No "Beauty", But Not Much "Beast" Either Review

It's all part of the new Vincent.

Did you see the first season of Beauty & the Beast (2012)? Then let me catch you up. Are you familiar with the fairy tale by Beaumont? Well, it's got absolutely nothing to do with that. In fact, the show would probably be better named Beauty & the Beautiful Thing We Call a Beast Because He Has Scar. Maybe that's longer than what they wanted. Anyway, Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) is an ass-kicking NYPD detective who befriends (and, by season 2, falls in love with) a ass-kicking shadow-dweller called Vincent (Jay Ryan). Vincent is an ex-soldier who was genetically interfered with, giving him superpowers when he makes an ugly face--quite like the vampires from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). Sadly, after many romantic and thrilling adventures, Vincent is kidnapped and reemerges (for season 2) having forgotten everything but with super spidey senses and a mission to kill all similarly mutated creatures.

Then many romantic and thrilling adventures ensue. Beauty & the Beast is no ground breaker. It looks, sounds, and feels like many other romantic adventure television shows with supernatural flairs. Mythology is created and discarded willy-nilly to shoe-horn any piece of saccharine nonsense the many writers have come up with on a weekly basis. People date one another, love then hate one another, find out this evil guy is actually a father of one of the characters whose brother was actually the evil genius behind pseudo-science, backstory, blah blah blah. We aren't going anywhere, we aren't learning anything, we're just enjoying that guilty pleasure that feeds our stupid, adolescent brain.

Bonus Features

"Season in Review: The Beast is Back", "From Script to Screen: Creating an Episode" (though they forgot to mention the mood-randomizer machine, but that might be classified), "Set Tour: The Gentleman's Club" (the hilarious story point that Vincent and a secondary character live in a former strip club), Gag Reel, and Deleted Scenes.

"Beauty & the Beast Season 2" is on sale May 19, 2015 and is not rated. Action. Directed by Allan Kroeker, Bradley Walsh, Fred Gerber, Grant Harvey, Jeff Renfroe, Mairzee Almas, Michael Robison, Norma Bailey, Paul A Kaufman, Rich Newey, Rick Bota, Steven A Adelson, Stuart Gillard, Sudz Sutherland. Written by Brad Kern, Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, John A. Norris, Roger Grant, Eric Tuchman, Wendy Straker Hauser, Rupa Magge, Pamela Sue Anton, Melissa Glenn, Vanessa Rojas. Starring Jay Ryan, Kristin Kreuk.

Jason Ratigan • Staff Writer

A lawyer-turned-something-else with a strong appreciation for film and television.  He knows he can't read every great book ever written, but seeing every good movie ever made is absolutely doable.  Check out his other stuff on Wordpress.


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