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GREAT Show with Misleading Title
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.