Beauty and the Plot Hole

Posted on October 27, 2012


When I heard they were remaking Beauty and the Beast on the CW, I was eager to check it out. I like the starring actress, though I had my doubts that the male lead could possibly fill Ron Perlman’s shoes. When I found out the premise had been revamped to take on aspects of Dark Angel with a dash of Incredible Hulk, I was somewhat dismayed but not wholly turned off.

Then I saw the most recent episode.

If you want to sell a show with science fiction, supernatural, or other beyond the ordinary elements to it, you have extra work to do to get the audience to buy in. It helps if the premise is consistent enough with reality to be plausible.

So why did they make the guy a doctor? Who uses a doctor as a guinea pig in human super-soldier experiments? The Hulk experimented on himself, which makes sense if you look at actual history. Actual military guinea pigs are not going to be highly trained professionals with ability in a field not enhanced by the experiment.

If the show is also going to have aspects of a police procedural/crime drama, that part of the show had better be written well enough to at least avoid distracting the audience with its stupidity.

This episode I watched was premised on a woman hiding her young sisters, both minors, for fear they would be deported.

I would be happy to go on at length about ways in which our immigration system is deeply jacked up, but one thing we do NOT do in this country is deport little girls who are victims of human trafficking. IF the girls had a parent in the home country, they would likely be returned to them eventually, but only after the state was satisfied that it could be done safely.

Even supposing this young woman with undocumented sisters was ignorant of the law, police, such as the protagonist, one hopes, would not be.

Then there’s the reality check that an immigration judge is a federal judge, and the murder of one would be a matter for the FBI, not simply for the NYPD.

And don’t even get me started on the paranoia of the police captain worrying about a signed confession given in front of counsel being tainted by a conversation afterward, or running DNA tests when fingerprinting would be much cheaper…

I kept ranting at the TV, then leaving the room, then wandering back in to where the Man was still watching. He gets annoyed if I rant at the TV and distract him when he’s trying to enjoy it, but didn’t mind this time because he agreed it was just very, very bad.

This episode is an epic disappointment. The Man removed it from our subscriptions on Hulu. Knowing the WB, it’ll get a full season.

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