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Castle Review: "Setup"

I saw part of one season (2?) of Heroes, and I did not like it. I remember Pasdar's character well, and I did not like him. I know nothing else of the actor, but the character he portrayed tonight was also a jerk. (I would use a stronger word, but for the delicate sensibilities of those who might read this.) I find it difficult to believe that all Federal employees are as stupid and short-sighted as they are portrayed on television. It is just not possible. The country would long since have gone the way of the Roman Empire, were that the case. Yes, his questioning of the widow was artful, in his stated intentions, but turning down help from a vetted quarter, such as Castle, is stupid. Refusing to permit others to speak is stupid. Believing that the FED BOOK way is the ONLY way is stupid. I would hope that there are persons working in (the real) Homeland Security whose minds are more open to outside-the-box possibilities than his is. If they do a spin-off show based on this character, and if this character remains such a "jerk", no way on earth would I ever watch it. I have jerks in my real life. I do not need to spend my relax-time watching more jerks. The opening of the show so concerned me that I missed about eight minutes of the action, worrying that over in my mind. I don't believe I would have started out with that. I did like the look on Castle's face right as the Fed let them out of the quarantine tent. It reminded me of that old line from Maxwell Smart -- "Missed it by THAT much!" He had an opportunity, and due to no fault of his, he missed it, again. (As they always do, these two.) Do police now wear radiation badges or detectors regularly, in NYC or elsewhere? When did that start? I also appreciated the way that Castle sent Alexis to the Catskills with his mother, with this look on his face which concerned his daughter, but which also wordlessly forbade her to ask questions. He really is a much better actor than I had ever thought -- the last few weeks have been excellent in portraying his range! On the whole, I really liked the episode, aside from the eight minutes I saw but did not take in, having my mind otherwise occupied. I guess I will have to watch that when the DVD comes out. With the implosion of Bones, this has become my favorite television program, and this episode was up to their high level of writing and acting. Compliments to all concerned ....

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The Mentalist Review: "Red Gold"

I mentioned last week -- Jane is an emotional cripple with no particular sentimental attachment to any of the other characters except Cho, a bit. I saw nothing tonight to make me change my mind about that. I agree that it was ridiculous the way Lisbon was injured -- but also that it was nice to see more of Hightower. She's not the jerk she has appeared to be. I don't believe that a mother would walk into the line of fire as she did, without a bullet-proof jacket, though. It did not make sense to me. I did appreciate her willingness to shoot to kill. Way too many shoulder injuries on shows. I was taught that if you shoot the gun you shooot to kill. Anything else is stupid. Her character is a political animal, and as she said some episodes back, if someone powerful enough demands it, Jane will be sacrificed in an instant (if he refuses to dance), but I like her better now.

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NCIS: Los Angeles Preview: Deeks Gets Shot!

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NCIS: Los Angeles Preview: Deeks Gets Shot!

Well, Michael, for one thing, Ziva is not on this show. Deeks has become my favorite character on this show, after Hetty. I miss Nate, but if his presence continues to be peripatetic, then I will settle for Deeks. I can't say that Callan or LL Cool J have won my heart in any way. I've never been to LA, but it does seem to me that it truly cannot be quite so evil and violent as this show portrays it. Why can't these characters hadle problems in other areas? NCIS does.

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Bones Review: Happy Valentine's Day Massacre!

I was particularly annoyed by the way Cam ordered them to solve the mystery in 8 hours 23 minutes, so she could make her date on time. How arrogant of her to assume that nothing could be accomplished without her presence! Brennan regularly has worked there alone all night with no one except the janitor to keep her company. It was annoying, made no sense, did not adhere to the past policies of the Jeffersonian and the past history of the series -- it was b.s. of a low order. Any time that Sweets and Daisy are absent is a good time for me. I find them both appalling. I also preferred Clark when he was being rudely insistent on keeping his private life private, but the contrast with his "too much information" current attitutde does makes me laugh. He is not my favorite "Squintern", but he's always good for a laugh one way or the other. Am I the only one who feels like the magic is gone out of the interactions between the two actors who play Angela and Hodgins? The lack of interest CANNOT just be the lame scenes the writers provide; the actors don't appear that interested any more. According to one of the DVD extras in an early season Bones DVD, these two actors cooked up this romance between their characters themselves, to increase their screen time. They don't appear invested in the relationship any more. Booth looked affectionately at Brennan when he turned to her as he was going through a door in this episode. It was the first affectionate look I remember seeing from him this season. That was nice. It reminded me of this wonderful television show I used to watch, called Bones. I agree that Valentine's Day is a non-holiday cooked up by Hallmark and TeleFlora. As I grew up 60 miles from Chicago, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre has always been much more real to me than the life, deeds, or death of some theoretical saint, who may or may not have lived in the first place. That means yep, I really appreciated the ending where they shot the bejeebers out of the targets at the range. The mystery was weak, but they usually are. I don't know of anyone who watches this program for the mysteries. The ghastly corpses, the camaraderie between the characters, the romance between Booth and Brennan -- those are the reasons to watch. Tonight -- pretty good corpse. Clark was pretty good. Cam was irritating from first order to limousine. Hodgins and Angela were present, like non-voting members of Congress. Brennan put more thought into her gift for Booth than Hodgins originally did into his for Angela. Brennan is watching Booth, and visibly playing whatever role he needs her to play, to stay physically close to him while maintaining the emotional distance he clearly needs her to keep. I still think this season was a massive, remarkably stupid change on the part of the writers and producers -- whomever makes the decisions. However, they seem to be finding their way back. I hope they did not kill the series in the process. I don't know yet.

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I've been a fan of Janeane Garafalo for a long time -- now she looks like her face has been elongated and shot up with Botox. It does not move much any more. I didn't see the spark of humor which is her strong point. I didn't see much of anything leading me to believe this is till her in there. I hope this show is not as relentlessly depressing as its parent show is, but I expect that it will be. It is nice to see Penelope Garcia again -- she and Reid are the best ones on Criminal Minds, for me. I agree with the writers who are astonished that a former (pardoned) criminal is an FBI agent. They certainly have lowered their standards since J. Edgar Hoover's day, haven't they? I also was astonished by the portrayal of the director of the FBI. Seriously? Come on! The Director of the FBI is a sub-cabinet level post, not a street person who hangs out in ratty gymnasiums. I had trouble listening to what he said, because I was so astonished by his appeaance. Also, has he never heard of a telephone? The ratty gymnasium which seems to be their headquarters looks like a play on the ratty boathouse which is a set on NCIS Los Angeles. I guess if it works once, it works twice? Thing is, I am not all that sure that it worked once. I have never been impressed with NCIS LA, either. I agree with the comments about the lack of importance of a case regarding one missing little girl requiring this unit. Of course, this unit did not exhibit any particular skills. The story flowed too easily. There was too much coincidence, and too much convenience. What are they for? THis episode was very poorly done. A side note to tati: NCIS is a spinoff from J*A*G. J*A*G* went ten years; NCIS is in its eighth year, has been renewed for a ninth, and is still picking up viewers. NCIS is proof that a spinoff can be properly done, and can succeed. I am willing to give this one some more time, because they have Garcia. I just think they have a pretty steep mountain of "Yuck" to overcome, which NCIS did not have.

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I've been a fan of Janeanne Garafalo for a long time -- she looks like she has been elongated and shot up with Botox. I didn't see the spark of humor which is her strong point. I hope this show is not as relentlessly depressing as its parent show is, but I expect that it will be. It is nice to see Penelope Garcia again -- she and Reid are the best ones on Criminal Minds, for me. I also was astonished by the portrayal of the director of the FBI. Seriously? Come on! The ratty gymnasium which seems to be their headquarters looks like a play on the ratty boathouse which is a set on NCIS Los Angeles. I guess if it works once, it works twice? I'll watch again, but for Garcia.

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Tim, you are positing a series which will last for at least another three or four years. I think that is over-optimistic. The writers gutted this trout, and I doubt it will last so long. I also disagree that the series would have to end if the characters get together. All that says is that no writers will ever be better than the writers of Cheers and Moonlighting, so no relationship on screen will ever continue to work, so these writers cannot do it either. I think that gives too much cfredit to the riters of Moonlighting and Cheers, and too little credit to writers these producers COULD get if they really wanted to write seasons with Booth and Brennan together. However, I would recommend that they not hire any writers from Cheers or Moonlighting.

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The Mentalist Review: Grace Under Fire

I agree with Fi. Craig's comments to Van Pelt were unpleasantly reminiscent of the kinds of comments made by those repellant males who try to separate their womenfolk from all outside friendships and contacts, the better to totally control them. Nothing he said during the entire episode varied from this attitude. There is either something really wrong with him, or the writer did a very poor job of portraying a normal person. What he said is not the kind of thing which an intelligent lawyer would say, nor the kind of thing a non-possessive lover would say. Somewhere I read that they don't plan to put Rigsby and Van Pelt back together again. I would rather see both characters stay, and if they portray California law correctly, the only way for that to be is if they are not together. Stop and think, guys! If you want them together, which one do you want to leave the unit? I also did not see Simon Baker discuss Jane's love life. Considering what Red John did to his wife, and what happened to Frey, whom he only dated once, I would think Jane would be smart enough to realize that he had best have no love life until Red John is caught or killed. It puts the women at risk. Red John does not want him happy, and will prevent it. That seems logical to me, as to why he does not move on. Jane also is an emotional cripple, probably due to the disfunctional way he was raised. It is not that easy for Jane to have an adult relationship. He reminds me of Adrian Monk in that aspect -- surprise that he ever managed to have one in the first place, rather than wondering why he does not have another love in his life. He usually treats other people as objects put there to amuse him. He has no adult relationship with any member of the unit. He seems to come closest with Cho, who has the least emotional investment in him. Jane really is a rather unpleasant individual. If anyone treated me the way he treats various characters in the episodes, guests and regulars, I would slap him the way the mother of the little girl did last season. I think the reason he gets on so well with children is because he is still an emotional child himself.

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Bones Review: "The Sin in the Sisterhood"

I believe that the father shot the victim in the barn where he keeps the turkeys, not in the cornfield. I thought that it was about as phoned-in as most of the other episodes have been lately, insofar as the actors seem to be playing their characters, not BEING their characters. Perhaps I have less invested in the series than I used to. It appears to me that the actors have less invested. I am still not impressed. I thought it somewhat strange that Sweets went and interrogated that witness/suspect. No one appeared to ask him to do so, and no one appeared to be watching. When did he stop being the FBI psychologist and start taking on agent-type duties? The magic has gone out of this show for me. I am really, really sorry, but I still think the writers have been abusing crack. It is still a mess. They have scene after scene, involving as many regulars as they can reasonably squash into an episode, but the dialogue sounds forced, and the interactions between them do not sparkle. I did like Cam shooting off the gun repeatedly. I have been that angry several times in my life, and finding a violent noisy way to work off the anger is familiar. That was the best thing in the episode, for me. I did not like the scene in the car where she was driving and they were lambasting the deceased with epithets. Like much else, it appeared unnatural and forced. Perhaps it is because the writers want the characters to appear to be trying too hard to be natural. If that is the case, it worked, because they were trying too hard. Considering how many times Bones has chastised her assistants for using insulting or slighting terms regarding the various victims or their manners of death in the past six seasons, I found it totally unbelievable.

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