Too late to return the tux: Goon Reviews Castle “Veritas”



Holy crap, that just happened.

This week, we open with Beckett on a stakeout, following a man linked to Sen. Bracken, (refresher: the guy behind her mother’s murder) hoping that this will lead her to evidence she can use against him.  A snag is hit when the next morning the man she is following turns up dead.  It is discovered that he was with Vulcan Simmons before he died, who we know was in charge of a drug ring that was funneling money into an account to fund Bracken’s run for the presidency.  Gates orders her off the case because of her close ties to it.  Undeterred from this, Beckett tracks down the town car that Simmons was seen in, and finds blood in the car.  After a tension filled stand off between the two, we cut to black.  Upon the return, Castle receives a phone call from Esposito, saying that Beckett is back on the case after Simmons is found dead.  Beckett is then accused of the murder, forcing her and Castle to go on the run.  They discover that Mr. Smith, the man who had the file that was protecting Beckett and was previously thought dead, is still alive and kicking.  He passes on some information about a cassette tape that has proof of Bracken’s evil doings, but the holder of the tape was killed and the tape lost.  Smith tells them to leave town as there is nothing else they can do, Beckett refuses at first feeling that she is abandoning the fight  but eventually agrees.  Castle goes off to secure them a car while Beckett stays at their motel room to change her look, only for Bracken and two thugs to show up, intending to kill her.  In one of the most badass scenes of the show to date, Beckett kills her two would be assassin’s before blacking out due to bottle related head trauma.  While she is out, a memory of her first meeting with Montgomery resurfaces that points her in the direction of the cassette.  The dearly departed Captain left it with her mother, prompting the two to return to New York and find the tape.  While going through her things, they are caught by Capt. Marcus Donovan, who has been leading the manhunt against Beckett.  While they are waiting to be dragged off to the slammer, Beckett realizes that the elephants on her desk, that used to belong to her mom, are where the tape is hidden.  The tape is retrieved, the evidence found, and Bracken arrested, bringing to a close the case that has been tormenting Beckett for her entire career and allowing her to find justice for her mother.

As stated above, holy crap.

The plot for this episode was a relative simple one, and one that we have seen before in the series.  I speak of course of the episode last season where Castle is framed for murder, forcing him to go on the run, but that is not to say this was in anyway bad.  Quite the opposite in fact.  Depriving Beckett of access to her resource and support structure, forcing her and Castle to only rely on each other was a pure genius.  The entire show is built up around their partnership, so ripping away everything else and leaving them to rely on each other almost exclusively was the perfect way to close out this long running story.  Best of all, we didn’t see either of them do anything stupid, well nothing too stupid.  Beckett going to find the Simmons car without a warrant was a pretty big misstep on her part, but I can let that pass.  In a situation like this, I would not be surprised to see Beckett begin to loose her cool.  Her mother’s killer is after her, her shield is gone, being set up as a crooked cop, all of this could easily lead to her going rogue and trying to handle things on her own.  Instead of that though, we had her relying more on Castle, knowing that she couldn’t do this alone and needed help.  It shows just how great her character is, that she is able to keep a cool and level head is a testament to how great her character is.

Castle’s role in this week was amazing as well, we got to see him in a serious role throughout pretty much the entire episode, which is a rarity for the show.  Usually we see him balancing his humor and more serious side throughout the episode, but every once in awhile we get an episode that forces him into a situation where we has no choice but to keep his humorous side suppressed, and this is great to see!  Fillion (who I actually had the pleasure of meeting this past weekend, and is a delight!) is amazing when he brings this side of Castle out.  By no means should it be something we see all the time, the balance they have in most episodes is perfect as is, these rare occasions that we have the deadly serious Castle from start to finish help to drive home just how dire the circumstances are.  Like Beckett, he didn’t let the tough spot they were in get to him, his reassuring Beckett that they weren’t running from the fight, instead just finding somewhere safe to come up with a new plan, was amazing for his character.

Now for the big part of the episode, Beckett finally solved the case.  Let’s be honest, we all knew this was coming, but I didn’t think it would happen now.  We have had some build up to this earlier this season, i.e. the Beckett undercover episode from a little ways back, but I am honestly surprised to see it happen now.  I thought it would be a season finale and it would be dragged out for another season, possible being a continual build up to the series finale, but no, its wrapped up and wasn’t even a season finale.  Now, that is not to say this was a bad call on the writers part, but I wouldn’t say it was a great one either.  Honestly, I am ecstatic that Beckett finally caught the guy, that we finally to see the end to this long running story, and that is ended in an almost perfect fashion, but a part of me thinks they could have done more with it, set up as  two parter, part one being the season finale, part two the next season premier.  But what do I know?  It’s not like I am getting paid to write for the show. (kinda wish I was though, its got to be better than working with Snooty)

As far as our supporting cast goes, Ryan and Esposito were used sparingly in this episode, but used well.  They were thrust into the role as Beckett and Castle’s guys on the inside, and they did this well, never once believing that Beckett was a murderer and working inside the system to help their friends and teammates.  Gates was also fantastic in this episode, also showing her faith in Beckett and wanting to do everything she could to protect her officer, and dare I say it, friend?  I can honestly say that I am loving how Gate’s character has evolved over time on the show, and she is fast becoming one of my favorite characters.  And best of all, the brief but amazing return of Captain Roy Montgomery!  This scene was amazing, best part of the episode hands down.  It really showed the importance of Montgomery to Beckett and the whole of the murder of Joanna Beckett, and really showed just how torn up and haunted he was by his role in the event.  His subtle hint to Beckett about where to find the truth about her mother was perfect, showing how he was trying to find redemption for his past sins, which in the end he did by sacrificing his life for Beckett.  Ruban Santiago-Hudson was a fantastic, and still missed, part of this show and it was ever so amazing to see him come back.

Sadly, we didn’t get anything from Martha and Alexis this week, but honestly that wasn’t a bad thing.  They are usually there to bring some levity to the drama or some insight to help solve the case, which just wouldn’t have worked for this episode.  As stated above, what made it great was Castle and Beckett being on the run and having to rely mostly on themselves, as much as I love Martha and Alexis, they would have been weak point to this week’s episode, which means that we better get a double dose of them next week!

Overall, fantastic episode.  We finally say the close to the series biggest, and really only, overarching plot.  It brings a sense of closure to the story and the characters, while at the same time, leaves the show open to a new story, hopefully we get a good one.  So, next week we have the long awaited nuptials between Castle and  Beckett, can’t for that, but until we see Beckett walk down the aisle.

Goon out.