castle beckett - season 6 ep 3 - tomb raiders

After name-checking The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, Castle takes its historical mystery sendoff in the proper direction: Raiders of the Lost Ark. “Get A Clue” has ancient treasure, a masked man with a saber and an awkward fruitarian. Guess which one Castle is the least excited about?

The Players:

  • Director: Holly Dale
  • Writer: Christine Roum
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan

Episode Title: “Get A Clue”

A woman is murdered for getting too close to an ancient Revolutionary War conspiracy. Castle’s way more excited about solving the case than trying to get too close to Pi. A letter penned by one of George Washington’s codebreakers, filled with Latin clues, eventually leads Castle and Beckett to a Franciscan monastery. It’s filled with some puzzling stonework their victim may have been trying to solve. The freemasons are, of course, involved. While the gang in homicide cycles through a cabal of interested parties, the quest for a huge sack of “lost” U.S. half-dimes ends up being all in the family. Rollicking swordfight aside, “Get A Clue” was tempered by its ending. Castle finally gets a hint as to why Alexis moved out and further away from him. But he’s still left out in the cold.

The Good:

  • Love a Tomb: Whoever did the sound design on all the tomb traps should be commended. The set never belied its TV procedural budget. It was a wonderful touch that Beckett only had to climb on top of the sarcophagus to get bars. It’s the difference between Castle and something truly fantastic. We love the practical side of this show just as much.
  • ’Fellonious Monk: The initial suspect, an actual Franciscan monk, has pleasingly creepy scars and set up the ancient conspiracy tropes nicely. That chapel set was great.
  • “I’m Really Good at This”: Damn straight, Castle. That swordfight was well choreographed and sold better by the two swashbucklers. Why Nathan Fillion isn’t tracking down Templar treasures in theaters nationwide is the true mystery of the hour. He’s certainly merrier about it than Nic Cage was.

The So-So:

  • It Belongs in a Museum: The sequence of clues to get to the treasure of the half-dimes was interestingly constructed and well paced – nice Latin, Castle. But the little button Richard himself gives about their significance felt a little too much like trivia.

The Bad:

  • Family Lore: So the mild-mannered cousin was tailing Susannah with a sabre? Unfortunately the actor didn’t have the degree of desperate or creepy for us to feel satisfied when he fessed up.
  • Acceptance: So Beckett was right and Alexis is still dealing with her dad’s proposal. There are certainly worse ways than playing house with a dashing young bee-counter. It’s a shame we’ve yet to see much appeal to Pi. His poor characterization makes it so Molly Quinn has to work twice as hard. On her own, the plot’s working. That dinner scene not so much.

Overall:

Even if the murderer felt a bit too twisty, Castle had too many pleasing turns to it to really complain. Fillion is absolutely glorious to watch with a little swash in his buckle. Meanwhile, Quinn continues to be an anchor of sanity in a subplot with cartoony details that would otherwise bring it down. Some pleasing setpieces and a real father/daughter talk helped “Get A Clue” get ahead.

Rating: 7/10

Castle airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC

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