Well, I'm not really sure how I feel about last night's Castle. I know this wasn't the original episode that was supposed to air, because the one that was had to do with a bomb, so they showed this one instead in deference to what happened in Boston. Maybe if it had been the original episode I wouldn't have felt so conflicted? I don't know. It's not that it was bad, it was a good episode overall, but there were some things that bothered me.
At the beginning when Castle is gaming with some kid and more or less ignoring Beckett, I was like, really? After all he went through to get her, the ups and downs and horrible heartaches and almost losing her, he's ignoring her? For a game? Maybe that's realistic, but I didn't think so.
Then, when we are introduced to Eric Vaughn, the genius billionaire and both Beckett and Castle are giving him those looks (I'd never heard of your last supper list---twelve people you'd like to eat with, but it's a cool idea) I could see where this episode was headed.
I generally hate it when they portray Castle as a bumbling idiot. He started out as a smooth lovable guy and that's what I loved about his character. But every now and then they throw in these episodes where he's just falling all over himself like an idiot and it's not really him. And there were moments like that in this episode. Ordering the boys around, (as an aside, what was up with Esposito's hair last night? Just wow.) the coffee with the homeless guy. Maybe they're going for funny and I'm just not getting it, but it doesn't seem true to his character.
What I did love was the honesty we got from Beckett. She called him out on trusting her, and when Vaughn asked her what was between her and Castle she said it was serious, but that she didn't really know where it was going because they hadn't discussed it. I had to admit when Vaughn kissed her I shook my head. I knew Castle would find out and I was hoping it wouldn't be an obstacle between them, especially with how Castle had been acting. When they're taking the statement and Beckett is completely honest with Castle about what happened, I was so glad It feels like the relationship is truly growing and I loved that. (I did have to sigh a little with how Castle bounded into that hotel suite after the shooting to make sure she was okay.)
The murder mystery was good, but I called the murderer early on. This episode was definitely about the relationship. I thought the elevator scene was interesting because Castle was self-assured at first and I thought the writers had redeemed themselves from the bumbling Castle of earlier in the episode, but then they ruined it by having him look at Vaughn as the door closes. Vaughn seems so manly and in control and Castle just seems so boyish. But it wasn't always like that. Castle used to be that guy in the elevator. In season one he was more self-assured and confident. Now he's a cross between boy/man. Especially in this episode. What a contrast between him and Vaughn. *sigh*
I did like the ending where Beckett is asking where this is going. You know the season finale will have a lot to do with that.
So, there you have it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Did you watch last night? What did you think?