Was it just me, or were you, too, salivating for a good slice of pizza after watching this episode? Yeah, well, I also found myself salivating for something more from the show—something new! I’m bored. Each week, Castle, Beckett, and the rest of the crew do the same things…over and over and over and over again. There’s a body, a few witty one-liners, Ryan and Esposito trot on camera to deliver a very handy clue at just the right moment, and Lanie, well, she’s Lanie…consistently and monotonously goofy.
I’m pretty certain there’s a boilerplate script floating among the writers who take turns filling in the blanks each week. The boilerplate theory becomes apparent when I look back over my notes for the past three seasons.
In the beginning, I often took five or six pages of notes, scribbling furiously to keep up with the actors. As time passed, the note-taking became easier and easier. Why? Because I learned the pattern. Yep, the show has a consistent pattern (this happens, followed by that, and then this, and BINGO, there’s your killer). Last night’s note-taking—only a half page.
Sure, I still like the show, mainly because Fillion’s fun to watch. Stana Katic has some pretty good moments as well. I also like the Ryan and Esposito characters, but I’d like to see more from them. Simply popping in the room like Jack-in-the Boxes to deliver a bit of news to Beckett is really getting old. And speaking of getting old…how about the constant alluding-to-Josh thing? Just write him out of the show and get on with it. It’s no longer working as a teaser. Instead, it’s become an irritant, kind of like Dana Delany as the FBI agent. Well, maybe it’s not that bad, but close. (I won’t mention her new show and how horrible it is).
Anyway, we have a dead guy in a pizza oven…
I could just post this picture and be done with it, because you know what’s coming, right?
Lanie – “Based on the oven setting and the body’s core temperature, I’d say he went in no sooner than 2am. The stab wound in his chest says he was dead when he went in.”
Well, that all sounds so nice, but there’s no way she could tell, in the restaurant, that the stab wound is what killed the crispy little guy. And I won’t even discuss the temperature stuff other than to say…ARGHHH!!!!!!
Besides, there was all sorts of talk of cremation associated with the pizza oven. No way. A pizza oven doesn’t get hot enough for cremation. I believe pizzas are cooked at temps somewhere around 500 degrees F. Bodies are cremated at temps between 1,700 – 1,900 degrees (I think). So, at 500 degrees for three hours (which is approximately how long the body had been in the oven when it was first discovered) the body would be getting close to medium well to well done, right? I know, I’m being a little silly, but the body certainly would not reach cremation temperatures in a pizza oven.
– Beckett and crew track the dead guy’s movements on the night he was murdered by following his credit card usage. The one transaction that led them to him was the very one that couldn’t have helped find him. The victim inserted his card into the machine but didn’t complete the transaction (he was killed) so the device swallowed his card, which is a built-in security-type thing so the next person in line can’t grab your card if you forget it. So…this meant that Beckett would not have had the card in hand to track it’s usage, at least not as quickly as they did. Good idea, but it would take quite a while to get the necessary paperwork that would allow snooping into the bank records. And zooming in on the handwriting from a very grainy ATM video…yeah, right. Again, good idea, and I’ve tried it in the past, and crimes have been solved using those videos, but…
And the crook of the week? She was the obvious choice the moment we first saw her.
Alexis, Alexis, Alexis…I like the father/daughter moments because I can relate to them. But…for me, these are too juvenile for someone as bright as Alexis.
And why can’t the police be smart enough to solve a case for once? I know, if they were as smart as the writer the show would be called Beckett, instead of Castle.
Oh well, that’s it for me. Again, it was a solid, fun show, but I knew it would be. After all, they’re all they same, aren’t they?
Melanie? Are you there?
What a fun episode! I really liked this one, except for the lack of any genuine Beckett-Castle moments. Rick did ask Kate for advice when Alexis faced a “friend” crisis, but other than that, the show pretty much centered on the case. Normally that bugs me, but tonight the writing flowed so well I decided to forgive that little bump in the road. At least we had no mention of Josh… and Kate and Rick continued their awesome theory building.
Can’t wait for next week, when the romantic storyline — and the poker game with Castle’s author buddies — return. Woot!
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