“Fidelis Ad Mortem” picks up the morning after Castle returns from his trip to Los Angeles. In the previous episode, “The G.D.S.,” Castle was originally heading to the West Coast to find out more about his missing time after saving the world (see “The Sleeper”) but ending up getting involved in a murder investigation.
It’s time to give credit where credit is due. Everyone brought their A-game in this episode. From the set design and music right down to the writing and acting, “Reckoning” had that feel of a season three episode. All the elements needed to make a great episode were clicking and all the cylinders were running in sync.
This week’s victim, Grigory Mishkin, is looking into his mother’s death. To accomplish that, he seeks the help of his Diplobrat friends (offspring of foreign diplomats). They set their eyes in Jurgen Kass who provided Grigory with useful information on how to hack into a Cherokee… spycraft… wouldn’t be a Castle episode without it.
Prior to his episode, fans were fed a lot of intel about Castle and Beckett. If you watched the episode, it was “hero” Castle and “inept” Beckett trying to figure out the mysteries of Castle’s two month disappearance.
If you enjoy the campy humor, the far out costuming and the groovy music, then “That ‘70s Show” was definitely an episode you could get into. But if this type of fare wasn’t your sort of thing then you definitely didn’t dig this week’s episode. My problem with this episode goes from the over-the-top nature of the storyline to the seemingly forgettable Martha who knows Beckett wouldn’t go for the flower arrangement she had picked out for the soon-to-be-married couple.
“Room 147” is Adam Frost’s first solo episode after having had a hand in last season’s “The Squab and the Quail.” He has been with the show for a while as a writer’s assistant. We like what we saw and we hope to see more from Adam in the near future. This episode had a little bit of everything, and that everything is what made the show successful. Get a paper and pen ready because with this episode you’ll need it.
When asked to describe this episode, I’ll say this: A brilliant season cliffhanger built around a contrived plotline that stole from other shows with a cliched ending that mirrors season three but failed to hit the mark on almost every level and isn’t worthy of the typical Milmar flair.
“And Justice for All…” is one of those Castle episodes that sends a clear message across: the United States is a melting pot whereby there’s a handful of people who exploit those in search of the American Dream.
One of the differences this season with Castle, aside from actually showing the show takes place in New York with cutaway scenes that shows Manhattan, Times Square, etc., is that they’re showing how the victim of the week died. It’s a departure from the detectives just rolling up on the scene. It will take some getting used to because it adds an element of blood and gore that wasn’t there before.
Castle is excited. He has a meeting with Stephen King about working on a book together. Or do they? That sets up “The Blame Game.” Castle is lured to some dive to meet up with the famous horror writer. His meet-up shares a connection the 12th Precinct’s latest case, the murder of a television producer. He’s kidnapped and then Beckett is “summoned urgently” to meet with Castle, but she too soon faces the same fate as her husband.