Does it get any better?!
Rant to follow:
I'm 4 episodes away from finishing the 1st Season and let me tell you it has been a CHORE to watch this show.
I know a lot of shows have weak first seasons. Greatest examples being Beverly Hills, 90210 and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Both of these shows were pretty boring in their first year. Buffy was very Villain of The Week and 90210 was very Social Issues/After School Special every episode. However after getting through these mediocre first seasons I found both these shows 2nd and 3rd seasons to be outstanding and their personal peaks in their long runs.
I'm hoping this to be the case with Beauty and the Beast. So far the 1st Season has been cheesy beyond belief, super episodic and boring as all hell. I only watched this initially for Linda Hamilton and she is the only reason I am forcing myself to at the very least finish the season out.
But I have to ask, does Season 2 get any better? Because if it's going to be the same old crap every episode I'm just going to call it a day with this show after I finish Season 1.
My problem is that every episode is so repetitious. They all start out with that GOD AWFUL opening credits sequence (gag) and then cut to the remaining credits as they play over a view of the city.
Then Catherine gets some new case at her office. She goes to investigate. She gets in trouble. Cut to Vincent with his unexplained magical sixth sense of knowing she is somehow in danger all the way down in his underground mole city. Cut to Catherine in danger. Cut to the exact same shot of Vincent running through the tunnels. Cut to Catherine in danger. Cut to the exact same shot of Vincent riding on top of the subway (LOL). Cut to Catherine in danger. Cut to Vincent bursting through a door/window/roof. GRRRRRROOOOOWWWWLLLL. "CATHERINE!" "VINCENT!" Kills bad guys. "CATHERINE!" "VINCENT!" Case solved. "CATHERINE!" "VINCENT!" Cut to Catherine and Vincent on her balcony. "OH CATHERINE!" "OH VINCENT!" (They sure love to use each others names just about every chance they get) Then to conclude the episode Vincent once again expresses his love in some corny hallmark card kind of way. The end.
^This is basically what has happened in almost every episode thus far. It follows the exact same format as the previous episode, only it never brings back any characters and every episode it's a new central character with problems being helped by Catherine and/or Vincent. Only to disappear the following episode and never be seen or mentioned again. There are only a small amount of main characters (like 4!) and it's usually only Catherine or Vincent who have storylines, which is understandable, they are the leads. But some character development wouldn't hurt would it?
The only remotely likeable characters on the show are Catherine (thanks to the strong performance of Hamilton, in spite of her terrible dialogue and boring storylines) and Joe Maxwell, her boss. I can't stand Vincent. He's broody, preachy, monotone and beyond dull. He takes himself way too seriously. And he can't seem to speak a sentence without long dramatic pauses every few words ie: "Catherine I feel as though....you have found a way...to make my soul....brighter...with your love." Everything out of his mouth sounds like something you'd read on a fortune cookie or as previously stated, a hallmark card. So cheesy and it got old fast after the first few episodes.
"Father" is also a total bore. All he does is sit in his little underground study and preach about morals and life lessons which he gets from his books. STFU already!! I did like the Edie character but she only lasted less then half the season and I know she apparently won't be coming back (even though she is still credited every episode. Was it really that hard to remove her name when they transferred the show to DVD?! Lazy asses. False advertise much?)
It also doesn't help that each episode runs about 50 minutes. That's 10 minutes longer then today's TV shows and perhaps if I liked what I was watching I wouldn't mind the extra running time but since I am bored to tears and can usually only focus for like 5 minutes before spacing out again, that 10 minutes really drags on.
So basically after this long rant, I want to ask the fans of the show if Season 2 gets any better based on the problems I've expressed with Season 1. I was planning on watching the whole series but there is no way in hell I'll watch Season 3 without Linda Hamilton, who as I stated earlier, is the sole purpose I am watching this. But I just don't know if I can force myself to sit through another 22 episodes of Sarah Connor giving googley eyes to the Cowardly Lion.
So suggestions? My options are to A) Keep watching because it will get less episodic, more character development and less cheesy or B) Quit it now because it apparently just isn't my cup of tea?