Season endings for 'Castle', 'Bones' and 'Blacklist'

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in "Bones." (Supplied)

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:21 PM ET

A while back, a reader chided me for throwing Bones into the Monday Best Bets so often – at the expense of her favourite show, Castle.

When it comes to procedural crime shows featuring bickering couples, I must defer to my wife’s taste (no, really, I must). Plus I give extra points for “graphic forensic content.” So Bones it remains.

However, I’ve been watching Castle semi-regularly and the two shows really seem to have had similar relationship arcs (as well as a glib tone that fans enjoy).

On Bones, the marriage of forensic scientist Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) was put off first because she had cold feet. Later, when she finally proposed, he turned her down because he was secretly protecting her against a murder threat. The fact that they already had a child was kind of putting the cart before the horse, but delaying the nuptials over multiple seasons was a way of keeping at least a question-mark over the inevitable.

Monday’s season finale of Castle centres on the will-they-or-won’t-they marriage of crime novelist Castle (Nathan Fillion) and NYPD detective Beckett (Stana Katic) – some three seasons after they first kissed.

Unless the promos are really yanking our chain, it promises to be a lighthearted episode, and a bit of a palate-cleanser after last week’s heaviness, in which Beckett finally tracked down her mother’s murderer.

(Bones’ season finale - The Recluse in the Recliner - airs next Monday, by the way).

The twist: Apparently Beckett is already married to a man named Rogan (Eddie McClintock) and it seems to be as big a surprise to her as to Castle.

Just a wacky misunderstanding? Or are the Castle writers pulling a Bones, and looking for ways to keep these two matrimonially apart so as to keep some semblance of romantic tension going?

Meanwhile, could an early renewal for a second season have been a mistake for The Blacklist?

Not saying the James Spader series shouldn’t have been renewed. Ratings remain in the 11 million range, down slightly from its debut as the most successful new series of the 2013/14 season.

But there’s a perception the writers got a little lazy once they no longer had to keep the tension going to keep their jobs. The big “reveals” leading up to Monday’s season finale are that the mysterious “Berlin” is a person, not a place, and that the "Blacklist" bad guys that super villain Red Reddington (Spader) supplied to the FBI are all connected. That suggests he’s been using the agency for his own purposes all along – something that seemed likely as early as the pilot episode.

And the fan comment boards are still buzzing about the cheesy plane-crash in the penultimate episode – a low point for TV FX not seen since the ‘90s.

On the plus side, it’s nice to see Smallville’s Lionel Luthor, a.k.a. John Glover, join the series – and not as a bad guy.

The early notice worked well for Spader though. He’s spending his summer hiatus playing the title villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the acclaim probably had a lot to do with him landing the role.

 


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