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Beauty & The Beast 5 Minute Preview: Too Much Metaphor, Not Enough Beast

By on June 8, 2012

Kristen Kruek and Jay Ryan in the CW's Beauty & the Beast. Image © The CW Network

You’re Vincent Keller. You look pretty good for a dead guy,‘ says Kristin Kruek’s Detective Chandler, summarizing in one sentence what is wrong with the CW’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast.

Very loosely based on the 1980’s version starring Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy), the CW’s Beauty and the Beast centers on a homicide detective (Kruek) who discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002.

Catherine learns that Vincent is has been in hiding for the past 10 years in order to to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Well that’s the idea anyway, but from what we can glean from this new extended five minute preview for the show, Vincent seems to turn into a mildly scarred, gruff yet obviously still handsome man with added anger issues.

The CW Network is famous for being the home of the handsome, and it would be an unusual step for them to cast an ugly or disfigured (even by means of prosthetics) hero. However, Jay Ryan’s strategic scarring just doesn’t come close enough to beastly for the central premise of the show to ring true.

We are therefore left to assume Vincent’s beastliness is an inner struggle against his baser instincts. “You are crazy, showing up here alone. I could kill you in less than a second,” he rages at Catherine in a moment of inner beastliness. But we know he won’t.

Heavy on the metaphor, easy on the eyes seems to be the CW’s watch words where this one is concerned.

Catch Beauty and the Beast Thursdays on the CW this Fall.


  1. brianhen

    June 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Would not watch this anyway because, well, not a 12 year old girl. But secondarily because they replaced TSC with this POS. It is so much worse than I anticipated. The “Beast” analogy is ridiculous, the acting is reprehensible, terrible, really terrible, and the plot is ludicrous. They plan to pull this into a whole series? You know, they did this well years ago with the television series and even Disney had a cartoon version that had some clever moments in it, but this is the worst. FOR SHAME, CW. But so typical. On the plus side, it gave me my best laugh of the day because its so bad, it’s laughable. RIP TSC. RIP.

  2. Eve

    June 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you for the article, This is one of the shows I am looking forward to watch. Its receiving a lot of hate just because theCW decided to cancel TSC, I personally couldnt care less as I never connected with it and is not B&B fault. I will watch because as you said is the metaphorical message that makes the premise interesting for me, as it has been said several times that beauty is in the heart and soul I guess that goes both ways, a nice looking, smart, good man hidding within him the ugliness of his anger. I hope it does good and more people give it a chance. I also like Jay Ryan and happy to see him on american TV :D. and I can see the good chemistry between the main characters so its all good!

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