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.
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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.
Being the 'Disciple' explains his behavior in the opening scene where he approached the female victim asking for a response. He clearly acted surprised at her condition. Otherwise, his actions at that point make no sense at all.
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.
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