MONDAY MUSINGS: THE HEART OF SEASON 2
As those with knowledge of the television business will tell you, the lifeblood and sustenance of any show is the ratings it can deliver to those who air the franchise. With that said, I am intrigued by season 2 as they turned into the year 2010 because, with the sweeps bearing down on them, Marlowe and Company hit a home run with four of the five shows aired in that period (ironically, only Suicide Squeeze, a baseball theme, failed to make the grade). And it is my humble opinion that they expertly utilized one sassy, beautiful medical examiner to produce such visual greatness. So, with that said, I will offer you four scenes from four mid-season episodes that prove the incredible value of Dr. Lanie Parish ,especially paired with Detective Kate Beckett in a scene.
A ROSE FOR EVER AFTER
We can count on Lanie to poke the Beckett bear when it comes to a legacy Castle-Kyra relationship. Let’s enjoy these two clips to illustrate this phenomenon.
As fun an whimsical the last episode was, this one really tugged at the heart strings, the ‘knock the wind out of you scene’ when Dr Parish introduces Beckett to Dr. Death Clark Murray. Earlier we saw how torn Lanie was when she realized what the wounds looked like and how she needed to help her friend thru such a tough endeavor.
THE THIRD MAN
After such a heavy, emotional episode, CASTLE returned to what it did best, Dramedy! We finally get Kate to think about herself and not get bogged down in Castle’s superficial lifestyle and now wants LOUD. Beckett certainly went to the right place to get her needs fulfilled! Lanie to the rescue!
THE MISTRESS ALWAYS SPANKS TWICE
After fouling one off (or striking out if you prefer), The Show came back strong with another exceptional offering that was perfectly cast with superb dialogue timing. Yet, it was the opening scene at the monkey bars that is usually recalled when thinking about the sixteenth installment of season 2 and the lead in to the iconic two parter that followed. It also provided a perfect segue into exploring the wild side of Kate Beckett!
There you have it, four episodes that could very well have been the impetus for the renewing and longevity of our favorite TV Show.