Okay where to begin. Let’s just say that I had been waiting for this episode for a very long time. I even started a spec on the premiere so needless to say I had very high expectations. Especially, after the awesomeness that was the season finale. Unfortunately, my rating for this episode is a 2.5 out of 5. It had so much potential to be amazing but somehow it fell short. It was lacking in drama, the storyline felt unclear and none of it really surprised or blew me away at all.
The shots at the beginning with the heart monitor were exactly what I had imagined and about the most dramatic part of the episode. But come on... Laney and Josh, I expected to have a little more emotion. Beckett is the person they love. Josh seemed like he wasn’t even pained that it was his girlfriend and Laney just wasn’t believable at all. The only person who seemed perturbed by the shooting was Beckett’s dad and Alexis. Actually, Alexis’s emotion compensated for everyone’s lack of, maybe a little too much.
Obviously, Beckett was never going to die so it wasn’t as dramatic as I think the writers intended. Also, I feel that the storyline was not clear at all. There was a jump in time, which I hate especially if it isn’t explained in captions. Plus, this new storyline with the shooter and Montgomery’s package is messy. Not in an intriguing way, but in a way that makes me bored. More than anything, why would Beckett just step back from the case that easily? That to me made no sense and was completely uncharacteristic of her. If the writers are trying to say something about Beckett’s feelings for Castle then it wasn’t clear enough, if it was just because Beckett decided to back down suddenly well that it is entirely unrealistic. Finally, my biggest frustration, I don’t think anybody was fooled by Beckett’s memory loss, which made the entire episode anti-climatic. It was clear they were trying to build up to the last scene… and talk about major snooze. Yawn, clearly that was coming.
Don’t get me wrong, there were a few parts I really did like. Esposito and Ryan absolutely made the episode. They are so loyal to Beckett and just absolutely hilarious. Also, the part on the swings between Beckett and Castle was quite adorable, especially Castle being so hurt that Beckett never called. I did love the parallel between Castle and Beckett’s relationship and Beckett’s mum’s case. It’s not enough leaving it alone, but it is enough for now. That was definitely something I could relate to. However, it is just another way to push back the Castle Beckett relationship. I would complain but it seems I have become patient over time. I think I have you to thank for that Mr Hart Hanson, you made me wait six seasons for Bones and Booth to get it on.
To sum up, it wasn’t my favorite Castle episode, maybe my expectations were too high but for a season premiere I was quite disappointed. It doesn’t change that it is one of my favorite shows in the world. The season premiere of Bones season 6 was awfully horrible but the best episodes of the series came after that.
Favorite line of this episode: The Castle-esque line that Beckett delivers, “Looks like they found a killer hiding place.” Hoorah, Beckett is back and talking like Castle, loves it.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Off to watch the next episode! x