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Castle Review: Too Soon

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"Time Will Tell" continued one of Castle's best season to date. It was classic Castle with a sci-fi twist, some Casketty future goodness and a father/daughter moment that broke my heart.

Let's start with the sci-fi…

A Time Traveling Killer

Castle finally got his time traveling killer. Simon Doyle was exuberant and determined enough to sell his story, yet crazy enough to make me question it too.

The thought of future Energy Wars was just believable enough to be scary and I appreciated Castle asking the questions about the butterfly effects of changing the time stream and Doyle's explanation that while some minor changes were self-correcting, others could undeniably change the future.

As usual, Beckett was the skeptic but I liked that. Someone has to look at the evidence logically and not get swept up in the fanciful theories. As a cop, that's her job. I was relieved when Beckett pointed out that the way Simon knew the numbers 1258 were because he'd been to the crime scene and seen the victim's watch stopped at 12:58 a.m. 

For every crazy sci-fi theory, there was also a logical explanation, if you were willing to look. 

The story also explored the ripple effect of not only time but people, as Dr. Wickfield wasn't the person who solved the energy crisis or stopped a supposed future war but his work may have inspired the kid who one day would.  The effect you have on those around you is something you can never predict. 

And for us sci-fi geeks, how cool was it to have Tim Russ who played Lt. Commander Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager as Dr. Malcom Wickfield? (Yes, I really did yell out, Hey it's Tuvok! when I saw him on the screen.)

Also, who would have guessed that Espo was a Dr. Who fan?

On to the Casketty future goodness…

Beckett got tackled by the creepy Garrett Ward and Castle came to her rescue, only to be almost strangled to death but the super soldier from the future. I was hoping for more of a moment where Castle and Beckett made sure the other was OK after the attack but with so much going on it wasn't meant to be. 

Instead, we got something even better.

Simon not only told us that Rick and Kate would indeed get married but that Castle eventually begins writing serious literature (Hey, I like the mystery novels.), she becomes a senator and they have three kids. I found it telling that Castle focused on Beckett becoming a senator while she appeared more shocked by the three little rugrats they'd be having. I would have loved to have seen a more private discussion about that one later.

And yes! I really did want to know the kids names.

However, I did love it when Beckett spilled the coffee on the note and made the connection between her actions and the picture from the future. Even the most logical of us have to believe that there are some things in life we cannot understand.

And I know Castle was still reeling from Simon's apparent disappearance but when your fiancee mentions a plan for a warm, cozy bath I believe the expected response is, Can I join you? Of course poor Castle had other things on his mind.

Like Alexis…and Pi…and the future coming too soon.

Thankfully, this episode answered some questions that have been lingering all season. First, that Alexis is at the loft because the college semester hasn't started yet. That made some sense if you figure at the start of the season Beckett had been in training for two months. That would have started us off somewhere in July in the Castle time line. 

I was also glad to hear that Alexis wasn't expecting Castle to pay for her new place with Pi. That would have been too difficult to wrap my mind around. 

It was good to see that Castle finally hit his limit of having the free loading boyfriend sleep on his sofa. Even the most patient parent has their breaking point but he wasn't exactly thrilled with the resolution as he told his daughter in this Castle quote...

No Alexis, I do trust you I'm just saying deciding to share an apartment with someone you met on a banana plantation a month ago just doesn't strike me as the smartest decision you've ever made. | permalink

I also loved Castle's response to Ryan when he broke the news…

Ryan: And you're letting her?
Castle: Well apparently the only way to stop her is by locking her up but according to Miss By-the-Book here that's unlawful imprisonment. | permalink

The final scene where Castle had to watch Alexis walk out the door was truly heartbreaking. The realization that all those moments between he and his little girl were long over flashed through his eyes and boy did it hurt. Having her go off to college was one thing. Having her move in with a guy clearly had a deeper impact.

For Castle it was far too soon. For Alexis it was time to move out on her own.

The good news for Castle is that Pi doesn't seem truly harmful, just kind of goofy…and a guy. And if it all falls apart, she can always come home.

The good news for fans is that Castle and Beckett should have a lot more privacy for the Casketty romance we all crave more of. 

Once again, Castle managed to engage my brain with a brilliant mystery while tugging at my heartstrings with amazing characters. That's why I call them #HappyCastleMondays

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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This was a great episode, but what's really interesting is the door was left open for Doyle to be seen again. I wonder when and where? I also found it interesting that Doyle knows something that Kate did and yet Castle still marries her. Well, we know its not infidelity because that would be a deal breaker... remember Alexis crazy mother. I think Kate is going to be a "run away bride." It certainly fits in with her moments of emotional uncertainty. Even in the conversation with Castle around Alexis, and her future life with Castle, she wanted to say something about their having children and she omitted it from her reply to Castle, but it was clear where she was headed with her conversation. It would be nice if Marlowe made time for some honest conversation, between Alexis and Kate, and Kate and Castle, instead of the brief puzzle pieces that fans have been struggling to put together. Oh, yes... does any body have an idea when Ryan and Jenny's baby will be born? TV is not the real world! Smile

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Everytime I comment I get moderation when I sign in. What gives?

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can someone tell me why EVERYONE of my comments are now being moderates even though I am registered?

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My account on this site is WAY messed up now. I am just posting a comment to see what name shows up. They seem to have mixed my account with another account. I was trying to put a picture of my namesake (headless, thronless, horse riding demon) but the area where you can do that is not my account! I'm still watching comments but have not watched any episodes. I'm glad I haven't after reading recent comments!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Messed up ,I cannot even comment!

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Tonya B. Same here. Account is incorrect. Profile text is empty. The Alexis arc is hurting the series. I need her to get off my screen. The show is painful to watch. The Alexis/Pi connection must be Marlowe payback to the fans who dare to criticize the mastermind show runner for the federal arc. I look for audience viewer numbers to drop soon if her on screen appearances continue to open and close each episode. Her treatment of Castle is just pathetic.

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I am surprised no-one has yet picked up on the one and done plus Beckett living with a bloke at 19

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I am going to write about this today but we must remember My kate is a one and done girl. She would have got this from her parents with a lot of 'help from her mother. She would NOT have moved in with whoever it was unless IMHO her mother agreed with her. Therefore My Kate thought THAT person was her one and done guy. Clearly he wann't. It seems liklely this cad broker her heart, got bored ith her, scorned her and brought on all the insecuruties we now see and which Castle bravely and stoicly puts up with!

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I am going to write about this today but we must remember My kate is a one and done girl. She would have got this from her parents with a lot of 'help from her mother. She would NOT have moved in with whoever it was unless IMHO her mother agreed with her. Therefore My Kate thought THAT person was her one and done guy. Clearly he wann't. It seems liklely this cad broker her heart, got bored ith her, scorned her and brought on all the insecuruties we now see and which Castle bravely and stoicly puts up with!

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I loved the episode on the whole, but I have to point out that Alexis would not be able to get a work-study job given her dad's income. Those jobs are given out based on need.

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castleguard; While we know a lot about Kate, we really only know the romantic backstory that we have seen (Will, Demming, Josh, etc), and that is very limited. Her healthy teenage growth ended when her mother died and she became the consumed cop, built the wall, etc. Part of her insecurities are that she hasn't been this far in a relationship before. Even her father told her that, she knows how to run. So, she's really trying to learn and she knows this, thus the therapy. Rick's insecurities are that he's been married twice and not willing to risk his heart. He too has been hurt. Both had multiple opportunities to express their feelings during 4 seasons and didn't act upon them due to fear. Rick knew that he had to let Kate come to him when she was ready. All characters really only know how they are written, we the viewers get more of the picture. I'm standing by both have their issues, flaws, and shortcomings. All humans do. Assigning blame doesn't resolve anything. I love how the characters have grown and look forward to watching more of that progression.

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castlefan1212, agree that most viewers realize that Rick's playboy image is just a public persona. The problem lies in the fact that the writers have portrayed Kate as NOT realizing this and she is thus insecure about it (hence the double standard, as she seems to have been promiscuous in her past). I find it difficult to understand how you can claim that Rick's insecurities played a very big part in keeping them from getting together for 4 years. Kate was only receptive to him twice in those 4 years, in S2E24 A Deadly Game and S4E19 47 Seconds. Both times it was her fault that they didn't get together. Where in those 4 yrs would you have had Rick put his heart on the line?