The Week in TV – Sue’s Hits and Hightlights

We’re launching into Toronto After Dark mode for about a week and a half, so I won’t get everything, but I will do my best!

 

Castle: Season 6, Episode 4 – Number One Fan

Sad to say, but it’s actually been a very long time since I’ve really loved an episode of Castle.  It’s been very formulaic, and often downright ridiculous, but I love my Captain, and it’s not like it’s a bad show, or anything.  Just sometimes more of a guilty pleasure than anything else.  This week, however, was actually a pleasure to watch, and I hope this particular trend of storytelling continues for awhile!  A woman, Emma (Alicia Lagano), on the run from police after allegedly killing her boyfriend, locks herself into a building with several hostages and insists that the only negotiator she’ll talk to is Castle.  He’s her favourite author, and she knows he works with the police, so she wants him to help her prove her innocence.  There’s always one idiot who thinks they can play hero and save the day, when all they are capable of doing is escalating the situation, but where Castle is often the comedic foil to his partner, Beckett (Stana Katic), in this case, he took the bull by the horns and made his own decisions.  The case gets worked from two completely different angles, and it was a lot of fun to watch, while also serving to build up the tension nicely.  Maybe it’s just because I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fillion several times, but my experiences with him have always had a personal, almost intimate quality to them.  NOT in a sexual way, ladies, don’t be ridiculous!  But there is something about Nathan that, when he looks at you and talks to you, it feels like you are the only other person in the room with him in that moment.  So every time Castle spoke to Emma and tried to keep her calm and rational, it was fully believable to me as a viewer.  In that sense, he’d probably actually make a really good negotiator, particularly in person, now that I think about it.  I really enjoyed Lagano’s performance, as well.  Is she Kathy Bates in Misery crazy?  Or is she just the product of a troubled youth and a failed system?  Is she telling the truth, or just taking Castle for a ride?  Does Castle believe her, or is he playing along to maintain control of a dicey situation?  Yeah, I really enjoyed that one a lot – keep ’em coming, guys!!!

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Cracked: Season 2, Episode 3 – The Valley

I’ve been taking a little while to get into Cracked this season, as some changes from last year made it harder for me to get back in step with it.  This week’s episode, however, brought me back in a big way.  Aidan and Clara (series newcomer Brooke Nevin) find themselves investigating the murder of a young, homeless, schitzophrenic man whose body was found under a bridge in one of the city’s valley areas.  Their investigation leads them along a few twists and turns, exposing some of the seedy underbelly of the city that those less fortunate have to contend with.  I was hooked on the investigation from the beginning, and I didn’t see the final conclusion of the mystery coming at all.  In addition, familiar faces of guest stars Pat Mastroianni and Jordan Gavaris helped to elevate this particular episode to one of my all-time faves.  So glad to be back in sync with my psych crimes team!!!

Argh – I don’t have time to write about everything, and I won’t be watching some stuff until we’re into next week, so I’ll just say that Rizzoli & Isles, The Originals, Supernatural, Murdoch Mysteries and Face Off were awesome as always, and I am very much looking forward to watching Played, Person of Interest and, even though it’s not new so much as new to me, Ghost Hunters.  🙂

I promise to do a better job of all of this once the festival is over – some more shows are being added to my slate in the next few weeks, too!  Can’t wait!!!

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