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Did you doubt Castle at any time during the episode? Obviously No! But we're fans of the show watching from the outside, so for us, it's a predetermined conclusion. But within the show, as cops, they do have to doubt his intentions, especially when they know so little about him or his past in general. Like I said in the review thread, the only person who would trust Castle implicitly within the show is Martha, for obvious reasons. I hope more of the Castle-Martha dynamic is revealed in this season. Did Esposito's attitude during the investigation surprise you? Espo's always been like that, as you guys have pointed out, but that doesn't mean it didn't piss me off. What pissed me off even more was Beckett joining in with doubting Castle. Ryan, as usual, held the fort on Castle's side. But yeah, it was consistent with the characters as they've been depicted so far. Any idea what's causing Rick's amnesia? Trauma, drugs or something else? No theories on this from me, though I wish Robin's theory was true. Also I'm surprised you didn't mention the 38 key. That also holds the key (pun intended!) to solving this puzzle. How long are you willing to wait for a Caskett wedding? I am with Christine on this. Going by the pattern of TV shows in the past, I didn't expect the wedding to happen last season. It just didn't seem like the right time. I knew there'd be more roadblocks on the way. Hell, in Bones, they threw roadblocks right till the end, even in the episode the wedding was supposed to take place in. And it's been that way in other shows. So that was expected. It would probably happen at a moment we're least expecting it to happen. And I have a feeling it'll be a "Castle" kind of fun and weird wedding. At least, I hope that is the case. Do you have any theories about this conspiracy or why Castle was taken? I don't think Castle's dad is involved right now. But I can see him getting involved in the future. This whole conspiracy has an International feel to it, with the dengue fever and all, and that's where Jackson Hunt will come in I feel. Given what the writers have been saying, I think it could be linked to Castle's past as well. We'll see soon enough. What was your favorite scene of the Castle Season 7 opener? The montage was pretty nice. Like Robin, I wasn't expecting it, so it took me by surprise. The Espo coffee scene was also heartbreaking as you guys have said. The toast was pretty good too. I also loved Martha telling Beckett to hold off the questions. It was a great motherly touch from her that reminded me that she's the person who understands her son the most. I want to get to know more about Martha as well. Give the Castle season 7 premiere a grade? Probably an A- or B. The abrupt ending threw me off. But I wasn't expecting to see Fillion at all in this episode, so it was great that way. As great as the others are, especially Stana, this is Fillion's show through-and-through. So I loved that part!

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Not only the FBI guy, I was pissed off when Espo immediately turned on Castle, and Beckett also was startled. Duh! There doesn't need to be a gun to his head for it to be a threat. That's one thing that always throws me off about Castle. No one in the show, except his wonderful mom, trusts him implicitly. But of course, mothers are wont to do that, and Martha is the only person who actually knows everything Castle has been through. Not Beckett. Not his daughter. Not his ex-wives. Not Espo, Ryan or Lanie. They all know what Beckett's been through, since this show has essentially been about her so far, but no one knows what Castle's been through to become who he is. Like I said sometime last season on these very pages, Castle has had the most difficult upbringing of any character on the show, with the possible exception of Espo. Beckett's life would've been all rosy up until her mother's death. She comes from money. Not much is known about Ryan. Espo, to be fair, is written like he's had a tumultuous upbringing. But Castle, for all intents and purposes, up until he became a best-selling novelist, would've been in hell. Growing up without a father. Has a seemingly irresponsible, but loving, mother, who also seems to be a struggling actress, from what we know. And more. That's why everything I'm hearing about the writers' plans for this season intrigues me. For a show named Castle, we know awfully little about him, and if Season 7 is going to fix that, then it is going to be the best one yet. As Christine aptly put it in her great review, we've had 6 seasons to get know Beckett, I hope we'll see the remainder of the show's running time, which I hope is very long, learning what made Richard Castle. As much as the anti-climactic ending of the season premiere threw me, I am hopeful that S7 is gonna kick ass.

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Tonya B, He doesn't say he had her killed. Yours was the first question I had until I had a second and third listens to the tape. Listen closely: He says, "If anyone gets too close like that *** lawyer Joanna Beckett has been poking around, I'll have them killed. I've had people killed before." The key words being "has been." He doesn't say "was." So he's admitting to intent to kill Joanna Beckett. But that still confuses me because in the end Kate arrests him for the murder of her mother. So there's that. But I guess that is possible when you can use the tape as evidence to show intent. I am not sure about the law though. So really, there are no holes in the writing of this episode as far as I can tell. Just a few cliches, but I'll forgive them that. :)

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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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Plus the conversation Red has with Tom outside the hospital was a huge give-away for me. The way Tom stares at Red. It was a knowing stare of a man who knew that Red had found him out for what he was. The only interesting thing to see is whether they do a Severus Snape on him. As in, he was one of the baddies, but ultimately turns because of the love he has for Lizzie. If they do, they better make it worthwhile, or it is going to turn into a cliche. We'll see.

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Castle Review: What's Their Song?

Just caught up with a lot of Castle. And I recently saw Bones S8, and I think Castle will take a similar road in terms of blocking the wedding from taking place. And I do agree with what nottrampis has been saying a lot. It has got to be 3XK. Beckett angst won't work anymore. They've sort of shelved the whole Senator Bracken thing for this season. (So far at least!) But they've already played with 3XK once this season. So it has got to be the season finale like it happened with Bones S7. At least, I have a feeling they'll do something similar to delay the wedding. But I hope they don't. In terms of why this song is perfect for them. Because it was the background to arguably the most memorable Caskett moment in the Series' history. It was the moment we'd all been waiting for four seasons, and it finally happened. The song was perfectly chosen for that moment, and each time I listen to it, I am taken back to that wonderful moment. Just brilliant! I am glad the writers recognized that it will always be the song most Castle fans think of when thinking about their favorite TV couple. I personally cannot imagine any other song for Caskett than this one.

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Castle Round Table: "Deep Cover"

Both the endings. The look on Beckett's face was priceless. She looked so damn cute. And you could see the happiness radiating in her face. Just perfect! Martha telling Hunt gave her the gift of her life, while Hunt looked on from below was also awesome. I agree with nottrampis. Hunt will feature in a huge role again. They wouldn't have cast a "name" actor like James Brolin if the role didn't have more meat to it.

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Castle Review: A Complicated Family

Replying to your comment above. I completely agree. Castle was wrong about lying. No two ways about it. And he doesn't need to lie just because Beckett does it. And it was wrong when Beckett did it, and it is wrong now. I was simply trying to point out that I don't like it when the writers continue to have Castle commit these mistakes. As Vince said, it makes the relationship seem more lopsided for the viewers than it actually is. And that is why I loved the ending. When Castle realizes Beckett is the only family he wants right now and fixes a date for the wedding. It was a really poignant moment. It also showed Castle taking control of the relationship in a good way. Just like proposing to Beckett in the beginning of Season 6. That is the kind of thing the writers should focus on Castle doing. And Beckett's reaction was the first time in this show she's actually behaved as a girl. She showed excitement for her wedding which was simply great to see, not to mention it was utterly cute as hell. And I also agree with something you said earlier about Beckett not telling Castle how much his books helped her get over her mother's death. It is such a beautiful aspect of their relationship that it needs to be explored by the writer sometime soon. Not sure about Hunt killing 3XK though that is a great suggestion, but I think now that they've introduced him as Castle's father and cast a legendary actor for the part, it would be moot to finish the show without some form of closure. Both Hunt and Castle need that closure, and I hope the writers provide it for them.

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Castle Review: A Complicated Family

When I said duality, I was mostly talking about whether he put Castle's life in danger or whether he was simply trying to reconnect with him. I was actually happy about Castle lying for once to Beckett. I have no idea what that says about my moral compass. LOL! But I've been so pissed about the one-sided nature of the relationship that I was happy that Castle was making his own decisions for a change. Beckett is a serial liar in relationships. She has kept so many secrets from Castle. She took a job in another city without talking to Castle. All of that pissed me off. Anything Castle does is blown way out of proportion, because the writers have tended to focus on that side of him, the childish side, who takes rash decisions without thinking about the consequences. And it irritates me that the writers continue to focus on that. However, I agree with you and nottrampis about Castle being wrong in this case. He was wrong not to tell Beckett especially when the situation escalated. Initially, it was fine because he thought his father was speaking about larger things. But when his father became the suspect in the investigation, he should've come clean to Beckett.

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Castle Review: A Complicated Family

Vince, Agree with most everything you said, but disagree that Hunt could've given up the life. I have no idea of the actual workings of spy agencies, but I am pretty sure they wouldn't let someone like Hunt return back to a normal life, given the amount of things he has seen and done, and the amount of intelligence information he holds. You could hear the yearning in his voice in the Hunt episode. At least, I could. I think Castle realized in the Hunt episode itself that "My dad is a spy!" is not cool. His daughter and himself was almost killed. Now his dad is almost killed. I like the duality of Hunt's character. I am pretty sure he put the body there to reconnect with his son. Once again, his job as a deep-cover agent isn't going to afford him too many luxuries, and he's doing what he can to connect with Castle. But then again, he did put Castle's life in danger, so there's that. But I find that duality intriguing. There's more to come from Hunt, and I hope Castle can get his closure before the show ends.