This week, I’ll be looking at Castle: The Complete Fifth Season.
You probably read the headline to this review and thought “Castle? Why the heck is he reviewing Castle?!” And if I were you, I’d be asking the same thing as well. But, in the interest of synergy, since ABC is owned by Disney, this totally fits into our Disney Review category. Totally. Just go with it.
Admittedly, right off the bat, I have to say I’m a huge Nathan Fillion fan. I mean, let’s face it, the guy is a geek icon. He’s a hero to all you Browncoats out there, having played Captain Malcolm Reynolds, and an idol for super heroes in training as Captain Hammer (now that I think about it, he’s played a lot of Captains…). You really can’t go wrong with Fillion, because they guy is awesome.
I also have to admit that I am WELL behind on Castle. When it first premiered on ABC, I was excited. They were giving this incredibly talented actor a show to headline. How could it go wrong? I watched the first season attentively and loved it. The same went for the second and third. But for some reason, I never got around to watching season four. I’m sorry, there goes my geek cred. But, in order to do this review, I had to forgo that, and jump right into season five, so excuse me if I’m a little disjointed!
I clearly missed out on a lot, as the status quo has changed, with Castle and Beckett finally giving into their feelings for each other. Of course, they can’t let others on to their little secret; otherwise it would ruin their working relationship. But it was a nice touch to finally see the “will they or won’t they” aspect finally put into play.
One of the things I like about the show is that even non-fans can tune in and still “get” an episode. Sure, they do overacting stories, but you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the show to enjoy it. This came in handy for me after missing season four (which I promise to go back and watch!).
Martina, my fiancé, is a huge fan of the show. She loves Nathan Fillion even more than I do. But she mentioned something to me that kind of stuck out, and I have to agree with her. There were a few major plot lines that happened in the show that happened, were resolved…and then never brought up again. Their repercussions weren’t felt as much as they should have been. For example, when Castle’s daughter is kidnapped, it’s a big deal for 2 episodes. But after it is solved, it is never mentioned again. You would think something like that would have a longer lasting effect on the characters; not so here! If anything, it’s a minor annoyance and shouldn’t interrupt your viewing pleasure.
Overall, I loved the show, and I did quite enjoy this season. The show continues to be fresh and funny, and the cast play off each other quite well.
As for the extras, there are a few good ones. The bloopers were, as always, hilarious. The cast all get along great, even after five long years together. A few featurettes round out the set, including a look at the making of the 100th episode of the show, Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas going to cop school, deleted scenes, a few audio commentaries, and more. Overall, they were really enjoyable, and added to the whole set.
The set also comes with some trading cards for the upcoming trading card series (trading cards are still a thing?!). They were pretty cool, but not enough for me to want to buy the whole set.
If you haven’t checked out Castle yet, seriously, you should. Now is the time. You won’t be disappointed.
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We have announced our very special, Cadet-only trip: The CommuniTour! It will take place April 27th-May 2nd 2014!
That’s right, you have the opportunity to spend a week with your favorite Communicore Overlords by going on this special Adventures By Disney: Backstage Magic! See the wonderful sights of Southern California, including Disneyland, California Adventure, Imagineering, The Jim Henson Company, and much, much, more!
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By Jeff Heimbuch
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