This week on “Castle,” the team investigates of the robbery-homicide of a New York cab driver.  But when the team discovers the victim was involved in a mystery conspiracy, federal agent Mark Fallon takes over the case.  Can Fallon, Beckett, and Castle unravel the mystery? Find out more in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Rob Bowman
  • Writer: David Amann
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Adrian Pasdar, Victor Webster

Episode Title: “Setup”

When unexpected leads in the murder of a cab driver point toward terrorism, homeland security officer Fallon takes over the case, promptly removing Beckett and Castle from the task force after Castle has a coffee break with a foreign secret service agent.  Josh is going on a mission trip to Haiti.  Martha takes Alexis on a relaxing meditative retreat to prepare for the opening of her acting school, and Beckett and Castle continue uncovering clues from the case, uncovering life-threatening secrets.  In the end, Castle and Beckett are trapped in another life-threatening situation; only this time, no one is looking for them.

The Good:

  • All She Wants Is Love: Beckett speaks honestly to Castle about her dying relationship with Josh, finding a universal truth about relationships: “why is it that the things we are attracted to in the beginning are the very things that drive us crazy in the end?” Ironically, her relationship with Castle could be in the reverse: first, she was annoyed by his presence, but now she is slowly realizing an attraction for him.
  • Appearances: Fallon is a piranha; he screams at suspects as a distraction while their houses are being bugged, he implements zero tolerance on Castle and Beckett, and he distrusts everyone. Beckett operates with the same lack of trust; however, she doesn’t upset newly-widowed women and their babies, or take interrogations to such an intense level.  The fact that Beckett is solving the case faster than Fallon proves that you don’t have to be cut-throat to get something done.  Although, it does showcase the necessity of those who would protect the safety of their country to compromise their role as a likable individual: they must focus on getting the job done rather than caring about others’ thoughts about them.

The So-So:

  • Tell Me Lies: Castle’s made-up excuse for Alexis is cute, even though it does mean he’s lying to Martha.  But when he suddenly retracts that excuse and sends Alexis with Martha on her trip, he fails to tell them why he wants them to leave the city so badly.  It’s disappointing that he doesn’t just tell them about the danger he and they are in.  But we like that he handles the situation in a way that many of us would- by protecting our loved ones from the truth.

The Bad:

  • Timing: Just before Castle (we assume) can express his undying love for Beckett while they’re alone and Beckett is actually talking about love, they get interrupted.  As if that opportunity will arise anytime soon.  The two are never able to take their relationship to the next level because of interruptions or cases; the same hinted-at plot is growing tiresome.

Overall:

The cliffhanger of the season, this week’s “Castle” was nerve-racking to say the least.  But we like that the heightened intensity of this episode allows us to examine truths about love, safety, and how one’s job can affect how one is perceived by others.

Rating: 9/10

“Castle” airs Monday nights at 10pm on ABC.

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