Once again, due to various emails and blog comments, I’m compelled to point out that my Castle reviews have been strictly about the police procedure used in the show. Nothing more, nothing less. I am not a TV or film critic.
Honestly, I’ve begun to dread Monday night/Tuesday mornings. I normally start my note-taking at the beginning of the show and finish around 11:30 or 12:00 – pausing, rewinding, etc. Then I’m up until 3 or 4 so you guys can have the post available when you sign onto your computers. I didn’t mind this…well, I didn’t in the past, but things have changed, recently.
I started these reviews at the requests of a handful of serious writers who wanted to know how much of the police procedure they see on Castle is correct. That’s right, I was asked to do this.
Well, I agreed to do the reviews, in my own goofy style, but that harmless fun seems to have offended a few people who insist upon bombarding me with negative messages. Those messages don’t concern me personally. Not at all. In fact, I find many of them to be humorous, childlike, or even idiotic. However, I simply don’t have the time, energy, or desire to field the negative emails and blog comments that arrive with each Castle blog posting. Believe me, I delete more nasty, offensive comments than you could ever imagine.
So, those of you who think the only opinion in the world should be yours, have won. This is the last season of Castle reviews on The Graveyard Shift. The season finale cannot arrive quickly enough to suit me. And yes, I mean reviews of the police procedure.
Listen…The Fat Lady is singing right now. I’m done.
Okay, on with the show…
The Third Man
The show started with the main ingredient, a dead body. This one had been killed with a massive doe of Ketamine, a sometimes popular recreational drug that causes hallucinations, seizures, and elevated blood pressure. Oh, and death. Fun stuff, huh?
The M.E., Lanie Parrish has made a complete turn around this season. I’ve gone from cringing when I see her, to anxiously awaiting her latest dead-guy joke. She’s also been pretty decent with her forensics……so far. I’m still cautiously optimistic about that. But, in this episode she did just fine. She was also funny. I love the one-liners, because that’s how it is in real life. In fact, lots of one-liners pass through the autopsy rooms. I know of one morgue that has a huge white board filled with popular quips spouted by the pathologists as they slice and dice. Those of you who attended the Writers’ Police Academy last year were privy to that very white board during our morgue tour.
One small thing about Lanie’s forensic information. She’d have had to specifically ask the tox lab to run the ketamine test. It’s not part of the normal tox screen. But, she may have done that since she did observe the needle mark. But I strongly doubt it.
Detectives were forced to start with the basics in this case – knocking on doors. They made the comment early on that there no fingerprints or other physical evidence. That’s good stuff. Most cases are solved by talking to people, not with DNA and fingerprints. So if you like writing dialog, then go for it, by all means.
Beckett did it again. She woman-handled the paper guy as he was picking up his paycheck. Actually, she was sort of close to a real cuffing technique used by officers. Not bad. I’ve seen worse by real officers – clothes-lining, tackling, hits on the head with a flashlight, tripping, choking, pepperspraying, wrestling, pulling clothing and hair, etc.
Beckett and Castle questioned a female witness at the police station. The witness spilled a tiny, personal dirty secret and immediately said, “You won’t tell my boss, will you?” This was a great detail, because people do this all the time. I can’t begin to tell you how many affairs and office thefts have surfaced during these brief interviews. And they’re all followed by, “You won’t tell my wife/boss, will you?”
When Beckett and crew entered a suspect’s apartment, her two partners went in with guns drawn to clear the place while Beckett and Castle casually began to snoop around. Nope. Everyone should have weapons out until the place is declared clear and safe.
I really, really like the transformation made by Beckett’s partners. They’ve turned into very realistic cops this season. They switch from suits to more casual wear when needed, and it doesn’t hurt to show a little bicep. Today’s cops really do work out, a lot. And they wear shirts that are two sizes too small in order to show those guns. Good stuff, Guys. Keep it up.
Beckett and Castle, during a phone conversation from the restaurant with her partners, were finishing each other’s sentences. Again, good stuff all the way around. Cops who work together for long periods of time are able to do this. Then again, so are romantically involved couples. They’re getting too close to this. I fear the end is near if they do…
When Beckett and entourage entered the pet store and the owner came out with his gun drawn, we heard lots of yelling and screaming from the officers. That scene was pretty darn realistic. That’s sort of what it sounds like when real cops are faced with a “man with a gun” situation. The adrenaline is already high when the entry is made, and it kicks into high gear when we see that weapon. Fantastic scene.
The brother-in-law/husband/killer was pretty typical. First the denial, then the look down, followed by the look of shame, and then the gut spilling. And I really liked it when Esposito pulled out the cuffs and said, “On your feet.” The expression on his face was great. He’s turned into one fine cop.
At the end, Beckett went to bat with the DA for the informant. I liked this. I did it quite often if the information provided was good enough.
Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this show was really good. The police procedure aspect of it, that is. Remember, that’s all I’m reviewing. Even though, I thought the interaction between Beckett and Castle was priceless this week. Oh, and for the first time, I didn’t stay up until the wee hours of the morning to do this. And, I’ve added (review of the police procedure) in the title for the lone confused reader.