Beauty and the Beast Returns With a Reset Romance, Daddy Issues and an Emotional Exit

Beauty and the Beast PreviewIt is the best of times, it is the worst of times, as The CW’s Beauty and the Beast kicks off its second season (tonight at 9/8c).

When Beasties last tuned in, Vincent had been captured are airlifted away from the site of his near-fatal scuffle with Gabe, while all Catherine could do was watch, helplessly. The action picks up several months later, with Cat and JT unable to turn up any leads on Vincent’s whereabouts. But soon enough, a reunion takes place — though Vince is far from the man he once was.

TVLine visited the series’ set in Toronto, where cast members Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Austin Basis, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Nina Lisandrello shared a taste for the new drama ahead.

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TO HAVE LOVED… AND LOST | When Cat next lays eyes on Vincent, his identity is at least figuratively “wiped away,” says Jay Ryan. “But when Catherine throws him a lifeline and lets him in again, he realizes that he has a purpose, other than to follow orders (more on that below). It’s interesting to allow them to fall in love all over again.” As Kristin Kreuk puts it, finding Vincent at first “is a relief — it’s like her own life has been saved, in a way — but then it very quickly becomes challenging.”

HONEST GABE | ADA Gabe survived his shooting by Vincent’s captors — though his “dark” side died in the process. “He feels like this is a new beginning for him as a person. He becomes ‘born again,'” says Ramamurthy. And as such, with Cat anxiously seeking Vincent, “His whole mission” — for the first eight to 10 episodes, at least — “is to make amends. It’s really important for him to make it up mainly to Catherine, but also to Vincent, to try to help her with him.” Provided, of course, that Cat can ever trust the ex-beast. “It’s not an easy road,” Ramamurthy says. Saturn Return“He gets put in his place a lot, and takes it on the chin because he knows he deserves it!”

‘SWEET’ SEND-OFF | With Nicole Gale Anderson now a part of ABC Family’s Ravenswood — and with the Chandler sisters’ bond a bit fractured — “There will be a clear exit for Heather,” says Kreuk. “I’m happy for [Nicole], but selfishly I wish she was around. We have a good episode together that I think the fans will like. It’s emotional and sweet.”

CAT’S ‘EPIC’ WINGMAN |“Thank God!” was Nina Lisandrello’s reaction to Tess finally getting let in on Cat’s wild love life. Alas, it came with a price. “[It] has cost her relationship with Joe, so Tess has been a bit burned.” Even so, the actress says, “She still loves Cat so much and wants the best for her,” and as such will hold things down at the cop shop whenever her partner needs to peel away on beastly business. “Tess knows that their love is so epic,” says Lisandrello. “She just wants Cat to be happy.”

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AN ‘AWKWARD’ BROMANCE | Cat is not the only one thrown by Vincent’s return as a changed man. There’s also “an awkward catch-up period” for JT and his best bud, says Austin Basis, though parts of it get played for laughs. Still, “The fact that they’re together does not mean it’s easy peasy. Who Am I?Reestablishing our dynamic becomes part of the struggle, because Vincent’s involved in something else.” Speaking of which….

WHAT IS VINCE INVOLVED IN? | Emerging from his months spent in captivity, Vincent “has been completely rewired to be the super-soldier he was always meant to be,” says Ryan. And as a result, “He’s a lot sharper, physically and mentally, and more in control of this beast.” However, Vincent 2.0 is “now controlled by a new power who’s bigger than Muirfield and is trying to sweep up their mess — and they’re using Vincent to help that along.”

DADDY ISSUES | And that’s where Cat’s biological father, Agent Reynolds, comes in. “”He’s the one running the show,” Ryan reveals. “That may ultimately be because he wants to have his daughter back in his life, and if he can control the guy she’s in love with, he holds the power.” Still, wouldnt a Hallmark card have been simpler?

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Want more scoop on Arrow, or for any other show? Email insideline@tvline.com and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line. (With reporting by Meg Masters)

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30 Comments
  1. Great article. I am so excited for tonight. It sounds like they are really picked up the pace.

    • Mickey says:

      They really did pick up the pace and then some! They have made some bold and brilliant choices that elevates the whole thing to epic levels. (I saw the premiere last night here in Canada. It’s awesome.)

  2. Autumn says:

    Thanks for the article. I hope people who didn’t like the first season will give the second season a chance. With Souders and Peterson gone (from Smallville) and Brad Kern (Charmed) and Eric Tuchman (Kyle XY) joining, this has become a revamped show. I watched the first episode already and it has improved immensely in a good way. While I enjoyed the show, it did have a lot of problems. This episode seems to have fixed them and has become even more romantic with a stronger mythology based feel to it. Very epic return.

    • Mickey says:

      I stopped watching BatB last fall, but then gave it a second chance this summer. (Because all of season 1 is up for streaming on showcase.ca, the network it airs on in Canada.) I fell in love with it, but I first had to get past a couple problems. One thing I didn’t like about Souders and Peterson (they did this on Smallville as well) is they tended to belabour points. For example, if the characters are complaining about having to keep secrets, then the same characters will complain about it several times in the same episode, often even repeating the same words. Also, they tended to sacrifice consistency for convenience. But already, judging from the first episode of s2 and what Brad Kern has been saying in interviews, the writing is much tighter and more rigorous. And they got rid of the least favorite parts of the show so that we could get more of our favorite parts.

      • Autumn says:

        Agreed with everything you are saying. They did do a lot of repeating and complaining over and over again (definitely about keeping secrets) with the dialogue. And Smallville has never been consistent either so no surprise there. Their absence has immensely improved the show. Definitely tighter like you said.

  3. Fran says:

    Aww.. Clear exit for Nicole.. Wish her all the best on ravenswood of course but I don’t want to see her leaving batb.. Kinda sad..

    Well anyway I want to see the new V. The new beast make up looks amazing!

  4. Tracey says:

    I’m up here in Ontario, Canada and we were lucky enough to already see the season 2 premiere as it airs 1 day early here. Even with the memory loss the onscreen chemistry between Jay and Kristen is AMAZING!! Also the show has been given a shot in the arm so fans of the 1st season will not be disappointed. I know I wasn’t, I’m actually excited to see how this plays out!!

  5. Georgia Madman says:

    I don’t see Sounders and Peterson leaving as an improvement and Charmed sucked (at least at towards the end). But I like the actors so I’ll continue to watch.

    • Mickey says:

      Souders and Peterson are still executive producers on the show. I read through all the tweets last night after the Canadian s2 premiere, and everyone was raving about it, there was not a single negative comment. And all the comments I’ve read to articles about s2 have all been positive as well (except for yours) and people are happy about the changes being made and excited for s2. So why don’t you give it a chance before you assume Brad Kern is going to suck?

  6. amy says:

    I managed to see the premier thanks to Showcase and it was everything I was hoping for and more!!! It’s got a new feel, but it’s the same characters we love and sometimes, loathe lol. It was incredible, if you’re a true beastie you wont be disappointed! :D

  7. Samson says:

    From Canada and saw the S2 Premiere of Beauty and the Beast and it was truly amazing! You have to have your eyes peeled to the screen because there is sooo much happening! I loved the whole episode – truly amazing and has so much heart! Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan have fantastic chemistry – they are the magic of the show. You always get the sense that VinCat are soulmates. Love this show! Everyone please watch Tonight at 9 PM on the CW!

  8. Zathus says:

    I wish KK wasnt Catherine in this, they really screwed up this casting. I cant stop seeing Lana and it distracts me from the show.Watching the show is becoming a chore because of this. I would have preferred fresh blood like Nina Allesandro or Nicole Anderson in this, too bad we got KK and her weak acting , who also lacks chemistry and charisma in her scenes,

    • Jake says:

      did not watch Smallville/ super boy, love the gal that plays Cat. Good Chemistry with Jay. Never thought I would watch a show on the CW. Really enjoy this show, very romantic.

  9. Kerri says:

    The TV listing grid from my cable provider does not have the BATB premiere on tonight. It says there is a football game tonight. WTH?

  10. liz says:

    OMG IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!
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    I’ll miss Heather, but I’m super excited for Tess to be fully in the game now. I love Tess + Cat’s friendship.

  11. Alichat says:

    OMG! I am so happy they are having Heather exit stage right. I have disliked that whiny character from day one!

    • Jake says:

      agree BATB was awesome I watched it live over SH. I really liked the premier. The sister is leaving good. I also like the dude from Heroes. I will be faithful to BATB all season.

  12. Susie says:

    Thank you so much, Matt! Really loved the season 2 premiere. It looks like this season is going to be a bit more darker and can’t wait until Cat finds out about her real dad. Drama!

  13. ashley says:

    i agree with you totally. the show is really amazing and vincat are soulmates. even if his memory has been wiped i believe deep down inside vince has an idea of who cat is. i am finally happy season 2 has started and can’t wait to see what will happen with vincat

  14. Shannon says:

    I loved the episode. I thought it was a nice pace and it leaves so many things open to explore. I am just hoping they explain if Vincent is supercharged now why and how he lost the ability to heal himself like before. I also hope they explain how getting shot several times and then cat reviving Gabe how that killed his beast side when his GF stated he needed Vincent to cure him and it would kill Vincent so that should be explained. I am also wondering if his beast side is truly dead or dormant and if we can truly trust Gabe or if he is still just out for himself.Vincent the real one is somewhere deep inside as shown that he rescued Cat int he burning building instead of finishing the mission. I am glad to see more action from Cat. I also want them to keep the show balanced with cop stuff and beast stuff.

    Again great start to an awesome episode. i am glad they brought Gabe back because I think he is awesome and plays well off of Vincent. i am glad Vincent’s memory did not come back after several attempts, but something triggered slightly, but he is a soldier now more than ever.

    Did we meet Agent Reynolds last season before the finale. i thought he was the one who was talking to the lady on the bench. So is Muirfield destroyed or just under different regime? Why get rid of Muirfield? What is the baddies this season? So many thoughts and questions, but loved the episode.

  15. theresa says:

    I loved season 1! Vincent and Catherine are soulmates and would like to see a happier ending for season 2.

  16. tracy barnes says:

    Love love love season 2 omg the chemistry is super hot btwn vincat its amazing plus much better thn season 1 more up beat. Kristen and jay are amazin actors and there chemistry just flows, cant wait to see more episodes, more fight scenes more love scenes with vincat and more beasts, its so exciting :) xxxx

  17. Sandra says:

    Please don’t bring in a woman for Vincent, bring in a guy to make Vincent jealous, that should bring his memories back.

  18. Penny. Thank you for the scoop on Beauty and the Beast. So looking forward to new season. says:

    Love this show! So excited it’s back! Await anxiously for each episode. It gets better and better! Loved the interview – thank you for that!

  19. nelson says:

    This is more than interesting… I really can’t wait for a week to pass by before watching another episode. Loving this series..

  20. Love batb says:

    I love this show it’s my favorite. Don’t know why more people don’t watch it . I think people just aren’t giving it a chance. I love the cast and the story line, the triangles, except for Tory. I like the idea of cat being torn between two men. But i prefer her with Gabe, even though I like vincent too. I finally got my sister watching it she didn’t really take to it in the beginning so she dropped it . I would put it on lately when she’s over and now she is in to it and watching it too, although like me she prefers cat with Gabe. It’s funny the people who seem to right in are more for Vincent, but the 4 or 5 people I know who watch it perefer Gabe with cat. I”me surprised I’m commenting myself I’m not someone who normally would do that. But I’ve made the exception and commented on this one. I’m disappointed that if numbers don’t go up their May not be a season 3. I hope somehow it still gets approved. I look forward to seeing it more then any other show, or all the other shows I watch put together!

  21. Beasty fan says:

    Awesome episode! Can’t wait to see what happens next. But worried Gabe will get his heart broken. He’s to sweet to have that happen to him. He loves Cat the way every woman would wants to be loved. If cat is smart she wouldn’t let that one go. She can have a beasty baby with Vincent. But she should end up with Gabe!

  22. Heather Brar says:

    I love this show too, I can never understand why any one would watch these meaningless reality shows and not just fall instead in love with great casting and acting shows like Beauty and the Beast. Please let this show go on. Comments from a fan

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