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Thumbs UP for Season One of "The Beast"!

Sharp action-packed series, The Beast keeps watchers on their toes. Who to trust? Only our two main characters: knobby-kneed and wiry Swayze with his pretty-boytoy protege. What makes that fun? Their mutual layers of doubt and the constant verbal badgering that takes place between them. Well-written, nicely shot, this boy on boy (after all, there really are no female characters, except the not-girlfriend who lives upstairs and who does an excellent job of making us see the depth of the sacrifice involved with the undercover work) pseudo-crime-spy-FBI series has taken the genre to the next level. No sappy romance roped (or faked) into the midst of this to slow down the actionadventure, instead this show keeps its eye on its bullseye: plot. The Beast weaves storylines round and round so tightly that even the best Sherlock would be hard pressed to say who is doing what to whom and why. For those who love conspiracy theories, this is a wet dream. And just so we can't wait for more, Episode 12 ends with a surprising "We're not going in, are we?" "Not a chance." Yes, we're left dying to know where "we" are going to next.

The Beast Pilot Episode Recap

The Beast that Patrick Swayze's Barker is referring to is the undercover work that he and his new partner Ellis Dove do for the FBI. But there may be more to the show title than just this simple explanation. Barker may be as much the beast as the job. In the spirit of Vic Mackey and The Shield, A&E's new original series is taking us back to a very dark place in law enforcement. But this time, we're not inside the head of the main player in the series. And therefore, we don't know his true motivations or even what he's up to all the time. That leads us to the reveal at the end of the episode, which may not be a spoiler in that it's been dropped all over the Internet before the episode even aired. Still, I liked the way the episode progressed and how we got to that point. Barker is hard-core and his treatment of Dove throughout the episode is that of a "tough love" mentor. In the end, it seems to be working. Then Dove has the rug pulled out. All in all, this pilot episode was put together pretty well. Even without the "twist" at the end, there would have been enough to keep me interested in coming back and seeing Barker and Dove going undercover in different situations. Interestingly, I thought actor Travis Fimmel was more effective with his acting during his undercover scenes than when he was playing his regular character of Agent Dove. But as for that twist, adding the element of an Internal Affairs investigation into Barker to see if he's gone rogue and putting Dove at the center of it looks to make this show even more fascinating and layered. Poor Dove is going to have an even harder time wooing his downstairs neighbor Rose now. A&E has gotten a lot of publicity on this series, though not perhaps in the way they would have preferred. The series first made the news back in March, when star Patrick Swayze was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during the filming of the pilot. More recently, his publicity tour for the series was interrupted just a few days ago when Swayze was admitted into a hospital for pneumonia, related to the cancer. Hopefully, he can beat the odds with pancreatic cancer and keep plugging along. He's certainly a force to be reckoned with here. In so many ways, Swayze's performance reminded me of Michael Chiklis on The Shield. Sure, the similarities between the characters may have helped, but Chiklis was so brilliant at balancing this total badass on the streets with this more vulnerable side he'd show around his family and friends. So far we've mostly seen the badass, but there's shades of depth yet to be explored. For Complete Recap Read Here

Why do you people hate on this show?

I just can not get why so many people think that this show is awful. I think it is probably one of the best shows on television to be honest with all of you. Somebody said in one of their reviews that this show is too over the top dramatic and should include some comedic relief. I think this show does a great job at showing the realities of what it is like to work as an undercover FBI agent, and it also shows that it is not always fun and games while out on the field. So I guess you can say that I am very happy that this show does not include any cheesy, un-necessary comedic relief. I think the show is great the way it is. btw: I heard that there are two versions of the pilot. One where they edited alot of the cursing, and another where they did not edit any of the cursing.

The Beast Featured Review: Time to get Swayze Crazy?

The Beast premieres tonight on A&E at 10PM starring Patrick Swayze as Charles Barker, a veteran undercover FBI agent, and Travis Fimmel as Ellis Dove, Barker's new rookie partner. While the feature of the show is initially around Patrick Swayze's starring role, I got the chance to preview the first two episodes of the new series, and while Swayze holds his own very well as the show star, it doesn't become the Swayze show. The plot is instantly intense, thick, and intriguing, but the issue I quickly ran into was that with so many great cop/agent shows out there that have an edge of humor, The Beast takes such a strong dive back into the deep drama end of the pool that it seems overly dramatic many times throughout the episodes. It seems all the characters and the show in general takes itself too seriously as it was pure drama constantly with no comic relief, which of course seems like it wouldn't fit with the tone of the show, but unfortunately this lends itself to a few laughs anyway as the characters make overly dramatic gestures with their over-dramatic reactions to many occurrences. For instance, even in a heavy FBI drama, I can't imagine why newbie agent Ellis Dove found it necessary to throw down his cereal bowl, smashing it to smithereens after a confusing and frustrating meeting with a fellow FBI agent who "mysteriously" showed up in Dove's apartment. But the slight dramatic silliness aside, the dark, gritty tone of the show is quite appealing and the city of Chicago makes for the perfect background with its wintery bleakness adding to the chill of the drama and distrust surrounding and engulfing the plot and characters. While this set-up was very well done and draws the viewers in, there was so much packed into the first episodes that was meant to let us get to know the characters and begin to see the main plot and the subplot that I was left a bit confused about what actually happened in the episodes besides the basic idea of the set-up. That may have been the point they wanted to get across, but it didn't seem entirely clear that there wasn't a whole lot more we were meant to understand and remember from those episodes. As far as those main and subplot storylines, the intriguing one actually was the subplot that the FBI suspects Barker of going rogue and are therefore trying to convince Dove to help them dig up dirt on Barker to prove that, but overall, the story is solid, Swayze is solid, and Fimmel shows promise as a strong Swayze sidekick. This one is definitely worth checking out for yourself, so tune in tonight on A&E at 10PM to see if The Beast will be one of your midseason favs and if it turns you Swayze crazy all over again! Check out some promo videos and photos of the show: The Beast 10 Minute Preview Behind the Beast: Overview Behind the Beast: Barker Behind the Beast: Ellis Behind the Beast: Stunts