“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.
“At Close Range” delves into Detective Kevin Ryan’s second job as a private security guard. We find out he’s been working for his brother-in-law’s company and this latest gig has him protecting Congressman Alex Lopez (Ricardo Chavira) and his wife, Mia (Reiko Aylesworth) at a party. And since it’s not a Castle episode without a murder, the murder victim is the congressman’s “friend”, Carolyn Decker (Annie Little).
After a season off, Castle returns to it’s annual mid-season two-parter during sweeps. And these episodes aren’t holding anything back as the return of not one but two creepy killers return to disrupt the merry lives of the Castles and the NYPD.
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.
“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.
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.
“Like Father, Like Daughter” is not like your traditional Castle episode that starts with a murder and then the investigation of who the killer was. In this episode, we have the murderer but there’s a catch—he claims he is innocent. This is where Alexis steps in and it seems Little Castle is following in dad’s footsteps.
After 133 episodes, a derailed wedding that ended in flames and a two month disappearance brought us to this moment. The moment many fans have waited for all those episodes. They’re married, at last, and now we can move on from that to whatever the Castle writers come up with next.
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.
When writers start ripping off movie titles for episode titles you know they’ve pulled the last bucket of water from the well. Such was the case for “Last Action Hero” where it was supposed to be Castle’s dream come true, meeting heroes from his childhood. The fact that he admitted it was his “bro-time” explains so much about him. The problems with this episode are the story. And if wasn’t for Beckett (and Stana) this episode might have been a total disaster.