I think part of the problems with this show (it has jumped the shark) is that it has moved on from the "base idea" of the show that was so good in the beginning. An attractive sexy struggling actress associated with nerds living next door. IMO the biggest problem is with the Penny character. She now is no longer a struggling actress, makes more money than the nerds and at the risk of sounding like a man - Is not a sexy character anymore (Penny NOT Kaley). Her new hair style and most importantly how Penny is dressed is no where near the same.
So your issue with the show isn't the fact that the writing was piss poor and that the running "gag" was just one character saying over and over again that he hated women -- it's that the leading female character isn't sexy or poor enough for you?
Actually my point was it is no longer the same show that was so good in the past and yes due to bad bad writing.
Then use examples beyond her appearance. I agree that the writing was awful, and that the industry they wrote her to work in is awful. The laugh tracks were hollow mockeries in this episode. I just don't agree with basing valid criticism on a female characters haircut.
You make progressive women look like idiots with those kind of knee jerk reactions and straw wo/man tactics. She WAS a better character before she sold her soul for blood money.
I was responding to a comment that the problem was that said that the problems were because the lead female character wasn't as sexy and poor as she used to be. I don't agree with the decision to right her into that sort of industry. I am not an idiot, even if I WAS incensed and hasty when I first read that comment. The episode was poorly written on a base level and it was horrifically (and literally) misogynistic. One character (who historically has difficulty understanding social conventions and dealing with other characters emotions) literally spent the entire episode acting extremely predatory and repeatedly saying they hated women over and over again. That's not just offensive writing, it's bad, lazy writing. I don't want to fight with you, because I strongly agree the writing has gone downhill and that writing a character who was the "heart" of the series profiting off of a sick industry was a mistake. I just don't believe that her change in her hairstyle is indicative of bad writing.
I agree, their writing of late has been entirely one dimensional for women. I didn't mean to imply you, personally, are an idiot. I just don't like hard line generalizations directed at other posters (especially when I happen to agree, as a progressive woman, with their assessments). I don't think anyone was saying, at all, that they preferred Penny poor and in a less powerful position or that the haircut is the only thing wrong with the "new Penny". It was that assumption to which I objected. If that was not your assertion we seem to be in agreeance. (Grr, auto-correct. Agreeance IS a word!) Here's hoping the show gets better, and soon!
Penny lost her appeal the moment they made her a sell-out. The hair truly is awful too and the fact that she is working in a death for profit industry just makes the changes nauseating. She was always wiser in many ways than the guys AND embraced her femininity. THAT is true power, not neutering/masculinizing yourself. We shall see how much of that was written in at insecure hubby's insistence.
Doctor 4 had the chance to prevent the creation of the Daleks and refused to do it. The current version now has another chance to prevent them and must decide if he wants to or once again let them be created.
Nice start to NCIS 13th season though the usuals who claim to not watch anymore and yet still seem to know enough of episodes to make criticisms will say otherwise for one reason or another and act as the wet blankets to those who have enjoyed it. The time jump was a surprise Gibbs living was expected though without a doubt this experience has change him his prison chat with Ruso was a sign as well as his talk with Tony near the end when he asked if Tony what he wanted to talk about the look on Tony's face said that was an un-Gibbs thing to do Gibbs trip was sweet and the ghost of Kelly was right Gibbs despite surviving how many attempts on his life is still a depressed guy who never enjoys the life he has even the doctor suggested that Gibbs felt he should've died during their diner talk. Tony following up with the Calling, Budd especially, was great and was the essence of his character behind the laid back jokester persona is a smart dedicated investigator who will do whatever it takes to get his bad guy this was Tony Dinozzo at the core the one who in the end took Budd down. I know he was a short lived villain but in a way Budd had an Ari Haswari vibe about him right down to the taunting phone calls. Can't wait to see how the rest of this season will play out.
Likedit very much.The main trump card of the show is clearly the male lead.Jake McDorman was amazing.A good actor with good looks? I'm sold. Only problem is by the end,it was clear that this is going to become just another CBS procedural in the long run & i hate procedurals with a passion(except Castle & H50).So,i'll give it a 5 episodes (2 extra just coz of Jake) test run to see how it proceeds from here.For now,i'm content.If you're a fan of CBS procedural with a season long mini arc,you'll like it,otherwise you'll end up being disappointed. Score-8/10. I would've rated it 7.5 but that extra 0.5 goes for that emotional hospital scene in the end.
Agreed on McDorman. He did a solid job for the episode.
At some point, we're going to be dealing with the fact that DiNozzo might not want to be just the next Gibbs. Oh, he'll be the one in charge in the field and everything but he might not want to live his life in the crazy manner Gibbs does right now. Not even Harmon really wants to be Gibbs so, yeah, they do need to talk.
Gibbs even outright told Tony a few seasons back that he (Gibbs) was a terrible role model for how to live your life. Let's take a good hard look at our heroic and stoic team leader: He's a functional mute who lives on coffee and bourbon and hides in his basement when he's not at work, with three failed marriages and an inability to move past the deaths of his wife and daughter decades earlier. Yikes.
He's Les Moore from Funky Winkerbean with a ROTC haircut and a gun. Good thing Doctor Chuckles is there to get him back into the land of the living.
One of your better reviews.
Beckett can't tell Rick everything. This is probably something classified. I like that Alexis is a P.I. with Castle. Not impressed by Haley. A pretty good episode but I do prefer the lighter, more fun episodes of Castle. The serious episodes usually are kinda boring.
A great start to the season.
I think the big money should have gone to pay for better writers in tune with the way the show used to be, not this stupid stuff. Who really believes Penny as a pharma rep, wouldn't success as an actress and the big money issues with Leonard have been more believable and funny. I won't be bothering to go through twelve minutes or more of pointless ads to watch this wreck. The phrase "jumped the shark" is coming to mind.
Good review. I enjoyed the episode with one or two reservations. Interestingly, the show seems to have gotten edgier in this episode and hopefully will continue in this style. In the last season, especially, the romance seemed to be getting a little 'mushy' for my taste. One of the early attractions of 'Castle' was the interplay and tension between Rick and Kate. With the marriage, the dynamic has changed. Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion still create one of the great on-screen romances, though, for my money.I thought the precinct shootout very deftly done and about the right length. I hope we see more development of Ryan and Esposito's characters.Captain Gates - her character was never developed and her departure is no loss. Calling her 'sir' was just plain silly. She was supposed to be 'Iron Gates', but she always seemed a 'softy' to me.Hayley - I'm keeping an open mind on this till we see more of her, and the writers create more interactions with the other characters.Alexis - her character annoys me. The writers have allowed her to be too much the smart kid who always succeeds in 'back-footing' her father. Becoming an assistant to her father and closing four cases without Rick's knowledge makes for a credibility problem. Also, I dislike the new office decor, but clearly some expense has gone into this set so I guess we're going to have to live with it.Martha Rodgers - Susan Sullivan always nails it as the brassy dame with the heart of gold. It's a pleasure to see her getting the most out of her character.I don't mind Bracken being back, if the writers develop the storyline well. I have always enjoyed the backdrop of the Bracken story, Rick's mysterious father, Rick's pre-wedding disappearance, 3XK, and the like, popping up in the series every so often to add another layer of interest as the day to day investigations play in the foreground.Someone asked if Tori should stay. I think she should but can we have a few more facial expressions please, Maya?I sincerely hope the season's show-runners and writers manage to lift the game somewhat as Season 7 was a bit limp at times. It can't be the easiest thing, as we sometimes forget that they are running a business that has to maintain ratings to survive.
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