10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Castle Cast

I wrote this for TVOvermind about the stars of Castle!

The cast, plus a bonus Marlowe!

  • Did you remember that Jon Huertas had an arc on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and a jerky teen witch hunter?
  • Did you know that both Penny Johnson Jerald and Nathan Fillion are both Double Captains, due to their previous acting roles?
  • Or that there’s a reason behind Seamus Dever’s princely charm?

Find out more here: Things You Didn’t Know About the Castle Cast.

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Castle 7.03 Review: “Clear and Present Danger”

In this week’s Castle, Castle and Beckett get their groove back in more ways than one. In what is a fluffy, flirty, and fun episode, a pool shark (but maybe not just that) gets murdered by an invisible assailant, while our dynamic duo try to ignite the fireworks between them.

Just as Castle and Beckett decide they’ve been ready to do the horizontal mambo since Rick’s two month disappearance, a phone call interrupts their run to the bedroom. The victim, William Fairwick, was stabbed in the chest with a pool stick. It seems to be a locked room mystery, with one slamming of the door and locked windows in a high-rise building. The victim seemed to work for Greenblatt Insurance, but made his real money hustling Wall Street-ers. But recently, he’d been scared that he’d “sold his soul to the devil” and his time was up. Castle hops right on to this theory, which is solidified by the mysterious surveillance tape Tory shows them. In it, the victim, once in his apartment, appears to be alone, with the door mysteriously shutting after the murder is over. “The devil came and got his due.” Kate remains the rational detective, ready to look at the facts, but Castle is overjoyed to think it might be the devil taking Will’s soul. “You live by the cue, you die by the cue.”

This episode was rife with great Castle/Beckett sexual tension, literally because every time they try to have sexy times, the phone rings and Kate’s professional nature won’t let her ignore it. There were so many great moments of banter and case foreplay, like what we used to see before they got together. The scenes are especially ripe with tension as it’s been over two months since they were together and also because they have opposite opinions on what happened to the victim. All very classic Caskett interactions, which was great after the tension between the two in the last few episodes. Both sides of the show are great and I’m glad we’re on the comedy side of the dramedy genre this week (but I can’t wait until we catch more clues into Castle’s disappearance).
Read more at Castle 7.03 Review: “Clear and Present Danger” on TVOvermind!

Castle 7.01 Review: “Driven”

Castle 7.01 Review: “Driven”

When the news broke this summer that Andrew Marlowe was stepping down as Castle showrunner, I can’t say that I was actually all that nervous. David Amann was already a Castle writer and I just had a lot of faith in the writing staff to protect Marlowe’s project, especially since 1. He’d still be around (he’s writing 7.02!) and 2. His wife still writes for the show. And after that premiere, I feel safe in my faith in the show going forward. Six plus seasons is a long time to keep things fresh—a typical procedural relies to cycling through “ripped from the headlines” cases and replacing the cast when necessary, not Castle. They somehow brought us fresh dynamics to fuel us throughout the season while keeping the characters the same.

The beginning of the episode was stunning. Kate in her beautiful dress reaching towards the flames, then getting doused in water as she waited for the confirmation that Castle wasn’t in the car. (I’ll forgive them for letting Kate stay that close to a car that could explode at any moment.) After the moment of despaired silence, the action kicks into gear as Kate does what she does best, look for clues. I loved the Sergeant who was so eager to help out, especially after Kate’s “he’s one of our own.” Castle has been granted this treatment before, but it’s always so great to hear. Esposito and Ryan are dashing detectives as they start the investigation still in their tuxes, doing whatever they can for two of their favorite people. Our team finds the SUV that ran Castle off the road, just as it’s being flattened—Beckett takes that to heart as she tackles the junkyard employee flat to the ground.


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Castle 6.23 Review: “For Better or Worse”

Castle 6.23 Review:

After this season of television, I can never trust a wedding ever again! I hereby declare this the… Orange Wedding? We’re quickly running out of rainbow…

[…] Castle 6.23 Review: “For Better or Worse”

They took a big risk solving the Johanna Beckett case this season (rightfully refusing to drag it out any longer), but had to ensure viewers that there would be mysteries to solve and danger to be had. They needed to renew the tension that they released by solving that series ending mystery—most shows would wait until the final episodes to solve the murder, I certainly thought Castle would be that way. So with that case resolved, presumably once and for all, they couldn’t have two series long story lines end happily in the same season. I certainly believe they won’t make us wait until the potential end of the series to get them married, but resolving them in the same two final episodes is a bit much. They needed a way to push the wedding and the only way to stop Castle from attending that wedding is to physically prevent him from doing so.  No half-measures would work.

via Castle 6.23 Review: “For Better or Worse”

My review of the Castle finale. I enjoyed the episode, was brought along for the laughs, the tears, and the shocker at the end that literally had me yelling “NO NO NO DON’T DO THIS TO ME NOOOO.” The experience of watching this episode is why I love television; I love when it makes me react with multiple emotions and I am shocked (avoiding spoilers really helps with that…not always possible, but I sometimes I try). A real rollercoaster ride that I didn’t expect. I can’t wait for this to be resolved in the season 7 premiere, then a season of married crime fighting! It’ll be great!

(the scene above made me cry. obviously.)

Check out my review above!

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Castle 6.22 Review: “Veritas”

Castle 6.22 Review:

This week’s Castle is one of two episodes that has been six years in the making, (next week’s being the other. obviously). Castle must help Beckett uncover the truth of a conspiracy against her as they track down Bracken and bring closure to the Johanna Beckett case once and for all.

Check out my recap here: Castle 6.22 Review: “Veritas” and read a little more below.  Continue reading

Castle 6.21: Law and Boarder

Castle may be the writer, but Beckett’s got the words in this week’s Castle. The episode is all about competition, when a professional skateboarder is found murdered. Meanwhile, Beckett is the first in the family to beat Castle at Scrabble and he does not take it well. Ryan and Esposito have a competition of their own: which of them will Castle pick to be his best man?

Check out my Castle review this week at TV Overmind.

Castle 6.20 Review: “That ’70s Show”

 

Check out my recap/review of this week’s Castle, “That ’70s Show,” a hilarious episode filled with disco and death.

This week we suited up in our best polyester and danced the night away on Castle. A body is found in a construction site and it’s an infamous mobster surfacing after disappearing in 1978. Castle and Beckett must do the time warp back to that year to get the answers they need.

Click through for more! Castle 6.20 Review: “That ’70s Show”.

 

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Castle 6.19 Review: “The Greater Good”

It seems fitting that these two women are called Elizabeth and Victoria. Their regality shines through them. Also, it’s worth it to note that Victoria is married, but it’s implied that Elizabeth is not—no proof really, except Espo’s comment of attraction, which is circumstantial at best. (Though it makes me nervous, because Queen Victoria is known as a famous widow who mourned Prince Albert for years after his death. Future plot possibility?)  The two women create icy tension at first—and second—meeting. “Subtle chill? More like polar vortex!” Castle, of course, is intrigued. I was a bit surprised there wasn’t more theorizing as to why they didn’t speak, I wanted Castle to come up with some fun sibling rivalry stories! He bets Beckett to ask Gates, but she likes her job too much to pry.

Check out more of my review over here at TV Overmind!

P.S Don’t look up Prince Albert on Google without safe search. He’s only the second result!

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Castle 6.18 Review: “The Way of the Ninja”

This week’s Castle was so much fun! Sure, the accents weren’t very good (several people complained on my social media timelines), but otherwise, it was a wonderful, classic Castle episode with tons of laugh out loud moments. After years of guessing “ninja assassin” as a suspect on nearly every case, Castle finally gets his wish—he’s going to have to come up with some new wild theories if they keep coming true like this.

Check out more here: Castle 6.18 Review: “The Way of the Ninja”!

Castle 6.17 Review: “In the Belly of the Beast”

The return of the Johanna Beckett/Bracken arc and things get a little naughty on this week’s Castle. An excerpt of my TV Overmind review:

This week’s episode of Castle takes the spot of our usual two-parter (which we got at the premiere) and becomes arc-heavy about ¾ of the way through, reintroducing a villainous character from three seasons ago and upping the stakes of Beckett’s mother’s case.

Castle and Beckett start mid-day, feeling relaxed and a bit naughty. Wedding talk leads to needing a “really good f…ont” and our duo runs off to the bedroom only to be interrupted by a mysterious call from Captain Gates.

check out more here: Castle 6.17 Review: “In the Belly of the Beast”.

 

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Castle 6.15 Review “Smells Like Teen Spirit

I also love how this show always presents the logical answer, but always leaves room for the “wild theories” to be true. Beckett says they didn’t find any of the wires and magnets required for Lucas to rig the furniture like he said, leaving it open for telekinesis to be real. They did the same with the time travel episode. The writers have fun and it lets us have fun too.

Check out more of my review here:

Castle 6.15 Review “Smells Like Teen Spirit

Castle 6.14 Review “Dressed to Kill”

[Kate’s] been so happy and excited for the wedding, and that hasn’t dissipated, but it has finally hit her that her mother won’t be there for this. Matilda mentions that if she had a daughter “this is exactly the kind of dress [she] would want for her.” With her standing there in that wedding dress—which I don’t love, but might feel differently about when she’s all done up with hair and make-up and Castle in a tux—she subtly touches the spot where her mothers ring sat all those years, where she was shot in search for her mother’s killer, and it hits her that her mother isn’t standing behind her. And it gives her pause.

Kate’s character development is in full force with the wedding prep, as seen in this screencap of a screencap:

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From 4×01 to 6×14, Kate doesn’t need anymore time!

More here! Castle 6.14 Review “Dressed to Kill”.

 

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Castle 6.13 Review: “Limelight”

Castle has really been sharing the love for it’s supporting characters since it returned from hiatus. First episode back, we got to hang with Ryan and Jenny, last week we re-met Papa Castle and spent some extra time with Martha, and this week we got a little time with Alexis, who we haven’t seen since Christmas. Here, the themes of the episode are about looking at your choices and the way they are both driven by and affect other people.

More here: Castle 6.13 Review: “Limelight”.

Castle 6.12 Review: “Deep Cover”

Last week’s Castle 6.12 Review: “Deep Cover”, ahead of this week’s review.

I liked seeing this side of Castle, the vulnerable kid who didn’t have a dad and aches for his approval. We got to see more Martha than we have in a while, and Kate’s excitement for the wedding is fun to see (though I bet we get some cold feet moments in the future). A September wedding means a season 7 premiere wedding! I wonder what this means for the season finale?

Beckett has been very, very into this wedding (though we haven’t seen the real detail oriented stuff hit her yet, since they didn’t have a date), so I’m really interested in seeing which parts of wedding planning phase her? Is Castle an expert by now? Or does he want nothing to do with it (since it won’t be in space). And what is the finale lead up? Will we get a cliffhanger? Will it be dangerous or emotional? I’m sure the writer’s are still asking themselves some parts of these questions, but I want to know now!

ConStar Watches Castle “The Good, the Bad, and the Baby”

Ooh baby, baby!

You know how when you watch a show on a computer screen, it goes black at the end and–if your computer screen is glossy like mine–you can see your reflection? After watching this episode, my reflection at the end was one big, ear-to-ear grin.

Check out the rest of my thoughts here: http://www.tvovermind.com/castle/castle-6-10-review-good-bad-baby-224193!

Quotes

“Anything else I need to know about you before we get married?” “So many, many things.”

“When we do this, lets not do the dead body in the middle of the aisle.” — I’m guess that could even be prophetic, considering how this show works.

“I have an RHD in child care.”

“I’m suddenly getting a clear and frightening visual of what my future will look like.”

“I’m sure I’ll feel differently when we have one of our own.”

“What do you say, Beckett? Wanna have a baby?”

“How long have I been gone?”

“When the time comes, there’s no way I’m going to let you take care of our baby on your own.” –and then Ryan-interruptus strikes again!

“Thats evidence. Watch those balls” “Nope. Not gonna touch that one.”

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ConStar Watches Sleepy Hollow “Sanctuary”

Dig Down to the Root Then Smash It to a Bloody Pulp

This week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow went in a new direction after last week’s Headless confrontation. We were given a few new threads to work with for the remaining episodes of the season. This episode acted as a hinge between the last few episodes and ones to come; a bit of a squeaky hinge that needs some oil but still got the job done. We’ll talk about the mysteries the episode gave us and which ones you are looking forward to solving the most.

Check the rest here! http://underscoopfire.com/sleepy-hollow-sanctuary/

Which are the ones you are most looking forward to finding out more about: The Crane Baby Boy, Macy’s Mysterious Accident, or the Mills’ Maternal Line?

When Sleepy Hollow returns in two weeks, the Sin Eater is back! I think that episode looks to bring us back into the serial story once again.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

ConStar Watches Castle “Disciple”

(This is my 100th blog post! exciting! I guess…)

Tonight’s Castle gave us 3XK Round Four and was probably my favorite 3XK episode yet. Even though Jerry Tyson does not appear in the episode, you can feel his presence even before Castle theorizes he is the one involved.

Read more here at my first post on TV Overmind: http://www.tvovermind.com/castle/castle-6-09-review-disciple-223947

ConStar Watches Scandal “Icarus”

“You get to ask me one question”

We’re gonna need more than one question to make it through this week’s episode of Scandal, but I’ll start with one from each major plot point and go from there. No guarantees about the amount of questions I ask. Please don’t kill my friends or try to recruit them for your evil, secret government agency, thanks.

This week’s episode went through these major storylines:

Liv and Operation Remington: Why does Fitz refuse to acknowledge Operation Remington to even Olivia—even after finding out it was her mother?

I had a feeling that Fitz didn’t know about Olivia’s mother being on the plane, but it concerns me to no end that he refuses to acknowledge his part even after he knows about her mother. Liv already knows the worst of it. She knows more than HE did, seeing as how he didn’t know about Mama Pope (Maya Lewis is her name). And yet, despite his claims of how much he loves her and they know each other, and it could be how it was before, yadda yadda, he doesn’t admit to the operation and he doesn’t even say sorry or console her. There must be more to his side of the story.

This Remington storyline is a clear mirror of the Defiance storyline with Liv at the center: everyone is plotting around her to keep her from knowing some awful truth about how she got where she is today. But Fitz needs to learn that he can’t throw that in her face anytime he wants; not anymore. This is about her mother. Who he shot down in the sky. He may not want to talk about it or the circumstances, but if he wants Liv to ever speak to him again, he’s going to need to come clean about Operation Remington once and for all.

But turning to Papa Pope for a moment: I truly believe those were real tears he shed when he was watching the news of the plane crash. What I want to know is: was he in charge of B6-13 then? He says he didn’t order the plane down. I believe him (not just because I believe in his love of Olivia, and I hope to extend that to Maya, but because of Joe Morton’s acting choice of shaking his head no before he verbally responded to Olivia’s question over the phone (homegirl needs to just chug that wine from the bottle—saves time on washing wine glasses)). The “no” was a visceral response to the question, probably not even conscious. But he can’t talk about the rest: What did he know when it was being planned? Could he have stopped it? Did he try? Knowing they killed his wife—and subsequently destroyed his relationship with his daughter—why did he accept command of the organization (or continue as leader if he was already in charge). Side note: I was DONE after seeing Joe Morton in that hairpiece and moustache! Especially knowing that he didn’t look that way back on A Different World. lol

12-year-old Olivia’s love of Fruit Loops makes me wonder if she can ever eat them again, all things considered. It might be a nice moment, to see Olivia have a box of Fruit Loops in her cabinet (but no milk in the fridge…).

Baby Huck/Charlie: What is Rowan’s plan for Quinn?

Quinn is spiraling out of control! Huck gave her the taste for darkness and she’s grasping at it. It’s interesting to me that Rowan/Charlie think they’ve “planted a seed” in Quinn that they must watch bloom, when this has been growing in her this whole time with no one tending to it but Quinn herself. They didn’t introduce the gun to her, she bought it on her own. Rowan told Olivia he wouldn’t kill her friends, but he didn’t say nothing about turning another one into B6-13! (I think fans, and possibly Olivia, won’t mind as much about this one. Baby Huck has been getting on everyone’s nerves since she arrived… I’m surprised the whole office doesn’t groan whenever she speaks.

I wonder if she will be trained to replace Jake’s would be assassin. Maybe B6-13 operates with a Token Female…

Actually, I would LOVE for Quinn to join B6-13, because then she’d be able to destroy it from the inside (not because she’s awesome, but because it would just implode due to her presence, annoyance, and incompetence).

Harrison/Cy: Will Cyrus’ threat spur Harrison into action against Olivia?

Finally some Harrison backstory! It’s been a long time coming that we find anything about Harrison Wright. What I understand so far is: Harrison was a used car salesman. Then he was involved in insider trading. This man, Saliff, is out of the country and if he is allowed (?) to return, he will kill Harrison. I suppose Harrison sold this man out to save himself. We know that Olivia “fixed” it for him. If he allows Cyrus’ threat to move him against Liv, Liv won’t fix him twice. But I think there must be more to it—they waited so long to give us a Harrison storyline, and Olivia trusts him with her company but then snubs him every time he asks her a question. I wonder what the whole story could be. I do know that Cyrus wildly underestimated Harrison’s loyalty to Olivia, but I don’t know how much more of Olivia’s dismissals Harrison will take.

The Election: How does Mellie plan to use the wandering First Vice Husband against Sally’s betrayal?

This part of the storyline was mostly set up for future chess pieces moving around. Josie Marcus’ bits were great, I know her interview with James will go viral on tumblr, due to the strength and truth of her comments. But the Sally/Mellie/Cyrus parts of the game were just pawns being moved into place. Mr Vice First Husband (Heroes’ own Horned Rimmed Glasses!) is making eyes at Mellie; but if he doesn’t know already, he is going to learn that Mellie will do whatever it takes to keep Fitz in office (including “rolling up your whore and unrolling her at your feet” !!). Whatever Mellie’s plan is, it is going to be devious.

Other thoughts:

Icarus is an interesting title choice. Obviously it involves flying and something crashing down to the ground, but it is also about parent/child relationships, escaping imprisonment (feelings of being trapped), and a tragic downfall. These themes apply to many characters. Fitz is trapped with Mellie (and kind of trapped in the White House by Mellie and Cyrus and the ghost of his father’s influence on him. Liv is trapped in the situation with her father, she doesn’t want anything to do with him, but he keeps appearing in her life and if she doesn’t stick with him, he may kill her friends. Obviously the plane crash is the prime example of the myth in action; did Maya get too excited about something for her own good and it led to the plane “needing” to be shot down by B6-13? Did someone ignore the warnings they were given to not fly too close to the sun? Is the sun B6-13 or something else?

I suppose they’ll start covering Kerry Washington’s baby bump with large coats, because I highly doubt Olivia will get pregnant and they’ve already established her wardrobe as a symbolic device.

They took all episode to get to Fitz learning that he killed Olivia’s mother. His eyebrows tell me he clearly didn’t know, but he schooled his expression real quick and continued to not acknowledge Olivia’s question. What does this mean for the coming weeks? Let the torturous wait til next Thursday begin!

Please , please, please check out my (condensed) version of this post on UnderScoopFire.com: Scandal ‘Icarus’ Discussion: “You Get One Question”

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