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Castle Review: The Dark Side of Rick

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It’s that time of year again!

The time of year when Andrew Marlowe and the rest of the Castle writers give us an extra present. The time of year when they push out a two-part episode that is filled with tension, adrenaline and something that always hits close to home. The best part about these episodes? They never fail. Time to talk “Target," TV Fanatics.

The Castle Season 5 two-parter kicked off with the kidnapping of Alexis and her friend. Turns out Alexis was in the wrong place at the wrong time and her pal’s rich father is hated in Egypt. So what is going on here? Rewind...

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Where In the World is Alexis Castle? Beckett and Castle realize that Sara could have been taken for ransom. Castle figures out his little girl is with her and the stakes have changed. Here comes a different side of Rick Castle. The side that threatens felons for the location of his daughter and shows up where he shouldn’t so he can take her home. I’m pretty sure this is a side of all fathers and can’t even imagine how to handle the situation. 

On the upside? Alexis does. Girl is definitely her father. Knowing how to pick locks, trying to identify their location. Skyping with her dad and dropping the phone so they can trace it and show whats on the floor (was that an X)? After chasing down leads to the farm house, I thought for sure the girls would be outside of New York. Never for a second did I think they would be in Paris. Good twist, Marlowe!

Beckett’s Role. How do you go from being the girlfriend/partner to the lead detective on the kidnapping of your boyfriend’s daughter? Kate Beckett will obviously figure it out. After rushing to his side and hugging him in front of Gates - after saying she doesn’t care who sees - Beckett is on a mission to find the daughter of the man she loves. And she will stop at nothing to do it. 

The two had a serious exchange where Castle asked her not to promise to find Alexis unless she can because he will never forgive her otherwise. Could you fathom the strain that would go on this relationship if things don’t end well? You have to assume that Alexis walks away from this and back into the arms of her father. But could you picture it if she didn’t?

Meet Agent Harris. Veteran actor Dylan Walsh appears as the FBI Agent helping out with the kidnapping case. Most of the time, these two-part appearances make you suspicious and worried. But for some reason, the character of Agent Harris brings out a calm in everyone. Here is hoping the man gets the job done and quick. And it wouldn’t hurt if he stuck around for some time. Walsh is looking fine!

The Spotlight is On. We’ve discussed many times the lack of screen time that Molly Quinn gets on the series, especially now that her character has moved onto college. Her scenes have always been sweet and endearing, especially those with her father. Hopefully this will clue in the staff to give some bigger arcs to the little Castle. 

One Man Show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nathan Fillion is a genius. The man is able to portray so much emotion just through a facial expression. He can bring the laughs, the smiles, and even sometimes, the tears. This episode proved that Fillion is an amazing actor, as he portrayed maybe the hardest role he has had on this show so far. Scared father. The character is living a parent’s worst nightmare. With Fillion playing the role, you are feeling exactly what he is feeling. He deserves a statue after this season, especially after this episode. 

Leave it to Castle to go from a fun and lighthearted Valentine’s Day episode (“Reality Star Struck”) and come back with something that is bound to make you hold your breath. It’s no secret I love the two-parters. And the best thing about this installment? There is another one on the way.

So while we wait until the next episode, hit up the comments and check back for the official Castle Round Table later in the week, where the staff of TV Fanatic will be discussing the tense events of “Target.” Until then, Castle fans!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I am finally happy to see Castle and Beckett , have come out of the closet and show everyone including Gates In episode ! Save Alexis on time , And crawl in to Daddy,s arms , I cant wait until next weeks episode ! I love Castle and Beckett together !

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You are wrong about what the police would do in that situation if it was a child of one of their own. The "rules" would mean almost nothing. What is the deal with the torture issues all of the time? If someone knew where my kidnapped child was there is nothing I wouldn't do to them to make them talk.

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This story line is so overworked. We had it on CSI and CSI NY recently-kidnapped children members or loved ones. We have had it on Criminal minds with Reese being held captive and buried alive, etc. etc. etc. I personally don't like it when the main characters are in jeopardy. There are enough bad guys and available tension from those story lines to keep us in anticipation-let the bad guys take it in the gut-leave the good guys alone. I've stopped watching Hawaii 5-O for the same reason, it's all about the characters and not about the crime solving and criminals. For this reason, I think NCIS has lasted so long. A little drama with the main characters, but primarily it's about the case with some likeable (mostly) and eccentric main characters to keep things lively.

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AMAZING EPISODE!! I love the two-parters!! They are probably my most favorite to watch! But they also kill me at the same time because I have to wait a week until the next one!! Andrew Marlowe and Co. definitely know what they're doing! Keep up the great work!! And hats off to Nathan Fillion, you knocked it out of the park and beyond!! Can't wait until next week!

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I THINK THE WAY HE IS PORTRAYING HIS CONCERN FOR HIS ONLY DAUGHTER IS EXCELLENT AND CONVINCING.HIS DESCRIPTION OF HOW HE FELT WHEN HE FIRST HELD HER AS A NEW FATHER WAS EXACTLY THE WAY I FELT 47 YEARS AGO WITH OUR FIRST BORN(DAUGHTER).
THIS SHOW IS,IN MY OPINION, FAR SUPERIOR TO ANY OTHER DRAMA ON TELEVISION. IT COMPARES WITH THE QUALITY OF A CINEMATIC PRODUCTION. EVAN THE SUPPORTING ROLES ARE OF A HIGH QUALITY. IN ALL OF MY 76 YEARS OF VIEWING I HAVE NEVER FELT COMPELLED TO COMMENT OR WATCH A PRODUCTION BEFORE "CASTLE", I HOPE TIT CONTINUES

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Good news!!!! Looks like episode 19, "The Lives of others " on April 1st will be co-written by Andrew Marlowe and his wife Terri Miller. Caskett romance is back!!! I love when the two of them co-write.

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I was getting bored with this show. But this episode brought me back. Riveting. Can't wait for next week.

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All this fuss about first names, last names! Seeley and Temperance live together and have a child and call each other Booth and Bones!!!!

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That look Gates gave after she saw Beckett holding Castle's hand was upsetting to me. its confirmed what Gates already knew. But I still say she will not confront them. She is starting to soften! Great,great episode!!!Glad Nathan got the lead in this one!

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@DiamondLife I'm OK with the last name thing. I've been called by my last name since I was a kid, and that includes bosses, friends' parents and significant others. It's just what I'm used to. It feels more intimate to hear that than if someone called me by my first name.