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.


Me thinks this will be developed later. I said on my tumblr blog yesterday a mate of mine doesn't like Beckett.
He says she is all take and never gives. Whereas Castle has had 3 stable relationships she hasn't had one and she seems to have had quite a bot of sex which wasn't of a L/T relationship variety so he says she is a hypocrite. He said this well before this episode. more grist to his mill!


It really makes no sense to make a comment like that given what we know about her to be of good character. That statement just kind of spoiled the whole 6x5 episode for me.


nottrampis. The Kate remark about her moving in with a guy was just a total disconnect given what we about her previous history. It just seems like maybe lazy writing in order to connect her with the Alexis situation. I think that comment will trigger a lot of questions about her past relationships. It makes you wonder now about that drawer she gave to Castle in 5x14. Maybe giving Castle that drawer was not really that important to her or it wasn't the important moment viewers thought it was. The way she said 'the first guy'� actually implies there has been more than one. That means she has likely had more than one relationship serious enough where she was living with the guy. In Watershed, Jim Beckett said "you know, your whole life, you've never had a relationship go this far"�. Where does living with someone fall on that scale? Castle never asks her anything afterwards about it. It really makes no sense to make a comment like that given what we know about her to be of good character.


2 comments. First, I have to give kudos to the writing staff, for an entertaining episode. I was about 8 minutes into the episode, when I thought this seemed to be a mixture of elements from Terminator and 12 Monkeys...and lo and behold, that was what was said 2 minutes I was correct, AND the writers are nicely being honest with their audience, as to what inspirations exist for episode. Second, I do think this is first time in Castle history, that a wacky nutty supernatural theory of Castle's was 100% correct. There's absolutely no way, from a lateral time perspective, for Kate's unique spill of coffee to create a stain on the paper identical to an earlier picture, to be the result of anything by time traveling...notable, but I think as a one-time thing, it was interesting.


totally agree. It was the Alexis thing that was the only problem I had wit the episode although i would like to see more of Caskett sharing their lives with each other. When oh when is he gong to tell him of how his books helped her overcome her mum's murder. Beckett has definitely grown since the final arc and DC so we can say she is learning from her many mistakes but come on!


At times, 6x5 felt like a Season 5 episode where Castle and Kate don't interact outside of work and Kate isn't part of Castle's family. I think Kate's lack of presence at the end scene was actually a big mistake. Kate could have left the room before Alexis and Castle started talking in order to keep things between father and daughter. Kate being there at the loft would have shown Castle that even if his daughter is leaving and growing up, he is too. He will not be alone which would provide him with the reason that Alexis was behaving the way she has been with Pi. In the last scene, her total lack of consideration for what Castle had said to her earlier in the episode really upset me. She acted as if she was superior to her father. I think there is just too much onscreen Alexis and Pi. She isn't important enough to be used the way she is being used. It would be much better to have Alexis in scenes with Kate in order to make the KB and RC relationship seem that much more solid.


Our Roy montgomery it ties in well with my married man thesis!


I was disappointed in 6x5 overall. There were a lot of things left unexplained. I enjoy Castle science fiction themes for the most part. The time traveler character was well played by Josh Gomez. I didn't like the way Kate was moved out of the loft w/o explanation despite it being established in 6x4 that she considered her apartment the 'old place'.� She goes home at the end of the episode to take a bath? No explanation why she still has her apartment after moving to DC. At the beginning crime scene, it was revealed by Kate that she moved in with a guy and it made her dad really unhappy. This fact really bothered me about the episode. Did this happen before her mother's murder or when she was at Stanford? That was just too convenient. Kate just casually throws it out there makes one wonder how many guys she has lived with because I feel like that little fact says something about her character that has not been part of her story history. Castle never asking about it is puzzling.


You are correct and it happens to Beckett. She is becoming Castle even before the wedding!!


Let's talk about time travel. Some people write that whether it was just crazy people talking or an actual sci-fi is debatable, however in my book there isn't any room for debate here. And that's because of the letter.
I've screenshotted and compared both letters and they ARE the same. They don't just look the same, they actually HAVE TO BE the same physical object. As far as I'm concerned it's practically impossible to create the same exact spill pattern twice. And the pattern on both the letter that Beckett was holding and the evidence photo was identical. Down to all the curves and 'bold' borders of the spill in some places. And that simply cannot be an accident, the probability of this happening to two different pieces of paper is so remote that, since it's a movie, that's the moment when one should say 'oh, so it is time travel after all'. That's because in this scenario time travel makes more sense. Am I missing something there? Correct me if I'm wrong :) So, obviously, what they did in the film is they spilled the coffee first, then took the picture. Now, the question is, what was their reasoning? In my opinion, the most probable answer to that is that they JUST wanted viewers to wonder whether Joshua Gomez was a time traveler. They didn't realize that this actually eliminated one of the theories. But what if they knew that? What if there is an already scripted plot about time travel, and all that time we've been watching a sci-fi series, not a crime / drama, without even realizing? Wouldn't that be cool?
So, now I'm waiting for more sci-fi, time traveling episodes, or at least Beckett going into politics and running for senator. :) Like that's going to happen... What's your take on that? Do you agree that the spill is such strong evidence supporting time travel variant?

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