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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: "PILOT" REVIEW

Well, ladies? How brave is it? Are you, say, brave enough to fall in love with a large, attractive muscular man who's totally devoted to you and available 24/7? Do you have that kind of courage? Because if not, there's the door, missy! Hoo boy. Back in '87, CBS ran a show starring Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), which was a modern take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Hamilton played Catherine, an ADA who, due to a traumatic incident, develops an empathetic bond with a "beast"-type man named Vincent (Perlman) who lives down in the tunnels underneath Manhattan. Perlman had the full-on prosthetics going, giving him a lion-dude quality and allowing the story to truly be about Cat falling for Vincent's inner beauty. Anyhow, it wasn't that great. It lasted for three seasons, the last of which didn't even have Hamilton. But whatever your opinion of the series, you'd probably agree (if you're old enough) that it was memorable. If for no other reason than there weren't a lot of shows on TV back then outside of CBS, NBC and ABC and this one starred a guy with extensive lion make-up and Sarah Connor. Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/11/beauty-and-the-beast-pilot-review

Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Review “Pilot” — In Which Nothing Is Particularly Beastly

Do you know what the most surprising thing was about  Beauty and the Beast ‘s pilot episode  was, dear reader? It didn’t completely suck. I mean the extended trailer made it look absolutely ridiculous, I’ve never been a fan of Kristen Kreuk, and Vincent doesn’t even  look  like a beast most of the time! But while the season  1 premiere was formulaic, it had just enough good stuff in it to make me want to watch more. The case being investigated is barely worth mentioning; a woman being killed by her husband’s mistress is nothing new, and I’m pretty sure this case has been on one or more of the CSIs at one time or another. Pro: it served it’s purpose and brought Vincent back into Cat’s life. Con: we’ll probably have more of these overdone cases in future episodes. It doesn’t take long for Cat to learn that Vincent is the ‘beast’ that saved her after her mother was gunned down nine years previously, and it takes even less time for the sparks to start flying between them. It’s ridiculously cliche, but the actors make it work; I almost  like  Kristen Kreuk in this and Jay Ryan is pretty enough to pull off the brooding guy in the shadows role. (He gets bonus points for a pretty good accent, too.) Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/12/beauty-and-the-beast-season-1-pilot-in-which-nothing-is-particularly-beastly/

Beauty and the Beast Review: Not So Grotesque After All

Maybe my expectations for the  Beauty and The Beast   pilot  were set too low based on all the early reviews calling it one of the worst premieres of the season, but I didn't think it was that bad. In fact, I thought it was pretty good.  Beauty and The Beast  is in The CW's sweet spot: beautiful people in ridiculous or supernatural (or both!) situations with sexy undertones and emotionally stirring music that makes you totally buy in to their world of questionable plots and lustful glances. Vincent Keller, "The Beast," is part of an experimental military genetics program? And he's a scientific genius? AND he's hot 99% of the time except when his adrenaline kicks in? Yup, it's a CW show through and through. As long as you're aware of that tuning in, I see only good things in your future. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2012/10/beauty-and-the-beast-review-not-so-beastly-after-all/#ixzz296gE1Gw6