Monday, August 31, 2015

Beauty and the Beast - Sins of the Fathers

Setting the stage for the season finale, "Sins of the Fathers" heats up Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Catherine's (Kristin Kreuk) battle with Liam (Jason “Iron Eagle” Gedrick) who gets Catherine investigated by Internal Affairs and Vincent suspended from the hospital just as he prepares to take his revenge against the entire Ellingsworth family. Out of time and options Catherine and Vincent agree drastic measures are needed beginning with Vincent breaking Catherine's father (Ted Dykstra) out of prison.

The mind games Liam plays as he toys with our protagonists' lives work better than the execution of his plans which are largely anticlimactic given his hundreds of years to plan the perfect revenge against a bloodline that wronged him. In fact doing nothing and simply allowing Helen (Wendy Crewson) to die, and simply feinting another attack, would have served his mutual goals of getting closer to the Ellingsworths and further damaging the credibility of his enemies far better.

The return of Cat's father and the attempt to hypnotize Liam is equally problematic and rushed as the entire subplot should have been set in motion weeks ago rather than span all of about 20 minutes. On the bright side Liam seems finally motivated to end the conflict and stop screwing around. The question becomes since the season has done nothing to arm Vincent to take on a vastly superior foe, who has out-fought and out-thought Vincent at every turn, how is our hero supposed to stop Liam in the finale?

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