The episode was quite a let down. 3XK went to a lot of trouble to make everyone think he was dead in "Probable Cause" and instead of going to another part of the country to continue his 'work', he comes back to NYC and conveniently shows himself on the traffic cam just so he can further mess with Castle and Beckett. Castle who because of his mob connections shares responsibility for getting the dirty cop killed and can no longer consult at the precinct suddenly is given a pass to come back and consult again. There are endless interrogation scenes and flashbacks. There is no outside the box thinking. 3XK is known for always behind 3 steps ahead of the police but they never consider that the tooth could be a plant or that Kate could be walking into a trap. Amy calls Kate scared and wanting help but Kate tells Castle she is afraid he would scare Amy away if he came along. What about Castle would scare Amy away? Or instead of having Amy stand on a street corner like a target waiting for Beckett, why didn't Beckett just tell her to grab a cab and get to the police station? So many things don't make sense. I never bought the concept that Dr Nieman could perform plastic surgery to make a person look exactly like another person. The whole episode was just a lame setup for part 2. The loft scene was the normal scene with no substance. They spent less than a minute to cover the fact that Martha still has an acting career, Alexis is still going to school and has bonded very well with Kate, and Kate and Castle are thinking about kids. In earlier seasons, Martha and Alexis actually had their own little stories. Castle and Beckett actually had serious conversations.
I dislike 3XK. That arc should have wrapped up long ago. I really hated the episode with Dr Nieman so I am not looking forward to the 2 parter.
I loved Clear and Present Danger, but most of the episodes I either disliked or was lukewarm about. I hated 6.23. That would have been a beautiful wedding. Instead we got a crappy wedding in front of the worst green screen sunset ever. Kate's dad never said a word like 'you're beautiful', 'your mom would have been so proud'. They forgot to invite their precinct family. Their vows were good but only because Stana and Nathan really sold them. The honeymoon was the worst. I didn't understand them dressing Stana as some bizarre slut in her black leather corsetted outfit while they dressed Nathan like Hoss Cartwright. Obviously they love the Beckett character and care little for the Castle character. I'm glad they are finally concentrating on the Castle character, but hate the ridiculous mythology they came up with. I was really tired of the Beckett show, however I want the Castle back that I fell in love with in Seasons 1 & 2. Now they portray him as childish, unromantic, clueless about women. The show has really gone downhill.
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