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.


Didn't think about it, but would agree that if anyone's parents were handy they would let them know at the least about looking for an apartment (and probably anyone supposedly as mature as Alexis would be aware of Pi friction and offer up the looking as a way to chill out her father). Likely she wouldn't imagine he'd be against it and be surprised there -- but to defend it by suggesting she's smarter than him afterall, uh does any teenager tell their parents so matter-of-factly (perhaps in the heat of a passionate argument) that "All of us know I'm smarter than you"? Won't miss her for awhile, anyway.


Anon, love is a funny thing! agree with the rest of your comments. I don't think the writers are at their best with the Alexis situation. for anyone interested I write about why Marlowe portrayed Beckett as stupid and selfish in the final arc of Series 5 and the first arc of series 6. I applaud him for this as Beckett has clearly learnt from her many mistakes and grown enormously as a person. There was method in his madness! just put my name in your search engine it is on my blog ( it is on my google blog but you will get there if you go to my tumblr blog as well! and give me some comments please


tten an apartment without talking to my folks first. And, final thought, I lost all respect for her taste when I found out she's been with Pi for over a month. Honestly how could an intelligent person stand being around such a loser?


Re Alexis, I'm a grad student and through that am in contact with undergrads. 19 or no, I don't know of any who would get an apartment on their own without consulting their parents., In most cases they would need a co-signer as well (does Pi even have a salary? What's his credit score? That would be an immediate no where I am). I know Alexis more mature (as a character) than most regular teens, but it strikes me as pretty inconsiderate to not include him on this important aspect of her life, especially when he has brought her up and is presumably paying for her education. And maybe because she should know he would want to be involved? Plus considering that she was stalked, kidnapped, and ransomed, I imagine safety and discussing things together should be a priority. Remember her stupid idea to post her life to the world on a blog? It was directly because of that that she was captured, and that her father had to put his life on the line! In any case, I know I would never have gotten an apartment without talking to my parents.


Look I can understand the alexis finding some dope and she falls in love with him. hey that is teenage years but a responsible child doesn't suddenly turn into an ill mannered brat.
and that was what Alexis was. We still do not know why, how and when this occurred? This is quite irritating for intense shippers! Please just give a a very brief explanation next episode. you are a hard man to please Captain Cook. I thought the episode was a hoot.


Daren. The issue I have is, the sheer inconsistency and continuity from one episode to the next. If Kate was happy to wear her engagement ring around her neck whilst working in DC, and we could see that she was, why is she not wearing it around her neck, when back at work at the 12th? This is just poor attention to detail, IMO, especially, when the vast majority of fans want to see it!!


hey ukno1stanafan she was wearing the ring when she didn't have a job. When Castle goes to talk to his biggest fan she was looking at it on her finger on top of the car. She only wore the neckless to keep her fingers clear.


Finally Castle speaks up about the living arrangements. The last show where he walked in the bedroom when Castle and Beckett still in there was too much since they had the door closed to begin with. Alexis will learn the hard way but I was glad to see she didn't ask for money that was very grownup.


not enjoying the alexis and pi storyline. I'm a big castle fan but could not get with this episode


Kate the senator, and three kids!?! cooiio! the Alexis scene was overdue, she's growing up like all children do - break to the Beatles "She's leaving Home" Joshua Gomez was terrific - good actor, very committed to the part and the plot; he really sold the time travel
Very good episode - Ah I love New York.

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