IT'S A WONDERFUL... MURDER?
I don't even like Christmas, but after watching the Castle crew have such a merry old time this week, the icy patches around my heart have somehow begun to melt. Plus the case was pretty good!
THIS IS CASTLE TAP
"Swan Song" was an episode of Castle in which very little happened. But hey, there was some fun mockumentary-style spoofing, so at least we have that.
BECKETT USED TO COSPLAY!
"The Final Frontier" was pure, unadulterated, in-jokey fan service for sci-fi dorks everywhere.
What made this episode such a delight was the way Castle and Beckett went about investigating the mystery while mostly on the sidelines.
BEST EPISODE OF THE SEASON SO FAR?
"Secret's Safe With Me" simultaneously managed to juggle the Castle/Beckett romance secrecy and an interesting (up to a point) mystery in a way that was very nearly successful across the board.
SECRETS, SECRETS ARE NO FUN
"Cloudy With a Chance of Murder" was at its best when Castle and Beckett were free to have fun with one another and just focus on solving a damn mystery.
YES, THEY WILL
"After the Storm" couldn't have been in a bigger hurry to tie up all the loose ends from previous seasons. But it DID make me okay with Beckett and Castle as an item.
WILL YOU TUNE IN FOR SEASON 2?
I'll say this much for The Newsroom's first season: It was never boring.
There have been some very good episodes of this show, and there have also been some pretty heinous ones. This was one of the latter.
The Newsroom has been doing its best work when News Night is under duress.
"5/1" had some great moments, but ultimately it felt like an episode that crutched itself on the real world's news, rather than simply using it for inspiration.
ALSO: WELCOME TO THE SHOW, TERRY CREWS!
"Bullies" was an excellent episode that provided a tremendous amount of new Will McAvoy backstory. No longer does he seem bulletproof, and the show is much better for it.
THINGS ARE STARTING TO JELL
"Amen" was as engrossing an episode of The Newsroom as we've seen yet.
"I'll Try to Fix You" was the character-focused episode I'd been waiting for, and in roughly equal measure, I loathed and loved the result.
THE TRUTH WILL GET YOU IN TROUBLE
In some ways, "The 112th Congress" was a foot forward for The Newsroom, and in others, a regrettable step back. And in others still, no step anywhere.