Castle "Hunt" Review: I Met Him in Paris

Castle S05E16: "Hunt"

The subject of Castle's father has always been one of those weird, dangling plot threads that fans of this show have always known would come knocking one day. It's never been something the show has focused on with much scrutiny, save but to suggest that Castle's pop probably has some kind of shadowy past, considering that nobody seems to really know who he is. But outside of occasional mentions and tacit connections to cases Castle has become involved in, the dad storyline always seemed like the sort of thing that would get explained eventually, but not anytime soon. That was, of course, until last week.

The kidnapping of Alexis in last week's episode raised a lot of questions as to whether or not she was actually an inadvertent victim. While it sounded perfectly plausible that her Egyptian friend would make a prime target, given the friend's father's wealth and stature, there was something off about the whole endeavor, and not just because somehow, for some reason, the girls had been whisked away to a safehouse in Paris, of all places.

"Hunt" didn't waste much time acknowledging those inconsistencies, and in fact revealed very quickly what many of you in the comments last week suspected: Alexis was the target all along. 

After a deal was made to have the girls returned in exchange for ransom money, the FBI was able to wire into a camera feed to see the exchange go down in Paris. They weren't there because of various diplomatic complications, but they could watch as the Egyptian girl's uncle dropped the money, and she was freed. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Alexis.

Castle was understandably distraught. The kidnappers didn't contact him, nor did they make any overtures toward indicating they might want to let her go. With the FBI of no immediate help and the investigation in New York seemingly at a standstill, Castle did the only thing an exceptionally wealthy, marginally trained father would do: He flew to Paris to get his goddamn daughter back.

We knew this was coming. Last week's preview signaled that Castle was about to go fully Liam Neeson all over Paris to find Alexis, but we also heard that Castle's father would somehow be involved in all of this. The worry I had going into this episode was that the Castle's Dad storyline was going to be awkwardly inserted into what was otherwise proving to be a pretty good little self-contained story arc. I am pleased to report that at no point did any of this become awkward, or frankly anything but entertaining.

And that's the key word when summing up a good "serious" episode of Castle ; it's got to be entertaining. My problem with the show's sometimes overly serious story arcs is that oftentimes I don't have a whole lot of fun watching them. The "Target"/"Hunt" story, however, was never anything but entertaining. Even in its darkest, most troubling moments, the episodes retained all the good qualities of a proper thriller, keeping the pace just below breakneck, constantly diverting our attention with potential red herrings and other flummoxing details, and pulling off just enough exciting action to make us forget that we were watching a serialized TV drama with a somewhat-limited budget. Even when I knew the Castle's Dad reveal was coming, I was too transfixed on what was happening from scene to scene to worry about it. And then the reveal did happen, and all I could do was throw my hands up and say, "Sure! Yes! Why the hell not?"


Because honestly, why not have James Brolin play Castle's deep-cover CIA operative father? That's a fantastic casting choice, and one that paid dividends last night. Before we arrived at Brolin, Castle spent much of the early episode wandering around Paris with an off-the-books French operative who'd agreed to help him. But by the time the episode reached the halfway mark, Castle was already double-crossed, left to be taken by the men who had Alexis—or so we thought. Suddenly, gunshots rang out, and the meeting point was littered with bodies in a matter of seconds. And up strolls Brolin, carrying a ludicrously massive rifle and that winning James Brolin smirk that I'd forgotten I even missed.

It was a surprisingly deft introduction of the character, and his continued presence throughout the episode was more than welcome. Brolin simultaneously got to be a badass and have a tender moment with Nathan Fillion that rang truer than such a scene probably ought've. I mean, just about any other grown man meeting his absentee father for the first time might've had a more enraged reaction to the realization that he's been around all these years, watching (or, perhaps stalking) his family while never making contact. But considering the stakes, the situation, and the fact that Castle's dad is a frigging spy, I think Castle just kind of going with it for the sake of getting Alexis back made sense. And it made for a great scene between the two as they briefly caught up. I know I wasn't the only one who let out an uncontrollable "D'AWWWW" as Brolin told his son about the time he showed up just long enough to give Castle his first spy novel— Casino Royale , of course—when he was ten years old. If I was the only one, then screw you all. You're heartless. All of you.

If I have any beef with how the "Target"/"Hunt" story came to a close, it had to do with the relatively unremarkable villain at the center of it all. A former KGB operative (played by the usually great Nestor Sorano) had it out for Brolin, as Brolin had killed his wife decades earlier during a mission. So the whole thing was all about revenge, using Alexis (and, eventually, Castle) as bait to try to lure Brolin out so that Mr. KGB Man could extract his vengeance. That's all well and good, except that Sorano doesn't even arrive on camera until there were maybe 20 minutes left in the episode, and his few lines of dialogue don't do much to engender much feeling toward him one way or the other. He was just kind of a nasty dude who apparently had ample resources at his disposal. Thankfully, the dispatching of this character, as well as the final chase out of captivity, made for a an entertaining climax with a relatively sweet ending.

I doubt we'll see too much of Brolin again for a while, as his character seems built in such a way as to put him in prime position to make very specific guest appearances when/if necessary, but not much else. Still, I like that we finally have an answer to the Castle's Dad question, and it's one that's juuuust open-ended enough to allow James Brolin to stroll in again whenever he likes. I will never, ever complain about the possibility of more James Brolin in things, so congratulations Castle writers, you pulled this one off beautifully.



NOTES

– Beckett and the home team didn't have a whole lot to do this week, but I did very much enjoy Stana Katic's sudden rage burst at the dead kidnapper's ex-girlfriend, who was stonewalling the investigation. That was some really good bad-cop business, right there.

– I like that the writers randomly decided to introduce a French version of the Whistler character from Sneakers as a way to find Alexis's location from last week's Skype call.

– So, will Sarah return? I mean, her and Alexis were kind of besties, right? Or is she just going to be one of those random friend characters we never see again?

– Dear Castle writers: If you wanted to maybe write a storyline where Castle has a half-brother he doesn't know about, and that brother is played by Josh Brolin, I'd be super okay with that. Just putting it out there.

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Jun 25, 2013
How could you not have realized that the French guy was played by the brilliant Christopher Heyerdahl! Anyway, a very good arc. The best arc was in season 3 though.
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Mar 21, 2013
I loved the first part of this two-parter but OMG please use Wikipedia before setting an episode in a country/city you're not familiar with! I just need to rant, cause I loved the first part and now it just wasted it for me. American tvshows very very often completely mess up anything related to foreign countries, I just hoped Castle wouldn't be one of them. - "we need to reach out for the embassy, it'll take a day or two" WTF?! This is what Interpol is for. - second, that part of the Seine for an exchange? There's ALWAYS someone there, it's in the middle of a touristy area, there are police patrolling all the time, and cars are not allowed here so a car would be like a giant neon sign saying "cops, please come look what's going on!" - a crappy building like that with this kind of corridors/lights/switchers/walls/etc. in Paris16th arrondissement (one of the fanciest ones)? Right. Plus these are all American stuff, not used in France. I get this was filmed in a Californian studio but come on! - also, carrying a gun in plain view in a building where uninvolved-people might see you? In France? I don't think so. - OH MY GOD "Today's paper", so the name of the paper is "Ce jour" ("Today" in French). It doesn't exist. - The forest of Fontainebleau certainly doesn't look like that. This kind of trees don't even grow around Paris. (plus it's completely flat, whereas their forest is on hills) - Also, once again, you don't shoot without a silencer. Guns are prohibited. Plus in a wood around Paris you're ALWAYS near people and cities. (and Fontainebleau is a touristy area too, so.. yeay for stealth) - And then the guys arrives in the middle of the day in a touristy forest with an ASSAULT RIFLE and nothing to conceal it. Ha. Hahaha. I really hope the Castle writers never try to be bad guys in France cause they'd be prodigiously bad at it. - "3 million dollars", esp. since these are euros. Does Caste's dad have a converter in his head? - Ahahahahaha, the Russian guys in the Parisian palace with all the guns. And the windows are not covered. Ahahahahaha. - Right. 6 am in front of Palais Bourbon. With guns. Palais Bourbon is the seat of the French National Assembly. There are several dozens guards around 24/7. It's also on a big artery, so there is traffic 24/7, esp. at 6am where it's picking up. But stealth, you know, who needs it? - Am I the only bothered that it seems like Paris is the place where the CIA and the KGB do their little affaires? I mean what better place that one where carrying a firearm will get you to prison for most of the rest of you life ; difficulties getting a visa etc? - Ah, see what I said with the firearms? The guards are outside, guarding the door, in plain view of everyone, with rifles. In France. - Also, this place? Where the Russians stay? Doesn't exist in Paris. Sorry. - That is not the US Embassy. - Also Interpol is not the European equivalent of the FBI. The FBI is part of Interpol. Wikipedia or their website is your best friend.
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Jul 16, 2013
You should be thankful, tamaabi. You can´t imagine what they do to Brazil when they portray it in a movie or series. Like putting a giant sand desert in the middle of Rio de Janeiro. Or making us speak spanish and not portuguese. Or even putting mayan temples around just, you know, to give it a more exotic feel.
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Jul 16, 2013
... I've actually been to Brazil, and enough other places to facepalm 99% of the time when tvshows set an episode abroad or talk about anything regarding something that is not the US, Canada and Mexico.
(I'll always remember that episode of White Collar when, after recovering a priceless stolen Chinese artifact, they gave it back to the Ambassador... of Japan. And they said "A terrible diplomatic incident has just been avoided". *cough cough*)
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Mar 09, 2013
I loved this two part episodes. Loved Castle going darker because of Alexis being kidnapped and Castle doing whatever he could to get her back. And perfect way of introducing Castle's father. I hope we'll see him again. I'd love to see him again maybe trying to be a normal father and grandfather. That would be funny.
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Mar 05, 2013
Overall, I like it. I can see they were tight in budget though, but it was alright. And those goofs like the "8 blocks" and stuff clearly was the writers' fault--their lack of research, maybe. I'd guess that none of them has actually gone to Paris before and this is a bit vital for the details. But again, it was alright. I still enjoy the show. The dad-thingy was good, it's just that something wrong with the scene when they come home. I'd expect something better than Alexis walk through the door and hug everyone and Beckett should be kissing Castle like never before---I mean, he almost got killed! And she only gave him a hug and a slight kiss? Come on! Let alone the CGI and other effects. Tight budget always ruins everything.

It was alright, though. I think maybe this episode could be better if they made it as a two-hour film with bigger budget and better writers who can write better stories. Also better details. Better plot. Better everything. I mean, come on, where's Alexis' mom? Her daughter been kidnapped and it was supposed to be all over the news (to make Castle's dad come out, remember?) and yet she was nowhere in both of the episodes. These two parter could be big and epic, but it didn't reach its maximum point, and that was a bit disappointing.

But, hey, it was alright. So, yeah.
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Feb 28, 2013
I would have enjoyed this episode a hell of a lot more if Alex hadn't spoiled the fact that Castle's dad was in the second part.
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Feb 28, 2013
Oh. One more add for me. I was really impressed with Gates this time. I still don't think she fits in too well, but at least they gave Penny more to work with. Making Gates just a little more likable. Maybe in time, I will like the character of Gates more. At the moment, I'm still iffy on her.
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Feb 28, 2013
So the whole nefarious plan of revenge by the Russian ex-KGB villain was to wait until Alexis went to college and meet the foreign daughter of a very wealthy politically connected father, who was in trouble in his country, and wait then until they were alone in some out of campus affair and kidnap them. Then step two was to pretend the foreign enemies of the father were behind it, which meant that he had to hire extra men from that country, and have an American low life criminal liaise between both parties before having him killed. Wow!!!!! A which writer came up with that plot, pretty please?
But that's not all, then the plan was to take both to Paris , not any actual KGB hideout, where they stayed in a chic (posh) neighborhood, without the French authorities, or it's internal intelligence service, keeping watch. Later on, the attack on the said posh residence in a neighborhood of the wealthiest people in France, goes unnoticed by same authorities, and the Americans tell them nothing of the going on in the capital of their country; at less than a mile away from the Elysee, where the French President lives and conducts the country's business. Again wow!!!!
So Castle's father instead of contacting him directly , allows him to recruit a stranger of very dubious background to negotiate a three million dollars release of Alexis , follows him obviously on foot to the Forest of Fontainebleau, thirty miles outside Paris, allows the mercenary to betray his son, shoots the well spread bad guys with the same magic bullets that killed Kennedy, and then reveal himself at last to his son.
So, the network actually paid good money to writers to come up with this BS, gave the okay for having it filmed and aired.
Well, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I am certain they'd be interesting in acquiring for a very good price. Call me, folks.
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Feb 28, 2013
I loved this episode. It had heart, reveals, action ... fun all around. Love your Josh Brolin idea.
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Feb 27, 2013
The WORST ever! Ridiculous plot, super-spy grand-dad who knows all, has all sorts of equipment at hand (like the CIA leaves that stuff lying around for people to take with), magically arrives in the forest without any transport, shoots five guys standing far apart without any of them taking cover or shooting back, Castle runs through a strange building full or armed thugs without any problems and finds an unlocked exit, a totally cartoonish evil mastermind (who threatens someone of the phone by waving his gun around - as though the other person could see him), armed guards prowling the outside of a building in plain view (as though the French would EVER allow that), the "embassy" being just around the corner, the embassy steps which OBVIOUSLY were some sort of public building and not an embassy (guys, did you ever see the fencing around a real US embassy?), the appalling green screens with the Eiffel Tower shifting place and perspective, and plenty other idiocies (some mentioned by other posters). Even Liam Neeson got beat up and shot, and he was better than Ashley Judd (did you pick that up? Nice line!). Pure cartoon territory - stupid!
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Feb 27, 2013
That was a great episode. I love episodes shot in France even if some spaces where a lot empty!
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Feb 27, 2013
Casino Royale is an exceptionally inappropriate and boring book for a kid. The second half is all sex, and the first half Bond is fairly inept and shallow. I find it hard to believe that is the one that'd inspire Castle, I think they chose it just for its name recognition.

A pro spy team wouldn't need to follow a little girl's video diary to find out the place to snatch her. Since the plan was to mask the kidnapping with the Egyptian girl, they had to go way out on a limb assuming that Alexis would meet this girl AND befriend her AND talk about her comings and goings on a video - so in trying to clean up its mess, it made more of one. Luckily none of that mattered because the point of this episode was beyond silliness anyway, just stabbing straight into the heart of entertainment.

I was disappointed with Castle in this episode, he was a bumbling clown pretending to be something greater, and it came off too silly for my tastes. Castle had no credible resources and immediately fell into a significant trap. I also didn't understand why they did such a good job visually getting Alexis to Paris, yet Castle is either greenscreen or clumsy body double shots.

It was a fun episode but very threadbare, the villain is a generic guy and falls for a relatively old gag for someone so thorough. Castle's dad being out in the cold for 40 years is laughable. Beckett really has nothing to do so they give her a "one scene" moment that feels wildly out of character. Ancillary characters that we normally love are essentially wallpaper. But at least we got through a fun adventure I guess.
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Feb 27, 2013
Castle goes "Chuck"! So Castle's father is a master spy (as was Chuck's) and the bad russian guy was called Volkoff there and Volkov here. Is there a Chuck-fan on the Castle-team?
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Feb 27, 2013
I was...damn,still don't know how I feel about episode. I liked Castle's dad,but it's shame Alexis is still alive:D Just fed up with this character and this was perfect,now wasted "bullet" to get rid of her. "Oh,no...Alexis died...what a "shame"..." Now Castle's dad will only appear,when something super spy will be going down or again,when someone will be in trouble. Maybe he will even help Beckett in some way with her problem.

ALEXIS GO AWAY ALREADY!!! You wanna "explore",bla,bla,bla,etc. And take Martha with you:D This show needs some new fresh faces and those 2 need to go in my book:D Or just get rid of those 2...will also work for me.
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Feb 27, 2013
I'm a lot more sick of his Mom... been tired of that character since the pilot.. I like Alexis and now that she's off to college they can have less of her.
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Feb 28, 2013
Both of them get sometimes few good scenes,but those are rare times. Alexis got great one,with previous episode at end of it. When it showed she was in Paris and she screamed for help. Martha I can't think of any good scene atm:D

But Alexis should be at college...yet she somehow manages to get into every episode and is this prodigy of a child. And if Alexis acts like a prodigy,they make Martha look like she is crazy and...well,crazy:D Been there,done that so many times,they just need to get off.
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Feb 27, 2013
You were not the only one who went all d'awwwwwwwwwwwwwww on that scene
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Feb 27, 2013
If James Brolin was going to play Castle's dad I expected Jean Reno playing Jacques Henri (yeah, I know: budget) ... but the amazing Christopher Heyerdahl was awesome as usual!!!!
They didn't do their homework those writers... CGI images of Paris do not make Paris... anyway... And... have you ever seen a map of Paris??? There is no such thing as a block!!! Streets run wild! It's like they were traced by the wind!!! LOL
I laughed hard as hell when Brolin said: Richard, I'm your father LOL At least he didn't say "I'm your father... (Luke) Richard"
And Castle shed some manly tears and all... but OK, this has to have repercussions here. If he was surprised and touched then... writers should include some scenes here and there where he is angry and resentful about his father, even if Castle were hyper-rational (he is not!) these news should have an effect on him...
One of he best episodes ever!

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Feb 27, 2013
This was a really great two-parter but was it really debated on if Alexis was the real target? they made it a point to mention the kidnappers tracked her down by camping her vlog page it seemed pretty obvious and I was surprised Beckett didn't pick up on it right away (I could see Castle not getting it, he was frantic..) then when Beckett finds the room with pics of Alexis she's all "Ba Ba BUM!!!!!" omg ALEXIS was the real target!! (Ummm ya think? I find it hard to believe kidnappers sit around surfing random teenage girls video blogs in hopes of getting detailed itineraries of other people as targets....)
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Feb 28, 2013
Also, keeping incriminating pictures on a wall after the operation/kidnapping occurs is not only stupid to the nth degree but unprofessional.The first thing I imagine one would do is burn and destroy any evidence that would link one to any illegal actions after they were done.
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Feb 27, 2013
Well hello Castle's dad. After one and a half extremely serious episodes as soon as his father steps in, the seriousness of show died. Man he was not only as charming as Castle but he was more fun, not to mention super fit, fast and explosive - literally. I like his character and I think he should return again for longer time, maybe in next season. Those 3 (or 5) will make a good team.

Talk about Beckett's kick, that was intense, surprising move. I love the fact that guys send her over to Castle's home and also that Beckett heard them and go for it. Everything wrapped up so quick, nicely planned and well executed. Very well done episode with extreme intense situation to lighten it up while unfolding a really complex story arc.
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Feb 27, 2013
Alex, wonderful review! And you're suggestion for a half brother? Frickin genius!

Am I the only one who totally thought that Castle and company were totally screwed during that rescue? Amazing twist. Loved the episode.
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Feb 27, 2013
I loved it!!! The whole father/son reunion was low key but meaningful. The scene with Beckett and the guys girlfriend was very good. And the little call back to the time his dad had given him a book at the library when he was 10, at the end was cute. Do you think Castle told his Mum everything?
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Feb 28, 2013
I think, and this is just my opinion here, that Castle and his mother are close enough, that he would've told her "most" of it. He wouldn't tell her about exploding bad guys, he would want to spare her of that particular heart attack. But, about what was said between him and his father? Yes. I believe he would've shared all that with her.
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Feb 27, 2013
Castle has always been a guilty pleasure because it's a procedural made mostly for idiots, but I like Nathan Fillion and like his character in this and so I watch. I have to say though, this 2-parter(especially part 2 ) really makes it hard for me to still enjoy the show. Honestly I'll keep watching because I'm not going to stop after 4 or 5 seasons but I'm not going to tell anyone I watch it. I've never said this about a show before, but I believe Castle jumped the shark here.
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Feb 27, 2013
I can absolutely see this being the shark-jumper episode, but I am hopeful they can pull away from this by the end of the season - if not, then yeah, gone.
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Feb 27, 2013
I liked the episode, we all knew Castle would save Alexis but not sure how or where his dad would be involved. James Brolin as his father was good, but I dunno, the KGB storyline seemed trite and not very compelling. Might have been more interesting if Castle's father had a darker past, and he hasn't shown himself not just because he has enemies but that he may have had shadowy dealings/terrorist stuff... then we can guarantee James Brolin would be back!
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Feb 27, 2013
"he's going to be like Liam Neeson" is what I thought.. then that's almost what they said on the show lol

first half felt like it took too long but 2nd half went too fast.. just all of a sudden everything happened with like 10 minutes left lol

I pretty much guessed it was about his dad from the start of this episode though, I remember hearing they cast James Brolin as his dad, and then I saw James Brolin on the credits near the beginning so yeah.. they should keep those kind of casting things secret if it's a storyline like that lol
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Feb 27, 2013
I do hope Castle plans on letting Becket in on the secret though!
Would be silly otherwise with Alexis AND Martha knowing
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Feb 27, 2013
For the most part this was an excellent episode, and certainly one of the best. Like Alex, I thought the writers handled the introduction of Castle's dad very well, and it's nice that he really can pop in whenever is necessary. And speaking of necessary, he'll be very useful when it comes to taking down Senator Bracken, which I assume will happen by the end of this season. Or at least some attempt will be made, otherwise the writers are crazy. In general though, I liked how Castle struck out on his own in this episode, albeit with some very professional help. There was almost no point during this episode in which he was tagging along with a professional spy/killer/soldier/commander/bad-ass. Even when his first buddy betrayed him, his dad was there to take over. And while I was hoping Castle would be a little more bad-ass in this episode, if he did go the full Liam Neeson it would be way too unrealistic. Besides, he spends the vast majority of the show tagging along with a cop, so this was just a comfortable step up from that. As his dad said, he's been playing a cop for several years now, so why not play a spy?

I honestly don't have many complaints about this episode, which is probably because these epic two-parters are what I wish the show was normally like. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy an average episode of Castle, but I do think that this show tries too hard to swallow a police procedural in a coat of silly, childish banter and minor hilarity. And while this is apparently what a lot of people like about this show, the fact that it is more of a comedy than a mystery/thriller, the consequence of making the show silly and zany is that the stakes are never that high. On an average episode of Castle, someone we've never met has died and the main characters must figure out which of the other characters we've never met is the murderer. And any of the main characters that aren't involved in solving the mystery, if they do show up at all, usually have some silly little business that usually turns out to be a misunderstanding, or something they could have fixed themselves using common sense or Google, that is resolved by the end of the episode. In other words, this show has very few season arcs that actually carry through the season and from episode to episode, and the main characters don't involved/invested enough in cases or in important arcs of their own.

While I do understand why the writers do this, and why several other shows do this as well, it does mean that Castle and the team seem more like they're playing a video game than actually solving murders. Because as convenient as it is for this show that someone, who's never seen it before, can watch a random episode and pretty much follow everything that's going on, and the lack of anxiety, tension, and worry over a case leads to humorous banter and plenty of gags, this does require that the main characters remain removed from their cases (except when those cases remind them coincidentally about a current issue in their lives, though when this happens they're still just dealing with the issue in their lives and just using their case as a sounding board for thoughts and musings) and that events from one episode don't often carry into the next. Even when there are season arcs, they don't pop up that often.

At the beginning of this season, for instance, Beckett, Castle, Esposito, and Ryan learned that the man who at claims to be behind Beckett's mom's murder is Senator Bracken. This is a really huge, very big deal for the show. And yet, he has only appeared on this show twice, and has only been mentioned in the two episodes following the ones in which he appeared. If I were Beckett I would be talking to Castle about Bracken all the time, about what it means for her and about how extremely little they know about him, his associates, and his organization. I'm not asking for them to mention his name at least once an episode, but there could at least be one or two episodes that deal with them trying to uncover more information about him, or try and weaken him in some way. Anyway, really would be nice. Because it is nice when Castle and Beckett team up to do things that truly matter to them, and aren't just part of the job.

Which brings me back to this episode. Everyone, even Gates, joined together in helping Castle get his daughter back in a way that they've rarely done before. Because while everyone except Castle stayed stateside and barely got involved in the action, they were more invested in tracking down any bit of information, that could maybe help their friend find his still-living kidnapped daughter, than they have been during previous hunts for serial killers. And even though all of them took their jobs very seriously, the episode was still funny, quirky, and crazy, which is just what Castle should it. Which means that the show can remain a comedic romp through crime and geekiness, and still have its characters be invested in, and be affected by, what is going on in a given episode.

So unfortunately this episode heralds the return more childish remarks, conspiracy theories that would make tinfoil wearing doomsday preppers shake their heads and groan, and lame misunderstandings that would last only a few seconds if the people on this show actually trusted each other, or even talked to each other about things. Other than this fact, there are only a few things that I didn't like about this episode, which pretty much have to do with all the little things that weren't explained. For instance, it was implied that Castle's dad tortured and killed that one kidnapper, but I don't actually recall anyone saying that. Maybe I missed it, but you'd think that daddy Castle, a CIA asset, killing and torturing a man on American soil would be a big deal. Also, I can only infer that the kidnappers were speaking Arabic in order to make authorities think that Alexis's friend was the main target. I say this because the real villain ended up being a former KGB agent, which would suggest that his first language is Russian, and not Arabic. Either that or he hired a bunch of Arabic guys because Russians weren't as available. I'm not sure, but this episode never really spelled it out. And finally, now that we know that Castle never knew his dad and didn't know who he was, it seems strange that this lack of information is the reason his ex-wife divorced him.

Anyway, I just wish that Castle could be like this episode more often. Because while I enjoy the show as it is, and I've always looked forward to tuning in week to week, I do wish that it would step up a little and be the better show that I know it can. The moment that they revealed that one of their most lovable main characters was part of the conspiracy that killed Beckett's mom, Castle showed us that it can pull out grownup, shocking twists when it wants to. It's just a shame that we have to wait entire seasons for this to happen.
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Feb 27, 2013
Spy dad who had to leave everything behind? Felt like I was watching Prison Break for a second, and I'm sure there are waaay more of those dads. Do they all live in one house?
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Feb 27, 2013
Perfection and oh my God i've been waiting for this episode since that CIA agent's reference to his father in "linchpin". This episode was amazing on it's own add to that we got to meet daddy just perfect!!
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Feb 27, 2013
00-Castle!

Loved it!
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Feb 27, 2013
Flawless episode in my opinion, the best so far.

Certainly the strongest episode in a long long time.
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Feb 27, 2013
Great episode but so many errors about Paris…
Far too many CGIs but also factual errors.
Like "7 or 8 blocks from there". Come on, talking in blocks makes no sense anywhere in France (not just Paris). Also I'm pretty sure you cannot rent a whole building just to put an hostage and 100 guards with AK-47s inside. It's Paris, not some city in Texas. Sewers are really clean and you need special keys to access them.
And there are people on the borders of the Seine _all the time, day and night, everywhere_
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Feb 27, 2013
Great episode! Loved it.

I am, however, rather shocked that this review left out any mention at all of Heyerdahl and his awesomeness. He's amazing. 8D
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Mar 21, 2013
Even though he was a backstabbing creep, three cheers for the Swede! RIP
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Feb 27, 2013
Awesome episode! When Castle's father walked in, I was right back in a normal Castle episode. He had me laughing so much, and I was like, "Why am I laughing!? Alexis is still in danger!" And then I'd laugh again because he was just so FUNNY on top of being bamf, of course. But I can't have been the only one that found Castle and his PapaCastle's banter to be hilarious?

Also, I know Castle didn't do much, but I personally found Castle and Alexis's run to safety to be pretty epic. Everything is exploding, gunfire is going everywhere, Castle linebacks a guy without stopping... and he just keeps going. I loved the shot.

I guess my only beefs with the episode are:

1. Alexis seemed oddly calm when they finally returned home. I guess I was expecting more after effects after everything that happened. And not just her, either. Castle technically crossed the line, and yet he seemed quite back to his old self in the end. No lasting effects at all?

2. The writers REALLY aren't going to show us Castle telling Beckett and his mother about his father? SIGH. Such a disappointment. I wanted to see that conversation. I would have preferred the book not even show up until next episode, so that we could have all episode for the big talk.
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Feb 27, 2013
I had a feeling that the 2 episodes from the very beginning had to do with Castle's father, and that Alexis was the target. They couldn't have picked a better father for him. James Brolin was a perfect selection. With the mention of his father having been around him, and having actually met and spoken to him at the library when he was a boy, and giving him the Casino Royale book, I thought it was a fitting end to the episode that his father sent him the Casino Royale book as a way of letting him know he made it out okay. Either that or he didn't make it out, and it was sent before as a way of letting Castle think he dad was out there watching over them. It was indicated that Castle was going to tell his mother about his father. I hope he tells her and Beckett. It also leaves it open for Hunt to pop into an episode now and again. But this might be also a way to give us answers about Castle's dad in case this is the last season of Castle. I hope it's not the last season. I really enjoy this show. But it really doesn't have much further it can go. We have Castle's dad answered. The only things left are the Senator, and Castle and Beckett getting married.
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Feb 27, 2013
This was a fantastic 2-episode arc! Great casting choice for Castle's father and hopefully we'll see him again soon. BTW loved that Esposito line: "What so he's Liam Neeson now?" An obvious observation and the writers took it out of everyone-who-has-seen-Taken minds. Kudos for a great couple of Castle episodes!
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Apr 20, 2013
Technically, it was Ryan who said it and Esposito who answers, "Liam Neeson? Dude's not even Ashley Judd!", a reference to the failed ABC series, "Missing" about an ex-CIA spy mom who rescues her son after he's taken in Europe.
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Jun 11, 2013
Now that I recall, "Missing" even referenced Castle in an episode where we see the study of the ex-CIA boss of Ashley Judd's spy character. Now turned best-selling author, there is a quick cut of some of his published espionage thrillers, one of which carries a glowing soundbite review by Richard Castle himself!
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Apr 20, 2013
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Feb 27, 2013
So I may be a little pessimistic here but I do not think Castles dad made it out of the gun fight alone. I think he sent the package before the gun fight just in case he did not make it because then Castle would always hope that his father is out there somewhere helping/watching over him but in reality he is dead...
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Mar 05, 2013
haha thanks, man, you just ruined my day. Now I'm going to try to forget that I have ever read this.
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Feb 27, 2013
Just want to see Castle tell Beckett of his dad.
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Feb 27, 2013
I wish we'd gotten to see the talk between Castle and his mom and Becket where he tells them that his dad is a spy.
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Feb 26, 2013
I thought it was a very well done two episodes of Castle. However, I though we would get more time with his father. But I imagine that was done to keep us wanting more Brolin.

I was kind of not necessarily mad, but annoyed at the French agent. I thought he would have made a great character to bring in every once in a while as well as Brolin. Ah well.
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Feb 26, 2013
I thought this two parter was superb on the whole, but I was hoping for a wee bit more Liam Neeson from Castle. All he did was shove a guy out the way when he fled the building! Its kinda ridiculous that Castles Dad is a spy, but I chuffing love it :)
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Feb 27, 2013
I agree with the "on the whole", in some ways it was predictable but not in a bad way. But what seemed cheap\jarring in this episode was the green screening and exterior shots in Paris. The green screening looked liked it belonged in the 80's and the overhead exterior shots on the way to the first meeting in the church looked like they'd employed a really bad Nathon Fillion body double.
Not saying that I didn't love the two episodes as a whole, but there were just a couple of things that let the show down.
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Feb 28, 2013
Agreed! You can tell they're on a budget but its still great
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Feb 27, 2013
Why is it ridiculous? I think it is cool.
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Feb 27, 2013
So are you saying that secret CIA agents/spies do not exist or that CIA agents do not have kids which Castle would be.
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Feb 28, 2013
Just the idea that Castle, who's a world famous author, has a long lost dad who's a spy. I'm not against it at all, coz its part of the fun of Castle, but its still slightly bonkers
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Feb 26, 2013
I know it's easy to sound wise with benefit of hindsight, but when I was watching and Castle got captured by the KGB guy, the thought running threw my head was "That walkie-takie would be a really good place to hide a hand gren.." *BOOM*
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Feb 27, 2013
when the KGB guy asked "No? And why is that?" I was like "because your brain's gonna be all over the place in 3,2,1 BOOM!" :D
but come on, a bomb hidden in a walkie talkie? that's like spy movie 101 ;)
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Feb 28, 2013
Not a new idea. Actually, I believe the Israelis once killed someone by putting explosives in a phone.
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Feb 27, 2013
Fair enough, maybe I've seen one too many spy\action movies but when Richard was "captured" it felt as if it was planned and that when the KGB guy picked up the wakie it was "Ooh, if it was me and I planned on Richard getting captured I'd stick a hand gre" *BOOM*
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Feb 27, 2013
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Feb 26, 2013
Castle's Father= The real Derek Storm!
I just read the first (real) Derek Storm book "A Brewing Storm", it's very good.
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