Castle Round Table: "The Human Factor"

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Could a lone drone commit murder? Rick Castle certainly thought so as his "Rise of the Machines" theory ran amok in "The Human Factor."

In this edition of the Castle Round Table, panelists Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are joined by Castle fans Mary Lou and Andy from The 12th Fan Forum as they debate whether "nothing" means nothing and why Beckett should consider the move to D.C.


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Mary Lou: Beckett hiding under the covers, late at night, playing into Castle's "Rise of the Machines" theory made me laugh out loud. She totally got him and I loved hearing her laugh. It's great to see how comfortable and playful she is with Castle. And Castle with the bat, protecting her and eliminating the threat. Too funny!

Andy: I loved the scene with Kate playing the trick on Castle in the middle of the night with his "toys". It really shows how far Beckett has evolved in her relationship with Castle over the year.

Chandel: Probably Rick trying to rationalize the possibility they were encountering the rise of the machines. I hope he never grows up!

Christine: The North by Northwest scene with the drone firing on them. I love the little homages to Hitchcock with the added Castle twist. Between Castle grabbing Kate's back up gun off of her ankle, to his crowing over redeeming his manliness, it all had me smiling.

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Why do you think Beckett didn't tell Castle she was offered the job?

Mary Lou: I think she didn't tell him because she's unsure of what move she will make and she didn't want to say anything until she had had time to think about it. That said, I wish she would have said something like, "Don't freak out, but Stack told me about a job opening in DC at the AG's Office. I'd like some time to think and then we can talk."

Andy: I'm thinking she didn't tell him because she really didn't have that much time to think about it. Once she does, she will open up to him.

Chandel: Because she isn't sure if it's something she wants. I don't think she wants to drag him into it. Plus I think she realizes that it's going to cause a big problem in their relationship.

Christine:  I think when she said it was "nothing" she meant it because on the surface it wasn't something she was looking for but now the questions will start rattling around in her head. Where do I want to be in five years? Will an opportunity like this ever come around again? When those questions won't go away it will no longer be "nothing."

Should Beckett consider making the move to D.C.?

Mary Lou: She should sit down and make a list of all the reasons why she should take the job and all the reasons why she shouldn't. She should consider very carefully what she will lose if she accepts the job and what she will gain if she stays. I don't think she's really thought too far into the future and the idea intrigues her.

Andy: I think there is a lot for her to think about. It comes down to what she wants moving forward with her career, is her job more important to her now or a relationship.

Chandel: No, that doesn't make any sense. I just want to know where her sudden desire to consider it is even coming from. It's all rather sudden to me.

Christine: She'd be a fool not to. It's a huge opportunity. Remember, she was a 19 year old grieving kid when she decided to become a cop. Her mother's murder was all encompassing. Now she's in her 30s and wondering what comes next…both in her career and with Castle. I'm not saying she should do it but if she doesn't want to have regrets she needs to take it seriously.

Lanie, Gates, Martha and Alexis were all missing from this episode. Who did you miss the most?

Mary Lou: I missed Lanie the most. She would have been as annoyed and frustrated as Beckett and her team were at all the physical evidence being confiscated. When Lanie's that way, we get some really good sassy attitude, comments and looks from her. 

Andy: I missed Lanie the most. Love her character and I hope we get to see a lot more of her next year. I'd like to see a Lanie centric episode.

Chandel: I probably miss Alexis most. I really enjoy her popping back in every once in a while even though she's off at college.

Christine: I miss Martha. Other than Kate, she's the one person Castle really confides in and I love their dynamic. I'm certainly hoping we get a conversation between Castle and Martha in the finale.

What's your prediction? How will Castle react to Beckett's job offer in "Watershed," the Castle season 5 finale?

Mary Lou: Initially, I think he'll be shocked, like "How could you even consider it?"  Then he'll be mad and hurt.  He'll have a heart to heart with Martha which always seems to add perspective. Then we'll get a conversation between Castle and Beckett where he risks his heart again and makes a commitment or he lets her go because he doesn't want to stand in the way of what she wants. 

Andy: Predictions? Wow, I'm never good at those. I think Castle will feel hurt and betrayed, but once he thinks about it, the old saying "if you love someone set them free" will come into play.

Chandel:  Clearly he's going to be hurt. This whole thing is kind of out of the blue, so I expect it to strike Castle as sudden as well. It will sure be interesting.

Christine: It's going to play into all of his insecurities.  He'll be hurt that Kate's even considering it but I think he'll understand it too. He's always been her biggest cheerleader. But with two failed marriages behind him,  he may fear it's the beginning of the end. I expect plenty of angst but hopefully some open and honest conversation about what they both want from one another going forward. I've got my fingers crossed they leave us in a hopeful place going into the long summer hiatus.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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