A quick series re-cap might be necessary. The series follows New York Police detective Catherine Chandler and her quest to discover why ten years prior her mother was assassinated and she was saved from the same fate by an unknown "Beast". Cat has attempted to move on a leave her quest behind her, until a case involving genetically modified DNA and the fingerprints of a KIA Afghan war veteran draw her to Vincent Keller, the aforementioned war veteran. Vincent turns out to be the reason Cat survived her mothers assassination and reveals himself to be the "Beast". The first season follows Vincent and Cat attempting to get to know one another, with Vincent helping Cat with her police cases while attempting to remain hidden from the secret military organisation who created and are now hunting him.
With so much going on in the plot, a series like this would normally move relatively slowly and still be difficult to keep pace with and yet this is refreshingly different. Each episode in series one introduces a crime in which Catherine must investigate often with the help of her new found savior. This simple episodic plot device helps keep each episode new and allows the characters to become familiar while making time to place powerful themes and intricate story-lines throughout the season rather than trying to force them into each episode. The series has a very natural flow with the often criticized script actually taking a more human approach to conversations, adding a layer a realism to the slightly "out there" plot.Although the script and plot are often the most criticized parts of the show, by people who maybe haven't taken the time or allowed themselves to truly become enthralled in the story, the real selling point of the series are the characters.
Cat and Vincent have this very powerful will they? won't they? type of relationship going on early in season one and when they finally do, the viewer feels the passion in their relationship, they feel the anger and pain in Vincents transformations, they feel the confusion and desire from Catherine to find out why her mother was killed. There are so many emotions in this series that it's hard to imagine anyone not falling for it's charm, and of course it helps that the main characters are highly attractive.
Season 2 and 3 change completely from season 1 and remove the now unnecessary weekly crime as the characters are already fully developed, and the fact that they all have a few more things to deal with each week. This changes the view of the series, bringing the "VinCat" relationship to the forefront and showing the viewer just how far their love will go and how far it can be pushed. Although there are still a few points unanswered such as: where are Vincent's scar, healing abilities and night vision, we will let that slide for now in the hopes of an impressive answer somewhere in the future.
The fact that season 4 was renewed before season 3 had even premiered shows how dedicated the CW and the Beauty and the Beast fan's ( Beasties) are to making sure this show gets a chance to tell its ever evolving story.
I think it's fair to say that I am officially a "Beastie" (which has a very different meaning here in the west of Scotland, so lets ignore that) in fact I am such a huge fan of this show that I, without realizing, had powered through 3 seasons and am now forced to ration my final few episodes, as I hadn't noticed before that season 3 only had 13 episodes.The series has also inspired me to return to writing, starting off with this review and potentially moving on to adapting the 3 part mini-series I have began planning, yes its that good of a tv show that I just can't help but want to be a part of it, even entering the embarrassing world of fan fiction .
Beauty and the Beast is so much more than just a plot and a script, it's a view at real lives and relationships (albeit with genetically modified monsters). This show has everything anyone could ever want, it's a cop drama with car chases and gun fire, its a romantic drama with real love friendship and passion, its a sci-fi monster show with murders and intrigue, its fast and furious meets MTV's teen wolf meet deer John. It's complex and it's Beautiful.
Trailer for season 1: HERE