Castle Review: "Countdown"

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ABC promised a heart-stopping episode to conclude this two-week arc, and it definitely delivered with “Countdown."

Was it me or did this hour fly by? The entire installment had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Castle and Beckett in the freezer, the hunt for Kevin McCann, the detonating of the bomb... it was all so good.

Racing Against Time

I have said it before and I will say it again: although Castle is known for outlandish cases, it truly shines when it focuses on realistic investigations. I wouldn’t want such a set-up every week (that’s what we have the other cop shows for), but Castle nailed it this time, giving us a tense, fear-filled hour of television.

In a series as successful as this one, viewers know that the main characters can’t be together just yet. It's the hope that keeps you watching episode after episode. After “Countdown,” though, we have proof that Castle and Beckett are destined for each other. Having the two locked away in the freezer was everything I needed to hold me over until the next step for these eventual couple.

Stupid Josh. Part of me wishes he would have gone on his trip, so he wouldn’t have shown up and ruined Castle’s question to Beckett. The other part of me appreciates his character because it shows how much of a respectful gentleman Castle can be. I still want him gone, though...

Meanwhile, gotta admire the show for being daring enough to take on a terrorist attack in NYC. The writers handled this with care, as Fallon’s wife was a victim of such a tragedy. It really does make you wonder how this happens and we don’t know anything about it. I can’t imagine being the real life version of Fallon, although I completely understand why he would take that job.

Kudos to the writers and the excellent acting of Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic once again; this show totally deserves an Emmy. Adrian Pasdar, you are welcome on my screen anytime, preferably as Detective Fallon.

So, TV Fanatics, what did you think of “Countdown?” Was the ending everything you hoped for or did it fall short? How did it compare to last season’s two-parter?


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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (231 Votes)

@rahrahrah anybody can write a predictable 2 episode arc where the characters from the middle east end up being terrorists. The way Castle presented it was a fresher take with psychology behind the actions of these ex-military men that can be understood. If this plot twist turned you off to the 2 best episodes of the series to date, you've got to wonder just how close-minded you actually are. Axis of evil... you need to stop drinking the fox news Kool-Aid, because your punch-drunk state just made you miss out on some of the best television of the young decade. ------------------------------- Fillion, Katic, cast, crew, and writers: congratulations. You just made the jump from quality television with a target audience to outstanding, award quality art. Take a bow. You deserve it!


i loved this episode. i loved how the castle and beckett were locked in the freezer. although it is such a horrible thing, i'm glad it happened. i just wish i knew what kate was going to say before she became unconcious: "Castle. I just wanted you to know how much I l..." all of us Caskett shippers knew she was going to say love you. grr josh grr


Loved the episode, but I wish they would finally get together. Years ago they had Hart to Hart and that was a great show, and they were married. Lets get this over with so we can have a wedding show. Also loved the rest of the cast as well..


HAHA I thought I was the only one that caught the Jack Bauer ref and I'm not even a 24 fan! I loved this ep Marlowe is a very gifted writer.


@24 HAHA I thought I was the only one that caught the Jack Bauer ref and I'm not even a 24 fan! I loved this ep Marlowe is a very gifted writer.


If House and Cuddy can make a go of it (House), I’m not too concerned about Beckett and Castle. Marlowe and Co. have clearly put their bets on making them earn this relationship, but it will happen and it will be amazing. Season 3 has been about Castle’s increasing devotion to his detective-muse and Beckett’s slow awakening to her feelings toward him. What I want to see more of is Kate, and her private feelings. Stana Katic is starting to own her character, and the actress has the range to spare and I want to see more of that put to use. It’s good, character-driven stuff to have them develop in this way – all the characters are deepening this season – and it has the commercial benefit of keeping fans glued to ABC in that busy Monday night 10pm timeslot. Seriously – the tone is light, the writing is always sharp, the mysteries are dizzying and sometimes even surprising for this jaded mystery fan.
Rick Castle is the delightful, anti-Steve McGarrett, a fearless civilian, that is, until he saves NYC from a dirty bomb. But even this week’s episode, with its break-neck pace and the ever counting down clock - the show remained true to its essence: Kate and Castle and What They’re Going To Do About It.


I think your going to get pro's and con's from all your fans, I must say that I love Castle so much it is a great series and I will keep on watching as long as it's on air. The last two episodes kept me on my toes and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.


I'm probably the only one who doesn't want Castle and Beckett together...I like the chemistry they have as friends too much, I guess. Does that make me any less of a fan? While this episode was a little too "24" for my taste, the ending earned the episode a gold star. Nothing breaks a suspenseful moment like Castle thinking "Oh, what the Hell" and desperately pulling all the wires, and that triumphant cry of his...THAT is the mood I love about Castle, and I guess I just didn't get enough of that mood in this episode until that moment showed up. So, a good episode, yes...but I still hope these ones are few and far between.


i enjoyed castle very much, but castle is so much in love with kate ,and the little touches between them is not enough, he keeps getting hurt and she moves on to different guys, i know they cant get together seriously because then there would be no show.


Last night was a great show. Such suspense. When are they going to wake up and realize they are meant for each other.

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Castle Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

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Rick: Old enough to afford top-of-the-line laser tag.