Saturday, February 14, 2009
To celebrate Valentine's Day, the ultimate holiday for romantics, the Chiller TV network -- I know I get it on DirecTV, not sure what the coverage is overall -- is running a marathon of episodes from the fan favorite ultra-cult series Beauty and the Beast all day today, Saturday. The series starred the intelligent and lovely Linda Hamilton (did you know she has an identical twin sister?) and Ron Perlman, whose unusual looks have always added an interesting dimension to his roles, never more perfectly so than in BatB. The series oozes romance, with the doomed relationship between socialite lawyer Catherine Chandler and underground leonine hero Vincent infusing the fantastic goings-on with a palpable sense of longing and desire.
Sure it's a bit of a corny thing, but I liked it at the time of its original run -- 1987 - 1990 -- and it's still pretty entertaining. Certainly a better legacy from the time than Dynasty or the like!
I hope you're been enjoying Ron Perlman in his bigscreen interpretation of Hell Boy -- he's terrific!
Update: Feb. 15th: I used the word "corny" above, and it's not accurate. After watching BatB for a huge portion of yesterday, the show isn't corny at all. It's amazingly heartfelt. I had forgotten that. Heartfelt isn't corny at all. I think the older you get, the more you appreciate things that wear their hearts on their sleeve, as Beauty and the Beast does. How did a show that unusual ever get on the air? Rather amazing, wasn't it?