Beauty and the Beast - The Final Season
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Despite its tarnished reputation--and higher body count--Beauty and the Beast's third season averts disaster for the most part. If Vincent and Diana share a lower-wattage chemistry, they still work well together, and the rest of the cast offers good value, particularly Perlman and Roy Dotrice, who would re-team in 2008 for another adventure about a misunderstood man-beast, Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- All 11 episodes from the 1989-90 season on three discs
- *Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions
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This is an issue that has divided Beauty & The Beast fans for almost twenty years, and reading the reviews here, I can see a lot of people are still bitter. While the show certainly suffered the loss of Linda Hamilton, I personally found there was still plenty to enjoy in this abbreviated season.
For one thing, the season-long story arc served the show quite well. The second season's cliffhanger ending left a lot for the writers to explore. So much fuss was made way back in 1989 about the show being "retooled" to attract more male viewers. And I'll admit, there's probably a sizable portion of the potential male viewing audience that is attracted to the increased action and violence. But was the show really THAT different? We still have Ron Perlman and all the others giving it their all (and it was quite an emotional and yes, violent arc for Vincent). The late, talented Edward Albert got moved into a series regular slot. And I can't think of another series villain as vile as Stephen McHattie's Gabriel. And for you action fans, there's Lance Henriksen's appearance as the vicious assassin, Snow.
Even amid all the death and sorrow, there are moments of beauty. "Walk Slowly," the follow-up to the 2-hour season premiere, is one of the best-written episodes of the entire series. Jo Anderson is no Linda Hamilton, but she evidences real concern and determination to help Vincent. And the return of Rolley (from season two's "Chamber Music") evokes sympathy, as well as reminds us that there was always more to this fictional universe than just Vincent and Catherine.
To the uninitiated who may not have seen this season: It's really not as bad as many people would have you believe.Read more ›
I don't remember disliking Diana. As an audience, we weren't given much to work with where she was concerned. And it didn't help that she wasn't "Catherine."
What I do remember, vividly, is the relationship that developed between Vincent and Elliot Burch. For me, the third season was wonderful and wonderous because it showed love enduring. Both men loved Catherine and Catherine loved both of them -- though Burch's feet of clay prevented her from having a deeper relationship with him. (The first season episode where he's introduced even has Vincent acknowledging that Catherine is falling in love with Burch, so please don't think I'm being heretical.)
Seeing how loving Catherine changed Burch and made it possible for Vincent, and, to a lesser extent Joe Malone, to work with him was for me the ultimate affirmation of the value and purpose of love.
All the men who loved Catherine, forged a bond through her. It was lovely to watch, and I can't wait to own the third season.
Catherine's death itself is not what changed this series - actually, Diana's character could very easily have become a new "Beauty" for Vincent, had the relationship been given a chance to develop.Read more ›
In recent months, to my shock, I discovered that the DVDs were available, and bought seasons 1 and 2 and began watching them again. As an adult, the power and poigniency of this show hit me like a ton of bricks to a degree that it had never, before.
But, again, I was planning to avoid the third season this time too, save for "Though Lovers Be Lost" which I still had on VHS and is essential for at least a meager amount of closure. But the sense of loss and grief I felt when I finished watching it this time around was crushing.
After a few months of recuperating from her death, I decided that maybe I should give season 3 a chance. Which is what I am doing right this moment.
And here's what I've decided about the third season so far:
1)Thank God there was a 3rd season. I can only imagine how much it would have sucked if Linda Hamilton's leaving had left the show hanging entirely. I have had that experience with shows I loved far too many times.
2)Thank God they brought in Diana Bennet rather than trying to replace Catherine with a different actress. Not that I think they would have done that but it has been known to happen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I bought this series on dvd many years ago, I was swept away in this show. I remembered when it aired, Catherine (Linda Hamilton) was not continuing with the show. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MAGGIE A PETWAY
I watched Beauty and the Beast when it aired on TV back in the 80s. I had them all on Vcr tapes. Decided to get the last season, as I really couldn't remember it. Good buy.Published 4 months ago by Gail Frayer
The real star of season 3 is the incredible stephen mchattie ! He is excellent as gabrial , the character being supremely evil , and completely unredeemable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by lee w winters
Actually a wonderful show - 3 stars given because the last episode was missing.Published 5 months ago by Kingfisher
Spoilers ahead, you have been warned!! I love this series so much. Season 1 and 2 were fantastic but sadly Linda Hamilton wanted to leave the show because of her pregnancy and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Viewer
I hated the way it ended. It said it was to be continued. What bad writers to leave us hanging. I truly believed no writer would leave an audience hanging as these writers did in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by FanofAmazon
VERY CONFUSING AND REPETITIVE STORY LINE,
Between episodes; nine, ten, eleven?
Dumb No way to end a show!
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