On an otherwise slow news day, news arrives that ABC has ordered an additional episode of “Castle” this season, bringing its total to 23. This is fantastic news if you’re a fan of Captain Tightpants and Stana Katic. I am a fan of both, though I’m not so much a fan of “Castle” anymore. The ratings for the show have been steadily building over the last three and a half seasons, but as shows are wont to do, the more popular it becomes, the more formulaic. In fact, I wrote a piece last year before I bailed on the show, about how “Castle” featured virtually the exact same six scenes at the beginning of each episode. Yes, there’s a different victim, but each episode’s initial set up is virtually the identical; it got to the point where I would watch the first five minutes, predict the killer, and then fast forward to the last five minutes to see if I was right. Eighty-percent of the time it’s the assistant, or the equivalent thereof. But it’s easy watching, perfectly decent background television while you’re surfing the Internet. It’s also a perfect gateway to the intoxicating drug that is Stana Katic. Could she fill the Alison Brie GIF void during the “Community” hiatus?
Nice! Alluring yet playful, and those legs travel all the way to China. But it’s just not the same. After this, it just feels so meaningless and empty.