A lot of discussion on the boards about Kate meeting someone (Eddie) from her past in the finale. Putting info like that out this early for the finale seems very odd. A scenario like that could backfire on the show runner. If enough viewers get wind of it and they think the finale will go sideways, they might just write off the rest of the season and skip the finale if it looks like no wedding will happen. Many viewers have never recovered from Watershed. It is hard to imagine Marlowe would go there to risk losing audience for the rest of the series.The early spoiler presents as so unfair to the writers which just makes the information put out there seem very misleading. Beckett does have a motorcycle bad boy in her past, but I was always a bit dubious about it. Bad boys, motorcycles, fashion model, Stanford, science fiction nerd, future Supreme Court justice etc. It's gotten to be a bit too much and I'm not sure I feel it all meshes together into a character. To bring someone up from Beckett’s past out of the blue to just create angst for a milestone episode just makes no sense with Terri Miller co-writing the episode. What if this guy is case related? The spoiler says he has a past with Beckett. It does not say personal. It also says he is infamous for his lying, cheating, and scheming. Whatever problem he brings to the episode, it certainly won't be pure in nature. Perhaps whatever he says or does should not be trusted. And perhaps Caskett is smart enough and strong enough together that whatever this guy attempts, they will take a stand reinforcing their commitment to each other. I sure don’t want to experience another Watershed.
I enjoyed the episode because Beckett and Castle really led the investigation. Gates shined in this episode as well. I liked seeing the softer side to her. She's very much like Beckett showing a tough exterior. All throughout the episode Castle and Beckett were discussing who to invite to their wedding. It was selfish of Castle to ask Beckett to cut down her list when he has 400 people on his list. By default, I think they listed who will really be invited to a smaller wedding: Martha, Alexis, Jim, Ryan, Jenny, Esposito, Lanie, Gates family. Also, Kate mentioned Maddie and Aunt Teresa. Getting married is a huge step and both characters need to have a moment to pause and embrace it. I hope we get nothing like that rush job to the proposal with basically no window into their thoughts before the big moment and hit all the wrong emotional beats. When I heard the comment by Beckett about Dr. Seuss getting married in the living room, I thought about the loft, but when I replayed that scene, the line was that Dr. Seuss got married in his wife's living room, if I heard it correctly. If it were a clue, that would mean in her apartment. Maybe that will be the last scene shot there. Kate did say "his wife's living room" which sounded weird to me at the time. Maybe that explains why Kate never gave up the apartment. I really don't think the wedding will be in the park, too out in the open.
After viewing the 6x17 sneak peeks, I decided to watch “Knockdown” again to get a feel for how this episode might play out on the screen. The torture scene was hard to watch, but overall I enjoyed the episode. I think most regular viewers knew that Kate's ‘powerful enemy from the past’ had to be Vulcan Simmons. There was a lot of intense action packed into just 43 minutes which I guess was needed in order to replicate the kind of drama viewers usually see in a two part episode. The drug unit plan was terribly flawed. I could tell during the initial Elena interview playback that she was speaking in code and that she was a killer. The reasons given by the drug unit captain for Kate’s role were a pretty flimsy excuse for her to get herself involved in an undercover narcotics mission. When Gates offered to Kate to refuse the mission, she agreed to accept the challenge, but I don’t think she was given enough details to understand the actual risks. She is a homicide detective who is well-known by NYC hard-nosed criminals especially the drug underworld and it was pretty obvious that somebody would recognize her right away. Poor Kate had to come up with another definition for the word ‘undercover’ (meeting) in order to keep Castle from getting involved. You can't blame Kate for not telling Castle any details about the mission because Castle still refuses to keep his nose out of classified business which could put him and his future wife in danger. For hyped up episodes like this one, I still watch for bits which show those seconds dealing with the reality of the Caskett relationship. Kate sitting down and writing that letter to Castle was that moment for me in this episode. The writers deem not appropriate to show viewers any Caskett passionate kisses, no bare shoulders while our couple is sitting up in bed, but instead we get plenty of physical violence including water torture.
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