CBS (ended 1990)
Well said, I too have always been captivated by a love story that is complex or unaccepted by society either by stature, looks, religion or origin. It was watching Beauty and the Beast that I learned to appreciate classical music, poetry and yes even ballet. In the third season we learn that nothing is forever but love can be transformed.
Yes, in this time of so much stress in the world, the 'Of Love and Hope' cd has been my constant companion on the road. How beautiful it is to listen to Vincent and remember the places where he either recited the poetry or the music played. Too bad that classy things on TV always get the boot.
I still hope for a TV movie or reunion of some sort in the future.
I don't know where 0042 is getting this information in regards to Linda Hamilton's departure from the series. You cannot always believe what you read. When the show was cancelled I read every colunm, and watched every interview to try and make sense of Linda's departure. I was a huge fan very disappointed with her decision, I could not understand why an actress doing a series that was doing so well, nominated for many awards could just walk away. She had her reasons, pregnancy, mental illness (which she admited a few years ago), and the comitment of doing a series that she gave all of herself in order to make work. The media has not always been kind to her, there has even been comments of her sexuall preference. As I said before in one of my other posts she did what she had to do. I know she prefers the big screen, she went on to do the Terminator about two years after the series was cancelled, Dante's Peak and many others. It would disappoint me if she had returned to television in another series.
Have you seen the final season yet?
I've recently watched it for the second time round and I have to admit, it's pretty good. I was carefully watching to see if there was any hint of a romance between Vincent and Diana but was pleased that the writers did not go down that road, until perhaps the very last sentence of the series when Vincent told Diana that she was a blessing to him. Was that a hint of a developing relationship? It was cleverly left to the viewer to decide...I've decided that Vincent remained loyal to Catherine!
I still live in hope that Ron Koslow will bring them back and show us all that Catherine was forced into a witness protection programme for 20 years and will reunite her with Vincent and their son!!!
Welcome vcloved, Are you a new fan? I have been a fan for 20 years (that tells you a lot about my age). I too have been waiting for closure, it would be great to see these two characters back even for a made for tv movie. There is a book out by Karen L. Haws that is quite believable and she starts where the series ended. And yes, the love between Vincent and Catherine is restored in a very creative plot. You can check it out at http://stores.lulu.com/honeytreeenterprises, you can preview the first chapter in her blog won't hurt to try.
Let me know what you think!.
Even if the quote in the first post of this thread isn't quite accurate I can see where it would come from, because for the premise to work, it'd pretty much have to be locked in to a certain phase of their relationship. In some ways, it's like the Star Trek shows, or really any ongoing series that rely on a certain group of people to make it work. It would be very much against the show's bible to have something with such finality happen to a major character. That's why it surprised me so much when they decided Catherine's character was going to be off the show. In some very major ways, it changed the essence of the show and it lost a great deal of what made it unique.
Speaking as what seems to be a member of a minority here (I'm male but I still absolutely loved the show), I kind of felt cheated by the way that whole storyline went... the final episodes felt to me like the writers had lost their way and just couldn't keep it going anymore. The third season pretty much proved the feeling correct because the magic just wasn't there anymore. I can in some ways sympathize with the writers because there are only so many things you can do with characters you can't have really move forward and let their relationship progress the way it normally would. There are only a certain number of times that Catherine's life could be in danger and Vincent come to save the day before it got ho hum boring. I was rather surprised that they didn't decide to have a wedding in the last few episodes. You can't tell me that with all the people down there in the tunnels they didn't have a priest or minister, or know someone who was, that could have performed the ceremony. Yeah, it would have been cliched and trite, but wouldn't it have been better than the way the show actually DID end?
Nice to see feed back from a member of the minority group of fans that love BATB. It was rather sad the way they ended it and we (the fans ) agree with you it would be nice to have wrapped up the series with a happier ending. And it's true, the writers were scrambling to keep the episodes fresh and still maintain the essence of the show.
However, I also know that a lot of the writers and producers did not want it to end that way. As much as I disliked the third season for the obvious, the actors especially Ron Perlman playing a grieving Vincent was an amazing performance.
Hi Lolipop, I have brought up that same question myself, I have looked at other sights to see if there was any links that we may possibly go to, and leave a message to the producers of the show. Other than similar sights as this one, I have not found any direct link to be able to do that. I am hoping that word gets out and someone looks at all the BATB fan sights and realizes it is still very much alive.
I have gone to the Marina sight where they have an interview with R. R. Martin a few years back and he did say that Linda Hamilton would not go back to play the roll of Catherine. However, he also went on to say that if there was a good script for the big screen, big dollar amounts she may feel differently. As for Ron Perlman, I saw an interview with him when the first Hellboy movie came out and when he was asked about perhaps playing Vincent, he said he would fill the shoes.
So if you find anything that we can petition and promote for a sequel keep us informed.