Castle "Dreamworld" Review: Death Is But a Dream

Castle S06E02: "Dreamworld"


You may be shocked to learn that at the end of the two-episode arc that kicked off Castle's sixth season, the show's titular character did not die. I know, I know! After the cliffhanger last week, which saw our intrepid hero infected with a deadly government-engineered toxin that gave him less than a day to live, surely everyone was waiting with bated breath to find out whether Nathan Fillion would make it past Episode 2. Okay, no, of course you weren't. There was zero chance of Castle the character dying before Castle the series, which made the ending of last week's episode maybe just a tad flat, all things considered.

At the very least, "Dreamworld" did go to the trouble of milking every possible ounce of tension out of what was essentially a foregone conclusion. The episode's greatest asset was a laser-like focus on the case and the consequences of not solving it in time, which meant that very little room to concentrate on personal relationships, long-distance living situations, or Alexis's new idiot boyfriend. Even if the case seemingly only had one conclusion, the writing in "Dreamworld" did a decent-enough job of keeping the audience guessing as to how we might end up there.


As you may recall from last week, the deadly toxin in question was stolen from a government lab in a ludicrously elaborate heist that involved at least one red herring, one dead marine, and one reference to a secret military base in the Middle East. During all of that, Castle became infected, which meant that this week it was up to Beckett and Cuddy—sorry, sorry, McCord—to track down who actually stole it, and to what end. Initially, all anyone had to go on was the dead marine's reference to Dreamworld, the ghost base in the Gulf that nobody seemed to know anything about. Investigating that lead did bring the team to a reporter, who'd had a story on the base killed by none other than the Secretary of Defense (the great Glenn Morshower). The SoD had his career made by a strike on a member of Al Qaeda's top leadership, a strike we learned was run out of the previously unacknowledged ghost base, and featured the on-the-ground efforts of our dead marine.

But the secretary wasn't so forthcoming about that other code word the marine uttered before his death, that of Valkyrie. This became problematic, as dead end after dead end started popping up. Meanwhile, poor, sickly Castle could really only watch from the sidelines as Beckett and McCord hit the pavement trying to drum up clues. The only antidote for the toxin was stolen along with the toxin itself, meaning the only hope Castle had was to survive long enough for the team to reacquire it. Every four hours, a doctor with the bedside manner of drywall would come in to give Castle a shot to stave off the effects of the virus, but otherwise he had little to do but wait and hope. Somewhat selfishly (but understandably so), Castle didn't even tell his family what was going on, even as a worried Martha called repeatedly, desperate to know what was happening. She even went to Esposito and Ryan (in their only appearance in the episode), pleading with them to share some information. But when they called Beckett, she gave them the cold shoulder in a way that I don't think I've ever seen her do before. Again, I completely get not wanting to panic anyone, but frankly I'm shocked that everyone involved didn't give Castle and Beckett a ration of crap at the end of the episode for not revealing what'd been going on. If anything, everyone seemed downright understanding.


I think that's where "Dreamworld" lost me a bit. The severity and intensity of the situation at hand definitely ranked on the top end of the scale when it comes to crazy things happening in the Castle universe, but nobody really seemed all that panicked, or frantic, on any level (besides Martha). Anyone from the government outside Beckett's division appeared pretty unfazed by the idea of a deadly neurotoxin possibly being out there and available to kill at a moment's notice. And even within the scope of the office, everybody, Castle included, was pretty calm and collected no matter how high the stakes seemed to rise. Beckett's a pro, we know this, so some stoicism is understandable when it comes to working a case. Only at the very end, with Castle fading in and out of consciousness and Beckett racing toward the believed location of the perpetrator, did some urgency appear to infect the case. For most of "Dreamworld," it just felt like business as usual with some occasional reminders that, oh, hey, Castle's totally dying by the way. Then it was like someone turned up the frenzy dial for the last ten minutes.

The case also had a pretty weak, and frankly insane, conclusion. Despite pursuing leads that ranged from Al Qaeda retribution to shadowy forces within our own government, it turned out that the bad guy was just that reporter all along. When the strike on the Al Qaeda operative's house occurred, a woman (codenamed Valkyrie—aha!) posing as a servant at the home was killed. She turned out to be a U.S. intelligence officer (who died because the SoD didn't want to miss his target window on the strike), and also the fiancee of the reporter. This case was all about revenge, meaning that this reporter (who, as was mentioned in a throwaway line, had some military training) managed to stage this multi-tiered heist, wrangle a chemical weapon for his own nefarious purposes, and set about trying to kill various people in the government he believed were responsible for his fiancee's death. Hell of a thing, all of that.


With all that wrapped up and the antidote secured, Castle survived, as expected. Beckett understandably wanted the secretary investigated for obstructing their investigation, but McCord gently reminded her that things are very different in D.C., and that she has to be able to let certain things go. This, unsurprisingly, rubbed Beckett the wrong way, perhaps sowing some seeds of doubt in her mind as to whether she really wants to stay in D.C.

Several of you mentioned in the comments last week that this D.C. arc is probably just a temporary thing, and that Beckett is probably destined to return to NYC and get back to murder investigatin' the old-fashioned way—this apparently falls in line with Lisa Edelstein's admission that she's only guest-starring for a few episodes. I had not realized this, because A.) I hadn't really been following any cast interviews about the show prior to the premiere, and B.) I thought it'd be silly for a show to pick up and move locations for several episodes, only to end up right back where it started. It would call into question the point of any of this, since it would seem to offer little to the greater scope of the series, outside of basic confirmation that Beckett is maybe better suited to proper police work, versus trying to navigate the various troubling nooks and crannies of our nation's capital. It would also seem to make little sense to pull Castle and Beckett apart for just a few episodes, since it's debatable what either character would actually learn over such a short period of time trying to maintain a long-distance relationship.

Truth be told, I still have no idea where any of this is going. All I know is that Castle's back in New York next week, and Beckett and McCord will be along for the ride in what looks like, on the surface, a pretty typical Castle-brand murder case. I'm guessing that by the end of Episode 3, we'll have a pretty solid idea of where things are headed, for better or for worse.



NOTES

– Understand, I'm not saying I don't want Beckett back in New York with Castle. Everything about this "new job" storyline has been kind of needlessly messy and complicated in a way that doesn't really appear to benefit anyone involved. Shifting gears back to NYC would be fine by me, but it would also reaffirm my belief that pretty much everything that's happened in the last five or so episodes of Castle has basically been pointless dramatic busywork. Things were rolling along just fine last season before all this D.C. stuff popped up, and none of what it's added to the mix has made the show better or more interesting. Just more complicated, and in a way that's sucked a lot of the fun out of the proceedings.

– Knowing that Esposito and Ryan will be back in stronger form next week did put a little smile on my face. I never realized how much I'd miss them until they were relegated to brief check-ins. I'm still not really missing Captain Gates, though. She's probably back next week too, isn't she? Dammit.

– So have we established that Alexis's hippy man friend is now a recurring character? This is just a setup for Castle and Beckett to have to investigate his grisly murder down the road, right? Like, super grisly? Hostel-level grisly? Because then, and only then, am I okay with this. He's the worst.


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Oct 06, 2013
This case was all about revenge, meaning that this reporter (who, as was mentioned in a throwaway line, had some military training) managed to stage this multi-tiered heist, wrangle a chemical weapon for his own nefarious purposes, and set about trying to kill various people in the government he believed were responsible for his fiancee's death. Hell of a thing, all of that.

Plus, he framed that agent he identified as responsible for his fiance's death by stealing ANOTHER object as well, within a very limited time window.

that guy was wasting his potential. totally. he could have made a career in something like, i don't know ... Section 1?
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Oct 05, 2013
I finally realized what bothered me the most of that episode. It's not only Alex is right in saying that it feels like a normal episode with people sometimes remembering Castle was dying. It's the fact that it feels that he didn't believe it himself. I can understand not wanting to scare his family and the phone calls seemed fine, but the man is a writer, for God's sake! He didn't even thought in writing some goodbye letters, just in case? He didn't seemed even so sad about the danger of not seeing Alexis again.
The episode would have been better without the forced drama, just the FBI searching for the toxin that killed Bronson.
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Oct 02, 2013
I DON'T believe it. I can see people not 'spoiling the surprise' by giving the details, but didn't anyone think the brilliant ending scene was even worth mentioning. True, there wasn't an open window at Castle's head, but the dialogue, the staging, even the positioning of the characters is perfect -- and you could even have worked McCord into the scene taking Frank Morgan's place, since they were both 'outsiders' who played key roles and eventually brought the main character home. Rarely has 'homage' been paid so well.

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Oct 02, 2013
I've only glanced at the comments and am replying to the review. No, the survival of Castle was not a problem -- 'faux suspense' is a basic element in any dramatic series. We 'knew' Castle would live, in the same way we knew the chemical attack on Washington, or the Sec Def wouldn't come off. (And if you find yourself watching any old Perry Masons, his client will be innocent and he will win the case -- and Q never goes back and retroactively eliminates the human race.)

In fact, whether a specific 'terrible disaster' will happen is rarely the question, and even the question of who is behind this disaster is usually secondary. TV is about HOW, not WHO -- mostly because of time constraints and the less dramatic possibilities of showing simple reasoning on a show. How will they rescue Castle was the key, not 'whodunit' -- though I thought the ending was better than the reviewer did.

There used to be the rare possibility of 'true suspense' on a tv show, a cliffhanger where a character was in severe danger and there was a chance that he or she (if not the title character) would be killed. NCIS has gotten away with this a couple of times -- but with second-level supporting characters like Mike Franks. But we know now that Ziva is leaving the show alive -- and if she weren't, the secret would have been all over the net. And any similar attempt would almost certainly be revealed on the net -- or people would be able to tell who survived if they knew the contracts that were signed.

The irony is that CASTLE does have a really suspenseful question left hanging, the who Washington/NY thing. Only, as soon as we saw Ryan, Esposito, and, yes, Captain Gates, still listed among the cast members, we knew how that will turn out. (I thought the 'protecting the SecDef' bit would send her back, but they are stretching it out. But, even if we don't -- as I don't -- read news about shows I watch, that cast listing told us all we wanted to know.)

Nobody's yet made the obvious suggestion -- keep Beckett in the FBI, but assign her to New York as to serve as the liason with her old team -- the way Fritz was in THE CLOSER.

And one last point before I check to see if any of the comments zeroed in on the most delightful part of the show -- the reviewer didn't, and maybe it's nice to have one surprise left. But the 'lack of desperation' comes from two places. First, the people with an emotional connection to Castle, Ryan, Esposito and the "Red-Headed League" don't actually know what's happening, and the ones that do, other than Beckett, don't really have ties to Castle. And the one thing Castle and Beckett have learned through the years -- it seems like this show uses this more strongly than most -- is that 'panic doesn't help.' Both of them have seen that the way to solve problems is to 'shut up and do your job' not to run around in circles with the makeup people overdoing the worry lines.
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Oct 02, 2013
The so-called supporting cast of Ryan, Esposito, Lanie and even Gates are more than supporting. I love the interaction between them. Without them, it's just another cop show. Go back to NYC Beckett!
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Oct 02, 2013
This. Ryan, Esposito and the coroners (gotta love Mr Cranky) are why I watch.
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Oct 02, 2013
yeah, I forgot Mr. Cranky. Even Gates, who started out as a total you-know-what, has grown on me.
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Oct 02, 2013
So will Alex be reviewing the rest of the season? I was going to review it but if a he then it doesn't matter now.

On another note, I cant stand Pi, destroy him, DESTROY HIM NOW!!!!
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Oct 07, 2013
I think having Pi in the appartment is supposed to drive Castle and Beckett to get their own place together.....at least that seems the obvious conclusion.
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Oct 03, 2013
I believe he said last week that he wasn't going to. I think he only did this episode because it was the second part to the premiere episode.
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Oct 04, 2013
ok cool, thanks!
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Oct 02, 2013
Think the show is on the wrong track. Used to love it....
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Oct 03, 2013
Do you read the books that are published under "Richard Castle".
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Oct 03, 2013
? They at least are pretty entertaining.
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Oct 02, 2013
Yeah, this episode was stinky cheese underneath with just enough to keep it feeling fresh on top, and to be frank, I'm growing tired of business as usual with Castle. Life is too short to repeat these beats over and over again ad naseum. The drama with Castle facing his mortality was barely in the episode at all. Obviously Beckett is unhappy with the way DC does business and will return to NYPD.

Alexis' hippie boyfriend needs to die a horrible death at the hands of a rabid pigeon. He's so unwelcome in this episode that it actually reminded me of all the things I was going to let pass at the ending.
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Oct 02, 2013
"Shifting gears back to NYC would be fine by me, but it would also reaffirm my belief that pretty much everything that's happened in the last five or so episodes of Castle has basically been pointless dramatic busywork"

Nah. Somehow this all ties back to Bracken and the series-long arc about Beckett's mother's murder. Either he gets her booted out of town or he got her into town in the first place or the contacts she makes during these episodes later help her take him down. These would be the least pointless episodes. The ones with serial impact as opposed to the usual purely procedural episodes. Patience. Wait for the pay off.
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Oct 03, 2013
I hope this is the case. It would make the DC arc relevant, and it would bring back the Bracken storyline, which I've been wanting to see more of.
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Oct 03, 2013
The problem is how long we have to put up with this rubbish until there IS a pay off?
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Oct 03, 2013
The need to give Castle more too do.
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Oct 02, 2013
Cuddy and McCord both have Gaelic origins. Lisa Edelstein is clearly Jewish. Names have their ways of migrating across families, and I'm sure the name is chosen first, then the part is cast, and they certainly shouldn't cast based on the name in the screenplay, but shouldn't they occasionally rename the characters after casting, so that television isn't disproportinately filled with improbably named characters?
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Oct 03, 2013
I've always wondered about NCIS' Ned Dorneget. And whatever reasons they might have had to give him such an unusual name. Of course, I understand that they can't all be Smiths and Johnsons, but Dorneget? And he's not even a main character...
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Oct 03, 2013
Not even a real last name as far as I can tell. Fever dream of a Hollywood writer.
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Oct 02, 2013
I'm of very jewish ethnic heritage and my last name is English. This is America, pal, names are just names these days. My buddy's ex has a super African American first name and she's super white.
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Oct 02, 2013
Yes, very common, just more so on television shows. Almost no one has a name that matches their heritage there. Unless it is a native american stereotype. In real life, I commonly meet people who look Jewish and have Jewish last names, people who look Irish and have Irish last names, and people who look Polish and have Polish last names. Just wishing they had a more representative sample.
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Oct 02, 2013
Eh, I meet people who look Jewish and are Italian. Heck, it seems like half the old guys lately look more Jewish the older they get no matter their ethnicity. Diversity is diversity, it's not such a huge deal. Maybe she married a guy with that last name.
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Oct 02, 2013
It's not a huge deal, but it's another example of Hollywood not bothering to look at the numbers to be more realistic. Hollywood's melting pot is at least 30% more melty than where I live, apparently.
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Oct 01, 2013
After watching this episode chances are Beckett will get fed up with how washington works and go back to NYC.
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Oct 02, 2013
That's exactly what I think, too.
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Oct 01, 2013
On one hand, I enjoyed that the show has evolved and a new setting is always a welcome change. However, I do agree that all of this seems sort of pointless unless by the point of the DC arc is to change things in NYC. Perhaps we will see in the future that because of her job in DC, her job in NYC will change. If that makes any sense. Anyway! Great recap and hopefully you write more :).
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Oct 03, 2013
That's how I feel. I actually have enjoyed the past couple of episodes and the DC setting, but it will be kind of annoying if there isn't some kind of point or payoff to the move.
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Oct 03, 2013
I'm a great believer in shows evolving but you'll find that died in the wool fans resist change to the max.

Look at The Big Bang Theory, for example.

The bitching and whining by the fans about the guys getting girlfriends is unbelievable but I love it.

The show is fundamentally the same, with the addition of new characters "fleshing" the show out.

Even geeks must make baby geeks after all, so expecting them to be permanently celibate is ridiculous.

However, here we have a complete change in the show with half the team being sidelined and a couple MIA (Lanie and Gates).

The DC squad appear to be in "tech central" on the bridge of NC1701 where everything is solved in seconds with little effort from the detectives, while "real" Police work still exists in NY.

I, for one, prefer the latter.

I say again; Castle grow a pair and dump her sorry butt.
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Oct 01, 2013
I just can't stand the hypocrisy of Becket and frankly television where writers make it seem like whatever awful things is done by the heroes or protagonists is in the end justified. If Castle had died she would have gone to the ends of the Earth to kill the person she thought was responsible (note: her opinion) but when that reported wanted revenge on the SOD she still defended his wife. Ugh...just horrible.

The dreamworld part was kind of fun, not so creative but still. I also miss the old Castle with his jokes, more of that would be welcome.

Becket staying in DC or not, it doesn't really matter for me but I hope they try to change the core of her job because now the only difference is that she's a federal officer instead of a state officer, I prefer shows to evolve a little especially needed for the procedural ones.
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Oct 01, 2013
Sometime during this season, there's going to have to be an episode called "Slice of Pi". In my fantasy he's found cut up into pieces on a yoga mat.
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Oct 02, 2013
In the Corpse Pose, of course.
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Oct 02, 2013
Do you think if we start a petition they will write that in? Because that would be awesome!!!!!
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Oct 02, 2013
MORE THUMBS
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Oct 01, 2013
The writers on this show often run these pointless angsty storylines that make me want to gnash my teeth, pull my hair and quit this show forever. Luckily Nathan Fillion is so damn adorable or I would have given up when they replaced Montgomery with "Sir".
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Oct 03, 2013
I watch this show cos its generally pretty entertaining and Nathan Fillion is usually great. Generally the best bits of the crime solving is the working together of the leads of which there was very little in these episodes. But occasional pointless angst for drama i can live with but if it goes on it will muck up the shows light element which makes it eminently watchable.
And i very much miss Ryan and Espo - them having kids together just wasn't enough...
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Oct 03, 2013
Yes and there's just so much more of him to adore, these days (God, wish there were smilies here).
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Oct 01, 2013
I think this plot-arc was to develop contacts in the higher ups for Beckett. She'll need those if she's going to take down Bracken.
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Oct 01, 2013
next week is end of the 3-epi Lisa E story arc; then it'll be back to NYC for Caskett. back where they belong. and I disagree with you Alex Navarro - I don't think this was a five-episode pointless busywork exercise; I thought it was a nice clean break in the story lines to enhance the Caskett characters' strength of relationship. IMHO. Different streets for different feets.
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Oct 01, 2013
Alex, oh how I've missed you. You'll have to excuse the writers for coming up with a storylie that's messy. Like life! So what it they move from one place to another, and so what if we know how it will ultimately end. They're still writing good stories. I have to disagree with your assesment of Beckett being lacadasical about Castle dying. She was very intense long before those last harrowing minutes. Her best scene, I think, was when she confronted the Sec. of Defense on her own. I thought she might punch him out. I was sure that was what would get her kicked out of the FBI and land her back in NYC.
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Oct 01, 2013
Lina Edelstein being a guest can mean many things:
- they go back to NYPD
- McCord dies
- McCord is dirty, and leaves at the end of that storyline
- for some reason, Beckett gets another partner, preferably male and handsome to create further relationship drama (this is Castle we're talking about...)
- for some other reason, McCord leaves/get another partner (she could be promoted somewhere that is not DC because flashnews: the FBI does not operate only in DC)
- about that, Beckett could end up with the FBI... in New York!


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Oct 02, 2013
The whole time I got the feeling that McCord was dirty, glad they didn't make her the real killer actually.
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Oct 02, 2013
Yep I got that feeling too, that's why I'm considering it as a longer story arc. (Though I hope she isn't, cause she's cool.)
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Oct 01, 2013
"Oh my..no Castle has only 10-12h left!!! , Secretary of Defenese might be involved!?!?!? and..." zzzzzzzzzzzz.

After this episode I decided to stop watching Castle. Show turned into suckfest and even,if this is show's last season(doubtful),I ain't gonna watch it no more. Sure there might be some good episodes ahead and great jokes,but the good doesn't outweigh the bad(stupid plots,idiot characters,etc.).

I must admit,that I was wrong and surprised,when Espo and Ryan actually stayed in NY.
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Oct 03, 2013
Where were they supposed to go?

It was made clear that Beckett's new job didn't include anyone else, not even Castle.

Basically, unless Beckett goes back to NY, these contrived situations will need to keep going, just to keep Ryan & Espo in the mix.
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Oct 01, 2013
I personally like how the show has handled Beckett's job in D.C. so far. Granted, the show hasn't found a proper balance between D.C. and New York, and a lot of characters are being more underused than usual. However, what the writers didn't do was start the season with Beckett leaving her job and going back to NYC, with her and Castle having broken up over all of this. Instead, their relationship seems (at least for now) to be stronger than ever, we've been introduced to this new world of D.C. and some new, useful characters, and we've had a pretty high-stakes case. Naturally there was no actual worry that Castle would die, but it still made the situation feel very grounded.

I, for one, hope that Beckett stays in D.C. for a number of reasons. First of all, it's interesting seeing how cases are solved by the Attorney General's peeps. They can almost instantly locate suspects using traffic cams, and follow them in real-time to their destinations. Beckett and her partner have teams of men at their disposal, and can usually get to questioning someone a lot quicker than the NYPD. More importantly, though, this expanded world of Castle will hopefully lead to more cases of world-wide importance, and more cases that least multiple episodes. Who knows, we might even get a good, meaty season arc out of this. I've got my fingers crossed that there's a mole in the Attorney General's investigative team, and that soon Beckett will need to turn to her NYPD friends to ferret him/her out. Or, on another note, Beckett increased power and influence might help her combat some old enemies, like, you know, Senator Bracken. The guy who's behind just about everything really bad on this show. But who am I kidding, that's probably not going to happen.

Obviously, though, we do need to see more of everyone else in New York. Much more, and very soon. It's not enough for Castle and Becket to ask Ryan and Esposito for a favor every episode. Preferably, we should be treated to an AGT (Attorney General Team) case and an NYPD case every episode, and I'll be willing to suspend the hell out of my disbelief if those cases intersect more often than not. Two of the "main characters" on this show, Laney and Gates, have only rarely showed up in the past couple of seasons, and that was when every episode featured an NYPD case. Now that there's going to be a likely focus on the AGT for a number of cases, these characters are screwed unless the NYPD becomes much more involved in Beckett and Castle's life, or Beckett constantly needs to call Gates and Laney for advice constantly. I can see this happening for Laney, but not Gates. No, it'll be much better if the NYPD starts to become a bigger player in taking down the higher echelon bad guys that Beckett will hopefully be dealing with every episode. After all, they've done it before in past seasons, and those are usually some of the best episodes of the show.

Of course, the downside to having the show focus so much on cases about terrorism and...terrorism, is that we won't see as many cases about wacky and zany things. Like underground steampunk clubs, for instance. Castle is known for episodes like these, and the show does them very well. And while keeping the show focused on cases that are very much 24 fare would go a long way towards eliminating Castle's annoying childish tendencies towards belief in all things unbelievable, it just wouldn't seem right. Sure, two-parters like "Pandora"/"Linchpin" and "Target"/"Hunt" are by far what makes Castle stand tall and proud. But we don't want this show to be too adult and serious. It needs crazy and zany, and I don't really see the AGT supplying that as much as the NYPD.

But if anyone's worried about Castle suddenly growing up and becoming a show where you're not constantly encouraged by the same upbeat music to laugh incessantly at people dying in excruciatingly painful yet themed ways, you really shouldn't. Already this season has introduced a number of "classic" Castle characters and situations. The best example of this is the introduction of Alexis's new boyfriend, who I have intentionally forgotten the name of. This guy is the first of several new characters, that the show will no doubt throw at us this season, who serve only to take a complex profession (or in this case way of life/series of political and social movements) and wrap it up into an excruciatingly 2-d character. Alexis's boyfriend, for instance, is the quintessential "hippie vegetarian liberal always happy" person, even though such a being doesn't exist. So far, literally every single line that has come out of his mouth has somehow referenced this. Everything from him making fruit steaks for dinner to him saying that he knows some people in the ACLU in this most recent episode. Now, I realize that we've only seen him for two episodes, and for all we know he could break out over the course of this season as a fully-formed 3-dimensional character with an interesting backstory and goals. But I highly doubt that's going to happen. Seriously, this guy is going to be worse than Martha in how everything he says will probably have something to do with his vague hippyishness. At least Martha only has every other line be about the fact that she's a stage actress, and not all of them. I agree with Alex: the boyfriend better be killed off in some extremely violent and terrible way for me to be fine with his existence.

Anyway, I thought this episode did a pretty good job of wrapping up a case while introducing us to more of this new Castle-in-D.C. world. It's too early to tell what the bulk of this season will be like, but I think that there's a lot of potential for an extreme rise in quality from last season, especially when it comes to season arcs and meaningful storylines. Though it would be nice if at least some cases involving government conspiracies actually resulted in the villain being someone who actually is part of the government, and not some random reporter or family member of the victim.
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Oct 01, 2013
well said Theo - but NYC is a much more interesting place than Swampington DC - it's just terrorists and ugly politicians with a few dirty lobbyists thrown in there - BOOORRRING. let's get back to NYC vampires and late night clubs and clubbings.
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Oct 02, 2013
Three words: Underground Zombie Gatherings!!!!!!
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Oct 01, 2013
Sadly, another waste of 40 minutes of my life.

I have no idea what the writers think they're playing at but can they just STOP?

We seem to have gone from good, solid Police procedural to the Starship Enterprise and not in a good way.

Ryan & Esposito were just bit players in a story that EVERYONE knew would have a "win" ending. Let's face it, you can hardly kill off your title character, now can you?

I say again, Castle should dump her sorry ass and get himself back to the precinct.

At this point, I'd rather see him in the sack with Gates than any more of this rubbish.
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Oct 01, 2013
I'm assuming that since episode 3 has everyone back in NYC (albeit Beckett is still a Fed), that by the end of the episode, she will be back at the NYPD.

I love this show, although if this Fed thing goes on much longer, I will stop watching it.

This is what happens when writers get lazy and don't want to make the effort to come up with good story lines. Not just with Castle, but with almost every show in the history of TV.

But the writers should bear in mind that, in most cases, it marks the death knell for the show and the unemployment line for the lazy writers.
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Oct 01, 2013
Oh Castle. This is like the billionth time either Castle or Beckett was put into a situation in which either of them 'might' die, but as always, they live. They didn't even bother creating an emotional scene (like the bomb episode from last season) about Castle dying. Its like everyone knew he was going to survive no matter what. Obviously they can't kill a main character but these life/death close calls have been done so many times in this show alone already.

Also its like I've seen this 'soldier turned terrorist because of revenge' plot so many times in procedurals, but I guess it wasn't the point of the episode. The point was to show how Beckett is losing interest in her new job so that she can go back to NYC. I hope the show goes back to doing unique interesting cases like the sci-fi one, or the fairy tale one. IMHO those cases is what really set Castle apart from other procedurals.
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Oct 01, 2013
It was all right. It was maybe a little better than the premier. However, they really need to address the glaring problems this show now has. Numero uno. Kill the boyfriend, burn him with fire, drop him off the empire state building, drown him in a tank full of sharks, fire him off in a rocket, give him ebola, SARS, some type of skin eating disease that kills him very slowly. Or fast, I would take fast, I would take anything at this point that removes him from this show. His parts are tacked on in what I suppose is an attempt to bring comedy to the show. But that is Castle's job. He is the funny. Remove the boyfriend. If he gets a bigger part in this show I am honestly thinking of stopping my viewing of Castle until they dispose of him.

Two, they seem to be flailing around and have no idea what they are going to do. This is annoying.

Three, Esposito and Ryan need a bigger role. I hate to say this because their individual episodes were so horrible last season. But they are badly needed.

Bring Beckett back to NYC, put her in the AG's office in NYC. Allow her to form her own taskforce where she can include Esposito and Ryan and a new "Captain". Giver them more interesting cases; terrorism, serial killers, corrupt government agents etc. There really is no reason that this case couldn't have been in NYC. DC too is a target of terrorism and crime. But NYC is the prime target always.

Have Alexis get kidnapped again. If only for the punishment of bringing the completely and utterly uncharacteristic boyfriend back to NYC.
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Oct 02, 2013
Hahahahaaha, I agree with everything you said. Except I would like his death to sort of related to Alexis being in trouble, like they in a hostage situation in a restaurant or something and he shot (preferably in the stomach and die slowly) or in a car chase and he is killed or a gang shoot out or a serial killer is using Alexis to get to Castle and the cops and is like "you are not needed" and just shoots him point blank.

I miss Ryan, Esposito and New York. New York is way better than DC.
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Oct 01, 2013
They have no idea what they are doing becuase Beckett's burning desire for this job makes no sense based on her character, as I pointed out in a comment on Valkyrie. Just watching how Stack acted, a 12 year old with an IQ in double digits could tell that Beckett wouldn't want a job like that, but Beckett apparently being less intelligent than that had to actually take the job to find out. So what, she becomes disillusioned and comes back to the NYPD? Oh that's realistic. Seeing how desperate they are to distract us from the land of illogic in which they've stranded us, the writers would have been better off using the Dallas gambit and saying everything after Still was just a dream.

Oh yes, death to Pi, but a quick one and offstage as I don't want some maudlin death scene.

As well as Lanie and Perlmutter. One of the attractions of the show was the interaction with all the supporting players and how they played off the leads. The change of venue ruined all that and is yet another strong argument for why the DC detour was idea that should never have come to pass. It's not just a question of can they make a realtionship work long distance, but why are you all but dropping these characters we've all come to love?
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Oct 01, 2013
Agree on all counts. But I really want the death of Pie on screen. I feel it would be cathartic for show watchers.
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Oct 02, 2013
Like watching a cancer be removed and destroyed.
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Oct 01, 2013
I want to see Pi run over by a Welsh Pasty meat pie food truck. just think of all the sniggering from da Boyz
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Oct 01, 2013
I remained with the impression that the writers are not really sure what to do with Castle and Beckett. I mean, they could have stepped it up a notch and set up Beckett in New York as a federal agent, with Ryan and Esposito giving a hand on behalf of local law enforcement. However, they are apparently not doing that, but planting the idea that Beckett will eventually realise this job is not she wants (or she will be fired for not being able to see beynd her balck-and-white view).

it's really disappointing, and it shows lack of ideas. Maybe someone has to start thinking of wrapping up the show? After all, five seasons is not a bad run. They can easily resolve the Beckett's mother murderer arc as well, have Beckett and Castle marry, and of course have Beckett pregnant (a good excuse to leave police work). It's a cliche, but a nice one, and I'd be happy if the show ends this way. After seeing how "Breaking Bad" was left to finish on its own terms, I think "Castle" deserves the same. Also, this will free Nathan Fillion for a "Firefly" reunion (just kidding) ...
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Oct 02, 2013
I would kill everyone on this post for a Firefly reunion!!!!
Just kidding, I would never be able to find them all.
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Oct 01, 2013
"this will free Nathan Fillion for a "Firefly" reunion"
Ah, if only.... Hey FOX network, you're NEVER gonna live that decision down you know!
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