15 January, 2013

Review - CASTLE 5.11: 'Under the Influence'


With the first 10 episodes focusing more on Castle and Beckett's new relationship, it was a nice distraction this week to have one of the secondary characters featured in a primary role.

If you've been reading my "Castle" reviews the last two seasons, you know that the more prominent Esposito is in the episode the more I typically enjoy it. So while 'Under the Influence' wasn't hilarious or quirky, it was a solid episode of the show nonetheless.

Aside from some cliches of the cop mentoring the young troubled teen, we learned that Esposito isn't afraid to break a few rules and get his hands dirty (Do you think Javy really would have threatened that guy in the bar like he did? I don't find that far-fetched at all, it's more Ryan who is a stickler for the rules and protocol), and that he had a previous criminal record when he was younger. Although, it's possible that we knew that already and I had just forgotten.

I appreciated the break from the Castle-Beckett relationship drama and enjoyed the silly little argument they had in the beginning of the episode about the repercussions of picking a bad date movie. I think we can all relate to that argument a little bit. Less forced drama (like last week's garbage) and more silly fights is what I'm hoping for.

It took four full seasons to get these idiots together, I don't want them broken up so quickly for some contrived reason like last week's show threatened.

Nothing else to say, I'll let you guys (and by guys I mean HGF and MaryPloppins -- the only two people who ever comment on this) do the rest of the talking.

QUOTES OF NOTE:

--MONSTER: "Where's the super-hot detective?"
--ESPOSITO: "Oh, you're looking at him."
 
RANDOM RAMBLINGS:

--The first minute of this episode was practically IDENTICAL to the first few minutes of the 'Nashville' pilot.

--I love it when guys get busted for talking like guys before they realize ladies are present.

--Haha, loved it when Ryan ran his hand through his hair. And then Castle checking out his hair and touching it in the interrogation room.

--Police sketch artist is a such a bad-ass job. Don't know how they do it. I've always wondered how badly I would be at describing a witness to a sketch artist. They would fucking hate me.

--Apparently Joey "The Monster" watches a lot of TV, because he knows the Police playbook better than they do. No way this kid is friggin' 13. My ass.

--Wow I had NO IDEA that Esposito was gonna take the kid in. Such a total shock, you just never see that on TV. ...Wait, AND he tried to escape? Who knew!?

--It's shine now, and not bling? Man, I'm getting old.

--LOL on the bodyguard covering his junk the second time Javy entered the bar.


THE SCORE: 78 out of 100

3 comments:

  1. I liked it a lot less than you. I really didn't connect with the story at all. Felt a bit bored through most of it.

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  2. Hahah yeah I'm a bit torn with this one, cause it was suuuuch a filler episode, and the story was not that interesting, BUT I do like Esposito. I managed to pay attention to most of the episode this time which is more than I can say for last week, but it still was not riveting for me. There were a few funny parts though. It was aiight.

    "It took four full seasons to get these idiots together, I don't want them broken up so quickly for some contrived reason like last week's show threatened."

    I am 99.9% sure they are not gonna break these two up, so when I see stuff like the manufactured drama at the end of last week's ep, it doesn't even irk me that much. I know they're just trying to keep the audience on their toes (even if it is a dumb/cheap tease).

    Another good Esposito quote from last night's ep: "I don't care WHAT those Girl Scout cookies cost I would sell my left ..." (sees Lanie, record scratch) I'm assuming that's what you were referring to with this: "I love it when guys get busted for talking like guys before they realize ladies are present." Hahha.

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  3. I just wanted to find someplace to write about how alive that woman corpse was. In 4 out of 5 shots of her she was looking around or breathing. Hello, can't you be dead for a few seconds? Come on. Okay, now I'm heading back to watch the rest. Thanks.

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