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Old November 1 2011, 01:20 PM   #151
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Re: "Castle" season 4 begins tonight

Martha is simply wonderful and the more extended air time she gets...the better it is for all of us. Molly Quinn did indeed have her most powerful acting scene of the season when she confronted Kate and revealed her fears about losing her family. Great Alexis scene, and a great pay off later on when family Castle is hugging and she exchanges a thank you look with Kate. I think that was one of Alexis only scenes with Kate and Molly and Stana executed it brilliantly.

I'd almost forgotten about Kate's mother's case. We've not really touched on it yet, so much has happened already this season. Next episode looks like it will be fun!
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Old November 1 2011, 03:30 PM   #152
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Has anyone else noticed since they bumped the opening title to the act 1/act 2 split, there's still a natural split between where they would be between the teaser and act 1? I keep forgetting to mention it after seeing the whole episode, but I keep noticing a little hiccup in the pacing where there's a mini-climax but no break to go with it.
Hasn't it always been that way? There's a point a minute or two in that feels like the natural end of the cold open, but then they just put off the title card until like 8-9 minutes in. It's been like that for as long as I can remember, and it's always bugged me.
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Old November 1 2011, 03:36 PM   #153
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I think it is relatively new...I just recently watched the season one DVD and don't remember it being like that.
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Old November 1 2011, 05:52 PM   #154
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Has anyone else noticed since they bumped the opening title to the act 1/act 2 split, there's still a natural split between where they would be between the teaser and act 1? I keep forgetting to mention it after seeing the whole episode, but I keep noticing a little hiccup in the pacing where there's a mini-climax but no break to go with it.
Hasn't it always been that way? There's a point a minute or two in that feels like the natural end of the cold open, but then they just put off the title card until like 8-9 minutes in. It's been like that for as long as I can remember, and it's always bugged me.
It's bad enough the "opening titles" are about 5 seconds these days, and that Castle's doesn't happen until the act break, but it drives me absolutely batshit that they're still popping up actor credits 20 minutes into the show. Good lord!
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Old November 1 2011, 05:53 PM   #155
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Hey, is Stana okay? Her face looked rather gaunt this week. Damn near cadaverous in some lighting.
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Old November 1 2011, 06:07 PM   #156
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I've noticed that a number of the new shows this fall seem to be welding the teaser to the first act. Looks like it's also finding its way into established shows. I suppose networks are doing it to keep people from jumping channels.
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Old November 1 2011, 06:54 PM   #157
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I think it is relatively new...I just recently watched the season one DVD and don't remember it being like that.
I remember that at the very least they were doing it in the latter half of last season, but I don't know before that. I knew it was coming at 9-10 minutes into the show every time. Like a few others have said, I have found it sort of odd.
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Old November 2 2011, 02:37 AM   #158
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Stana looked great as usual to me...perhaps it was the lighting??
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Old November 2 2011, 02:55 AM   #159
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Could be. She's got great cheekbones, but they cast a hell of a shadow in overhead lighting.
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I thought this was a great episode this week. and what a twisted ending.
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Old November 2 2011, 03:57 AM   #161
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I forgot to mention that the family scene at the end with Beckett was fun. I always get a kick whenever Kate goes over to Castle's place.
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Old November 8 2011, 06:33 AM   #162
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Just a really fun episode tonight. It is interesting to see Alexis "rebel" this season and not act like her usual self. The party was amusing but felt kind of pointless. It does seem like they're being hard pressed to find an excuse to include Alexis in episodes now which is too bad. I am liking Captain Gates. We finally get to see her do some police work and interact with Beckett without being an ass.
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Old November 8 2011, 07:34 AM   #163
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Not the best one.. i'm no big fan of crime shows in general (tend to find them very boring) so i was a late comer to Castle (started midway season 3) and i tend to tune out the scenes dealing purely with the case so i almost tuned out half or more of this episode.

It was an ok episode but it lacked Caskett moments (not that it solely makes the show but it has become a big part of it), other really funny stuff (with few exceptions this time) or much character progress.

However i liked Penny Jerald (our very own Cassidy Yates.. yay! ) in this one because she got much more to do that do a few lines here and there and disapprove of Castle. She really is a capable cop, she runs a tight ship and even she has picked up on Castle & Beckett so much she was forced to act on it

Not every episode has to (or can) knock it out of the park.. decent crime episode but not much more. Next week Castle sits one out but the following two episodes are promised to be BIG (the second episode called Cuffed has both of them cuffed together and during filming there was a closed set for some scenes promising some awesome developments!) and i can't wait!
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Old November 8 2011, 07:42 AM   #164
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I wouldn't necessarily say that it lacked Caskett moments...Gates seems to be very aware of the two of them's dependency on one another and separated them. To me this is a direct response to Caskett and it was done in a pretty fun way. We got to see Kate act like a detective without relying on Castle while still promoting Castle's case while Gates assessed her abilities while taking part in the investigation herself. Plus I dug the line "without distractions" an obvious reference to Caskett in my opinion.

Not to mention "Killshot" in two weeks looks to be a heavy focus on Caskett given the plot synopsis and the promo for it as well. Wow. Yeah "Killshot" looks to be a arc heavy episode and the Nov sweeps episode considering we have to wait two weeks for it. It is going to be awesome!
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Old November 8 2011, 02:07 PM   #165
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Can we please not call them "Caskett?" Those shippy portmanteaus are annoying enough as a rule, but that one's downright morbid.

I didn't care for this one. The idea of mixing up the characters into different groupings was a nice one, but the execution was too silly and corny. The detectives dressing up as Elvis impersonators to get into the casino? Really? Couldn't they have just liaised with the Atlantic City police and let the local detectives go in and ask the questions? And Fillion looked really bad in his Elvis disguise. Is he putting on weight? He seemed huge.

And the "teen party gets out of control" trope is extremely cliched and predictable, and I thought Alexis was out of character at the end. She wouldn't lie to her father about it, she'd admit her mistake and take full responsibility. I miss the Alexis of the first three seasons, the one who was the most levelheaded and responsible member of the family. She seems to have been replaced by a far more stereotypical moody, erratic teenager.

Also, having the captain directly work with Beckett in the investigation on their end was contrived. Surely there are other detectives in the precinct that Beckett could've teamed with. And if there were so many crimes under investigation that none of them could be spared, then surely the captain would be too busy overseeing all of them to devote herself to just one. At least they made a token effort to justify it by having her say she liked to visit the trenches now and then. But it still felt awkward.
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