They’re back, and Castle and team Beckett worked through a few hard feelings to reach the conclusion of the season’s first murder. M.E. Lanie Parish also dropped in sporting a new do, but spouting the same old nonsense and gobblty-goo.
So lets dive in. First, being in touch with Seamus Deaver (Det. Ryan) during the early part of the summer gave me an indication of just how into his character he really is. These folks work hard at what they do and it shows. The chemistry between the characters on this series is wonderful.
Anyway, on to the show.
* I’m not at home and I’m without a DVR so I’m sure I missed a lot of things, especially the little things that normally bug me. If you caught things I didn’t please let us know.
– The first body presented as a gun shot victim with multiple wounds. The body, as usual for this show, did not exhibit lividity, the gravity-induced purplish discoloration of the skin due to the settling of blood in the lowest points of the body.
– Lanie Parish, the psychic M.E., says the victim died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, not the fall. No way she would know this for sure without an autopsy. This is a normal conclusion for Parish. Very predictable, and very wrong.
– Beckett orders officers to begin knocking on doors to see what the neighbors may have heard or saw. Good stuff. That’s how most crimes are solved, by talking and listening to people.
– Blood stain. It was everywhere. Blood, blood, blood! The victim was shot with a handgun, not a bazooka. Too much blood for those wounds.
– Esposito says the second victim’s wounds were made by a large caliber weapon, the same as the first victim. There’s no way to determine this without an autopsy and bullet comparison. Rounds could enter the flesh at odd angles making the wounds seem much larger. A direct shot from straight on can also be misleading at times. Besides, the victim had on clothes. How could Esposito see all the wounds? Could have been two weapons, or three…
– Beckett checked the victim’s wallet and found cash. Based on her findings she said robbery was not the motive. Good.
– Beckett conducted a nice interview of the victim’s boyfriend. However, the boyfriend was one of the worst actors I’ve seen on this show.
– M.E. Lanie Parish interrupts Beckett’s interview of a potential suspect to deliver a piece of evidence. No way a medical examiner is going to do that. She/he would preserve the evidence and include the findings in their report. They would, however, probably call the investigator if the evidence seemed to be of great importance to the case at that moment. Otherwise, it would wait. But no hand delivery.
– Parish discovers writing on a victim’s body. She then tells Beckett how old the writing was…simply by looking at it!
– Beckett and entourage enter a suspect’s apartment through a partially open door. They can see the door had been pried open. Yes, they could do so without a warrant. This was obviously an emergency situation.
– Beckett arrested Castle. Sure, the arrest was justified, but why was it necessary to use his proper name when doing so? “Richard Castle, you’re under arrest for murder.” Besides the name thing, she didn’t really need to specify the crime during her announcement.
– Beckett’s interview of Castle, although cute, was not realistic. And it wouldn’t have sounded so hot to a judge and jury.
– The new word of the season must be “slug.” It seemed as if they used it a million times to describe bullets. It may be used in NY, but I’ve never heard it used in my travels to departments across the country. Not by cops anyway.
Slug, the new cordite….
– At least Castle wore gloves when he illegally visited and contaminated the second crime scene.
– Lanie, Lanie, Lanie… Not only is she an expert in poisons, weapons of all types, and other odd things, now she’s an expert on tattoos. She merely looked at two tats and knew they were done by the same tattoo artist. I believe text speak for this is OMG!
– Speaking of Lanie’s vast knowledge of EVERYTHING…She stated that she found traces of all sorts of chemicals—acetone, bleach, etc. —on the victim’s body. She would not have found, or have been able to identify those chemicals, without specifically searching and testing for them. There’s no catch-all test for everything under the sun. Besides, why would she have been looking for this stuff in the first place? She’d already said the victims died from gunshot wounds.
– Not bad procedure, just something I noticed…Esposito interrupted a conversation between Beckett and Castle by sort of shouting to them from his desk. He said information about the victim’s boyfriend had just come in and his record was clean. Well, Esposito was sitting in his chair, behind his desk, referring to notes attached to the inside of a folder. Why would he have waited until he firmly attached the paperwork to the inside of the folder before making what seemed like such an urgent announcement? Wouldn’t he have simply glanced at the printout as he received it and then relay the important news to his boss?
– Castle is seen walking through the police station with a box of evidence, a purse, I believe. So now he, a civilian, has access to the evidence room and all things inside?
The ending –
I was a little disappointed that the end of the season opener was so predictable, including the scene where Castle and Beckett stood facing each other with guns drawn. Who didn’t realize there was a bad guy behind each of them?
And how many lawsuits would the city of NY lose after a detective gave her weapon to a civilian who then shot someone? He’s not a police officer and he’s not trained to shoot that particular firearm. Brut he is a good actor, and you’ve got to love the chemistry between he and Beckett.
So, tell me…what did you guys think of the show?