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Netflix Picks: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the BeastI loved the original Beauty and the Beast TV show in the late 80s. It was both dark and sweet, romantic and full of danger. At least, that’s what I thought when I was 19. When I catch an episode occasionally now, twenty years of changing entertainment later, I think it’s just a bit too melodramatic for me.

Well, that’s one of the parts they kept when they redid the series in 2012. I watched the pilot a couple weeks ago just to try it out. The picture of the couple on Netflix (not the one you see here) is so “glamour-shot”-ized (it looks like a New York City underwear ad, bleck!) that I didn’t even realize it was Kristin Kreuk from Smallville. I love Kristin! I didn’t recognize Jay Ryan, but my Aussie friends will.

They kept the basics of the original show and updated it to make it a bit more modern. Theoretically, I like the changes. Catherine is a police officer instead of a lawyer, and Vincent was part of a super soldier experiment in the military. He was a doctor before, but his family died when the Twin Towers came down so he enlisted.

Now the government bad guys who created him want to kill him like they did the rest of his platoon, and yet Catherine’s cop instincts have her following him trying to figure out how he’s related to her mother’s death. Because of her, the bad guys find him and…

So there’s lots of potentially good storyline, but they play it too melodramatically. Everyone always seems to be full of angst and upset about everyone else’s choices. And some of the more interesting plot bits are glossed over too lightly.

It’s just my opinion, of course. But I found it to be a good show to turn on when I’m doing accounting and just need some background noise to keep me company.

2 stars, Didn’t Like It

Happy 75th Birthday, Superman

There’s no Book Marks column this week. I’ve been spending all my time writing, and reading books for a contest I’m helping to judge. The column will return in a week or three when I’m back to reading anything I want.

Superman on Entertainment Weekly cover

Entertainment Weekly cover, June 21, 2013

Meanwhile, let’s talk about my other new favorite form of reading – comic books. I mentioned on Facebook earlier this year that 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of Superman. Pretty cool!

Because I didn’t start reading comic books until a few years ago, most of my experience with Superman was through movies and TV. From 1978 to 1993, it never occurred to me that anyone else could be Superman besides Christopher Reeve. What a shock when Dean Cain starred as the man of steel in the TV series Lois & Clark. But I watched the show and thought, Ooo, I like this!

Then I heard about Smallville and thought, “Oh no! Not Superman in 90210!” But John and I watched it for several seasons and enjoyed it. (After it did become more of a teen’s nighttime soap, we stopped watching. But we loved it for a while.)

When I started writing Unexpected Superhero, I had no intention of writing anything like Superman. (How could I compete with that?) But when I came up with last names for my characters (she’s Tori Lewis and he’s Joe Clarke), I laughed out loud. Suddenly I had this vision of the early North American explorers coupled with superheroes and marriage, and I thought, “That’s exactly the feel I wanted!” Tori and Joe are exploring the strange and unknown world of marriage as Tori tries to understand the strange and unknown land of superheroes.

With the new release of the film¬†Man of Steel¬†(which we’ll see as soon as John stops working overtime), Entertainment Weekly did a great write-up on Superman’s 75-year history last week. Check it out.

Do you have any favorites relating to Superman? Favorite movie or comic book?