Beauty & the Beast: Season 1
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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The show is totally great... things move fast and there is a little of everything. Police action, love, conspiracy. Nothing like the 80's stuff. Read morePublished 10 days ago by A. Eaton
I have always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast and was a fan of the 80's TV show. Not really a TV watcher so I hadn't heard of this newer show. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bonnie
I began watching BATB on Netflix one year after it premiered on the CW network. I first discovered it when I was recovering from surgery in the hospital and recognized Max Brown... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Allifos
Love this show. Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk have great chemistry. I've been looking for it in second hand movie stores and can't find any of the seasons but can understand why. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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