Castle Review - 4.12 - Dial M for Mayor
Mayor Robert Weldon, Castle's longtime friend and the Mayor of New York City, used his political clout to allow Castle to partner up with Beckett. But now, when a woman is found dead in a car that traces back to the Mayor's motor pool, that partnership comes under fire as the scandal surrounding the investigation threatens to bring down Weldon's administration.
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There was a lot going on in this episode, with pretty much two parallel storylines running throughout. One was the murder of the week, and the second was a return to the, I guess, series long main story arc of who killed Joanna Beckett. I must say, I know Castle is an episodic procedural and they've always been pretty sparse with the Joanna Beckett conspiracy episodes throughout the series, but I'm glad that we finally got another episode this season about the case. It had been too long, I think, and I had actually forgotten much of the conspiracy stuff that was brought up in this episode. That's not good. I'm still not sure who the mysterious man was that talked to Castle. Speaking of which, those clandestine meetings were beyond ridiculously cliche. I honestly would have expected Castle to make some kind of comment and was disappointed he didn't.
But anyway, this episode was noteworthy if for no other reason than it was an episode where we got to see Castle and Kate at odds. This isn't completely rare, but it's not common either, and it's always interesting to me to see them fight. It adds a necessary dimension to their relationship that I think helps make their relationship more believable and relatable. They are allowed to have realistic reactions to things, and this episode was a good example. Castle stood by his friend, despite how it might lead to him fighting with Kate, and Kate was determined to do her job regardless of the costs. I enjoyed that dynamic and liked seeing how they dealt with the inevitable tension.
Ryan and Esposito didn't have much to do this episode, which was a bit of a disappointment. We got a brief appearance by Alexis and she made me laugh with her overzealous approach to relaxing (also, of course Alexis would be taking theoretical physics). Martha was around to be crazy and offer some sage advice and a good listener.
Gates got some badly needed character development this episode. They actually added some nuance and depth to her characterization. I wish they hadn't taken this long to do that, but what they did give us was effective. Gates came across as more sympathetic this episode than she has all season. I still am not sold on her, but this episode helped me to understand her better, and that's a good step in the right direction.
As for the murder of the week, well...I don't know how I feel about this conspiracy. They never really explained WHY they were trying to destroy the mayor. Actually, I'm not even sure exactly who was doing what. Was mysterious shadow dude responsible for taking down the mayor or saving him? I got confused. Maybe a more perceptive reader can explain to me what was going on. I think I'll blame my confusion on the fact that Kate actually wore decent clothes for once and I wasn't sure what version of Castle I was watching: Blue-Castle or Red-Castle. Heh.
All in all, it was a pretty decent episode. Not as funny as the one last week, which I liked more. But I'm glad we got some movement on the main storyline and I'm looking forward to all of this blowing up in Castle's face. Because you know it will. Kate's not going to appreciate being kept in the dark all this time.
Now that should be fun to see.
What did you all think?