Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Beauty and the Beast?

By Price Peterson

Oct 11, 2012

Hey guys, we've screened the pilot of Beauty and the Beast, The CW's new reboot of the 1980s sorta-classic that once starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman as interspecial lovers. So is it worth your time? Here's a quick FAQ to help you determine this information.

What is Beauty and the Beast?

Beauty and the Beast is about a tough, orphaned cop named Catherine Chandler (Smallville's Kristin Kreuk) who forges an uneasy alliance with the handsome man-thing (Terra Nova's Jay Ryan) that once saved her life. As they bond over their common goal of destroying local hoodlums, Catherine begins to discover the sad/shocking truth about Vincent's condition (hint: It involves 9/11!) and may just fall in love with him along the way.

When does it premiere?

Beauty and the Beast debuts Thursday, October 11 at 9pm on The CW.

Who's behind it?

Writers/executive producers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin both previously worked on Unforgettable and Brothers & Sisters. Gary Fleder, the director of the pilot, used to make movies (Kiss the Girls) but now works on literally any TV show that will have him (Vegas, The River, Life Unexpected). But I must point out that despite being fundamentally different in several baffling ways, Beauty and the Beast is based on a 1987 Linda Hamilton-starring TV series created by Ron Koslow.

Who's the target audience?

Women ages 10-14.

What's good about it?

Kristin Kreuk is pretty. Jay Ryan is pretty (his "beast" is more like a shapeshifter, so he looks hunky 98 percent of the time). That's about it.

Are there any not-good parts I should know about?

Almost all of them? Putting aside the very obviously stupid things about this premise, casting, and writing, Beauty and the Beast also traffics in some extremely troubling messages—including an implicit endorsement of women putting up with male rage—as well as a callous reference to 9/11 that truly proves 11 years was still too soon.

Okay, but seriously, should I watch it?

No. Unfortunately the whole thing is too boring to qualify as "so bad it's good." This thing is so bad it's bad. If, in the future, Beauty and the Beast takes a turn for True Blood-style ridiculousness, then it might be worth revisiting. But as is, this pilot is an embarrassing low point for The CW.

Do you have a clip or a trailer I can take a look at?

Drink of choice for my Beauty and the Beast viewing experience?

A soda fountain suicide. (A little bit of every soda mixed together and it all just tastes like garbage.)

Beauty and the Beast debuts Thursday, October 11 at 9pm on The CW.

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  • leungkora Oct 21, 2012

    Where is the Beast?? The guy is Hulk! If the show used another title, it would be much much better.

  • VirnaMedina0 Oct 20, 2012

    i like it. i think you should watch it

  • LouisaCM Oct 18, 2012

    i love it!!!:) i guess people are not really into is because its not like your typical teenage drama, its more crime drama which I love. btw im 17 so guessing its for any age range:) and did i mention i love it!!!!

  • ClairrisaKlas Oct 18, 2012

    AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don`t bother watching I watched like ten minutes. It SUCKED!!!!!!!!

  • JT_Kirk Oct 13, 2012

    Sorry you had to suffer for our benefit, Price.

  • ravynjensen Oct 12, 2012

    Okay, so there are some things wrong with this show, not the least of which is it's level of cheese. BUT, this was just the first episode, it might course correct if given a chance.

    That said, Ron Pearlman's Vincent looked like The Cowardly Lion's understudy 24/7, this Vincent kinda shifts when he gets mad... so he's like a BtVS vamp meets The Hulk? Not really getting the whole Beauty & the Beast vibe yet, especially since Jay Ryan is basically completely hot, thankfully The CW has a pretty high shirtlessness quota that he'll just have to fill soon... I'll tune in for that at least.

  • prowly Oct 12, 2012

    You know what? It really wasn't as bad as Price made it out to be... perhaps the review would have been more positive if Vincent Keller had spent some time shirtless?

    I don't see how the 9/11 reference was even remotely callous. Vincent lost his brothers in the attack, which drove him to enlist in the military. I'm sorry, was there NOT a surge of enlistment after the attack? Plus, the show is set in NYC. How is it even a stretch that a character might have been impacted by the event?

    It's true that Vincent's a bit lacking in the "beast" department, but he's still an exile/outcast. After all, he wants to stay away from people just in case he loses control, and the people behind his condition are trying to eliminate anyone connected to the experiment, so it's not like he can just lead a normal life.

    Besides--and I'm sorry for doing this, y'all--remember Beastly? Alex Pettyfer's "Beast" was a victim of tattoos and piercings. At least this dude sort of turns into a monster.

    My only real complaint is that at the end of the episode, KK was able to completely elude Vincent's enhanced senses when she managed to get all the way up to the second floor of the warehouse in an evening gown without being detected.

  • BlitzBetty Oct 12, 2012

    I just watched it. I couldn't help myself. It's one of those things you know you'll regret, but the curiosity fueling you is jet strength. Now I'm trying really hard not to be pissed Vincent isn't, you know, a beast. He's not even Teen Wolf. I'm bummed. I was hoping for, not a lion-man perhaps, but a freaking beast. He just semi-Hulks. That's it. He doesn't even turn a fun color; just a hot guy with a rad scar. Normally that would work for me, but no. Nooo!

    The plot is another thing. I just...I should have listened. My childhood tears spill for a cancellation.

  • Aesandil Oct 12, 2012

    Not touching it... not even with a several miles long stick.

  • speedroc Oct 12, 2012

    I know someone that is going to scout this for me to save me time and anger. Not only do I have my doubts about this, I'll be even angrier since this is the show that The Secret Circle was cancelled for!!!

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