I enjoyed the episode as much as 6x4 “Number One Fan”. The song chosen for the opening scene in the church "The Water is Wide" was a clever selection as a tribute to Cameron for saving the baby. I think the baby discussions between Castle and Beckett were handled well. Viewers got a chance to see Castle and Beckett at home more and talking about personal things. Kate referred to the loft as “home” on three separate occasions during the episode. Does that mean she has moved in for good now? I liked that we got to see Kate reassure Castle about her earlier "not a baby person" comment given his initial reaction to it at the precinct. I also like that Alexis is in her proper place in an episode - adding Castle family flavor, some humor with the line of the night "How long have I been gone?" and no Pi issues. The writers are using Ryan as the source of comedy now for each episode, but they need to be careful not to over do it. It looks like the heavyweights are involved in the writing/directing for the 6x11, 6x12 and 6x13 upcoming episodes. Marlowe is running down his checklist fast (new job, living arrangements, babies, next up Castle's fame and how Kate copes with that, then Jackson Hunt returns) so he's going to have to slow down, otherwise he'll leave the engaged couple with no options except to get married because they'll be nothing left for them to address unless the show runner punishes the fans with another dreadful Kate insecurity arc. I hope the wedding happens this season (no cold feet or runaway bride scenario) because I couldn't take Marlowe dragging this out into Season 7 given what we have seen so far. They can make wedding comments over a dead body only so many times before it gets old.
nottrampis. I don’t think that 3XK necessarily needs to be caught before the wedding. You would hope that he would get eliminated before that, but it should not prevent them from getting married. Tyson is the same threat whether they are engaged or married. When dealing with people who operate through terror, you don’t want to give them the satisfaction of letting them dictate your life to that extent. The Tyson threat works so well for the show runner that I would guess that he would wait until the end of series to resolve that storyline. IMO
In the end scene at the loft when the song was playing and it referred to seeing them again when the ‘sun is shining’ all I could think of was Beckett and Castle on their honeymoon. Remember the remark made by Beckett while getting out of car when they arrived at the crime scene and she mentioned wanting a warm location. That would be the perfect place for 3XK or Nieman to pop up again.
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One continuity issue that bothered me about the episode was that when Beckett and Castle were at the surgeon office it would have been daytime, but that is when Kate talks to Ryan on the phone, but he is at the docks in the dark. I watched the show live and noticed it right away which just bugs me because I initially thought I missed something.
nottrampis. Agree. Viewers didn’t really learn anything new or significant about Lanie, other than that she has a 2-drink maximum. Likewise, we didn’t learn anything new about Esposito, or his relationship with Lanie, at least, nothing other than what we could’ve already guessed. I find it really hard to buy into the “Esplanie” thing any longer. I think it’s sort of over. I don’t feel that chemistry between them any longer and I haven’t for a long time. It has been basically absent on the show for a while now.
I watched the opening dock scene again and you are correct about those Lanie comments. However, the guard actions at the dock crime scene in the beginning and his statement during the end interrogation make no sense if he was the actual killer. The victim was left hanging from that beam for hours. It would have taken time to position her body on the beam hanging that way in such an open area. It presents that somebody would have noticed him working with the body at some point. The open dock scene was creepy for sure, but somewhat contrived to fit the plot. It felt like they were almost trying a little too hard to be creepy at times. I think more understated moments might have worked better. IMO
Homeless guy must be 3XK. When Matthews was confessing to killing the look-a-likes, he made a point to mention the woman's feet scraping the dock, but in opening crime scene at the dock Lanie said she was dead before being strung up. However, Beckett never brought that up as a way to discredit Matthews' confession during the end interrogation.
Castle Hiatus and Restart: 12/9/2013 (Mon) 5x24 Still 12/21/2013 (Sat) 5x4 Murder, He Wrote 12/30/2013 (Mon) 5x19 The Lives of Others 1/6/2014 (Mon) 6x11 Beckett struggles with Castle’s public life versus her private life 1/13/2014 (Mon) 6x12 Marlowe written episode with Gates kicking ass and Hunt in it
Agree that 3XK must be taken out first. In a later episode, her reaction to the soundtrack will be explained. Castle was clearly affected by her reaction. They will come together on a plan to find him. Recall the late conversation with Beckett and Gates. Gates tells Kate she will need concrete proof before coming forward with a formal claim that Tyson is still alive.
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