Castle: Onward and Backward

Well, last night's Season 2 finale of Castle was sad. Not, like, Episode-100-of-Bones sad, but sad nonetheless. It wasn't because of Castle (Nathan Fillion) himself—he seems to have recovered quite swimmingly from last week's temper tantrum and moved his love life forward (or backward), thanks to the convenient return of his ex-wife Gina (Monet Mazur). It wasn't because of Beckett (Stana Katic), either—she's had plenty of opportunities to reciprocate Castle's not-so-subtle advances, and for whatever reason she's resisted vehemently up until now. In "A Deadly Game," she blew it, and she deserves to be punished for the way she's strung Castle along all this time.

In the end, it was poor Demming (Michael Trucco) who made me sad. Watching his face during the breakup scene was pretty heartbreaking. This guy did absolutely nothing wrong—he helped Beckett's team solve a few murders, he was a perfect gentleman, and he was major eye candy. I'd like to think he'll come back next season (maybe as a potential chum for Castle?) but I'm not getting my hopes up.

I know, I know. I'm a little naive for wanting Castle and Beckett to hook up in only the second season, but it's only because I don't want this show to turn into Bones or Moonlighting or any of the other URST-filled, slow-burn cop shows. But I suppose Castle did what it had to do in last night's finale—it prolonged the URST for another season with a semi-cliche plot twist, and it attempted to tug at our heartstrings with shots of the lead characters wearing angsty expressions and staring into the distance. It happens. I hoped it wouldn't happen on Castle, but it did. I'm assuming that by the start of next season, Beckett will have dug herself back into her deep hole of denial, and we'll pick up pretty much where we left off with these two.

On the bright side, I really liked seeing Esposito (Jon Huertas) showing Beckett some tough love. He and Ryan (Seamus Dever) have always kept their mouths shut, and it was refreshing to see him speak his mind, especially to someone who needs it, like Beckett. Even more awesome was seeing Alexis (Molly Quinn) test the waters of the dating world—and watching Castle reel in horror at the idea of her snagging a boyfriend. I think the development of this side-plot might actually be what I'm looking forward to most about next season—well, that and the possibility of actually seeing Martha's (Susan Sullivan) boyfriend Chet. I'm getting a sneaking suspicion that this guy doesn't actually exist...

What did you think of the Season 2 finale? And what do you think will happen in Season 3?

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