You asked, I answer

Let’s try something else! Looking through the Google searches that led my readers (that’s you!) to my blog, I found several questions you seemed to have. Here we go, ordered by show:

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Image (c) FOX

Q: “why does rosewood tv look so yellow”

Rosewood’s TV doesn’t look yellow, but the show’s producers certainly¬†love color correction. Everything’s yellow on Rosewood, even things that shouldn’t be. Like blue sports cars. I assume that’s why Rosewood is driving a yellow car.

Q: “what is emp acronyn stand for on rosewood tv show?”

As far as I know there’s no mention of an EMP – which would be an electro-magnetic pulse – anywhere on Rosewood. I get what you’re asking, though: the EMPD is the East Miami Police Department where Detective Villa works.

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Image (c) NBC

Q: “english transtlation of the black list”

That would be “The Blacklist”. You’re very welcome.

Q: “ryan eggold german”

He’s not German, he’s from Long Beach, CA. If you meant “does he speak¬†German”: not really, which should be a problem while pretending to be a neo nazi among Germans. Fortunately, neo nazis are pretty daft so they never notice.

 

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(c) FX

Q: “abudhin country” (and variations)

If you want to know if Abuddin exists – nope, it’s a fictional country. However, it’s pretty clear where it is supposed to be (the middle east, duh!) as it shares a border with Syria.

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Picture (c) Starz Originals

Q: “thomas egan from power is he guy?”

He’s a guy, yeah. Does he look like a woman to you? If so, please recalibrate yourself.

You probably wanted to know if he’s gay. He’s not, as this article from famewatcher.com reveals. Although there are some pictures of him where you might get the wrong idea.

Q: “angela valdez is a slut” and “angela valdez is a hoe”

That’s not a question. However I tend to agree with your sentiment although I’d never call her that since I’m a nice person.

castlelogoQ: “castle carly rae sell out”

Oh hell yeah!

They really, really, really, really like it (but I don’t)

So, it seems like Castle‘s eight season is a go, which is nice, although it’s still not clear if Stana Katic is going to return or not. I’m a bit late with posting this because I hurt my hand and couldn’t type, but I have something to say about episode 22, “Dead from New York”. It was a rather fantastic episode all around with one exception: the shameless and far too long plug of Carly Rae Jepsen’s current single “I really like you”. So Castle and Beckett are investigating the death of a TV host, which obviously leads them to the show’s studio more than once. Even after the host is dead, the show must go on, and before the episode’s furious finale they visit the studio once more.

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Image (c) ABC

There, they come across singer Carly Rae Jepsen and it turns out Castle is her biggest fan, because what else would he be? Before she has time to answer his questions, she’s called off to perform a song on the TV show. Her performance is announced to the audience …

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Image (c) ABC

… she starts to perform and we can see Castle and Beckett enjoying the show.

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Image (c) ABC

So far, so good. At this point, I expected the show to cut back to the actual plot, but unfortunately, over the following 1 minute and 13 seconds the focus shifts entirely to the Carly Rae Jepsen’s performance with Beckett and Castle even dancing happily to her tune. You could say they really, really, really like it. Ugh.

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Image (c) ABC

More than one minute of a song that’s only 3:25 long is more than disruptive to the show’s flow. What could have been a cute cameo became a nuisance and a shameless marketing stunt, and that’s something I really, really, really dislike.

To make matters even worse, when the dancing ends and Beckett and Castle stumble upon their prime suspect, the music in the background abruptly ends despite the protagonists standing at exactly the same spot as before.

It don’t matter if you’re black or white

While the world internet is discussing whether Stana Katic is going to renew her contract to play Detective Beckett or not, let’s give that latest Castle episode, “In Plane Sight” (7×21) a thought.

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The plot has Castle and Alexis fly to London (on an Oceanic Airlines flight no less, fortunately not 815!), when the air marshal on the plane is found dead in the cargo hold. Castle is authorized to investigate and is quickly led to suspect a passenger who’s traveling using a fake passport. The guy definitely looks shifty and supposedly has – you guessed it – ties to the terrorists of ISIS. Oh, and he’s on the no-fly list too! Here’s his sweaty face:

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Image (c) ABC

“Sure”, you’ll say, “these terrorist types all look the same anyway”. So it was probably really easy for him to get on an international flight using his stolen passport, right? Right?

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What a striking resemblance! Well, at least he stole a man’s passport …

These guys are everywhere

This is from the latest episode of Castle (season 7, episode 11). Please take note of the guy marked with a red arrow:

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Image (c) ABC

He’s standing there, holding his super-sized coffee to go, staring intensely at past the camera. I wonder if he’s got anything to do with production?

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Image (c) ABC

Hm. Now he’s on the other side of the road, trying to look harmless. Wonder how he got there, but no matter! Instead, focus your gaze intensely on the guy with the bright yellow backpack, helpfully marked with yet another red arrow. Also, observe this harmless young man wearing a scarf. He’s looking down, because he’s not involved with production in any way.

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Image (c) ABC

Now would you look at that … the guy with the backpack, in an entirely different scene, over 20 minutes later! But that’s not all …

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Image (c) ABC

.. here’s the guy with the coffee again, and who is he talking to? The young man with the scarf! It’s a small world …

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Picture (c) ABC

… really small:

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Image (c) ABC

I found that one later, but the scene is actually at the beginning of the episode, when Beckett and Esposito first visit the school. For comparison purposes, I’ve added a blowup of the backpack wearing guy in the third picture – they are identical in every way. It’s really okay to reuse background extras, but if you do, at least have them wear stuff that doesn’t make it so easy to identify them.

Talking about easy to identify – everyone knows Castle isn’t actually filmed in New York. While they try to cover it up by putting NYC taxis and signage up, sometimes they just can’t help themselves:

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Image (c) ABC

One quick Google search reveals that the historic Haas Building is at 219 W 7th Street, Los Angeles. Would have been easy to avoid that one by just shooting a bit down the road or having Castle’s head covering the background …

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Picture (c) ABC

… and waiting for the bus to pass before rolling the scene would have been a good idea too.