Castle: Pandora – A Review And Recap

Castle: Pandora

Before we get into this review and recap, I have to say that I’m SO glad Beckett was never my partner. I mean, how many times during her career has she been kidnapped by the bad guys? (Remember the freezer? And how could we forget the old man-eating-tiger-in-the-basement trick involving Beckett and Espo). And, as they say on those annoying infomercials…But wait! This week she was abducted by both good and bad guys, in the same episode.

I’m beginning to think Beckett’s a pretty big liability for the NYPD. The big brass in the department must be aware of her and her troubles. Think about it. She’s the target for an assassin, her apartment was blown to bits, she’s kidnapped at least a couple of times a week, she places a civilian in jeopardy every day (he’s kidnapped even more often than Beckett), all her cases are solved by a civilian mystery writer, someone takes her gun from her two or three times a month, and now, after seeing the preview for next week, she’s going to lose her police car. Would you keep this employee on the payroll? And she wears crazy-tall high heels while tromping around crime scenes. Did you see the shoes she wore to the house of the female murder victim? Holy cow! They looked like stilts.

Anyway…Melanie, please take over before I put a stop to this by leaping out of my office window. Yep, this episode has nearly driven me to that point!

Melanie Atkins

Bodies flying out of windows and disappearing from the morgue. Rogue CIA agents. A major threat to national security. This Castle episode had it all. Too much of it, really. Just… no. To keep my mind off the over the top plot, I focused on another threat and potential blowup. The threat to Kate. This one irked me almost as much, but I hung in there.

The episode begins with Rick learning that Alexis is interning with Lanie in the morgue (holy voodoo forensics, Batman!), and he fears that having his daughter show up at crime scenes will cramp his style and disturb the amazing synergy between him and Kate. That’s not all that disturbs it, but I digress. Rick tries to talk Alexis out of continuing the internship, but to no avail.

Once the body disappears from the morgue (I’ll let Lee concentrate on the case here — such as it is), Kate and Rick search for the suspect, a man whose alias is Gage. Instead of finding him, however, they find another body — the body of the woman they’d thought he was going after. Then they’re kidnapped and taken to an unknown underground location. Way underground.

Lo and behold, they’re in CIA headquarters. A woman strides up to them… or rather, to Rick, and he immediately recognizes her as Sophia Turner, the CIA agent he shadowed for a time while writing the Derrick Storm books. Kate, of course, has read everything he’s ever written, and she pegs the woman as the inspiration for Clara Strike. Meaning… Rick’s had a muse before. Kate’s hackles go up, and she and Sophia square off. Can anyone say green-eyed monster?

Sophia asks for their help, wanting them to continue their hunt for Gage, and Rick jumps to say yes. Kate obviously doesn’t like this, but she has no choice but to go along. Once they’re in the car, however, she confronts Rick, saying, “It’s just that I might’ve been taken aback to find out that you have researched with someone else.”

His answer? “…it was a brief moment, a long time ago” and “Besides, Nikki Heat is a much more complex and nuanced character… and I’m a far more experienced writer. More mature.”

Then she learns he shadowed Sophia for an entire year. That did not sit well.

They don’t have much time to talk about it, because when they go looking for clues to Gage’s whereabouts, they’re grabbed again — this time, by their prey — and he stuffs them into the trunk of a vintage car. The car, of course, doesn’t have a latch inside the trunk. Kate gets them out, however, after learning Rick pressed the panic button the CIA put on his phone before Gage smashed it. Her motivation? “I will not be rescued by your girlfriend.”

His failure to dispute that connotation for Sophia irked me… almost as much as the theory building between Sophia and Rick once he and Kate are picked up by the CIA and whisked back to headquarters does her. I don’t blame her. The very idea that he would interact with another woman like that, after the I love you, gives me hives. I mean, seriously? What the heck are the writers thinking? Kate and Rick should be way past this by now.

That wasn’t the end of the jealousy, though. After the theory building, Rick tells Kate, “We’re all on the same team here” and she says, “No. You’re on her team (meaning Sophia), ’cause the way you look at her, you’re sure as hell not on mine.” Meow!

Again, Rick says nothing… and he even has the gall to stay home the next morning instead of going to the precinct. Aarrgghh! Come on, people. That’s way out of character.

Finally, though, Rick comes up with a new theory, thanks to Martha, and shows up at Kate’s desk eager to tell her about it. She scoffs at him and says, “Shouldn’t you tell Sophia?” Rick answers with, “She’s not my partner. You are.” Well, I guess that’s supposed to placate us. Kate seems to buy into it, but I sure as heck don’t. Can you say lame?

They talk again at the park while looking for yet another man, and Rick offers to answer any question Kate has about Sophia… a great idea, but of course they’re interrupted by the arrival of the person they’re after before she can even ask a question. The man orders them to take him to Pier 32, where he’ll explain about Pandora, a cataclysmic event that will destroy the country as we know it. A scary thought, but one that’s way out there.

He gets out of the car to go inside and someone shoots him… then a car slams into Kate’s Crown Vic, propelling it — and Kate and Rick — into the river. To be continued…

Sigh. I hope the second half of this two part event is more of an event. Ho hum… and enough of the other muses, old girlfriends, etc., okay? Rick’s already said he loves Kate, so get ’em together already. Too much chase and not enough reward… it’s getting old, people.

Lee Lofland

Okay, I’ve calmed down a bit now. Took a few sips of coffee and hit the play button on a little Beethoven. I’m relaxed. Calm. Shhh….

HEY!!! DID YOU SEE THE GUY FLY OUT THE WINDOW??? He hit the window pane and took all the glass and interior frame with him on the way down. Yet, when Gage the killer looked outside, he was peering through large jagged shards of broken glass.

Good, that’s out of my system. Now for Lanie…

– She says the 1st disappearing victim had several causes of death—shot, stabbed, choked, and had a pencil jabbed into his neck. And later, at the morgue, she lists several old injuries and odd characteristics about the dead guy—lots of old broken bones, scars, other injuries, and that he had the calloused hands associated with martial arts training. What? I’m sorry, are there special callouses for special circumstances? I mean, can someone tell that callouses on the hands of a farmer are the result of setting fence poles by hand? How about the hands of gardener? Could an M.E. tell those callouses were the result of digging in the soil?

What’s so freakin’ special about the callouses on the hands of someone who’s proficient in, say, Aikido? Well, for starters, I’ve been involved in that sort of thing since my teens (five or six years at least) and I’ll tell you, callouses aren’t a big result of the training. This comment, Lanie, was dumb. Yes, I know you were setting the guy up to be what he was, a tough-guy-secret-agent-killer-sort-of-guy, but it was still dumb.

– How could someone get a body out of a morgue without one of the many people who work there seeing it happen? I won’t even bother to go into that ridiculous notion.

– Beckett and Castle go to the home of woman who’s been murdered by the evil and nearly supernatural “Gage.” (This is the scene where Beckett’s wearing the stilts). The two know that this Gage guy is extremely dangerous and has already killed at least two people. So what does she do first? She squats down beside the body conducting an everyday conversation with Castle. Then, after a minute or two, she tells Castle, who’s unarmed, by the way, to stay with the body (no problem with chain of evidence and custody here, huh?) and she starts off on a slow search of the house…for the madman, psycho killer! NO, no, and no! Make sure the scene is safe and clear before engaging in idle chatter. Killers do hide and sneak up on people.

So what happens next? Of freakin’ course Castle has been captured by the bad guy who literally “pulled the wool over his eyes.”

The show was already ridiculous at this point, so you know what would have been really cool here. The hood should have had the word WRITER printed on it just like Castle’s Kevlar vest. Funny? You know it!

Anyway, this is where Castle and Beckett are kidnapped for the first time in this episode, courtesy of the CIA.

– Here comes Lanie with her new sidekick, Alexis. My thoughts on Alexis in the morgue. Here you go…

I do think, though, that Castle plays the role of a pretty good dad, especially as a single father.

– Lanie says the M.E. almost always beats the uniforms to a murder scene. Hmm…who does she think usually calls the M.E.? THE COPS!

I apologize for shouting, but this episode was…no, I’ll just continue.

Enter the CIA, an outfit that’s not set up to work criminal cases (murder, etc.). They may instigate crimes, but as a rule they don’t investigate them. You will probably never see a CIA on the stand testifying in a B&E case. So, they’ve kidnapped Beckett and Castle and now want them to go after that superhuman Gage guy.

Let’s study on this for a moment.

Okay, we’re back. Did that second or two of silence help? Let’s see. The CIA guy methodically says to Castle and Beckett, “This…is…a…national…security…threat.” He’s talking about the unstoppable killing machine, Gage, who’s already taken out the CIA’s top guy. And before I go on I’d like to ask the CIA folks from this show a question. If Gage was such a threat to the USA, enough so that the entire country could go up in smoke, and if the guy is so unbelievably dangerous, then why in the world did you only send one guy to capture him. And not even a healthy guy at that. The guy they put on the trail was a has been—shot up, broken, cut up, and probably brain damaged from all the injuries he’d received over the years. And, obviously, he wasn’t very good at self-defense. That’s what the CIA chose to send after Terminator?

– How about locating the briefcase/cellphone in the trunk of the old car. Beckett keeps her back to the dark garage, again, knowing that Gage was still out there somewhere, while she opens the case. Guess what…yep, kidnapped again. This time she and Castle are locked inside a car trunk.

I’m not even going to mention all the hocus-pocus gadgetry used in the show. And don’t you just love how there’s always, always, always a camera in the exact spot where it’s needed to identify someone, or to locate a piece of evidence.

But Castle is an inspiration. He’s made me realize that for years we’ve been going about crime-solving in all the wrong ways. We should stop assigning cops to investigate murders, rapes, and robberies. Instead, we need to turn over those duties to the various chapters of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

Now those writer-folks really know how to solve a murder.

37 replies
  1. Janet Brigham
    Janet Brigham says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I wish the ABC survey had provided another option, “Don’t kill off anyone, you morons!”

  2. Nora
    Nora says:

    Janet – killing off Montgomery was the worst thing this show has done. Not that he was that integral a character, but it signified a shift in tone that was not what the show was about in previous seasons. The show will probably never right itself, because it will have the Johanna Beckett murder mystery hanging over it like a black cloud until the end of the show. TPTB seem to think this is a driving force for the series, so I can’t see them wrapping it up before the show ends. They’ve placed so much significance onto it, that if they end it, what’s left? A lot of bad decisions have been made here and it’s a shame because what was once a fun, rom-com type show has become depressing and stagnant.

  3. Janet Brigham
    Janet Brigham says:

    Woops,sorry, I need to cut my nails so I don’t hit the wrong key again. Anyway, the scripts get formulaic, kidnapping after kidnapping, threat after threat, and I’m starting to not care at all what happens anymore. Someone will start hunting Kate, Rick will bump into yet another old flame — and the biggest change is when Alexis emerges from the loft, although not into actual daylight.

    To me, it’s a huge cautionary tale about how *not* to keep readers/viewers engaged. Instead of crafting a story, it’s like they are doing some sort of experiment to see how long viewers will put up with it. I remember when I cruised by the ABC website last year and was invited to take an ABC survey to indicate which Castle character I wouldn’t mind if they killed off. A survey, really?? (I’m so sorry, I said Montgomery. I had no idea they’d replace him with Sir Gates.)

    Knowing what to write next can be daunting — but feeling the ebb and flow of a story is the heart of the art. I hope the writers can recapture that.

  4. Janet Brigham
    Janet Brigham says:

    I’m writing this so long after the episode aired, probably no one will stumble onto it. But I have to say that the comments about this episode have had me thinking all week about plots, formulaic writing, and reader/fan loyalty.

    I remember back in the 1990s when I read the Kay Scarpetta books (at my mother’s bedside while she was recovering from surgery). Reading them bang, bang, bang, I saw the plot devices repeat themselves. I made it through another couple of books later, but grew weary of everyone gunning for (or beating up) the medical examiner. I mean, really?? Then the Anna Pigeon books did the same — someone was always out to kill off the park ranger. Onced again, I thought, really?? I quit reading both series, mostly out of boredom. I no longer cared if the heroines got together with their love interests, or even if they survived. It might have been more merciful if they *hadn’t*, particularly as the writing got increasingly gory and icky.

    So Castle starts out with fresh, fun plots and great dialogue (remember when Beckett told Espo she’d loan him her gown, only he’d stretch it out like the last one?). And sure enough, pretty soon the back-story emerges, Kate’s a damaged soul, Rick starts to outgrow his playboy habits — and then the writers start playing with the readers, getting formulai

  5. Sophia
    Sophia says:

    Great review Melanie and Lee. I agree that this episode was so over the top. Why does Marlowe think that all two-parter episodes should have such high stakes in them. Last season it was about saving NYC, this season it is about saving the world! Why not keep it simple and less complicated. I enjoyed the two-parter episodes in season two. They were interesting and simpler too. I also agree with Melanie that Rick does not do much to reassure Beckett, it’s as if he does not care very much any more. I find a big change in Rick this season, he’s not the ” head over heels in love” man any more, and it is very disappointing, especially after the big ” I love you Kate.” After watching the finale for season three I was so excited for season 4, but, I have to say I am very disappointed so far with what I have seen and the way the arc is going.

  6. Sally Carpenter
    Sally Carpenter says:

    The Castle producers could have a writing contest among the members of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime (which I belong to!). I’m sure MWA/SinC would come up with some great episodes.
    So the fate of the entire world is in the hands of a writer and a cop with post-tramatic syndrome? Help!
    The CIA technology that could pinpoint a specific phone conversation and read lips had me howling, as well as the ex-CIA guy who conveniently turned his face to a survelliance camera as he talked on the phone–he would know better than that.
    Why did Gage simply lock our heroes into a car trunk instead of simply shooting them as he did two other people?
    Can we see a show of hands of everyone who knew the mathematician would be shot the second he stepped out of Beckett’s car? Yep, that was predictable.
    Kate’s reaction to Rick’s past flame was too catty. Since she’s not pursuing a relationship with him, she has no reason for jealousy. And if she’s jealous, then she needs to tell Rick how she feels.
    The “hoods over the head” for the trip to the CIA center was ridiculous. Kate/Rick are brought into a CIA mission, allowed to see CIA technology, given phone apps but are not trusted with the center’s location?
    Even fiction needs a basis in reality. The story is getting lost in the over-the-top goofiness.

  7. Nora
    Nora says:

    Melanie: I agree that Knockdown and Knockout were good episodes, but those were not penned by Andrew Marlowe.

  8. Steph
    Steph says:

    Nope, perfectly understand and I’m here to learn so I can get details right too.

    But it seems like people’s expectations for Castle are set unrealistically high. Just syaing why set yourself up and get all worked up to get crushed by the mistakes you know will be there? The show it is what is: fluff. And this season will W Beal [sic?] gone, the show has became a “technical” farce. You will need a bigger blog if the show continues for another season.

    Great job BTW

  9. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Steph, you do realize that we do this at the request of mystery writers, right? The purpose of the review is so they’ll know what’s real and what’s fiction. Of course, we do go a tad further and have fun while we’re pointing out the inaccuracies.

  10. Steph
    Steph says:

    Isn’t most TV technically “bad”? And Castle will be one of the worst serial offenders as it will always be more romantic-mystery than procedural.

    I guess the excuses are always no time, no effort, no money, no experts to make things “right”. My computer pals die from laughing all the time things they see wrong or impossible on shows. My accountant brother laughs that regular cops or lawyers can do forensic accounting in 2 hours that takes his Big 4 firm team of experts months to do. I ‘m sure medical shows and legal shows have tons of gaffs too.

    While I find it educational to read Lee’s reviews, I think expecting anything better/proper/real from TV is just never gonna happen. It’ll just more aggrevating if you let it. Dumb down or change the channel I guess.

  11. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I agree, great review. I thought of another time Becket and Castle were kidnapped, Lee. Remember the spy satellite episode where the lady scientist was killed in the vaccum chamber? I think that was also the CIA or Homeland Security. You’re right. It’s becoming a joke.

  12. Melanie Atkins
    Melanie Atkins says:

    And Nora, I disagree with you about Marlowe’s episodes. Yes, Countdown was bad, but Knockdown and Knockout were awesome. And I liked Cuffed, at least to a degree. But this guy this week… ack!

  13. mars
    mars says:

    When I read the episode description, I figured this was going to be so over-the-top that the only way to enjoy it was to suspend disbelief and just go with it. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. They finally let Fillion have some fun instead of standing around looking like a kicked puppy, and his interactions with Katic were pretty funny in spots. But yeah, they need to change the direction of the show, get the two together asap and move forward. The show is completely stalled on the relationship front and it’s getting pretty stale. I can think of a ton of storylines they can do with them as a couple, but I struggle to come up with anything interesting for them to do apart.

  14. Bonnie Ramthun
    Bonnie Ramthun says:

    Love your episode reviews! I still look forward to the show each week because it’s charming and the character dialogue is so snappy and fun. But the plots, oy, vey.

    Nice to see Martha help solve a case, btw. I just adore her.

  15. lauw
    lauw says:

    GREAT REVIEW!!Castle is still one of my favorite shows but I don’t like how it digressed from the initial format. First season was amazing, great chemistry (they still have it but back then it was sizzling) but then they started introducing the murder of Beckett’s mother and random serial killer/escaped con’s/rogue ex special forces or cia agents that want to kidnap/murder Castle or/and Beckett. It is getting ridiculous and they are almost jumping the shark. I keep watching because of the actors (Fillion and Katic are wonderful)) and the characters ( I adore Espo & Ryan). Regarding police procedures and forensics and believable storylines this show has totally jumped the shark, but I don’t think it was ever threading in shark-less water…however it also never really pretended to be a procedural show. But we’ve come to a point where I get the impression the writers don’t do ANY research at all and just make it up as the go along to make it fit their story. Castle himself does way better research than Andrew Marlowe and co. how meta is that??

    Anyway, I just love how you two comment on the episodes, it’s a great balance between humor and seriousness. Something I look forward to after each monday!! Keep up the good work!

  16. Jan Hudson
    Jan Hudson says:

    Holy campy, Batman! I used to like Castle, but it’s been going downhill from the original concept into experimental hogwash. (I tried to think of a better word but couldn’t.) It’s not even campy; it’s just eye-rolling dumb. I didn’t like last week’s “noir” effort either. Jumping the shark isn’t working. Back to the drawing boards, writers/producers, or bring the series to a proper end and have both characters drown.

  17. Nora
    Nora says:

    Have to disagree Melanie, I think Andrew Marlowe is one of the weakest writers. Cuffed was terrible and Countdown was almost unbearable. I’m certain the second half of this 2 parter will be just as bad, or worse, than Countdown. I’m guessing the writing staff has other things to do than, you know, research what the hell they’re trying to sell. It doesn’t take long to do some background work and at least ATTEMPT some believability.

  18. Nancy Sweetland
    Nancy Sweetland says:

    I SO look forward to your reviews, Lee and Melanie! Not just for the ‘that’s so wrong’ parts but for the humor in the writing. Please don’t stop!

  19. Pat Marinelli
    Pat Marinelli says:

    Great review. I missed a few things because truthfully, I got wrapped up in the entertainment value of the show. Didn’t think about police procedures or writing…and then wow, the show was over. Can’t wiat to see what happens next week.

  20. Pat Brown
    Pat Brown says:

    I missed this episode and I’m wondering if that wasn’t a good thing. As for Kate and Rick getting together, I think the shows producers know that will spell the end of the show. Who knows, it might be time, so let them hook up, walk down the aisle and say adios.

    I’d also like to know how a single man, no matter how vile he is, be a threat to national security? Does he carry a dirty bomb around with him? A vile of ebolaflu, a super deadly hybrid of the bird flu and Ebola Zaire? And the CIA? That’s definitely over the top.

  21. ~Tim
    ~Tim says:

    I enjoyed this recap more than I did this episode.

    For something intentionally funny, did you see Fillion on Jimmy Kimmel last week? This clip [] opens with a clip from Castle and they discuss what makes it an “event.” Then Fillion describes his efforts to make Castle a Flashdance-reference-free zone for their guest star. I got a chuckle out of it.

  22. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    I used to note the writers and some of their past work, if any. But the procedure errors soon got out of hand so I devoted all my time to keeping up with them, and of course, with Lanie.

  23. Liberty Speidel
    Liberty Speidel says:

    I was wondering what you’d think of the episode. While I enjoyed it purely for entertainment purposes, almost every move they made had me cringing as a writer.

    Just a thought, Lee, maybe you could start these episode reviews with a tag on who the writers are? I’m usually not paying attention when the credits roll at the beginning and ALWAYS miss it. 🙂

    Maybe the director/producers should ask all of us who follow this blog to put together an actual teleplay that is worthy to be shown in public–and is accurate!

  24. Melanie Atkins
    Melanie Atkins says:

    Oh, my… Andrew Marlowe wrote the second part of this “event”? Hallelujah! They just might salvage that half of this fiasco. I can’t tell you how relieved I am. Whew. lol

  25. Raphael Salgado
    Raphael Salgado says:

    David Amann wrote this cliffhanger episode, with the conclusion written by Andrew Marlowe himself.

    David wrote the 3XK episode and the first of another two-parter… can you guess which one? Yep, the one with the dirty bomb where they have to work with Adrian Pasdar as the Homeland Security agent.

    Let’s see how they’ll miraculously tie up this stringy mess and put Kate and Rick back on track once and for all. You already know they’re going to find a quick and clever way to avert disaster, somehow find a way it’s tied into Kate’s mother, and turn the tables again when Josh comes back and makes a surprise proposal when he takes her to a Yankees game. Ok, maybe not that last part, but I’ll be damned if they keep stringing out this dance between the two!

  26. Paisley Kirkpatrick
    Paisley Kirkpatrick says:

    Thank you – I laughed until I cried, or was that cried because every word you wrote is so true. I love that show, but must agree it was so bizarre last night that even a newbie writer could have done better. Could you even imagine the plot passing a critique partner’s perusal? The first year every show was so good, but they are really trying to kill the ratings with plots like this. Just saying…

  27. Melanie Atkins
    Melanie Atkins says:

    I miss Will Beall, the guy who used to write for the show but is gone now. His episodes were the best ever. Andrew Marlow, the show’s creator, does a good job, too… but whoever wrote this one MUST have been on something. I mean, seriously!

  28. karen
    karen says:

    I completely agree with every word of this review.

    Let me count the ways…

    The no glass/jagged glass of the window the guy was thrown out of: When Beckett and Castle were looking at the body on top of the car; I was thinking, “Hey! All you have to do is look up and you’ll see the window with the jagged glass.”

    Calloused hands due to martial arts: That is always a characteristic of the hero who does martial arts in just about every romance novel.

    When a person such as me, who has never been around law enforcement, rolls their eyes and says (more than once), “C’mon, man!” during a show, that’s just ridiculous.

    “Lanie says the M.E. almost always beats the uniforms to a murder scene. Hmm…who does she think usually calls the M.E.? THE COPS!” I had to switch over to the Westminster Dog Show for a few minutes on that one. Actually, I did that 4 or 5 times after some of the really cringeworthy scenes.

    I know this is light entertainment and creative license has to be taken at times. But the writers just aren’t even trying any more.

  29. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    I understand your point, Gomi, but I just don’t agree that anyone not familiar with martial arts training would recognize that sort of thing. Just like guitar players whose fingertips are calloused from playing. But calloused knuckles…many people with psoriatic arthritis also exhibit calloused knuckles, elbows, and knees. There’s just so many causes. My point was that they used this line as an obvious set up introduction for the tough-guy-hit man

  30. Nora
    Nora says:

    May I say that your reviews are 1000X times better than the actual episodes?? I laughed so hard….

    What in the hell happened to this show? It was never that realistic, but it has become completely unwatchable.

  31. halaci
    halaci says:

    Not commenting on any other part of the episode (surprisingly there were more good parts than I expected), I must say that this case story is the worst they ever made, even worse than Setup/Countdown. The two parter is the only moment of the show when the case is important, not just a background, are they not able to write ONE logical case in a season?

  32. Gomi
    Gomi says:

    Regarding callouses from martial arts training, I would assume those are more likely the result of striking arts, rather than grappling (like Aikido). I know my own knuckles are calloused from makiwara-style practice, and it’s not a callous pattern you’re likely to get from anything else. We generally get callouses on the insides of our hands from labor, or in very specific spots from special cases (like the callous some people form on the side of the tip of the middle finger from writing implements). The knuckles don’t often get calloused unless you’re punching a lot, without gloves especially.

    Not that the rest of the forensics isn’t voodoo, but I could belief the callous part.

  33. martha bauder
    martha bauder says:

    I kept thinking, “This must be a parody of a spy vs cop show. Or maybe a dream sequence that will be explained when someone wakes up.” But no…sadly…

  34. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Lee-I kept thinking the same thing-JUMPING THE SHARK! This episode kind of offended me to tell you the truth. It was beyond ridiculous. As I watched, I imagined that the writers’ kidnapped Jeffrey Deaver, forced him to drink orange juice laced with massive amounts of LSD while blowing a steady stream of crack into his face. Then I realized Deaver would still be way too good to write this damn thing. At that point my best guess was Michael Bay, forced to drink Mountain Dew laced with LSD and steroids.

    This show used to be fun and I I’m definitely with Melanie here. Fish or cut bait folks. If last night’s episode is the only way you can think of to propel this show forward, we are in BIG trouble.

    The clincher for me is that tomorrow I will read a beautifully written piece by Lee on Southland that will not only teach me things I need to know for my writing, but actually enhance my enjoyment and understanding of a show I already love.

  35. Maryann Mercer
    Maryann Mercer says:

    Funny that…the picture of the guy on water skis I mean, because that phrase kept popping into my head during the entire hour. Alexis interning at the morgue? A pencil to the jugular? Please. I’m with you guys on the over-the-topness of this one. For someone who refuses to vocalize her true feelings for Castle, Beckett gets snarky about other women quite easily. What? She thinks Castle has been celibate his entire life? Or was it jealousy that she was NYPD and Castle’s other muse was CIA? And then there’s the “Chief of Detectives Quinn knows but you can’t tell your immediate superior” thing…would that really happen? Without Beckett and Castle being kept awawy from the precinct altogether? (Especially since we know Castle loves the drama of keeping a secret…not)The way the security of the NYPD was presented in this episode was an insult. Of course we know Beckett and Castle will make it out of the car…although the not-so-burning question is ‘who saves who’. My money’s on Beckett, since it would even the score a bit. Maybe I just wanted a more intelligent script…I miss Stephen Cannell’s input. Maybe it will all be explained next week?

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