Beauty and the Beast Review: Not So Grotesque After All

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Maybe my expectations for the Beauty and The Beast pilot were set too low based on all the early reviews calling it one of the worst premieres of the season, but I didn't think it was that bad.

In fact, I thought it was pretty good. 

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Beauty and The Beast is in The CW's sweet spot: beautiful people in ridiculous or supernatural (or both!) situations with sexy undertones and emotionally stirring music that makes you totally buy in to their world of questionable plots and lustful glances.

Vincent Keller, "The Beast," is part of an experimental military genetics program? And he's a scientific genius? AND he's hot 99% of the time except when his adrenaline kicks in? Yup, it's a CW show through and through. As long as you're aware of that tuning in, I see only good things in your future.

Quick disclaimer: I've never seen the original Beauty and The Beast TV show that aired back in the late 80's, so I'm not judging this "remake" by i's predecessor. Great. Moving on.

Jay Ryan, most recently seen in the ill-fated Terra Nova, does a great job filling that much beloved role of the brooding CW supernatural hunk. He's not at Ian Sommerhalder's level, but let's face it, no one is. His transformation into the beast (is it a proper noun? Should it be The Beast?) was a little goofy and reminded me of Twilight, which, for the record, is never a compliment.

Kirsten Kreuk of Smallville fame is more believable in her role as a detective than I thought possible. That fight scene on the subway platform was impressive, but I did think it was pretty funny that Vincent only saved her once she had beaten the bad guys mostly to death. 

Ironically, the most ridiculous thing about the premiere wasn't the whole "Beauty and the Beast" plot but the "murder of the week" storyline. Using cosmetics to kill and frame people? It's just like the plot of Catwoman! Which, for the record, is also never a compliment. 

Beauty and The Beast has the makings of a classic CW show. There's lots for the network's legions of die hard fans to love and lust after here.

What did you think? Grade the premiere now:


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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (155 Votes)

I dreaded watching this show because of the bad reviews it got but I really liked it. It was a pretty decent pilot. It probably won't be the most watched show on television but for those of us with a little romance in our souls will find this show enjoyable. Okay, I'll admit that The Beast could have looked a little more, well, beastly. And to those who keep judging Kristin by saying she's more a damsel in distress than a though chick, did you not watch the last few seasons of Smallville? She completely transformed and kicked ass literally! Peronally, if I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it either because she has such a sweet face. But trust me, Kristin can do jaded, bad ass just fine and look fantastic doing it. Hell, in the last few seasons of Smallville, after divorcing Lex, she even had a little psycho thrown in there for good measure. She's the biggest reason why I'm going to continue to watch this show.


I saw the original. This just wasn't up to that level. Vincent of the 80's was more beastly and believable. And Lana Lang as a hardened cop? Pulease! I kept waiting for Superman to save her! The original Catherine Chandler was attacked and left for dead. Vincent found her and saved her by giving her some of his blood. It made them have a bond where he could sense when she was scared or in danger. This Beast has kept up with this Catherine like a stalker, Creepy!


I only watched because Grey's wasn't on this week. However, I'm glad I did. Though I'm still 50/50 and the show COULD have a chance to continue, I'll have to DVR it to keep up as Grey's is much more of a prominent show for me.


Wow. So, we finally found somebody who doesn't think this show sucks horrendously. Plus it's more or less tacit advocacy of sticking in abusive relationships. Beast ain't a hideous monster who really has a heart of gold, he's an Abercrombie & Fitch model with (horror of horrors!) a scar. Who's an asshole. But don't worry ladies, if you stick with your asshole boyfriend through thick and thin you just might discover the heart of gold! And also Kristen Kreuk's character backstory is pretty much ripped holly from Kate Beckett's. For the love of god, their names are even pretty much the same!


Okay - we're all entitled to our opinion, right? Okay... I actually can't believe that we were watching the same show. I thought this was awful. The beast is gorgeous even when he's in beast mode. There's no real conflict if there's nothing repelling Beauty and "Beast" from each other, no uncertainty, no repulsion. Hell, she's already in love. The dialogue was laughable. Mom: "You're lucky I was on call!" Lana: "It's not luck. you always come running when I call." SERIOUSLY? Jay Ryan is wooden, and Kreuk isn't even close to convincing as a tough New York City cop. Oh - and New York City? I'm from Toronto...that was Toronto. They didn't even try to make it look like New York. Oh - and best part. You're a pre-law student turned cop...and you run away from an oncoming train IN THE SAME DIRECTION OF THE TRAIN?


... Are you both being paid by cw? One of the worst things I've ever seen, and that includes two broke girls


A really decent series preimiere and over-all episode. Who knew Kristen could be funnny. Overall really good. I think i might keep tuning in.

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Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Vargas:This is where he lives? A chemical plant?
Cat: He's a researcher, maybe he works from home?
Vargas: Or maybe it's a meth lab.
Cat: Just my type.

Everyone told me it was just a coyote or a bear. This thing I thought I had seen was just a result of my concussion or post traumatic stress. No, the men who killed my mother were beasts. I believed them. Until now.