Only in a show like Castle would we watch a sword fight and not roll our eyes, or at least not much.
The mystery in this episode was old-school Castle. A treasure hunt through Lower Manhattan that leads to Caskett being trapped, some fun Ryan and Esposito moments, and plot points taken from at least four movies that everyone has seen. I counted The Da Vinci Code, National Treasure, Indiana Jones, and Roman Holiday. Did I miss one? While it is impossible to take these cases too seriously, they are a romp and they are a lot of fun to watch.
Except for the other Castle trope. Six seasons in and the writers still do the same thing. Show us the killer as the first suspect, never show him or her again, and then reveal him or her as the murderer at the end. It’s so bad that as soon as the cousin left the precinct, I knew he’d be back.
As much fun as the mystery was this week, we need to discuss the Alexis arc. I’m sorry, but this sweet little girl has turned into quite the entitled bitch. By the end of this episode, I wanted to slap her -- hard.
Castle’s behavior at the apartment was bad and Alexis should be angry about it. However (and that is one big however), her behavior at the end of the episode was beyond the pale. Alexis appears to have forgotten that her father has given her everything she has always wanted, including the trip to Costa Rica where she met current boyfriend. Castle has protected her and he has never turned away from her. To express her anger by not allowing him access to her home and then (and this is where I gasped in astonishment) shutting the door in his face is well and truly the sign that this girl needs a reality check.
I have mentioned before that perhaps one of the reasons that Alexis is acting out so badly is her jealousy about Beckett. I can understand her being hurt at Castle not telling her about the engagement, but to try to compare Castle’s relationship with Beckett and her relationship with Pi is idiotic. Castle and Beckett have known each other for years and Alexis has been part of that relationship from the beginning. The same cannot be said with Castle and Pi.
At the beginning, Beckett was not thrust into Alexis’s life the way Pi was into Castle’s. Alexis’s life went on more or less the same in the early days, other than the fact that her dad was hanging out with the NYPD. He still came home at night, alone, and she was still her dad’s first priority.
Pi, on the other hand, is introduced to Castle at the same time that Alexis announces he needs to stay with them for a while. Castle did not have the luxury of getting to know Pi over time and in a non-intrusive manner. The fact that Castle allowed them to stay in the loft for the better part of a month (rent free, one assumes) was generous, another fact that seems to have slipped Alexis’s mind.
Martha’s role in all of this is complicated. On the one hand, she is Martha and she has always been unable to stay out of anything. She should not have told Alexis about the engagement and she should not have sided with Alexis against Castle. Yet, she does have a good heart and she is trying to make the best of a bad situation. I think she’s right in that the Alexis’s father and grandmother need to let this all blow over, but Martha needs to find a less intrusive way to be supportive of them both.
This was an interesting episode. The mystery was fun and old-school, but the Alexis story really annoyed me. The character is teetering on the brink of being beyond redemption. Two and a half out of four free couches.
-- Sign in Alexis’ apartment: Everything is funny as long as it happens to somebody else. An odd choice, and a bit cynical for college students.
-- Loved Felonious Monk. Additionally, the set designer really knocked it out of the park this week. The church and the crypt were both gorgeous and beautifully filmed.
-- So, what’s going on with Esposito and Lanie? I got excited when he went down to the morgue, but we got nothing. Sigh...
-- An ID photo with a hat and sunglasses? It couldn’t have been more obvious that we had already met the killer.
Pi: “Hmmm. I don’t know Mr. C. What color is it?”
Castle: “It’s as though he’s turned being a charming man-child into a career.”
Beckett: “Yeah, that doesn’t sound familiar, does it?”
Ryan: “You know, there are times I wish she stayed in DC.”
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.