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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Tonya b

I would love to know how SK would feel if the person she was in love with did the same thing to her that she did to Castle.She says she would support him wholeheartedly, but for how long? Would she quit her job and follow him?
As for the current job scenario, Beckett is already complaining about how hard it is to sustain the relationship. But did it occur to anyone that the fact that her first case is in DC is pure luck? It's not so bad for Castle to hop a plane for 45 minutes. But what happens when her next job is in Washington state? Then Castle would have to hop a plane for about 6 hours and that makes a weekend awful short. And how long does she think Castle will be able to stand it when she can't discuss her cases with him after work?


Yes Captain Cook imagine for example he was a firefighter in Los angles. They are both happy but he gets a "great job ' offer heading up of fighting bushfires in OZ. He tells her he would be a loser if he didn't take the job....


It is interesting to note that if Stana had a partner who wanted to follow their dream and go to Paris or China, she would wholeheartedly support that. I wonder if she would like to be consulted first, before being given a fait acompli. Just asking!


Hi Christine. As a TV reporter, do you think that Stana and Marlowe in particular, are totally unaware of the fan fury the final arc of S5 caused, and if they are, do they really give a stuff?


Hey I haven't got the e-mail yet. It seems to me Marlowe and Katic have been taking stupid pills!

Tonya b

Whew, I'm tired now.

Tonya b

Lastly, SK's comment that Castle "wasn't necessarily aware of what a great thing he had...." is ridiculously stupid. Seriously? He has been chasing her for FIVE YEARS and he JUST STOOD ON A BOMB WITH HER!!!!!! Katic and Marlowe must think that all the fans are retarded if they honestly expected us to believe that Castle doesn't know what a great woman he has just because he doesn't instantly stop his video game, cut off his phone call, and drop his pants the second that Beckett walks in the room. In all reality, who in that relationship is the one being taken for granted? Is it the guy who works for the cops for free every day, even though the cops often ridicule him? Is it the guy who sacrificed his career, and nearly his life for her? I must be retarded because I can't understand this.

Tonya b

Then SK tries to defend the kiss by saying that Vaughn kissed her. Well, yes, he did. But, Beckett LET Vaughn kiss her, however briefly, and she did a lot of things to lead him on. Fans were angry that Kate could be depicted as having THAT MUCH DOUBT about her relationship with Castle, that early in their relationship, that she allowed herself to come that close to cheating on him. It just paints a very ominous picture for the Caskett future. I ask myself exactly when will Beckett cheat on him. Maybe when they have another big fight? Or maybe if another emotional insecurity over something crops up?

Tonya b

Can you imagine if Castle walked in on her with his flag pole in full salute mode, while she was having an important conversation with a girlfriend on the phone, then he said, "Oh Beckett. Come on, get off the phone, I've got plans for you." I can guarantee you with about 99.5% certainty that Beckett would give him that mean, judgmental look that she does so well and tell him, "I don't think so Castle. This is important so you'll just have to wait until I'm done," then she would tell her friend on the phone, "Men are pigs. They expect you to just drop everything to have sex with them whenever they want." Such a double standard, it is just unbelievable.

Tonya b

Nottrampis, me thinks the grumpy old man is crackin'. I sent you an email earlier today and I've left a few comments here. Back to that comment that SK made about the evil episode, it struck me that she thought the focus of the episode was to show that Castle 'wasn't necessarily aware of what a great thing he had and was distracted. And the distractions kind of became a priority.' If that was her take from the show then she is a real idiot and completely unfamiliar with how relationships work. I simply cannot understand how she thinks it's okay to walk in on Castle while he is in the middle of a video game, WITH ANOTHER PERSON ON THE PHONE, chasing a high score, and expect him to instantly drop everything at the sight of her. (contd)

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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