Castle: "Wrapped Up in Death" 4/5/10 - Grading & Discussion

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  1. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

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    Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of Will Medina, the assistant curator of the Natural History Museum. The museum's personnel believe his death is related to the curse of the ancient mayan tombs.

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G63eBzJd4dg[/yt]
     
  2. David cgc

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    I want that hat.
     
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    I have that hat. Though I think the brim of mine is a bit wider. (It's an "Indiana Jones Authentic Hat," i.e. a Stetson-made fedora, which I bought in 1985, except it's gray instead of Indy's brown.) The closest thing I can find on the Stetson website is this:

    http://www.stetsonhat.com/products_detail.php?id=367
     
  4. Aragorn

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    I'm guessing if it didn't cost ABC some extra $$$, Castle would be humming a certain theme song to himself while on this case.
     
  5. JiNX-01

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    indy's hat ... the curse ... the dog ... the teasing ... hexes... scooby doo ... daphne ... this show is such a blast... elevator ... there is no curse ... there IS no curse ...

    asks Kate to take care of Alexis. "and would you also go into my closet and get rid of my porn collection before she finds it?"

    another highly entertaining outing...

    eta: i gave it an excellent!!
     
  6. ThunderAeroI

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    Good episode, I like the small tones they use in the songs. Just enough to get the point and not to much more than that
     
  7. Christopher

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    The banter was fun as usual, but it was kind of a run-of-the-mill episode -- hey, here's a suspect, no, they're cleared, but here's another suspect, no they're cleared, just one twist after another, chop chop chop. It didn't really grab me as a story. Particularly since I'm not at all fond of stories about people succumbing to superstition. And I'm not sure how historically/anthropologically accurate it is to apply the "mummy's curse" concept to a Mayan mummy.

    But on the topic of accuracy, I was delighted when the assayer took a moment to explain how radiocarbon dating works -- and got it right. Carbon dating is one of the most frustratingly misrepresented scientific tools in the mass media; in reality, it only works on organic materials less than about 60,000 years old, but fiction routinely uses it as a magic tool for dating anything of any age, even things like pure metal that would have no carbon in them of any kind. (Although there are other forms of radiometric dating using radioactive isotopes of other elements with longer half-lives.) So I can't express how refreshing it is to see that a TV writer actually bothered to do the research. Even the minimum limit of 500 years seems to be true (though probably exaggerated/oversimplified), and they actually used that limit as a story point. Good job.
     
  8. Worf2DS9

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    Christopher, you didn't mention Alexis in your review. Not once! Are you okay? :D
     
  9. ManOnTheWave

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    The beginning felt like a first season Scooby Doo episode, and the multiple references later in the show made it. Rather enjoyable. :techman:
     
  10. ThunderAeroI

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    Maybe sin ce she was in the show for more than 5 minutes he was happy.
     
  11. Nick Ryder

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    I like Alexis, I want to see her more often. Although what's kind of neat is that I think if Castle and Beckett ever DID take the next step, she wouldn't act like so many other divorced dad's kids and try to sabotage them or something. I think she actually sort of wants to hang with Kate. I could see Alexis wanting to be a cop... or at least something in the legal field.
     
  12. David cgc

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    Well, Alexis did do that internship thing where she cleaned up the dead evidence closet. That suggests an interest.
     
  13. Aragorn

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    Maybe Alexis can be the final season's criminal mastermind. :)
     
  14. Christopher

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    I forgot to mention one moment I liked. When Beckett was trying to piece the clues together and find a suspect, she asked, "What's the story that makes sense of the evidence?" That shows how much she's come to value Castle's contribution to the process. He's always spinning stories to get a handle on the case. But this time he was too distracted by the "curse" to do his part, so Beckett was unconsciously trying to emulate his thought process. They even set it up so that as she said it, her face in profile was right in front of his face in full forward view, covering half of it, as if to suggest visually that they were two halves of the same mind. A really interesting moment.
     
  15. Data Holmes

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    Recalls that bit from the serial killer eps about him getting his wish because the two of them were nikki heat.
     
  16. Greg Cox

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    And she was studying blood spatters this week . . ..
     
  17. Worf2DS9

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    ^ Let's hope she doesn't follow in Dexter's footsteps then. :D

    Another thing I liked, given the storyline, was the casting of Erick Avari as the museum guy. Avari, of course, played another museum guy in The Mummy.
     
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  18. Christopher

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    You mean build a gigantic secret laboratory in her basement? ;)
     
  19. Sakrysta

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    I am so tired of seeing Avari. His is one of those demeanors that just irks me for no definable reason. The only good thing about his appearance was that he didn't end up being the bad guy. For ONCE, the killer was the actor I had never seen before, rather than the guest actor I've seen in everything. :techman:
     
  20. Christopher

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    Whereas I recognized Currie Graham from his stint as a bad guy in Stargate: The Ark of Truth, so I found it unsurprising that he turned out to be the villain. (Coincidentally, Erick Avari is also a veteran of Stargate, one of only two actors from the original film -- the other being Alexis Cruz -- to reprise his character in the TV series.)