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Castle - Swan Song - OAD 11/12/12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by scooterboy, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

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    It was fun for ten minutes, after that I had to force myself to finish it.

    As for character behavior: Castle hamming it up makes sense, as does Beckett being shy/annoyed. But I don't think the rest of the teams would have turned into mini-Castles quite so shamelessly...
     
  2. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    What we were ostensibly seeing was the documentary footage. That's the reason that all the characters kept looking in the cameras, talking to the camera operators, etc. It's also the reason we had more than the usual "shakey-cam" this week.

    The problem was that it looked nothing like documentary footage because it wasn't filmed that way.
     
  3. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    I totally disagree with this assumption. A few shots, when they were mugging for the camera, yes, but not the episode.
     
  4. mattack

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    Wow, that's funny, because I had the exact opposite reaction, and forgot to post about it yesterday.

    I thought this episode was fairly hilarious, ESPECIALLY the "overact [you said act stupid] because a documentary is being filmed".
     
  5. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    If true, which I totally disagree with, there was absolutely no way to distinguish the shots that were documentary shots from the ones that weren't.

    Given that, and given that there was a clear reaction to or acknowledgement of the cameras throughout the episode (not just "a few shots") one has to assume that the whole episode was supposed to be the documentary footage.

    Either way, if it was only "a few shots" that one could not distinguish from the rest of the episode, then it was pretty much a failure. If it was the whole episode that was supposed to be documentary footage, but it was filmed exactly the same way they always film, it was pretty much a failure.
     
  6. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

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    I'm with Eddy, and totally disagree with the above. It was very easy to tell the difference between the regular camera work and the documentary shots.

    The regular camera work looked like it always does in every other episode. The documentary shots were shakier, and always included furtive glances by the characters directly into the camera (which was part of the over-the-top aspect that annoyed me so much).
     
  7. markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

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    As soon as they showed him, I said "He did it."

    My wife and I can almost always pick out the guilty guy right away in most shows. Sometimes as soon as we see their name in the credits. It's almost always the known guest star or the guy that has shown up in every drama we have watched.
     
  8. jehma

    jehma Active Member

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    This.

    In particular, Esposito and the chief annoyed me, and Lanie to a lesser degree. I think Castle was perfectly in character.
     
  9. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    I thought Esposito was in character too. He is pretty vain and concerned with looks. Lanie did not jar either. The Captain, yes. I could see her trying to make the department look good, but not the rest.
     
  10. Honora

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    What "rest"? Becket & Ryan? She was annoyed and uneasy (both logical for her), and Ryan just seemed to be trying to ignore the cameras as much as possible and get on with his work. I don't think he acted much different than usual.

    Gates, on the other hand, did act like an idiot trying to make the department look good.
     
  11. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    Exactly.

    By "the rest" I meant the rest of Gates' actions. Or as someone said: "Gates, on the other hand, did act like an idiot trying to make the department look good." I could see her trying to make the department look good, but how she did it was totally unconvincing. She was the most our of character, for me.

    I thought Becket and Ryan were very much in character.
     
  12. jehma

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    And Castle :)
    But I may be incapable of disliking Nathan Fillion in anything.
     
  13. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    Well, yeah. Not totally mugging for the camera would have been totally un-Castle-like!
     
  14. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Active Member

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    I'm going to join the "disliked" group. A lot of it was almost painful to watch.
    (There were a few parts I ended up muting it and turned on closed captions to partially insulate me from the annoyance) ;):D
     
  15. Polcamilla

    Polcamilla Still up here...

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    I don't recall ANY scenes where the characters didn't seem to be aware that they were being filmed. Even when it wasn't full-on shakey-cam, things were oddly cropped as though they were cramped and people were acting as though everything were "on the record". I'm in the crowd that thinks that ever bit was supposed to be part of the "documentary" footage.
     
  16. Shakhari

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    Why is it every drama has to have an obligatory documentary episode? Is it in the same contract that requires science fiction shows to have a groundhog day episode?
     
  17. jehma

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    Right after the musical episode.
     
  18. mattack

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    Wait, what shows have had a Groundhog Day episode? (Ignoring that short lived series that I still intend to get back to some day that I think was entirely Groundhog Day episodes…)
     
  19. LoadStar

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    By "groundhog day" episode, I believe Shakhari just means any episode that revolves around repeating a period of time over and over, such as ST:TNG's "Cause and Effect."

    There's a list of shows that have had a "Groundhog Day" time loop epsode on TV Tropes:
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GroundhogDayLoop

    And yes, "Tru Calling" (that short-lived series you refer to) was entirely Groundhog Day Loops.
     
  20. newsposter

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    i felt like i was watching earthquake 15.6 on syfy where you can tell the camera man is shaking, not the set..just awful..

    the coroner was definitely into it though...nice outfit :)
     

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