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I am SOOOO excited!! Even though no one else I know watches this show :-/

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Castle Review: A Complicated Family

The episode was great, even though I saw the whole "I'm deep undercover" thing coming a mile away. Nathan Fillion really did a good job of showing how torn and conflicted his character was - that was excellent. My favourite thing about this episode was the lack of couple angst. This would have been an easy place to have them fight about trust and all that stuff, but I'm SO glad they took another road and had them Beckett be understanding of Castle's conflict. Loved it. James Brolin plays a renounced-by-the-CIA-deep-undercover agent on Castle with Nathan Fillion...who starred on Firefly with Adam Baldwin, who played Casey on Chuck, where the titular character's mother was...a renounced-by-the-CIA-deep-undercover agent.

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This show gets better and better - this episode was AWESOME in every way. I love that they're picking up the pace and really getting into the good stuff. My heart honestly broke for Coulson. Also, this was hands down Skye's best episode.

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Hahaha - that was a good line, I forgot to mention it. Holt's deadpan delivery is always amazing. I totally agree - Andy Samberg is really, really showing his chops these days, and plays off everyone quite well. He's definitely earned that Golden Globe nomination. I'm glad you're enjoying the show as much as I am!

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Grimm Review: True Colors

So Hank let the girl get away with murder and he didn't even get a date out of it? Wow. Harsh. Nice review. This episode really excelled a great allegory for the LGBT experience. That being said, it could do a little better racially. Black Wesen are rare on the show (which is fine, minority and all that), but goodness, their storylines. We got one black Wesen from Haiti that of course makes voodoo-ish undead people. And now, it's been AGES since we've seen black wesen in the procedural side of Grimm, but of course they're gang members and jailed fathers. Honestly. Throw us a white-collar crime once in a while :-) Anyway, my favourite thing about the episode was Monroe and Rosalee's acceptance of each other. And Monroe killing it with the cello. He was still playing in the background as Rosalee and Juliette chatted, SO GOOD. It's always fun watching Nick use his "Grimmness" to intimidate people, which he did quite a bit this episode.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

Someone give Seamus Dever his own show, please - the man is an INCREDIBLE actor. Whenever an episode is Ryan-centric, Seamus carries it so masterfully. I'd even argue that he's probably the most skilled cast member (and I say this being a HUGE fan of Nathan Fillion). I can't even describe how awesome this episode is.

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I totally agree with the review. The case itself had a cool twist at the end, but there were so many misdirects that by the end I had no idea what meant what. The Rasputin tie-in was VERY cool though. But where did the radiation poisoning come from? I even started hypothesizing that he had probably been healing people from the Chernobyl disaster... The side story with Juliette's friend. Sigh. Alicia Lagano is great (she was FANTASTIC on Castle last year), but her NOT calling the cops really infuriated me, and just seemed like we needed to give Juliette something to do when she's not doling out scientific advice. Her jerkass husband should be in jail. That being said, I am looking forward to the beatdown that guy's gonna get from Mr Grimm. Nick - between the shower scene and Renard speaking Russian, I needed cold water. Totally with you on that.

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The Best Episodes of 2013: A Look Back

Castle: "Still" was pretty awesome, but I think I love "The Good, The Bad and The Baby" a bit more :-) Once Upon A Time: I'm torn between "Going Home" and "Good Form". Archer: The Honeymooners was my favourite of last year's season of Archer. The dive Archer did off the side of that building to save Lana was just epic. It's also important because in retrospect, we realize that was the episode where Lana decides to go with a donor for her baby. Lastly, one of Archer's best lines ever. (North Korea...that's the nation state equivalent of the short bus!). Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "Christmas" was my favourite episode. Arrow: Definitely "Sacrifice." Arrow crossed lines on that episode that we never saw coming - actually allowing the destruction of the Glades, and Tommy Merlyn's death (*sniff*) Grimm: "El Cucuy" was fun. The ending was surprising and pretty funny. New Girl: "Cooler" was a PERFECT sitcom episode. Everything about that episode was perfect, from the return of True American, to Schmidt passing out when Nick went on the ledge, to the brilliant kiss at the end. Community: Everyone rags on season 4, but the puppet episode was amazing. Homeland: "One Last Thing". Watching Brody's transformation from drug-addled defeat to a strong marine was fantastic. It was also the only episode where Dana was remotely tolerable. Legend of Korra: The origin episode of Avatar Wan. That was probably the best episode in the entire series.

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Uncle Phil was my favourite TV dad of all time. Thanks for everything, James Avery. Rest in Peace.

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TV Fanatic Round Table: Best Drama 2013

Hard to argue with Breaking Bad...but I will continue my championing of Hannibal LOL