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 liked last night. I even like the Alexis story line, I just dislike Pi. Or - more - I just do not like the choice of actor for Pi. I think it would have been much better with a really good looking guy who she could sort of "swoon" over and was a real threat to Castle's relationship with her. This guy is a dope.


PS: How many more people are going to tell Castle this is their life, their future! Sound familiar!!


I have to say, I found this MilMar episode, a huge disappointment, perhaps, the worst episode they have ever written, IMO. The plot was ludicrous, even allowing for the fact that the show is fiction. After last weeks episode, we are back to the usual Marlowe tactic of getting Caskett closer together, then the following week, showing no Caskett moments at all. Also, where is the engagement ring? Beckett was happy to wear it around her neck in DC, but not at the 12th, come on Marlowe. However, there was a good bit, Alexis and Pi are on their way, hopefully, 200 years in the future!! Let's hope next weeks episode is going to be better than this dross.


To joyeful. I will hang my head and admit that I never watched Chuck...although I hear it was quite good and I probably would have enjoyed it. It's on my list of shows I'd like to marathon watch one day. So that's why it wasn't mentioned in my review. But I agree that Joshua Gomez did a great job as Simon Doyle. Always walking the edge of enthusiastic enough to be believed but crazy enough to be discounted. He made the time travel story work.


ALSO - I gotta say, I'm very surprised and disappointed by NO ONE so far (reviewer or commenters) mentioning that the guest star, time traveller Simon Doyle, was Joshua Gomez from Chuck. Morgan Grimes, people! How can we talk about being nerds and not recognize a guy from one of the geekiest shows on earth? :-)


I quite enjoyed this episode - it felt like old Castle, fun and light. For the first time in a long time, they managed to make Castle believe in wild theories without making him look like a buffoon LOL. Castle and Beckett's interactions were a lot of fun, as was the entire precinct. Great episode. (sigh) I remember when I loved Alexis. Now I barely tolerate her. But I did love everything about Castle's reactions to Alexis' moving out.


@brook How could you not know Castle/Beckett were in a relationship from this episode only? The "time traveller" said in the future they were married with 3 kids, Beckett told Castle Alexis was trying to figure herself out after they got together, Castle asked her if she tought it was about them, Beckett told him to think about their future...weren´t those hints enough?:)
I really liked this episode; as a convicted sceptical I didn´t buy the time travelling, but it was fun to watch and I liked they left it open to everyone believe in what they wanted!
About Alexis, altough I think it´s not wise moving in with a guy she barely met, she´s an adult now and has the right to make her mistakes and learn from them, it´s called growing up. And I´m glad she´s not doing it with her father´s money, that would be hard to swallow!
As for Castle...well it would always be hard for him to see his little girl go, no matter her age - as it is to any parent, I believe:)


running this alexis thing into ground-she is the smart one. just more crap to challenge castle's relationship with beckett. wouldn't even know they had a relationship from this episode. thought ep 4 was the best in a LONG time-crime mystery and emma were very good. just think they leave out too many important parts of this story/relationship. remember, knowing what to take out or leave in.


Loved the time travel part, especially how they left it rather ambiguous. I was kind of surprised at the Terminator reference; I was expecting a Time Trax shout out for some reason.
So now we've had Tim Russ, Nana Visitor, and Michael Dorn as guest actors. Who's next?


Who else has not told Castle beforehand about turning up at the Loft and showed no manners whatsoever and was totally self absorbed and selfish. yes Alexis is merely copying her mother. I would have thought Kate could call herself anything she wanted to be known as. If she marries her last name will be Castle. She call call herself Senator Beckett or Castle unless the USA has different 'naming' rights to other countries.

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