A standalone, one episode from the season finale? An interesting choice that didn’t work.
This is going to be a very short review because most of what happened we have seen many, many times:
- Castle playing with his toys, although I did like Beckett turning the tables on him
- Federal agents coming in, getting in the way and then being won over by our gang
- The obvious red herring suspect who nearly gets away
- Castle’s OTT theories felt forced this week; a killer drone is out there enough
- Someone in authority telling Beckett what to do, but she ultimately gets what she wants
As soon as Warburg said the killer had to be someone close to Tanner, I knew who it was. Even his motive was startlingly familiar. A father who chooses his mission over his son? That’s close to home, isn’t it. Even worse, the kid is a minor and confessed without having been read his rights or with an adult present. Any mediocre attorney will get it thrown out.
Nothing of any significance happened until the end and even that was so clearly telegraphed that it was not a shock. Caskett have taken yet another step back. Something as significant as a job offer and Beckett is lying about it. Of course she is, because we have to save all the dramatic tension for next week’s finale.
Here’s my problem. Does anyone really believe that Beckett is going to move to Washington? Or, if she does (cue next week’s cliffhanger), that she’ll stay there? As much latitude as I give this show, and it can be a lot, this is a stretch too far. I don’t see the producers retooling the show to such a degree.
Hugely disappointing, especially for the penultimate of the season. One out of four toy tanks.
-- First Ioan Gruffudd, now Carlos Bernard. Be still my heart.
-- Storm Season was an interesting choice to show as one of Castle’s books. It would be on the discount table, because it is one of his older books. In our reality, it has only been released as a graphic novel.
-- A myriad of movie references this week, including Mission Impossible, The Terminator, and North by Northwest.
-- Has anyone else noticed that whenever Castle pours the two of them a glass of wine, they end up doing something else besides drinking it?
Beckett: “Well, we don’t have a body, we don’t have a crime scene, and we don’t have any witnesses, but…”
Castle: “At least we have each other.”
Beckett: “We still have a homicide to solve.”
Castle: “And that.”
ChrisB is a freelance writer who spends more time than she ought in front of a television screen or with a book in her hand.