Last week I went into the worst possible slump of my life. I couldn’t get myself motivated enough to finish my pending projects; I couldn’t muster the strength to begin new projects. I couldn’t sleep but neither did I want to get out of bed. And I basically wanted to stop existing for a while – which is a little difficult when you are a freelancer and have to keep delivering your projects (even though your bosses are mostly nice and don’t mind missed deadlines much). It was during this time that I discovered Beauty and the Beast TV series on Amazon Prime.
The title card of season 1 was intriguing. A quick Google search told me it was a series that aired between 2012 and 2016, ran for four seasons and got cancelled by the CW amid fan’s disappointments. The reviews of the show were mostly positive and there still is a fanbase for VinCat lovers…so I decided to watch the first episode, lying in bed at midnight.
The basic premise of the show is that Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk) had witnessed the murder of her mother during her the time she was studying to become a lawyer. But this incident sets her on the path to become a detective in the hopes that she would one day solve her mother’s murder. She blames herself for her mother’s death because her mother had been shot while she helped Catherine start her car. The only reason Cat survives is because something had saved her…a beast.
In present day, ten years after her mother’s death, Catherine Chandler has a case that makes her cross paths with her beast again. Only to find out he is a human being, who had served as a soldier in Afghanistan and because of the experiments done on him by the Government, he had lost control over his beast-like nature. His friend, J.T. Forbes (Austin Basis) has harbored the fugitive, who has convinced the world that he is dead.
Season 1 was brilliant.
With Cat running to Vincent Keller (our beast played by Jay Ryan) with every case that she comes across much to the chagrin of her partner, Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello), who is far from accepting of Vincent when she eventually meets him. We also meet Cat’s flakey little sister, Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson), and her father, Thomas and we learn about Muirfield, the actual agency responsible for turning Vincent into what he is. There are other important characters in the mix. Given the fact that Cat is a NYPD homicide detective, it was nice to see the story play out with the backdrops of the murder mysteries.
It is from season 2 that Cat and Vincent’s star-crossed love becomes the foreground. It is strange because it isn’t like the NYPD wouldn’t suddenly go through a dry spell! I wish the writers had woven the story around a few more murder mysteries because that was how the story had started! I find it a little hard to believe an ambitious woman like Cat would stop pursuing her dreams just because a beast with a heart of gold came along!
Season 3 was downright annoying but somehow I managed to suffer through it. I am yet to complete season 4 because after a while the storylines became repetitive, with a bigger bad taking over the screen. The writers should have honestly put in more effort with their characters – especially because each of them had so much to offer. Despite being the main cast, except for Vincent and Catharine, none of the others show any real character development. Personally for me, that was utterly disappointing. I mean, why would you make a stellar season 1 only to crash and burn in the later seasons?
Do I regret coming across this series? No.
Do I wish it was a better time spent? Yes.
If you want to watch the series yourself, you can do so by going to this link: https://bit.ly/2I5FLeL
Let me know your thoughts on the same.
Aniesha Brahma is the author of The Secret Proposal, The Guitar Girl, When Our Worlds Collide, All Signs Lead Back to You and P.C. Chandra’s The Awesome Four: Coming Together & The Legend of Stardust. She founded BUZZ Magazine in 2014 with two of her friends. Besides being the editor of BUZZ, she runs two blogs: Aniesha’s Musings and Bibliotheque. She also describes herself as a crazy cat lady and a Potterhead. Aniesha also recently started co-curating book events under the banner of #BooksOverChai with Pradipta Mandal.