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Castle Season Finale Review: All I Want Is You
5/8/2012 12:04 PM
Of course, the producers and the writer's room has already made up their minds and will be shooting season 5 shortly, but I do wonder if part of the delay for Castle's renewal by ABC was some kind of series reboot. With Beckett resigned, she can try to resume her life prior to her mother's murder (law school?) or go out on a limb and do private sector P-I, which would require working for another P-I for a year (1800 hours as a protege comes to mind) casting a juicy part for that character, but far more likely is that Smith - who is no doubt some kind of US Congressional heavy hitter living in NYC - is killed and Beckett is lured back to the investigation, as it's her investigation that is the reason for it. (Another note: In light of the new conspiracy evidence in such a scenario, the widow Montgomery might have to kiss that Captain's pension goodbye. . .)
I liked the hookup and the commencement voice over as well. With her life literally hanging by her fingertips, she 'lets go' of her obsession with death and murder and chooses life, love and hope.
As a fan of Farscape - where the series put literally EVERYTHING between the eventual hookup between the leads - I'm glad to see that Marlowe and Co. have the courage and the imagination to see that the hookup is merely a new start for a whole bunch of new situations and complications. It will never be easy for these two, there will always be some friction (ask any married couple) but there's also the great opportunity to watch as they snark at each other or have Castle tell the bad guy that you just pissed off the wrong girl, with the knowledge that it's his girl, and not merely his 'partner.'
Thanks for a good season
Glee Review: We Can Burn Brighter
12/7/2011 1:11 PM
These last two episodes have been a good reason to keep watching. I no longer follow the show (Season 2 put me off), but the story lines have been strong (Finn healing his rift with Santana was especially sweet - and Quinn's heart-to-heart with Rachel about going to Columibia(?) to study drama as a girl who can cry was great also.
But we live for the musical numbers, and those Jackson mashups were terriffic!
I'll continue to 'drop in' on Glee from time to time.
Castle Review: Handcuffed, Hot and Heavy!
12/6/2011 5:45 PM
@The Watcher: Beckett has a motorcycle, and therefore a helmet, but she bought it just out of high school, and therefore like many of activities Kate's 'fun' side (including, probably, her trip to where she learned Russian), it predates her mother's murder. Beckett back then was a risk-taker and from her asides we know she's known a lot about fun.
But that was then. Like she tells the shrink, after her mom's murder her life changed, making her this strong, principled and yet diminished version of who she is. I see Kate not only opening up to Castle, but coming back to herself.
Castle Review: Handcuffed, Hot and Heavy!
12/6/2011 3:29 PM
This episode was so good, too good in a way. It made me sad to think that it won’t be on the air again until 2012. I think it sets up a number of issues.
For Beckett, the idea that she has, if she hasn’t really said so out loud, started to imagine her life post-wall, and that Castle’s in it. The motorcycle helmet was a subtle hint that she’s starting to live outside her prescribed zone already.
The setup for Ryan’s wedding to Jenny.
They will continue to explore Castle/Beckett issues by proxy through Lanie/Espo
What’s the holdup then? I think the issues raised in the ‘Rise’ season premiere episode will start to reemerge over the course of the back 12 episodes (just in time for sweeps). This thing with each of them having secrets from the other- Kate: she heard him tell her he loves her, Castle: his knowledge that any further investigation Kate’s mother’s murder/her attempted murder will mean death sentence- this will ultimately mean each of them having to come clean and UPPING the already high level of trust they’re showing. I see tears, shouting, and also laughing.
That’s when you’ll really see the teamwork payoff. For anyone who watched Farscape, when the romantic leads finally get together it can lead to some amazing television.
Dexter Review: The Lowest Form of Storytelling
11/30/2011 5:42 PM
One person's lazy writing is another's surpise. I did not see this coming, mostly because EJO's wooden acting method gives that much away in every character he plays. (Facebook post-joke: Olmos'acting method summed up in Walking Dead's season finale "Pretty Much Dead Already.") OTOH, I knew that Bruce Willis was (spoiler alert) *dead* in the dreadful "Sixth Sense" before the opening credits had stopped rolling.
I was insufferable then (suffering numerous gouges to the ribs to keep me from spilling THE OBVIOUS). You get to be insufferable now.
Besides, I am far more interested in Deb waking up to who Dexter is than this DDK nonsense. The Nebraska ep was the low point, IMO.
11/30/2011 4:04 PM
Well from the photo they are out of the cuffs, and are trying to dig their way through the wall of the abandoned building they are presumably trapped in.
And unfortunately for some, it would appear that they are more involved with getting out than in getting it on.
The Walking Dead Review: To Tell The Truth
11/22/2011 3:28 PM
I'm not bored at all with this. Sure its a zombie show, and zombies mean semi-comic headshot killing, but this show has ALWAYS been about the real 'Walking Dead' - those being living survivors of the zombie apocalypse and what it means to live without hope. I thought some of the best TV I've seen this year happened in this episode, Glen showing just how fearsome and quick-thinking he can be, or how Andrea can go on living - or how any of them can go on living with the knowledge that their world is gone. They are food, and they will die either AS food or in a mercy killing. THat's what makes Rick so interesting, and Lori for that matter. He knows the score, but he's not giving up hope. He can't because like it or not, he's the leader. I found his heart-to-heart with Lori incredibly well executed from writing to acting to directing - how the last image of the epsiode are the two of them, stage left, alone against a cruel world.
Castle Review: Paper Dolls Are Not Just Toys...
11/22/2011 12:46 PM
Man, great episode, great review and so many excellent comments. This is one of those episodes where the character turns a corner – and shows us some real development.
One thing I’d like to add is how the episode was written using Beckett’s POV for everything. The sounds, the views, how everything in the case collapses in on her own mental state. Kate’s been hiding both her physical and mental wounds. They’ve placed subtle clues throughout the previous episodes – a running chase where Ryan overtakes her and she slows down, or getting a twinge of pain walking with Castle to a crime scene. But mostly it looked like Kate had been reset so the funny can still come. THIS was the reset folks – Kate’s damaged, but she hit rock bottom and now she’s committed to becoming ‘more.’
Stana Katic gave us everything in this performance – and also Jon Huertas. I replayed that scene in the evidence locker 3 times after the show. It was extremely well written and performed, just two generous, extremely talented actors playing off each other. I don’t know why, but it was all in the hands and eyes – Stana’s tearful “What the Hell?” and later when Esposito hands her the weapon that caused her so much pain – and then later, using that very weapon to break the case wide open. Exactly what Esposito told her: Take your brokenness and use it.
Folks, this is a comedy drama, but episodes like Kill Shot are necessary to keep us caring about the leads, and to look at these characters as real people with real emotions the make the things they go through matter.
I think Fillion was great in the Cops and Robbers episosde, but seriously they need to give Nathan a big emotional episode like this one. Of course, if Joss Whedon were writing this it would be a simple matter of killing one of his women, but for now, maybe it will be the episode where he meets his father (or is that one going to be a Christmas episode?)
Castle Review: A Hostage Situation
11/1/2011 12:44 PM
Honestly, they should color coordinate the titles, like Fringe does, to denote one universe from the other - with Castle it's "Traditional" vs. "Edgy." As an Edgy show, this was better than 'Rise' - and right there with kick the ballistics for the dark episoides. The best, because of how it used all the leads well. Does anyone know the deal between Alexis and Beckett? She seems unsure, like she's still angry with Kate for bringing her dad into this dangersous world of crime.
Some thoughts. Castle as a natural leader. Something one wouldn't expect from a writer, especially a playful one like Rick Castle - but he's a 'partner' to a cop, and so he did what was needed of him. But this is not something he's just got from working with Kate, this is a deeper part, something he always has been. (Maybe it's one of the things that makes him part of the Beckett, Esposito, Ryan family - he leads when he has to - on a "traditional' Castle, something would happen to make him scream like a little girl). Some great touches between Martha and Rick - her 'indicating' line had me burst out laughing (indicating is a theater term for 'fake acting.')
The SMILE we haven't seen a Happy Beckett is quite some time. Seeing him alive and okay gave her JOY. Thanks for the Stana INCREDIBLE smile).
Kate as family - she sees Castle with his girls, (Martha and Alexis) and realizes that he has this whole other life - and then to be invited in (Okay: I'll admit: I've been watching the entire Season 3 of True Blood along side this, so perhaps "Invited IN" - had more meaning for me than for other people). That ending was pure Beckle/Caskett/whatever shipping. Castle with his three girls.
Loved it overall.
Castle Review: A Kiss for Kaye
10/18/2011 12:23 PM
Like others here have said, 'why is it complicated?' I don't really mind it - as this kind of thing happens on every show where there is sexual tension between the leading characters. It it were say, Fringe, they can go the entire distance, then stick the characters in separate universes. In Farscape (by FAR the most romantic show I've ever seen) split him into two identical (Castles)they can go the entire relationship distance with one guy, kill him, and then start all over again with the remaining guy.(which odd as it sounds, when well written and performed, can be enormously satisfying for a viewer).
Here, I like what I see because we get to watch Stana Katic show Kate's conflicted nature. Face it people, Kate Beckett is STUCK. Stuck in therapy, even. She's come to see Castle as a partner in every sense, sees the complete guy, knows he loves her, and still can't commit?
And Castle - who told Kate he loved her, suspects she heard that. When Beckett gives him permission to date, it's so obvious she doesn't mean it, that Castle gives her "Really?" He doesn't buy it, and neither did our insurance investigator.
My thinking is that there is more to Kate's 'complications' than we know and that (cue Michael Dorn) we may find that out. But that's why I still love this show: It's Season 4 and we're still learning something about these two.
Castle Review: The Cold and the Creepy
10/4/2011 6:40 PM
I agree with some of the posters here, that the 'B' story - the Alexis arc - was the more interesting and moving one than A story case and the state of affairs between the leads. Have to say that Molly Quinn is such a smart, young, actor. Alexis' distress was so convincing I was gripping my pillow, thinking back to when I was a teen, and how something like that after working so hard could feel like the end of the world. Castle was spot on, as a working writer with memories of all his rejections (although I thought it should've been more like 25-50 rejections) Every writer I've met, when the subject of rejection comes up, is proud of that first letter, it marks the point in their lives when they put it all on the line.
As for the case, I thought, eh. Not the best, and I really didn't care all too much for any of the suspects. Caskett: I still see this interesting shift in the closeness between these two, even on what is essentially a throwaway episode. It goes to the performaces, for sure, and the chemistry between Katic and Fillion has never seemed more easy or sure. They are just a delight to watch.
Castle Round Table: "Heroes & Villains"
10/4/2011 5:56 PM
I've watched episode more than I care to admit and it would appear, based on this and subesquent 2 episodes that the relationship between Castle and Beckett is substantially different this season. Kate is in therapy now, by choice, because she wants to work on herself. As she tells Michael Dorn (great shrink voice, btw): I don't know where to begin. And so she softens ever so much. The beginning is their friendship, that had been sorely tested. While it is functionally, for the purposes of television, a 'reset' of the relationship, the difference is that now she knows how he feels, and ses how that admission has translated into a seriousness she never knew. He worked tirelessly on her case until he was removed from the precinct. It is a subtle, but most definite esclation of emotional stakes, and it is to the writers credit that this can be conveyed even when the story premise lightens, as it did last night (10/3).
Fringe Season Premiere Review: Olivia vs. Olivia
9/27/2011 6:24 PM
When it comes to this show, I want to feel discomfitted, uneasy. Especially in regards to the core relationships. So while I miss Peter's presence, I am fascinated by the toll his absence has taken on those left behind. The introduction of Joe Flannigan - and nearly instantaneous loss - leaves me convinced of his eventual return (Think Checkov's "If there's a gun on the mantle in Act One it will be fired in Act III"). Opening with a tense scene between Olivias was just the kind of jarring I was hoping for. Things are NOT okay in either universe, and Lincoln Lee's use as a both a character we know already and as a 'viewpoint' novice to bring the newbies up to speed were excellent choices. Fringe is a show that consistently exceeds expectations and manages to keep me happy (This side's Astrid and Walter - Aster? is my very favorite relationship, I admit it freely) while always raising the storytelling stakes.
Terra Nova Review: A Family is Five
9/27/2011 12:46 PM
I really, really tried to like this show, but once a guy escapes from Supermax by way of the past 25 million years ago, all because 'he's a good dad,' you lost me. It's like the worst of Spielberg, and not even Stephen Lang can save that for me. I shut it down in less than 30 minutes. I have it on DVR, but we'll see. There's a lot of really good TV out there right now, and since I only pick up maybe two new shows each season, the bar is pretty high.
Castle Review: Nerds, Rejoice!
9/27/2011 12:32 PM
I like all the Castle, the deep, the pure fun, all of it. I love it because the entire cast is capable of a huge range of performance – not just light, but dark too – and finally the writers have shown the sure-footedness needed to service it all. Agree with the writer here, that this was the purest escape we’ve seen since Lyle Lovett showed up in the ‘Close Encounters’ X-Files homage from last year, but smart enough to still remind us of what the status between the leads is now (and no, it’s not the same, it is different than it was last year, pre-argument and shooting.) Agree also with ST’s choice of favourite quote (Castle’s “Lone Vengenance. Lone.”). On the home front, the idea is that Alexis has always been a little ‘adult’ – and no, it’s not disrespectful that she’s thinking about cohabitation – it’s Alexis through and through. The logical progression of growing up as Richard Castle’s daughter. Martha will get her moment too (especially if / when Castle’s dad shows up). Altogether, a good pair of balanced episodes to start the season.
Castle Season Premiere Review: Captain, Oh New Captain
9/20/2011 12:24 PM
I've thought about all this over the past week or so, gearing up the the S4 premiere, and while it's not what I would've expected, Andrew Marlowe's 'Rise' certainly hit all the notes I was looking for. It maintained the intensity of the S3 finale and upped that's show's high stakes on a number of levels. Note 1: The 'relationship.' I thought the use of the swingsets was a great visual. These are two people who really do need and like (love) each other. Kate's emotional state was exactly right, and Castle's anger was completely understandable, picking up from their argument in 'knockout' - but their natural chemistry is as collaborators and that is what moves them along. Note 2: Castle continued to write - 'the ending was hard, considering the circumstances' - and that while Castle is a child in many ways, he' also a working professional who takes his job and his job responsibilities seriously. Note 3: The idea that Castle is now the embodiment of the Johanna Beckett murder and the attempted murder of Kate - especially now that Capt. Gates has made it clear that it will be the badge of any sworn officer who tries to work that case. That Castle was driven to solve the shooting those two months while Kate was recuperating, and Kate's growing realization of what that might mean. Note 3: That Castle is her real partner - how he helps her stare down a gun was just classic Kate/Rick stuff. On to the rest of the cast. One interesting thing that I see has been noted here: The inclusion of the newspaper account of the shooting. I don't think that was a mistake (the first thing the writer's would critique would be a time-line mistake like that)- so it can only mean that Montgomery sent it to someone else first, who added that in. I thought it would've been Castle himself, but it's clear from that mysterious phonecall that he never got it.
Finally - the 'reset' of Castle was handled deftly and realistically, when Alexis tells him not to grow up 'too much.' "It's me we're talking about," he tells us. Castle, after all, is the name of the show.
Falling Skies Season Finale Review: A Lot of Dialogue, Drama
8/8/2011 5:16 PM
Argeed too much exposition. And just to raise the stakes, go mack on Moon! I was like, okaaaay. Really, the best part of the last episode is Margaret (Sarah Carter) who helped get Jimmy through the battle. She's got attitude and looks good with an assault rifle! I as satisfied though, overall, valid criticisms notwithstanding. The show did what it could on what was obviously a very limited budget. I mean, with Rodat, Graham Yost, and Mark Verheiden as your creative talent, they aren't lacking for decent writing depth; I hope that next season brings increased expectations and a larger budget to make them happen.
Castle Season 4 Premiere to Be Titled...
7/14/2011 2:23 PM
It's Castle and Josh. Auesillo? Somebody broke that already.
Eureka Review: "Liftoff"
7/12/2011 2:12 PM
One thing I had to remind myself was that this was technically the mid-season, post-hiatus epsiode, which is different than an entirely new season. The timelines figured in, but I knew that everyone would be pretty much in the same place as we left them, with Beverly being the Big Bad. So of the three Syfy "Kickoffs" this one felt the most tame. I did get a sense of a little more kick-'ass' in the writing (Alison doesn't do horses well) and for the good, I finally began to see the chemistry between Jack and Allison. What I did miss was Zoe, and any mention of her, but that was more than made up for with just how great Jo looks on horseback, and just how capable (both actress and character) she is when things need to get DONE. The main romantic plot was really Zane/Jo, and that's a great thing because those two have very effortless chemistry (the SHOULD be together). A decent effort, but as for kicking off a whole summer season, I could've done with a few more fireworks.
Warehouse 13 Season Premiere Review: Welcome, Steve Jinks
7/12/2011 1:25 PM
It was a great opening episode. I think the addition of the New Guy was just what the series needed, and I was very happy with the chemistry of that show. It did not come at Claudia's expense, thank god - and can Allison Scagliotti get any dang smart/funny/hot? I think to those who saw it as a bit weak or uniteresting, the problem was that A story was the introduction of 'The New Guy' and so the actual 'problem' which is typically the A story becomes the B story and so it had that sort of diluted feeling to it. BUt really who watches this show for the 'stories?' Fans wait for the Pete moments(his "Kirk Out" moment on the Farnsworth device had me rewinding and laughing all over again) or Artie's freak out at Claudia backing up the forklift ("That's the least of our worries, Artie) and of course Myka showing up in the Warehouse, looking stunning in her new season hairdo - it all added up to a great 43:40.
Marsters as the Big Bad - well who else, really? Anybody who can call humans 'happy meals on legs' and make it sound both serious and hilarious at the same time has my vote.
Castle Round Table: Season Finale Review, Reaction
6/6/2011 7:02 PM
I like the idea that Castle and Beckett are still struggling with their relationship - because it is complicated. What I want to see is Kate standing up for Castle or reminding him who he is. This one-way deal of Castle going after her needs something going the other way. Some things I can see that could be part of next season: One, the return of Rick Castle, novelist. Face it, that guy hasn't been 'about the book (writing) since he said as much to both Martha and Kate in 'Knockdown' at S3E13. Tossing the drink at the Heat Rising Cover Art is a lot bigger than people seem to think. I think the writers recognize this - the sub-text for the Derrick Storm Graphic Novel is that Derrick Storm is DEAD (or as dead as a fictional character can get). Having Kate remind him of his talent would be a coy way of admitting (without admitting on it face) her affection for him until that time when she can. It would be a way to get some of the fun back in a series that, like it or not shippers, is light-hearted at its core. Two: For ths shippers, a return of 3XK to put Castle at risk, could be a great way for Kate to go at him as he went after her in her apartment in the finale. That's what I want: More of Castle's story, more of what he's invested in the relationship so far, to put Kate at a place where she has to reveal more affection - or else there is no show.
The Chicago Code Review: "Greylord and Gambat"
5/18/2011 4:04 PM
Dang it Shawn! First TERRIERS, my FLAT OUT favorite show from 2010, cancelled after 12 episodes (When are the DVDs for that?), and then Lie to Me (although not technically on your watch) - but I really was pulling for redemption on Chicago Code. This show very quickly grew on me and made for a great hour of good old fashioned hour of cops and corruption. AT the very least, we need to spin off a story about Liam. I agree with the reviewer, he's become my favorite character and one of the most pins and needles characters to come down the pike in awhile.
So Shawn Ryan, maybe you should quit swinging for the fences - great writing is apparently lost on Fox audiences. Maybe a try sitcom or something???
Glee Review: "Funeral"
5/18/2011 3:54 PM
This is not a review, but I have to add because it was so weird: I just happened to have a DVD of Alan Parker's 1991 Irish movie, The Committments (based on the novel by Roddy Doyle) cued up to the band's rendition of "Try A Little Tenderness" paused in the background while watching this episode, so when Mercedes sang it, instantly got to compare her version to The Committments. Sorry Mercedes, I love you the most, but The Committments' leads singer, Andrew Strong, the (at the time) 16 year-old with the Tom Waits style pipes totally elevated that song to a whole other level. He would've blown Jesse right out the back door to leave him scratching his moppy head in the parking lot! There's a lot of swearing (A LOT)in this otherwise delightful story about a group of working class kids trying to elevate their situations through "Dublin Soul" music - but true fans of Glee should watch this movie. Very much the same spirit.
The Good Wife Season Finale Review: "Closing Arguments"
5/18/2011 12:10 PM
Seriously - that's what this drama is so good at - doing the shades of gray that people, good for the most part, but imperfect still, do. The choices we make can often end up to be regrettable, and that's what the end of the show meant to me. Bad timing - but when is it ever good timing? When we choose to make it so. The elevator ride was the 'story of their lives' so far. Too crowded. Too distracting, too many doors opening and closing, passing them by. I loved that at some point up the hotel elevator, they made their decision to make the time their own. And so the irony inherent in the title of this show. We've been waiting for the irony for quite some time now.
The Good Wife Season Finale Review: "Closing Arguments"
5/18/2011 12:03 PM
Well SOMEBODY's finally getting around to getting together on TV - and isn't that what we live and breathe for, our favorite UST couples getting some? (Slight sarcasm).
Eyebrow (Ms Margulies' signature expression).
And. . . scene.
You all thought I was talking about Kalinda and Sophia. . .
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