Things I do not like: Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, Firefly, Deep Space Nine and all that other garbage. Just because I may write for GeekFurious.com, doesn't mean I am a geek.
(Although after writing this, I suspect I will no longer be writing for the Web site. HGF is very spiteful like that.)
But all this doesn't mean I didn't love Monday's new episode of Castle. Because my disdain for sci-fi nerd shows aside, "The Final Frontier" was one of my favorite TV shows at its best: quirky, silly, funny and charming.
Because it was so entertaining, I won't let the ending bother me. Sure, that was some of the worst acting ever by Lieutenant Chloe and her reasoning for committing murder was uttlerly ridiculous -- but I can live with it.
Six episodes into Season 5, I think we all have to be thrilled with how strong the show has been thus far and how well they've handled the Castle-Beckett relationship. So far, the writers have had fun with the following:
--Caskett trying to keep the relationship a secret
--Having them be flirty and sexual and enjoying each other's company
--Tackling jealousy issues
--Giving each other a hard time
No real complaints on my end thus far in Season 5. Do you have any?
QUOTES OF NOTE:
--CASTLE: "Listen, if you want your very own signed copy of Storm Season, I'd be happy to arrange a private signing."
--BECKETT: "Cap your pen, Castle. There's been a murder here."
--BECKETT: "In your dreams."
--CASTLE: "Look at my life, all my dreams come true."
--PERLMUTTER: "Detective Beckett and non-detective Castle."
--CASTLE: "A real sci-fi murder at a sci-fi convention -- this just keeps getting better!"
--ESPOSITO: "You took my p-p-pen"
--ESPOSITO: "Yeah, I could probably see you as an elf, or a hobbit."
--CASTLE: "OK, so if I wake up bald tomorrow, you'd still be attracted to me? ... Oh, my god, you wouldn't!"
--BECKETT: "You wanna make out, Castle?"
--BECKETT: "Castle, are we going to make out?
--CASTLE: "Maybe we should start with the marathon."
--The fan playing Lieutenant Chloe at the convention? BABE. Maybe it was just the costume that did it for me, who knows.
--The bald guy in the beginning that discovered the dead body is a dead-ringer for Jim Rash (Dean Pelton on Community)
--Beckett is such a fanboy. First it was of Richard Castle and his novels and then it was Nebula 9.
--I love how Perlmutter disrespects Castle all the time.
--Hot damn, Esposito always gets hit on by witnesses.
--Castle wants to un-see his daughter in that skanky costume, but I'm just fine with it.
--Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that Head Geek Furious has his own laser dungeon?
--I thoroughly enjoyed Castle freaking out about not having worn protection.
--If I got $1 for every time Castle accidentally solved a crime, I could buy a couple $5 footlongs from Subway.
--Loved Castle's reaction to the captain taking out the chick with a body slam and twirling the blaster on his finger and holstering it. ... Loved Castle's mad-dash to the elevator and him trying to close the doors more quickly. ... Loved Castle's reaction to Beckett's costume.
--If I missed subtle or non-subtle references to those shows you love so much, it's because I don't watch that crap. So sue me. However, I did pick up on the obvious Firefly references: "We're canceled after 12 episodes and "That Joss Whedon show".
THE SCORE: 89 out of 100