- HBO Grants Game of Thrones Epic Season 4Posted 52 days ago
- Dispute Gets Game of Thrones Actor The Tyson VS Holyfield TreatmentPosted 59 days ago
- Game of Thrones: George R. R. Martin Makes a Cameo in Season 4Posted 62 days ago
- Jon Snow & Ygritte Get Cozy In Game of Thrones Portraits!Posted 64 days ago
- Watch The Newest Game of Thrones Trailer!Posted 66 days ago
- Game of Thrones Season 3 is a Beast Waiting to be StirredPosted 68 days ago
- Game of Thrones Recap: Get Caught Up On Season 2Posted 74 days ago
- Game of Thrones Extended Season 3 Trailer Has Bears, Sex, Flaming Swords and Everything ElsePosted 81 days ago
- Game of Thrones: Shadowed Cast in New Season 3 PostersPosted 82 days ago
- Game of Thrones Season 3 is Chaotic in New Teaser from HBOPosted 102 days ago
Castle – “3XK” – review
I think this episode did an excellent job of creating a mystery that neither overshadowed the characters nor got shown up by them, but instead intertwined with their psyches and kept us invested in both the case and the character developments. It also had a lot of really great, subtle moments that showed just how far the characters have come together in the last 2 years since Castle started working with Beckett.
First thing I loved was the interplay of Alexis’s secret admirer against the threat of the Triple Killer. It was half-funny, half utterly understandable to see Castle’s mind go from “don’t figure out who it is, that ruins the fun” to “figure out who it is because I have to know it’s not someone who can hurt you.” Just that quickly wants-to-be-cool-but-just-doesn’t-get-teenage-girls dad becomes concerned dad. One thing I will say, Alexis’s reaction to narrow down who could have passed her in the hall between 4th and 5th periods is exactly the kind of obsessive detailing of behavior teenage girls do. Also, I don’t believe her when she said she decided not to find out. Girls always want to know. What if he’s hot? What if it’s that dweeb who always stares at you in Chemistry? Girls need to know these things.
One other point on that–would Alexis’s boyfriend really have been okay with her meeting some secret admirer like that without telling him about it? Maybe she suspected it was him by the handwriting or something, but I wish she had expressed to either Martha or Castle that she had told Ash about it, only to have him encourage her to go meet the guy…because her doing it under the table lays groundwork for him not to trust her later, in my opinion. Even if it was really sweet of him to reiterate his affections (I know when I got “anonymous” notes on my car in college from a not-so-secret admirer, I loved it), the dishonesty of her not telling him about it bothers me. If it never comes up again, can I just assume she and Ash had that conversation and she just didn’t mention it?
I liked that the killer got away this time. In real life sometimes they do. Plus now he can come back later and actually go after Castle’s family instead of the show just insinuating he might be with the previews of threats and the secret admirer angle.
And how hilarious was it that Martha knew Castle ending a phone call with “I love you” was “something is terribly wrong”? She’s a smart lady. This was a good episode for her, taking up Castle’s worries for Alexis and saying she’d be at the park to make sure the secret admirer was on the up and up even if she personally thought he was being paranoid.
One of the running themese of my commentary is curiosity over why Castle writes murder mysteries, so of course I loved the killer’s insight into Castle as they are exchanging profiles. Is Castle drawn to death because he perhaps has the urges of a sociopath, just not the trigger in his background to become a killer? I mean, supposedly the best profilers are the ones who could have become serial killers themselves, if something in their early life had triggered it…is the same true of mystery writers? Or was the killer just way off in his guess and not, in fact, recognizing the gleam of an almost-fellow in Castle’s eyes?
The moment at the end where Castle and Beckett hold hands and just sort of sit there, calmly but somehow clinging to one another as well, was beautifully drawn. It reveals without saying a word that they have formed a bond deeper than any casual romance, even if it’s not necessarily a romantic bond…as I said waaaaay back when, if Castle and Beckett ever do get romantically involved, it will not be on the relatively superficial level that both of them normally let other people into their lives on, but a very deep one. It seems as though they’ve already formed an emotional bond on that deep level, even if they haven’t come around to the romantic side of things yet.
On that point, there was one last piece of follow-up from two weeks back that I have thought of–remember in season 1 how Beckett was teased about being such a huge fan of Castle, how Lainey reminded her that his books kept her sane after her mother’s murder? It’s an interesting parallel to her being in love with her training officer who told her she wasn’t crazy for becoming a detective for her mother’s memory/murder, to have her crushing on Castle back then (or now, or both).
So in all a great episode. Probably one of my favorites so far this season…but the season is still young….