Castle Writer Joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Castle writer Shalisha Francis has joined the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writing team. Francis joined Castle in season 2 and has been working on the ABC show for 3 seasons before moving on to join the S.H.I.E.L.D. writing team. Some of her best known episodes include the season 4 bombing episode 47… … Read More

anonymous asked:

Do you think the increase in poking fun at Castle/him acting (aka NF acting) like a bumbling idiot has anything to do with NF kind of letting himself go physically ? When the show started he was significantly more in shape and was confident and played up to this more cocky, sexual and confident persona. It seems superficial to say but I'm wondering if you think this played any factor in it. I think there is a lot of psychology to be evaluated in terms of how we perceive ourselves vs our behavior

No, I don’t think so. In fact I reject the central premise of your statement in saying that Fillion “let himself go”- he clearly works out an insane amount still (have you seen his arms?), and that significant back injury/problem he has clearly affected him in many ways. The way he’s dressed on the show also plays a part, he often looks way better in personal life and events and appearances outside the show. Also remember that part of that overly suave personality was a facade he projected due to his insecurity and character flaws, and he’s actually developed as a character and doesn’t feel the need to pretend like that any more, especially around Beckett. Some of that is actually character development, not regression.

That said, the “bumbling” aspect to Castle has been around since Season 1 (remember him getting beaten up by the suspect in ‘Home Is Where The Heart Stops’ after he turns on the windscreen wipers?). I just think the writing isn’t up to scratch on the show as it was in past years- a lot of talented people who were around in those days like Will Beall, David Grae, Shalisha Francis etc have left, and the talent that has replaced them in the writers room have often come up with some iffy writing and episodes (the Creaseys are very up-and-down, Christine Roum can be utterly woeful and Jim Adler laid an absolute stinker this season). Hence the writers are often hitting notes, including the bumbling or physical comedy aspect on repeat for rote laughs in a way that the show hasn’t had to in the past.

Let me reiterate that I have no issue with Castle’s occasional foibles and childish behaviour, or being asked to laugh at him when he occasionally warrants it. There’s a just a lot more of the former, and more of being asked to laugh at him when he doesn’t this season then there used to be and that I do not like. 

Friendly reminder that AOS is not written primarily by Jed or Joss Whedon.  If you dislike it, ‘blame’ all contributors equally for the ‘terrible writing’. That writing cast includes: Stan Lee, Maurissa Tancharoen, Shalisha Francis, Jeffery Bell, Brent Fletcher, Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins, Paul Zbyszewski, and Monica Owusu-Breen. 

The Whedons are easy targets because they enjoy a fair amount of fame, but don’t be ignorant enough to say it’s solely their fault for ‘ruining’ a show. 

The Bible/Book 1 Samuel/Chapter 9
Samuel Anoints Saul

9 There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin.2 Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be foundanywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.

3 Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.” 4 So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha, but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.

5 When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us.”

6 But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”

7 Saul said to his servant, “If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?”

8 The servant answered him again. “Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekel[a] of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.” 9 (Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)

10 “Good,” Saul said to his servant. “Come, let’s go.” So they set out for the town where the man of God was.

11 As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?”

12 “He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place. 13 As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”

14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel:16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”

17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

18 Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”

19 “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20 As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”

21 Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?”

22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited—about thirty in number. 23 Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside.”

24 So the cook took up the thigh with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, ‘I have invited guests.’” And Saul dined with Samuel that day.

25 After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house. 26 They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together. 27 As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”


  1. 1 Samuel 9:8 That is, about 1/10 ounce or about 3 grams

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