I would never sing Let it Go as a duet: Goon Reviews Castle “The Time of Our Lives”

STANA KATIC, NATHAN FILLION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not gonna cry, I’m not gonna cry, oh fuck it, I am bawling like a baby, that was beautiful!   CASKETT FOR THE WIN!

Alright people, after a few weeks, I am back with the Castle reviews, sorry for the absence on these, fell behind I didn’t get a chance to catch up on this season until just now.  But enough of that, lets get to the reason you are here.

So wow, was this one of those out there episodes, alternate realities and ancient magic artifacts, Alexis with black hair!  Mind = Blown.  So brief recap, we open on Castle and Beckett talking about their lives, idly wondering how things would be different if they haven’t met.  Their musings are cut short as they go off the investigate the CoW, a dead man with a stolen briefcase.  Castle finds some coal on the victim’s body which leads him and Beckett to an abandoned coal plant in town.  Their they find the stolen case.  Inside is a medallion.  The bad guys show and a fire fight ensues, a grenade is thrown, throwing Castle through a door and knocking him out.  When he wakes up, things have changed.  He returns to the station to find that Ryan and Esposito have no idea who he is and Beckett is now the captain of the precinct.  Castle’s knowledge of the case, and of the them, naturally makes the Alternate Universe versions of our favorite cops suspicion of him.  He is arrested, and then we are introduced Alternate Martha, now a success and famous actress and Alternate Alexis, now with black hair and living in Los Angeles with her mom (briefly in town of Martha’s new play opening)  Not liking this new world, Castle quickly goes about trying to get back.  Through some fast talking, and his natural charisma, he is able to get involved with the case.  This doesn’t go well, as he is unable to find the relic he needs, and almost gets arrested for it.  Luckily the magical bond of love between him and Beckett can transcend dimensions!  Or, she was just curious about Castle and decided to cut him some slack, could go either way.  Castle gets Beckett on a date, but has an alternate motive, taking her to a bar where one of MOLLY QUINN, NATHAN FILLIONthere suspects is known to frequent.  They nab him and case seems to be closed, but the baddies lawyer overhears Castle talking about the alternate universe stuff.  After a touching moment between Castle and Alternate Alexis, Castle decides that if he can’t get back home, he will make this universe home.  Setting out to win Beckett’s heart, again, he is waylaid by a guy with a gun, and taken to the mastermind behind the crime.  A real estate developer who wants the relic for himself.  Alternate Beckett shows up just in time to save Castle, and is then saved by Castle as he takes a bullet for her.  As Castle blacks out, he awakens in the real world.  We close out the episode with what he have been waiting far to long for, Castle and Beckett’s wedding.  It was a short scene, but ever so beautiful  and totally worth the wait.

So yeah, this episode really pushed the bounds of the weird for Castle.  I have said before, Castle is not afraid to venture into the weird and the wacky: vampires, zombies, time travelers, lost time, its a weirdness smorgasbord, but I don’t know about this week.  While it was certainly fun to see Castle interact with a world where everything is different this episode may have been a bit to out there.  At its core, Castle is a crime drama, sure there is humor and romance there, and always a bit of the weird, but it has always been weird within the realm of possible, this one, eh, I don’t know.  While its left vague at the end as to whether or not this other world was real or just a dream, with Castle waking up in the same place where he first blacked out, there was some subtle hints that it was in fact real, such as the shot of the glowing lights on the relic.  This could all just be something to add into the mystery and help make the episode more fun, it seemed like a bit too much.

Now, was this a bad episode?  No, no it was not.  While it pushed the weirdness bound, there was still a lot of fun.  Every bit Castle bumbling his way through this new and strange world was just pure fun to watch.  His reactions to Martha and Alexis were priceless, and learning that he is now a failed writer, were priceless.  What was best, was that even in this other world, his bond with Alexis and Martha is still as strong as ever.  While there is no some distance between him and his daughter, Alexis explaining that after his failed novel he just fell apart and couldn’t watch him do it anymore.  As I have said before, several times, one of the best parts of this show is the relationship between the two, so its nice to see that even in bizarro world the bond between the two of them is strong as ever.

As for Ryan and Esposito, they actually got a decent amount of screen time, Castle being paired up with them in bizarro world instead of Beckett, and this was nice.  Ryan was still pretty much the same as always, if slightly less happy because in this world he and Jenny never got married.  Esposito, well, he was a lot more angry than usual, hinted that this is stemming from his failed relationship with Laney and his inability to commit.  It was interesting to see them treating Castle like a stranger when in the past the three have been great friends, and have had a lot of fun bits together.

maxresdefaultThis episode was a classic example of the “be careful what you wish for” trope.  Castle states that when he was holding the relic he was wondering if he and Beckett would be better off if they had never met, short answer, they won’t be.  What was best about this episode was the end, when Castle made the decision to make bizarro world better.  It showed the amazing amount of strength that his character possess, and his unwillingness to back down, the traits that helped to bring him and Beckett together in first place.

To close out this out, the biggest thing to happen on this show, Castle and Beckett got married, finally!  I was worried that the writers were going to drag out the wedding limbo for the rest of the season, spending more time focusing on Castle and his missing months, but now.  We had some time where things were awkward but Castle decided it was time to move past that, for them to be happy.  It was a simple wedding, and was perfect, their vows were sweet, almost to the point where I got cavities, but was still fantastic.

Overall, while this episode did stretch things a bit, it was still fun, and sweet.  We finally got the wedding that we have been waiting for since season one, Castle on a fun adventure in a strange new land, and Alexis with black hair.  Seriously guys, that hair, I just, I can’t.  She looks good as a red head, she should not mess with that.

Goon out.

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Cutest best man ever: Goon Reviews Castle “For Better or Worse”

Kick him in the crotch and run!

Kick him in the crotch and run!

Seriously, f’ing seriously!  We have been waiting six freaking years and you end it with that?  I am very disappointed in you Castle writers, very disappointed.

Okay, lets save this rant for later on and deal with the plot.

We open with 72 hours remaining before Castle and Beckett get hitched, we are treated with an amusing opening scene of Castle, Martha, and Alexis tackling pre-wedding problems before they become problems, which is a truly great scene to watch.  Team Castle is a well oiled machine and they are able to take care of  any problem that may come their way.  Except for one.  As Castle and Beckett are off to get their marriage license we learn that Beckett is already married. (cue dramatic music here)  As it turns out, Beckett had a Vegas wedding back in college, and not thinking it was a real deal, put it out of her mind.  Refusing to let this little bombshell get in the way of their happy ending, Beckett goes off to track down her husband and dissolve the marriage while Castle stays behind to make sure the wedding stays on track.  In true television fashion, this does not go as easy as the simple signing of a piece of paper.   It starts out simple enough, Beckett’s ex, one Rogan O’Leary (played by the ever so great Eddie Mclintock) needs her to break into his girlfriend’s car and swipe the garage door opener and won’t sign the papers until she does.  Beckett pulls it off without a hitch but before the papers can be signed, Rogan gets snatched and taken away.  Castle hurries to her side, leaving the handling of the wedding in the capable hands of Martha and Alexis.  We then treated to usual CoW tactics.  With a little help from Tori, our favorite NYPD tech wiz,  Castle and Beckett get to work, which leads them to a stripper, (with the most fake looking one dollar bills stuffed in her bra that I have ever seen) a black mailed priest who partook of the stripper’s services, and a biker gang who Rogan owes money to.  In the end they are able to track Rogan down to the home of the stripper’s boyfriend, where they find him tied up in the barn.  Before they can make their escape it is learned that the farm is owned by none other than a wanted mafia hitman who has been on the run.  As it turns out, Rogan had pictures of the hitman and unless they were handed over, they would all be killed.  In a clever move, Castle and Beckett lead the mobster and his two goons (no relation) to Rogan’s apartment, where the biker gang is waiting.  Through some quick dealings, they convince the bikers to take the mobster and turn him in for the reward.  With the papers signed, and Castle helping Rogan patch things up with his girlfriend, Beckett and Castle are off to get married.  What should have been a happy ending, with Castle and Beckett finally getting married, was a sad one as Castle doesn’t show up to the wedding and his car is found burning on the side of the road.

Honestly, despite the ending, this was a really fun season finale.  compared to a lot of Castle finales in the past,  this one was rather light and upbeat.  Instead of a crime to solve it was wedding to save.  While there were some definite cliches to the episode, none of them really detracted from it, quite the opposite, they made the episode fun.  Going into the season, when  Beckett said yes, we all knew that their wedding wouldn’t go off without a hitch, but I was glad that they took a light hearted approach to it.  The entire story of Beckett trying to get the papers signed was played for fun, Castle throwing jokes about the whole thing left and right only just made it all the better.  The best part was Beckett’s freak out about the wedding.  With everything that happened, its only normal that panic would seize hold of one of them, at least for a bit.  But, completely unphased by this, Castle calms her down.  Again,  a bit cliched, especially when Castle pulls out the fairy tale metaphor, but it was sweet, and amazing to see Castle keep such a cool head throughout it all.  He and Beckett have been through a lot, and he knows this, what they’re dealing with now is just a minor bump in the road, one that they can easily overcome.  And they do.  And it was pretty awesome.

While Castle and Beckett are running the divorce gauntlet, our lovable cast of supporting characters were working hard to make sure the wedding goes off without a hitch.  Some problems they deal along the way include:
A too small tux for Ryan
The loss of the venue do to first time fire breathers (did not see that one coming)
A ruined wedding dress

Again, nothing overly original, apart form that fire breather thing, but everything worked.  These scenes worked to break up what little tension was building throughout the story, and gave us some honest laughs and cringe worthy moments.  Everything about it really made you care about what has happening to the characters.  The ruined dress had me distraught, and I found myself desperate to find out what how that obstacle would be overcome.  The loss of the venue, in such a ridiculous way,  and the too small tux had me laughing, knowing that while these were pretty big problems, they would be solved in fantastic ways.  That is what made the heavy use of cliches work, because we care about these characters and we know that nothing ever runs smoothly, but we also know that nothing can stop them.  After Beckett’s solving of her mother’s murder, we know for certain that there is nothing that can stand in their way, that working together, Castle, Beckett, and all the others can accomplish anything.

Which now brings us to the end.  After everything they went through, the wedding was finally there.  The divorce was filed, the guests had arrived, Beckett was looking drop dead gorgeous in her mother’s wedding dress, nothing was standing in the way.  Except a mysterious black SUV.  As Castle is on his way to the wedding, he is tailed by an unknown SUV, when he tries to get away, it pulls up next to him.  We cut to Beckett and the others wondering where he is, and Beckett getting a call.  Our closing shot of the season being Beckett breaking down as she see’s his car lying burning in a ditch.

This left me torn.  As a fan of Castle, and a hardcore supporter of the Castle/Beckett paring since day one, there is not enough words to describe how upset this scene made me.  We have watched them overcome countless obstacles in their relationship, go through so many things to make it work, and finally we were getting the pay off, we were going to watch them get married, only for the rug to get pulled out from under us.  I wanted the see the wedding, I wanted that happy ending we have been waiting six freaking years for it!  What do we get instead?  A burning car and a crying Beckett.  It felt like a slap in the face.  And if there is one thing the Goon doesn’t like, its being slapped in the face.  Seriously, it’s not fun.

However, on the other hand, I am also a reviewer, so I do have to appreciate the ending for it was.  A damn good season closer.  There are three purposes to a season finale:
1) Wrap up story
2) Introduce a new story
3) Get us psyched for the next season
A finale must meet one or all of these for it to be good, and Castle did.  We got wrap up of a major story, the murder of Beckett’s mom (granted that was last week, but still, it counts) and I can’t say the same for you, but I know that I am so pumped for season seven.  I can’t wait to find out what happened to Castle, and who was behind the attack.  Current theory is that it was the mafia that the hitman was part of seeking revenge.  Most of all, I can’t wait to finally see Castle and Beckett get married.

Despite the last few minutes, this was a great finale, plain and simple.  It was a lot of fun, all the characters had a role to play, even Tori, who is a tertiary character at best, (and is still one I want to see more of.  Here’s hoping she is a more regular cast member in the next season) and the upbeat nature throughout most of the episode was a solid balance to last week’s drama heavy episode.  The two work together and balance each other out, creating what I consider to be an amazing two part finale.  I am ever so eager to find out what happens next season.

Goon out.

Welcome Home Alexis: Goon Reviews Castle “Room 147”

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So, I think it’s safe to say this was definitely one of the most interesting cases we have yet to have on Castle, and boy did I love it!

Diving right in, we open with a fairly unimportant opening scene of two maids finding the dead body in the hotel room, this was pretty blah all things considered, they tried an amusing opening with the senior maid making a comment about the same boring rooms only to find a body.  I applaud their effort, but it fell flat.  We then jumped to Castle and Beckett waking up to the smell of coffee in the apartment, and everyone’s favorite red head, Alexis, who had crashed there the previous night.  We have learned that since her last appearance she has broken up with Pi and is working her butt off to make rent.  Castle, ever the amazing father, tells her she is more than welcome to move back home, but she refuses, citing she has a lease and doesn’t want to back out.  Before to much more can happen, she departs for class and Castle and Beckett go to solve their murder.

The CoW was an interesting one this time around.  What started off as a simple and straightforward case, complete with a woman confessing to the murder.  All this is derailed when an alibi is discovered for her, and two more people confess to the murder.   As I said above, this was one of the more interesting cases we have had on the show, because it was less of the usual chasing down leads and question witnesses, and more trying to figure out why these three innocent people were confessing to the crime, and how they all factored in to it.  Seeing Beckett and Castle being completely confused by this and not really knowing how to proceed at some points was a refreshing change of pace.  We still saw them as the competent professionals they have been established as over the series, but we got to see that despite that, they aren’t prepared for every case that comes their way.   As the case progresses and they begin to unravel the threads of the mystery, Castle and Beckett are able to find the common element between the three confessors, an organization that helps people overcome problems in their lives, which I found to be quite creepy in all honesty.  It had a very Scientology feel to it.

The creepy help group is, of course, the center of the crime.  The victim is traced back to a video he did for the organization, one designed to help people put a face on their various problems and get past them, also used is mind altering drugs, as stated before, creepy as all heck.  It is Castle that figures this out, through the use of a mini-fridge and the collective remembering of the three confessors, once again showing just how smart he is.  In the end, it is discovered that the killer is a member of the victim’s theater group, seeking revenge against the organization because she blames them for her brother’s death.  Gotta be honest, this was kind of a let down.  Earlier in the episode they made an offhand comment about three people dying in a sweat tent at one of the organizations functions, and we really only had a couple of minutes of screen time for the murderer.  While it was a nice surprise that I honestly did not see coming, it felt like it was something that was tacked on the at the end, lacking in any real pay off.  I feel it would have been better if it all tied into the self help group, maybe they were up to something nefarious and the victim caught on to it and was killed because of it.  But hey, I’m not a writer for the show, and the ending wasn’t bad, just not great.

We were light on subplots this week, the only one being Alexis’ living situation.  This was light, only having a few scenes that didn’t even add up to more than a few minutes of screen time, but in this case, less was more.  We got to see Beckett having some honest and legitimate concerns about her relationship with Castle, and by extension Alexis.  I am glad that we finally got to see what Alexis has been up to since her last appearance and realization about her relationship with Pi.  Realizing that she made a mistake in her relationship with Pi, she was trying to own up to it and fix her own mistake. Essentially she was trying to be an adult, not realizing that being adult doesn’t mean she can’t accept help from the people who love her.  The best part, which is also in the running for my favorite moment of the season, was the scene between Beckett and Alexis.  We got to see Beckett and Alexis actually connect, with Beckett passing on some advice and wisdom to her soon to be step daughter, in a true motherly fashion.  I have said before that I really wanted some more moments between these two characters, see their relationship develop alongside her relationship with Castle, and I was thrilled that we got that here. In the end we got a great payout as Alexis shows up at the door, asking if she can come home.  This was beautiful, a perfect end to the episode.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad episode, the CoW was an interesting one, even if I felt it had a lackluster wrap up.  The true greatness of this episode came from Alexis and Beckett.  If it hadn’t been for their subplot, I probably wouldn’t have found this episode all that great, but it was there, and it was amazing.

Goon out.