New contributor Alris is here to provide you his thoughts on this week's Castle. Find out what he thought after the jump!
Recap: An art museum curator is found dead, a valuable art piece is stolen, and a sexy "recovery" specialist helps with the case. Castle and Beckett dance around each other and act like teenagers, and the thief and murderer turns out to be one of the co-owners of the piece of art in the first place.
Sounds pretty ridiculous right? It was; not to say I didn't enjoy the episode. The case felt like a good old Season 2 case full of twists and frivolity. Unfortunately, so did Castle and Beckett. I was beating my head on the desk by the end of the episode. Castle was giving Beckett every opportunity and reason to say something and she didn't, Beckett fumbled around, conciously giving him every reason to pursue other options. We know she remembers him saying that he loves her, it's like the whole thing is some elaborate test. We put up with all this in Season 2 and we remember how that ended, although I did like the slightly vulnerable look on Beckett's face when she asked Castle about going for a cheeseburger. I thought it was a nice touch. However, it does reinforce my earlier comment about acting like teenagers. It was all, "You didn't go with her, would you maybe want to go with me?" Beckett was acting like some schoolgirl asking for her first date, all unsure of herself hoping he'll say yes.
Now that I got my main problem with the episode out of the way, let me hit some bullet points of what stood out to me:
GatesWatch - Seemed mostly back to normal after last week, but didn't have a lot to do. I'm going to continue reserving judgement on her character.
FamilyWatch - There's got to be a better name for this, suggestions on the back of a postcard. Wait, was that too British?
Castle's family again takes a back seat, though the interaction with Martha was wonderful. Martha and Castle's relationship is just so wonderfully different from the usual mother/son relationships we see on television. They're more like two friends ribbing each other. Now correct me if I'm wrong but was this the first episode with no Alexis at all?
Highlight of the Episode - Has to be the dual conversations between Castle/Martha and Beckett/Klingon Psychiatrist. (If you hadn't noticed yet, it's Michael Dorn aka Worf from Star Trek. Or if, like me, you're a fan of the Fallout video games, Marcus the Super Mutant from Fallout 2 and New Vegas.) Yes, it's a well worn cliche, but they did do it very well and justified its use. For all that it's a continuation of the teenage behaviour between these two, you can also see that there's something with Beckett's reluctance. Unfortunately, I feel like we've been steadfastly not told what it is, which is frankly frustrating. If we're having some kind of reset, tell us why. Despite all this, I still quite liked the scene, because it was played well by the actors and fit into the context of the episode well. It makes me so darn conflicted.
Honourable mention must go to the poor guy stuck in the elevator surrounded by armed police officers. It just made me giggle.
And now I'll hand it over to you guys. What did you think?