Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Friday, 15 February 2013
This opened with Vincent lying on the bed, restless. He really was easy on the eye. Somehow you knew he was thinking of Catherine. Then it switched to Catherine on her bed.
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Catherine's fighting leaves no room for Vincent to help her. She is more than capable and just a little unbelievable as she always comes out unscathed. It doesn't leave much room the hero to come dashing in anymore. Vincent did show up, eventually, just in time to stop her from being strangled. I'm all right, she said, what was she superwoman?
There wasn't a much of a promise of the magic of love to come. They stared into each other's eyes at the end, but it came too late.
I shall keep watching and keep hoping something more likens it to the original Catherine and Vincent where their dominated the programme. She carried around a secret and we knew that Vincent was always close. They also had shared interests, the pleasure of reading or listening to music brought them always closer together. People do still do that, but not on the television it seems.
I'm still mising the tunnels below Manhatten and the secret knowledge of something that no one else knows exisits. They were special as they weaved mystery and magic into the story when ever Catherine ventured there.
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Jay Ryan plays Vincent and Kristin Kreuk plays Catherine Chandler. I expected a lot of changes as they brought the original storyset in the 1980s up to date and for some reason I didn't expect them to keep the same names, but they have and I am glad about that.
Vincent, was a doctor and when his two brothers were killed in 9/11 he joined the military. There he was given drugs that enhanced his strength and changed his senses. He didn't realise at the time that he and other soldiers were being experimented on. But things went wrong and the soldiers turned and had to be killed. Somehow Vincent escaped.
This explains his extaronary powers and his appearance isn't lion like, as the original Vincent was. He isn't lion like as the original Vincent on then right was. Instead they have opted for someone who looks faily normal, except for the scar and I think when he is 'in character; the new Vincnent's eyes change and it looks much more menacing.
Jay Ryan has a great face, high cheek bones and haunting eyes. We saw him change once in the pilot and it reminded me a little of the Incedible Hulk.
Catherine, no longer an attorney and instead a detective who drinks beer from the bottle and fights baddies, much more a modern women. She's tough, but pretty with a petite frame. Her boss, just like in the earlier version is called Joe. I quite enjoyed the way it remained faithful to the original at times.
The only sad thing is that I loved the idea of the underground world, full of different characters with their own stories. Instead the modern day Vincent lives with a nerdy friend in a building that looks derelict. Together they are trying to find an antedote to Vincent's condition.
I wondered if they could possbily bring back that special relationship the original Catherine and Vincent had together. Their love caught the imagination of so many people, and even today you can web sites dedicated to a love that would never die.
When the final credits rolled I saw two names that made my pulse quicken - Ron Koslow, the original writer of Beauty and the Beast and Paul Junger Witt the original producer both now exectutive producers for this new series. So maybe, just maybe, some of the original magic will be there after all. We just have to wait and see. I hope so.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Saturday, 3 October 2009
I don't think the series has dated particularly well, but the concept and the characters have held strong over the years. This is a classic love story, the story of Vincent, the beast, and Catherine, the beauty. Their love is for romantics everywhere.
If you are not familiar with this story, I recommend a trip to the Internet Movie database to find out more about Beauty and the Beast.
Catherine is an assistant district attorney and her world is 'above' and Vincent's world is 'below' in the secret tunnels under New York.
In the series, Vincent and Catherine did have a baby called Jacob and, building on that I moved the story forward twenty years and as Vincent had Catherine, I gave Jacob Jemma.
Because this is based on the secret tunnels, there are a couple of secret stories for you to find as you read.