Beauty And The Beast season 2 episode 11 review: Held Hostage

Review Rachael Kates 30 Jan 2014 - 07:29

Beauty and the Beast's second season takes a rare misstep. Here's Rachael's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.11 Held Hostage

The term “You can't win ‘em all” is what comes to mind with this episode of Beauty and the Beast, and I mean that in every sense of the word. Literally, this was not a winner. Although in eleven episodes to have only one leave a bad taste in my mouth is a good run. It’s a very bad taste, though. That was not the worst hostage situation episodes I’ve ever seen but it was in the top five. If you can’t do that type of thing with razor precision, don’t do it. Just don’t. There is a reason Dog Day Afternoon is a classic, and it's because that type of scenario is hard to execute. I was happy to see all my lady cops in one place believably keeping their cool heads under pressure, including Tess’ reaction when she had a gun to her head at point blank range.

In other news: I’m getting extremely disappointed with Tori these last few episodes. Remember the girl who stared down her kidnapper in the woods? Who put herself on the line against her own father because it was the right thing? She started out as a character with her own individual potential. Since her beast side manifested, she’s degenerated to plot device, and a shrill harpy of one at that. Half the time she doesn’t even need to be on the screen to get the point across. Supposedly, she and Vincent have a primal connection because of their beastliness but every time we see them together, she is dragging him around, too busy being defensive and jealous to actually make them seem like they have any interest in each other as people. Do they have anything in common besides the beast thing? Have we ever seen them talk? At least Gabe and Catherine have had meaningful conversations about other things. Red has been reduced to a caricature and I don’t like it. This show is usually so much better than that.

On the upside, I am incredibly happy with Catherine’s arc. Her journey is so real – a girl who falls for a guy who turns into a different person after dating for a while, she goes through a bad break-up, and it messes her up emotionally and mentally. Raise your hand if you’ve seen it on TV before. Raise your hand if you’ve lived a variation of that before. What they’re doing that is less common is giving making Cat sort out her anger and personal issues before shoving her into the next relationship, as is often the case on TV. In an episode that was deeply flawed, the conversation between Cat and Gabe after the hostage situation about knowing yourself and needing time to do that was pitch perfect.

What was going on with Tess today though? I mean, not the birthday thing. Yay she likes her birthday. That is charming and Dana can shove it if she disagrees. Liking your birthday means hiding something - what? That argument is a fascicle, lady. I was disappointed that she didn’t get more… I don’t know what exactly, just more. Maybe more room to be Tess in general. I will say that I was thrilled over the Vincent hug because it was absolutely situation-appropriate and there is a perverse part of me that wants them to be bros.

I don’t know what to make of the rest of it. The gem seems to be able to control beasts but does that mean we’re bringing in magic? I don’t see how it can have an earthly cause although I’m ready to be proven wrong. I want to be proven wrong. Please show, keep magic out of my sci-fi. Please?

Read Rachael's review of the previous episode, Ancestors, here.

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