Beauty and the Beast Season 1 Report Card: B+

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Let's face it: strictly by being a remake, Beauty and the Beast was up against the wall with viewers when it debuted.

The expectations were low and many people were angry that a classic program from the 80s was being remade in a way that caused you to wonder how you could even consider the titular character a traditional beast in the first place.

There were certainly struggles along the way, but after a sloppy start, the drama quickly found its footing and a rhythm with the characters that moved the story along at a solid pace, lobbing interesting reveals our way that peeled away story like of an onion. Those of us who stuck with it were hooked.

How would we grade the opening 21 episodes? Scroll down for our latest Report Card and then hand out your own rating below...

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Best Character: I'm giving this to J.T. His loyalty and friendship never wavers. He is always there for his friend, no matter the consequences and has some of the best lines on television. Played brilliantly by Austin Basis, we can only hope his role gets bigger in season 2. Once he met and started sharing scenes with Tess, the ideas of where they could go together are unstoppable. 

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The Game Changer Episode: As I sit here reading reviews trying to pick the best and the worst and traditional grading moments, I realize it's a darn hard job to do with Beauty and the Beast. The ups and downs were mainly due to the procedural aspect of the show that seemed to occupy a good portion of the season. Until "Bridesmaids Up." That's when the love between Cat and Vincent was no longer a question. It was when Evan encountered the Beast helping Catherine after her car accident and we learned that he had also isolated information proving Vincent was quickly progressing more toward the animal side of his DNA than the human and viewers imagined an Evan and J.T. pairing to study the data. Beautiful music was paired with a shocking accident leaving Cat hurt, but saved by the hands of two men who love her. Then we went into a long hiatus. Groan.

Worst Story Arc: Bringing in Vincent's lost love just one episode after the game changer was wrong on so many levels. As Cat was recuperating in a hospital room, it just so happened that the one time love of his life, Alex (we'll call her Red) worked there and was attending to Cat. The odds of that were ridiculous, the timing was horrible and the situation made Vincent do something he hadn't previously done - he lied to Cat. That was the biggest mistake of the story, because the season spent so much time building up the trust between Cat and Vincent only to tear it down because of an old girlfriend. Viewers knew Cat would have understood things much easier having not had to find out the truth about them by slinking through Red's closet in an attempt to save her life later on. While it was easy to see what their hope was in showing some of Vincent's past, they failed miserably.

Best Story Arc: The will he or won't he of Evan Marks was exasperating. Will he move in on Cat? Will he work with Muirfield? Will he be a good guy or a bad guy? Tragically, he was played very well by the ultimate big bad, and after spending time working with J.T., unknowingly on the side of good, he chose to partner with evil because he bought into their BS about wanting to make the world a better place through scientific study. Plus, his heart was broken when he realized Cat was with the very man who's DNA he had been studying. He wanted to ensure her safety, but he played the wrong hand of cards to do it. In the end, Even understood everything, including his very poor decision to work with the wrong team, and gave up his life to save Catherine and Vincent. It was a stunning blow to the show and we lost a lot of potential good that could have come from him working on the team.

Worst Character: Joe Bishop. I know! How did he beat out Heather Chandler? I'll tell you why. For keeping Tess locked in a motionless relationship with whispers of sweet nothings. The man is married and doesn't get to have our bright and witty Tess unless he's willing to give up the wife and bring it out in the open. His desire to play vigilante for his brother's death against a vigilante he was hunting also scored him points in this category, because nobody likes a hypocrite.

Best Episode: This was a very difficult choice, because once the second half of the season fell into place, great episodes were literally cascading week by week. But I only gave one a 5 star rating, so I'm picking "Anniversary." In it we finally got the back story on Gabe Lowen and his connection to Cat out in the open. He became more than just a thorn in everyone's side and after he was introduced to the family in a way that even a very jealous Vincent hadn't been, it was confirmed that he was a fellow beast by the telltale yellow eyes. What more could you ask for in an episode that also marked the anniversary of Cat's mother's death and her first encounter with Vincent? 

Hopes for Season 2: Outside my greatest hope that the show earns its respect on its new night and time on the fall schedule, I'm looking forward to finding out more about Muirfield, why Cat never knew who her real father was and how that secret will be revealed. It seems we're in for a mythology based season as I can't imagine Cat will be able to just walk back to her day job with the capture of Vincent.

As Austin Basis and Nina Lisandrello said, I'd really like to see them working together more frequently, and maybe even snark and bitchslap their way into a romance. More beasts, perhaps a friend from Vincent's past to explore would be fun, and a lot more hot, romantic scenes between Cat and Vincent who can steam up my screen anytime.

Overall Grade: B+

What about you? What grade would you give to Beauty and the Beast Season 1?

 

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Nicole andayi

season one was so cool. cant wait for season two

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i wouldnt know where to start. i must say when i saw the first episode of BEAUTY and the BEAST i was mildly interested.. because i had been watching Arrow. It aired around 11:00 to mid night where i live so it meant i had to stay up to catch it. But the chemistry was just phenomenal. so i went to iTunes and downloaded the entire season 1. i would saty in my room for days just watching and re-watching.
im thinking maybe in season 2 Cat is pregnant? because she took a pregnancy test and then told Vin it was negative, even though she didnt show him? the sound track for this show is amazing... the right songs for the right moments.. "when vincent says "I'm so in love with you" the song by Kayla Le Grange...and then the one by Ryan adams "Desire" just to name a few.. ive been opened to a world of beautiful, beautiful Chemistry, fantasy and great songs to go with the feeling...

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I definitely agree the music is awesome! The music partly makes up for the shortness of any times when Cat and Vincent are together. Those romantic moments are way too short compared to what happens in the rest of the 42 minutes or whatever it is. We see maybe 3-4 minutes of romance and then the rest is all the action, etc. As soon as we start getting into the romance scenes they are over and then we may see a bit of it at the end! One of my favorite parts was after Evan died and they are on the subway. I love what Vincent said to Cat! We need more of those moments in SO2. I also want to see more of Cat and Vincent working together instead of apart. They spent way more time together when they were solving cases. Then after they got together it seemed like they were each doing their own thing, then there was the Gabe debacle! Hopefully now they have figured out what they want from each other and that is being and working together and we get to see them re-newing their love every episode!

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Hey, BATBafterhours, if you read my comment below, you'll see how much I want Gabe gone too! I don't love him. In my opinion, they've made it the Gabe show for too long. I agree, he is evil. He tried to kill Vincent and harvest his organs, so he could be the one to live. I don't want him back. I'm sick of that storyline. The writers know what the fans want, and I don't understand why they are saying that there are going to be lots of obstacles keeping VinCat apart next season. Are they trying to make us not want to watch by saying that? I tell you one thing, if they do let Gabe live, and he stays the center of the story, and they keep Vincent and Catherine apart, I won't be watching. This is supposed to be an epic love story, not Beauty and the Beast and another Beast. Just saying!

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Sorry Allison, I see you and I are on the same wave length. I must have read your comment a while ago and it stuck in my mind.

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Anniversary was one of the worst episodes. Was Catherine hynotized by Gabe? Blaming Vincent because she invited Gabe to the celestial party' how appalling. All Gabe had to do was give her some lame story about the $25k and she believed it right away? Doesn't even ask about it. Says instead "you visited the grave before" It goes straight down hill from there. Is she so self centered that she couldn't give the smallest token of their anniversary to Vincent? It was her idea to begin with. And what about her stupidest line to date "You are the best boyfriend ever" How about a "thank you, or I love you." Does she ever say either to him? The writers are to blame for her narcissism but it's getting very annoying.

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I don't understand why everyone is so angry about the Alex arc. She wasn't evil, she was joyous and innocent and loved him with open arms. She hugged him with abandon, something Catherine never does. Yet these very same people LOVED Evan and Gabe who tried to have Vincent killed. Evan deliberately had him captured so he could be killed. Gabe wanted to dissect him. Although at the end, he was just going to kill him. No dissection after all. So lamenting the loss of Evan seems rather shallow of the viewer because it's only about the loss of a handsome face. The same with Gabe. Hey he was trying to have Vincent for supper yet you all love him.

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Great review! Agree with the majority that the Alex arc of stupid was the WORST of the season. I have still never revisited any of those episodes, that arc nearly ruined the show for me. In the back of my head, I still have my doubts about how much Vincent truly cares for Catherine because he treated her so badly during the Alex arc and in a lot of ways I still haven't forgiven him for it! I really wished it took a bit longer for Cat to forgive him. That arc derailed the show and tainted the beautiful VinCat romance for me. Coincidentally, the show started to leak viewers during that arc as well. I also have hopes for more hot, steamy romantic moments between Cat/Vincent in Season 2...they are the heart of the show and I want to see their relationship evolve.

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I agree with most of your review, all except for Anniversay being the best episode. For me it was Bridesmaid Up, that dance scene was so amazing, yet another massive "chemistry moment". There are so many scenes in other episodes that were killer, all of them Vin/Cat connecting in some way. I agree that the Alex fiasco was absolutely awful, I will never revisit any of those episodes, though when people say they are upset that the writers let it go on even after everyone had voiced their displeasure, I'm sure the episodes were already written and unchangeable at that point. As for JT and Tess, love them together, very similar characters, a great foil for each other. Not crazy about Gabe at all. Will miss Evan, kinda. I give it an A-. The - is for Alex, the A because I can't help myself...

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I think that my comments will echo most of the comments here, but here goes. First off, the Gabe story was much too long. The season started to center around him, rather than our beloved VinCat. It should NEVER be like that. Vincent and Catherine is what this story is about and when we bring in other characters and let it take over then we lose the magic of the show. We didn't need another beast to take over. I really hope they let Gabe die, the story is over, or at least should be. Secondly, I agree too about all of that Alex garbage. It nearly ruined this show. I was so into it, then this crap started and I didn't want to watch anymore. I really don't know why I did, because to me it really killed what I felt for VinCat. Still to this day as much as I love them, this is always in the back of my mind. Please, if the writers read this. take our advice and don't go there ever again!

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