The CW’s new crime drama, Beauty and The Beast, is receiving a hard time from the critics. The show, starring Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Max Brown, Nina Lisandrello and Nicole Gale Anderson has been pretty much panned universally, but what exactly is wrong with it?
Well, for start, when the 1991 Disney film was released – on which this series bases its name and premise – the story was a moral one, suggesting that inner beauty trumps vanity. In this show, the ‘beast’ is actually a pretty good-looking guy with a scar on his face. Now this scar, alongside a slightly dodgy temperament that lands Jay Ryan’s character in trouble sometimes, is more akin to Harry Potter than it is the Beast, or Prince Adam as he was in the animation. It just doesn’t work, and certainly doesn’t portray the moody, tortured genius of a character the show undoubtedly set out to achieve.
However, if you’re a fan of government conspiracy dramas, and you watched up all your Bourne films recently, then you might want to make your own mind up about it. Given half a star by USA Today, the show airs on Thursday on CW at 9pm ET/PT.