Christine, I LOVE your reviews, welcome back!!
Now. First the good thing about this episode:
1. Give it up for Nathan Fillion in the acting department! From the realization that he's dying, to the torture of talking for what might be the last time to his family, to the slow deterioration of his speech with the subtle slurring - the man was in top form. Honourable mention goes to Susan Sullivan - nailed it.
1. As mentioned by practically everyone, I really hate that Beckett had practically no emotional reaction to her fiance dying.
2. The case had more holes than a colander.
3. Pi's annoying, but people on Castle aren't generally wasted, so I'm willing to see where they're going with it.
1. I think I laughed the most when SHIELD showed up at Skye's truck. "You'll never find us." LOL - the look on Coulson's face was hilarious.
2. Coulson's my fave so I really want to know about Tahiti, but I'm quite curious about Melinda May as well.
3. I tried not to speculate since I love the surprise - but Jim's theory is so good and SO comic book!
4. Tie between Coulson coming out of the dark corner: "I think there's a bulb out" and Fitz-Simmons: "And when I say luck, I mean unappreciated genius..."
5. I think Black Widow's interactions with Ward would be interesting, since Ward is supposed to have the best track record since Romanov.
Dan, I really enjoy your reviews of this show. Your heart for Nashville (the city) comes out every time.
First - Can we just give it up for Charles Esten, please? My goodness, he's such a powerful actor; he impresses me more and more every episode. He really shows Deacon's brokenness. He's made such a mess of his life, but I still can't help rooting for his redemption.
Juliette - how can one person be so revolting yet so lovely?
Love Triangle - I have always, and will always root for Gunnar when it comes to Scarlett. However, I love Avery's redemption. I'm actually hoping that Avery will be Juliette's saving grace.
Teddy - I've never understood the whole "let's lie about being pregnant" thing, and why writers even use it. I mean - that lie has a pretty standard expiration date. It's kind of a lazy plot vehicle.
@fortyseven - this is the first time I've seen you impressed by something! And yes, hovercar :-D
I LOVE good comic adaptations, so I was looking forward to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I quite enjoyed this. It didn't blow my mind, but I was interested enough to keep coming back. It's a decent pilot, and most of Whedon's shows generally grow gradually, so I'm looking even more forward to the show's potential.
Clark Gregg - my goodness. I love that man.
It's just hard to believe that a proposal - in those relationship circumstances - was enough to fix that mess when they proceeded to live in separate cities right after that.
On a different note - thank you for civil and friendly discourse. That's so rare on these internets :)
Balaji - LOL! I don't think she's cold, and I even understand why she has to be in control of her emotions. It won't help anyone if she cracks and I get that. I don't have to like it LOL. In that moment, there was too much cop-Beckett and not enough omg-my-man-has-less-than-24-hrs Beckett. But that's just me.
As for the rest - I think you're mistaken. Beckett and Castle weren't on and off for four years, but what they were was longing and dancing around each other for that time. They certainly weren't living together; Castle got a drawer on Valentine's day, and they spend lots of time at each other's places, but they still have their own homes. And after "Still", which was the first time Beckett even said she loved him, we had three episodes of Beckett angst where she wasn't sure if Castle wanted her, wanted a future, second guessing, almost kissing other dudes, lying about job interviews etc etc etc.
I think we had completely different thoughts on the premiere save for the last scene with Ted and the Mother. Like you, I loved that scene. Not only did we get to see a sharp contrast between present Ted and future Ted, we got to see the amazing chemistry between the two. I LOVE that they're showing us their relationship through flash-forwards; that way we get to see some of it. I was so afraid that the show was going to end only allowing us to see when they met!
As for the rest - I enjoyed Marshall with Sherri Shepherd. HATED the scenes in the limo with Barney and Robin (really - that we-might-be-related storyline was ridiculous and unnecessary). Lily with the Mother would be my second fave part of the episode. Welcomed the return of Wayne Brady, and really liked the divorce storyline.
As a single woman - I can totally relate to Ted at the hotel. If I had a dollar for every person who talked to me like Curtis did!! Geez LOL
I think I would have liked the episode more if I didn't remember all too vividly how it ended last year. Talk about mood whiplash. With all the doubting and hemming and hawing and lying last season - all of a sudden they're a happy couple living in different cities? Two months and all their problems disappeared in a long distance relationship?!?
That being said - once we got past the beginning and I was able to suspend disbelief - I enjoyed it immensely. A happy Caskett is a fun Caskett to watch. I also quite liked the case (which I haven't in a while), and I thought Lisa Edelstein was great. I thought Castle trying to get himself involved in a federal classified case was a little bone-headed (even for Castle), but I liked that his one slip-up has cost him so much.
I LOVED the cliffhanger, but how can a woman tell the man she loves - her fiance - that he's dying without even getting SLIGHTLY choked up?
I love Canada - we get it on Sundays now from the Atlantic feed. Just watched the premiere. Castle fans will not be disappointed - very enjoyable episode.
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