I enjoyed the episode, but please no more look-a-likes. Viewers don’t want SK or NF to be playing other versions of their characters. I hope Marlowe attempts to be original with the wedding and actually lets it go ahead without too many convoluted hitches. The weekly promos are really becoming overblown. I am reminded of going to a movie where I hear nothing but rave reviews about it beforehand only to be disappointed with the outcome. For example, this episode was billed as Lanie-centric. However, we didn’t learn anything new of any real significance about her. If the idea was to flesh out her character and back story at the same time, that didn’t happen. In her media interviews, she considered this episode as great writing for her character and she was excited about the episode. She clearly has low expectations, but she must be really grateful for the job. Standard police procedures went out the window during this episode. That was a major security breach at the precinct with that many boxes and case files going missing even if the records room personnel thought it was the real person doing it. Nobody asked Esposito the purpose of the records release or where are all those files were going? After the plastic surgeon interrogation, Kate did not think to order 24/7 surveillance on the business given her shaky alibi? I don’t think Matthews actually killed the look-a-likes after all. His comment to Castle and Beckett as they are leaving the interrogation room that "You have no idea what is really going on. You think you do. But you don't" was a hint to the viewer that Matthews was taking the fall for 3XK (or Niemen) for the murders because he was the ‘Disciple’.
A well-done episode for sure created by the 3XK writer who kept the tension up throughout the show. The case itself resembled an old CSI episode from a few years ago with the dead body doubles. The storyline was a bit more grounded than 5x5 “Probable Cause”. There were story implications that Tyson is going to mess with the wedding. I sure hope that Marlowe is not planning to go there. I don't know why, but it makes me think of Lois and Clark, and not in a good way. Lois and Clark will forever go down in history as the worst wedding arc ever. If you look at the opening scene in slow motion, the homeless guy has a very dirty face, but the eyes were Jerry Tyson. The security guard calling out to the female victim from a distance made no sense after we find out later he was the killer. Kate’s reaction at the end seemed exaggerated unless that song has some kind of memorable connection to her parents wedding. I really wish the writer would have offered an explanation about it. Hopefully, the reaction was just final confirmation, for Beckett, that Tyson was actually alive. I liked them in the loft talking about the honeymoon, but I could have done without Castle listing off all the places he's been with his ex wives. He definitely has serious baggage in that department. I don't want to be reminded he's been there and done it before with other women. I know Kate is more to him than both those marriages combined but I just don't like the way it sounded unless he's talking seriously about why his marriages failed. Thank God Kate seems secure enough now with him that she doesn't seem to mind and can joke about it - for now.
Marlowe is terrible at writing Castle and Kate having conflict in their relationship. He can't convey two grown adults who love each other trying to thrash things out in a way that makes you feel sympathy for them. He usually has them behaving childishly and often one or both of them can come over as mean-spirited and even emotionally cruel towards the other. The writers always portray their issues as confrontational. This means one of them has to give in or lose.
Any chance we are headed for a 'runaway bride' episode? Just curious. I sure hope not, but we continue to see very subtle insecurity signs in her behavior. I keep going back to the 'Time Will Tell' power plant scene. Simon tells Castle he can't believe he marries Kate "given all that crazy stuff that goes on between you along the way".
Agree. It just seems like the writers are stalling the issue for no apparent reason. Recall that Castle bought the DC apartment for them on his own and she was ecstatic about it. Your point about the rent control is well taken.
Agree. Great point. I just don't want to watch some kind of insecurity arc forthcoming by Marlowe.
I wondered about that statement to Lanie myself. Castle needs to ask Kate why she is keeping the apartment if she's calling his loft "home" and talking about "our bedroom." If so many viewers are asking the question, Castle should be as well. Also, I thought it was weird that after Kate asks Castle to move the Linus picture, and he does, she tells him he didn't need to do that and she sounded really sincere about it. Having the "old" apartment gives her leverage and it reminds me from earlier seasons about her tendency to look at relationships in terms of "keeping one foot out the door".
Tonya B. Good point about the apartment. The writers need to be careful with this because it could start getting "ugly". It is increasingly coming over like Kate is using her apartment as a refuge point. If she is living with Castle, she can’t just walk out the door to her "old home" when something happens. You can understand her wanting to get out of the loft when Pi was wandering around their bedroom in an earlier episode, but that was weeks ago. There is more talk next episode about wedding venues, but they never talk about moving in together given that we are already 8 episodes into the season.
In reality, Hunt is a CIA assassin. Bracken is small fish. What if Pi is a spy trying to get access to Hunt so he can finally eliminate him. Alexis was just his access point to get to Hunt. It still makes no sense that no background check done on Pi after lost passport excuse. Also, the father returning could become a moral dilemma if Castle and Beckett uncover concrete evidence while working on a case that his father committed a murder (in the name of his job) and it doesn't sit well with Castle at all.
Totally Agree. I suppose that side of Castle comes from his father, the spy killer. Recall from 5x15 "Target" what his father did to Roger Henson to get him to talk. He tortured him and then executed him. When Jackson Hunt returns, I think we will see a dark side of spy daddy that is not favorable towards having a lasting relationship with Castle.
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