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Beauty and the Beast (2012)
Why do I love Beauty and the Beast?
I don't watch much TV nowadays. Back in the nineties, I used to watch ER, never missed an episode, but after Dr Greene died, the show went downhill fast, and I stopped watching.
Last year, I accidentally zapped in to Beauty and the Beast episode 10 of the first season - Seeing Red, and something caught my attention. I can't really explain it, but I was hooked. Looking back, I can see that what caught my attention was the incredible chemistry between Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk.
So I found the older episodes, and watched them all. And the first episodes the acting was a little bit stale, but as the show progressed, the acting got better and better, and the chemistry really came to life.
And yes, there were a lot of plot holes, especially in the first half of the season, but the storyline was so interesting for me, that I overlooked those plot holes, seeing the bigger picture.
Then season two the story took a very different turn from what it was in season one. And to start with, it was hard to keep up with all that was going on. And that also made it a little hard to understand what the writers were trying to do. But after doing a marathon of all the episodes, a greater picture started to emerge, and I could suddenly see where they are taking us. And I like it.
The problem is that they have so much in every episode, that it's hard to notice it all. There are so many parallel things going on. If they had been sure that they would get a third season, then maybe they could have been more clear, and not put so much in every episode has they have. Because they would know that they have time to tell the story properly. I don't mind re-watching episodes, but not all people are interested in doing so.
A lot of scenes have been cut out. We have seen spoiler-pictures, that wasn't included in the episode when it aired. This of course made many fans upset. Because some of the pictures were disturbing. And if you are not allowed to see the actual scene, then the disturbance is still there, because you are not allowed to make peace with it.
But I still love this show. And I hope that it gets a third season. The ratings in US are poor, but the show has a huge international fan-base. And the show is licensed to air in many other countries.
And if you haven't watched the show, but are curious, I truly recommend it, preferably in a marathon, so you can get the bigger picture.