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Castle Season 6 Report Card: Grade It!

The season finale definitely left me angry and disappointed but the rest of the season was quite good. Veritas, although excellent, should have been a 2-parter. I loved Under Fire and In the Belly of the Beast. That '70s Show was also a fav. So glad the Pi/Alexis story ended and things got back to normal. Definitely want to see a Lanie centered episode. As for next season, YES to more romance and chemistry. And a wedding worthy of Caskett. I want to see the emotion from both of them more than I care about the big wedding. Fingers crossed that season 7 gives us that payoff.

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Fargo Finale Review: The End

I loved the introduction of the wolf at what would be the end of Lorne's life. We saw it in two scenes: the first when it stopped Gus in his tracks (coincidentally at the cabin in which Lorne was staying) and then later when Lorne saw it just before Gus shot him. Beautiful.

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Olivia, go friend yourself.

If you want friends, learn Esperanto.

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Interesting theories being spun around here... I've been following your discussion for the last few weeks, while I'm doing some rewatching and trying to puzzle out the connections I've missed so far. Amazing how hindsight is always 20/20. Not completely through yet, but I hope when I'm finished I can make some more sense of it all.
Anyway, there is one thing that just struck me regarding Frye, and while all the rest is still unfinished business, this I wanted to share. Like you, I can't quite see RJ being responsible for the scariest brainwash of all times, it seems so much more to be in Stiles' area of expertise. But even if it's not been picked up again (so far, and I do hope they do clarify on that matter), there's a certain echo if you look at S6 finale more closely.
I've just looked through a list of crackpot predictions I had made before the finale (which did turn out to be brilliant, just not the way I thought), and the one thing I got right was the sunrise in the end. ;-) I'd just thought, the one pivotal moment before is a sunset (one of the most breathtakingly filmed ones I've ever seen) on Malibu Beach. I like contrasting endings. If you like to, you could see a dark, long night after that, regardless of what time of day it is on-screen. It's a bit as if that's the moment PJ extinguishes the last bit of something he's been walling ever after S4-finale in himself. (Sorry if I can't put it in better words, foreign language ;-)) Only then he's able to pull through to the end, sacrifice everything and kill RJ - which is, in itself, a small finale and a visceral escalation - throttling with bare hands is about the lowest point any character with an emphasis on mental prowess can go. After that, he stays comfortably numb, seemingly relaxed. Until feelings come back. Turns out in the end - in hindsight - you could say he's sort of zombified himself. Finale is a showdown on a mental plane - just with a completely different opposition than I'd have anticipated. Unlike Frye, PJ makes it back into the real world. Oh, and it *is* a great monomyth story. In a procedural series. On syndicate TV.

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@ 7Roadrunner7

"What if this was just a game by the string puller to get Jane to a point where he could utterly destroy him." After the finale I thought "Hear the distant bangs? That's the sound of the opposition cracking open the champagne!"
I try and stay cautious, not to get caught inside a specific theory I just like (I have one, believe me), keeping open to different possibilities as long as I can about the opposition. I'm currently working on an Occam's Razor - approach to the backbone plot: keep it as simple as possible and see if I can get a throughline that doesn't leave open questions, with as few players as possible. Starting out with a Red John - solo villain construct and keeping with it as long as I can. Up to S2-Finale that has worked well. S3 is a *bitc** to crack, 4 getting easier again. It's pure fun, and it does wonders opening your eyes b/c you keep coming up with new questions and find new insights into possibilities. Like you said, rationalgal - there is an enormous depth in the writing, and I'd like to add, the filming as well. There is so many levels you can follow this show on and the more I discover, the more I enjoy it. Backbone plot and monomyth-character-story, shifting focus, and I've *cough* stooped to use the "pause-button" on my control a little more often than I usually do to "take a good look around". It never ceases to amaze me how much effort they've put into the sets. One thing I've just found and really like is in the first Frye-episode. She's got those Chinese symbols on the wall, which translate to something like "remember" and "strong". Now, if I were to translate the term "mentalist" into Chinese... ;) And still, it's not out of place in Frye's room. Just a little footnote in the large context of the content, but, hey, fun. As far as the writing's concerned, technically you could learn about, wild guess, three to four times as much from just analyzing some of the best episodes as you can from most books on writing. I couldn't name any episode that isn't rock-solid if seen as a closed unit, even if there are some that catch me less, and for each one of those there are others that rock my emotional boat.
As far as the overall plotting's concerned, well, I'm working on it. ;)

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@ 7Roadrunner7

One of the greatest pleasures of watching TM is noticing (as you have) the depth of meaning that surfaces occasionally. Was it intentional? Maybe not entirely. Good writers speak from a well of understanding that they are able to express without consciously doing it. It's called talent.

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@ rationalgal2

That's what I'm talking about!

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@ 7Roadrunner7

What you say is very interesting because it's in line with what I was saying. Jane has now opened himself up. What if this was just a game by the string puller to get Jane to a point where he could utterly destroy him. Jane has killed two people who said they we Red John. The string puller lets Jane think he's won and has his vengeance for himself and his family. AND THEN BOOM! He starts playing games again. Only the types of games Jane would notice. The kind of games that would make Jane question his sanity. How could he convince anybody of the truth without putting himself in jeopardy. The game with Jane and Red John was pretty sinister to begin with. But to return and slowly creep back into his life via a different form would be even more sinister and in keeping with the character that was presented throughout the series. Someone just waiting to get that last piece of Jane the same way they did K. Frye. Someone waiting to strike just when Jane thinks he has battled his demon and won. Allows Jane to walk into his new life with a happy heart full of intentions and then shows Jane that he has been controlled this whole time. Manipulated by a power that never had any intention of letting him go or be at peace. The game that was being played was obsessive, devious and maniacal. In the course of the game many people were brutally murdered. Why would who ever this is just stop having a obsessive compulsion such as this? They were playing a cat and mouse game. Cat's play with their prey, disorienting it and then.............!

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@ anitraward1

That's why I love trying to figure out where this show might go. There is a lot of good stuff in the series! I love turning over every rock!

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Rookie Blue Review: Heroes & Screw Ups

Okay, I thought that Sarah was supposed to be OLDER than Sam. No way does she act like she's older. Very much came off as a younger sister. Did anyone feel the same?

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@ Delaina

Agreed. She definitely came off as the younger sister to me as well.

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Rookie Blue Review: Heroes & Screw Ups

First, Canadian viewers: STOP telling us that you have already watched the episodes! We know that. Moving on, I don't like the Dov and Chloe relationship. She is too needy, too nutty. I get that Wes may be abusive, but why didn't she tell her lover that she was married? Why can't they pair him with a "real" girl. Sam and Andy, Sam and Nick: Why can't this dame make up her mind!

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@ Philada

Hi :)
I am definitely not Canadian, yet I have seen the episodes, I'm not even north american! As for why Chloe did'nt Dov she was married? Oh Idk, maybe she was afraid she'd lose him, plus he was never supposed to meet the other guy!

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@ Philada

Yup, it is time for Andy to make a decision one way or the other.

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Sarah-silva

I am so glad that you all in the US are finally getting the season. Now I can read your reviews Christine eventhough I am a few episodes ahead! :) You are going to love this season! You are bang on with a couple things you said but I do not want to spoil anything so that is all I will say. :)

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Wolfshades

I'm not at all surprised it's being renewed, site unseen. It's got Vince Gilligan at the helm - and he's more than proven his worth. I think he may have put AMC on the map, actually.

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12 Characters That Make Us Want to Punch the TV

My TV is safe! I don't know who any of these characters are.

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Castle Season 6 Report Card: Grade It!

Season six by far the best season of castle love the show alot and can't wait for next season. Loved every episode and everything about castle I give it an A+

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@ Jessica Valure

Even Pi?

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