02 October, 2012

Review -- CASTLE 5.02: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Murder'

I just had an epiphany. Whether two characters on a will-they-won't-they type TV show are dating or not, it really doesn't matter.

Is the show still good or not? That's all that matters.

In the case of 'Castle', I get the sense from some of my readers that they are concerned about the direction of the show now that Beckett and Castle are together. But for me, I don't care either way. I only care whether the show is still entertaining or not. I argue that it still is.

Magnus (HGF) thinks that there is no sexual chemistry between the two characters. I say who cares! Whether he's right in his assessment or not, it's not like this show is a porno. There's not exactly a lot of sex scenes or makeout scenes in it, anyway. The success/entertainment of this show depends on their chemistry with dialogue, facial expressions, mannerisms, etc. And in this aspect, I think their chemistry is good and it makes the show fun to watch.

Some of the stuff on 'Cloudy with a Chance of Murder' was a bit over-the-top, but it didn't really bother me because the episode itself and Castle/Beckett were fun this week. The jealousy drama and the keeping-it-a-secret crap was entirely cliche, and we've seen it a thousand times, but those two characters make it work by being charming and funny. And before those two crazy kids got together at the end of Season 4, the same thing applied. That's why I've always liked this show.

And I don't laugh out loud too much on TV shows, but Castle messing around with the green screen at the news station was hilarious.

This week's case was fairly interesting, which was a nice bonus, but it's main purpose was very clearly to give Castle and Beckett a pause about keeping a workplace relationship and displaying the difficulties that it can cause.

Much like Castle and Beckett, I suggest you do the same -- just fucking deal with it. The show is still what it was before, whether or not those two are having fake sex or not.


--BECKETT: "You just want me to take my shirt off again, don't you?"

--CASTLE: "Don't tell me you dressed like that for Esposito."

--RYAN: "Fine, just judge all you want."

--ESPOSITO: "He's a man, he has a pulse, so no."

--CASTLE: "I know who the killer is!"

--CASTLE: "She's like the terminator sex bot."

--BECKETT: "What I want is to not have this image of a bikini-clad woman stuffing her boobs in your face, so good luck with that."
--CASTLE: "Do I even get credit for figuring out who the killer is?"
--BECKETT: "No!"


--Does the NYPD really have a strict dating policy?

--Detective Ryan's suit at the beginning of the episode was pretty fugly.

--Luckily for me, I don't drink coffee -- so no morning coffee will be killing me.

--I don't know about you, but when I make death threats, I don't typically use stationary that can identify me.

--This Week on 'Eli is a Creep': I love Jodi Lynn O'Keefe. She was a knockout when she was on 'Boston Legal' and still is 10 years later.

THE SCORE: 85 out of 100


  1. Woohoo! Eli and I agree on something!

    Loved this episode. And... it was the first time I've ever felt the two leads had any romantic chemistry. Because any time you have two people of the opposite sex (or same sex if they are into that) fight, it is HOT!

  2. HA wow, Magnus actually liked it. I have to say I totally agree. Getting these two together was the best thing they could have done, because now they can lay off all the super angsty stuff and bring the FUN stuff back. And this show is at usually its best when it's having fun and giving us lots of laughs. And it gave me plenty of that last night. Also agree with Eli on the Castle/green screen scene, that was my favorite part. Hilarious. And Beckett's reaction to it of laughing instead of rolling her eyes (like she would have done in the past) was great too.

    I'm totally fine with them still doing dramatic storylines every now and then, but it's always best when it's intermixed with a lot of funny/lighter stuff throughout the season. Season 4 didn't give us enough of the goofy stuff to balance out the drama. But based on the two eps we've gotten thus far, it seems like season 5 is shaping up to be really entertaining and fun.

    "--I don't know about you, but when I make death threats, I don't typically use stationary that can identify me." HA I know I was thinking the same thing.

    As for quotes, I also liked Beckett's quote at the end to Castle in her apartment ... something to the effect of, "Can we just agree to maybe pretend like we're dating other people without ACTUALLY dating them??"

    p.s. The sound quality on KGO/ABC7 SF Bay Area is apparently doomed to be terrible for all of eternity. It was awful again on Castle last night. And bad on Modern Family last week too. BASTARDS!!

    1. CASTLE is also doing something I said CHUCK failed miserably at doing.

      Keeping the romance a secret. One of the best Chuck and Sarah moments in season 3 was when they were hiding their relationship from Shaw. That shit was hilarious and fun because it was a romantic secret.

      Romantic secrets are exciting.

    2. There are so many girls in my life that are keeping their romantic feelings for me a secret.

      That's what I tell myself to get me through each day.

  3. Okay, successful word of mouth by you all.

    I'm going to speed up when I watch this episode.

    1. It was a lot of fun. The secret romance stuff worked very well as HGF pointed out.

      Another thing that worked was putting one of the members of the couple into a faux date that makes the other jealous or bothered. Chuck didn't do enough of that either. The closest thing was the shower scene with the naked supermodel.