Castle Review: A World Full of Grey

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Hi Castle fans.

We start this review with an update. Courtney Morrison, your regular Castle reviewer here at TV Fanatic, has stepped down due to scheduling conflicts and I'll be writing these reviews for the rest of Castle season 6... and hopefully many more seasons to come.  I've been a fan of Castle since the pilot episode and I hope I don't disappoint.

Now on with our show…

Scrambling to Save Castle

"Dreamworld" was an episode that kept me riveted with its story, but also made me long for more. I actually felt as though I was on an emotional see-saw for most of the hour. 

I know some fans took issue last week with Kate's lack of emotion when she told Castle he had less than 24 hours to live but I understood where Beckett was coming from. If she wasn't at the top of her game as an investigator she wouldn't be able to save him. So she compartmentalized as she so often does and shoved the emotions aside in order to do what had to be done.

She even used a time honored coping mechanism, classic Caskett humor, as she promised a dying Rick in this Castle quote

Beckett: I'm not letting you out of our engagement that easily. | permalink

Kate fought for Castle the only way she knew how: By diving head long into the case until she saved her man. 

That's not to say I didn't have my moments of disappointment, but we'll get to that. 

The man trying to fight off a death sentence seemed to be torn between being the eternal optimist and trying to figure out how his last few hours on earth might be best spent. In the end, I think Castle's calmness and use of humor won him some friends in D.C.

Castle: No one is more motivated than me to solve this and if it doesn't work out I'll be out of your hair by the end of the day. | permalink

How can anyone argue with that logic?

But I truly hated that they made Castle stay in the building for most of the hour when all I wanted was more interaction between Kate and Rick in his possible final hours. 

That didn't meant Castle wasn't thinking of Beckett. I appreciated his interaction with McCord when he asked if Kate was doing okay in her new job. He knew that if she was to survive yet another tragic loss, the job would be her main coping mechanism. If it didn't work out, if she somehow found herself failing when that was all she had left, what would become of her then?  

Knowing that McCord felt Beckett had great potential in her new position gave Rick a bit of peace. 

Of course Beckett wasn't his only concern. His phone call with Alexis was very sweet. Telling her the truth over the phone while so many miles separated them simply wouldn't have been fair. So Castle did the best he could to remind his little girl how much he loved her.

Martha was a different story. The woman was darn perceptive when it came to her only son. When she couldn't get answers from Castle or Beckett, she ended up at the 12th to grill Ryan and Esposito. She simply would not be stopped until she got answers.

Never underestimate Martha Rodgers. Despite the flightiness that appears on the surface, she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her family. 

As the minutes ticked down, Beckett and Castle worked together to figure out how to find the antidote and I was ever so grateful that McCord backed them up and saved the day. And yet, I was disappointed.

I really thought we'd get at least one scene of desperate emotion between the couple, whether it be between Rick and Kate in the car as they rushed for the antidote or at the hospital after he woke up. But that scene never came. 

Don't get me wrong. I appreciated the scenes we got where Kate lamented that she never thought this would be so hard and Castle consoled her that sometimes it's the hardest things that are worth doing.

Castle: Tell you what though, next time I say I'm dying to see you let's keep it metaphoric. | permalink

But how about a kiss! The man is dying and they never share even one kiss?!? I'm afraid "Valkyrie"set the bar for this season pretty high and as much as I enjoyed this episode I was really hoping for one moment of serious romance. I never felt I got that. 

What we did get was more Pi. I think I'm ready to go on a diet. No more Pi for me. Unless there's an actual point to his presence (which I'm guessing there might be in future episodes) he really adds nothing to the story.

In the end, I was left wondering what Beckett was thinking as McCord left her with something to ponder.

McCord: You want everything to be black or white. I get it. But in this town it rarely is and to do this job you have to make peace with that. | permalink

Can Beckett be happy living in a world surrounded by shades of grey? Can she continue to do a job where she's frequently working for men with a similar moral compass to Senator Bracken?

Perhaps more importantly, is this the type of partnership she really wants? Time will tell as we continue with the Washington D.C. saga on this season of Castle.


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pete. No apology. However, I think Kate will tell them that she regrets that she left the 12th. She has to do that in order to keep the family dynamic. Kate is a big sister to them. The last precinct scene in Watershed with the ‘boys’ was awkward in the manner which Kate handed off that last case to them without any explanation. In 6x3, the audience needs some kind of explanation about what happened during the precinct farewell. I can’t imagine that the writers would just leave things open for the viewers to visualize for themselves what happened off screen between Kate, Espo, Ryan and Gates. If the writers don’t handle it right, it changes the perception about the show in the sense that it presents to the fans that the storyline has become just too much fiction.


Pete, if it was a normal police station then yes she would have to profusely apologise ans both Ryan and especially espo ( her younger bro) would be extremely cheesed off as they were kept in the dark. But Beckett never needs to apologize for anything in this series and I tend to think Marlowe will have them both saying yeah you had to see if it worked or not or some other nonsense.


Nottrampis and Vince along the same question i asked our fearless leader Tonya, what ever role kate ends up back in ny do you see a apology from her to espo & ryan after working with them for at least 5 yrs and leaving?If so will it be awkward?


3rd time was the charm! I want to compare jordan shaw with Gates. Shaw arrives and is unimpressed with Castle but he wins her over through his hard work and obvious nous, indeed she tells Beckett his a a good asset at the end. Gates still has no idea of how good castle is after her THIRD year in command, Transfer this woman immediately and put someone in as Captain who isn't a bimbo!

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Nottrampis, maybe 3rd time is the charm. I resent it from my TVF account this time. Pete, I am positive that she will not apologize for being wrong and trying the job. In fact, I am sure that they will come up with a way for her to at least partially blame it on Castle in the future. She is WAY too selfish to take full responsibility for her actions and admit she was wrong. Plus, Beckett just rarely apologizes for anything. I think that's why Always was a shocker. That is the only real apology that she has ever made.


Our tonya A class, I have no e-mail. you are becketting me!!! The writers were a bit confused with the job. It was both an agency and a task force and then the deputy director of the FBI interviewed her. huh? Anything to do with National security in OZ means this. No-one but no-one is invited to interview, you must apply. A person who simply only worked in homicide would be rejected as lacking experience in other areas of police work.
A person who was suap[ended because they went rogue would be told no thanks we have other people to look at. I am told Yanks do not have lower standards then we Aussies. so yes tonya is on the money in saying the new job is completely absurd. and yes She deliberately took a job over her relationship with Castle as she told her Dad. When I wrote about Watershed and the DC jb I wrote about all this. how prescient I was!


Tonya you laid out the criteria well what are your thoughts if kate quits/resigns do you thinks she will apologize to castle for being wrong in even trying the job or offer some excuse.


Tonya B. Agree. In the end, she did choose the job over Castle. The viewers won’t forget that. Not sure how they plan to explain this away in order to keep the engagement credible during the season. The writers really hurt the series with this job scenario in the minds of long time viewers. IMO.

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Vince, what makes her look even more stupid is that SHE KNEW what the job would do to her relationship, yet she did it anyway. She told her dad that Castle was right, that there would be no room for him if she took the job. She had personal experience with Will Sorenson! Yet she chose to do to Castle exactly what Will did to her! That is not only stupid, it is cold.


nottrampis. Agree. How ironic now that 6x1 and 6x2 are so case heavy in order to show how Kate is not a good fit for the job. McCord wants to stop the threat; Beckett wants to get justice. The viewers always knew that this agent position would not work for her, but the way the writers are presenting it now makes her look foolish in order for Kate to find out for herself. Why the need to invest five episodes to show something that was so out of character for her? Looking forward to the end of this DC job scenario.

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Castle Season 6 Episode 2 Quotes

Sometimes the hardest things in life are the things most worth doing.


So then, apart from the fact that I'm dying, I'm fine.


Castle Season 6 Episode 2 Music

  Song Artist
Song I Just Want You (remixed) Robert Duncan
Bach tocatta and fugue in d minor Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor Johann Sebastian Bach iTunes