TV Review: CASTLE – Season 6 – “Dreamworld”

Stana Katic and Lisa Edelstein in CASTLE - Season 6 - "Dreamworld" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  David Grae Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 30, 2013 If you  have ever watched a TV show or movie that dealt with a topic you know particularly well, and groaned repeatedly when the writers messed up details that if they’d only bothered to do a modicum of research wouldn’t have been messed up, then you’ll understand how I reacted to the “Dreamworld” episode of CASTLE. You see, some years ago, I co-wrote a book on poisons for […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 6 Premiere – “Valkyrie”

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 6 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Rob Hanning Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 23, 2013 So we were left hanging at the end of last season, with Castle (Nathan Fillion) down on one knee, proposing marriage. Fade in on “Valkyrie” with Beckett (Stana Katic) thrilled that he proposed. It’s CASTLE, of course it’s not clear cut. Turns out she was afraid he was trying to break up. But here’s where it gets good. Instead of being a jerk about her new job and insisting […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 Finale – “Watershed”

Nathan Fillion as Castle in CASTLE | (c) 2013 ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Andrew W. Marlowe Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 13, 2013 I simply do not understand why the producers of CASTLE seem to feel the need to jerk their viewers around with this constant will they/won’t they game between Castle (Nathan Filion) and Beckett (Stana Katic). They spent four season playing with getting the two together – not only taking a miserably long time, but doing it in the most excrutiating way. Then they spent a good chunk of last season […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “The Wild Rover”

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Murder, He Wrote" | ©2012 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Terencce Paul Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 1o p.m. Original Telecast: March 25, 2013 “The Wild Rover” starts out as your standard CASTLE episode, with light-hearted banter between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic), a weirdly positioned stiff and the usual odd clues. But it quickly turns into something really extraordinary – namely CASTLE at it’s best. The victim is a cupcake baker found shot to death in a mixing bowl of his batter. But, lo, there’s a magic briefcase filled with $50,000 […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “Scared to Death”

Nathan Fillion as Castle on CASTLE "Recoil" | (c) 2013 ABC/COLLEEN HAYES

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Shalisha Francis Director: Ron Underwood Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 18, 2013 Let’s be real. CASTLE is never going get it right regarding police procedure. The writers routinely screw up the real world facts in favor of a cool connection, and most of the time we don’t really mind because we know going in this is not about accuracy, it’s about fun. In “Scared to Death,” we get plenty of the amusement factor – which is why this didn’t get a lower […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “Hunt”

Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Hunt" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Andrew W. Marlowe Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 25, 2013 Did we or did we not call in last week’s episode of CASTLE, “Target?” Now, in “Hunt,” we are vindicated – Alexis (Molly Quinn) was, indeed, the target in the double kidnapping. Yes! Better yet, the circumstances were totally unexpected and there was only one loose end left dangling. Okay, it may have gotten picked up, but I didn’t hear that part. So just as the Feds were telling […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “Target”

Molly Quinn and Karen David in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Target" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Foreman

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  David Amann Director: Bill Roe Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 18, 2013 As much as I watch CASTLE because I enjoy its frivolity and silliness, I do generally love the more dramatic episodes because they tend to be the better crafted overall. Alas, not so with “Target.” This first of two parts feels like the writers had too much story for one episode, but not quite enough for two, since much of the episode involves Castle (Nathan Fillion) mooning about once everyone realizes […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “Reality Star Struck”

Penny Johnson Jerald in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Reality Star Struck" | ©2013 ABC/Ron Tom

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  David Grae Director: Larry Shaw Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 11, 2013 Let’s be real. Nobody, but nobody is watching CASTLE for the clever mysteries (because they frequently aren’t) and the realistic depiction of police work (because it’s anything but realistic). We watch CASTLE for the relationships between the characters and the sheer fun of it when the writers take off on a parody trip. And we’ve got both in “Reality Star Struck.” The only reason the episode didn’t get a higher grade was […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 – “Anomaly XB-6783746”

John Noble in FRINGE - Season 5 - "Anomaly XB-6783746" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown Writer: David Fury Director: Jeffrey Hunt Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: December 21, 2012 As FRINGE concludes its last episode of 2012 before it heads into the final three episodes of the series in January, the show continues its up and down ride through the season long arc of the humans versus the Observers. It’s been a challenging season, and at times, a rather boring one too. Without the benefit of too many standalone episodes, the ongoing threat vacillates between ominous to non-existent. It’s hard […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 5 – “The Human Kind”

Jill Scott in FRINGE - Season 5 - "The Human Kind" | ©2012 Fox/Cate Cameron

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Georgina Haig Writer: Alison Schapker Director: Dennis Smith Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: December 7, 2012 I’ve wanted to like the final season of FRINGE. I think the idea of a future ruled by Observers and the Fringe team trying to take them down was always a a solid arc for the final stretch. Yet, the fifth season of FRINGE has been painfully slow and redundant. The idea that Walter (John Noble) has to find all these missing videotapes in order to remember what September […]Read On »

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