Castle Review: "Knockdown"

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It’s not about the books anymore.

The latest installment of Castle managed to carry a serious tone for an entire hour and still hit it out of the park. Although the show is primarily known for its wild antics and off-the-wall story lines, “Knockdown” was just what this show needed.

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Beckett had a chance to learn more about her mother’s murder and got that much closer to the person who ordered the hit. We saw the main characters showing some real emotion and finally made some headway with Castle and Beckett.

Having the case focus on Joanna Beckett made it personal for all of our favorite detectives. Ryan and Esposito knew they needed to find answers, Captain knew he had to keep Kate at a distance from it, Castle knew he needed to be there for his partner and Beckett knew who to turn to when she needed someone to trust.

Ryan and Esposito were great all around. They swore they were backing up Beckett and they took the ice torturing because they knew they had no choice. I love that these two are getting more screen time every week. I am also looking forward to seeing more of Esposito and Lanie.

Now to the part everyone had been waiting for, including myself: the Castle and Beckett kiss! Sure, it was out of context and used as a distraction, but it still had the emotion behind it we have been waiting for. The looks on both of their faces were priceless.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the kiss, there are two other parts that made the episode:

  1. When they were at the coffee house and Raglan asked who Castle was, Beckett simply replied, “just someone I trust.”
  2. When Castle talking with his worried mother, who asked why he was still doing this and he replied with the quote that opened this review.

This episode could have contained just those two small parts and I would have been pleased. The fact that we got some shootouts, torture scenes and stellar performances made “Knockout” all that much better. A solid episode once again.

What did you think, TV Fanatics? Did the kiss live up to expectations or were you disappointed over the way it went down?


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (192 Votes)

I am surprised nobody mentioned that Becket actually called Castle by his first name "Rick" when they were discussing side-kicks and partners. To-date I do not ever remember her calling him Rick.. to me, that showed that for that scene all the walls were down, she had let him in and was willing to let him stay "inside" for a bit.. Loved it!


loved the show but this on again off again with no new shows now for another week is turning people off and they wil watch Harrys law which was very good too why can't we have at least 6 or 7 new shows in a row ??? and keep the fan base who has been loyal to the show involved repeats in January is just wrong !!!!


Great! Hope for more of the same.


Loved the episode but a few gripes. 1- The case doesn't stay on a bullet when it's fired. A minor detail like this says to me the show thinks I'm stupid, or is simply lazy. Either way, it kicks me out of the show to where I'm looking at a TV vs. involved with the story. 2nd, the hitman dude was bad-ass and while it was nice for Castle to punch him out, I would have preferred him as a recurring menace out there, licking his wounds and plotting murder. Better yet, kill a major character so we don't feel too safe and really want him dead. 3rd, The whole shoot-out was shoehorned in, and more than a little lame and ultimately anti-climactic. Two pro dudes with machine guns vs crack shot Beckett and sneaky Castle? Pushes the fantasy way over the top for me.


«It’s not about the books anymore». That was more important than the kiss...


I thought Castle's mother's comments to him about loving him were nice because she's been portrayed as a somewhat self-involved Hollywood type who one can imagine loves her relatives, but more in a jet setter charity event I-think-missed-you-in-Canne kind of feelings. I liked her pointing out she loved him as much as he loved his daughter! Not ignoring how good rest of show was, but liked that little play ....


Completely restored my faith in the series. By far the best episode of the season. I'm surprised at how much I care about Castle and Beckett. The "will they or won't they" format is not usually my cup of tea, but Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic have so much chemistry it works. Looking foward to the season finale now, where they will probably deal with their relationship again. Anyway, the episode was great, and indeed, the "It's not about the books anymore" line gave me the chills.


The Kiss was epic! But it wasn't the best part of the episode! Castle taking your man OUT OF IT! With those THREE blows! WOW!! WOW!! That's what made the episode for me! and people were worried that the kiss would resolve the UST! Please Castle still managed to make another part of the show the most EPIC part of it! Castle 1 - 0 Moonlighting Curse!


I love it - but here's my issue - I feel like we've been put on a countdown clock - there is only so much longer the show can go without resolving the UST, before it becomes a farce. Yet this show is in Moonlighting country- they are going to be very reluctant to resolve it in case it ruins the dynamic; so we risk a fracked if you do, fracked if you don't scenario.


I think this was my favorite Castle ep in a damn long time. So many good things, I can't even begin to list them. *sigh*

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Castle Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

It's different when it happens right in front of you.


Raglan: What part of no cops don't you understand?
Beckett: He's not a cop.
Raglan: Than who is he then?
Beckett: Just someone I trust.