A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Barker is a classic law enforcer who doesn't play by the rules but gets the job done. He's respected by his peers, but some of his superiors wonder if he's on the take. As an undercover agent, he's expected to lie -- but some of his ploys clearly skirt the rules, both the minor bureaucratic ones that can make simple processes take weeks and the important ones, like constitutional protection. Barker also seems to relish hazing his rookie partner -- but although Dove gripes about the treatment, he has nothing but admiration for the veteran agent.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of violence, ranging from drunken bar fights to gun battles and even the occasional rocket launcher. Most of the characters carry guns. Some of the fights look realistic and intense, leaving the combatants bloodied. One sequence involves people playing Russian Roulette while high on drugs (nobody loses). Storylines include arms deals.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex, but heavy flirting between characters and some innuendo.
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Some unbleeped swearing, including "s--t," "bulls--t," "prick," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A fair amount of drinking and drug references; some scenes show people taking drugs. The agents often unwind after work at bars, where some people are obviously drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character of this adult crime drama is a maverick undercover FBI agent who's willing to break the rules if it gets the job done. His peers respect him, and his superiors tolerate his behavior since he has a strong record of bringing in the bad guys. But some of his actions seem way over the line, such as blowing up a colleague's car with a rocket launcher. Some of what he does is part of maintaining his cover, but he also seems to relish abusing his authority, whether he's hazing a rookie partner, "borrowing" weapons from the bureau's armory without proper authorization, or blowing up vehicles to impress a potential buyer in an arms deal. Expect some intense, realistic violence, a fair bit of drinking, and some drug use, as well as some unbleeped swearing (including "s--t").
Is It Any Good?
THE BEAST is another in a long line of law enforcement dramas centered around cops who don't play by the rules, balancing on the very thin line between criminals and the people who pursue them (as Barker explains, "we know where to cross"). It's not exactly an original setup, even with the twist that Dove has been asked to play double agent, trying to outwit the master.
But Swayze brings flair to the series. He's believable as a possible rogue cop, and he really comes alive when going undercover gives his character the freedom to play criminal. Too bad the wooden Fimmel, a former model, doesn't hold up his end of the show. Luckily, watching Barker educate Dove about the subtle details that can keep an undercover agent alive on the job adds an entertaining layer to an otherwise standard procedural.
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