Beauty and the Beast (CW) portrays the beauty and the beast in ways no viewer has ever seen them. A childhood trauma leads Catherine Chandler, or Cat, to become a detective when she grows up. The trauma also introduced mysteries into her life that, even as an adult, she has no answers to. When her mother and she are attacked and her mother is killed, Cat sees some kind of beast as it protects her from getting killed also. Later in life, after becoming a detective, Catherine learns of her mother’s involvement in an experiment. This may have been what led to her death but Catherine isn’t sure how or why at first.
When a case she is working on leads Catherine to Vincent Keller, a former soldier, Catherine finds out that he knew her mother. After years of being in the dark about the details of her mother’s death and the reasons behind it, Catherine is finally able to ask the questions she has had for so long. He said her mother had been involved in an experiment to help build super soldiers for the government. These super soldiers had a flaw, however. They would turn into uncontrollable, unhindered beasts set on destruction. It may have been her work on this experiment that led to her getting killed and one of the super soldiers that protected her that night.
While many of the super soldiers had died, Vincent had managed to escape alive he is still being hunted by the very same organization that killed Cat’s mother. As a result, he has faked his own death and withdrawn from society, choosing to live in seclusion than to face death daily. It was Vincent, who had been tracking the source of attacks placed on the soldiers that night that Catherine’s mother and Cat were attacked. The act of saving her life brought Vincent closer to Catherine. When Catherine finds out that it was Vincent that saved her, she feels a pull towards him and they begin a love affair.
The organization that killed Catherine’s mother, Muirfield, is still trying to kill everyone involved in the experiment, which means that Catherine and Vincent are still in danger. Because of Muirfield’s harrassment, Catherine loses some of her closest friends. She can’t explain to her sister or her partner because of the secrecy of the project and Muirfield’s involvement in trying to silence her and Vincent forever. This leaves her at an even higher disadvantage when she needs the support she is used to having and canët confide in them to get it.
Upon finding one another again, Vincent and Catherine form a deep bond. However, it appears that this will end tragically when the beauty and the beast are separated when Catherine is kidnapped by a man that wants to lure Vincent out of hiding. The man is Lowan, the Assistant District Attorney. He is assigned the task of closing cases that involve the beast. His superiors think it is some kind of vigilante that they want stopped. Lowan doesn’t want to play by the rules in finding the beast and picks up on Catherine’s attachment to it. Ultimately, Lowan is successful in getting the beast but is wounded when people show up in a helicopter to take possession of the beast he has worked so hard to get. The men grab the beast up and take it away, leaving Catherine alone and causing her to lose the man/beast she loves.
When Catherine is reunited with Vincent, he has been changed. He looks different physically and he doesn’t remember her. His beast-like abilities have also been given a supercharge. He is on a mission that Catherine can’t figure out. Now, she has two mysteries. She needs to find out what mission he has been sent on and she needs to find out about what has changed him. She wants to help him but she also wants the man that she loves back so they can continue their lives together.
In the process of losing the beast and getting hurt, Assistant District Attorney Lowen has had a change of heart and offers his resouces. Catherine accepts this help and enlists the help of Tess and JT. Together, the foursome try to unravel the mysteries that surround Vincent and his newly acquired mission.
The storyline leads viewers down an exciting and action-packed adventure where the original role of Bell is replaced by a modern woman with independent ways and a strong heart that stays faithful to her mate. It’s a whole new twist on a centuries old tale.