SPOILERS! Story Details for CW's Reboot of BEAUTY & THE BEAST Reveals Bizarre 9/11 Connection
In September it was announced that CW would be rebooting the 1987 cult television series Beauty & The Beast, and now we have a ton of new details.
In the 1987 series Catherine Chandler was a wealthy socialite working for her father's law firm in NYC as a corporate lawyer. She is attacked one night, tossed into a van and has her face slashed. She is warned to keep her mouth shut, and is finally dumped in Central Park where Vincent (The Beast) finds her. He scoops her up and takes her into his world, tunnels underneath the city. He mends her wounds and looks after her for ten days until she has fully recovered. During this time Vincent realizes he has an empathic bond with Catherine.
Once recovered Catherine returns to her world, but she dramatically changes her life for the good. She quits her job, and becomes an investigator at the DA's office. One of the driving forces in her life is to discover who assaulted her, and as time goes and she gets closer to answering that question she is attacked again. This time Vincent feels her fear through their bond and rescues her. The Beast returns to his shadowy world and she to her own.
So, what's in store for the 2012 CW rebooted version of Catherine and Vincent? Movie Hole has the scoop on all the details. First off, the story will begin with Catherine as a child, and it is her mother that is attacked in a suspicious car-jacking. It is at this moment in time that Vincent first appears and saves the young girl from certain death. She will claim that a "Beast" saved her life, but of course no one will believe a child's wild claims.
Fast forward into present day and the ramifications of that terrible event have had quite a toll on Catherine's life. She is single, unable to keep a steady relationship. Instead of being a corporate lawyer as Linda Hamilton's character was in the 1987 version, this Catherine will be a NYC cop. When she encounters Vincent again it's because she is investigating the death of a young woman. She follows a lead to an abandoned warehouse. She is looking to speak with a man named, T.J., whose car was at the scene of the crime.
At the warehouse she comes across T.J.'s roommate, who happens to be "The Beast." He hides behind the shadows, but soon reveals his beastly self. She remembers him from her traumatic childhood incident and immediately trusts him that he nor his roommate had anything to do with the death of the young girl she is investigating. He admits he tried to help the girl, and Catherine promises to keep quiet about his whereabouts.
Vincent worked as a doctor at the New York University hospital – and was working On September 11, 2001 when the towers came down.
Long story short, a wounded Vincent ends up in a medical clinic where he’s injected with a DNA-changing drug. The drug turns him into an unstoppable soldier type that is used in Afghanistan. Think ‘Captain America’ or a ‘Universal Soldier’. Unfortunately, the strength and stamina comes with a price…it also changes Vincent’s look — in particular, hair sprouts hair everywhere.
When he returned from Afghanistan, looking like he is, he hid himself away- – with the help of T.J. - Movie Hole
If you'd like to read more details about the show please visit Movie Hole. There you can find out more information on Catherine's friend, Evan, and her younger sister slash roommate, Heather. Also, Movie Hole gives their very positive and well detailed review of the pilot episode.
I myself don't know if I can so easily give high marks to a show that will use the events of September 11th as a gimmick in the show. For me that is a low point, and it will be hard to embrace the show. But, if Movie Hole is right, than CW might actually have a hit on their hands. Which is something CW has struggled with for a long time, so good for them.
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