First Look: A&E’s THE BEAST Review

Patrick Swayze, Travis Fimmel - The Beast

After the success of The Cleaner, A&E will premiere its new original series, THE BEAST, tonight, January 15, at 10pm.

Starring Patrick Swayze and Travis Fimmel, The Beast follows FBS veteran, Charles Barker (Swayze), who takes on a rookie partner, Ellis Dove (Fimmel). It is the typical old cop trains young cop type of show with an edge.

Before I get too much into the show, I have to first let you know that I usually am not a big fan of cop shows, and that has nothing to do with their quality, it’s just not my thing, so keep that in mind when I share my opinion of The Beast.

The first episode throws you right into the action as we meet Charles Barker and Ellis Dove, two FBI agents in an undercover mission. We soon realize that Dove still has a lot to learn from his mentor.

However the strong start is soon overcome by some boring moments as we follow Dove go about his day. Between meeting a love interest and some crazy drug addict, I was starting to wonder where all of this was going. I am glad to say however that they got me back towards the end. Barker and Dove pull off some crazy undercover moves, but that’s not the best part. Turns out an FBI Internal Affairs team thinks that Barker might have gone rogue and tries to enlist Dove to become a double agent.

I have to admit that the setup was done pretty well because as I was watching the episode, I kept thinking to myself that maybe Barker was dirty (I hadn’t read the synopsis for the episode so didn’t know about it). It’s the perfect balance between is he good or is he bad, and I think some of the credit is due to Patrick Swayze’s portrayal of Barker.

As for Travis Fimmel, he gave Dove that quality of the young cocky cop, who thinks he knows everything but soon finds out he doesn’t. I didn’t know of Travis Fimmel, but I have to say it’s great casting.

As I mentioned previously, this is not usually my type of show but I actually want watch more episodes to see where this is going, so that’s saying a lot.

So would I recommend the show? I think the show has a lot of potential and some great acting, so if you don’t have anything else to watch tonight, January 15, at 10pm, you might want to give it a shot.

Don’t forget that The Beast airs on Thursdays at 10pm on A&E.

Check out a promo for The Beast below.