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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I will wait one more episode before I begin to use my remote for MUTE on live TV or FF on DVR for any Alexis scenes. It is painful to watch the destruction of her character by the show runner.


Lynn. Totally Agree. Kate's comment was a big blunder. It just shows real inconsistency in the story telling. In the same way, the Alexis/Pi connection is just unrealistic given her good past relationship with her father. Long time viewers don't like the way the writers change the character to fit the plot for a specific episode.


Beckett is not a woman to "live with a guy". She might have been wild as a teenager but there is a huge difference between what wild as a teenager means (to a woman who values her privacy) to one who talks about "the first guy I lived with" to her fiancé. The writers were off base on that part of the script. Heck, Beckett closed off pretty much the entire world after her mom's death and dealing with her father's alcohol addiction then pretty much living at her job until Castle finally broke through the wall around her heart.
There is NO WAY Kate Beckett lived with guys. That was a big mistake on the writers part. Can't believe it was Andrew Marlowe & Terry Miller who wrote that!


Is it just me or what? Talking about this season's timeline: Episode three, when Beckett and McCord swoop into NY to "take over" the case, Castle is watching the news report of the victim and his TV clearly shows the date as October 7. That would take us well past the end of summer and the start of the new college semester. Add to that two more cases since Beckett has returned to NY, and we are looking at Pi being on the couch "one month"? I love the show, but sounds like they need a continuity editor, or something.


Vince. If you waiting for Marlowe to explain all of Kate's bizarre behaviour, I'm afraid you are in for a long wait. It is obvious, that Marlowe will never show Kate as ever being wrong or stupid, that is always reserved Castle, sadly.

Sue ann

I must admit that I have had to catch up on episodes on the computer, as I have been away on vacation, and sometimes, away from a television. I have not paid any attention to Beckett's ring finger. However, it was established back when her apartment blew up, or earlier, that she wears her mother's ring on a chain around her neck. Is it possible that it was her mother's ring, and not hers, which she was wearing, as per usual?


Yes its comments like that which make my mate think Beckett is a hypocrite. He thinks she has broken hearts but Castle hasn't. He just wonders how she could ever judge Castle given her history!


nottrampis. That 'first guy'� comment reminded me of the scene from 4x11 "Till Death Do Us Part". KB and RC are talking about sharing 'numbers'. Kate started the conversation by asking Castle if he really wanted to know about ALL the men she had sleep with. Castle replied "ALL implies a lot, how many are we talking about?" Kate then asked him if he really wanted to know her number. He says "I'll tell you mine, if you give me yours". Kate must have been pretty 'active' during her days before she became a detective or the time before her mother's death. It is so funny how one remark like that can get you to start thinking about something.


Yes and he DC job was a F/T job. she wasn't going back to NY so it doesn't make sense or is that cents!


nottrampis. Just the fact that she has moved in with other guys just makes one wonder about her old apartment. Was she more serious will all those other guys than she is with Castle? I really doubt it. She didn't agree to marry any of them. Why does she still have her own apartment even after they got engaged and they were going to move in together in DC and after it was implied that she lives at the loft? The writers need to explain this to the viewers.

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