Beauty And The Beast Review: “Redemption” (Season 2, Episode 14)


Nothing moves at even a remotely glacial pace on this season of Beauty and the Beast, and this episode is no exception. After a brief weekend hiatus, our favorite crime fighters are back to work. Hot on the trail of Sam (Tom Everett Scott), who has dedicated the last six years of his life to avenging the death of his young son (a mystery still to be unraveled), they continue with their faux-funeral plans hoping that with Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) out of the picture, they have a better shot at closing the case.

Agent Landon (Elisabeth Röhm) chose door B, some form of witness protection for the meantime, and Sam is left playing the grieving husband. He may have everyone else fooled, but his performance is lackluster at best.

For a man who was only recently reunited with his wife after a six year separation, he appears strangely unaffected by her “passing.” Although when you consider the circumstances of his disappearance, he was clearly willing to take on his alter-lifestyle in hiding at the expense of her grief. It makes sense that as a man so consumed with his own emotions everyone else would fall to the wayside. Still, there’s a certain element of his plan that appears like he almost wanted to spare her from his transformation. First by disappearing, and then, by keeping her alive.

On the last episode of Beauty and the Beast, we saw Sam willfully trying to save Dana from his maniacal plan to blow up the room where their renewal ceremony was set to take place. If it had not been a necessary evil for Cat’s (Kristin Kreuk) plan to appear legitimate, she would have been out of harm’s way when the blast struck. In the larger picture, it probably doesn’t seem like much, but it must be a small comfort to know that at least a small piece of what they once shared still existed.

Once Sam is apprehended, or killed, it might be a smart idea to bring Dana back to the show in the capacity of the FBI liaison. She established a sound relationship with Cat and Tess (Nina Lisandrell0), and managed to wiggle her way into the inner circle without too much effort. She would be a great segue to their next mission and her resources would create a more elaborate web of information for everyone involved.

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