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Castle - Season 4 [DVD]
Castle - Season 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Partners. In crime. (Contains spoilers!), 22 Jun. 2014
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'Castle' has always been a show that tries not to go for the obvious storylines - be it with the cases or with the relationships between the characters. Season 4 is no exception.

Opening with Kate Beckett dying from a bullet to the chest, while Lanie Parish works frantically to keep her alive, emotions understandably are running high - Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito are trying to run the investigation from their cell phones, Rick Castle is having a crisis of conscience having just declared his love for the woman on the table, and Beckett's boyfriend Josh Davidson finally blows up at him.

Kate survives, just, but is not the same person - hiding from the truth of the day, in particular Rick's declaration and lying to her psychologist for three months until she returns to the 12th Precinct and finds that the investigations into her mother's death and her own shooting have been stopped due to lack of evidence, a new captain who is being kept in the dark about the Johanna Beckett case because of the revelations regarding Roy Montgomery and Richard Castle being shown the door.
In this first episode we learn a number of lessons - Kate is no longer able to function without 'her' team, which means she needs to clear the air with Rick, but she lies to him about why three months have past before she gets in touch with him; faced with two armed suspects, she freezes when facing the first one, and only manages to (barely) control the situation when faced with the second one with Rick guiding her hand to a non-lethal outcome.
We also learn that she has told one massive lie about her shooting - she remembers everything from that day.

And that sets the tone for the majority of the series - with Beckett just remaining out of reach to Castle, while he tries to get closer and act on his feelings for her, until inevitably the truth comes out and he feels betrayed to the point where he pulls away (faster than the Serenity running from Reavers). His behaviour reverts to the 'old' Castle - bimbo on his arm and stealing evidence to look at with other people - and this shocks Beckett and Lanie, who both view it as a sign that perhaps Kate has waited too long to admit to her feelings.
Events come to a head in the next to last two episodes, during which Castle teams up with an appalling gang cop who nearly gets them all killed with his gung-ho attitude, and in the second one where Rick and Kate appear to be faced with the undead - the air is cleared as to why Kate acted the way she did, and admitting that if Rick is willing to wait a bit longer, she will be there for him - she doesn't know that he knows that she lied about not remembering.

And then we, the viewer, get to the last episode of Season 4. Yet more intrigue and revelations about Montgomery and Johanna Beckett come to light. A hitman has been sent to erase the evidence held by Roy's widow and once that has been completed, bury Kate Beckett, once and for all.
Investigation of the break-in at Roy Montgomery's home reveal that the player behind Johanna Beckett's murder thinks he is now in a position to quietly destroy the evidence, but the job is botched and the hitman has to clean-up the mess. The hitman is revealed to be Carl Maddox (an alias) who is also the person who shot Kate at Roy's funeral, and he wants to finish that job, too. Loyalties are again tested, leaving Rick no apparent choice but to walk away from the investigation and Kate Beckett, and leading Kevin Ryan to betray his confidence to Captain Victoria Gates.
This turns out to be the wisest course, as Kate faces off with Carl and winds up nearly losing her life, again, dangling over the edge of the building Maddox has been staying at.
This leads to Esposito and Beckett being placed on suspension, but Kate quits instead. She is finally tired of being defined by her mother's murder - she has lost friends and nearly her own life twice - and with Alexis's valedictorian speech acting as a narrative, Kate finally admits what/who she wants to be with in the same park where the two of them agreed to work together again - this time it's pouring with rain which reflects the mood. Soaking wet, Kate turns up at The Loft and kisses Rick.

The episode ends with Carl Maddox having located the man protecting Kate Beckett, and leads nicely into season 5.


Castle - Season 3 [DVD]
Castle - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Solving murder has never been so much fun (contains spoilers), 18 Jun. 2014
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The season opens with Castle getting on the wrong side of Beckett and co as they try to solve a murder. Justice is served eventually through the usual bouts of humour and action, and Castle getting back on side with the others of the precinct, mostly by saving Kate's life as she saves his from the murderers.

The series carries on with a much better set of storylines than season 2 and the guest stars shine just as brightly, all the while acting as back-drops to Castle/Beckett, Esposito/Lanie and Ryan/Jenny, alongside the ongoing saga of who ordered the hit on Johanna Beckett. To start with Rick is still seeing his second ex-wife, Gina, though their relationship is heading for the iceberg, again, and Kate is seeing a doctor who flies all over the world in the equivalent of Medicins sans Frontier - she is still seeing him by the season finale even though she and Rick have a series of moments - kissing in the street to distract a hired thug and huddling for warmth in a freezer container where she is cut off from saying something important.

The season finale is action-packed and heart-rending - loyalties will be tested to the point of no-return, and everything we thought we knew will be turned upside-down in relation to Johanna Beckett - the end result being the death of one season favourite and the near-death of another, and the revelation that could turn the entire series on its head (not that fans have been waiting for it).


Castle - Season 2 [DVD]
Castle - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's armed. He's dangerous., 14 May 2014
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While not as rough as Season 1, the extra polish detracts from the finished article. According to the CastleWikia pages, the first season was made as a 'filler', while it would appear that season 2 had a little more time to produce each of the 24 episodes - relatively speaking.

Opening with the aftermath of season 1's revelations about his muse, the play between Castle and Beckett is understandably forced - by the end of the episode, Alexis has given him the push to make things right, but she is still wary of him.

The entire season is spent using the investigations as a backdrop for the further developing relationships between the characters, and the finale will probably have viewers reaching for the bucket initially, but in true Bugs Bunny-style. it goes for the right turn at Albequerque instead of the left.


Castle - Season 1 [DVD]
Castle - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new chapter in crime solving., 14 May 2014
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With a tagline like that, 'Castle' can be forgiven for being a little formulaic at times. The by-play between the actors and their portrayed characters is fantastic, in my opinion - watch for the expressions and other touches that lend weight to the performances.

With strong support from his mother, Martha (Susan Sullivan) and daughter, Alexis (Molly Quinn), Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) bumbles his way through 'tailing' NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) using his latest project as the excuse to be there - he's just killed off his best-selling character, and is at somewhat of a cross-roads in his life. His theories on why, or even how, a murder has occurred can be extremely far-fetched, but it lightens the mood when needed. Yet, at the same time, his overactive imagination can see things earlier that might only be discovered when the suspect has been let off the hook.

If you've watched 'Bones', I can recommend 'Castle'.


Duronic - Slimline USB External CD RW DVD ROM Drive for Laptops, Desktop and Netbooks
Duronic - Slimline USB External CD RW DVD ROM Drive for Laptops, Desktop and Netbooks
Offered by DURONIC
Price: £49.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Useful if somewhat flimsy., 26 Dec. 2012
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I bought mine to replace the cd-rom in a laptop. It lasted three uses before the power socket broke due to a flimsy metal contact falling apart. I cannot recommend this product if you are in the habit of moving your computer from one location to another.


Acer Aspire V3-771G 17.3-inch Laptop - Grey (Intel Core i3 3110M 2.4GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Blu-ray, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit)
Acer Aspire V3-771G 17.3-inch Laptop - Grey (Intel Core i3 3110M 2.4GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Blu-ray, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit)

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine., 26 Dec. 2012
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I bought mine as a replacement for a dead Acer 6350G. Compared to the specs for that this one is outstanding. I was wary of Windows 8, as opposed to 7, but I'm getting the hang of it. I can now play games and enjoy the scenery and action without cooking my GPU, or overloading the processor.

It does come with the latest Microsoft Office components, but if you don't fancy paying out for the full product key for that group of programmes, there is the option of downloading the earlier products using that key. Office 2010 was coming in at around £140 straight from Microsoft, so using the earlier key was a gift for me.
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New Style Boutique (Nintendo 3DS)
New Style Boutique (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £24.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, 26 Dec. 2012
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Hours of fun and easy to learn. The controls are relatively simple. Days can be lost playing this game. You have been warned.


Guild Wars 2 - Standard Edition (PC DVD)
Guild Wars 2 - Standard Edition (PC DVD)

4.0 out of 5 stars Great MMO - takes time to learn controls, 26 Dec. 2012
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GW2 has been much lauded by the fans and players of the original - my partner being one of them - so I bit the bullet and bought a copy for myself. You do NEED a relatively high spec machine to get the best out of the available graphics (at least 1Gb NVidia GPU and 4Gb RAM). That said, you can get caught up viewing the scenery more than actually playing the game. That can be a mistake on occasions, as enemies can and will respawn close to where they were taken down.

My other experience of MMO's comes from Cryptic Studios Star Trek Online, which I got the hang of rather quickly, and RPG's from Bethesda's Elder Scrolls 4 and 5. This has a good combination of both styles (in my opinion, others may disagree), but one item that I'd find useful for combat in GW2 would be a range meter, so that I can tell when I'm out of range for a specific weapon set, or too close for comfort. There's no chance of running out of ammo, and the areas are labelled in the huge map as to what recommended level to be - starter areas 1-15, areas just outside 15-25 and so on.

Good fun to be had all round whether running the missions alone, or in a group.


Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Leader Optimus Prime
Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Leader Optimus Prime
Offered by cashdaccsstore
Price: £75.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for a 5yr old, 2 May 2011
Got Optimus for myself and Jetfire for my girlfriend. She can transform Prime no problems, while I can change Jetfire okay. Putting the two together takes an inordinate amount of patience and dexterity. You simply CANNOT do this is if you have the hands of a child, or with less patience than a saint. Follow the instructions included with Jetfire and you wind up with the top half not fitting together - my tip is to seperate the plane skin from the robot on top, freeing the head and allowing it waggle free. Then, working from the top down, lever Jetfire into the final position on Prime's back and the legs are easy. This is the easiest way I have found to do the combination and did not involve too much swearing about poor design.


Akasa AK-NBC-02B Notebook cooler Black
Akasa AK-NBC-02B Notebook cooler Black
Offered by Branded and New Limited
Price: £29.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 14 April 2011
Does the job. Got an Acer 6530G and previously tried a Microsoft product for cooling, but it missed the vents and proved near-useless. This one is a stellar improvement on that. Word of warning though - the fan ducts will need regular cleaning if you have ANY pets or live in a dusty area.


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