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 6.11: “Under Fire”

Castle 6.11 Review: “Under Fire”.

Click through for last night’s review of Castle “Under Fire”!

A hot fiery episode of Castle to take the chill off of winter, complete with a heartwarming ending.

In this week’s Castle, Ryan and Esposito fall victim to the pyrophilic nature of a serial arsonist, who gets his kicks from watching a building succumb to the flames. But between Castle, Beckett, Captain Gates, and an arson investigator, our boys are saved just in time to meet the newest member of the 12th Precinct.

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Ryan and Esposito get to be the ones in mortal danger—in fact, the scene where Ryan sees Espo give in to the carbon monoxide and he collapses against him was very reminiscent of the scene in “Countdown” where Castle and Beckett fall asleep leaning against each other as they freeze to death.

Also check out my episode press interview with Seamus and Juliana Dever!

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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Exclusive: Castle Creator Sheds Light on New 3XK Mystery, Beckett’s Reaction to That Song [TV Line]

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 Castle “A Murder is Forever”

I REALLY enjoyed this week’s episode of Castle. It had a fresh yet classic episode feel and I loved it for that.

This is the second week in a row we’ve seen the supposed killer with the victim. I thought this episode would become a “how-dunit” rather than the typical “who-dunit” but my expectation of thinking they wouldn’t do the same thing two weeks in a row actually turned out to be the real twist. They knew fans would think he really did it in the beginning because they showed us the killer last week, but then they switched it up on us again. I got fooled even more because I thought the victim’s assistant looked suspicious the whole episode, so I lost when it turned out he wasn’t the killer. Oh well!

I think this episode really set a standard the last few since we’ve begun haven’t been able to due to plot or character interactions. Castle and Beckett together in the morning discussing their relationship dilemma of the week before getting the call from the precinct. We’ve had a few of these beginnings last season and I get that they don’t want to give us too many for fear we’ll get tired of them. but I assure them, we won’t! But I appreciate them trying to find new and fresh ways to have Caskett together in the morning (like the facetime call from episode 3).

Castle went in with the lion bit.  “Linus is part of my identity. You don’t want t strip me of my identity do you?” He’s such a drama queen and I love how apparent it is now that he is with Beckett. And she knows just how to shut that behavior down.

I think it’s amusing that the suspect was a “fixer” ala Olivia Pope and Ray Donovan, since Scandal airs on ABC as well. I guess they were just going with the trend.

OMG The CEO Ryan and Esposito interview is Dominic Hoffman, who played Julian, Whitley’s boyfriend on A Different World (sorry, everything for me recently goes back to that show). I almost didn’t recognize him with his wavy salt and pepper hair, but I placed the voice after a few minutes.

“She’s oceans 11, minus 10. She’s oceans 1.” “Or maybe she’s oceans none.”

When Castle was insistent on figuring out the story of the diamond, Kate’s look when he starts talking was so love eyeballs. She loves when he brings the story to the case.

Loved Gates’ “Six zero? Like, with another 6 zeros after that?!”

I could already tell, when the boys were driving back with the diamond, that it wasnt making it back to the precinct… It did, surprisingly, which is a double twist because I was expecting a twist and then didn’t get one lol. A theme of the episode for me, I guess. But it’s crash was the prefect mid show act out. Love the (Dark Knight, does it precede it?) reference with the clowns.

“Looks like the fixer was in a bit of a fix”

I love how the show gets away with these super corny lines just by giving them to Castle and having the others react to how ridiculous they are. Because it is definitely in his character to say and love corny jokes.

I loved the ending. Caskett making the space theirs (even though she has inexplicably not moved in yet), the Hamptons reference, the hug, and the lion roaring iphone app bit (which is amazingly classic Castle–both character and show). Perfect ending to a pretty perfect episode.

ConStar Watches Castle “Like Father, Like Daughter”

Oh wow, it’s kind of rare that we see the murder ever! and the— OH WAIT THERE’S BREAKING NEWS…. OH. Well, most of this episode is based on what I’ve seen from Tumblr posts and other recaps, as most of my episode was pre-empted by awful local news.

Castle wants to get married in space! lol

Alexis’ determination is becoming actually pretty bratty to me. She always gets whatever she wants and when she doesn’t, she kind of flips out. (Examples include her Stanford rejection, her father’s treatment of Pi, and the story Castle tells about Alexis holding her breath until she passed out–he almost praises it when it was a really dumb move her for.)

Alexis wants to be right, but refuses to accept that her father might know better than her. Alexis’ attitude is wrong, and poor Castle wants to be in her good graces so much that he isn’t standing up to it. But I come from a different background in terms of parent/child relationships. It’s well known in the black community that the parent is always right: you do not talk back, you do not give attitude, you do what you are told. There are ways in which this is bad and destructive and occasionally abusive, but there are many ways in which is works to garner respect between the parent and child. Alexis’ respect for her father waxes and wanes depending on him giving her what she wants, and that aspect of their relationship is unhealthy.

Even here Alexis thinks she’s right and will get what she wants. As much as it sucks to wish execution even with a fictional character, I need her to learn some sort of lesson in episode. She’s bossy and, in the beginning, she’s also pretty dismissive of her father’s ability to help in her tone.

I missed most of the episode due to an unfortunate breaking news story of a shooting at a mall in New Jersey, but I was underwhelmed by the beginning and the end pieces. The case was just ok, and I watch the show for Castle and Beckett, not Castle and Alexis (just being super honest). It seems her attitude adjusts a bit by the end. But I really wish we’d gotten to see Beckett and Alexis conversation. they haven’t spoken since, maybe, “Cops and Robbers”, which wasn’t the best last time we saw them speak. I think any Alexis/Castle episode would benefit from more Beckett. At this point, the fans want to see Castle and Beckett form this family and that includes Alexis. It’s awkward that they are never seen speaking and when we do get a scene, it’s mute. Hopefully, we get at least one verbal scene between the two women before the wedding (or dare I say, at least at the wedding?!). They both love Castle so much and while I think they’ll grow to respect each other, I want to see them bonding more over their love for him.

Until next week!

 

ConStar Watches Castle “Time Will Tell”

My first thought during this episode was, “wow, it’s still not October yet?” Usually we can use the current date of (most) shows to guess the time of year the narrative is set in, but here, we’re still in August. Alexis has been with Pi for (only) a month. I thought the time skips between episodes would have been longer. There was the six week jump after the engagement, now its a month after DC started. So Castle and Beckett have been engaged for 2 and a half months? She only worked in DC for 2 months? I really thought we were heading into Fall, but I guess even wardrobe wise, they haven’t started wearing jackets yet?

Which all makes Alexis’ decision really the dumbest thing she’s ever done. Castle was right! You can’t move in with someone after only a month and say that, because you’re the “smart” one in the family and you “know what you’re doing” that it means it’s a good decision and it will all work out. It’s been a month. You don’t know him, you’ve never lived on your own, and I assume she’s going to try to make it work without Dad’s money (her mention of work-study job)? All of that makes this situation even harder, and I get that it’s a story to give Alexis something to do, but it makes her character seem really out of touch with her supposed smartness. Even Castle probably waited more than one month after knowing someone, before moving in with them (even if he was 19 also). I get that Pi and Alexis mirror Castle and Beckett, but I don’t get the having them move in together. The only parallel I see is this being what might have happened between Castle and Beckett had they gotten together after that first case. They could have sped into things and then things may have blown up later. So I’m waiting for the blow up between Alexis and Pi; because there’s no way she makes a rash decision like that and it all comes out okay.

The rest of the episode was pure fun, but is it the least grounded in reality than any of the other fantastical episodes? The alien one had a logical meaning, as did the ghost ones, etc. They didn’t try as hard as previous episodes to give a real life meaning to things; they crammed that last explanation in there but it was clearly not meant to stick. (I hadn’t even noticed the coffee stain detail on the letter until it was pointed out to us at the end.) Interesting choice; but I love time travel, and it was fun to see Josh Gomez and the Beard, and his future Caskett predictions had me on the floor with squee! Senator Beckett! Three kids! Serious literature (but the impending end of the Nikki Heat series?)! I wonder what this means in an overall timeline for the show. Fans have gleamed that maybe season 7 could be the last in terms of references by Andrew Marlowe to the future and contract negotiation years and stuff. I wonder if they have an endgame planned, however vague. Because usually when things like future jobs and kids are mentioned early, it means the audience won’t get to see them. But it could have also been a way to assure the audience that they’re not breaking them up any time soon (or! it could be that they are for a bit and to assure us they will get back together–but I don’t think they’ll go that way because Andrew loves us too much). Either way, it was a fun and wonderful moment for us to imagine Castle and Beckett’s future, whether we’ll get to see it or not.

Can I be a temporal anthropologist? I want to create that major at NYU Gallatin.

DOCTOR WHO REFERENCE!! And Espo watches it!!! Loved that!

“Maybe we should put something in our vows about following each other to creepy places.”

[Usually my Castle thoughts are after my second watch with the US airing, after I watch it Sunday after the Canadians–but I’m working late all week, so blog posts will be infrequent this week.]

ConStar Watches Castle “Number One Fan”

I love the morning in bed scene. Last episode Castle said it was crowded. Boy did he mean it. But there were so many little gems in the scene.

“Does that make me your sugar daddy?”

UGHHH PI! but “Mrs. C-to-be” !! #squee! I love how Beckett doesn’t like Martha’s coffee at all. Great background detail.

“Well, if there’s one thing you excel at Castle, it’s talking.”

“Cheeseburgers”

I’ve wanted a good cheeseburger all week and this just cements that desire.

“I’m kind of looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you so don’t do anything stupid okay?”

Also the way she helps him put on his vest and then smooths it over and then straightens his collar. I love their love.

“What? What do you want, Emma?”

“You! I just want you!”

Anyone else notice the “Always” reference?

I loved the detail of Beckett playing with her ring when watching Castle go inside. I didn’t notice it until tumblr pointed it out, but of course she gets to wear it when not working. I wonder if it’ll be a fun detail to spot now that she’s back: when she’s in civilian clothes/without (w/her style sometimes it’s hard to tell) and whether or not there will be moments when we’ll notice her take it off before doing something important/police related or back on after a long day at work.

Castle & Beckett kind of have matching bullet marks now. I know there’s been no reference to Beckett’s (I know getting w/Castle basically erased her scar/PTSD) but it’s still a subtle parallel. They could have made more of the moment, but I think they’re choosing to let fans insert the PTSD background. I think I’m okay with it, because I do understand that they can’t drag that on forever. Subtle references allow the viewers to feel intelligent; not banging it on our heads (“remember when Beckett got shot?!? Remember, remember?!” — that would get old probably).

“You are aware that you don’t work here.”

Loved those scenes. She can’t help herself and they can’t help but listen. I wonder if this means Sully is getting the shaft or if we’re getting a couple more episodes with him in it. They’ve gotta resolve the desk issue.

I love Gates sticking up for the boys, Beckett offering the back her up and Castle’s offer to– not– totally let them handle it. I bet Beckett and Gates will get more scenes together.

Why didn’t the guys see the footage of the Lawyer at the victims place before? Is that a plot hole? Or did they just not get to it yet?

Im glad Emma’s dad wasn’t the killer. Girl’s been through enough. though that actress must have cried in every one of her scenes. That’s a lot of emotion…

This post on tumblr refers to the fact that so far the cases have had to do with couples getting engaged/married. Doesn’t seem like the next one is about that, but we won’t know until next week. Interesting theme; I wonder if it’s building to anything or just a fun detail.

Beckett is back! But I wonder what the emotional arc for the next few episode might be. She’s kind of going backwards here and Sully is around and the boys have been doing things all summer without her. Will she have a hard time inserting herself back into precinct life? She had an easy time of it when she wasn’t officially back, but in the every day routine of things, will things get a bit awkward in the next episode? There will now be 5 people to the 12th Precinct Dream Team…

Also I’m really glad they’re letting us have our kisses. Before they were preventing them from ever kissing– and I get it; it was a move to maintain some of the tension between them. But I prefer when we get to see their kisses and I know other fans do too.

Can’t wait for next week! Joshua Gomez!

 

ConStar Watches Castle “Need to Know”

THE BODY OF THE WEEK! YIIIKES.

The videochatting scene is right out of many, many fans’ headcanons.

Perlmutter! “Castle, you’re back. And not by popular demand.” I love all his quips against Castle. 

Oh but why does this nerdy guy on the show have flip up glasses? lol They’re not as cool as Dwayne Wayne’s though.

I hate that McCord makes Beckett give the boys the FBI Wall. She knows she’s coming in to an already established relationship, and she’s really gonna make Beckett be the bad guy? Smh.

I love that the boys have so much fun messing with Castle about him being there the same weekend Beckett shows up. They missed that lightness and being able to mess with him because he’s not a cop. A break to the mundaneness and gravity of their jobs.

OMG the in universe Nikki heat movies went straight to DVD! That’s a great way to get around the fan desire to see a Nikki Heat movie premiere (which would probably be expensive, is kind of hackneyed, and doesn’t really work for their characters nowadays). I love that they made it a joke, which totally works even better for Castle the character (he wants to be all of that and a bestselling author with a hit film but really he’s just ok [despite real world bestseller-ness)). If the movie had worked out, it could have changed his in universe status quo too much. (not that they don’t mind changing it up, as evidenced by the DC arc.)

Like I said about the latest SHIELD episode, the episode suffers from a unified team having too many different agendas. makes it lose focus. With Beckett with McCord with a semi-contest to who wins the case due to the Boys’ competitiveness, PLUS the addition of this CIA agent, somewhere in the middle it gets cluttered with too many badges. The episode suffers from Castle and Beckett not being teamed together. Some of the least liked Castle episodes deal with a lack of Castle and Beckett. If we don’t get them relationship wise, we need them solving cases together. In this episode we got some good Castle/Beckett scenes in the beginning and end, but I missed them solving crimes together. But with the premiere being the season’s two parter, it’s hard to see the formula for this season. Or, perhaps! I just thought: since they are together romantically, perhaps the tension switch up will be that they have trouble solving crimes together? That part of their relationship is now the new tension? Not sure.

Aww The Espo Beckett hug =)

Yoo Beckettt. Poor girl handed the pink slip! I really thought she’d decide to leave herself! (Hope Castle can get that deposit on the new place back. Also, she’ll prob move in with him at the loft, which is already crowded!) But again, this goes back to my lack of visible formula for this season. I can’t tell yet if that’s good or bad. Switching it up could be good, but then, I don’t know where we’re going and that potentially makes me nervous. 

*I worked extra hard to make sure this post saved, as my Sleepy Hollow Post got eaten by WordPress when I pressed “Save Draft.”