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Old October 26 2010, 11:54 PM   #61
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Re: Castle: Season 3 (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) - Discussion & Spoi

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And Castle's right -- someone needs to tell Ashley that "flaxen" means pale yellow. It's totally the wrong word for a redhead.

And never call a black woman "fair" -- unless you're talking about her personality.
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Old October 27 2010, 01:44 PM   #62
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Old November 1 2010, 07:33 PM   #63
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Old November 2 2010, 12:39 AM   #64
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Looking forward to it, but I won't be able to see it 'til tomorrow, it comes on too late for me to stay up and watch it. Have fun everyone!
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Old November 2 2010, 04:19 AM   #65
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An okay episode, but I didn't like the way the climactic scene was set up by something Ryan & Esposito found out off-camera. Sure, the person their evidence pointed to wasn't the actual killer, but we were supposed to think it was, so setting up the scene in such a weak way, just a piece of information out of the blue rather than a clever moment of deduction by our protagonists, was a major structural flaw. It gave away to me that the suspect it pointed to couldn't be the actual killer, because the reveal of the killer would never be so lame and offhand. So I deduced who the real killer was based simply on my understanding of the technique of story construction, rather than on anything from within the story. And that's disappointing.

Another story-construction clue: as soon as they showed that video of the victim playing a wanted biker in that America's Most Wanted pastiche, I knew the biker would turn out to be a suspect. Basic Chekhov's Gun there. They wouldn't have shown it if it weren't going to figure in the story. Though it turned out to be just another red herring.

Darn, Alexis is back to the straight-bangs look. Bring back Alexis's forehead! At least the bangs kinda worked with her Grease costume.
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Old November 8 2010, 07:50 PM   #66
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Old November 9 2010, 04:36 AM   #67
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Castle, "Ever have a pet?"

Beckett, "You."

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Old November 9 2010, 05:01 AM   #68
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^Actually Castle's question was "What's the weirdest pet you ever had?" Which works even better.


This was a bit predictable. Thanks to the feather and the episode title (actually "Murder Most Fowl"), I figured out pretty quickly that the surveillance gear was for birdwatching.

Nice twist, though, that the murder was solved a third of the way through and the story became about finding the kidnap victim. Though why was that still being handled by the homicide detectives?

At least the "home life" subplot wasn't as predictable as I thought. As soon as Alexis said she was taking care of her boyfriend's precious pet rat, I expected the rat to be dead by the next scene in the subplot. Instead it just escaped and she was searching for it. So not what I predicted, which is good, but as usual this season, far too blatant a parallel with the detective plot, which is bad.

And what's with Castle saying the kid is only a little younger than Alexis? He's 12. She's at least 17 by now. I know, parents tend to see their kids as babies forever, yada yada, but it felt like a reach. And Alexis deserves better.

I did like the acknowledgment that "zoom and enhance" doesn't magically bring out detail that wasn't in the original image. Although I have the impression this show has already used that gimmick in some past episode, and it did work there.
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Old November 9 2010, 07:55 AM   #69
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I think this is the first time I've seen a show zoom in on a photo to see a reflection and get... nothing.
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Old November 9 2010, 03:18 PM   #70
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^I've seen the trope deconstructed now and then, but not often enough. Futurama made a joke about it in one episode. FlashForward did a pretty good job of rationalizing it: They were able to enhance a blurry image, but only by sending it to the top specialists, who spent weeks extracting data from multiple video frames and combining them into a composite, and even then, the final result wasn't very clear.

As always, TV Tropes is a motherlode of examples, both of the trope and its occasional deconstructions:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph.../EnhanceButton
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Old November 11 2010, 02:55 PM   #71
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It was enjoyable to see a little different type of show out of them this week. It's probably the first one has no speaking lines! Nice to get a slightly different type of mystery every once in a while.
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Old November 11 2010, 04:21 PM   #72
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"Has no speaking lines?" What do you mean by that?
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Old November 15 2010, 06:53 PM   #73
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Sorry, I guess I should have included the minor phrase "the murderer" in there. Could have made a bit of a difference.
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Old November 15 2010, 08:59 PM   #74
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Old November 15 2010, 10:24 PM   #75
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Oh, no. Not another "Castle buys into fringe beliefs" episode. I don't believe a mystery writer would be as gullible about these things as Castle's been portrayed to be this season. For one thing, mystery writers are masters of misdirection and thus should be able to see through hoaxes and deceptions more easily. For another, falling back on the inexplicable would be cheating in a mystery story; there'd be no satifactory solution that could be deduced. So I don't see that appealing to Castle's mind, since as we've seen in earlier seasons, he reflexively casts every situation as a potential mystery plot. Solving mysteries is about critical, analytical thinking and refusing to take things at face value. A credulous mindset, a willingness to buy into psychics and UFOs and the like purely on faith, just doesn't seem consistent with that.
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