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Castle Review: A Terrifying Twist

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I don't even know where to begin. My stomach was in a knot for the entirety of Castle Season 6 Episode 17. It was the most intense installment of the series. 

Because the thought that kept running through my head was this: Kate has to make it out. She's marrying Castle. 

Things Go Horribly Wrong
Things go horribly wrong for Beckett during an undercover investigation on Castle. "In the Belly of the Beast" is the 17th episode of the show's sixth season.

It was nice to know that that was the same thought running through Kate Beckett's mind as well, even if she did share it with a sense of humor as she muttered into her mic in this Castle quote...

Capt. Fowler if you can hear me this is seriously interfering with my dinner plans.

Beckett

When Beckett left the loft, I knew there was no way she was making it back for dinner and that's where the sense of foreboding began: with Rick playing video games, blissfully clueless as to what his fiancee was about to encounter.

I really appreciated that once again Gates was behind her team. She told Kate that if she wanted to back out, she could walk out the door and Gates would take the heat for it. The Captain proved once what a fantastic leader she has become at the 12th. 

The elevator ride was tense, but I never expected it to lead to Beckett being thrown into the back of a truck where her listening device wouldn't work. I still don't know how she got that off of her jacket in time. I suppose desperation can lead to creativity, but the slow ascension of that bug monitor had me holding my breath. 

Stana Katic hit the perfect balance, playing Beckett as both the controlled cop determined to find Lazarus and the panicked fiancee desperate to make her way home. 

But for all of the tension filled moments, the best came when Kate wrote that letter to Rick. With only moments to spare, she took the time to write how much he's meant to her and ingeniously made sure, with her own blood, that someone would find it if she did not survive. 

I need you to know that our partnership, our relationship is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. You are an amazing man and I love you with all of my heart. Always.

Beckett

It was beautifully romantic, heartbreakingly sad and tension-filled all at once. 

Beckett's "assassination" was a bloody mess, or should I say a ketchupy one. But if anyone could keep her head and pull that off it would be Beckett. She was simply determined to do whatever it took to survive. Thankfully, she found a way to do that without shooting an innocent man. 

Just when I thought she was going to make her way out of this ordeal, they lead her into the basement and kudos to the Castle creative team. The walk down those dimly lit steps and around those turns made me as anxious as any horror movie. 

Watching all of those women locked away in that counting room - with millions upon millions of dollars - spoke of the vastness of this operation and just how far down the rabbit hole Kate had fallen. 

Unfortunately, there was a familiar face at the bottom.

I recognized the voice before I saw his face and in an hour full of shocking, riveting moments, this one took the prize.  I never expected to find Vulcan Simmons at the bottom of that dungeon but I had no doubt that he'd recognize Kate.

What man forgets a woman who tries to put him through a wall? 

The torture scene was reminiscent of Javi and Kevin being drowned in ice water in "Knockdown" and I appreciated the symmetry. However, the shot of Kate with her eyes wide open, unmoving with her face in the water made me wonder how close to death they would take her.

When Simmons sent Harden out to kill Beckett, I had little doubt she'd find a way to get the upper hand on him. What I never expected was to see Elena Markov save the day but when she told Beckett...

He sent me because he owed you. He wanted you to live.

Elena Markov

I knew exactly who sent that message.

Back at the loft, poor Castle was left in the dark with no one returning his calls. He knew something was terribly, terribly wrong. Once again, I was happy with Gates for taking him aside and telling him the truth herself. 

I could practically feel Rick's heart constrict as he sat at Beckett's desk with no leads and nothing to do but stare at her chair and contemplate what life would be like if she didn't make it back.

With Beckett home at last, I was looking forward to a romantic reunion - but Senator Bracken ruined the moment without even being there. Watching him announce his Presidential campaign twisted my stomach once again because it meant diving back down the rabbit hole. 

Perhaps this time will be different. For one thing, Castle and Beckett are together. They trust one another and are there for one another in a way they never have been before. In large part that's the reason Beckett survived and I was grateful that she was able to express that to Castle.

Castle: See what happens when I leave you alone.
Beckett: Babe, I wasn't alone. When they were interrogating me, the only thing that kept me going was thinking about you. About our future, the wedding. You were with me the whole time.

Will Senator Bracken put that future in jeopardy? We'll all just have to hold our breaths, wait and see.

Now it's your turn, TV Fanatics. Were you happy to see Senator Bracken's story line continue?

 

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coal cracker66. As far as the finale, my guess is that something happens right after they get married – like on the way to the reception or maybe the honeymoon which will extend drama into season 7. I can’t imagine the show runner postponing the wedding for viewers this season after all of the buildup, but I expect some kind of interruption. There have been so many TV romance stories done where the wedding is stalled or put off and the action has tanked the story. Many viewers just stop watching when events are dragged out so long. I don’t think Marlowe will go that route. I think Marlowe is smart enough to know that any put off of a wedding would be a disaster for the ratings.

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@ Vince

Interesting Our RoyMontgomery, We get the fluffy stuff, Kate's wedding speech in particular and then we get a 3XK interruption with maybe Jackson Hunt terminating 3XK in episode 1 of Series 7?

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Did I read somewhere where this season only has 23 episodes and that episode 23 will be the finale possibly as a wedding episode? What about next year, is the series renewed or not? Please no more BS in the final episodes of this season. Let Kate and Castle get it on and consumate their marriage and please don't let Marlowe kill off the main character (Beckett) to end the series as did Castle in Derek Storm! Continue with the murders of the week, but also let Kate and Castle do more love banter in planning for their wedding. Oh yes, when does Kate finally move all her belongings into Castle's loft . More bed scenes please with Beckett a full time resident of the loft! And will somebody please kill off Bracken to avenge Joanna Beckett's murder!

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@ coal cracker66

Episode 6x22 info:
It will be titled, "Truth Conquers All".
Co written by Terrence Paul Winter and Rob Hanning. "Truth Conquers All" is on Johanna Beckett's tombstone, in Latin ....... Omnia Vincit Veritas TPW is one of the best Castle senior writers. He knows how to portray the Caskett relationship (Number One Fan, etc.). If AM/TM get the finale, then this will be just as good. This might be the wedding episode! He co-wrote 2x12 "A Rose for Everafter", the Kyra wedding, with Terri Miller.

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@ Vince

Vince, are you saying that episode 22 may be the last episode, the finale featuring Kate's wedding because Marlowe and Terrence Paul Winter may be co-writing it? That leaves very few upcoming episodes to bring this series to a conclusion unless it is renewed for a 7th season. What happens in the meantime, does Kate get revenge on Sen Bracken, does the serial killer get killed off. Please no more crises for this couple. How do you see the rest of the episodes playing out since you have great insight.

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@ coal+cracker66

6x22 is not the finale. I look at it as a mini finale because of the Winter/Hanning writer combo.. There are 23 episodes. Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miler are co-writing the finale.Together, they tend to write major Caskett milestones or major show milestones (4x10, 4x23, 5x19, 6x05).

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@ Vince

Actually IMHO TPW is the best. Much much better than Marlowe. I hope I am wrong but i have a bad feeling about the last epeisode

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@ nottrampis

I agree, she is whittier than Marlowe, his episodes don't flow as well IMHO.

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The point of Vulcan Simmons in Knockdown was that he was NOT connected to Bracken in any way and McCallister gave his name to Beckett as a distraction to keep her away from solving the case. To say now that Vulcan Simmons is a front man for a Bracken-run organization is very hard to believe. If they had known each other before Knockdown, McCallister would never have given up his name as a means to distract Beckett. If they had met after Knockdown, I can’t imagine Bracken being stupid enough to go into business with someone he knows Beckett to be aware of because that poses a bigger risk to him. Simmons knows how desperately Beckett wants the man responsible for her mothers’ murder. That means that if at any time a case against Simmons is built, turning witness against Bracken would be his best play. Maybe that’s how this entire thing will end; Beckett will have to settle for letting one monster get away with his sins (Vulcan Simmons) in order to take another monster down (Bracken). Maybe it will turn out that Bracken was so arrogant, he never saw Simmons or Beckett as a real threat to him. I await those episodes because that will validate everything that took place in 6x17. Following the precinct end scene, Beckett and Castle are at home watching news footage of Bracken announcing his run for president which was good to watch, but what really sold everything about this episode and the progress made in terms of Castle and Beckett was that when Castle asked her to come to bed, Beckett took his hand and joined him. It wasn’t that long ago that Beckett would have said she’d be there in a minute and stayed alone with her thoughts(5x23, “Human Factor”). For Beckett to have zero hesitancy in walking away from potential leads on the JB murder case to take Castle’s hand is probably the greatest strive forward that we’ve seen from her character in a while and that was amazing.

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@ Vince

agree with all that. I would like Jordan Shaw to make a comeback and get him in a joint effort. Maturity has come very late for Beckett. She has never thought what her mother would like her to do.
Enjoy life or get killed in trying to get her killer!

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ukno1stanafan totally agree with you that awm has something for kate,i can't recall where any of his writing makes her out to be foolish,yet when it comes to his writing with rick there seems to be a couple times in a given ep. where he is portrayed as a fool-by chance?

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Re: TVGuide March Special Issue
SIRENS Premiere, Thursday 3/6 USA
Michael Mosley (3XK) stars as Johnny, one of three obnoxious Chicago Paramedics.
I guess no 3XK (Jerry Tyson) interruption at the wedding in the spring after all. Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller are co-writing the season finale.

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@ Vince

I'm worried. I'm sorry but it is time they moved on. the last three final episodes have been a joke. give it to winter

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@ nottrampis

I share your concern, AWM seems unable to write any episode that resembles anything remotely like "a long sweeping love story", all his episodes seem to me like a homage to Stana, let's hope TEM really does have some influence on this one. I too think that TPW should write this one, if indeed, it is the wedding episode, which seriously doubt now.

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@ ukno1stanafan

Episode 6x23 (finale) will air exactly 47 episodes after "Always".

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@ nottrampis

Looking over AM & TM's writing credits for Castle, I still find their very first episodes to possibly be the best episodes they've written. Not sure what that says about their writing skills and the show's evolution. Don't know what AM and TM have planned for the finale (other than "high stakes"), but I can only hope that there is a lot more romance and passion and better dialogue than the last finale(Watershed). I can't imagine that the viewers will not see a wedding now given that TM is involved in the episode.

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I can't believe a lot of you viewers!!! This show is So good. You are for the most part over analyzing this show...Just sit back and enjoy the acting and the characters they play!!! There is so much garbage on TV...This show is refreshing...let it be...

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@ Hobo bear

Hob bear we all love the show. some of us think the plot line let something to be desired. I hate Beckett shown up again as a bimbo who simply cannot think through a simple issue

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@ nottrampis

Plot lines need work if I didn't love Castle as much as I do I wouldn't bother posting a thing,
IE: I absolutely loathe Bones you don't see me posting there .

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A little off topic, but something about the engagement ring Via Matt's Inside Line: Is it possible for someone to find out why there have only been two sightings of Kate Beckett’s engagement ring on Castle this season? –Dan
I am your someone, Dan. And this someone hand-delivered your Q to Stana Katic. “The important thing to remember is that Beckett is a detective, so she can’t wear things that will identify her, she can’t wear things like that on her hands that would distract from the conversation, that could be stolen, that could possibly hinder her when she’s shooting or hand-fighting,” she explained. Also, Katic said, the ring “is something that Beckett’s very protective of, because she loves it, so on occasion, if it’s like a big event or maybe a private moment outside of being in bed, she can wear it. But having it on display at the work place is not appropriate, especially as a detective.”

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@ Vince

Our Roy Montgomery those comments of SK can only mean she has taken stupid pills.
Beckett is right handed and in the previous episode had a ring on her middle finger of her right hand, an engagement ring in on the left hand. how does that affect shooting. and wouldn't the jewelry help in fighting? As for being stolen a person who can steal a ring would also demand anything around the neck!!

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@ nottrampis

Kate wearing that jade ring on her right hand presented like a real ‘in your face’ moment to the 'no ring' critics. In the interrogation room scene with the first confessor, the camera angle was deliberate and close up in order to not miss the ring since it is such a dark color and odd size. Viewers got two separate camera shots before she sits down at the table which makes it very noticeable. She is right-handed. You would think that it could be an issue if she had to draw her gun.

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@ Vince

yep, Stana's reasons are to be polite silly

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@ Vince

Given the SK comments, I doubt viewers will ever see her wearing a wedding band as well.

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@ Vince

Further about the ring, if that is the case it might be nice if the show told us that was the reason on screen which they could easily do rather than yet again find out in an interview. And it still doesn't explain why in no private moments do we ever see her bringing it out it or why she can wear other big rings to work without it causing her any issue with shooting or fighting.

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@ Vince

Sadly, Stana's reasoning regarding the engagement, do not bear much scrutiny. I have no issue with not wearing it at work, but surely, the family Thanksgiving dinner is a private moment. Kate went to all the trouble of getting dressed up in her costume, even bought Rick his costume, but failed to wear her engagement ring, just look when she high fives Martha, no ring. If a Thanksgiving dinner with your fiancé, Father, future Mother and Daughter-in-laws, is not a private moment, I do not know what constitutes one! Someone within the Castle team hierarchy needs to get their stories right!

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Kate,is smart but not so when it comes to jobs-she has this this knee jerk reaction to them with little thought of how they will effect her life and others around her.We seen this with the DC job,no inkling that she was looking for a different job and how taking the job will effect others that love her,same with this ep. no grasp of the seriousness of stepping in for another person-kate doesn't seem to think things through but just reacts to what is presented to her.

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This is one of those episodes for which Hitchcock famously coined the term "refrigerator film." I was absolutely riveted while I was sitting through the episode. But things started to unravel the moment I started to think about it in retrospect. Firstly I actually find it funny that I was riveted during the episode. I always do for episodes like this. We know nothing is going to happen to Beckett. She's one of the central characters of the series, and she is going to come out of it relatively unscathed. I guess that goes back to how much we care for the character. In the moment, we want her to survive and come through. (Though we know that is exactly what is going to happen.) Please don't take my post as if to mean I hated the episode. I cried when Beckett wrote that letter. I was also to the point of tears when Beckett was being interrogated. But as far as raw writing is concerned, this is not the best thing Castle has done. When I thought about it in retrospect, the following occurred to me (some of which have already been highlighted by other posters): 1) Why did Beckett take the job in the first place? Captain Gates offered her a way out, and she knew something was off from the get-go. So did the Captain. Something about this entire operation screamed wrong, and yet Beckett went ahead and took it. Now we all know Beckett is not going to run away from a difficult op, but this has to be the dumbest undercover operation I've seen in Castle. At least in The Wild Rover, Ryan's cover was already in place. The only risk was how they would treat him. Here, there's no cover in place. They know nothing about Elena, and the only similarity is that Beckett also speaks Russian (an amazing contrivance) and the fact that she looked like Elena. Becks should have never taken the job. 2) The moment the episode was announced, and I read it's name, I knew this would be about Senator Bracken. It was pretty obvious. He's one of the two major antagonists for the series, and we've already had 3XK make an appearance, so it was time for some Bracken. 3) Beckett's assassination of that guy depended on the person not going in and checking the pulse. She left a lot of it down to chance. What would she have done in that scenario? 4) Speaking of the takedown, why did Beckett continue the op knowing something was terribly wrong. She could've just made a phone call from the guy's office, she could've run through the back-door, she could've taken down the driver and the other guy, why did she continue the operation? In reality (i.e. if this were not a TV show), she would've just gotten the hell out of there. 5) The whole operation seemed to have been set up by Bracken to taunt Becks and even the scores between them, as someone else mentioned. Elena is a professional contract killer. There is no way she would let herself be captured by the police if it wasn't part of her plan. She is caught, stages her suicide, and escapes just at the right moment to come and save Beckett. Becks (and especially Castle) have to realize that this was setup by Bracken to even the score. More importantly, Bracken's taunting Beckett. She has now seen the deep inside of his operation. She knows the kind of money he is pulling in, and how he is doing it. It looked like Bracken was telling Beckett, "This is what I am doing. You know it, and you can do nothing to stop me." Finally I have a big gripe with regards to the future of the series, and it has to do with Senator Bracken. They have written him as a bonafide genius (by Beckett's own admission), albeit working on the wrong side of the law. Right from the 80s when he took money from Montgomery and his buddies up till right now, he's run all his operations so that he is virtually untouchable. His planning is almost Godfather-esque in its implementation. The only hard evidence linking all the wrongdoing to him is an account number that Beckett and the gang know. And that is practically of no use in reality. With the exception of that, no one can already touch him. What's even more disturbing is that he is now running for President with an almost unlimited supply of funds? How can he be stopped? My worry is that anything the writers do to stop him will be unsatisfactory. We're entering Absolute Power territory here. And David Baldacci had an entire book to bring down the President of the United States in that one. They've built Bracken up as an untouchable villain, and they need to find a way to stop him for the show to reach a natural conclusion. I don't envy them.

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@ Balaji Sivaraman

3 - I think Kate was trying to follow through with the case in order to get a chance to meet Lazarus, but that wasn’t really her assignment, to uncover Lazarus and without backup nonetheless. The problem was that if the victim was actually some other drug dealer he probably wouldn't have called Gates or even gone along with the plan. But, she didn't have many options.

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Maybe you stanatics out there could answer a few questions for me. I've been re-watching the Castle 1st season lately to watch Caskett's relationship build from the beginning In season 1 Stana's hair is not only short but very dark- is this her natural hair color? Also her complexion is almost pale and pastey white compared to the last few seasons where her face is a much more beautiful darker color to match her awesome long curly golden brown hair. Is this a
strategic makeup change to match her hair, or just she just now goes to the tanning salon to achieve the look? Also a big deal was made when Stana opened season 3 wearing stilettos., Actually in season 1 , she also had stilettos on sometimes and otherwise wore high chunky heels to more match Castle's height. Does she really enjoy wearing all those high heels or is it script mandated to add to her sexy look? Love her present hair and makeup and those long false eyelashes and eyeliner . She is really a knockout compared to season 1! What's all the scoop fashionistas to my questions above and yes I can easily also become a stanatic!

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@ stanafan55

I think Stana Katic looked much better in the first two seasons. Overlooking the Hollywood Hair, which no working police officer would be allowed, (The RCMP demand hair no longer than shoulder length and even that must be tied), she has lost a lot of weight which does not look healthy.

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@ stanafan55

IMHO Beckett changes hairstyles, clothes etc as her relationship with Castle changes. she has stillettos but changes them about mid series three for boots. We see them in 3x13 and then again close up with the tiger. I am not dogmatic on this though

Castle Season 6 Episode 17 Quotes

So what's Gates up to besides sabotaging our domestic bliss?

Castle

Because it's clear to me that what we both need is a really good font.

Beckett