This week was the season finale of “Castle.”  Kate Beckett’s investigation into her mother’s murder is reactivated when Lockwood escapes from a court hearing.  Will they finally close Johanna Beckett’s case? Find out more in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Rob Bowman
  • Writer: Will Beall
  • CastNathan FillionStana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Max Martini

Episode Title: “Knockout”

Beckett visits the prison for her weekly talk with Lockhart, but finds he has been moved to the general population, where he murders another inmate. Later, Lockhart escapes during his court hearing.  During the team’s hunt for Lockhart, they uncover a deeper conspiracy that involves someone in law enforcement.  Castle is concerned about Beckett’s safety, resulting in an argument that leaves them separated. Meanwhile, Captain Montgomery must choose between saving the life of his family at home or his precinct family.

The Good:

  • The Castle/Beckett Fight: In a heated moment, Castle and Beckett argue. But they finally express their deepest concerns about their own relationship. It doesn’t end well, but we get to see them confront the issues and emotions that have previously gone unspoken.
  • Suspense: There were several twists and turns in the plot that, although not always believable, were extremely suspenseful.  The beginning was the most intense we’ve seen on the entire series.
  • Family Values: the role of family is established–those who act as a family constitute family (thus, the members of the precinct are family).  As such, they show each other respect and forgiveness, even when their deepest secrets threaten that familial bond.
  • Deadly Storm: that’s right–a graphic novel based on Castle’s Derrick Storm books will be released in September! The cover art was released on the show.  Although this may mean no mystery novel in the fall from the New York Times bestseller, we’re looking forward to the graphic novel!
  • Cliffhanger: We knew there’d be some sort of cliffhanger until season 4, but we didn’t know it would be this interesting nor this satisfying. Without revealing any spoilers, we’ll just say the Bodyguard-esque ending was both fitting and touching.

The Weird:

  • Confusing Behavior #1: We’re still a little confused by the Captain’s decision to bring Beckett to the meeting place just to tell her what he wants to say seconds before her life is in danger. Why couldn’t he tell her this at a different meeting place? Or did he call Castle to pull her away because he had a change of heart?
  • Confusing Behavior #2: Why do Ryan and Esposito fistfight over the truth for a few minutes instead of discussing their thoughts as usual? Not that we’re arguing with Esposito’s dedication to his team/family. We did like how it showed the brotherhood between the two, and we physically saw the struggle they had accepting the truth.

The Quotable:

  • “We speak for the dead when the wicked rob them of their voices.” -Captain Montgomery
  • “I cannot make Beckett stand down, Castle. I never could. I figure the only one who can is you.” -Captain Montgomery
  • “I’ve been going to that prison for the past four months to have a staring contest with the devil, and the devil just blinked.” -Beckett
  • “For a man who makes his living working with words, you sure have a hard time finding them when they count.” -Martha
  • “I don’t know what we are. We kiss and then we never talk about it. We nearly die frozen in each others arms, but we never talk about it. So no, I got no clue what we are. I know I don’t want to see you throw your life away.” -Castle
  • **SPOILER ALERT*** “Don’t leave me, please. Stay with me. Okay? Kate, I love you…I Love you, Kate.” -Castle

Overall:

This week’s “Castle” was the most suspenseful episode yet with masterful plotlines, and, albeit a bit unbelievable at times, a heart-wrenching and action-packed end to an already great season.

Rating: 10/10

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

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Agree? Disagree? Will you be tuning in for Season 4? Let us know in the comments!