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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I am off to umpire at Cricket. i amy see you all this afternoon! Our tony A class aren't you talking to me anymore? Aghh the two ladies in the world I like to talk to (apart from my wife of course but she does NOT talk Castle) and neither are talking to me. alas alack poor me life was not not to be like this.


with regard to the evil episode can I relate a conversation that occurred at my place between a mate of mine and his wife. She is a shipper and he WAS a fan. She said if she ever acted liked Beckett in the episode he was quite entitled to divorce her. He said if she acted like that He would!


It seems to me for Marlowe and crew to get out of the mighty deep hole they have dug for themselves they have to have Kate admit she made a stupid decision. She didn't think it through etc. She could apologise for all her appalling behaviour in the final arc at the same time and hey presto we are almost back on a even keel..
The only problem is gates who is still from the spoilers for episode 3 a really stupid Captain. I have no answers on how to resurrect her. Any suggestions? Bueller?


what annoyed the hell out of me with regard to Watershed was it was written as though the person had not seen an episode of Castle before. i have exposed a lot of inconsistencies and blatant contradictions to the 'canon 'of Castle. There were umpteen questions arising out of the episode and the final arc yet NONE were addressing the paley panel discussion. That is Marlowe and co showing utter contempt for the fans.


I think that Stan's interview on TV line should be viewed more in line of what she didn't say, rather than what she did say. I shared my frustration with the interview on that forum, look under my comment on October 1. I thought the interview was crap, the interviewer totally let Stana off the hook, and the question about her lying and deceit, she did not answer at all! There is no do doubt in my mind, she was under strict instructions from ABC or Marlowe, not to admit to anything, that may indicate they knew they got the last 3ep arc of S5 totally wrong.


Castlefan. You are absolutely right. Stana and Marlowe know the evil episode was a total miscalculation on their part, but are they going to admit it, no chance. Just like Watershed upset the fans over Kate's lying and deceit, I believe, they know that as well, but once again, there is not a snowballs chance in hell, that they will admit they got it wrong. I believe they tried to put it right in Valkerie, and to a small extent they did, but once again, Marlowe took two steps backward in Dreamworld. If Kate is not back in NYC at the beginning on the 4th episode, with a marked improvement in the Caskett dynamic, I think we will be seeing the disintegration of the greatest show to come of the US ever, IMO.


Rotwang 10: And that is why the episode failed. They want to concentrate on the push as some noble act and the fans want to focus on everything else. I wish (and I know it's an idle wish) that someone would come out and say " we messed up". That would be a gutsy move. But it will never happen. I believe that if TSTQ had never happened the whole job scenario would have come across better. But TSTQ put me and I know many others in a bad place when it comes to viewing Kate.


So sharing a drink with another man, telling intimate details of your life and letting him kiss you are signs of commitment to your partner? So if she had wild, screaming sex with Vaughn that means she and Castle are happily married for ever after?


Tonya: They (Marlowe, Stana, whoever) know that TSTQ was messed up and very poorly received. Just compare the interviews of Marlowe and Stana. He said way back when the episode aired ( if my memory is correct) that the scene showed Beckett's commitment to Castle. Now after a summer where the episode and particularly that scene has been hammered all over the internet, Stana says " I was hoping that what would come across was that she was dedicated to the relationship with Castle". She know, all the show principles know, that a multitude of the fanbase saw something far different in that scene. But she has to keep up the party line though she does add the very telling "I was hoping" phrase because she knows that the scene and the episode failed for many, many fans.

Tonya b

Comments like that from a lead character disillusion me for the entire series. Yuk. If that was her true opinion about the goal of the episode, then she is dumber than she looks.

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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