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


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


It will be interesting to see the Live TV Ratings & DVR viewings for episodes 6x6 and 6x7 given all those new promotional pictures which include Alexis, but no Beckett. I will have my remote handy in order to MUTE the Alexis scenes if needed. If they want Alexis to be in the show, the writers need to use her in a better way. Use her in scenes with Beckett to make Beckett and Castl's relationship seem that much more solid. Her character is irritating and superfluous. Alexis is not important enough to the storyline to justify her being used for so many episodes in this kind of ongoing drama over her relationship with Castle. IMHO


Someone needs to remind the obnoxious little redhead about the time when she was so smart that she posted enough private information on a public blog that kidnappers were easily able to grab her and her friend. Then her father had to risk his life and his fortune (over 3 million in ransom money) to go to a foreign country to save her ass. If she has learned nothing after that hard lesson and still thinks that she is smarter than her dad, then it is time for him to dish out some hard love and cut her off completely. I doubt Martha paid for his college education so why should he continue to pay for his brat child when she treats him like an idiot?


who knows Keith? One thing is clear nobody does and we would like to


@nottrampis - I'm not sure it's a matter of responsible/irresponsible and one becoming the other unnaturally. Alexis lately seems out of character (besides being dislikable in my opinion) and I'm not sure if it's a real change or a new direction out of the blue or if the show's creators even see it??? I could read the extremely calm discussion where Alexis reminds her father she's smarter than him as her saying instead that she's been waiting for this opportunity to put him in his place -- except that I can't believe the show intends anything like that, so what do they mean?????


wow, some of you have a different point of view to me to moving in with someone. I was secular but never got that far but it essentially the same thing as marriage but with flexibility.
It an\int no minor thing. Where were those walls?


Christine we no longer have one cents or two cents in OZ!! My minor ,stress minor, point regarding Alexis is that in my house and most other families i know of 'responsible teenagers simply remain responsible teenagers. It is the irresponsible one that continue to be irresponsible.
( of course we clam great parenting when they are responsible!!) i would like a small, stress ,small. line about why this is happening.


Christine. Thanks for the response. We know that Kate was a rebellious teenager and your college comments make sense for sure. With Kate just saying 'first guy'� in such a casual manner just bothered me given her well established good character. I was annoyed because there was no explanation and it distracted me from the rest of the case. If Castle had just responded by asking Kate what later happened with her father OR if Kate had just said that she was 18 at the time and it was foolish would have been more credible instead of just leaving it with nothing else said by them. This issue was just one of many unexplained things in this episode for me.


And FYI to All... Our Castle round table is now up! You can scroll up a bit and find it under More Castle News or you can go here: So come on over and help us name the Caskett kids. :)


notrtrampis - You're not kidding about the wardrobe! What I wouldn't give to have just one of her Burberry coats. Vince - I didn't have a problem with Kate saying she moved in with a guy when she was young. They've mentioned many times that she was a rebellious teen. I know a few of girls who casually lived with boyfriends in their early college years. Some just to get out of the dorm rooms! I think comparing it to her living with Castle now is apples and oranges. As a teen/early 20s she wouldn't have put as much thought into it. Now it really means something. Plus she just may be waiting for Castle to ask which we haven't seen him do. Moving in together in DC would have been just them. In NYC his family is there too, so it's a bit different. Just my 2 cents.


Great review Christine. I like that you understood what was happening with Alexis. So many people are getting upset with her. She is a young woman finding her way. Again I love that we see Father and Daughter talking through a disagreement and not yelling and slamming doors.
The spilled coffee was a wonderful way to put some questions into Kate's head. I wonder if we will see Doyle return sometime in the future?

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