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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

ATM: "at the moment"
BTW: "by the way"
COTW: "case of the week"
IM(H)O: "in my (humble) opinion"
ITA: "I totally agree"
LOL: "laughing out loud"
Mary Sue: A character who's just too perfect to be believed
OMG: "oh my God"
OT: "off-topic"
ship/shipper: "ship" is short for "relationship." If you are an X and Y "shipper," that's short for "relation shipper," i.e. you want those two characters to be together.
snarky: sarcastic commentary
TMI: "too much information"
TPTB: "the powers that be" (Marlowe)

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

Her "I'm...marrying him " comment was not part of the script which makes a big difference. If she had just included even a hint of a smile with the ad-lib remark, it might have seemed affectionate, but her delivery came off as kind of snarky. IMHO

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

In the upcoming spy daddy episode “Deep Cover”, I hope we don't get a badass Beckett confronting Hunt instead of Castle standing up for himself with his dad. Castle is a grown man who has already been disrespected enough by Alexis and I hope he doesn't get run over in the same way by his father. I don’t object to the idea of Castle's father being a dark guy, having darker impulses per se, and exploring Castle's reaction to that and whether he has his own dark impulses at times given his interest in the macabre. I trust that this particular senior writer, Terence Paul Winter, will explore that subject in a serious way, but I am still managing expectations because this is the same person who wrote 5x10 “Significant Others”. It seems odd that the show runner would cater to Brolin's wishes for his characters. Let's hope that means they will put even more effort than usual into the script.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

Point well taken about Castle being a civilian, but it doesn’t explain her behavior in the open in front of co-workers. Just because Demming was a cop, she let him slobber all over her with those kisses on her neck in the precinct? It presents more to me that she was playing with Castle’s emotions precisely because she knew Castle had to keep things professional at all times because he was there as a favor to the mayor. It is hard to believe that Kate didn’t know how much Castle was interested in her long before those wake up conversations with Montgomery and Esposito. Otherwise, why her startled response when Castle told her that it was his last case with her. She was devastated, yet she felt the need to lie earlier to Castle about her vacation time.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

Good question about the books. How come Beckett has not told Castle how much the books helped her? Same question about his two divorces. Where are those conversations?

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

It was always Sorenson who bugged me the most. Waiting two months before letting Kate know that he was back in town, only to then commandeer her into his investigation, and choosing one that had a similarity to a prior one they had worked on together, which was clearly difficult for her. Also, I felt that in some of their conversations, Will was condescending towards Kate, re: the skates and stuff. It felt kind of awkward to me, rather than playful as was probably the intent of the writing. Of all of them, Sorensen was the only one that I find myself wondering “Why were you with this person?”.
My only thing with Josh ("I really, really liked him") was I wasn’t wild about the way he interacted with Castle, especially towards the end. I understood why he was upset about Kate getting shot, and why he pushed Castle away in the hospital hallway, but it didn’t say much about him either, particularly acting out the way he did in his place of work.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

The "lemming" reference is really Tom Demming, the robbery detective that Beckett was dating in Season 2. He was a jerk. It is interesting how Beckett let Demming put his hands all over her in the hallways at the precinct during that period, but we see nothing like that now from our engaged couple. I always did wonder why Captain Montgomery let that happen out in the open area in front of co-workers.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

I really enjoyed the “Under Fire” episode. There was nice camera work and special effects work – the fires and basement pit were all well done. I really had no issue with the interaction between Castle and Beckett in this episode. I saw them connected to each other emotionally in the fire scenes, and the hug at the end was adorable with plenty of eye contact and smiles. I love that Castle was working at Beckett’s desk, sitting in her chair, and she didn’t care. Instead she just caressed his shoulder and asked what he’s doing.
I had trouble with the comic moment where the woman Fire Inspector says get out and Castle says “sounds good” and leaves first, then Beckett says: “I’m marrying him”. Castle was ready in “Still” to take a bomb with Kate, but he turns and runs out of crime scene at the sound of building collapse without his bride-to-be in tow? It just seemed like a cheap shot from the show runner to include that kind of weird behavior in the sequence. If Beckett's ad-lib comment had included even a hint of a smile it might have seemed affectionate, but her delivery came off as kind of snarky to me.
The Gates scene at the 12th in front of her staff seemed overdone and unnecessary. The birth scene in the ambulance seemed just right and Jenny did a great job with the phone conversations. The last four episodes have been really good since the end of Alexis arc.

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Castle Midseason Report Card: Grade It!

Not sure I would call Kate a bimbo either, but as one of your cohorts, let me just say that you are correct that Kate got the job in DC, but we never actually saw her explain why she was interested in the job or how she felt about getting fired. It was all just a plot device where she kind of acted out of character then she forgot all about her "dream job." The dead mother story has pretty much run its course as well. At this point in the season, the character of Castle is a reactor to events now, he's rarely proactive. The writers seem to have lost focus and direction for where these characters are going. The new promos seem to suggest that Castle might need a push to set the wedding date. The writers are just not doing a good job showing them living day to day at all. There are no actual conversations that normal couples have about real, adult things. I sure hope that things will turnaround after the winter hiatus.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

1 - You'll drive yourself crazy going over everything that should have happened, might have happened. The writers either don't consider it important like some fans might or the writers have just forgotten about it. On the other hand, I suppose they could be saving the reveal for a Very Special episode closer to the end of the series. It seems like that scene back in season 1 was setting up a really sweet, emotional scene for when they finally got together. Just her being a fan of the books would be a great set up for fun scenes now that they are engaged. All the great little details and backstories the writers created in the first couple of seasons have really been wasted. It was those things that made the show believable. They rarely re-visit or mention details like the importance of the books again which makes all of it seem so artificial. I think they just don't want to write any scenes that require effort. It's really sad. We can only assume now there was some off screen conversation that took place about the influence of his books.