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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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Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Tonya b

Nottrampis, I resent the email. Check your TVFanatic inbox.

Tonya b

A single minded homicide cop with a partner who is not a cop and a history of a suspension and of quitting her job would be the absolutely last person that they would pick for such a task force (even if picking non-FBI civilians was possible.) So Beckett only trained for 6 weeks to become a new agent, then she was placed in the coveted DC field office as a new agent(boy would that piss off agents with seniority,) then she was assigned to a special task force through the AG's office in spite of zero FBI experience(talk about pissing off agents with seniority.) Seriously Marlowe, how much more ridiculous are you going to take this story before it turns into a comical cartoon?

Tonya b

They have already taken such ridiculous dramatic license for this job that it is becoming comical. First of all, to become an FBI agent, ALL candidates must go through training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia for 20 weeks. Just to get in the program, they compete against hundreds of thousands of Americans in one of the most rigorous and selective application processes in the nation. And yes, you must APPLY. You DO NOT simply get offered to interview for a job. It doesn't matter what you were or did before joining, you still start at the bottom, and there is no way to jump ranks. When you finish training, you are assigned to a field office based on where they need agents, not where you or anyone else chooses. Agents for a 'special task force tied to the AG's office' would be selected from existing higher ranking agents with stellar FBI credentials. These agents would be veterans with 10+ years of experience IN THE FBI. A single minded homicide cop with a partner who is not a cop and a history of a suspension and of quitting her job would be the absolutely last person that they would pick for such a task force (even if picking non-FBI civilians was possible.) So Beckett only trained for 6 weeks to become a new agent, then she was placed in the coveted DC field office as a new agent(boy would that piss off agents with seniority,) then she was assigned to a special task force through the AG's office in spite of zero FBI experience(talk about pissing off agents with seniority.) Seriously Marlowe, how much more ridiculous are you going to take this story before it turns into a comical cartoon?

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Tonya now I am getting teary eyed. Are you Becketting me?

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Our Tonya A class I still haven't gotten your e-mail and until I get it I wil be a sad grumpy old man!

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I keep on repeating myself but i am allowed to since i am a grumpy old man but the writers and Stana have no idea of how stupid they have painted Beckett. She has accepted ( forget about the absurd assumptions you have to make as well ) a job which is a life changing one. It is completely different to her previous job. She is only now realising the implications of that decisions both for her and for Caskett. this should have been done before deciding whether she wanted the job.

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(cont)fell out of the sky with no inkling that she was looking,now her career takes her to another state with the understanding that she will be back in ny with yet another job(i'am getting dizzy).As to her being more secure/happy since the engagement wouldn't you if you got everything you wanted and never had to sacrifice for the relationship?Sure she's happy to see rick in dc,again if you had to move to a city where you didn't know anybody and start over a familiar face(rick)would help.Yet kate fans who are in a bind trying to defend her suggest that she has "love in her eyes",really go back to season 3 or 4 you'll see that same look in her eyes,but was it love?No, is it now?Don't think so!

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Yeah us viewers we just can't grasp whats right in front us,with out us there is no castle!Look the engagement was horrific,rick out of desperation and kate willing to marry if only certain conditions by rick are met.Its a myth that the modern person can have it all-maybe in a casual relationship but not when a couple are talking marriage both have to be willing to sacrifice other wise its a sham, a marriage of convenience rather than of love.Let be honest here,kate has not sacrificed one thing for"them" her love is for her career,well in the last year she was suspended,than quit,than reinstated,than at the end of the season this job(cont)

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Tonya B. I have read that same SK interview. I have criticized some of her comments in the past, but in this case, SK comments seem genuine to me. I am sure the show runner knows by now that those final 3 episodes did not come across as expected. Most of her statements in the interview present as maybe reconciliation to the viewers for the missteps. The message I got from her answers was to suggest that perhaps the viewers should move on from that and look forward now to the new season. IMHO

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Since the engagement Kate seems more happy when she is with castle. Maybe she feels more secure. She still has trouble showing affection in public. She was happy at the apartment. Whose relative is pi that they gave him a part in this show. Dump him

Castle Season 6 Episode 2 Quotes

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

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

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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
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