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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Castle Ends With a Scene Taken from Benson/Stabler Fan Fic (Babies!), Person of Interest Reunites SHOOT, & Jane Gets Married

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A quick SPOILERY roundup for Monday, May 16. What did you think about last night? And what’d we miss? Let us know in the comments!

Castle

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Castle ended its run last night after eight seasons. After firing Stana Katic (and Tamala Jones) and pretending the show was just about Nathan Fillion all along, ABC canceled the show before it could embark on a disastrous season nine. That means rather than fading to black with Castle and Beckett both lying on the floor with gunshot wounds, they tacked on an ending where the couple have three children and Beckett is pregnant with number four. This is pulled right out of Eliot Stabler and Olivia Benson fan fiction, which always seems to revolve around Olivia’s incredible imaginary fertility. (Fandom is a strange and wondrous thing.) (We’re not kidding. We dare you to go look at FF.net in that category.)

Person of Interest

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Sarah Shahi‘s Shaw returned to Person of Interest with a riveting, touching, and scary performance. (That this all went down just as the #TooFemale hashtag was reaching maximum velocity is just too delicious for words.) As for the actual events of the show, holy crap! Shaw and Root had an emotional reunion (“you are my safe place”), but we soon see Shaw’s strengths being used against her by the diabolical Samaritan. I’ve never seen a TV show use blinding lighting that way. Every time Shaw’s brain is rocked, the viewers are squinting and blinking right along with her. Although it certainly looked like Shaw killed Greer, Reese and herself, a twist in the closing minute turned everything on its head yet again. POI is a well made show, everyone.

Jane the Virgin

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Hey aspiring screenwriters, you should really be studying Jane the Virgin for its incredible ability to write original, funny, heartfelt and propelling stories that make every episode feel like a finale. In the actual season two finale, the writers avoided the cheap trick of having Rafael interrupt the wedding (he might be learning to put someone else’s feelings before his own, gasp!) and nearly won over the Rafael/Jane shippers by having Michael recite his wedding vows in Spanish. Then Michael got shot. Jane the Virgin remains among the most original shows on TV.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race crowned New York City’s Bob the Drag Queen as the winner!

5 Comments

  1. Bri Ahearn

    May 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Also MIke & Molly ended with them adopting and finding out she’s pregnant. Same thing as Rules of Engagement and King of Queens (they adopt a baby and get pregnant). All 3 sitcoms on CBS.

  2. Raissa Devereux

    May 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    1. Castle should have ended after S6.

    2. POI is the best Sci Fi show airing right now. It has the best structure, character development, and scope since Babylon 5, and CBS didn’t deserve it.

    • Alex Leal

      May 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Agree with you about POS. I love that show. CBS doesn’t even understand the show, which is why they never know when to air it or what to do with it.

      Nobody wanted another season of Castle except the show runners and Fillion.

  3. Kasey Henton

    May 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    As a Benson-Stabler fanfic fan, I think it should be pointed out that Olivia is always surprised/flabbergasted that she’s pregnant. (at least in the stories that aren’t AU) And most of them have the joke somewhere that Elliot’s little swimmers seem to be really potent.
    Anyway…I think the writers of Castle had already planned it that the episode would work as either a season finale or series finale. ABC was at fault for making us believe that they would really bring back Castle without Caskett.

    • Bri Ahearn

      May 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      I met Alex through the wonderful world of SVU online, discussing the show on TWOP. I’ve always had a soft spot for those stories and spent my college days reading through the stories, in a variety of couples. Even Alex/Olivia has that Olivia is pregnant with triplets or twins trope. You’re right that they have a joke like that – they are something I read with an affectionate nod to the older days of SVU.

      It appears they planned it that way. As a fan, were you happy with the way Castle ended?

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