One thing that I didn't understand: Castle dropped the ten grand in the dumpster, so for some reason the FBI thinks that he obviously wasn't under duress? The kidnappers could have, for instance, threatened to blow up Kate and the wedding party if Castle didn't make the drop and return to them at some other location. The gun doesn't have to be present for the threat to be real!
It'll be interesting to see if Jamie ever comes to regret his decision in regards to Eddie. His sister pointed out that he's attracted to bossy, take-charge women. Will he be able to keep it professional with her? To judge by the way he shut down the flirtation at the end of the episode, it certainly looks like he's going to try. The situation with Lt. McCarthy was horrible. The subject died in a horrible accident, the press completely vilified McCarthy, the mayor threw him to the wolves, and the police commissioner did *nothing.* (Just imagine how the unfortunate officer with the stun gun feels, too!) When Baez's brother was killed, sadly all I could think was, "Oh, look, Kirk Acevedo died again!" Yeah, we couldn't have Javi live to enjoy his redemption...
Was I the only person who found the bad guys' plot completely and utterly ridiculous? I mean, come on: they hijack an experimental military drone and use it to shoot up some random people, all in the hopes that the streets will be evacuated to give them an open landing strip to extract some idiot with treasonous intelligence? What would they have done if someone had left their giant Chevy Suburban blocking the road? And what, pray tell, would stop the Air Force or Navy from launching a few jets from Pearl Harbor-Hickam and blasting the extraction plane out the sky? These guys were pointedly identified as a clear and present threat to national security, after all. I have to say, though, I loved the look on Steve's face when Turner tried to climb away. Like, "Come on, really?!" before shooting him in the leg. Too bad for Turner, he doesn't have nearly the pain tolerance of The Mighty McGarrett!
But why does *no one* seem to take Booth's side in this? How long has Booth been at the FBI? You'd think that *someone* besides our immediate heroes would not immediately turn on him and automatically assume he suddenly went psycho and murdered three agents! The logic does not hold up, and The Conspiracy (TM) cannot *possibly* be so massive as to encompass the entire FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office. Bones should have hired an army of lawyers to throw all sorts of legal mumbo-jumbo at them over this. (Where *was* Booth's lawyer, anyway?)
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I hope that Booth takes Sweets last words to heart. The poor guy is bleeding to death on the ground, and he still has the wherewithal to try to tell Booth that the world is better than he thinks it is!
Keeping the show in sync with the actual air dates of the episodes actually has practical value. It allows for holiday episodes to coincide with the actual holiday, for instance, and it's a lot less confusing for the average viewer overall. Plus, it lets writers skip over things that they don't feel would add to the show, such as a long, dragging-through-the-mud investigation. Can time jumps be annoying? Sure. What I found unlikely was that Booth was placed in general population. I understand that The Conspiracy (TM) is trying to get him killed, but isn't that a bit obvious? The guy's a decorated FBI agent with literally hundreds of arrests and convictions to his name. They might as well have put up a giant neon sign that said "We want this guy dead yesterday!".
This was even emotional and painful than the death of Vincent Nigel-Murray! Yikes. Poor Sweets. And poor Baby Sweets! I have to say, seemingly omnipotent and omniscient bad guys really annoy me. You know, the ones who are always a step ahead of the good guys, no matter what they do. Come on, folks, even Evil Overlords make mistakes.
My problem last season was that AoS aired at the same time as NCIS! Given that both my mom and dad love NCIS, guess which show we watched live? ;-) I agree completely that things turned around remarkably after The Winter Soldier was released. A shot of adrenaline that transformed an okay show into a "I can't wait to find out what happens next week!" show.
He needs therapy and steady friendship; aphasia can be overcome, or at least its effectslessened, but I agree that it will be a long and difficult road for him. Dramatically speaking, Fitz's character is now much more interesting than it was last season, where he was simply one half of the quirky genius duo. In my opinion, the AoS team is finally finding its footing with the characters.
Maybe Lance Hunter will head off to the U.K. to head up STRIKE? If he does, Coulson better make sure he doesn't try to poach Simmons for himself!
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