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The other day, I saw a play...

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So yes, a play. Live drama. Not in a big fancy theatre…

Great review of the play #loveletters by our friend Julie! :)))

Is the Grass Really Greener in Suburbia?

Hey Beasties! We’re here with our review of this week’s episode of Beauty and the Beast called “Ever After.” We had mixed feelings about this episode so let’s get started!

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What We Liked:

  • We liked the idea of Vincent and Catherine settling down and having an opportunity to sit back and relax from all of the craziness that has been occurring.  The sense of normalcy was introduced. It was fresh to see Vincent and Catherine in an entirely new setting.  

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  • The humor in this episode was very prevalent.  Jay and Kristin’s comedic timing was on point. It was nice to see that side of their characters again. Vincent and Catherine bickering like an old couple was enjoyable to watch.

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  • Tess and JT’s relationship. Their ability to assess each other’s strengths in order to work together was refreshing. Tess’ confidence in her relationship with JT showed that she’s fully in and not willing to hide. Tess’s confidence in JT to take over the reins while Vincent and Catherine were MIA was really great to see. JT has really grown and has his own life separate from Vincent.  Once again, their humor was a highlight. Even they can have lighthearted moments when they are surrounded by darkness.
  • We know that the character of Gabe hasn’t been loved for many reasons but we want to send some love to Sendhil. He has done a fantastic job of going from Mr. Nice Guy to Villian in the matter of an episode.
  • The confrontation between Gabe and JTnT. It was a killer scene and very intense. Emotions were running high on all ends. Gabe is grasping at straws because he knows the odds are stacked against him. He is very desperate. He thinks he is protecting Catherine but in reality, he is doing quite the opposite. JT really found his voice and wasn’t going to back down from Gabe’s threats. Gabe is spiraling out of control, which will inevitably be his downfall.
  • We really hope Anthony Ruivivar will appear in Season 3.  We really enjoy his character, Agent Knox, and his portrayal.
  • Catherine sticking to her guns (no pun intended) to stay true to who she is no matter her environment was very realistic to us. Kristin did a wonderful job portraying this side of Catherine. Shout out to the Yankees! ;)

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  • The final scene between Vincent and Catherine was great. They truly know who they are separately and more importantly together. Vincent recognizing Catherine’s “normal” showed their acceptance of each other’s strengths. It was a true relationship moment and shows how much they respect each other and their roles in society. Jay’s adlib at the end and Kristin’s reaction was hilarious.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • We didn’t understand the purpose of the bird.  We understand the symbolic meaning to the bird but didn’t think it was necessary.
  • Who would like to start a burning ceremony for the robe? We will gladly light the torch and let it burn.
  • Gabe has lost more of his marbles. Someone please give him a gummy worm.  It seems to keep the Fab Four under control.
  • The procedural aspect in this episode was lacking. It came across as very predictable.
  • We thought the action scenes could have been amped up a lot more than they were, especially for an episode so close to the season finale.
  • We know that a lot of fans have spoken about the lack of romance in this episode. We were missing it as well. But, we feel the writers are trying to show Vincent and Catherine as a couple who are beyond the lovey-dovey stage and more of their future couple status, which is not a bad thing. It’s realistic.

That’s it for our review of “Ever After.”  Ratings were a little lower this week than they were last week.  Remember to watch LIVE on Mondays at 9/8c on the CW.  Reblog and share!  Look for our review of “Operation Fake Date” next week.  Hope you all have a lovely rest of your week!

Peace out, Beasties!

Lindsay and Elle =)

Could the Past Really Come Back to Haunt Us?

Hi Beasties! Life got in the way, but we never miss an episode. Sorry for the delay, but here is our review for “Cold Case.” Our review for “Ever After” will follow this one. Look out for both posts and enjoy!

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What We Liked:

  • Welcome back Nicole Gale Anderson! We definitely missed the quirky, fun character of Heather Chandler. We are thrilled to hear she will be returning as a series regular. There are so many different directions her storyline can go, especially after this episode. It’s nice for Catherine to have family in her life again.
  • The many different relationships involving Heather came to the front burner and were addressed honestly and with a lot of potential for future episodes. We are so glad Catherine finally came clean to Heather, even if she wasn’t fully believed at first. The relief on Catherine’s part was played perfectly by Kristin and the anger that had built up over time on Heather’s part was portrayed very well by Nicole.
  • The confrontation between Heather and Vincent has been brewing for a while and definitely a long time coming for us to see. It exceeded our expectations. Heather began this episode with a misconstrued idea of Vincent and who he is as a person. We were waiting for the reveal of Vincent saving her life and were very impressed with how quickly it was handled and how well it was portrayed. Vincent saved her life and she now knows that he has everyone’s best interest at heart. She also became aware of how much Catherine really loves Vincent and was reassured that Catherine would not be in a relationship with someone who would harm her.

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  • The reveal of the beast to Heather (wow this is a lot of Heather LOL!) Her realistic reaction was both humorous and believable. Yes, Jay is good looking, but we’d freak out a little too. We always enjoy how the writers and actors bring the humor into dramatic settings. This was no exception. Nicole played the fear perfectly, especially after Vincent told Heather not to overreact after transforming. It was very true to Heather’s character and we loved it! We loved the transformation scene and how well Jay played the desperation to save Heather. We are very happy the elephant in the room was revealed and are looking forward to future episodes of completely honest interactions between all the characters.

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  • S1 closure! You all know from our reviews how much we dislike plot holes. We were very happy to tie up loose ends in this episode from last season.  The Ray Sheckman murderer reveal was not just for Heather’s benefit, but the audience’s benefit. VinCat and Tess (The Fab 4 should have been complete, but we’ll get to that later) strategically planned the reveal of Gabe as Sheckman’s murderer and we loved that Gabe dug his own grave. He was coming undone and making poor choices that got him into hot water.
  • We loved seeing Gabe vulnerable. He was on the other side of the law this time around and the discomfort of the lineup scene was played extremely well by Sendhil.
  • We love Kristin and Nicole as on-screen sisters. They seem to have a very good relationship and are fantastic scene partners. The chemistry is there. The final scene with them felt very real and we loved the honest bonding. Catherine seemed genuinely happy and interested in finding out about her sister’s life in Miami and engagement. They can now have an open relationship again without secrets. Catherine reassuring Heather about her relationship with Vincent was important to the progression of the story and necessary for Heather to begin to have any sort of relationship with Vincent. We are glad that was addressed.
  • VinCat working together again is always welcomed. Vincent’s reassuring Catherine that he would find Heather allowed the trust to shine through during a trying time for Catherine. We liked that he came through for her as usual even with the odds that were stacked against him.

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  • Tess and Catherine’s partnership is always a highlight for us. It was really nice to see them working together and standing tall even after being suspended from the force. There was no anger on Tess’ part, just understanding and she continued to help. The fight scene in the dungeon brought back the kick ass ladies we saw together in season 1.

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  • A little romance on the rooftop to end the day, despite dangerous circumstances. Damn those helicopters. It was great to see Catherine and Vincent take some time for them, even though so much is going on in their lives. The chemistry between Jay and Kristin is always there and they bring the heat.
  • Gabe, Gabe, Gabe. He has finally lost it. You do not have to transform into a killer beast to be one. We were actually pretty shocked to see how far “reformed” Gabe has spun out of control. He took a life the same way he did as a beast and this we are sure is just the beginning of his downfall.
  • Kudos to a great director, Rich Newey! Thank you to him for an amazing episode and for taking the time to live tweet with the Beasties. We are happy to hear he will be back next season for more fun!

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Where in the world was JT Forbes? He could have been such an asset to this episode. An episode without Austin is always lacking something. We don’t really understand why he is not featured in all episodes this season. We hope Season 3 will.

Thank you for reading Beasties! Only a few more episodes until the season finale! We are very happy we are not saying series. Remember to reblog and share. We always appreciate all your wonderful support and comments! Keep them coming and remember to watch LIVE each Monday. Ratings have been steady each week, but let’s try and raise them up! Sending you all lots of love!

~Elle and Lindsay~

Thrill of the Chase

Hello Beasties!  We are back with another review of Beauty and the Beast! This week’s episode, “Cat and Mouse” was another strong episode.  It was action packed and a great continuation to last week’s episode.  On with the review…

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What We Liked:

  • Vincent coming back on his own terms.  We enjoyed learning that Vincent and JT had a backup plan setup just in case Vincent ever had to blur away.  The scene of Vincent and JT at the diner was a highlight of the episode.  JT was relieved Vincent remembered their backup plan.  The bromance between Vincent and JT will never falter.  We liked that the emotional bond between Vincent and JT was shown. 
  • Agent Knox.  We liked the opening of a potential new story arc and new alliance for Vincent and Catherine.  The underlying mystery of whether Catherine could trust Agent Knox or not was suspenseful.  Hoping Anthony Ruivivar (Agent Knox) will appear in more episodes.

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  • The long overdue confrontation between Vincent and Gabe.  We loved how Vincent pointed out that at some point he trusted Gabe.  It showed that Vincent and Gabe had come to an understanding during this season.    

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  • Catherine was a badass.  Once again, Kristin Kreuk showed off her stunt and martial art skills.  She makes everything look effortless and flawless.  Looking forward to seeing more stunts and some action packed episodes.
  • The comedy was present again this episode.  We found out Vincent isn’t the only one who enjoys gummy worms. ;)  JT and Tess are not the only funny couple on Beauty and the Beast.  Vincent and Catherine have an old married couple quality to their relationship.  From interviews we’ve read, Kristin has touched on the fact that comedy will be present for the remainder of the Season 2 episodes. 
  • Nina Lisandrello really shined in her portrayal of Tess in this episode.  Viewers really didn’t know whose side Tess was on.  Ultimately she chose to side with Catherine, Vincent, and JT.  The Fab 4 is now solidified.  Tess seemed to always be on Vincent’s side, but with her actions in this episode, it proves her loyalty is staying there.
  • Vincent acknowledging how much JT has put on the line in order to protect him.  JT has always been in Vincent’s corner and would do anything to keep his friend out of harm’s way.  JT broke into Gabe’s apartment to hack into Gabe’s computer in order to receive alerts on where Vincent has been seen.  JT also did this so Vincent would be able to find Catherine.  JT is a selfless friend through and through.

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  • The stunts were amazing this episode.  They gave the show a movie-like quality.  We hope to see more action sequences of this caliber throughout the rest of the episodes.
  • We loved how Vincent and Catherine finally addressed their relationship.  They had to have the discussion about whether they should continue running from their problems or anything that got in their way or face them head on together.  Vincent’s confidence was through the roof.  He was very adamant about fighting for their relationship and not letting outside factors influence their decisions.  Love how they kept talking about the future they want to have.  A prime example was when Vincent and Catherine were in the stairwell trying to get out of the United Nations building.  It seemed like Catherine wanted to give up and Vincent proved to be her strength.  Vincent wasn’t willing to leave without her.
  • The slap heard around the world.  Gabe finally got what was coming to him.  Gabe has been shady this entire season and took away Vincent’s freedom.  Gabe admitting to wanting to destroy Vincent really showed his true colors.  Kristin’s acting in this scene was top notch.  Catherine’s anger finally came to a head and now knows Gabe is not trustworthy.

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  • Once again, we ended with a great Vincent and Catherine scene on the rooftop.  The promise of a future is becoming clearer.  Vincent and Catherine are back to square one when it comes to having a secret romance, which is a parallel to Season 1. 

What We Didn’t Like:

  • The episodes have been top notch and not much we haven’t enjoyed.

That’s it for our review of “Cat and Mouse.”  Hope you enjoyed this episode as much as we did.  Ratings were a little lower this week than they were last week.  Remember to watch LIVE on Mondays at 9/8c on the CW.  Reblog and share!  Look for our review of “Cold Case” next week.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Peace out, Beasties!

Lindsay and Elle =)

Wherever You Will Go...

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Hello Beasties! What a fantastic episode to come back with after the long hiatus! We will discuss “Beast Is the New Black” but first we’d like to talk about the ratings. Monday night’s ratings were the best of the season! We raised the demo and the number of viewers! What a great way to start off…

So glad to have your reviews again! JT was amazing in ep! So happy to have our show back!

Thank you Ruth! Your support is always greatly appreciated more than we can ever say! Xo

Wherever You Will Go…

Hello Beasties!  What a fantastic episode to come back with after the long hiatus!  We will discuss “Beast Is the New Black” but first we’d like to talk about the ratings. Monday night’s ratings were the best of the season!  We raised the demo and the number of viewers!  What a great way to start off the last six episodes of Season Two!  Let’s keep it up and continue to watch LIVE!  Also, stay active on Twitter, Facebook, tvtag, and other social media outlets! Now for our review!

What We Liked:

  • Catherine sprung into action right away after Vincent was arrested.  She was back to Catherine on a mission. No one was going to get in her way when it comes to Vincent.  She fought her way into the precinct just in time to save Vincent from fully beasting out while the nurse in the precinct tried drawing blood.
  • THE HEARTBEAT. We’ve touched on this in previous episodes but Vincent hearing Catherine’s heartbeat is always a special moment.  For him to be able to calm down just by knowing Catherine is nearby is just beautiful.  It makes their connection that much stronger.
  • The strip search with Vincent. Just going to leave that to your imagination… ;)
  • Vincent was very determined to take responsibility for his previous actions.  He wasn’t willing to let Catherine and JT put themselves in danger for the sake of saving him. 
  • Kudos to Austin Basis on his performance in this episode. His ability to evoke a plethora of emotions was outstanding. JT went from being witty and quirky with Tess in the beginning to being downright angry after Vincent escaped to showing his vulnerable side in front of Catherine when Vincent didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.  This episode proved why Austin Basis should be in every episode from here on out.   
  • Kudos to Jay Ryan. There are so many layers to Vincent and Jay is always spot on in his portrayal.  His ability to show emotion and at the same time not show emotion at all when Vincent is trying to hide his feelings is incredible.  The writers have given him a lot to work with this season and the character of Vincent has evolved.  Vincent has been on quite the journey this season.

  • Every scene between VinCat was magic.  They were able to have some lighthearted moments even in the darkest times. They weren’t going to let the outside world affect the love they have for each other.  Vincent and Catherine showed a lot of vulnerability when realizing how many odds they have stacked against them.  This came through during the impromptu shower scene.  Vincent wanted to have one more night with Catherine to express just how much they love each other.  Just a note, if there’s going to be another shower scene, please make it clothing optional…  ;)

  • Vincent calling Catherine his gem was one of the most beautiful scenes of Season Two because she keeps his humanity intact.  With this, he is admitting he really can’t live without Catherine.  She is his lifeline and his reason to keep fighting.
  • We like how there is a start of a more meaningful relationship between JT and Tess.  Both JT and Tess were able to express their fears and what they want out of their relationship.  Looking forward to more scenes between JT and Tess.
  • We liked Ted Whittall’s portrayal of Agent Reynolds.  There is a love/hate aspect to his character.  Tough to see what his true motives are, which makes him a great villain.  It is obvious he cares for Catherine as her father.  He is trying to protect her but is doing it in the worst possible way, which is hurting her in the end.
  • We loved how humor was intertwined in every scene even under terrible circumstances.  We have a feeling humor will also be prevalent in the upcoming episodes.

  • The tender moment between Catherine and JT.  This is just a testament to how far they have come since Season One.  They have a deeper bond and an understanding.  They have a friendship and have been through so much together.  
  • We were completely shocked when Catherine was kidnapped at the end of the episode.  It’s clear Vincent will find a way to rescue Catherine.  We think it’s leading into a very strong story arc for the rest of this season and leading into Season 3.
  • Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin.  Another beautifully written episode.  Their writing is the epitome of romance, especially when it comes to Vincent and Catherine.  We hope that even though they are consultants for Season 3, they will be able to bring their writing of VinCat to the table.  Every episode they write is truly special. 

 What We Didn’t Like:

  • "Beast Is the New Black" was such a strong episode and there wasn’t anything we didn’t like! One of the best episodes this season!

That’s it for our review of “Beast Is the New Black!” Hope you all enjoyed this episode as much as we did. Make sure to watch Beauty and the Beast LIVE on Monday at 9/8c on the CW! Continue to spread the word so we can keep our ratings up!  Stay active on all social media outlets and stream the episodes online!  Reblog and share!  Look for our review of “Cat and Mouse” next week!

Peace out, Beasties!

Lindsay and Elle =)

"When I Need to Get Home, You’re My Guiding Light"

We made it through hiatus, Beasties! We decided to wait until the end of hiatus to write our review for “About Last Night” to have something to look forward to and to give you a refresher before tomorrow night’s new episode of Beauty and the Beast.

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What We Liked:

  • We loved the flashbacks at the beginning of the episode. It gave us a glimpse of the Vincent and Catherine we loved so much from Season 1.
  • Catherine’s reaction to waking up with Vincent was very comedic and a realistic depiction of a girl who was just struggling with her emotions.
  • The friendships between Vincent/J.T. and Catherine/Tess were back in full force.  Their conversations were full of honesty. Vincent and Catherine were able to get another perspective from the people who know who they truly are and what’s best for them.  Very reminiscent of Season 1.
  • Also, kudos to Jay Ryan for showing how attractive it can be to use a measuring spoon when eating cereal.  
  • Vincent’s phone call with Catherine. He showed his confidence by telling her he’s not going to give up on her and their relationship. It’s a complete 180 degree turn from Vincent 1.0.
  • The awkward tension between Catherine and Gabe. It was clear to us that Catherine was already having conflicting thoughts about being with Gabe after her night with Vincent.  It was also clear that Gabe could sense he was losing his connection with Catherine.
  • The comedic banter between J.T. and Tess was hilarious. Austin Basis and Nina Lisandrello really shined in their scenes together. 
  • There was a lot of humor among the entire cast in this episode. Gabe and Vincent vying for Catherine’s attention while outside of the judge’s chambers caused Catherine more anguish. It was already an intense situation made more stressful by the constant rivalry between Vincent and Gabe.  Just a reminder for Vincent: Always choose the number 7. ;)

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  • Another scene reminiscent of Season 1 was at the masquerade party.  Throughout the entire evening, it was obvious that Vincent was still trying to prove himself to Catherine by working together as a team and to remind her of how great they were together.
  • We loved how Catherine and Vincent were very fun together. The bickering back and forth almost made it seem like they were an old married couple not agreeing with the other’s way of handling a situation.  
  • Tom Everett Scott did a fantastic job throughout this episode. His portrayal of Sam left us wanting to hate him, but then feeling sympathy for what he’s been through.  He was seeking revenge on those who lead to the death of his son.  The steps he took in carrying out his revenge wasn’t the best way of approaching the situation, but we got to understand the demons within him.
  • Catherine breaking up with Gabe. Raise your hand if you all saw this coming? It was inevitable that Vincent would win his way back into Catherine’s heart.

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  • Catherine noticing her door opened to her balcony was a clear sign that Vincent was waiting for Catherine to make a decision.  It was a testament that Vincent wasn’t giving up on Catherine or their love.  The scene was absolutely stunning. The lighting, the song choice, the snowfall, the eye contact, and the rooftop were all elements that reminded us of the Vincent and Catherine we all love.
  • The moment Vincent and Catherine woke up the morning after they declared their love for one another was full of honesty. Vincent saying, “I don’t ever want to hurt you again.” was his way of apologizing for everything without saying the words.  It was a clean slate.  We knew their happiness at that moment would be short-lived.  This is a drama after all…

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What We Didn’t Like:

  • The continuity in general.  It seems like there are still a lot of plotholes that haven’t been patched up among all of the characters.  Didn’t Gabe leave the precinct for another job? If so, why is he still heavily involved with police business?  What’s up with that?  How did J.T. and Tess go from acquaintances to bed buddies? We never saw the buildup of their relationship, which leaves a lot of questions unanswered. 

That’s our review of Beauty and the Beast episode “About Last Night!”  Hope everyone will watch Beauty and the Beast episode “Beast Is the New Black” LIVE tomorrow night, Monday, June 2nd at 9/8c on the CW!  Let’s boost those ratings and show the CW we’re still here!  Stay active on all social media accounts by using #BATB in your tweets and posts.  Continue to stream the episodes online.  We need to keep our presence known.

Look out for our reviews every Tuesday for the rest of Season 2 (Yay for Season 3!)!  We are looking forward to writing our reviews again!  Thank you for all of the support!  Reblog and share!

Lindsay and Elle =)

We Did It Beasties!

BATB was renewed for a season 3 and we all fought so hard. That hard work has paid off! So very happy that we can enjoy the rest of the season knowing that the story is continuing.

We want to take this time out to thank the wonderful cast and crew and everyone involved with the show. You are all some of the most genuine and amazing people we have come to know. Congrats and we can’t wait to see the rest of the season. You work so incredibly hard and we realize it and are in awe of you for it. Cheers to a season 3 and thank you for letting the beasties be such a huge part of this experience with you!

Thank you CW Network! :))))

Elle and Lindsay :))))