess was interesting this episode; she didn’t have much of a role other than accidentally get Catherine and herself suspended as well as spill the beans about Vincent to Heather, but her role was important all the same.

Nina Lisandrello and Austin Basis are usually the stars with the lines; surprisingly, that was not the case in this episode. For once, the writers decided to grace Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk with the one-liners, and I really like that change-up. It shows that even the Beauty and the Beast can have their quirky moments.

Tess’s loose lips portrayed that even a strong female character such as herself can have FACEPALM moments. Tess is normally on her guard, but as she helps Cat escape her tail, she briefly loses her awareness and blurts out, “Tell Vincent I said hello.” She doesn’t realize Captain Ward (I think that’s his name) is walking behind her. To make up for her slip-up, she decides to help Cat in one) meeting with Heather and two) bringing the witness to Ray Sheckman’s murder to the precinct. She gains her shield and arms back for helping with the witness (though, I wonder what convinced the captain to let her back on the team and bring in the witness in the first place) and continues to stay on Team Beastie.

Gabe Lowan

Other than the fact that Gabriel Lowan is a lowlife bastard who is willing to do anything to seek revenge on Vincent, there’s not much left to say aside from HIS BEAST IS RETURNING!

That’s right, the beast inside Gabe—whether or not it is DNA related—is becoming more and more evident and as the series continues, Gabe will most likely stay on the path of the dark side. Soon enough, he’s going to be wearing a black suit and a breathing apparatus.

As Vincent pointed out, Gabe is getting desperate. After killing the witness, there’s no telling what he’ll do now. It’s not like he can cover this up like he did with Ray Sheckman.

YOU’VE BEEN OWNED!

VINCAT

Beautiful, funny and perfect as always!

Need I say more?!

Speculations

  • Heather’s fiancé is somehow affiliated with the Big Bad.
  • Heather’s fiancé is a beast.
  • Gabe is and will always still be a beast. His beast reawakened.
  • JT is in Boston for some convention for his professor duties (speaking of which…is he still a professor?)
  • Agent Knox is a good guy who will be a bridge between Vincent and Catherine with the FBI.
  • Vincent will get his exoneration one way or another and Gabe will get booted off the Beastie Island.
  • Gabe will become the next one on the MOST WANTED list.

Questions

  1. Why was JT in Boston?
  2. Why did Gabe make bail? HE MURDERED SOMEONE! (I’m not an expert so someone please enlighten me).
  3. Will Vincent and Catherine ever get their sexy scene?

BEST LINES:

“Wait! I’m here!”

“You’re late!”

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“I’ve gotta go…”

“Hey, that’s my line.”

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“I think I liked Gabe better when he was a beast.”

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“No more secrets…”

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“You know, I’m never late!”

 

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

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Beauty & the Beast 2.17 “Beast is the New Black” Review & Analysis

Beauty & the Beast 2.17 “Beast is the New Black”

Review & Analysis

§ Beauty & the Beast 2.16 “About Last Night” Recap §

When BATB went on a hiatus after its Spring Midseason Finale, Beasties were left with a lot of questions.

  1. What’s going on with JT&T? Are they a couple? Friends with Benefits? Confused about their feelings?
  2. Is Gabe responsible for Vincent’s arrest? (The writers made it seem like that was the case, but after seeing 2.17, it’s clear there’s a larger enemy out there).
  3. If not Gabe, then who?
  4. How will Vincent survive prison?
  5. Can Cat & Co. figure out a way to exonerate Vincent?
  6. If not, what will happen instead?
Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) & Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)
Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) & Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

Multiple questions were left unanswered, and it wouldn’t be until at least three months later where a fraction of them are answered. Beasties have fought for BATB through thick and thin, some could barely stomach some of the episodes of season 2, but BATB’s truest fans rode the rollercoaster, withstanding the ups, downs and the loop-di-loops. Yes, BATB lost fans due to the turn of the series, but slowly pulled more fans into the show.

§A Hope for the Future§

With everything the Beasties have done to promote BATB, trend BATB and share their reasons why they love BATB, CW’s Beauty & the Beast was granted a third season. The number of episodes is still up in the air. While Kristin Kreuk believes there will be only 13 episodes (source), Austin Basis is still unsure (source). Whether the number is 13 or 22, Beasties should be proud to see BATB live on! If the fans continue everything they have done thus far to save the show, there is no doubt in my mind that BATB will live another day and see a season 4. Don’t let the number of episodes discourage you from thinking the show is over because it obviously isn’t.

Congratulations to the BATBWriters for a fantastic return in showcasing the first of six final Season 2 episodes. The ratings for 2.17 were far greater than it has been all season—even since December 2013! BATB had a total of 1.36 MILLION viewers last night in the United States (source); I don’t know if that’s because all of the other CW shows are on their summer hiatuses or if the Beasties have grown since the Spring Midseason Finale (possibly both scenarios are factors), but I must congratulate the fans (myself included) and the cast and crew for a phenomenal return. Let’s hope the ratings can remain above 1 Million OR improve as the season comes to a close in July.

Now, for what you’ve been waiting for….

§ Beauty & the Beast 2.17 “Beast is the New Black” Analysis§

In the past, I have analyzed BATB by going through scene by scene of the episodes and detailing my thoughts in the process. I’m going to try things a bit differently for sake of time and my Carpal Tunnel. Instead of doing a scene-by-scene analysis, I’m going to go through the characters, detailing their performance and role in the episode and possibly figuring out how they will be important in the next 5 episodes of the season.

§Vincent Keller§

Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan)
Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan)

Vincent has been arrested—his arrest is probably the biggest trial he will have to overcome if he ever wishes to pursue a somewhat normal life with his girlfriend, Catherine Chandler. Before the beast was brainwashed, he was seen as an altruistic sort of man (kind of like Captain America) and was willing to do whatever he could to ensure Catherine’s life wasn’t destroyed due to her relationship with him. In 2.17 “Beast is the New Black,” we get a major glimpse of that old Vincent Keller.

In order to make sure Catherine didn’t throw her life away by trying to help him, he makes plans to confess to the murder of Curt Windsor.

Unfortunately, when his girlfriend drops the bomb on him, saying she will incriminate herself for covering things up, he has to change his tactics up a bit because there is no way in hell he is going to let her ruin her life for his sake.

So what does he do?

He instigates a fight in the prison and escapes via ambulance.

Vincent Keller is now on the run and has been considered a felon with a manhunt on his ass.

Though, if there is anything he wants before he leaves, it is a last night with Catherine. Wanting to bring Catherine with him everywhere he goes and telling her she is his gem is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

Because of unforeseen events, Vincent has to leave without Catherine. Now, the only thing he can live on is the hope of seeing the love of his life again.

Jay Ryan portrayed Vincent’s character beautifully, and there is no doubt in my mind that other Beasties think differently.

§Catherine Chandler§

Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)
Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

“Beast is the New Black” really sheds light on Catherine. She is tired of men controlling her life and protecting her. After putting two and two together, she figures out that her father, Robert Reynolds, hired someone to ‘frame’ Vincent in the event that she breaks up with Gabe and returns to him. Catherine has been more herself in this episode than she has been in any other episode of Season 2.

There is one main reason because of that: Her Vincent is back to his mostly old self and has returned to being Number One in her life.

Catherine definitely holds her own in “Beast is the New Black.” While Vincent tries to protect her by thinking about coming clean, she fires back and tells him he can’t make decisions for her. If he’s going to incarcerate himself, she’s going to come clean too. And when Vincent couldn’t have that, he decides to leave her, but again, Catherine stands her ground and tells him she will follow him wherever he goes.

No matter what, they are in this bind together.

At the end of the episode, she has her guard down and is captured by men in black. It’s only a matter of time before Vincent catches wind of this, and let me tell you something; the Beast is not going to be very happy, and those kidnapers will definitely get what’s coming to them.

§VINCAT§

Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)
Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk)

Needless to say, VINCAT is this entire episode. “Beast is the New Black” proves just how much both Vincent and Catherine are willing to do in order to keep each other safe. Vincent is willing to go to jail for 20 to 25 years. Catherine is willing to incarcerate herself as well. Vincent is willing to leave New York City in order to keep Catherine from turning herself in. Catherine is willing to throw her life away and run with him. In the end, Catherine ends of saving Vincent’s life by telling him to go without her. It took a big leap for her to admit she will only slow him down. Their love has no bounds, and while Vincent is on the run, his leaving Catherine comes with dire consequences that could kill her (depending on the reason she was captured).

The non-naked shower scene was drop-dead romantic! I thought I was going to die from an overdose of VINCAT HOTNESS! Even with clothes on, the shower scene was very beautiful. In fact, ALL of the VINCAT scenes were amazing and heartwarming AND HEARTMELTING!

Way to go, Kristin Kreuk for an amazing performance!

§JT Forbes§

JT Forbes (Austin Basis)
JT Forbes (Austin Basis)

JT (Austin Basis) definitely played a major role in this episode too! He was willing to do anything and everything on his part to save Vincent. He even blamed Gabe (whoot!) for the whole event! My hero! JT impersonated a lab technician to give Vincent the gem. He told Vincent that he was going to be there for him until the very end. I can understand why JT was constantly yelling and shouting at Cat, Tess and Gabe; his best friend’s freedom is jeopardized and he blames himself for not being a better protector.

JT believes it’s his fault Vincent is wanted for murder because if he had never signed Vincent’s name on that list for Muirfield, none of this would probably be happening. In the end, however, JT must realize that because he signed Vincent’s name on the list, he saved his best friend’s life. If not for the beast, Catherine would be dead. If Catherine was dead, Vincent would never have the chance to meet the love of his life.

The eleventh hour comes, and Vincent leaves everyone behind. JT has been preparing for this moment for over a decade, and he still cannot believe his best friend is out of his life.

Luckily, he has Tess to help him cope for his loss.

§Tess Vargas§

Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)
Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)

I’m very glad Tess had a major role in this episode too! I was beginning to get worried for her because she was starting to not have so much luck in the Tess Vargas Life compartment. Having to constantly worry over her best friend, she has ignored her own happiness.

However, finally, JT and Tess have the DTR, and things are starting to look up for the Latina detective yet! I’m glad she’s starting to find a balance between her life and helping Catherine. She was definitely Cat’s best friend throughout this entire episode; reminding Catherine that she understands the amazing connection Catherine has with Vincent, and she admits how jealous she is of it.

Tess is finally being explored as a character and not some fridge magnet in the background.

Good work, Nina Lisandrello!

§JT&T§

JT Forbes (Austin Basis) & Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)
JT Forbes (Austin Basis) & Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello)

Ahhhh…we finally have resolved this non-relationship! Even though JT & Tess were going through their first fight, they eventually made amends and talked through things. Even though BATB is not focused on extra relationships, I’m glad they tend to put more than just VINCAT’s relationship in the mixture because, let’s face it, both JT and Tess have earned their stripes as primary characters in this series! 🙂

§Gabe Lowan§

Gabe Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy)
Gabe Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy)

Okay, like all of you, I thought Gabe was the man behind Vincent’s arrest. However, now that I’ve seen this episode, I believe he wasn’t. I genuinely think Gabe was actually trying to help Catherine catch the person responsible for Vincent’s arrest.

HOWEVER, the moment Reynolds opened his big fat mouth and told Gabe to try harder, I believe Reynolds hardcore advice triggered Gabe’s inner vulture. That being said, I think Gabe was the one who notified the authorities that Vincent was at Catherine’s (the second time). It was too fast for anyone else to know his whereabouts. Gabe wasn’t pleased to see Vincent as showered-wet as Catherine, and aside from JT, he was the only one who knew where Vincent was hiding.

§Robert Reynolds§

Robert Reynolds (Ted Whittal)
Robert Reynolds (Ted Whittal)

I have nothing to say about this character other than the fact that he needs to wax his lips together. I understand he has intentions to protect Catherine, but he’s mentally insane for keeping a heart stowed away in case he ever needed it.

THAT BASTARD!

§BIG BAD WOLF Agency§

giphy001Honestly, I am led to believe the BIG BAD WOLF Agency (whoever was behind the killings of Reynolds’s hire and the officer who saw Vincent beast-out) is actually covertly helping Vincent. I have many reasons for this:

  • They killed Reynolds’s contact. No contact, no touch with the outside world. No more dirty deeds against Vincent.
  • They killed the officer. In a way, they protected Vincent’s inner beastly identity by killing a man who claimed he had seen Vincent change. While that’s a terrible way to approach things, they did protect Vincent.
  • They heard about beasts on the news from the officer, and stepped in to try and clean up Vincent’s mess.

However, I don’t know if they are actually trying to keep Vincent alive or not. Obviously they want to create more beasts under a covert operation. They were trying to obtain that skeleton in Windsor’s bunker. I think they are trying to finish what Reynolds started; to clean up Muirfield’s mess. But, I think the BIG BAD WOLF Agency is going try and create BETTER beasts instead—ones that wouldn’t go awry.

§Burning Questions§

  1. Where did that gem originate from?
  2. Is Vincent’s “You are my gem,” significant to the rest of the season? After all, the gem did belong to the Reynolds family about 200 years ago.
  3. Will JT&T be able to last together?
  4. What’s going to happen to Reynolds? Apparently he knows way too much, and the BIG BAD WOLF Agency seems to be eliminating anyone affiliated with/ knows about beasts.
  5. Will we ever get a chance to see Rebecca Reynolds and her role in all of this mayhem?
  6. Was Gabe’s redemption all for nothing? Or, does it serve a purpose in creating the ultimate Lex Luthor Complex?

§Speculations§

  • The gem is made from Rebecca Reynolds’s blood. For some reason, the gem is significant to the Reynolds Family. If Catherine had not been adopted by Thomas Chandler, she would have been raised a Reynolds as well, bearing the name that brings the gem great significance. Could the gem and Catherine hold similar powers over Vincent? They both seem to be able to neutralize his beast side. I have a feeling Vincent and Catherine will be exploring this pondering question throughout the next six episodes.
  • Reynolds, sooner or later, is going to be assassinated by a member of the BIG BAD WOLF Agency. It’s only a matter of time. He knows too much.
  • Members of the BIG BAD WOLF Agency did not kidnap Catherine. I believe GABE was behind Catherine’s capture to lure Vincent out of hiding. Gabe is a smart guy. Once he learned about the elite company that’s eliminating people who know about beasts, he used that intel towards his advantage by staging a covert operation to capture Catherine.
  • Vincent is going to try and call Catherine in the next episode to tell her that he’s safe. She’s not going to answer (obviously) and so he calls JT and asks her where Catherine is. JT tells V C’s been kidnapped so V will return to New York City and rescue his woman! 🙂
  • The BIG BAD WOLF Agency may recruit Vincent (not by kidnapping him but by contacting him and asking him to cooperate) for mission impossible kind of jobs as a payment for pulling strings to drop his charges or giving him a new life.
  • Whatever happens to Cat during her capture, she’s not going to break. Vincent WILL save her in time!

All right…

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