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Castle Review: Creepy Clowns & Seashell Stories

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I walked away with several thoughts after Castle Season 6 Episode 8

Diamonds are nothing but shiny rocks. Clowns are darn creepy. And seashells are the next chapter in a great love story.

Let's start from the beginning...

Not Looking Happy

Barrett Hawk sitting next to Alice Clark in that car as he shut off her ringing phone was fairly disturbing. He was just so darn calm about the dead woman in the driver's seat.

Kudos to Anthony Ruivivar who struck just the right note between cocky and menacing as the professional fixer. I was actually a little relieved he wasn't the murderer.

When they uncovered that Alice's boyfriend, Matt, had a secret identity I thought that was the end of the story. Matt/Leo's back story about the blood diamonds and his crusade to end the savage violence surrounding those gemstones was a surprising twist. But I was even more surprised when he turned out not to be our killer.

Esposito and Ryan played a huge role in the investigation and I couldn't have been happier. It was great fun hearing them share their own relationship theories as in this Castle quote...

Ryan: I don't know about you but I am very comfortable in my masculinity.
Esposito: You do realize you're wearing a sweater vest, right?

I don't think anyone can question either's masculinity after that epic gun battle. There was so much to love in those action packed moments.

First, I knew someone was going to try and steal that diamond from the boys at some point. Driving around town with a $60 million gemstone in your pocket is just asking for trouble.

Even though I suspected it was coming, when their car got hit, I definitely flinched. Then these two proved what an amazing team they are.

From Espo pulling Ryan down in the car when the shots rained down around them to the two of them covering one another as they ran for the cover of the subway stop, they were nothing short of the dynamic duo of the 12th precinct.

And on a side note, I have to mention that thanks to watching the movie Poltergeist when I was as a kid and tonight's episode of Castle, I'm probably going have nightmares about evil clowns tonight.  

As if clowns weren't creepy enough.

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Exactly. Moving on…

Kate and Rick's debate over Linus the Lion was really adorable. I mean, Castle named him Linus! And he bought him with his first royalty check from In a Hail of Bullets, so he wasn't just being stubborn. There was obviously sentimental value there for Castle.

But Kate was waking up to a glaring lion. I could see how that could be intimidating.

Castle's original takeaway from Alice's relationship book was destined to backfire.

Castle: You see, I'm honoring you by inviting you into my territory and Linus is part of that territory.
Beckett: And if you want to be invited into my territory again, you should probably rethink that.

Whereas Kate countered him perfectly at every turn. She even pretended to be fine when he mentioned she should ditch her elephants on parade. Of course, we all knew he didn't mean it and I'd always suspected he had a soft spot for that desk ornament.

I actually like those elephants. They obviously have family values and this one's good with money.

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But it was the final scene that brought it all together. Castle realized that they needed the loft to be about their story if it was going to be their home.

So down came Linus and up went seashells. His gesture was made all the more special in that Kate immediately recognized the shells that they'd collected together on their first walk on the beach in the Hamptons. I'd say that move definitely got him back into Kate's territory.

Because it wasn't his story or her story. It was their story. And it was perfect….almost.

I probably sound like a broken record but that was a perfect opportunity for a kiss. The fact that there wasn't one was actually a distraction from an otherwise almost perfect story.

Am I overreacting or was Castle and Beckett's shared seashells enough to make this story perfect for you?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (179 Votes)

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Great review. I echo what other commenters have said - this was a great showcase for the whole team. I also like how light-hearted the territorial discussion was for Castle and Beckett. Fun episode.

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I agree with others here who think the writers did a good job dividing time between Castle and Beckett and Ryan and Esposito. It was good to see Gates again, and it was good that the episode was Alexis FREE. I enjoyed the shootout with Ryan and Esposito, but a lot of bullets flying with nobody hit? Scenes like that have been missing since Season 3. There were a lot of twists and turns in the case to the point that the ending was still unknown with only 4 minutes left in the episode. I think the case idea was a little too grand for a 1-hour show. The new writing couple had to cram too much in towards the end. After the suspect wife indicated in the first interview with Beckett that they were a power couple that gave her away as the killer for me based on so many parallel stories from past seasons. The one thing that continues to bother me is that our couple never discusses their living arrangements. By avoiding that issue it draws even bigger attention to the fact they're NOT doing something they should. It all seems to go back to Marlowe giving something to the fans without really giving it to them. Given their ages and the length of the engagement, most couples would have moved in together before now. It already feels increasingly forced after weeks of silence on the matter. Suddenly Kate's back in the loft without explanation and talking of "home" again. She has been sleeping in the loft for almost a year now. It didn't bother me last season, but since they were all set to live with each other in DC, I don't understand the stalling now. Also, it presents that Kate is using the threat of going home to "her apartment" for leverage every time something happens she's not happy about and she feels Castle needs to step up. I just wish they would hurry on getting Beckett moved in. The baby episode is in two weeks.

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Adding a good kiss at the end would have gone a long way.

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I felt like this episode really worked as one of those "it could be a Castle novel" episodes. It was a breath of fresh air to focus solely on the squad and, sorry, the real reason for the show: Castle helping the police solve crimes. (i.e. No Alexis!) The only portion of the episode that bothered me was the scene in which Espo & Ryan arrest the fixer. It seemed like time slowed down just long enough to let the audience watch him wipe his computers and shred that picture of the victim. While it might have gotten the point across, it made Ryan seem weak and slow as a cop--which he clearly is not. Sadly, other shows (Scandal and Person of Interest) do a far better job portraying professional fixers. Great actor, woefully miscast. Fun story, nice twist. This was also the first episode I really noticed Kate moving into that role of "content girlfriend". She was a bit edgier and assertive in her pre-relationship days with Castle. I'd love to see a return of that darker side, as it's in that place where her own brilliance as a detective comes to light.

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I mostly enjoyed last nights episode, with two exceptions. Three men with automatic weapons against two with hand guns, too much overkill. A car is not bullet proof, they're dead! The end was a let down, it's like they didn't give much thought to it, I've seen this routine before. By and large Castle is a great show, I never miss an episode. Also, no Alexis yay! NO ,Pi what a horrible character, UGH !

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Everyone is commenting about how better Kate is. Since the engagement she seems more secure and I think this makes her happier. Even last season she was always happier when castle was around. She wouldn't wear her ring to work because of her contact with criminals

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This was an episode with a solid case, but a really predictable character dynamic. Others have said it below, so I won't reiterate too much, but why does Marlowe insist on making Castle the fall guy for everything that happens? Ever since Castle's season 4 investigation into who really shot Beckett had zero payoff, I've really been questioning the man's storytelling abilities. This is coming from someone who was hooked on the show and both the Castle and Beckett characters since the first episode. Marlowe and Co. have really just missed so many notes the last couple years (Beckett not being accountable for her actions in their relationship, only one passing reference to Alexis being kidnapped/Castle's dad, glazing over tons of continuity) that it's been really frustrating. Castle's first 4 seasons were really fresh and fun, especially in the self-cliched crime procedural genre. Season 5 was not up to par, and this season, while better, has a long way yet to climb. Time Will Tell was one of my favorite episodes of the entire series, though, so there's plenty of hope left.

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Yes to my mind Castle needs a backbone and be ready to call people out on their behaviour particularly if you are a father or boyfriend. The end of Series 4 is about the only time he does that. I am sick to death Castle having to apologise for things he is NOT responsible for. to my mind Beckett is completely different since her DC failure. Is this Marlowe implying Beckett got it wrong and she learnt from the experience? Captain Cook Yeah I have Sarah you have Beckett. Loser wins anyway!

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Anyways, apologies if I sound like one of those guys. But this show needs a kick in the shins. Everyone involved in the show has definitely found a comfort zone they're not willing to get out of. If you look at the recent episodes this season, and compare with last season, you won't be able to tell that Castle and Beckett are engaged. Like Karkar said, Beckett's not even wearing an engagement ring. Somebody missed Season 5 and started watching Season 6, they won't even realize Castle has proposed, and that they're engaged together. As enjoyable as these episodes have been, and let's face it, most Castle episodes are going to be enjoyable, there's certainly a recycling element to what's going on this season. I was reminded of a couple of earlier episodes from Seasons 2 and 3 when watching this one. And that is never a good sign. Next week's episodes looks like it will be what the show needs. A very creepy episode indeed. They need to bring back 3XK, Senator Bracken, or even Jackson Hunt. The writers sorely need to find new material to work with.

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@ Balaji Sivaraman

I'm pretty sure that next week IS 3XK related.

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No argument from me that this episode was so much better without Alexis in it, I'm not sure about Ep9, but she is certainly back in Ep10, hopefully, she doesn't ruin it. I, too, enjoyed the bromance scenes, but this show is all about Caskett, and it would be good to see Castle being respected a lot more than he is, but Marlowe has always stated, that this show is about Beckett as seen through Castle's eyes, so there is not a snowballs chance in hell, that Marlowe will change Castle's persona, as seen through the eyes of others, more's the pity