I like Castle and NCIS Los Angeles, but I watched Castle. The ONLY reason is because it is far easier to watch a CBS show online the next day than it is to watch ABC programs. Otherwise, I would have watched NCIS LA. This scheduling ticked me off to the point where I seriously considered going to the laundromat and ignoring both of them.
I would have liked some indication as the story went along of how much time was passing. It was a surprise to me when the Coastie said he'd been on the water five or six days. Admittedly, I did not watch, I just listened, mostly. There may have been clues in clothing changes, or whatever. But I was very annoyed by the time not being mentioned now and then. I totally agree that Martha and Alexis should have been haunting the precinct. They have done it before. If not for their ESP, Castle and Beckett would have frozen to death in that cold storage unit. I was not impressed, and I have waited to let it settle while I thought about it. Not at all impressed. The last episode last season was such a crock. I forgot the series all summer, just as I thought I would. This episode was not worth waiting for. Good thing I was not waiting. The best thing about this program has always been the banter, which harks back to the better mystery/comedy movies of the Thirties and Forties, such as The Thin Man or My Man Godfrey. That appears to have gone by the wayside. Pity.
I interpreted that the same way, and spent the next several minutes trying to figure out how the show would survive such a thing. How would they go on? I doubt it will happen, though. If I had to put up with a boss like that mayor, I think that I might consider retirement, too. I do wish that Frank would find himself a nice lady. He is so lonely. Too bad that Bebe Neuwirth went to another show ... Her character was smart enough and self-confident enough to stand up to him. He seems like the kind of man who would appreciate a bossy, take-charge woman, just as does his son Jamie.
@Douglas Wolfe "Pride calling his daughter so that he could feel better... it was all a bit much." That part rang very true to me, indeed. When I was in my twenties, my mother, a college professor, was mentoring a young woman who had been a juvenile screw-up. She mentored her right through finishing college. Soon after her graduation, there was a terrible automobile accident, and the young woman and her husband were both killed on the spot. My mother was absolutely devastated, and the first thing she did was come over to my apartment, latch onto me, and give me the hug of my life. When I saw Pride calling his daughter, I flashed back to that hug from all those years ago. That was good writing, not too much -- it sounds as though someone else has had this unfortunate experience, too.
I gritted my teeth and watched NCIS Los Angeles for more than a year before I started actually liking it. And even then, it was only Hetty and Deeks that I liked about it. But it has grown on me, to the point where I find it seriously annoying that it is now on against Castle. I do not feel like hooking up a device to record one of them. I think everyone should give this show some time. For goodness sake! This was the first episode! NCIS has been on for 11 full seasons, and it did not start out perfect, either. When I was young, my grandfather would have scolded you folks by saying that you wanted an egg in your beer. Give them some time. Mark Harmon is the executive producer, and I respect his judgment.
I think they need room for the cameras. Also, they don't seem to have a lot of specialized rooms -- file cabinets, desks, etc., are all in the great room. The kitchen/dining area is partially open to it. It certainly gives them a lot of options for camera angles. I remember that one of the constant complaints in the commentaries on the DVD's of Stargate SG-1 was that even with a cut down the middle of the conference room table, they had a miserable time trying to make interesting camera shots of people sitting and talking in that room. It really drove them nuts, and it went on for ten years. It appears to me that NCIS New Orleans does not plan to fall into that trap. That is just a guess. But the most functional apartment I ever saw in my life was a second floor apartment which was just one huge room, and an enclosed shower stall. There were no interior walls at all. I did not rent it because the landlord was hinky, but I have never forgotten it, either. This set is equally flexible.
I think it was just a MacGuffin to bring in an NCIS crossover from one of their characters.
No, I noticed that too. It is not the first time that they have broken the laws of time and space, however. It is sloppy writing.
I think it is possible that he could only handle the egg because he was trying to do what the egg wanted, which is send it back inside the dome. It would be interesting to see if that egg can kill the men pointing guns at him, or whether it cannot, or will not, or just does not.
And very, very handsome! Eye candy who can dance! He speaks well, too, in the sense of, what he says is actually interesting.
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