As often happens to me here, my comments have been held for moderation. I write that only as a way of letting you know that I did read and appreciate your comments. Hopefully my original response will be posted.
Someone who analyzes the details and searches for clues for a living had better have a few reservations about a notorious player who's heading into a third marriage and has only been their significant other for under a year. I like Castle too but he isn't a realist, he's had a posh life and it has left him spoiled and under-prepared in many ways. It isn't as though we haven't seen him be controlling or even taking her for granted once the relationship began. Kate was also the one who said she loved him first (as that bleeding from a bullet wound moment hardly counts) and also gave Castle a drawer at her apartment. She's been hurt before, of course she's being (overly) cautious. She'd be crazy not to be.
"...the only person to blame is A.J. Cook." Yikes! A writer worth their salt, especially a team of professional writers should have no struggle constructing two differing backgrounds for a male and female characters -- especially on a series that's spear-headed by a woman. As for Morgan being a stereotype, he might have been in the first season but he's evolved beyond the "action man" of the team. He's a different type of leader and a fine asset to the team as he's matured.
Of the BAU team, Hotch is the tragic hero. If a bad thing happens, it tends to happen to Hotch. The car explosion, the stabbing, the divorce and murder of his wife, the struggle to know his son and not become his father. If ever a character deserved a break, it's Hotch.
Of all the male characters, Morgan has progressed and evolved more than any of them. It's a shame he isn't running the team as Thomas Gibson's deadpan performance has become as exhausted as he looks.
Interesting enough case. I like the way Morgan/Shemar Moore and J.J./A.J. Cook play so well off one another. She's really filled in the void left by Prentiss, which brings me to my one complaint: Having watched the show since its pilot, I have to wonder when Agent Blake's relevance to this team is going to be revealed. Her weak dialogue tends to be throwaway lines, her performance often leaves her looking afraid and she seldom adds anything to any of her scenes other than distraction or restating the obvious. She's a poor fit to a team that already divides enough of its screen time between characters who are actually interesting.
Somethings been going on in JJ's home life. Look back over the episodes this season and it's almost like the writers are painting Will to be a threat. It's been subtle, but I noticed it in the case where Reid asked if she was okay because of her shift in body language when they were discussing women being abused. Similar instances have cropped up a couple of times since then.
I like the revolving door of female agents of the week, but it'd be fun to see a guy thrown into the mix; if only to offset the norm we've come to expect. Isn't NCIS Agent Stan "Steve" Burley still around?
I felt like this episode really worked as one of those "it could be a Castle novel" episodes. It was a breath of fresh air to focus solely on the squad and, sorry, the real reason for the show: Castle helping the police solve crimes. (i.e. No Alexis!) The only portion of the episode that bothered me was the scene in which Espo & Ryan arrest the fixer. It seemed like time slowed down just long enough to let the audience watch him wipe his computers and shred that picture of the victim. While it might have gotten the point across, it made Ryan seem weak and slow as a cop--which he clearly is not. Sadly, other shows (Scandal and Person of Interest) do a far better job portraying professional fixers. Great actor, woefully miscast. Fun story, nice twist. This was also the first episode I really noticed Kate moving into that role of "content girlfriend". She was a bit edgier and assertive in her pre-relationship days with Castle. I'd love to see a return of that darker side, as it's in that place where her own brilliance as a detective comes to light.
Personally speaking, I think Tony's off-kilter behavior has been intentionally amplified by the writers as a direct result of Ziva not being there.
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