Last Week in Recaps (Castle & iZombie x2); plus a look at Netflix’s Sense8

It’s almost the end of the TV season, and thus the end of my mad dash for recap updates here on the blog. Here are the recaps I did last week, for Castle and iZombie. Still working on that Arrow recap and this week’s Castle season finale. Also, I took a look at the trailer for Sense8, the new Netflix series coming to Netflix this June directed by the Wachowski siblings (you know, The Matrix). Click on through!

Castle 7.22 Review: Dead From New York

CastleThe penultimate Castle of the season dealt with the death of late night comedy mogul Sid Ross, a Lorne Michaels proxy. With all the shots taken at SNL in the episode, it makes me wonder if there’s a writer who was jilted by the show at some time in their career. While it starts off as a fun episode, it takes a few kind of unnecessary turns before turning into a minute long Carly Rae Jepsen show (a desperate attempt for younger viewers?). Still a fun episode.

NOC Recaps iZombie: Baby Mama Brain Drama

NOC Recaps <i>iZombie</i>: Baby Mama Brain DramaiZombie is continuing to win me over. Though the cases are fairly uninteresting, I love the characters and the way they weave Liv’s lessons with the power of the week, even if she usually regresses afterwards.

NOC Recaps iZombie: Shock Jock

NOC Recaps <i>iZombie</i>: Shock JockRAVI NOOO! That was my main concern as I ended this week’s iZombie. That and: hey if Ravi becomes a zombie, maybe we’ll find out if zombies of color turn pale and have to do some absurdly unreal tanning in order to remain their beautiful brown selves.

Netflix’s Sense8 Trailer

I wrote about the trailer for Netflix’s Sense8, from the producers of the Matrix and Babylon 5 for HelloGiggles. They sent me the trailer and it looks really cool! Hopefully it pulls its mystery threads together in a way that a lot of shows post-Lost (and including Lost) never did.

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Castle 7.21 Review: “In Plane Sight”

This week’s Castle had all eyes in the sky as Castle solved a mystery on his way to London. After last week’s jumble of an episode, it was refreshing to get a solid plot with great suspense and well used supporting characters. Though I will add in that Castle’s seeming hesitance about solving the crime in the air and possibly preventing a terrorist attack would be easier if he KNEW WHAT HE DID FOR TWO MONTHS. Still not over the ridiculousness that if Castle saved the world, that he would choose to forget. But anyway, check the recap:

As if we didn’t already know, Castle has the Angela Lansbury curse, where murder follows him everywhere he goes. On this week’s episode of Castle, he cashed in his frequent murder miles and solved a case in the sky.

Castle and Alexis are on a trip to London (on a known to be deadly Oceanic Air… no wonder they come across trouble), where Castle will be speaking at the Sherlock Holmes Society. He’s a bit upset that Alexis won’t come with him, but soon they have other concerns as the air marshal is found dead in the cargo hold. The pilot thinks Castle’s assistance is necessary: “You’re the closest thing to law enforcement we have on this plane.” “Which itself is cause for concern.”

Read more: Castle Season 7 Episode 21 Review: “In Plane Sight”.

Castle 7.20 Review: “Sleeper”: A Disappointing Reveal

Castle Season 7 Disappearance Thailand

I must say: I’ve never been so disappointed with a plot resolution as I was with the reveal of (parts) of the Castle Disappearance arc. There was so much lead up, and so little focus on a mystery for Castle’s personal life, that the reveal had to be a good one. What could possibly have led Castle to disappear on his wedding day for two months and choose to not remember it? It seems we got an answer for why he was gone for about the span of a week, maybe? And it was not a satisfying answer. It was rushed, jumbled, confused, and had weak links stretching one plot introduced a few months earlier to the hastily added bits of story introduced in this episode.

Typically, Castle is great at reveals. The Johanna Beckett mystery had a lot of twists and turns and while some felt weaker than others or caused more stretches of the imagination, it still made a satisfying ride. So far, this disappearance story makes very little sense. Click through to my TVOvermind review to see what drove me to be so disappointed.

Hint: it has a lot to do with Castle’s ability to keep a secret.

This week’s episode of Castle finally wraps up the Castle disappearance arc, which has been in play since he missed his wedding ceremony in the season six finale. Going into the episode, I felt trepidation; the conclusion to this story must be compelling to be drawn out an entire season but only a handful of episodes. Even the characters seemed determine to put it behind them, decreasing my interest in the mystery. All-in-all, this season has been one of tying up loose ends (due to the show’s fate for season eight still up in the air), so it’s hard to think the show will need another season after this one; with this story, the Caskett romance settled, and Beckett’s mother’s killer caught, there’s not much left to explore. If the show does go on for one more season, I forsee it being its last. But let’s jump into this week’s episode.

As I said, the explanation behind Castle’s disappearance had a lot riding on it and I’m not sure I bought the execution.

Read more: Castle Season 7 Episode 20 Review: “Sleeper”.

Castle 7.15 Review: “Reckoning”

This week’s Castle explores the lengths Castle will go to in order to get Beckett back. We’ve gotten glimpses of Castle’s darkness and desperation before, but this is the furthest he’s ever gone. I think that if the show had to change its premise to Castle becoming a killer in order to save Kate, it could have been believable. But we’ll get there later.

Following the cliffhanger from last week, Castle, Ryan, Esposito, and the police head to Beckett’s last known location before she went missing. It’s the street where Amy Barrett called her; her car is still there and a note’s been written in the car dust: “Help Her.” With ‘Michael Boudreaux’/Jerry Tyson and Dr. Kelly Nieman at the precinct, the cops can’t pin Beckett’s disappearance on them in any kind of tangible way. Ryan has to prevent Castle from jumping on Boudreaux in his apartment, knowing that Castle’s anger isn’t helpful to them finding any answers.

Read the straight up recap here: Castle Season 7 Episode 15 Review: “Reckoning”.

This was a fantastic two-parter, and I loved the tension from Nieman’s ability to make anyone look like anyone else, how convincing Tyson was as Boudreaux, and Nathan Fillion’s anger, deadly nature, and grief when he thought it was Kate who was shot. Usually at least one episode of a two-parter is a bit of a let-down compared to the other, but this is my favorite two-parter since Season 3. With the end of the 3XK arc, as I’ve said before, it seems like the show is tying up loose ends. Will we get more mysteries to go along with the disappearance arc or are they preparing to wrap things up for good? We’ll know by May, I suppose.

Also:

– So now we officially know that 3XK had nothing to do with Castle’s disappearance. I suppose that leaves his father as our number 1 already established suspect.

– Castle’s back at the 12th! Will he continue his private investigation business or will he drop it to work with Kate again? I could see another couple of stories pulled from the PI storyline, but I’m glad Castle will be able to sit in his chair at Kate’s desk again.

– What would have happened to Castle if he’d gone through with killing Boudreaux? His confidence in it being Tyson doesn’t take away from our tension that it might not be and our concern of what would happen had things gone another way. What would Beckett think about all of this? Him killing a possibly innocent man for her.

– The Harry Potter nerd in me yelled for Castle to not “split his soul,” but then I immediately wondered what he’d choose as a horcrux.

– What if the show had decided to change its premise from a typical police procedural to a revenge show where Castle went around killing people responsible for Kate’s death (Taken-style probably), while Ryan and Esposito “looked for him” while covering up his crimes? This episode could have been the start of that very AMC/FX turn.

– I wondered why Castle pulled the same gun move on Jerry when we know Tyson would anticipate something like that, but knowing Esposito was listening and that they needed enough evidence to prove he was really Tyson before killing him explains the repeat move and the slow reaction time.

– I’m glad it was Tyson in the end and not Boudreaux, because typing Boudreaux repeated is like a typing-tongue-twister. I spelled it wrong on the first try every time. I started to copy it to my clipboard just so I wouldn’t have to type it anymore. You’d have gotten a lot of accidental ‘Boudreauz.”

– There’s a Nieman/Marcus joke to be made somewhere…

Castle 7.14 Review: “Resurrection”

This week’s Castle post over at TV Overmind discusses the first part of the 3XK two-part saga. Is the man before them really Jerry Tyson? That question causes great suspense in a good but flashback heavy episode.

This week’s Castle is mostly exposition/flashback. I think what was a one and a half episode story needed a few extra minutes so they dumped in a lot of flashbacks to extend the story time. Aside from being a little too flashback heavy for my taste, I really enjoyed this episode and the tension that was spun from the 5th installation of the 3XK storyline.

Click through for more Castle Season 7 Episode 14 Review: “Resurrection”.

Castle 7.12 Review: “Private Eye Caramba!”

Castle Season 7 Episode 12 Review:

This week’s Castle takes a telenovela twist (just minutes after I watched Jane the Virgin, no less!). A telenovela star is murdered and it’s up to Kate to find the killer and Castle to find… the purse?

Click through for the full recap, but here are some things I loved from the episode:

– Another nice moment between Kate and Martha, but once again no Alexis in sight…

– Castle’s pencil dropping from the ceiling at just the right time.

– “I thought you were a writer. What happened?” “Nothing happened. I’m just expanding my brand if that’s alright with you.”

– Castle learns that the number one skill a private investigator has is dropping $20s for information.

– Esposito’s frustration and Beckett’s amusement with Ryan’s “Castling” makes me laugh every time. Oh Baby Castle.

– I loved the detail of Castle being unable to get Beckett’s top button undone.

– I figured I’d be the only review to not mention the “private dick” line, since it was all over the commercials anyway, but here’s an obligatory mention.

– I loved Castle using Ryan’s badge number to get info from the DMV. Ryan’s the least likely to kick Castle’s butt if he finds out.

– I was glad for Kate’s concern when they find Castle with Mathis: “We would have had no way of finding you.” Obviously, it’s because they’re married, but also his disappearance is still weighing on her mind, and it shows here right beneath the surface. I hope that storyline is returning soon.

– “So you’re saying I solved my case, and your case, and I apprehended the killer… Hm.” “Yeah. You disarmed a 110lb woman. Must’ve been a tense moment.”

– Javier speaking Spanish. ::heart eyes emoji::

Full recap here: Castle Season 7 Episode 12 Review: “Private Eye Carumba!”

Castle 7.07 Review: “Once Upon a Time in the West”

This week’s Castle post!

This episode was so much fun and it’s great to see that the banter, the eye rolling, the magic of Castle and Beckett has remained even in what could have been an overly schmoopy, post-wedding bliss episode. But that’s not their style. This show really knows how to give character development while realizing that there are core truths to the characters that wouldn’t change, which gives the series both development and consistency; many other shows don’t know how to strike that balance. It gives me hope that now that they’re married, the show will still have somewhere to go. But as I’ve stated before, I wouldn’t be surprised if an end game was near. I didn’t think they could pull of this Old West honeymoon, but they wove it into the plot nicely and gave us many fun lines and moments.

Read more: Castle Season 7 Episode 7 Review: “Once Upon a Time in the West”.

Castle 7.06 Review: The Time of Our Lives

Castle Season 7 Episode 6 Review: The Time of Our Lives

As soon as I heard, over the summer, that Terri Edda Miller was writing episode 6 of this season, I knew it was the wedding. Finally! And all in all, she’s the perfect person to the pen the nuptials, being so tied pretty legally to show creator Andrew Marlowe and very much the heart of the characters and their relationship.Castle is the kind of show that has always taken an equal view of the fantastical versus reality–with Castle as the believer and Kate as the skeptic comes with having X-Files alum on your staff. Usually a supernatural themed episode will end with a plausible explanation, yet stay open to the possibility of something more, but this episode is probably the farthest it’s ever taken the fantasy.

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And then they dance to “In My Veins,” which is when I started weeping. It was a short but beautiful wedding and a wonderful episode that explored our characters and who they are to each other. It’s nice to see how far they’ve come (while also showing the progression of our supporting characters as well) and to get so many wonderful callbacks to things the fans have watched out for or taken to heart all these years.

Read more  Castle Season 7 Episode 6 Review: The Time of Our Lives.

#Castle Season 7 Clues

In writing this season’s Castle recaps for TVOvermind, I want to keep track of the clues we’re being given with regard to Castle’s disappearance, crossing them off as we get resolution. So here’s a master post of clues as we build them.

Let’s crack this mystery Castle-style!

Clues up til now:

  • Remember: “three people.” Castle was seen alone for the rest of the episode, but two people dragged him out of that car. Could Henry Jenkins have been one of those people?
  • The money Castle took out for the wedding got used for the dumpster drop to trash the car. Who knew about the money? Was that the first thing they did when they grabbed Castle? Made him get the money—where was he holding it that it wasn’t being watched by the cops or the feds?
  • Beckett tries Paris, no dice.
  • Lanie’s check-in: The 38 key sewn into the lining of his pants. Dengue fever, tropical climate. Grazed rib wound.
  • Montreal, the Bank, the suspicious bank manager.
  • Fake Henry Jenkins again— the willing amnesia, or so “Fenkins” (as Terri Edda Miller put it on Twitter) says.
  • Where did Castle get those memory cards, camera? Was he doing something else with them before making the videos? Why were the videos so quickly done, who was he expecting to interrupt?
  • Hollander’s Woods. February. 11-year-old Castle. What happened and why is it coming back to haunt him 30 years later?

Read my other Castle reviews and theories over at TVOvermind!

Castle 7.02 Review: “Montreal”

This week’s Castle toys with our emotions and gives us another save the date card for a wedding–where will you be in a month?

I don’t think I was expecting the show to delve back into Castle’s mysterious disappearance so soon. In terms of this “replacing” the Johanna Beckett story, it seemed like we’d get bits and pieces and then every few episodes would be a story dedicated to it—which may well be the case now that we’ve gotten a few more answers (and questions)—but I wasn’t expecting it to go hand-in-hand with a typical procedural episode. In this episode what we learn about Castle’s disappearance is more important than the case of the week, so I’m going to focus more on that.

A rowing team finds a body in the East River just as Castle sits through what is likely the most awkward interview he’s ever done. The interviewer pretends to be interested in Raging Heat (which I read and is great) and Wild Storm, but really wants to know what everyone’s curious about: what happened to Castle for all those months? Castle certainly wasn’t prepared for the interview to become as combative as it did, as the host insinuates a publicity stunt and pre-wedding jitters are the reasons for Castle’s disappearance. Castle barely holds in his outrage that people would think he could do that to his family. Tired of the host dominating the conversation, he takes over and offers $250k to whoever knows where he was during the summer. Kate immediately points out it’s foolish and will just get them a bunch of crazies, but Castle remains ever hopeful.

Read more at Castle 7.02 Review: “Montreal”!

 

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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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 “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.]