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Balaji Sivaraman

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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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Castle Season 7 Episode 1 Review: Driven

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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Castle Review: Truth Conquers All

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. :)