The fourth and final season of “Beauty and the Beast” premiered Thursday (June 2), in the City of Lights, as Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) celebrate their — mostly naked — honeymoon in Paris.
After pulling a totally ungrateful couple out of a horrific crash before their car can explode, Vincent is once again getting Beast attention he doesn’t want, this time from online blogs and Internet conspiracy theorists.
Tess’ (Nina Lisandrello) line about the crew constantly playing another game of “whack-a-beast” feels somewhat fitting, since Season 3 felt like we’d finally put the mess behind us. Now, Season 4 has everyone launching right back into their beastly ways, and around and around we go.
Obviously, watching an entire season of marital bliss and no action or drama would not be what the viewers want, but still, it’s almost nice to know the show will be ending this year and wrapping things up for good.
What’s most interesting is the way Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) and J.T. (Austin Basis) can’t seem to leave the life of danger behind. Sure, this new beast problem would have reared its ugly head eventually, but these two went looking for trouble long before it found them.
In a world where everyone just wants to be ordinary, it’s nice to see these two on a bit of an adrenaline quest, yearning for the old days.
The theme of the season seems to be finding a way back to normal life without Beast Hunters and life or death stakes. We clocked the number of times they longed for said “normal life” at six, so we can probably keep our fingers crossed for the series to end with that long-awaited dream becoming a reality.
We’re also keeping our fingers crossed that whoever put the $5 million bounty out on Vincent meets a swift and silent end before someone gets hurt.
“Beauty and the Beast” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.