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Castle Review: Well Done, Sherlock

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In the words of Ethan Slaughter: “Outstanding!”

The latest episode of Castle, Headhunters,” chased down a murder between gangs, as well as pairing Castle up with a new partner. A Firefly reunion took place and oh was it fun. Let’s discuss.

Mal & Cobb. Adam Baldwin guest starred as Detective Ethan Slaughter, a no-nonsense tough guy cop who Castle decides to shadow. Nathan Fillion and Baldwin worked together on Firefly and you could absolutely tell. The chemistry between the two friends paid off with a fun hour before we face the end of the season.

Detective Ethan Slaughter

Slaughter is not a detective that I would want to watch every week, but I wouldn’t hate if he popped up here and there to shake things up a bit. He brought some life to the show and placed Castle in a different situation. Not only did Baldwin rock this role, he also delivered some hysterical one liners that you can check out in the Castle quotes page. 

Fillion is nothing but loyal to his long time fans, putting in an Easter egg of his own to go along with the one written into the hour. We got to see the two trade off Mal’s brown jacket and if you looked closely enough, there was a catalyzer placed on Castle’s shelf. Loved it.

Leaving The Nest. Castle decided to branch out and hang with a different detective, stirring some feelings with his usual partners. Even with the bit of jealousy, Ryan and Espo still saved Castle from a bad situation. Beckett seemed to be pretty bothered by the situation, even speaking with her therapist about Rick.

Castle and Detective Slaughter

“You weren’t waiting, you were healing.” Beckett’s therapist returned again to talk some sense into our beloved Beckett. She recognizes that Castle is pulling away from her and that maybe she waited too long. Well, duh! You said it yourself. It’s been seven months. It’s time to make a move before he seriously does move on.

What do we think about this? There are plenty of mixed feelings on the Caskett front. Some fans don’t want to deal with the relationship drama, others are dying for it. I’m on the fence.

On one hand, the writers have done an excellent job of building the friendship between the two lead characters, making the chemistry feel real and understanding the feelings between the two. On the other hand, it’s been dragging on for what seems like forever. Castle has put himself out there and so has Beckett. If it doesn’t happen soon, I won’t expect it to happen till series end. TV Fanatics, what’s your opinion on the Caskett situation?

Caskett at Work

Side Notes. 

  • Alexis got into some really great schools. Didn’t know I could be jealous of a teenage TV character about college acceptance...
  • Javi needs his own arc and quick. We haven’t been getting enough Espo time in the last few episodes.
  • No Lanie tonight. Kinda sad, considering she played a rather big role in the last episode.
  • Did anyone really care about the weekly case or were you more interested in Slaughter himself? But, how entertaining was the garbage truck scene? I had to look away!
  • Who knew Castle packed such a punch?
Overall, a fun hour that held two reunions - Fillion and Baldwin, and even better, Castle and Beckett. Rick is back working with his real partner just the way we like it. Sad news Castle fans: Only two episodes remain in the season. So hit the comments and predict what is going to happen in the penultimate episode.
Don’t forget to check back for the Castle Round Table later in the week. No episode next Monday, so make sure you take the time to discuss “Headhunters” and the zombies to come to pass the time. 

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Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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On May 5th 2012, the renewal of season 5 was announced.

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BTW, Lanie is now added to the group of people who've told one or the other to get it over already because you never know when you could lose them forever. Martha said this to Castle. So did Jim Beckett(!) Montgomery said something like that to Beckett, as did Royce in his dying confession letter. I almost feel like they're teasing Castle being killed in the series finale someday, leaving Beckett to realize that waiting didn't save her heart from being broken, it just denied her even a short while of happiness. Hey! They didn't announce a renewal yet... maybe that's what's going to happen in "Always". THE END.

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The whole "do you want it bad enough to get over being hurt" misses the point that Castle doesn't think he'll ever be with Beckett at all. He's hurt because he thinks he wasted four years of his life and never had a chance in the first place. What Castle's missing is his "acceptance letter". Alexis needs to go... not because she's bad, but because she's so wonderful. Having a void like that in Castle's life will be a nice part of Season 5, Beckett will be there to give advice and comfort, and Alexis can still come back to do guest spots. Is it just me or was Alexis the one working in the morgue when Lanie gave Beckett her "we don't live forever" pep talk? If she overheard something, this could be what sparks a revival for the two. Or she and Lanie could cook up something sneaky-- they're both avid Caskett Shippers. BTW, Lanie is now added to the group of people who've told one or the other to get it over already because you never know when you could lose them forever. Martha said this to Castle. So did Jim Beckett(!) Montgomery said something like that to Beckett, as did Royce in his dying confession letter. I almost feel like they're teasing Castle being killed in the series finale someday, leaving Beckett to realize that waiting didn't save her heart from being broken, it just denied her even a short while of happiness. Hey! They didn't announce a renewal yet... maybe that's what's going to happen in "Always". THE END.

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@Janet: Thanks. Another Castle-less Monday night finds me looking online for a few morsels to tide me over. Guess I'll have to go check out the Caskett fanfiction...

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RoadSinger again you said it perfectly.i also dont understand why people who obviously dont like a programme watch it.

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The majority of these comments seem to be from non-fans. I find that odd. Why take time out of your day watch the show, let alone to write that you don't like it? I love Castle, love Caskett, I have never seen an episode of Firefly, and in fact have never seen Nathan Fillion in anything but this show. I love the chemistry among all the characters and I think the writing is excellent. I didn't especially like the Slaughter character but the storyline seemed to be an excellent and necessary setup/detour for Rick and for Kate. I am very ready for them to get together but also see the length of time (so far) as due to circumstances and the characters' personalities and issues. In real life people sometimes wind up in situations where getting together is detoured. The love and chemistry between them is obvious and far more believable than that portrayed on other shows. There's more chemistry than Bones, more depth of feeling than Moonlighting.

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"Firefly fan," but did not especially like the Slaughter character. "Castle" goes for thrills and humor before authenticity, but Slaughter is like a character from a Lethal Weapon parody; he doesn't fit. Unless they can make him a bit more consistent with the tone of the show and keep him under-the-top, I don't want to see him again. P.S. Any fans of character Nick Slaughter from "Sweating Bullets," zillions of years ago?

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Very good, astute points. I especially enjoyed reading the point below about the different kind of personality and lifestyle of a street cop Slaugther was. Castle was going to show Beckett he could move on to a new muse, but in the end, he found out, who had his back, and just how lucky he fit in working at the 12th. I like how he wasn't as big a jerk, the week prior, but more like the nibshit he has in the past, sticking his nose into things that could get it cut off...like the stand-off with a street gang untill Espo and Ryan came to save his butt!
Loved Beckett saying to him at the end, that's what partners do.

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I would love to see Baldwin as a recurring character on the show. He and Nathan work so well together. I would love to see all of the cast of Firefly doing cameos on Castle--that would be so much fun. (God, how I miss Firefly!) (I also miss Capt Montgomery--not too sure I like his replacement.)

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I do understand that fiction takes liberty with reality and the two can't be held to the same standard ...but I want to comment on therapy and therapists from those I've known who've been through it (and my conclusions). Therapists seem more concerned with helping their patient deal with their patient's reality. It's more like asking them how does something make them feel or they say things like you sound like you think you should be doing something about that, what do you think you should do. So, it makes sense they would help a person deal with what she is by supporting the idea she is healing and this is all part of the process ... then remind the patient of the conclusion reached.