Articles written by: Diana Keng

Diana is a grassroots television geek living in the wilds of Vancouver, Canada where her day job takes her to the borders of Storybrooke and her home life exists within the borders of Star City and Central City. She grew up on the sitcoms and dramas of TV's Golden Age and devouring the fantasy, romance, and science-fiction novels of the pre-Internet world. She is passionate about intelligent, fun, character-driven shows with strong production value.

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Castle Rock Season Finale “Romans” is Cagey in its Ambiguity

Hm, I guess no one realistically expected a happy ending, did we? Did we? Sigh. I kinda did. But I should’ve known better. Castle Rock doesn’t breed the carefree hero. Every joy is paid for. Every action tinged with doubt. And it’s been an amazing, tragic, mesmerizing ride. I’ve truly […]

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Castle Rock’s Once and Future “Henry Deaver”

Oh, the genius of a well-written parallel ‘verse! I am in awe of the elegance of this amazing reveal of The Kid’s identity. No way to emphasize this enough. It was just brilliant. Not only brilliant but mind-bending as well since it takes TIME and basically knots it fourteen ways […]

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Castle Rock’s “Past Perfect” is Super InTENSE

After an episode like “The Queen” which delved deep into a single character to deliver a one-of-a-kind expository bombshell of a narrative (but which only advanced the active plot by about fifteen minutes from the end of “Filter“) there was a lot of ground to make up and, in some […]

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It’s The Kid vs. “The Queen” of Castle Rock

WOW. I don’t even know where to start. This episode blew my mind. There’s genius embedded in every shot and phrase. Once again, the title plays with meaning. Remember, in chess, the queen moves in ALL DIRECTIONS. As the queen of the Castle Rock board, Ruth Deaver’s mind takes her […]

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Castle Rock’s “Filter” Amplifies the Town’s Potential For Tragedy

So much of Castle Rock’s strength lies in its atmosphere. There is a sense of anticipation, of foreboding, of waiting. There is a feeling that some presence in the town is always watching, always listening. This is not a town that lets you get comfortable and complacent. We start with […]

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For Each “Harvest” There Must Be Sacrifice in Castle Rock

There’s a point in any sort of horror-thriller narrative where the pace begins to pick up dramatically, the first drop of the roller coaster which will drive the action for the rest of the season. At this point, the pieces are in place. The players have been introduced. The danger […]

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The Lid Comes Off “The Box” in Castle Rock

“Warden Lacey…told me that he’d always thought the Devil was just a metaphor but now he knew the Devil was a boy.” – Ex-sheriff, Alan Pangborn Henry’s been dreaming about the time he was missing in 1991. He hears his father’s voice, calling to him, and then has glimpses of […]

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The “Local Color” Really Pops in Castle Rock

Every town-based series is going to have its share of colorful characters. Gotta have the eccentric elderly. Need a few rapscallion youths. Maybe a crotchety shop-keep or a nosy neighbor or three. In the short time we’ve known her, Molly Strand has been an obvious lady of the looney variety. […]

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Demanding “Habeas Corpus” Proves Tricky in Castle Rock

Titles matter. In this series, we can expect them to have double (even triple) meanings, often with a darkly humorous/deep twist. For example, “Habeas Corpus” is Latin meaning literally “that you have the body”. Most commonly, we hear it on television as the legal term for reporting unlawful detention or […]

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Castle Rock Series Premiere is a Study in “Severance”

There’s always a steep learning curve when new shows premiere but Castle Rock comes with a special primer in the form of Stephen King’s prolific body of work, much of which is located in or near the titular town of Castle Rock, Maine. However, I’m coming into this with only general […]