I Think Castle is Pulling a RTB
Tonight is the finale to the first season of Castle, and while I’ve seriously loved the show, it doesn’t feel like it’s been building up to anything that would work as a finale. The only thing I can think of (which may already be known, I’ve purposely not looked up any episode descriptions) is something having to do with Castle looking into the murder of Beckett’s mom.
If this happens then both Raising the Bar and Castle have had shorter first seasons that I really enjoyed but didn’t have proper finales, and in both cases they’re shows where the main draw is the great characters, the amazing performances the actors bring to those characters, and their interpersonal relationships. Both made a point of fleshing out the lesser background characters who could potentially be used for nothing more than a means of providing exposition.
The strange thing was that I found this annoying with RTB, but with Castle I’m okay with it possibly having a weak finale. The shows being so similar makes me think that it’s my perception of what you need for a good finale that’s changed in the last few months. These shows focus on character, and as such they aren’t really suited to having big climactic end-of-season setpieces, or shocking cliffhangers leading into the summer break. As such they become shows where the season finale is no more important than any other episode, and the concept of ‘big’ episodes doesn’t apply (srsly, try to think of a single episode of either show that stands out as required, there aren’t any).
I guess my highschool viewing of Buffy and X-Files and Alias just gave me a certain mindset for shows that I wasn’t ready to see change back in November.