The classic Beauty and the Beast story has been told many times and in many ways, but the latest incarnation seems to have strayed a step too far from the requisite elements. It is a weekly TV series, airing on Thursdays at 9PM Eastern on the CW. Like many CW shows it is heavy on the melodrama and I’m okay with that–it is based on a fairytale. The thing that bothers me is the fact that the beast is the result of a military genetic experiment and only looks beastly when he’s angry. As the series has progressed, he increasingly has a disconnect with his beast side and doesn’t remember what he does in beast from. Sounds a lot like the Hulk to me. The Hulk with a romance. The beauty in this tale is a cop and really not a very convincing one. There is a little crime solving in most episodes, but it plays second fiddle to the other elements of the show.
I don’t hate the show and will probably still turn to it when I run out of other things to watch. I always loved the Hulk and thought he deserved a girlfriend who wouldn’t fear him. 😉 But, if you are looking for a better Beauty and the Beast incarnation, I recommend going back to the 1987 version with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. It holds up pretty well and was best in the first season early episodes. I think Perlman’s beast is much more likely to steal your heart.
What is your favorite version of the Beauty and The Beast?