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Alexis Castle: Love Her or Hate Her?

The problem with Alexis is the inconsistency in her character. The reason I loved Alexis Castle is because she wasn't like any other angsty teenager on television, and I really related to that. When we first met her, she was more mature and wise than most teenagers, and as she got older, that continued. The thing is that now she's become a "typical", run-of-the-mill teenager, and that's the inconsistency. We could explain/defend her behaviour saying that any teenager would act like she would, but that's the problem. Why is she now a typical kid when she never was before? When and why did her maturity suddenly stagnate? It feels contrived and unnecessary. My other annoyance with Alexis is the way she treats her father. Say what you want about Richard Castle and his maturity level, but the man has ALWAYS been an excellent father, and continues to be. But now it's like Alexis has suddenly become unaware of that. For the past two seasons she's been absolutely disrespectful, dismissive and inconsiderate to her father, pretty much all the time, and that angers me.

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Castle Review: Too Soon

ALSO - I gotta say, I'm very surprised and disappointed by NO ONE so far (reviewer or commenters) mentioning that the guest star, time traveller Simon Doyle, was Joshua Gomez from Chuck. Morgan Grimes, people! How can we talk about being nerds and not recognize a guy from one of the geekiest shows on earth? :-)

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Castle Review: Too Soon

I quite enjoyed this episode - it felt like old Castle, fun and light. For the first time in a long time, they managed to make Castle believe in wild theories without making him look like a buffoon LOL. Castle and Beckett's interactions were a lot of fun, as was the entire precinct. Great episode. (sigh) I remember when I loved Alexis. Now I barely tolerate her. But I did love everything about Castle's reactions to Alexis' moving out.

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Castle Review: Pick a Side

THIS was the best episode of Castle in a long, LONG time. FINALLY!! 1. There were several laugh-out-loud moments. Ryan: "Oh thank God, my arm." 2. SO glad to see everyone back at the precinct, and I like that new detective - poor guy still trying to prove himself and get into the group. 3. Great interactions between Castle and Beckett, Castle and Ryan/Esposito...for once in ages, the episode felt more about Castle than anyone else. 4. SO glad Beckett got fired - I thought that was a great way to handle the Washington angle. I'm not feeling Pi - but I'm still holding out hope that he won't be wasted. I don't understand how Alexis gets LESS mature as she gets older, she was such a wise kid at the beginning. Oh well. 'Twas a good episode.

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Castle Review: A World Full of Grey

Christine, I LOVE your reviews, welcome back!! Now. First the good thing about this episode: 1. Give it up for Nathan Fillion in the acting department! From the realization that he's dying, to the torture of talking for what might be the last time to his family, to the slow deterioration of his speech with the subtle slurring - the man was in top form. Honourable mention goes to Susan Sullivan - nailed it. The bad: 1. As mentioned by practically everyone, I really hate that Beckett had practically no emotional reaction to her fiance dying. 2. The case had more holes than a colander. 3. Pi's annoying, but people on Castle aren't generally wasted, so I'm willing to see where they're going with it.

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1. I think I laughed the most when SHIELD showed up at Skye's truck. "You'll never find us." LOL - the look on Coulson's face was hilarious. 2. Coulson's my fave so I really want to know about Tahiti, but I'm quite curious about Melinda May as well. 3. I tried not to speculate since I love the surprise - but Jim's theory is so good and SO comic book! 4. Tie between Coulson coming out of the dark corner: "I think there's a bulb out" and Fitz-Simmons: "And when I say luck, I mean unappreciated genius..." 5. I think Black Widow's interactions with Ward would be interesting, since Ward is supposed to have the best track record since Romanov.

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Nashville Review: Positive Promotions

Dan, I really enjoy your reviews of this show. Your heart for Nashville (the city) comes out every time. First - Can we just give it up for Charles Esten, please? My goodness, he's such a powerful actor; he impresses me more and more every episode. He really shows Deacon's brokenness. He's made such a mess of his life, but I still can't help rooting for his redemption. Juliette - how can one person be so revolting yet so lovely? Love Triangle - I have always, and will always root for Gunnar when it comes to Scarlett. However, I love Avery's redemption. I'm actually hoping that Avery will be Juliette's saving grace. Teddy - I've never understood the whole "let's lie about being pregnant" thing, and why writers even use it. I mean - that lie has a pretty standard expiration date. It's kind of a lazy plot vehicle.

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Agents of SHIELD Review: Welcome to Level 7

@fortyseven - this is the first time I've seen you impressed by something! And yes, hovercar :-D

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Agents of SHIELD Review: Welcome to Level 7

I LOVE good comic adaptations, so I was looking forward to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I quite enjoyed this. It didn't blow my mind, but I was interested enough to keep coming back. It's a decent pilot, and most of Whedon's shows generally grow gradually, so I'm looking even more forward to the show's potential. Clark Gregg - my goodness. I love that man.

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Castle Review: Will She Marry Him?

It's just hard to believe that a proposal - in those relationship circumstances - was enough to fix that mess when they proceeded to live in separate cities right after that. On a different note - thank you for civil and friendly discourse. That's so rare on these internets :)