Beauty and the Beast Review: Swan Dive

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"Proceed with Caution" is the last thing I want Beauty and the Beast to do. I'll explain why and you can tell me if I'm a total crackpot. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

To be totally honest, the story of Beauty and the Beast has never appealed to me; not enough to watch the 80s series or the Disney cartoon version. I have no idea what it's supposed to be about, other than a beastly man who wins the heart of a beautiful woman with his own inner beauty. That's where my entire knowledge base ends, and it may not even be correct.

Cat with Questions

This modern day "twist" on that story was supposed to appeal because of the perpetual state of war we have been in for the last decade. The beast was a real man who was changed due to circumstances of which we are all aware in some capacity, and our endless imagination wonder if these things are really taking place. Governmental conspiracies!! 

We pointed out last week that Vincent is hardly grotesque, even when he turns. Rumors have it we haven't seen the worst of his change yet, so I can buy that idea. The beastly side of Vincent is what he hides on the inside, rather than what shows on the outside. But could he have even more of a Jeckyll and Hyde fight going on than we see, making him far more dangerous than we realize?

He doesn't just lose his looks, but becomes an angry killing machine, one that might have even turn on those he loves. He may not know if he will turn on Cat when he's full on machine. If my historical recognition is right, that didn't happen in the other versions. 

That analysis was shared to take us here: MOVE IT ALONG! We need to see Vincent scare Catherine and he needs to do it quickly. She needs to know it's not going to be all easy peasy and cartoony superhero-like morphing that she can command he stop by saying she's safe. Coming in and saving the day won't keep the show fresh. If their relationship isn't fresh, and there isn't a hook to keep us interested, we won't be. It's simple, really. The cases of the week are not enough to hold the show up. They are done better elsewhere.

Catherine can't keep running into an alley in the middle of a perp chase, bump into Vincent and have a meaningful conversation. That's ridiculous. All the voiceovers in the world don't adequately connect the cases Cat is working on to the one that is running her life: her deep seated desire to discover what happened to her mother, which has become entangled with the need to help and fix Vincent. 

The mystery of Vincent, his past, where his pals ended up, and the relationship between he and Cat are why I tune in. Those scenes, especially the last one between Vincent and Catherine, click. They give me hope. I find no excitement in the daily grind of Cat's job. She and Tess are no Rizzoli and Isles. I don't want them to be, because that's why I watch the other show. 

Cat's sister, Heather, moved in with her, permanently. She was cute, but I don't know that she will provide much to play off of other than as a potential victim bad guys can use to scare Cat. I hope that's not a plotline we have to look forward to, but it won't surprise me. It would be a great reason to get Cat and Vincent riled up and could even give the police force a reason to step up. 

Two random thoughts: J.T. reminds me of Aaron on Revolution, and Kristin Kreuk has absolutely beautiful hair. I want that hair.

I wouldn't say the second airing was all that much better than the pilot, but I'm not ready to give up. There is potential here, it's going to be interesting to see if it's mined properly and brought to fruition. What about you? Was this better than the pilot? What part of the show keeps you coming back?


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I love this new show and hope that people give it a chance and stop comparing it to the original series. Maybe they should've picked another title and all of that back lash from followers of the 80's show would be eliminated! They made a reboot of Hawaii Five0 and you don't see McGarrett & Danno wearing raincoats on the beach!! People had to warm up to Seinfeld and Cheers and look where they went! I also think that this show is on the lines of Moonlight and loved that too. Another show cancelled way too early and look how hot the vampire craze is today! I think the show is getting better each week and hope it sticks around. Please don't cancel.


Well, Drew2461, I had a lot going on in the 80s and TV wasn't my thing at the time. I did know enough to know Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman starred in the series, and I recall she wore jackets with shoulder pads. To use your Sherlock example, I don't think I need to know details about the other offerings to review this episode of the new one, because variety is the spice of life. I thought it might be helpful for you all to know where I was coming from. Perhaps I was wrong. I often am - very. Belle, it's entirely possible I am missing out on great entertainment by missing those older shows, and I really wish I had the time available to watch all the wonderful programming I've missed over the years. Someday! :-)


Wow is that true reviewer? You've never watch the Disney film or the 1980s tv series that this show is partially based on. I think your missing out big time on two great pieces of work if thats really true.


Ok let me set something straight here: first off why did the writer never watch a single version of the stories out there? Both are good starting points and to say something about the 80's show Ron Pearlman played Vincent and was really good at it, they tried to keep him more connected to the stories interpretation of the beast. Catherine was played by actress Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and she was actually a district attorney. Now to this version: I am going to tell the same thing as I stated when I got mad at the comparison between two entirely different Sherlock Holmes shows. It's nice to see variety in fact I think it's great to see an entirely different type of Vincent and I am deeply impressed this Catherine they actually let ass kick and defend herself and not keep her relying on help from the very get go. I applaud that and from the looks of it I strongly think this series has what it takes to go farther. But you don't have to take my word for it, my only hope is that I hope they can continue really strong story lines that will take it longer than three seasons which is exactly how long the 80's version had lasted. All I can say is give it more time and be more open minded that's exactly what I am doing.


I really enjoyed this episode the fight scenes with Kristin was awesome, i do think she could of kicked that guys ass on her own! i do find it weird that vincent just showed up while she was chasing that guy maybe he has her scent and can track her down anywhere (just joking) lol i watched the promo for episode 3 and it looks very exciting i can't wait for next week!


That last rescue by the beast was ever so predictable. And no motive given for the attack? Really my only reason for watching this unoriginal show is that Kristen Kreuk lightens up the screen every time. However her short size wearing that big gun looks a bit ridiculous.


... cancelation.
Side note: What is with all new CW shows all having voiceovers? Arrow, Beauty and the Beast and Emily Owens, M.D. all have the main character narrating. Is it a thing that Mark Pedowitz enjoys?


I for one rather enjoyed this episode and I'm glad I choose to watch it over Grey's Anatomy, which was also superb this week.
I have to agree about Tess and Catherine though; I don't really see any chemistry in their partnership. I'd watch Rizzoli and Isles myself for that. I'm trying to warm up to Tess, but the actress who plays Tess is trying too hard.
As for Vincent and Catherine, I see some real chemistry and though the show is on them, I understand the concept and consistency of Catherine's character doing her job. I'm mostly looking forward to the government conspiracy to hit a high note by mid-season.
On another note, I have to agree that the actress who played Catherine's sister was adorable and I hope she's in it more often.
I strongly believe that this show has potential and could generate a decent fan base for Catherine and Vincent if people are into the whole love story. Though I don't watch TVD, it's a good pairing and I prefer BATB over TSC; which deserved it's cancelation.
Side note: What is with all new CW shows all having voiceovers? Arrow, Beauty and the Beast and Emily Owens, M.D. all have the main character narrating. Is it a thing that Mark Pedowitz enjoys?


I tune in for Vincent, um, the beast ;)


I think it's quite clear this episode improved over the pilot. The dialogue wasn't awkward anymore and the beast looked better. Not to mention the British medical examiner was fantastic. There was actually quite a few clever, funny moments in this episode. Not to mention the chemistry is really starting to click. It's feeling more and more like Moonlight, which is a good thing in my estimation. Also, while I agree that there should be less focus on cases and more focus on the mythology, characters and relationships, it should be pointed out that this is an urban fantasy tv series, which combines a bit of crime procedural with fantasy. And being very familiar with the BATB archetype, I say they're doing a good job at this point. The pilot was okay, but the second episode was great. I see an upward climb for viewers who like urban fantasy.

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Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Catherine: I don't know. Maybe it was a love story gone wrong?
Evan: Those never seem to work out, do they?

Do you just use big words to make me feel dumb?


Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Episode 2 Music

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Cat power silent machine Silent Machine Cat Power iTunes
Minutes til midnight unstoppable Unstoppable Minutes Til Midnight iTunes