Week XIX – What Seems Impossible

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Season 8, Episode 15 (Shipwreck)

MurdochEp815MainEvery so often, Murdoch Mysteries addresses a controversial topic in a pointed way. This week, the topic of choice was the Catholic priesthood. While Murdoch is quite a modern man, it was refreshing to see him espouse conservative and historically accurate viewpoints. He offered canonically correct answers and sounded very much like the 1902 visionary that he is. His religion is very important to him and is a sticking point in many of his cases. While I have decided to withhold spoilers, what I can say is that this episode addresses the issue of what exactly a priest does. A priest is not a job: it is not about the skills or the devotion to God or the ability to preach. The sacraments are not just rituals – the way they are administered matters because of legalities and spiritual salvation. Also, priests have to be able to be trusted by their parish. All of these things, Murdoch points out, are different than being a doctor or a police officer.

We are treated to insight into Murdoch’s childhood in this episode, which is adapted from a novella by the creator of the book series, Maureen Jennings. In this episode, we meet Fr. Keegan, a priest who once served as the priest at the country parish in coastal Nova Scotia where Murdoch grew up. Fr. Keegan returns in 1902 as a church administrator who consults on the investigation. Murdoch trusts him because of how he handled an investigation thirty years earlier when a ship was wrecked off the coast of the town. At that time, Fr. Keegan taught Murdoch how to investigate and put together clues.

The overall theme of the story is that crime, done for the right reasons, is still crime, and yet sometimes, doing the right thing is more important than doing the legally right thing.

It gives us pause: if a man is beating his wife and another man attacks him to save her, is the second man wrong, even if the first man ends up dead? If a mother kills to protect her child, is she right? Is someone who commits fraud in the name of following God’s will blameless?

This is what Murdoch has to determine…and sometimes, it is not so simple as it seems.

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Season 7, Episode 16 (The Wrong Stuff)

In contrast, Castle is light-hearted and intriguing – a tribute to hard science fiction and existential space horror films, but fun and filled with comedy. It also centres on a case premise that at the beginning of the show’s run would have seemed very far-fetched, but what seems quite within the realm of possibility now. Namely, private companies are competing to be able to send a viable mission to Mars, and one company has proceeded to the phase of putting astronauts in a simulator. One of the astronauts is killed, and the only suspects initially seem to be the remaining four in the simulator…but are they really alone?

This type of case is right up Castle’s alley, and he is like a little boy in a toy store as he dons a spacesuit and roams the simulated Martian landscape. Castle is at his funniest and most adorable in these moments, so having an episode where he was excited and truly enjoying himself was refreshing after several weeks. After all, he and Beckett are back to solving crimes together (as evidenced by his awesome Star Trek parody quote) and that is the world as it should be. Add being on the cutting edge of technology and you have a happy Castle – and even a happy Beckett.

There were lots of twists and red herrings in this episode, which made for an even more enjoyable viewing experience for the viewers. Just when they thought they had the right suspect for sure, it would turn out that said person would have an alibi…and a couple of those alibis were that the suspects were committing illegal acts at the time. One tends to believe those people!

It is exciting to consider that expeditions to Mars are no longer in the realm of pure science fiction. Thanks to innovation and competition, there are multiple companies and governments who are considering viable Mars expeditions and who are designing and testing prototypes. This episode was entirely believable. Within twenty years, it is quite possible that a mission to Mars may be launched. Still, it would be a one-way ticket and not the most pleasurable way to spend the rest of one’s life. One does have to consider that before long, most of the astronauts would be elderly and require care. I would prefer not to think that a crew would jettison an elderly comrade rather than look after them. That is somewhat scary. While this episode did not directly address that, it did address the fact that small groups of people would be spending the remainder of their lives together. Group dynamics are the most difficult aspect of a mission to Mars. Several experiments in reality have derailed because test crews have been unable to function. Ethnicity, gender, and plain old personality have all caused these crews to fail. Humans were not made to live in tiny capsules.NATHAN FILLION, STANA KATIC

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Week XVIII – We Needed More Girls?

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Season 8, Episode 14 (Toronto’s Girl Problem)

Another week, another episode centred around females. Last week, it was mentally ill female inmates/patients; the week before, it was lingerie models. This week, we are drawn into the relatively normal world of petty thieves who happen to be a gang of women. All of these episodes are good on their own, but three in a row does seem to be a bit odd timing. Granted, the male equivalents would not be so odd, nor would this repetition feel somewhat overdone if the show’s setting was modern Toronto. However, seeing as it is set in 1902, the fact that women are featured in three episodes in a row is somewhat jarring. For one thing, the fact that the victims, suspects, and witnesses are females is frequently brought up by the characters.Screenshot-2015-02-17-06.55.28-620x330

This week’s episode of Murdoch Mysteries does bring up some good points that have nothing to do with the suspects’ gender. Namely, it raises the question of police integrity: is it right to fabricate evidence or bear false witness in order to convict a criminal who, though implicated or guilty of other crimes, is not actually guilty of the crime at hand? While it is true that the criminal may have a horrible demeanour and have done many other crimes, they still have not done this one – and they do not deserve to die. Nor is it the job of the police to play judge and jury. In light of many recent police corruption scandals, it is refreshing to have this message reinforced. Everyone would like their police force to be Stationhouse 4!

MM814_promoMainThe other topic is much more controversial – namely, homosexuality and how it directly affects one of the main characters. It is one thing for a case to involve a victim, suspect, or innocent bystander who is homosexual (whether or not their sexuality has anything to do with the case) or for homosexuality to be integral to the plot of the week, but it is another matter to introduce it into the ongoing lives of the main characters. Now it can be a recurring theme and plot point. Will it grow to overwhelm the series? I sure hope not. Will it result in an important and poignant character arc? I hope that it does.

I do not necessarily disagree with Inspector Brackenreid in his words of warning to Dr. Grace. More than the other characters of late, Dr. Grace is haughty and flighty. She likes to have fun and does not always consider the consequences. However, goofing off sexually – particularly with what was considered to be deviant and criminal behaviour at the time – is not acceptable for the city coroner. The Inspector is being kind in his approaching Dr. Grace quietly. She is already in a tenuous position due to being female as it is!

His words do make her realise that the love that she felt was genuine and she decides to act accordingly. This is definitely a maturing realisation on her part. No matter the gender of our loved ones, it is not right to treat them lightly. They are not toys.

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Season 7, Episode 15 (Reckoning)

After viewing this episode, I am torn between sighing with relief and singing “Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!” The episode was well-paced and suspenseful, but the overall storyline was predictable. Honestly, there was never a minute that I thought that Beckett’s life was in danger (at least plot-wise – it was in danger in-story) or that I thought Castle would be put out of commission permanently through incarceration. Having your name in the title and your face on the poster precludes that, particularly when the season is not over. I could realistically see them killing Castle at the end of the season if they wanted to end the series entirely and do so on a sad note. However, anything short of the series finale and I doubt that either Castle or Beckett would be killed. This show is a dramedy, after all.

That said, the 3XK killer storyline was resolved well. We can “never say never” when it comes to 3XK, but we saw his body fall and land dead this time. That is a definite relief. He and Dr. Niemann took us on a wild and terrifying ride, but it was a good time to resolve their story. There is only so long that such a horrible pair of killers can get away with murder and terror before they get caught. If they had “won”, there would have been little way to make them creepier for another installment of mistaken identity and mind games – plus it would have looked bad on the police.

Castle 715-2What this episode did accomplish, aside from putting an end to 3XK, was to give Castle a taste of what Beckett went through while he was missing. In all the other times that she has been in mortal peril (at least that I can recall), he has either been able to easily find her and ascertain her well-being, or else he has been with her himself. For two days this time, he had no idea if she was alive, if she was safe or maimed, or if she would ever be found at all. He was entirely unable to function properly. Well, now he knows that feeling. They can more easily relate to each other as a couple – although at the moment, Beckett is too traumatized for intimacy. Killing someone at close range in self-defence will do that to you. I am glad that they are sticking to reality on that point.

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Week XVII – In Time for Valentine’s…Let’s Ramp Up the Creep Factor?

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Season 8, Episode 13 (The Incurables)

In an episode more conducive to Hallowe’en than Valentine’s Day, The Incurables takes place almost entirely within the confines of the women’s psychiatric ward where the many murderesses from past episodes have been resigned to living out the rest of their days. Nearly every patient is a returning character whose past crimes (or innocence) is known to the audience – particularly with helpful reminders from the main characters so that we can place their familiar faces.

This episode centres on Dr. Julia Ogden and her concern for her patients and her love for Murdoch. Dr. Ogden hates to see the women suffer – they blame her for their incarceration even as she never treats them nor has she seen them since they were brought in. Naturally, her life and safety are in jeopardy throughout the story – but she remains painfully naïve and oblivious to the true danger they pose to her. Watching her was an exercise in restraint – it was hard not to yell at her through the screen. Why would she go alone, or remain alone, at a prison with only a shady guard after at least one of the women has vowed to kill her? She knows that they have been able to get out of their cells on their own at least once. Moreover, why did Murdoch leave her? Surely he could have stayed as a measure of his investigation.

Honestly, sometimes Dr. Ogden’s insistence that she is independent and capable and thus does not need assistance is simply foolhardy and misguided. There are times when there is safety in numbers. There are times when there is safety in having a trusted man around. There are times when one should not trust a man that one has never met before, particularly when said man is the only safeguard between oneself and a bevy of potentially homicidal women. Dr. Ogden (and her husband Murdoch) needs to recognise this and determine that there are times when she does need help. It does not make her weak or feminine. It makes her smart and alive.

But the main reason that Dr. Ogden underestimates the women is painfully clear: she does not see them as human beings any more than most of the rest of the world does. They are locked up like wild animals. Nothing is done to treat them. They are called the “incurables” and mostly left to their own devices. As Dr. Ogden discovers, no one hears them scream for help or mercy. They are left vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. They are then also left to fend for themselves amid each other, like wild dogs or cats. They have vastly different personalities, backgrounds, and ailments. While everyone jumps when they threaten or kill hospital staff, no one would look the other way if one of them killed another or made the lives of their fellow prisoners miserable. They were in hell.

And ever so briefly, so was Dr. Ogden, and so were we.

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Season 7, Episode 14 (Resurrection)

Speaking of hell, Castle, Beckett, and the whole 12th Precinct are run through the wringer as the 3XK killer (and his associate, Dr. Nieman) resurface. Without giving much away, suffice to say that Castle is back at the precinct to consult, albeit on a one-case-only basis, and 3XK is still one step ahead of them every step of the investigation. Furthermore, while 3XK is focused on Castle, Dr. Nieman has her sights on Beckett. As is often the case in the major two-part episodes, the credits role on a cliffhanger wherein a main character is in mortal peril.

Unsurprisingly, the episode starts off in a normal, lighthearted manner. We are treated to a cozy breakfast in the Castle loft. Martha and Alexis, both happy and loving toward our starring couple, make appearances and startle Castle and Beckett with their warmth and cheerfulness. Martha is passably in a good place and thus being her normal self, but Alexis is especially sweet – even kissing Beckett on the cheek. If this had not been the dramatic episode that is was, one would expect that her attitude would mask that she was hiding something or preparing a surprise. Perhaps this will come back next week in the closing scene! At least, one can hope.

My other observation is that once Castle’s mother and daughter leave, Beckett suddenly raises the question of starting a family with him. She clearly startles him with the topic, leaving him rattled as her phone rings about the week’s case. ‘Babies’ isn’t a pre-coffee topic! Naturally, we are left to wonder if this was foreshadowing that one of the main characters would die…except that we are partway through the season and it is a pretty safe bet that the writers are not going to kill off Castle or Beckett.

Castle is right when he says that there is never a “good time” to have children. There will always be trouble in the world. There will always be issues about money – even for those as wealthy as Castle, whose disappearance over the summer undoubtedly damaged his income. There will always be people out to get us, whether or not we have serial killers with personal vendettas against us. Castle is likely approaching 50 while Beckett is in her mid-thirties – if they want a biological child or two, they cannot wait for long, especially if they don’t want them growing up right alongside a niece or nephew. Whatever will happen will happen. Besides which, we have seen Castle and Beckett’s relationship progress for seven seasons: unlikely partners, crushes, admirers, friends, colleagues, lovers, and now spouses. All that we have not seen them as are parents. I doubt that it would wreck the dynamic of the series. It is merely the natural progression of the main relationship of the show.

After all, it is not as though they will stop solving crimes together!

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Week XVI – What Just Happened?

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Season 7, Episode 13 (I, Witness)

This week’s episode turned the usual format upside-down. Instead of a murder taking place offscreen and our lead characters trying to piece together what took place, we get a murder that happens onscreen (albeit obscured) in front of our main character. Castle is thus forced to spend the better half of the episode trying to convince Beckett, the NYPD, and the local police of what he saw. Most importantly, he has to convince himself, and he ends up having to review his hypothesis several times until he and Beckett came up with the correct scenario and murderer. What unfolds is a Hitchcockian tale of intrigue and bait-and-switch that makes the audience keep guessing as much as Castle – after all, we are shown what we think is the murder as well. Unlike for Castle, who witnesses the murder of his client and former schoolmate, the guessing game is much more pleasant for us.

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The mind games, however, are sadly very real. Eyewitnesses are easily fooled or disbelieved. The brain fills in details. Little things like heightened emotion, shock, and odd circumstances can render a person very unsure of him- or herself. Their doubt is exactly what defense lawyers, judges, juries, the police, and the court of public opinion use to twist their words and memories to let a murderer go free. Castle is assumed to be in his right mind by the audience, but if a witness happens to be under the effects of mind-altering substances, medications, stress, or mental illness, their credibility is even further doubted. We are sympathetic to Castle, as is Beckett, but even the local police in the suburb where the murder occurred are not convinced of his story. If he were not a wealthy white male, depending on his location, his story might have been doubted or discounted altogether. Even still, he was asked multiple times if he was sure that he saw what he thought he had seen. The implication was clear: had he been drinking? Was he overtired? Had he overheard a television instead?

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Witnessing a murder, or any other traumatic event, is not objective. There are reasons that people want to have cameras on cops, why security-camera footage is highly sought after, and why people want to see evidence of the supernatural on film. These things are considered objective, since the camera cannot remember something incorrectly. Sure, anything out of the camera’s frame of reference is obscured, but whatever takes place in front of it will be recorded as plain as day. Humans, on the other hand, remember events out of order, remember minor details disproportionately, forget major details, insist that certain things took place that are difficult to verify (such as insisting that they heard screams), and focus on their emotions. Castle acted stupidly in this episode – he chased after his friend after hearing her scream, even after seeing her supposedly dead body, and failed to call the police (or his wife!). He chased an unknown assailant into the dark and then was attacked. Naturally, his mind filled in the blanks and he initially assumed that the attacker was his client’s husband. Really, all he had to go on was that the attacker was a tall man who was relatively fit and most likely white. However, his mind reacted entirely as expected. Humans don’t like empty spaces, so we fill them in to make complete narratives in our minds.

On the other hand, everything that Castle saw actually took place, albeit not exactly as his mind had interpreted it. This is key when dealing with eyewitness accounts. If a witness has no or little reason to lie, it is very likely that they are telling the truth as they saw it. In order for them to see it, something did have to actually happen. Even if a person is mentally unstable and interpreted two raccoons fighting in a dumpster as someone being murdered, they did see something.

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Week XV – Ladies’ Choice

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Season 8, Episode 12 (The Devil Wears Whalebone)

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As if women’s undergarments were not deadly uncomfortable enough in 1902, this week’s episode turns a corset into a devious murder weapon that suffocates the unfortunate wearer to death within minutes. What unfolds is a multi-layered conspiracy wherein the victim appears to be the unintended target, the murder seems to be brought about by vandalism (a brick thrown by a radical suffragette), and fierce business competition creates a web of suspects who all have viable motives and means. In the midst of the investigation, Brackenreid and Crabtree end up on opposite sides of a fight between Brackenreid’s son and the stepson of Crabtree’s girlfriend. With much of the station backing Crabtree’s potential step-stepson, the poor constable faces a lot of wrath from his boss. Is it me, or has Brackenreid become the butt of jokes lately? So far, he has starred in the comedic B-plot in the last two consecutive episodes.

Back to the main plot, this conspiracy of lingerie, corsets, suffragism, women’s rights, business competition, and modelling makes for a good story. It is reflective (as it does cause one to pause on how much the rights of women have advanced in 112 years) and it is entertaining. The plot is well-paced and, unlike last week, the overall theme of women’s rights does not overshadow the story. All of the “corsets are bad” criticisms are historically accurate. Drs. Ogden and Grace both reflect on the fact that they wear corsets (albeit not of the extreme variety) as a matter of course. Corsets were seen at the time to be no different than bras are today – necessary undergarments for decent society. As they especially want to be respected as professionals among men, Dr. Ogden and Dr. Grace wear corsets as part of their normal clothing. They do not think of them as highly restrictive – rather, they are part of what gives them social mobility.

The early 1900s also saw innovation in women’s clothing that included more comfortable and loose-fitting corsets. Fashion changed over the next twenty years in a way that eliminated the corset altogether in normal wear, but tight-fitting garments have continued to worm their way into modern apparel. What was once considered necessary as an undergarment is now considered appropriate outer-wear. Whereas in 1902, women hid their shapes behind corsets, in 2014, women strive to get their actual shape into a set structure, be it with artificial implants, ab workouts, or diets. We still maintain the mindset that a woman’s body should be a certain set shape that does not bounce or move or deviate from the norm. Women are still unhealthy and still worried about how they are seen by men…and other women.

Which brings us to the final point of this week’s story – namely, that women have the most competition from other women. Despite all of the “sisterhood” rhetoric and sentimental “women stick together and understand each other”, it is women who perpetuate unrealistic notions of beauty, steal each other’s spotlight, compete for male attention, and try to put down other women when men put barriers in their way. Hence the final scene, in which Dr. Grace seems to be seduced by a militant suffragette, is extremely troubling. I cannot see this working out well for either of them.

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Week XIV – Silver and [Comedy] Gold

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Season 8, Episode 11 (All That Glitters)

MMEp811MainIn a misdirected promotional campaign, the network aired the climax of this episode in its 15-second trailer. As a result, what viewers expected and what viewers got were vastly different! Also, there was no mystery to solve if one had seen the promo – as the hour ticked on and that scene failed to take place, it became fairly clear what had happened and who the murderer was.

If one had not seen the promo, the episode unfolds with a man staggering into Constables Crabtree and Higgins, seemingly drunk, only to fall down dead at their feet. Before dying, he utters a strange phrase that seems to be resolved when they find out what type of whisky he was drinking. Nonetheless, the murder is highly suspicious and Murdoch and Crabtree end up on a trek to mining country in northern Ontario. It is a whodunit mystery with lots of available suspects and many clues, both genuine and false. I would have appreciated it a lot more if I had not been able to easily guess the outcome.

I admit that I love spoilers. I don’t mind rewatching a good episode of any show. I don’t mind reading reviews or synopses of episodes/movies that I have yet to see. I don’t mind if someone tells me the ending of a story if that is necessary to share their thoughts and feelings about it. However, I am also aware that I have somewhat cheated myself. I can’t really complain that I already know who a murderer is if I have deliberately sought out a review post-airing or post-release. However, if I have not done so, it is quite annoying of the network to do so for me.

What also annoys me is the reason that they did so. While I have no idea what actually went through the minds of the marketers, it is clear that they thought “controversy with the rights of aboriginal peoples” would sell the episode. Not “great murder mystery”, not “hilarious misadventures of a city constable in the wilderness”, not “handsome city detective reveals rugged side,” and definitely not the charming B-plot of “Dr. Ogden secretly enters Inspector Brackenreid’s painting into a contest”!

That they explored the aboriginal issue is not a problem either – except that they hardly did so. It was more of a an afterthought. It was a perfectly valid afterthought considering the type of show. It even fit that the murderer was trying to make a last-ditch attempt to save his people’s land. However, this cheapened the episode. Was the network trying to score political points? There was not even a mention of the fact that this land was in Northern Ontario, not the outskirts of Toronto.

In other words, this episode was funny, poignant, and exciting, but it was ruined as a mystery.

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Season 7, Episode 12 (Private Eye Caramba!)

screen-shot-2015-01-13-11From political points to purely camp comedy stemming from a mix of telenovela with film noir! This episode of Castle continued the plot of Castle being a private investigator. He is not getting much work, and certainly none that is meaningful. (However, he does enjoy this new branching of his career.) To help him out, Beckett refers one of the witnesses in her murder case to him.

Castle’s big task? Find an expensive clutch purse that the victim lost.

What seems like a fool’s errand out of pity turns out to be key to solving the murder of the week – the murder of a rising telenovela star. As a result, we are treated to lots of overacting, diva-esque behaviour, zany plots, and sexy interludes. We also learn that Esposito is a telenovela fan, much to his embarrassment.

Like last week’s episode, Castle no longer working with Beckett and the NYPD has brought back some of the sparks from earlier seasons. He is not trusted by the police, he has to work at getting to spend time with Beckett (although now, she is also working to spend time with him, rather than avoiding him), and his theories are considered outlandish and he has to struggle much harder to prove them. However, we cannot go back in time and now their relationship has changed. Much like a marriage can never go back to the early dating phase, a show about a power couple who solves crimes cannot go back to being about two individuals who solve crimes. (Seriously, why would anyone want to go back to the early dating phase? Sure, you may have done a lot of fun things, but you also have lots of uncertainty in the relationship.) Naturally, this means that Castle is still about a power couple solving crimes regardless of whether they are doing so together or apart.

Eventually, the status quo will be restored so that we can have Castle back at the precinct making wisecracks and reviewing evidence. In the meantime, the change is refreshing.

It is also humourous – which can only mean one thing: in the next episode or two, the tone of the story will take a dark turn.

Can’t say I’m looking forward to that.

 

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Week XIII – Open Act Two

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Season 8, Episode 10 (Murdoch and the Temple of Death)

To start the season off on a high note, Murdoch Mysteries pulled off an Indiana Jones-tribute episode that managed to maintain the atmosphere of the regular series while sending Murdoch, Crabtree, and an exotic foreign female doctor on a zany quest for the Holy Grail – complete with a replica Byzantine church in the wilderness, booby-trapped clues, decoys, and archaeological puzzle. Continuity nods to Crabtree as a published author of adventure novels were also a nice touch. Crabtree was inspired to create a dashing rogue of an adventure archaeologist with a deadly fear of…butterflies. (Come to think of it – that would be as scary as snakes if done well.)

MM810_mainAt first glance, this was a tribute to Indiana Jones and had so many references to that series that one could make a drinking game out of it. However, Indiana Jones was an homage series to 1930s film serials, which were in turn inspired by classic caper adventure novels of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In essence, the type of literature that Crabtree was writing was the grandfather to the Indiana Jones films. The show was able to pay tribute to the descendant by portraying the ancestor.

The best thing about the writing on Murdoch Mysteries is that they are able to both pull off the continuity with modern issues and popular culture while telling viable stories about a 1902 police detective. With the exception of some modern hot-button issues (such as homosexuality) which were even more controversial then, the episodes are as true to the era that they portray as they are to their 21st-century audience. Then as now, people wanted change in their world. They wanted to survive and build a better world for their children. They were a bit less cynical than nowadays – not having yet experienced two world wars and all – but they were very much relatable. They are our ancestors, and by portraying them, the show pays tribute to and portrays us.

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Season 7, Episode 11 (Castle, P.I.)

As I predicted, Castle got his private investigator’s licence so that he could work with Beckett. While he could no longer accompany his wife at her work, he managed to work on the same case and helped solve it. Like in the earlier seasons, Castle was competing with Beckett and her colleagues. It was a refreshing dynamic considering that Castle and Beckett have been working together now for a number of years. It was fun to see Castle back to his old swagger and whimsy – including setting up an office in an old building that evoked 1940s film noire. On the other hand, it was cute to see how much Castle has influenced the 12th Precinct in seven years. Detective Ryan has especially become prone to seeing conspiracy theories and to think outside the box.

I do think that the next few episodes featuring Castle as a private investigator will be an enjoyable storyline. Yes, there will be more tension – but that was what attracted us to the show in the first place.ARYE GROSS, SEAMUS DEVER, NATHAN FILLION, JON HUERTAS

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