I know, I know, we're changing things up here at Castle Inanity yet again. All I can say is, both Frea and I are pretty busy these days with things in real life (whatever that is) and so we're always looking for things that can make our maintenance of the blog more efficient. To that end, I'm going to be taking over Castle reviewing for the foreseeable future. Don't expect a detailed analysis like Alris provided. This will just be my quick thoughts on the episode. The detailed analysis I leave to you.
So what did I think of 4.09 - "Kill Shot"? Click the link to find out!
At first I was a little dubious of the whole Kate suffers from PTSD plot, because there'd been little evidence of it existing beyond the first episode. Usually, PTSD doesn't disappear and reappear when it's convenient for the plot (except for on TV, of course). But thanks to Stana Katic's great acting, I decided to just go with it and accept that all she needed was this sniper appearing in order for her PTSD to really kick in.
And you know what, there was a lot to like about this episode. I think near the top of my list was that I was so, so happy that the show didn't forget that Esposito used to be in the military. It was excellent to see him take on such a prominent role in the episode. And even better to see him be so knowledgeable and on top of things. Too often shows forget that kind of stuff about their secondary characters in order to make the primaries more important, so it was great to see Esposito essentially take the lead in the case.
Even better was the scene between Esposito and Kate in the evidence locker. Of course, there's no way they'd let her just take that rifle out of there and cart it around with her as she jaunts through the city. That kind of made me facepalm. Also, there's a serial sniper on the loose and Kate's traveling around with a rifle just nonchalantly slung over her shoulder? Yeah right. That aside, it was a really good moment for Esposito and Kate, as Esposito helped Kate realize that a tool has no power over her.
This episode was really about Kate facing the darkness and the guilt and the unbelievable expectations she has placed on herself. Seeing Kate increasingly break down was excellent. Psychological problems just don't disappear overnight, and all the hand shaking, jumping, hyperventilating, cautiousness, what have you, that Kate displayed in the episode was great and so was SK's acting. Though that scene in her apartment kind of made me laugh, and not in a good way, as it was too over the top. Other than that bit, I thought everything with Kate's breakdown was great.
It actually looked like Gates was warming up to Castle there at the end. They were even working together. Excellent. I hope that kind of grudging acceptance continues. Gates was starting to get annoying with her constant dismissal of Castle.
All too brief appearance by Alexis and Martha tonight, but what they had was great, and Alexis (conveniently) provided the big clue Castle needed to put everything together. I realize that they didn't really fit in this episode, but still, any amount of either of them is appreciated.
One of the things I didn't like was the stuff with Worf, her therapist. Don't get me wrong, I thought they were good scenes and I liked everything he said, but I thought this guy was a departmental shrink? Am I wrong in this? Because if he was, there was no way he should have/would have allowed Kate to work on the case. I realize it was necessary for the plot to work, but that felt contrived. I did like Kate admitting that she wanted to fix herself. Let's hope she can.
So that's all I've got off the top of my head. I'm sure I missed a lot. What did you think?