(I should be in bed...but instead I'm typing this! Forgive any mistakes or insane ramblings!
I’m a little late to the party here…but I just wanted to sit down and really look at RISE (on its own and in conjunction with its predecessor/companion KNOCKOUT.) I've just watched both of them back to back (purely for research purposes- Ah, who the heck am I kidding?)
I’m going to go a little off piste here…I’m not going to talk about all the plot intricacies first. Shock horror!?
I’m going to look at the use of colour in Castle (both in wardrobe and lighting)
Yes, I know it’s a bit random. What can I tell you? I HAVE to talk about the colours used! Rob Bowman directed both RISE and KNOCKOUT. I swear every time I see one of his “mythology” episodes…I could be watching The X Files (Fight The Future) Movie! The use of whites and blues and greens? I’m getting ahead of myself; let me break it down…The Kaleidoscope of Castle Colours
Go back and watch KNOCKOUT again (such a trial, I know!) Colour is fantastically important. AMBER & WHITE “SUNLIGHT” & LIGHTING
The 12th Precinct is often lit to represent sunlight filtering/flooding through the windows. It can also be night at the precinct where desk or overhead lighting comes into play. The light varies from softer tones through to almost white. Watch out for this, it can signify tone of scene. The gentle barley light of morning as Castle comes into the 12th with his graphic novel tucked under his arm? More direct white light used as characters run down facts at the murder board. Also, the intense luminous (almost blindingly bright) white light at Montgomery’s funeral.
The scene at the court room (Lockwood’s non existent trial) at first glace looks like a lovely golden hue…but it’s really an unsettling yellow colour that descends into green tones after the flash bang goes off. The mention of green leads us to…GREEN
Green is used to convey unease. Green is negativity
Muddy sage tones: Lockwood giving Montgomery the ultimatum (while he seemed to debate also doing great harm to a stuffed bear)
Vivid limes: Ryan & Esposito fight outside the cop bar. The steam/vapour rising from the New York street in the background? It’s green.
Bright green: Montgomery’s funeral is flooded with harsh over bright green grass.
Green is also used on Lockwood’s approach to McCallister’s cell and as he loiters in his doorway.
Also watch out for:BLUE & WHITE (GLACIAL BLUE)
The hanger scene (aka Montgomery’s last stand) starts off with blue/white light that seems to gather hints of green as Montgomery tells his story. SHADOW & SILHOUETTE
Watch out for the shadows, the blacks that creep into scenes. Half illumination. As Beckett is down on the grass and Castle leans over her, both their faces are partial shadow/partial light. The darkness and light vary with tone.THE WARDORBE GETTING DARKER & MIRRORING
The colour palette for KNOCKOUT’S wardrobe seems to slip towards the darker colours as the episode progresses. Everyone at the end attends Montgomery’s funeral in black. Before these hints, we have dark denim and navy. Castle brings some neutral colours in (being as he is in the precinct but not a cop) And Beckett and Castle mirror one another during THAT ARGUMENT both wearing grey tones. Their words may be at odds but their colours are the same (unity despite conflict.)How this plays out in RISE
The entire hospital scene at the start has subdued colour. It’s like a muggy grey. The light is gone from the world as Beckett’s life hangs by a thread. Watch as light creeps back in to illuminate Jim Beckett’s face when the doctor gives him the news that she made it through surgery. When Castle comes to visit, the hospital is lit normally, grey is replaced by ambient light. The shadows are back in the 12th as Castle, Ryan & Esposito discuss the sniper (without the presence of Montgomery or Beckett)GREEN
When Beckett first races through the warehouse, confronting the barrel of another gun, the scene is permeated by the colour green. Beckett herself is illuminated in green light as she holds her gun frozen in place; it’s still there as she shakily holsters her weapon.BLUE & WHITE
When Beckett is once again at gunpoint (this time with Castle right behind her) the green tones are gone. Beckett is in white light and there are accents of blue.HALF LIGHT, SHADE & SHADOWS
“Mr Smith” seems perpetually half in shadow. A rather fitting lighting scheme? He his quite the shadowy figure himself.
Shadows and darkness are also present during Alexis & Castle’s scene at the loft (during which she tells him to “grow up”) and when Beckett gets upset as she realises that everyone is “gone.”
WARDROBE COLOUR (& HAIR
It is worth noting Beckett’s first foray into the 12th after being shot. She is in black and dark grey, her hair is tied back. The charcoal grey top that she wears has a high neck and is long (and pretty shapeless!) When Castle comes back to the precinct Beckett is wearing a pink shirt. I think this speaks volumes! Beckett’s hair is mostly straight (except when she goes to get her book signed by Castle *wink*) I’ll be looking for the waves to return this season?
Castle attends his book signing in a casual shirt. It’s very casual. He could be shuffling to the fridge to get another tub of ice cream on a lazy Sunday afternoon? It’s a far cry from the sharp suit and sunglasses that he wore in the very first episode. (At the Derrick Storm book launch…where he signed women’s chests.) Back with Beckett at the precinct…out comes the shirt and jacket!
Keep an eye on what Gates is wearing as well! Red & Black. Black & Red. Black & White.
B&W means by the book. Red signifies danger…
That's all I got for now folks!
Tomorrow I'm gonna take a good look at 4x02...