posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 09:45 AM
Did anyone else catch last night's episode of Castle on ABC? It was the second of a two part series and as the show went on I got a sick feeling
that I was watching propaganda.
Adrian Pasdar guest stars as DHS agent Mark Fallon in search for Islamic terrorists in New York City with a dirty bomb.
The episode takes a couple turns:
a) Mark Fallon steps over the line several times in his questioning of suspects. Becket is horrified and even pulls a gun on him but Fallon explains
that he doesn't like what he has to do but he does it to protect lives. They bring the audience to feel for Fallon by explaining that his wife rode
down in Tower 2 as it collapsed while he was on the phone with her.
b) The most important piece of propaganda is that the terrorism is being committed by three special forces soldiers that did six stints in
Afghanistan. It is explained that they became angry at the politicians for the way soldiers are being treated and that they need to give Americans
another wake up call (and maybe this time things will go better). The plan is to frame a couple of Syrians. Later in the episode after they catch
one of the soldiers they try to break him. They tell him they know its him and his buddies and it won't work as they try to find the location of the
bomb. He replies that it doesn't matter because The Powers That Be have an agenda and him being the terrorist won't fit that agenda. That he will
become a footnote in the investigation.
Finally the whole episode gives an impression of hopelessness and helplessness as they try to find and stop the dirty bomb. They of course pour over
the primary and secondary (and tertiary) kill zones which will be the result of it going off and wonder to themselves how many other times this has
happened even feeling for the poor agent Fallon - what stresses he must have to go through on a daily basis. At the end, pure an imaginary luck saves
The whole thing just smelled of propaganda. Aside from Castle and Becket, it seemed the DHS would be the only force has protected us from extremism,
that the agents are to be loved/admired/respected, and then branches off in to the main storyline which is in enacting the subject of the MIAC report
on the extremist threats from returning soldiers abroad.
Castle is also one of the shows which participated in the week of 'volunteerism' in 2009 in which shows across the major networks were all were
crafted to espouse government doctrines.