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100 TV Shows-#36-Castle

Castle



One fic-written for MMOM.


Quick non-show related rant before I proceed: What the heck is up with all these Youtube clips for various TV Show credits in the style of other TV shows? Is this some weird competition thing? Is it a Tumblr thing? What kind of a "thing" is it? Where did it start and when will it go away. Wherever possible I want the ACTUAL OPENING CREDITS for the shows I'm blogging about in this challenge. These "in the style of" things are pissing me off.

Meanwhile, back to the blogging in progress.



I heard about this show when it first came on, but it didn't sound THAT interesting, everybody kept telling me it was "fluff." Then I needed something new to watch with Hubby on weekends, so I tried the first disc...hubby LOVED it and so....

As we discovered in the previous entry: Setting up UST and then attempting to resolve it with a relationship-Bones, you did it wrong.

Castle-you did it right.

Obviously, two very different shows, although amusingly both starring amiable actors who made their "bones" (heheh) in Joss Whedon shows and who therefore are fully capable of bringing the snark.

Right now Castle is my #1 "uninvested" show, where I can completely enjoy the ambiance, wit, dialogue, fake NY locale, massive amounts of "Hey, It's That Guy!" and completely unbelievable mysteries without it setting off my bitch bone as it were.

Things that in their variations on other shows might get me frothing, I tend to let completely bounce off me including the cute kid, the beta couple, and the "NO HOMO" buddy cop pairing. In fact, I genuinely smile at Alexis relationship with her father, appreciate the way they DIDN'T draw out the Esposito/Lani stuff and didn't even mind the "getting the couple back together" arc for Ryan and Esposito, which with just a slightly different infusion of angst (House/Wilson cough cough) might have driven me bonkers, you know, if I actually cared about any of it.

We did the first three seasons on DVD and then started Tivo-ing so we've mostly seen the new season in real time.

That's the part where you really have to give the kudos. The writers let relationship develop...and yes we went through a few too many misunderstandings and "fear of letting someone in" moments....but they didn't do what Bones did. They didn't create bullshit retcons and completely unbelievable relationships to keep the couple apart. They found a credible (within the non credible verse of the show) to make Beckett vulnerable enough to reach out and then they let it happen.

Then they brought us back to that moment and let us have all the ensuing awkwardness....cringeworthy as some of it has been. It's still better than the alternative.

As an (unsuccessful) mystery writer, I think the actual plots mostly suck, especially when they require supposedly smart characters to be stupid (the bit with the collectible doll was really egregious) but I do love the poker games with the real writers and the way they kept Stephen J. Cannell's seat empty...*sniff*

I WISH they weren't ticking off quite so many of my non-favorite tropes for procedurals, especially "framed for murder" "omnipotent serial killer" and "this time, it's personal" but I manage to let it go with an eye-roll.

They've even managed to do a character death and replacement that doesn't make me hate the replacement. (Except in that stupid doll episode...so out of character!)

I even liked the "special 40's noir" episode, although Ryan's "Boyos" were definitely starting to get on my nerves.

One thing I would like to say to the writers: MORE PERLMUTTER! (Lani's awesome, but Sid needs his own episode, preferably NOT one where he gets framed for murder, or his wife/daughter/girlfriend/gardener gets killed and THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL.)

Comments

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dref22
Dec. 27th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
February sweeps can not come soon enough! Because Jack Coleman! :D
karaokegal
Dec. 27th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Indeed! Although I really hope he gets to be a little more than EEEEEEVIL. (Frankly this isn't the show where I honestly see much hope for nuance in the designated baddies.)
dref22
Dec. 28th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
YAY! :D Honestly, I've been expecting a twist, because the creator repeated many times: "He's evil!!!" I get that they use Jack Coleman's name as a promotional material (YAY!) but why aren't they more like "You will see..."?
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
The only thing I can think of is that there's a BIGGER baddie manipulating Jack's big baddie politician...maybe even on a Manchurian Candidate level?
lilithisbitter
Dec. 28th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)


Are these the credits you're looking for?
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
I would actually have liked the first 1st season opening complete with narration. No biggie!
lilithisbitter
Dec. 28th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
No one seems to have posted it yet, but give people time, it will get posted to youtube eventually.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
YAY! It's just weird that it's NOT there considering that we're in the 4th season already...I wonder if it's got to do with ABC being especially protective/litiginous about its material.
alba17
Dec. 28th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
What the heck is up with all these Youtube clips for various TV Show credits in the style of other TV shows? If I understand what you're talking about, those have been around for a long time, way before tumblr.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
I guess it's just something I've been noticing lately as I try to find the opening credits to put in the 100 Things posts. I had the same problem with Bones. I was like...yeah, the Bones Credits in the Style of Buffy is cute...but where are the original opening credits?

Color me clueless.
srsly_yes
Dec. 28th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Ugh, Bones. Booth and Brennan skipped the romance and went from UST to boring couple. One point that irritates me--I should think the FBI wouldn't let them work together now that they're a couple. I should think Booth in his macho way, would think it too risky, as parents of Christine. I don't know why I'm still watching.

I like Castle the way I like a Hershey bar. It provides comfort more than great taste.

Edited at 2012-12-28 04:36 am (UTC)
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm more a Nestle's Crunch gal myself, but absolutely---it ain't Godiva Chocolate (or even Mrs. See.)

As you can see from the previous 100 Things entry Bones has lost me and I can't imagine going back. So many "doing it wrong" steps along the way, culminating in the Booth/Brennan train wreck.
book_junkie007
Dec. 28th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm so glad you like Castle, even in a non-invested way. I still need to see the first nine eps of the new season, but I'm excited for what I get to see.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
I really like most of how they're handling the new season, especially in light of the Bones comparison. I will say that Nathan Fillion has a much lighter touch than David Boreanz, which helps a lot. Even when he is being an asshat, he still comes off like a charming asshat, where as Booth tends to be more of a jerk---especially on the religion angle.
joanne_c
Dec. 28th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
I like Castle the same way you do, and I love "Hey it's that guy" on it the most of the current shows, I think.

Jack Coleman is making me anxious to tune into new eps slightly more, admittedly, and they better not do to him what they did on The Vampire Diaries (though I am endlessly amused that he was both gay and had a blonde cheerleader for a daughter on that show - who else would you cast for that role, I ask?).

I saw the Dynasty credits with the Heroes cast years back - I rec that one.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I saw the Dynasty credits with the Heroes cast years back - I rec that one.

I'll look for it. That sounds hilarious.

I love Jack, but haven't watched him on TVD or HIMYM. The ONLY actor I seem to be capable of watching a show in the middle JUST for him is The Barrowman. (Are you watching Arrow yet? It sucks donkey balls, but John looks SO EDIBLE and in Episode 7, he manages to completely PWN the world in only two scenes.)
joanne_c
Dec. 29th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
I was quite impressed by it, they got the yellow stripe thing just about perfectly.

I haven't seen him in either yet (TVD I have to get the DVDs, HIMYM is not a super invested show so I'll see it when I see it in re-runs), but I'm just so amused that his TVD character seemed to be SUCH a blend of Steven and HRG.

Not watching Arrow yet as I have to wait for the TV ratings season to start again. I'm looking forward to it, but I stuck with Smallville for ten years so my taste in some things is questionable ;)
karaokegal
Dec. 30th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
I think the last five years of my House-watching qualifies for some kind of masochism award.

Edited at 2012-12-30 04:42 pm (UTC)
joanne_c
Dec. 30th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh I was there because I was enjoying it enough - there were episodes or seasons that I could have skipped, yes, but I liked it, which I don't think was the case with you and House. Sometimes I liked how bad it was, too...

But considering John seems to be an equivalent to my favourite character on the show I'm thinking I'll like Arrow just fine.
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