Sue ann

@ Tonya The Mentalist regularly garners more than 850 comments, week after week. There are so many that I don't have time to read them all. I think the writers painted themselves into a corner, and then lit the paint on fire. I don't see how they are going to get out of this one, but they have to, because if they send Beckett to DC and jettison the 12th Precinct, they would be gutting a fairly successful show, to no good purpose. No one wants to see her go off and be superwoman all alone. No one wants to see Lanie, Espo, Ryan, Martha, and Alexis left behind, assuming she and Castle go to DC. They have to fix this mess. People want to see the crazy murders, with a woman stuffed partly into a wall safe, or a frozen woman dripping on a scaffold at a construction site, or another woman covered in flower petals like the picture on the cover of Castle's book. I still maintain the writers were drunk, and this is stupid. Bad proposal. Castle is a man who is normally submissive to ALL women, but it has reached the point of ridiculousness. It has almost reached the point of obsequiousness. Definitely, weakness. And Castle is not a weak man. Remember how brave he was in confronting the dirty bomb in episode 3.17? That's just one example. They are humbling him down and bitching her up, and it just feels wrong. In a lot of ways, this reminds me of the shows of my youth, where Mother knew best, and Dad was a bumbling fool. This show used to be like The Thin Man, Nick and Nora Charles, where the man was quirky, the woman was grounded, and they made one heck of a team. Any more, it is more like Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie, where the women run circles around the clownish male. (And writers: THAT IS NOT A COMPLIMENT!) I am deeply dismayed.

Sue ann

THREE Sometimes the writers on this show leave holes in their fast-moving plots through which the viewer could drive Sherman tanks, and they expect us not to notice.

Sue ann

TWO I agree, the sound sold this. I do not watch (shows which contain) torture, generally, but I do read books which contain it. It was certainly memorable and disturbing. But, not too much for me. I do believe it would have been better at a later hour. That show is on at 8 o'clock in the center two time zones, still the so-called "family viewing time". Had I young children, I would not let them watch this program. When I was young, I never ever saw The Untouchables. My classmates spoke of it, but my parents "broke" the TV for a few years there. After a week's consideration, while I was very unhappy with the torture of Deeks, I was even more unhappy with the heavy-handed continuation of the contemptuous attitude of Sam and also of Kensi, towards Deeks. He deserves a great deal more respect than he gets. Kensi, I understand. Displaced sexual tension. Sam, his attitude is ridiculous, and he should know better. Sometimes the writers on this show leave holes in their fast-moving plots through which the viewer could drive Sherman tanks, and they expect us not to notice.

Sue ann

I wasn't very happy about the torture, but that is because I like Deeks so much. I don't really want anyone to take a drill to such a pretty face. If he is not rescued rather fast, the damage is going to be financially, physically, psychologically and emotionally huge, and particularly take a long time to fix physically. I mentioned flippantly in the post after the review of this episode that I figure Sam is going to need to kiss Deeks's feet after this, rather than take the nasty attitude he has been, because I think Deeks will not break. Were Deeks to break, I figure his character would have to leave the show, and Eric Christian Olsen has signed for another year. Both Sam and Deeks himself would insist upon it. If he breaks, there would be no fixing him so he could look the rest of them in the eye. So, he will not break. Just MHO, of course. I agree, the sound sold this. I do not watch (shows which contain) torture, generally, but I do read books which contain it. It was certainly memorable and disturbing. But, not too much for me. I do believe it would have been better at a later hour. That show is on at 8 o'clock in the center two time zones, still the so-called "family viewing time". Had I young children, I would not let them watch this program. When I was young, I never ever saw The Untouchables. My classmates spoke of it, but my parents "broke" the TV for a few years there. After a week's consideration, while I was very unhappy with the torture of Deeks, I was even more unhappy with the heavy-handed continuation of the contemptuous attitude of Sam and also of Kensi, towards Deeks. He deserves a great deal more respect than he gets. Kensi, I understand. Displaced sexual tension. Sam, his attitude is ridiculous, and he should know better. Sometimes the writers on this show leave holes in their fast-moving plots through which the viewer could drive Sherman tanks, and they expect us not to notice.

Sue ann
Criminal Minds Review: Replicate This

TWO All in all, it struck me as quite believable for a family relationship, as I have personal experience of such. I thought the writers, and the actors, all did a terrific job, and it was one of the better season finales I saw this year. (Limited number, mostly CBS.)

Sue ann
Criminal Minds Review: Replicate This

Sean was not making out with the girl who started bleeding from her facial features. His boss was. His former girl friend had previously died of the same thing, but there was no mention that she was in his arms. His boss's girl died in his arms because he went into the bathroom to get the override card from his boss, and because his boss is a useless weasel in a crisis, so Sean was trying to help her. If someone is going to die, Strauss is fine by me. I never did see why Rossi was having that affair with her. She has been such a bitch to everyone for years. I was not even remotely sorry to see her go, although I was sorry for her children. If they mentioned WHY Sean separated himself from his brother and his family, I missed it. (Unless it was because of the drugs, alcohol, and incompetence.) Aaron clearly cared about his brother, but he was on the edge all the time of not believing there had been any change. All in all, it struck me as quite believable for a family relationship, as I have personal experience of such. I thought the writers, and the actors, all did a terrific job, and it was one of the better season finales I saw this year. (Limited number, mostly CBS.)

Sue ann

One thing which has occurred to me after reading all of these comments and thinking about the Beckett of the appalling last three episodes is this: The original order for season five was 22 shows. ABC ordered one more on 10/19/12, and one more on 2/5/13. It is possible that the powers which be at Castle already had a bible set up for the season, and they may have had to scramble to come up with two more stories to tack on to the end of their season. The stories may (clearly, DON'T) make much sense when viewed with the rest of the season in mind, and the original 22-episode plans may have had some of the episodes in a different order than they wound up, in addition to the two shifted by the Boston Marathon bombings. In any case, it was poorly done, but it is one more point to consider.

Sue ann

Yes, I gave up even trying.

Sue ann

TWO It was amusing to see "Deb on TV" finally succumb to the same temptation as "Deb in the books", and ask Dexter to kill someone. The two lines of story-telling seldom cross that way any more. I am going to be seriously sorry to see Dexter go after this upcoming season. I'd have been happy to have them do this forever. I hope Dexter ends the series a free man, but with the overly paternalistic culture of the USA, he probably will not. Crime is supposed to be punished, after all. It is the contemporary equivalent of the old three-feet-on-the-floor-even-if-they-are-married rules of the Hayes Office, in the heyday of Hollywood.

Sue ann

I got the season seven DVD's yesterday and stayed up all night watching them. I liked season one the best, season two--the last three episodes--next best, and I was lukewarm about Trinity all along. I find season six somewhat appallingly written, but well-acted. I have never been a particular fan of the over-the-top histrionics of Jennifer Carpenter, and I don't appreciate the filthy mouth of Deb Morgan. I say that to illustrate why I wasn't particularly concerned with Deb's soul-searching over her own and Dexter's actions. I have always found her tiresomely naive for a cop. The stand-out point of the season for me was Dexter's ability to form a relationship with a woman who was not a clingy nag like Rita, nor a wounded soul like Lumen. The Dexter of the television series, unlike the Dexter of the book series, has shown an ability to grow into a human, and that has been fascinating to watch. It was amusing to see "Deb on TV" finally succumb to the same temptation as "Deb in the books", and ask Dexter to kill someone. The two lines of story-telling seldom cross that way any more. I am going to be seriously sorry to see Dexter go after this upcoming season. I'd have been happy to have them do this forever. I hope Dexter ends the series a free man, but with the overly paternalistic culture of the USA, he probably will not. Crime is supposed to be punished, after all. It is the contemporary equivalent of the old three-feet-on-the-floor-even-if-they-are-married rules of the Hayes Office, in the heyday of Hollywood.