Castle 2-for-1: “Bad Santa” and “Castle P.I”

Castle TV Show Private Investigator

These are the Castle reviews you were looking for.

The winter TV hiatus is slowly ending and one of the first shows back is Castle. I’ve realized, however, that I never posted the link to mid-season finale recap here, so you get two for one: review what happened in the finale and get into your funny feels over the midseason return.

From my “Bad Santa” Review:

It will definitely be an interesting run of episodes for however long Castle is banned from the force. Seems like he’ll have to do something major to get back in,which we know will probably happen since the precinct and the Castle/Beckett partnership is the bread and butter of the show. But I appreciate the writers injecting new life into a season that has already resolved so many longstanding things. It’s hard for a procedural do that without killing off their existing cast and hiring new blood. Without a constant revolving door of new cast members, it’s important for the show to find other ways to change things up. I’m excited to see what they do with this twist.

From “Castle P.I.”:

This episode was such a fun return from the midseason finale and a fresh new direction for the show. I worry it can’t last too long — how many episodes can we have of them running parallel or opposing cases? But I doubt it is meant to. It’s something fun and new for the show to try and I can’t wait for the conflict it provides between Castle and Beckett in the future — it can’t all be friendly competition and case put together foreplay. The episode left me with a smile on my face — partially because I really like saxophones and all the noir background music included a lot of it. I can’t wait to see what else Castle, Private Investigator, has in store for us.

Clearly the midseason premiere didn’t disappoint. It was a fun episode with some potential stories down the road. We’ll see where the rest of the season takes us. Want to recap the first part of the season? Just check the Castle Recaps under the ConStar Recaps menu up at the top!

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Castle 7.09 Review: “Last Action Hero”

Castle post for the week is up! I link to a lot of TV Tropes because action movies are FULL of awesome movie tropes.

Castle Action Hero

In this week’s Expendables  themed episode, Castle meets some of his favorite action stars and Kate says goodbye to her old apartment.

[…]The crew walks towards the camera in a typical action movie/tv show Unflinching Power Walk (well, Castle flinches when a car explodes for no reason, again, typical of an action movie). In a heist monologue (on TV Tropes called the “I Know What We Can Do” Cut), Brock explains how Castle and the Indestructibles crew will infiltrate El Jefe’s club and steal the boxcar. After a close call with El Jefe and a well-timed fire alarm, the crew flees the scene with the boxcar (““I’m starring in my own action movie! this is the best night ever!”).

Something I love about Castle episodes themed like this one is listening for title drops, it’s a really fun game. How many action movie title drops did you catch? I don’t know too many action movies, but here are a few titles and heroes/actor references I noticed:

  • The clear Expendables theme
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Jason Bourne
  • “Eastwood, McQueen, Bronson”
  • Indiana Jones

Now I want to rewatch the Bourne Trilogy (I stopped after 3, who needed a fourth without Matt Damon?) and maybe a couple of heist movies.

What action movie references did you catch?

Read more  Castle Season 7 Episode 9 Review: “Last Action Hero”.

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 6.18 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 6.12 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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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 “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.”