Tuesday, October 09, 2012
In all seriousness, I just wanted--since I've spent a lot of time complaining about the frustrations of what used to be one of TV's most watchable series--to mention that I found last night's Castle to be totally refreshing. It wasn't particularly a great or remarkable episode, but it was the first episode since the middle of last season that felt like it remembered what the show used to be. It had all the right elements: witty banter, lots of charm, a mystery that was maybe a shade too predictable, a goofy riff on a current can't-believe-people-watch-that-but-we're-not-takin'-'em-to-task-for-it fad (can't wait for next season's episode that takes place at a child beauty pageant), and some sexual chemistry between Beckett and Castle (not at all diminished since they became a couple). Not too serious, not too fluffy, but just right. And thanks for remembering that Castle's relationship with Alexis is a crucial element of his character, and that Martha is actually smart.
Not a remarkable episode. But it felt like classic Castle. It made me remember everything I loved about the show and what seemed so frustratingly elusive all year. And it made me glad I was still watching it.
This is what I want: an enjoyable, watchable show. You proved you can still do it. Now just keep doing it, please.