I enjoy this show a lot. It's also a show that leaves me thinking about what's going on -- like only realizing now that he took 2 names off the list by hiring, thus setting up, the freelancer, besides the evil slaver hypocrite he was also after.
In a local writing workshop group I used to belong to, I knew an ex-cop pretty well. Besides being the nicest guy and having a wicked sense of humor, he was also so level-headed and unflappable. I mention him because one of my favorite writers is John Sandford, creator of the Lucas Davenport mysteries. He refers to cop humor, which is pretty sick, and in one of his recent novels, he's not there when the killers come to his house to kill him, but his wife & kids are & his daughter knows the combo to the gun safe and shoots it out with them & wins but when she wakes from surgery from her wounds, Davenport just chokes because it's the only way he knows how to cry. Beckett's a cop is all I mean ...
It's actually a crime with jail time to lie to the FBI (you can lie to your local cops, but not the FBI). I point that out because the Sec of Defense broke the law (not stuck out his chest and said I'm better than you, get lost, but actually broke the law). What I'm getting to is that when you think about taking a job from Uncle Sam, I do not believe you consider that you are going to run into other people who you might respect for their accomplishments are constant criminals and crooks. Stephanopolis left Bill Clinton, the man he admired most in life because he could not handle the mistresses -- but how could he know about that ahead of time? What the writers have done is give Beckett an out from the FBI. I couldn't see how she could go backwards to the police department without feeling a failure -- now I can!
Sweets was still listed in the opening credits -- which I took to mean he will still be around. I suppose, with the way the show spreads out everyone's time while appropriately Brennan and Booth get to be in almost every scene, they could stretch out his leave indefinitely without really cutting into his screen time. I agree with @snix24, like Sweets (and I especially like his friendship with Booth), but didn't like him with Daisy (and I don't dislike Daisy, just dislike her with Sweets).
What @Glenn said seems to me to ring true (a real possibility, I mean). She can't control Castle, and don't think she'd want to now that his life is on the line. I can see the 2 solving the case and the DC FBI reaction to the good news being sending her to the New York office, and tell her to take Castle with her (possibly even as liaison to the NYPD)
@annihilator - Not sure what you mean, but the different tribes of the native Americans are conquered nations and their relationship to the United States, within which their separate nations are landlocked, is by treaty generally, meaning law enforcement is about as welcome as Custer, unless invited (and only generally in that native Americans freely travel within the U.S. without passports and are accepted as part of the American melting pot/diversity, while still respecting their native lands).
I am definitely looking forward to Pelant being gone -- and do imagine (or hope) the identity theft will perhaps lead them to him (maybe!!).
I liked it. I think he's her real father, too. It did sound to me like she was abused by her criminal father (and not sexually, but that he intentionally burned her to hurt her). I also got the impression that he wasn't a true criminal, but only accused of being a traitor and giving secrets away and that while he was wanted he was compiling hist list and making the contacts he can call on now. Lot's of possibilities. But what I hope is not the case is that every single person turns out to be some kind of enemy agent and no one is what they seem at all.
I thought that I read at TVfanatic that Edelstein was hired for a 3 show arc. If I didn't read that wrong, I would guess it means this will be a 3 part story and that she won't have Edelstein as a partner after the 3rd episode -- which to me suggests she'll be back in New York. It does seem like that would be a disappointment, however, so can't imagine how they'll do it??
This was a great, fun episode! The reviewer has always been pretty thorough, but it does seem she doesn't like the characters or the show anymore whereas, last year, her criticism focused on things that deserved criticism. That's fair, after all (but, for instance, to wonder where Buck and Wanda are when they are mentioned right off, might mean she's not paying attention as much as seeing if the current show will be bad too, especially since her review was posted as the show was ending and has already predicted the show's cancellation during or after this season). I do realize the comments overall favor the negativity, which should mean I'm in the minority, but there were over 160 ratings last episode that averaged 4.4 (meaning including all the negative ratings) which was better than the reviewer's 3.0.
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