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Review Laura Akers 8 Jan 2014 - 07:00

Despite a cliched premise, Castle's cast performances save the day. Here's Laura's review of Under Fire...

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6.11 Under Fire

Oh, how I loathe episodes like last week’s Castle! The heroes-trapped-and-about-to-die-while-everyone-watches-powerless-to-stop-it trope is probably one of the more painful TV episode clichés there is. Perhaps the only one worse is the largely-flashbacks-of-other-episodes episode. But luckily, that latter trope seems to be slowly dying out—I can’t remember the last time I saw one, thank goodness.

But each does fulfill a specific purpose. The flashback episode is largely driven by a not-even-thinly hidden motive: it’s simply cheaper to make an episode where the majority of the material is recycled from other episodes. It has the side benefit of luring in new viewers who were channel surfing by showing them an episode made of almost nothing but the best moments. »

- louisamellor

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