Beauty and the Beast: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (11 Oct. 2012)

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When she was a teenager, Catherine "Cat" Chandler witnessed the murder of her mother. Cat would have been killed too, but someone - or something - saved her.

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In autumn 2003, 19-year-old Catherine Chandler witnessed her mother, Vanessa, shot and killed by two unknown hit-men who chased Catherine into the nearby woods to kill her too, where she was saved by a mysterious humanoid beast. In present day 2012, Catherine, now a successful New York police detective, is still plagued by memories of that mysterious beast as well as her mother's unsolved murder. "Cat" continues to believe there was a conspiracy behind her mother's killing and refuses to accept the police report being that it was a robbery gone wrong since the two men looked and acted like professional killers. Cat and her detective partner, Tess, are investigating the murder of blonde fashion editor Ashley Webster at a hotel. During the search, she finds fingerprints of deceased doctor Vincent Keller on the corpse. She learns that Keller was only helping Webster, whose death was the result of a previous poisoning. Ashley's husband Alex had been cheating on her; one of his mistresses ... Written by Larry B.

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Love will always find its way back
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If you ever heard anybody talk about how they got hooked on something the very first time they tried it, this is true about Beauty and the Beast. The pilot introduces us to Catherine when she is young and working in a bar - and about to enroll in law school to follow in her fathers footsteps. Tragedy slithers into her life and we are flash forwarded 10 years to present day Catherine who is now a rock hard and super smart special crimes detective. Vincent is connected to Catherine in more ways than we can even imagine, but he is the Beast, experimented upon whilst serving in Afghanistan, and living in hiding. He is also pure at heart and cannot help saving people who come across his path.

Their connection, and attraction, is obvious from the get-go and the tension almost palpable by the end of this first episode.

Apart from the love story, which is more or less the only left over from the original fairytale, the episode features lots of action, snappy dialog, amazing fight scenes and a good all round introduction to the main characters and their friends.

The pilot is well executed, acted and directed and leaves you wanting a lot more. There's an obvious comfort and easy between the actors which makes the show a real pleasure to watch. Also the music is great (Florence and the machine - Never let me go) and the costumes/design is amazing.


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