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Beauty & the Beast: Season 1
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116 of 125 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
Granted, if you go into this show expecting the show to parallel the fairy-tale version of Beauty & the Beast, you will understandably be confused. The only similarities between the fairy-tale and the show is that she's pretty and he has an "animal" side that comes out when his adrenaline kicks in. Similarities end there.

After watching all the episodes released so far on Hulu in the past few days, what I've come to really appreciate about this film is that the hero, Vincent Keller, is not the typical superhero that we normally see on the screen. You won't find Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Batman or any other number of hot heros who are out there today. He has a "power," but he understandably hates it and is frightened of his own propensities for causing harm. He's a man who when he lost his family through tragedy, in his grief tried to validate their deaths in the only way that crossed his grief-torn mind at the time...but even that went wrong. He's left with nothing. No life. No hope. Everything he ever represented (country, medical doctor, etc) is now gone. Alienated from the world. He's brave, courageous, kind, and yes, frightened at time. This isn't Tony Stark with his womanizing charm, or Thor with his god-like pride. Vincent Keller, the "Beast," has no huge ego, no pretences about himself. He's been hiding out for 9 years, interacting with only one living soul, so he's a little weak on the human relations aspect. Some have said the actor's acting is weak and lifeless - I highly beg to differ. This is a good-looking actor playing a "super hero" part, but who has a totally different way of coping and reacting that Stark or Thor. Which is refreshing to see more real-life insecurities than the usual over-the-top "watch me save the world" rutines.

He's a guy who's been abondoned by everything, yet desperately needs to be seen, loved, and in a way, "mothered" back to self-respect. A job which Catherine Chandler (excellently and adorably played by Kristin Kruek, who is pretty, yet while not being the typical bomb-shell) is entirely up for. She's not fauning all over him, but instead, has healthy reservations, yet is able to put aside her own fears and help someone who is undoubtedly in need of help. As a cop, she's left in a tricky place, as she can't let on about Vincent yet he is helping her with her cases. I appreciated that this ethical dilema is given a bit of screen time.

Beauty & the Beast is my favorite show out there right now, despite the flack that so many of have given it. Forget all the Marvel superhero steriotypes, because Vincent Keller is NOT one of them. But the character, heart and insecurities are so much more approachable and understandable, resulting in a show that I hope runs for several seasons.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
So far, this show has been everything I'd hoped for and more. Cat (Catherine)is beautiful inside and out, yet she is very strong and determined. Vincent is very appealing with his good looks, strength, and endearing smile, yet he is almost terrifying when his altered DNA kicks in. But it doesn't outweigh his gentleness and care for people, especially for Catherine. The cases Catherine has to handle are like stories within the story which produces a lot of action and makes the show compelling.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
I love the direction this show has taken and can't wait for more! The acting is great, the characters have excellent chemistry and the plot has me absolutely glued.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
As someone who loves Beauty & the Beast in its many forms, I was very surprised by this version. It was far darker than I expected. Not dark in the way of the 1946 French film version, but still, it has a decided bite to it. As a romance fan, normally I would shy away from such things. I suppose I must confess that I was looking for it to have more of the beautifully literate, cozy warmth of the CBS version - an all-time favorite of mine among shows I've watched consistently. But that is not this, and after watching the pilot, I decided that it's OK that it's not, because the first peek at the characters make them seem so interesting that they adequately compensated for the chilly shadows and blood splatter that might normally irritate fans of CBS version.

The CW's version of B&tB stars Kristen Kreuk (Smallville) as Catherine Chandler, and unlike her role as Lana Lang, Kreuk is New York slick in the reinvented role. Like Linda Hamilton's Catherine, this Catherine is definitely street smart and hard-hitting when she's on the job. However, Kreuk's Catherine is also doggedly strong in other situations, such as when she has to deal with an overly-observant partner, a plethora of attackers, and a miscreant pseudo-boyfriend. And yet, when it comes to her quest on behalf of her mother, Kreuk shows us that Catherine can be vulnerable as well. I liked this contrast. I also really liked that she keeps pushing her luck with, and the boundaries of the Beast, Vince Keller (played by Jay Ryan), despite the fact that Ryan's Vincent is quite believable as a military-trained, animalistic killer, and has only begun to show Catherine the tiniest glimmer of tenderness in the first episode. This gives me hope that we can expect not only devotion and yearning, but perhaps a bit more heat than we've seen before with Beauty and Beast.

Other character highlights include the ne'er-do-well medical examiner, Evan (played by Max Brown); Vince's nerdy, overly protective roommate, JT Forbes (Austin Basis); and most of all, Catherine's spirited and devoted police partner, Detective Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello) Love her!

If you're a romance fan on the fence, imho, you should try this show. If you've watched the pilot and are still not sure about it, I say, 'hang in there'. Given a little time and opportunity for the passion to heighten and the relationships to develop, I truly believe that this show will make for a provocative and engaging addition to your Thursday night routine.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
This show keeps getting better, the pilot I will admit was a little rough, but I really do like the direction the writers are going with this show. I do not believe it deserves the flack it's gotten.
This episode brought up some interesting points that I would like to see explored.
Vincent's 'keeping tabs' on Catherine, she's a cop, this has to set of warning bells clanging in her mind. I would also like to know if this is a product of ten years of isolation with only one person he's been in contact with or if this goes deeper to the gene splicing if it's changed the way his mind and instincts operate.
Also when he 'hulked' out (can't think of a better way to put it) in the apartment it seemed to me that the world for Vincent when he's in that state of mind is very overwhelming, is this in part why he lashes out at times? Because his senses are in over drive and everything is too much?
I also liked the fact that he didn't just jump right away to save the girls, I imagine this whole situation with Catherine and someone besides JT knowing of his existance must be a little scary especially since she's made enough noise to alert Muirfield as to his general direction. Catherine is asking him to go against ten years of habits on a whim to help people while puting the people with whom his loyalties lie at risk. The conflict was there and it was delt with in a way that felt natural without ignoring the fear that breaking ingrained habits tends to bring.
The show does need to work on it's supporting cast of characters though, everyone on the show besides Vincent and Catherine feel like they're there for Kruek and Ryan to act off of not complete and necessary on their own. I hope this makes sense.
I really am enjoying this show I love the potential it has and hope that I see a second season. Yes, there are flaws but all shows have flaws especially the first season.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
It started out shaky but has only gone up and up since then! One of my favorite shows now and I hope to see it continued!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2013
Beauty and the Beast is just a perfect series! Action, romance, suspence! I definitely want this item! Plus, the fact that Kristin Kreuk is the main character made me think of Smallville ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2015
Beauty and the Beast as their original namesake builds on the complex relationship that develops between Catherine (Kristen Kreug), a New York police detective whose mother was murder 9 years earlier and Vincent (Jay Ryan), an Afghanistan veteran who despite the fact of being dead for 10 years shows up in Cat's radar during a murder investigation.
The night Cat's mother was killed she witnessed it all but the attackers could not get her thanks to the intervention of an unlikely creature, a beast of sorts, who saved her life and who everybody said to be a figment of her imagination to help her cope with the horror of her tragic loss, though Cat was never quite convinced, but without any proof to back her story the stranger just became her mystery savior.
Following a lead during her investigation she discovers that Vincent Keller is not really dead, but he has.been in hiding all these years and through a couple of further encounters its revealed that the stranger who saved her that fateful night is no other than the man she is investigating.
Intense feelings start flourishing between them as they go along meeting by chance or willingly and as they become more and more an integral part of each other's lives they know the world is not ready for them, but they will day in and day out look out for each other as Vincent hides from Muirfield, the dark organization who turned him into a beast, and Cat's does her job as she tries to keep her secret and Vincent from being outted.
Fast paced show, good performances and great supporting roles. If you like romance, a little sci-fi and a lot a police action this is a show you will certainly enjoy. I.know I have so far.
Beauty and the Beast has already a Season 2 available and Season 3 is coming up this year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
just wondering why they arent releasing this on blu-ray overall great show i would get it if it was on blu-ray
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
The pilot starts out cheesy but the show really comes into its own. I highly recommend this series to anyone.
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