Castle Review: Welcome Back, 3XK

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At last! Even if Jerry Tyson did not make an appearance in "Kick the Ballistics," the 3XK case has returned and I could not be more excited. So sit down, grab a cup to toast Ryan and let’s get to it. Time to discuss the most recent installment of Castle.

Now into the fourth season, the 3XK case still remains my favorite topic on this series - and this episode was a set up for what is sure to be an amazing outing later this year.

Coffee at the Crime Scene

The Case. Once again, Castle proved why he is not only an asset to the precinct, but has a necessary one at that. Rick put on his game face, settled in with boxes of records and discovered the link between Tyson and the Lees. Even if Castle usually comes up with crazy theories, it feels so good when he has the right answers first.

Who else instantly felt creeped out when Mr. Lee was first shown? I for one, was having flashbacks to the old Dharma videos from Lost. Marvin Candle Mr. Lee definitely knows how to make an impression.

3XK. So we know that Jerry Tyson is out there, still making moves and basically being a huge scumbag. Would you trust the information Philip Lee was offering? Castle’s right, I wouldn’t believe it, either. When will he show up? Will he come back to New York or will there be another travel episode? It doesn’t matter because I'm sure the moment Tyson returns will make for one of the stand out episodes of the season. 

Kudos to Seamus Dever for an outstanding portrayal here. He delivered a performance worthy of being front and center and was very enjoyable in his role. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: the extra screen time given to Ryan and Esposito this season is so worth it. Hopefully sometime soon he will get his happy ending. What could be more fun than a Castle wedding?

Some other thoughts...

  • Castle asked Beckett if she has remembered anything from the shooting. Her response? No. His face? He clearly doesn’t believe her.
  • If I can find a way to get over Gates constantly being called “sir,” I might be able to admit she is growing on me. I actually enjoyed the scene of her scolding the four of them. Providing a backstory on the new Captain could definitely ease the waters on the fan hatred toward her.
  • So Alexis is joining more things in school to pump up her applications for when she re-applies to Stanford or an other school. Looks like she will be sticking around for some time.
  • Stana Katic has been beautiful since the beginning of the series, but this season, girl looks flawless. Keep it up.
Although the episode wasn’t the best yet, it was a perfect setup for what is sure to come later. The return of 3XK will be amazing and hopefully Castle will be the one to take him down. A solid case, a solid episode. Looks like season four is shaping up to be pretty stellar.
So what did you think, TV Fanatics? Was “Kick the Ballistics” what you expected or were you let down? Are you excited for the return of 3XK? What about Castle kissing another woman on next week's installment?!? Sound off below and don’t forget to check back later for the Castle Round Table. Until next time.


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Castle Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

Alibis can be bought, video doesn't lie.


To bravery, to commitment, to love, to sacrifice.