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Beauty and the Beast, The CW

Review: Beauty and the Beast Re-Imagined on The CW

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Beauty and the Beast, The CW

Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk of Beauty and the Beast | The CW

UPDATE:  CW has picked up Beauty & the Beast for three more scripts.

I took a gander at The CW’s newly re-imagined version of Beauty and the Beast starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan (Terra Nova) in the title roles and I’ve got to say, I rather enjoyed it.

The show has gotten mixed reviews, but I’m a sucker for romance, supernatural or otherwise. Ryan smolders on screen as Vincent Keller, and the sparks fly with co-star Kreuk as Detective Catherine “Cat” Chandler.

Having never really gotten into the previous Beauty and the Beast incarnation starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, I really had nothing to compare this show with (aside from the fairy tale and Disney’s version of it).

In this version of the age-old tale, Keller is a beast by human intervention. Once a human guinea pig in a military super-soldier experiment, Keller is targeted for death by the military after the experiment goes awry. See, when he is enraged, he’s unable to control his super-human strength and heightened senses.

Under the guise of his supposed death, Keller returns home but must remain underground and in the shadows as he is still a hunted man. He does so with the help of his childhood friend, Forbes (Austin Basis).

The story begins in 2003, when Cat is just a lowly student studying for her LSATs and working in a bar. She is witness to her mother’s grisly murder, and just as she’s about to meet the same fate as her mom, someone — or something — races in to save her. Over the years, no one believes that her savior is some human monster;  everyone chalks it up to her hysteria and a forest animal. Fast forward to present day where we find Cat a detective with the NYPD where she once again encounters her rescuer to find out it is Vincent.

So, I can suspend disbelief that this gorgeously hot guy is a “beast,” and while they try to “ugly” him up with a scar and some prosthetics when he goes beastly, he’s still just eye candy to me. I can also suspend disbelief that he has lived in seclusion (somewhat) in an abandoned loft with his buddy (who has an Iron Man-Stark Industries-type setup in his living room). I can suspend disbelief that he roams the streets at night, saving innocent people from various crimes.

What I can’t believe is that Cat makes detective with the NYPD in less than ten years?  From once being a student studying for her LSATs to deciding to join the NYPD to being a beat cop to becoming a detective? I guess it can happen, but it seems highly unlikely. Funny that I couldn’t get past that bit of the storyline, yet the other things I could.

Putting that aside, however, the show held my interest enough to make me want to see what happens next week … and that’s a good thing.

K. L. Connie Wang is a member of the Television Critics Association. She has been published in The Orlando Sentinel, Campus Circle and Latina Bride magazine as well as on such web sites as Parade Magazine, TV Fodder, and The Travel Channel.

An avid reader, Connie is a huge fan of monthly serial romance novels and Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series.

Other interests include shopping (especially when it comes to finding the best bargain!), food (eating, cooking, watching food shows, and eating again), books, online gaming, and traveling when her income affords it.

Follow Connie on Twitter at @BeTheBuddha.

K.L. Connie Wang has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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3 comments

  1. I am so glad you said that about her being a detective! I thought the same thing – willing to believe the whole beast thing and super soldier thing and night-time vigilante thing. But she just seems way too young to have worked her way up the ranks as a detective. But yeah, I’m already a little obsessed with this show and will definitely keep watching. I know he’s working on an antidote, but he and Cat already have great chemistry.

  2. I thought I’d check out your review since I heard Beauty and the Beast just got a full season order. I haven’t been able to watch the show because I’ve been working extra hours at DISH, but I plan to check it out. I already set it to record on my DISH Hopper, which has enough memory to save the entire season, so I can go back and catch up whenever I have time. Your review makes it sound pretty good, too. I’ll have to check it out sooner rather than later.

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