I expected "Limelight" to replicate 2x14 "The Third Man" with the usual banter and some comedy over the newspaper story, but not even close except for the opening scene and Kate's phone call from her father.
Agree about Pi. I have posted here previously that I always thought that the Pi connection to Alexis had something to do with Castle’s wealth. The early visit to the loft might have been the writers just making him still appear as annoying, but it does look suspicious. To include him in that many episodes and then just have him disappear like Sully without any scenes with Alexis in their apartment is surprising. The fact that nobody at the precinct especially Ryan never thought to check on his background is really strange.
I enjoyed the episode, but the Kate epiphany was really lacking given all the details from the sneak peeks about some kind of engagement announcement. At some point, Kate had to accept that Castle also has a right as a public figure to be able to acknowledge his family when talking to people and that it now includes Kate. Otherwise, they couldn't continue in a serious relationship. However, viewers never got to see what actually changed her mind. We don't know her thought processes about it as Kate changed her mind and embraced her new position in Castle's public life. The only clues given the viewers were the jokes from the boys about dinner with the ex-wives and the phone call from her father. Kate can't randomly decide which areas of Castle’s life she wants to be involved in without making some concessions. She can't expect to disappear completely out of the public eye. The COTW presented as some kind of course correction over the Alexis and Pi situation. I feel the audience was duped about the real intent of the episode. It was plainly written as an Alexis centric episode, but that fact was hidden from us. The promos and the opening scene at the loft led us to believe that this would be a Kate centric episode with her coming to terms with what marrying a public figure would or could mean. As soon as Castle put Alexis' phone on the table in the break room during his conversation with Mandy, I knew what was coming. “Limelight” was a big Pi and Alexis story and it was filmed before anyone would have realized just how much the storyline was disliked in terms of the sudden changes in Alexis. Marlowe must know by now that the Alexis/Pi arc was a mistake. The case reminded me a little of 6x7 “Like Father, Like Daughter” with Alexis taking on the role of lead detective for almost an entire act and for more of the episode than I like to watch. She’s not a detective. We already had an episode of her solving a murder this season, so why is it happening again? It feels like a conscious attempt to redeem her character at this point in the season. Having Alexis involved with Mandy helped to draw the parallel between Alexis and Mandy's situations. Zach was actually a really good match for Mandy, someone who would be good for her, and help her to grow and become a better person. Pi turned out not a good match for Alexis which the viewers already knew from the start. Alexis was just using Pi to spite her father. She realizes her mistake now and Alexis no longer wants any kind of serious relationship with him. It looks like Pi is gone which is a welcome relief for the rest of the season. That whole Mr. C thing was so annoying for the viewers to watch over seven episodes.
nottrampis. So true about the trust issue. Beckett lied to Castle previously out of fear. In S4, she went to therapy to solve her issues in order to better her relationship with Castle. She did not want to hurt him. Castle needs to go to therapy as well. He just acts so childish at times. His actions make the relationship look one-sided again. Kate loves and trusts him, but he betrayed her working with daddy in secret.
Point well taken about leaving the agency. I should have said ‘long time ago’ instead of ‘some time ago’. However, I don’t agree that Castle knew after Paris that being a spy was not cool. During this episode, we learn that Castle never told Kate everything about meeting his father in Paris, but just told Martha pretty much all which means Castle has been lying to Kate by omission for over a year. I am still bothered by how much Castle lied repeatedly to Kate in this episode. Castle makes a choice to lie for someone he knows is a murderer. It just seems like such a betrayal to Beckett to not trust their relationship enough to tell her about daddy being in town. Castle impeded her investigation and actually worked against her. Some of his actions are understandable, but Castle puts things at risk without thinking. You don’t lie to the person you are going to marry. The spy daddy story seems to bring out the worse about Castle. For that reason, I have never been a fan of the spy daddy storyline. Castle appears now to have grown up enough to realize that his dad uses people to hurt his enemies no matter the risk to innocent others. In the end, Jackson Hunt's actions would not define him as a duality character. IMO
“Deep Cover” was a well done episode and once again, a great writing effort by Terence Paul Winter. He is one of the few Castle writers whose scripts include continuity in his storytelling. He had Beckett mention the AG's office and the Alexis kidnapping. I hope he writes the wedding episode. It's the tightest script Castle's had in awhile in terms of character, pace and the banter. The ABC advance publicity about the spy daddy character was really exaggerated to say the least. The promos and media interviews with Brolin were misleading and self-promoting. The Kate attraction teaser was totally false and his ‘talking down to Castle’ pretense was no worse than what happened during the Paris rescue episode. I didn't like Castle lying to Kate, but I understand why he did it, and thought he was torn about the whole thing, so I don't think it damaged his character. I really liked the distrust Kate had for Castle's father and the mixed emotions and see-sawing confusion Castle had with his dad. Kate got angry at the situation, but not at Castle because I think she knows that he wants to be accepted and that he still might yearn for a normal, stable childhood. And now that this man is back, she can't begrudge him the chance that maybe he could know his dad. The way Beckett found out about him and her reactions worked for me, and I think she managed to stay in character and be supportive of Castle. Jackson Hunt had to handle things in a certain way, living the life that he does. In very deep as a CIA assassin for so long, there's probably not much room for him getting out of that life. That Castle's father is this kind of man isn't really a surprise. He knew about his son for decades, but never chose to give up what he was doing. Maybe he couldn't, but I suspect he could have some time ago. So, I like that Castle still doesn't know what to make of him and Castle has a guarded look now. He's seen his dad do things (killing Gemini) that make the "My Dad is a Spy!" thing not so fun after all.
ATM: "at the moment"BTW: "by the way"COTW: "case of the week"IM(H)O: "in my (humble) opinion"ITA: "I totally agree"LOL: "laughing out loud"Mary Sue: A character who's just too perfect to be believedOMG: "oh my God"OT: "off-topic"ship/shipper: "ship" is short for "relationship." If you are an X and Y "shipper," that's short for "relation shipper," i.e. you want those two characters to be together.snarky: sarcastic commentaryTMI: "too much information"TPTB: "the powers that be" (Marlowe)
Her "I'm...marrying him " comment was not part of the script which makes a big difference. If she had just included even a hint of a smile with the ad-lib remark, it might have seemed affectionate, but her delivery came off as kind of snarky. IMHO
In the upcoming spy daddy episode “Deep Cover”, I hope we don't get a badass Beckett confronting Hunt instead of Castle standing up for himself with his dad. Castle is a grown man who has already been disrespected enough by Alexis and I hope he doesn't get run over in the same way by his father. I don’t object to the idea of Castle's father being a dark guy, having darker impulses per se, and exploring Castle's reaction to that and whether he has his own dark impulses at times given his interest in the macabre. I trust that this particular senior writer, Terence Paul Winter, will explore that subject in a serious way, but I am still managing expectations because this is the same person who wrote 5x10 “Significant Others”. It seems odd that the show runner would cater to Brolin's wishes for his characters. Let's hope that means they will put even more effort than usual into the script.
Point well taken about Castle being a civilian, but it doesn’t explain her behavior in the open in front of co-workers. Just because Demming was a cop, she let him slobber all over her with those kisses on her neck in the precinct? It presents more to me that she was playing with Castle’s emotions precisely because she knew Castle had to keep things professional at all times because he was there as a favor to the mayor. It is hard to believe that Kate didn’t know how much Castle was interested in her long before those wake up conversations with Montgomery and Esposito. Otherwise, why her startled response when Castle told her that it was his last case with her. She was devastated, yet she felt the need to lie earlier to Castle about her vacation time.
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