Castle Review: "Countdown"

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ABC promised a heart-stopping episode to conclude this two-week arc, and it definitely delivered with “Countdown."

Was it me or did this hour fly by? The entire installment had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Castle and Beckett in the freezer, the hunt for Kevin McCann, the detonating of the bomb... it was all so good.

Racing Against Time

I have said it before and I will say it again: although Castle is known for outlandish cases, it truly shines when it focuses on realistic investigations. I wouldn’t want such a set-up every week (that’s what we have the other cop shows for), but Castle nailed it this time, giving us a tense, fear-filled hour of television.

In a series as successful as this one, viewers know that the main characters can’t be together just yet. It's the hope that keeps you watching episode after episode. After “Countdown,” though, we have proof that Castle and Beckett are destined for each other. Having the two locked away in the freezer was everything I needed to hold me over until the next step for these eventual couple.

Stupid Josh. Part of me wishes he would have gone on his trip, so he wouldn’t have shown up and ruined Castle’s question to Beckett. The other part of me appreciates his character because it shows how much of a respectful gentleman Castle can be. I still want him gone, though...

Meanwhile, gotta admire the show for being daring enough to take on a terrorist attack in NYC. The writers handled this with care, as Fallon’s wife was a victim of such a tragedy. It really does make you wonder how this happens and we don’t know anything about it. I can’t imagine being the real life version of Fallon, although I completely understand why he would take that job.

Kudos to the writers and the excellent acting of Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic once again; this show totally deserves an Emmy. Adrian Pasdar, you are welcome on my screen anytime, preferably as Detective Fallon.

So, TV Fanatics, what did you think of “Countdown?” Was the ending everything you hoped for or did it fall short? How did it compare to last season’s two-parter?

Countdown Review

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Castle Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

Castle, I could use a silver lining right now.

Beckett

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Rick: Old enough to afford top-of-the-line laser tag.