Beauty and the Beast Series Premiere Review: Nope.

Beauty and the Beast S01E01: "Pilot"

It is our duty as rational thinkers to constantly compare, contrast, evaluate, quantify, and qualify every sensation or notion we experience during our brief existences in this realm. These snap judgments are not only necessary for learning and adapting to new things, it's how we develop tastes and the ability to seek out the best things. So it's good, then, that terrible things exist, because terrible things help us determine what's great. That is one good thing about Beauty and the Beast: As the undisputed worst new show of the fall season, it makes the good shows seem even better by contrast. The Vampire Diaries. Teen Wolf. And yes, The Secret Circle. But yeah, no. There is nothing else redeemable about this thing. IT IS THE WORST.

The list of ways in which Beauty and the Beast is terrible is long and maddening, but let's begin with the titular Beauty. In the most outrageous bit of miscasting all season, Smallville's tiny, permanently teenaged Kristin Kreuk stars as Catherine Chandler, a tough-as-nails NYPD detective (!) whd turned to a life of crime-stopping after her mother was murdered by some random hoodlums in the pilot's first scene. That cold open itself was a huge red flag for just how creatively bankrupt this show would turn out to be: Catherine and her mother were simply attempting to jumpstart Catherine's car when two dudes drove up and shot Catherine's mom in cold blood. Yup, that's it! By comparison, think back to the nightmarish fire-murder that began The Secret Circle, or the terrifying highway-homicide-from-above in The Vampire Diaries' first episode. Beauty and the Beast just had some middle-aged lady getting shot. Good brainstorming! Nothing says supernatural-sci-fi-fantasy-romance like a rote shooting. Way to put your best foot forward, professional storytellers! Anyway, that was terrible, as was Kreuk's entire performance. This role made her stint as Chun-Li seem PERFECT AND INSPIRED.

Now let's talk about the titular Beast. As you may have noticed from the above picture, as Doctor-Soldier Vincent Keller, Jay Ryan is nobody's definition of a beast. Nope, not even with that scar on his face. As the pilot unfolded and we learned that HE had been the mysterious creature that saved Catherine's life from the men who killed her mother, there was a lingering hope that the more we learned about Keller, the more his beastliness would come into compelling focus. But nope! The more we learned about him, the worse the premise became. Apparently after 9/11 Vincent was inspired to hang up his surgical scrubs, join the army, and allow the army to alter his DNA to include genes from tigers, bears, wombats, crickets, baby sharks, who even knows. So he's sort of a beast now! Sometimes! Like sometimes he'll lose his temper and tear up a criminal or shout at Catherine. Other than that he's kind, empathetic, sensitive, hot like fire, ultra boring, and a perfect catch for an unconvincing NYPD detective. Oh, and just FYI because this is important, he doesn't even have the decency to appear half-naked at any point. Teen Wolf this show is not.

Aside from the characters' introductions to one another and Catherine's slow acceptance of Vincent's alleged beastliness, the rest of the pilot featured an outrageously boring crime plotline that, believe me, you will not care about. In fact, what was especially amazing about this episode was that its most compelling aspect was how dramatically it called into question the creators' and The CW's thought processes.

• Why remake an old '80s TV series but change basically everything about the premise and character dynamics?

• Why tell us that Catherine is a seasoned cop but then constantly put her in situations from which the beast must save her?

• Is having our heroine fall in love with a man who readily admits he may snap and murder her really a good message to send to young girls?

• Was Kristin Kreuk really the best choice for this role?

• Was this show really the best choice for Kristin Kreuk?

• If you're going to make the decision that the beast look handsome and sexy, then why is he still so unappealing?

• Did it concern anybody that a show with romance built into its premise has lead characters with absolutely no chemistry or charisma whatsoever?

• Did it concern anybody that at no point in the pilot does anybody say anything clever or original?

• Did anybody voice concerns that maybe tying in the beast's origins to 9/11 wasn't the most tasteful idea?

• Did The CW legitimately believe that this series would develop a larger or more passionate fan base than The Secret Circle?

• How did a rough-draft script get filmed? Was there a mix-up at Kinko's?

• How could a show so cravenly based on a calculated business decision still fail so spectacularly at achieving a minimum standard of entertainment?

• How embarrassed is everyone on the cast and crew of the work they've done here? Very? Enormously? Infinitely?

I don't have answers, only questions. But for now Beauty and the Beast is such a fundamental failure that its badness isn't even FUN to watch. It's so bad it's bad. It was a waste of my time and if you watched it, it was a waste of yours. Jump in a dumpster, Beauty and the Beast.


What did YOU think of the Beauty and the Beast premiere?

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I miss the secret circle
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BRING BACK TSC!!!
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I don't know if this show is as terrible as described. However, I do know it's definitely not as good as The Secret Circle, which I miss terribly. Why is a stupid show like America's Next Top Model still on and Ringer is gone? CW PISSES ME OFF!!!!
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episode 2 wasn't bad....
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And also, might I add..THEY REPLACED THE SECRET CIRCLE WITH THIS!? What an insult.
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I could see from the promos of the show, even before it started, that it was going to be cancelled. I watched maybe two minutes of the pilot and was already bored to tears. After a show like Vamprie Diaries...you really gotta make it special if you wanna steal the attention of our minds that are still trying to process whatever happened in TVD.
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THANK YOU!! I love Kristin Kreuk and my best friend said she loved the show, but I haven't even been able to get through the first episode. I keep trying because I want to love the show really bad. At least now I know that it is not just me!

P.S. I LOVED The Secret Circle and this is what replaced it.. REALLY!?!?
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It has potentiel 4 sure! Also her moms death wasn't random. They shot HER to flush HIM out!
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Let's deep-fry this shit into oblivion and get Cult on the airwaves ASAP...
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I know it's impossible but I still wish The Secret Circle was back.
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Me too.
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Please let me begin by saying I completely agree with your review. I would like to add however that the "...outrageously boring crime plotline..." was completely stolen aka plagarised from an episode of The Closer. Trust me when I say the original was much better. It is not cool to steal the entire story from another show AND make it suck.
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This is the CW. Not CBS. Don't expect CW to be able to do the same sort of class with this version as CBS did with the original. That's just unrealistic on your part.
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I have to disagree with "undisputed worst new show of the fall season", there have been a lot more shows worse then Beauty and the Beast. "The Mob Doctor", and "Animal Practice"....just to name a few...



I thought the pilot was just okay, not too good, not that bad...the CW should have just kept "The Secret Circle".
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Animal Practice isn't great - granted, but it's absolutely better than Beauty and the Beast
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Ever since I saw a couple of episodes "Vampire diaries" Kristin is like nail on a blackboard to me. She ruins the show.
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She's never been on The Vampire Diaries.
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man.....B&B wasn't so bad.....i mean there are some shows a lot worse than B&B.....and it was just pilot .....it still has potential ....don't be so harsh on the show ....

and since the secret circle was mentioned......I still don't understand why it was canceled.....

The show was great and casting was great....Diana.....

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The worst new show???? Obviously you didn't watch the Mindy Project !
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I thought Guys With Kids was the worst new show.
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holy shit men! you just ripped this show a new one... DAMN
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After they cancelled The Secret Circle, I decided I wasn't watching a single more second of any CW show! Well... with the exception of finishing up with Supernatural whenever it should end. Guilty there. But I'm even refusing to watch Arrow even though I've heard good things. So to get to my point, the fact that they would make such a piece of utter garbage and put it on air rather than bring back TSC with it's great story and great cast... I'm gonna puke. Price is typically pretty harsh (read: Dexter last season) but I've never seen him tear any show a new one quite like this. Just f'n bring back Secret Circle. Just f'n do it. God almighty.
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For the first episode, Arrow did pretty good actually. I hope they keep that pace up.
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I was about to say something about this show... but, once again, Peterson took the words right out of my mind.

So don't bother, kids - this one is definitely as bad as anyone already said it is.
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I'd watch anything with KK.
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Well, if you had the TV muted, it'd probably not be so bad.
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I am just going to post here again because this review has become very popular and reviews have been mixed. Before it aired all reviews were bad and people got interested and now reviews are divided.

I liked the pilot, I will watch next week and give it a chance because CW Pilots are not always great but most improve. I really like Jay Ryan and watching him in such an angsty role when I was used to watching him in Go Girls, Offspring and Sea Patrol its awesome.

I liked the characters and all the action.
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I must be one of the few who didn't like The Secret Circle that much. But I do love the (French) fairytale of the "Beauty and the Beast". I was a fan of the 80ies take on that tale but it made the Beast too beastly. In the fairytale, the Beast IS a handsome prince who was cursed by a witch to find true love. So, I don't have any problems with this Beast being a handsome former doctor. He is ugly enough when he morphes. The CW took a spin to the story and added no damsel in distress but a female cop (and although I don't like K. Kreuk that much she fared well enough). Watching the pilot I felt reminded of the animated show called "The Gargoyles" (anyone remember Goliath and Elisa?). Although the pilot didn't sweep me off my feet I still enjoyed watching it. I'm giving it three more episodes to develop a little more. It's never hit or miss with a new series with me. It took me even four episodes to warm up to Person of Interest. I don't know what you were expecting, Price, but for me it was a nice fantasy romance. If you were expecting a supernatural thriller you only could end up totally disappointed with BATB.

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I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who thought of one of my beloved childhood cartoons "Gargoyles" when I saw this. I think that this show has potential and I will continue to watch it for a few more episodes before I judge its worthiness. Overall I thought that the pilot wasn't great, but certainly was nowhere near bad either. If the writers are able to further develop this story they could have a winner on their hands.
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I feel like this and Arrow are what you call guilty pleasures, or at least they could be. While the pilot didn't wow me and I'm not sure about the chemistry of the two main characters it is only the first episode. I think I will give it a few more before completely dismissing it. Also on the fact the beast is not that beastly looking, look at the demographic CW is trying to reach, mostly 16-25 yr. olds who have watched and loved things such as Twilight and Vampire Diaries where the men playing the vampires, a horrific creature of the night, are young, hot and beautiful. We just have to admit it, over the years our scary movie/tv monsters have morphed into hot beautiful ones, not that that is always a bad thing, I just don't know if it is a bad thing for this particular show yet.
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Kristin Kreuk is still the hottest person alive...
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I like The Secret Circle better then this, even Arrow...looked better...but i didn't dislike it either...

I thought it was quit funny to see him change like that...while in the original the Beast was constantly the Beast...to be honest...even if she is not such a great actress, i still liked the fight scene by the Metro....like i said before about this show...we should watch like 4 episodes before we can for sure give a straight up review about it...it is too soon to tell how this will go...but if i could choose between this and TSC then it would be for sure TSC....!!!
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In my opinion the pilot wasn't as bad as the review made it out to be. The beast is a 'beast' you can see him morph during the rage scenes. Catherine turned to a life of crime-stopping BECAUSE her mom was killed, hence instead of becoming a lawyer she became a cop. I agree with crazyasian that it has some pacing issues. They didn't emphasize on the right aspects and the detective work was too elementary. Maybe a cop wasn't a good choice of a lead character for KK, she doesn't have that "badassiveness". But she's perfect for the emotional stuff. We'll just have to wait and see how they develop the story to make you want to watch the next episode. I'm thinking though that its gonna be 90% new case and 10% continuation of any story line with each episode.
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In my opinion the pilot wasn't as bad as the review made it out to be. The beast is a 'beast' you can see him morph during the rage scenes. Catherine turned to a life of crime-stopping BECAUSE her mom was killed, hence instead of becoming a lawyer she became a cop. I agree with crazyasian that it has some pacing issues. They didn't emphasize on the right aspects and the detective work was too elementary. Maybe a cop wasn't a good choice of a lead character for KK, she doesn't have that "badassiveness". But she's perfect for the emotional stuff. We'll just have to wait and see how they develop the story to make you want to watch the next episode. I'm thinking though that its gonna be 90% new case and 10% continuation of any story line with each episode.
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I didn't watch it and don't intend to, but maybe they're planning to slowly transforming the Beast from human into Beast al la Peter Parker's transformation from Spider-Man to Man-Spider. I would then understand the whole fall in love with the beauty before he turns into the beast. Although that would be a lot vainer than the 80's series where the lead saw the beauty inside the beast. Maybe the CW thought Kreuk would be great for this roll because of her past roll as Lex Luthor's love interest. He was a beast, and they lacked chemistry then too.
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I just though of something... this show is on the CW, right? Doesn't it make sense then that "The Beast" is good-looking? I mean, it's the CW. If they had a show about the zombie apocalypse, those would be the hottest damn zombies anyone's ever seen. That's just how they roll.
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i watched it because i wanted to see the trainwreck of a show you were talking about, turns out it wasnt than terrible, i have seen worst, like for example i love tvd now but tvd pilot was one of the most awfull things i have ever seen sooo i dont know i feel like there's hope still for this one
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Agreed. Definitely the worst pilot I've ever seen. I was actually asking myself if it was intentional throughout the whole thing. I mean, come on, it's gotta be. No one could make something this bad without trying, right?
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Here's the thing. The show has some pacing issues and the writing is not the best but it's not the worst thing ever. I mean I was able to sit through the entire episode. That being said, the show has a lot of problems. That cold opening was kind of awkward and that scene with the pot head man whore "bf" was special. Also, I can't get over how pretty the "beast:" is. Just because he has an "average looking" best friend doesn't really counter balance it.

You know what I can't help compare it to? Castle. I assume KK is suppose to be like Becket, smart, tough, savvy, with a tragic past that drives her, but she just come off as, I want to say, girlish.
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I'm not going to compare this to the original series because that would just be wrong. I don't know what the hell this is. All I'm going to say is pigtails doesn't always make you look younger.
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I totally agree with everything you said. The casting on this show is terrible and I really can't think of a single thing that I liked about it. Arrow is definitely better.
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I'm starting to think that I may have to watch this, just to see if it's better or worse than Arrow. Arrow got a good review, and mostly positive comments, but it was pretty hard to point at specific things that were good other than the fact that it was a superhero show. The pilot (of Arrow) had many, many examples of sloppy writing/production. I wonder if BatB has more flaws, flaws that are more annoying (I find both of those very hard to believe), worse acting (it wasn't that good on Arrow, so I expect it to be about the same), or if people are complaining just because the show is called Beauty and the Beast.
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OK, I finally watched it. It was nowhere near as bad as people are suggesting. I'd say that it's at about the same level as Arrow, which by the way, is nowhere near as good as its tv.com review is suggesting.

The only thing that I think makes Arrow look a bit more promising than BATB is that this seems to be mainly a case of the week show, while Arrow looks like it's going to have more of a continuous story.

What I liked the least about this pilot was the procedural part. The case of the week was boring, and at the end they did something really stupid that The Mentalist does every week: As soon as they informed the murderer that she was a suspect, and that they knew the motive, she immediately confessed.
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I watched both and I have to say Arrow wasn't the best quality TV out there but it still was loads better than BatB. I think I'll watch Arrow and have fun doing it. I don't think I have it in me to so much as hate-watch BatB...
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it would have been ok if it weren`t for the uneasy relationship between her and her partner and the ME and that useless scene with her ex... i feel like they tried to do too much in one episode, hoping from left to right to left again ... this could have started real slow with a simple procedural feel to it and then possibly end on a cliffhanger over what the beast is...i`m not in a hurry to find out who and how did he become a beast...well, it`s just an opinion but the writers and director need to get their act together if they want to make more than 6 episodes out of this

But this is not the first time i`ve seen a not so brilliant pilot followed by some way better episodes so i`m giving it a chance, after all i didn`t hate it... i just didn`t like it either.
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um NOPE. This show is a poor excuse for entertaiment! Anyone who disagrees has BAD TASTE. Sorry, truth hurts! -BRING BACK THE SECRET CIRCLE!-
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Why do you attack other people with opinions?
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You lost some credibility there with the final sentence.
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I'll watch next week due to the Kreuk factor.
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I try to be fair so....I watched B&B. I didn't hate it. The problem, however, is I didn't particularly like it either. I can't even say that it suffered from Pilot-itis that most pilots tend to suffer from, because I didn't feel an overwhelming plethora of information being thrown at me just to set a foundation. On the contrary, there was very little foundation really established. There was an uncertainty to how they wrote everything that had me sensing that they aren't even sure which direction they are going with this series yet. If any of that makes any sense whatsoever. They settled for the quick action type of stuff to intrigue the audience, the opening with KK as a teen and her mom being attacked. The beast coming to their rescue, or the fighting scene at the train station with the blood spraying on the camera in a way that reminded me of my cousins playing Mortal Kombat as a kid. Cheap thrills used to entertain the audience while everything else falls by the wayside.

I found a great deal of it choppy and in-cohesive. I really didn't believe KK as this badass detective and I felt her partner had more spunkiness than she did. I found the Beast to be very unbeastly. He's the carbon copy cutout of the traditional brooding supernatural male lead who possesses a hefty amount of self-loathing and has a hero complex. I wasn't expecting him not to be, but I am waiting to see his interpretation of a staple. It isn't so much that it's the cliche as it is how someone chooses to add something or switch something up in the cliche and as of now it's just empty. Pilots are supposed to give you a feel for the character, help you grasp the concept of the show, establish the plots and stories, the pacing. I felt like this pilot didn't really do any of that. It was mindless entertainment. It was a trifle dull, unnecessarily slow, and upon it's conclusion I blinked and for a brief second I was left trying to figure out if I actually watched it or if I fell asleep somewhere through it. It lacked presence. The only thing worse than invoking negative attention is to invoke utter indifference. That's where it left me. Indifferent and completely devoid of any emotion. That being said it's a pilot, so I may consider watching one more episode to get a better grasp on it. I honestly don't know how this show will fare. I really don't see it earning as much ratings as they'd like. I almost felt bad thinking about it not lasting very long when I seen Brian White in the episode. Seeing him reminded me of his character in CBS' Moonlight, another show he was in that was canceled. Although that one I felt had a chance and should have gone on more than a season. Even though I am/was a TSC fan I can't even bother to compare and contrast. Yes, I'd have preferred to have TSC for a second season. It earned that. But I honestly don't see this show picking up more viewers than TSC had going, and it certainly won't have the viewers from the TVD lead in, which has me wondering what on Earth they have planned to for this death spot on Thursday nights? It's a tough slot on it's on being up against hits like POI on CBS, Glee on Fox, and Grey's on ABC.
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good

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not that bad

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They cancelled the secret circle for this? disgrace is what it is.
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Even though I didn't hate B&B I do agree that Secret Circle was WAY better and I still can't believe they cancelled it!
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I really enjoyed this show...your review stank...
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I want my 42 minutes back!!! I loved the original show Ron/Vincent had to put on that beast like face everyday for about 5 years. That was dedication! This was just bad, there is no beast, and I'm not sure who's supposed to be the beauty... ANYWAY I'm m'as because once again they used my beloved Canada for NYC, what's up with this over acting Accent si do bad. They'll be lucky if they made it by Christmas!
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I like Kristin & Jay but they are not fitted for the characters. And the screenwriter are responsible for this show's failure.
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Price, I've never disagreed with you before. I feel a little dirty about it.



BUT, I actually liked this pilot. Granted, it's not going to change the world or anything, but it's mindless entertainment. Plus, I'm from Toronto, and I'm pretty pumped that it's giving my actor-friends some jobs! Between this, Nikita, Covert Affairs and Warehouse 13, Toronto is KILLING IT.
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Big Dundas Square shot lol I love it :) makes me homesick
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I did enjoy the premiere, but not in a "Wooooo!!! I gotta see the next one as in RIGHT NOW!" kinda way. I had issues with it. I'm willing to go with the whole "hot guy transforming into the Hulk" thing, although hello! Copying Marvel Comics much? I'm willing to believe that Kristin Kreuk can be a kickass detective. Yes, I did see her in Street Fighter and ok, yes, that was a bit hard to swallow, but I'm willing to go with it. She's not one of my favourite actors, but I'm willing to go with it.



But! Yes, here it comes. If you're going to do a cop show (even a supernatural one) your supporting acting staff needs to be good. I don't like the partner they gave KK. There's just something off about the way she's written. Like she's trying too hard. And the ME with his smarmy British accent doesn't work for me either. Again, trying too hard. Also, did it bother anyone that it felt like they cut screen through the entire case. Like, here we have a clue, cut screen to suspect, cut screen to another suspect, boom! solved! It didn't have a good flow.



Now as for the whole Beast thing, guess what! We're going to find out her mom had something to do with designing the Beast shots that created the soldiers. Can't you just see this coming a mile away? Just like the FBI agents that tried to kill KK on the subway platform.



This is a bit "been there, done that", but I'm willing to give it a shot and see where they're going with it. Who knows? Maybe this will become one of the hottest new shows ever. I mean, some truly horrible shows started with great pilots. Why can't the opposite be true too?
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I didn't watch because it comes on during something else that I deem more important.

But, since it's so awful, I NEED to see it now. Thank you!
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...the vice-presidential debate?
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I made the mistake of reading this review before watching the pilot. After finally building up the courage to see it for myself I can't say that I found it as bad as you're making it out to be. Sure, it's not the greatest pilot out there but not the worst either. I think that if you accept it for what it is and don't compare it to the Disney tale (did anyone actually expect it to be like that) it's not that bad. I'm going to check out the next episode or two and then make up my mind. I also disagree about the chemistry part.
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I didnt watch it but the previews didnt seem that great. However my opinion may be biased because I am one of the "passionate secret circle fans" . When I think of beauty and the beast I think of the disney movie. If they would have based the show off of that aspect I think it could be very appealing.

-Heres my rendition of beauty and the beast the tv series -

Time setting: Victorian age or turn of the 20th century, virginia.

Cast:

Bell, Shelly Hennig (diana from tsc).

Beast, Obviously chris zylka ;).

Bells father, clint eastwood (or someone with that nature)

Gaston, Taylor lautner

mrs potts, should be like bells governess played by debbie reynolds!

Basically a mix between gone with the wind and beauty and the beast.

Sorry im bored and its crappy weather outside with nothing on tv these days. OBVIOUSLY!
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