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Castle Round Table: "Final Frontier"

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Castle went where no other crime drama has gone before... at least not as successfully.

And thanks to "Final Frontier," our Round Table Team of TV Fanatic staffers Carly Day, Christine Orlando and Jim Garner - along with Castle fan Andy from The 12th Fan Forum - can completely geek out over Beckett's inner fan girl and what Halloween costume our dynamic duo should have worn.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Carla: The end was by far my favorite moment. One of the best of the series. Beckett does sexy well, but her coming around the corner in that disgusting mask was hilarious. It was made even better when she teased Castle to kiss her on the mouth. Loved Castle's escape through the door.

Andy: I really like the scene in the Spaceship, In kind of peels away another layer of the "Beckett Onion". Kate's speech about why she loved the show and Castle understanding why and not making fun of her was nice.

Christine: I had so many it's hard to choose but I loved Castle's reaction to seeing a scantily clad Alexis on the con floor. His reaction coupled with Kate trying to talk him down but only making it worse was perfect.

Jim: Oh God, there were so many. But I have to go with Rick talking about "that Joss Whedon show" and going on about how a series isn't a hit with only 12 episodes.

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Sidney Perlmutter or Lanie Parish?  Choose your favorite M.E.
Carla: I like them both, but have to go with Lanie. She has deeper connections to the team.

Andy: Lanie Parish just because she's Lanie, but it's hard not to like Perlmutter with lines like "Detective Beckett and Non Detective Castle". I love to see both of them in every episode!

Christine: I love Lanie but the way Perlmutter continually razzes Castle is a lot of fun to watch.  I wish we got to see more of him.

Jim: Lanie has the legs and attitude, Sidney has the best one liners about Rick. Gonna go with "tie."

Were you surprised to find out that Beckett's a geeky, sci-fi fangirl?
Carla: It seemed out of character for her to go to a convention and cosplay, but she is full of surprises outside of her rigid work persona. That's part of the reason I love her so much and her relationship with Castle. He brings out the fun in her.

Andy: I wasn't surprised really, there's so much more we have to learn about Kate. It's fun to see it all come to the surface.

Christine: Just another layer to the "Beckett Onion." It's easy to forget that before her mother was killed, Kate was just a regular teenager having fun. One of the best things about their relationship is that Castle allows that part of her to shine through.

Jim: Not at all, I was surprised she actually admitted it directly to Rick. Maybe this will open the show up to a few more nerd moments.

What is your favorite sci-fi movie or TV show?
Carla: I disliked the Star Trek TV show and original movies, but loved J.J. Abrams' reboot movie. For TV show, since it's in the final season, I'll go with Fringe, though I love many.

Andy: Favorite sci-fi movie? I loved the original Star Wars! Han Solo was my hero.

Christine: I'm a big fan of Star Trek TNG and Firefly but my heart belongs to Star Wars. I was six and the original trilogy will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved that Princess Leia picked up a blaster and fought right long side the boys. In 1977 you didn't get to see that very much.

Jim: Three-way tie: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica. I'm loving what JJ Abrams is doing with new Star Trek, I can't wait till Friday to see the first Webisode of BSG: Blood and Chrome and I nearly had a heart attack last week when I learned there was going to be a Star Wars Episode 7. Also, an honorable mention to "that Joss Whedon Show."

Pick the best sci-fi shout out in this episode.
Carla: "That one Joss Whedon show," of course.

Andy: I loved Castle in the Chair saying, "let's make sure history never forgets the name Enterprise," but a close second would be "The Creavers" reference to Firefly.

Christine: Right at the beginning with the Firefly references. When we were introduced to Max (Mal), Chloe (Zoe) and the Creavers (Reavers) I couldn't stop giggling.

Jim: Star Trek, mainly because Nathan did both Kirk and Picard impressions. Okay, and the episode was "Final Frontier." Oh, and.. nevermind. I could go on forever.

We just missed Halloween, but what sci-fi couple would you have Castle and Beckett dress up as?
Carla: Mal and Inara would be perfect. But, going outside of Firefly, I'd have to go with the classic sci fi couple: Han Solo and Princess Leia.

Andy: I'd have them dress up as Han Solo and Princess Leia! With Beckett's hair, can you imagine her in those famous Princess Leia buns!

Christine: Definitely Han Solo and Princess Leia but having Beckett in anything other than the metal bikini from Return of the Jedi would be a crime.

Jim: How many famous "sci-fi" couples are there? As Carla said, the obvious choice is Han and Leia. We know Nathan can wield a gun/blaster. I want to see Stana with the two buns on the side of her head.

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1. Favorite scene - tie - Beckett opening up to Castle about what the show meant to her and the end scene was just priceless.
2. Lanie - more depth to her character although Perlmutter is pretty funny, too.
3. Not surprised - after all we learned very early in this series that she was a Castle groupie and part of his fandom as well. :)
4. Love Fringe for TV. Return of the Jedi for movie.
5. "That one Joss Whedon show"
6. How great would it be to see them dressed up as Hans Solo and Princess Leia? Although knowing Beckett, she would make him dress up as Yoda or something funny. Espo and Ryan could be CP3O and r2d2. And who else is thinking a Chloe costume may in the making for next Halloween...

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Totally FUN episode! I laughed through the entire thing! Even not being up on a lot of sci-fi stuff, I found it HIGHLY entertaining! You could tell the cast/crew/everyone had a blast filming this! I love that Kate showed her fun, geeky side, and Castle's amusement at it all! I did get some of the Firefly references, and in the beginning! Great entertainment!
Great roundtable everyone! :) :) :)
One thing... I don't get why Perlmuter is so hostile towards Castle! LOL!

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Okay, so there is a limit to the comments space.
The rest of my comments: Pick the best sci-fi shout out in this episode.
Not being a sci-fi fan, I didn’t get most of them until reading later reviews. I thought the tongue-in-cheek “Joss Whedon show� line was fun. We just missed Halloween, but what sci-fi couple would you have Castle and Beckett dress up as?
The iconic sci-fi couple is Han and Leia, but again going back to Firefly, Mal and Inara would be fun.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
The scene where Kate explains to Castle what the show and in particular the Lt. Chloe character meant to her. I really like those more personal moments between them, especially as Kate is starting to open up more to him. Sidney Perlmutter or Lanie Parish? Choose your favorite M.E.
Definitely Lanie. But I do enjoy Perlmutter’s appearances...the “non-detective Castle� line was great. Were you surprised to find out that Beckett's a geeky, sci-fi fangirl?
Not entirely. Her fangirl side has come out on other occasions, like the comic book store, and Forbidden Planet. Was a bit surprised by the whole dressing up in costume thing. What is your favorite sci-fi movie or TV show?
Never been much of a sci-fi fan but did get into the original 1970s Battlestar Galactica. What can I say, I was a teenage girl and there were cute guys. Pick the best sci-fi shout out in this episode.
Not being a sci-fi fan, I didn’t get most of them until reading later reviews. I thought the tongue-in-cheek “Joss Whedon show� line was fun. We just missed Halloween, but what sci-fi couple would you have Castle and Beckett dress up as?
The iconic sci-fi couple is Han and Leia, but again going back to Firefly, Mal and Inara would be fun.

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Favorite Scene- The End Scene...Beckett & Castle play every scene so well off each other. But with everyone thinking finally a sexy scene and we get this..Priceless. Favorite M.E.- have to say Laine...she plays off each character great. Favorite Sci-Fi- Gotta Go with Stars Wars! All I can say is AM is a Master!

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My favorite scene: Castle worring that firing the blaster might make him infertle and Beckett asking if he wanted more kids. And his answer: Id like the option.But Beckett reassured him he would be fine!

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1. Fav Scene - Beckett opening herself up to Castle and explaining what the show meant to her as a teenager. SK does open and honest vulnerability so well, and has such a handle on this character as does of course, Marlowe. A real collaborative effort that works and shines through to the viewer.
2. I honestly like both of these characters, for all the reasons stated above and would like to see them work together more here.
3. Not surprised she was a fan, but a little surprised at the level of commitment to her fandome. But again, it's Marlowe's recognition and understanding of his fanbase. He's absolutely brilliant about his whole process.
4. Far and away it was and is "Blade Runner", with Star Wars Trilogy a close second, along with ALL of the versions of Star Trek. Yes, a total syfyian.
5. Frakes at the top and Number 1 fan (love him), and the several nods to Shatner at the close. Good stuff.
6. Deckert and his Replicant.:-)

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1. Ed Quinn's scenes
2. Pearlmutter
3. No way to tell so no.
5. Enterprise but there were so many that each one was less good. Firefly references are overdone now.

Nocastlehassle

Fave scene: "Oh my god: ALEXIS?" As a father with two girls, I about peed my PJs on that one...
Perlmutter vs. Parish: Basically, it comes down to sardonic curmudgeon vs. sassy warmth. I'll take Lanie in a close race...but Permutter/Castle is a lot of fun to watch!
Beckett the geek: Prime example of why we watch this show. They never rest on their laurels, always keeps the show fresh and engaging. And, I love onions!
Fave sci-fi movie/tv show: No question: "Star Trek" (the original one). It's not a television show; it's a social scientist's wet dream. 79 morality tales in episodic form...
Best sci-fi shout-out: Well, the obvious ones were all the Firefly references, but this isn't the first time the show's done that. I was more entertained by Jonathan Frakes' cameo as a Comic-Con "Number 1 Fan" than anything!
Sci-fi couple: It's a tie between Mal & Inara and Commander Ryker & Counselor Troi...

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Favourite scene - "Oh my God! Alexis?!" LOL. Castle's reaction to his daughter was freaking hilarious :D Perlmutter vs Parish - I love Lanie, but Perlmutter totally makes my day every time he shows up. Favourite sci-fi movie - original "Star Wars", no contest. I've watched them like a trillion times. Best sci-fi shout out in this episode - "Firefly" references were awesome. Nathan kicked ass in that series. Sci-fi couple costumes for Castle and Beckett - Han Solo and Leia, obviously.

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