Sep. 24th, 2013

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I spent the summer catching up on the five seasons of Castle and last night was my first live viewing of the show.

I have caught snippets of different episodes, but never a whole episode (and frankly what I saw during those snippets didn't inspire me to watch further).

But a dear friend gently but firmly twisted my arm into a promise to watch. The first two seasons were not okay - I had to literally force myself through some episodes because I kept comparing the show to NCIS and Castle/Beckett to Tony/Ziva and in my shipper fangirl heart there was no comparison. Besides Beckett's hair and wardrobe were bothering me - she looked like a school marm - not the hot sexy detective that everyone was talking about. When I watched Rick Castle I only saw the Captain from Firefly. I was clearly missing something.

About half way through the 3rd season the show seemed to find a rhythm and I soon found myself immersed in the Castle world.

The comparisions to NCIS continued, but this time NCIS came out on the losing side. Castle episodes were cohesive, fun, dramatic and not full of plot holes big enough to drive a chevy through. Andrew Marlow is a heck of show runner and after watching 5 seasons in rather quick succession I can say I didn't see one retconn and while the Castle/Beckett pairing has had it's ups and downs - both professionally and personally - the storyline was never angst for angst sake. Every obstacle served the purpose of moving them forward both as individuals and as a couple.

And while I can't say that I ship them (I think T/Z has ruined me for shipping) I want very much for them to succeed. Castle and Beckett are the main characters - no doubt about that; but the supporting characters get alot of meaty scenes and I love the bromance between Esposito and Ryan - they are such fun to watch. They play off each other great and there is none of the snark that NCIS uses to get a laugh. Refreshing.

I am looking forward to the new season and I think I just might have found a new favorite show. Time will tell - but it's looking good.

The BlackList:
Airs on NBC opposite Castle, so I DVRed it. I saw the promo for the show earlier this summer (my post from 07/27/13) and it looked... interesting so I added it to my must see list.

I watched it after Castle and I have to say James Spader is campy, creepy fun. This will stay on my DVR for the foreseeable future and fans seem to agree to me. The social media buzz for this show today has been off the wall and it won in it's time slot in both total viewers and the golden demographic.

I think this show is going to give Castle a run for the viewers week after week and that is good news for the fans as both shows should be bringing their A game to the 10:00 p.m. Monday night time slot.

Tonight I am settling in with A.G.E.N.T.S of Shield and NCIS on my DVR. I don't know when and if I will ever watch the NCIS episode, but the Ziva fan part of me insists that I record it just in case. Besides, with things like this happening
Spoilery )
My shipper heart might demand it later on down the road - when then the pain has dulled and maybe I don't care quite as much.

I hope you all are enjoying your new Fall shows; I will be back tomorrow with my thoughts on AOS.



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