This was a mishmash of an episode. Over the course of the hour, we bounced between standard Castle fare and beginning to unravel the mystery of what happened to Castle during the two months he was missing. The latter was far more intriguing than the former.
Let’s get the mystery of the week out of the way first. It was standard going. Castle gets to connect to his inner child; the person seen least on the screen is the guilty party; Castle’s crazy theory leads to the answer. It was a good mystery in that there were some interesting questions (like why the CEO would go undercover as a much older man), but as soon as I saw the dog, I knew what the answer was going to be. Like I said, standard going.
Castle's lost time could be very interesting. Unfortunately, however, many of us have already lived through a story where our lead chooses to have her memories erased and then stops at nothing until she regains them. All I could think about during the scene between Castle and Henry Jenkins was Sydney.
Having said that, I really, really want to know what happened. What did Castle do that would cause him to make such a drastic decision? Don’t forget that this is a man who always has to know how the story ends. Nathan Fillion was brilliant in these scenes, filled with emotion and angst.
The best part of the episode was the tantalizing hint of one of Castle’s motivations. When he was eleven, something happened to him in Hollanders Woods that made him want to spend his life writing mysteries. I can’t wait to find out what that might be. For a man who has spent a great deal of the past years tearing down his fiancée’s walls, he still has a fair number of his own.
After last episode’s weak start, I was surprised by this episode. I wanted to learn more and even the second time through the episode, was swept up in Castle’s dilemma. Three out of four quick jaunts to the north.
— Castle is interviewed about his two new books. Wild Storm is fun and exciting; Raging Heat less so. Brooke, the woman who interviewed him, asked many of the questions I think the viewers would have liked to ask the writers of the series.
— Esplanie are back together, to which I say, yippee! The ringtone is wonderful.
— The “tactical smooch” Castle gave Gates made me laugh out loud.
— Martha is a trip. I love the way that she is dating a man she met at grief counseling and that she wants to keep up the pretense.
Beckett: “I was lucky. You came back.”
Martha: “Luckily, Robert is a cultured man. He does not watch television.”
Castle: “It’s Canada. How risky could it be? And, need I remind you, I’m a grown man. I don’t need to ask your permission. That being said, please, please, can I, can I, can I go?”
Castle: “Just know that I love you. I’ve always loved you. Always.”
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.