EPI-LOG ARTICLE on Beauty
and the Beast
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Episode 2 (Season 1, Episode 2)
Terrible Savior (airdate: Oct. 2, 1987). As a passenger is riding a lonely subway, two thugs approach and threaten the woman. Before they can begin to harm her, a catlike creature appears and slashes their throats. The savior flees, leaving the woman with the dead men. Catherine is called in to investigate but the victim won't help her. She insists that the men got what they deserved. Catherine is disturbed and frightened because the wounds are similar to the ones Vincent used on Martin Belmont. She goes to talk with Vincent to get his assurance that he wasn't involved. But she had just a tiny amount of doubt left since she doesn't know of anyone or anything else that could kill like he does. That night she has a nightmare where Vincent attacks her. Catherine decides to talk with Isaac Stubbs, who taught her self-defense. He presents her to Jason Walker who has a group similar to the Guardian Angels, called The Protectors. The group uses martial arts and self-defense. They also approve of the vigilante's actions. Catherine later has another nightmare similar to the one about Vincent. But this one has the vigilante in a hood. Slowly the face in the hood appears as Jason Walker. She decides to talk with Jason again and begins to study the martial arts equipment displayed in his office. Jason has some very interesting weapons to which Catherine questions and comments about. But she stops when she spies a set of metal hand claws. These same kind of claws could make the identical slash marks as on the thugs. She leaves the office with a promise that she will bring the guilty party to justice. Jason has Catherine followed to make sure she doesn't come too close to him or the group. Her tail sits outside a fire escape across from her balcony and sees her and Vincent. Vincent hopes that she can catch the killer without having the tunnels' whereabouts and people exposed. A couple of days later another attack occurs in which a police officer is mauled when he tries to stop the vigilante. A child spots the vigilante escaping into the tunnels. Vincent and Father learn of this and then tell Catherine that the vigilante knows some of the tunnel sections. Edie has discovered that the Protectors' building was built in 1887 and has no plans of it on file. Walker has been under 24-hour police surveillance yet Catherine believes that he is using the tunnels to sneak out. She decides to have the building's history researched. The next day Catherine looks through newspapers from the turn of the century and discovers various articles about several mysterious deaths that happened then. The killer used as an escape route the unexplored tunnels under the city. The building is the same building the Protectors now own. Catherine leaves the library and is stopped by two of Jason's henchmen. They take her to Jason's office where she confronts him with her information. Jason tells her that she has been followed and he knows about Vincent. He wants to know all about Vincent but she denies any knowledge of him. On the wall of the weapons, Jason touches a sword and a secret panel opens which he enters. Catherine begs the two men to help her bring Jason to justice. Meanwhile, Vincent is in the Whispering Gallery where one can hear many different conversations from different places in the Tunnel World. He is shocked to hear Catherine's voice and her pleas for assistance from Jason's men. Jason comes back in his vigilante outfit and begins to threaten Catherine. Vincent appears and the two henchmen begin to attack him while Jason flees into the tunnels. Vincent overcomes the men and follows Jason. They end up on a bridge which crosses the Abyss. Vincent falls through an old board and Jason has the perfect advantage to kill Vincent. But he stops as he sees Vincent's look of pure terror. Jason jumps a length of rope and tries to swing to the other side. The rope breaks and Jason falls into the Abyss. Later that night on Catherine's balcony, she asks Vincent how one man can be so passionate and wise yet lack mercy. But Vincent reminds her that Jason found it when he needed it most.
Guest Cast: Dorian Harewood as Jason Walker, Delroy Lindo as Isaac Stubbs, Tracee Lyles as Mrs. Dalby, Ilana B'tiste as Suki, Anthony Peck as Red, Lisa Alpert as the pretty girl, Kirk Arnold as the punk, Michael Bacall as the runner, Orwin Harvey as the racist cop, Hal Havins, Irvin Mosley Jr., Neil Reinhold, Clay Wilcox.
Writer: George R. R. Martin
Director: Alan Cooke