I’ve rewatched the episode a few times since it aired to get another feel for the episode and each time I’ve walked away with a different feeling. It’s not entirely bad but this episode speaks to the problems with season seven over all: repetitiveness and the need to throw in call-backs to get fans all giddy.
“Time Well Tell” returns the series to its quirky formula of fantasy and reality mixed in the “Beckett flavor” style of murders that littered the first three seasons of the series. Not only is the team back together but the eye-rolling of Beckett’s reality-based theories versus Castle’s fantasy-based theories remains a classic.
We must admit, we were kind of worried about “Get a Clue” because of the secrecy surrounding it during filming (the long delay in releasing the title of the episode title matched that of the season premiere). The previews of the episode also leads up to believe it was another one of those quirky episodes.
It’s a classic Castle episode. And we learn a thing or two about Beckett—which is always a bonus in our book. She’s a comic book geek. And she’s slightly embarrassed when the comic book outs her as having pre-ordered the Derrick Storm graphic novel. There’s a good mystery and some good humor as well in this episode.
We’re in the second episode of the “P.I.-arc” and there are a few things that need to be addressed. Every fan is different and by that, not everyone likes the little nudges, the winks and they “hey did you see that” references. So with that, I say the “Philip Marlowe-esque” narration is egotistical (and not nearly as funny or cute the second time around) and “Baby Castle aka Det. Ryan” needs to tone it down a notch.
There was little to not like about this episode. Was it the best? We can’t call something the best when there’s still at least 11 episodes to air. But we can say it’s definitely one of the better episodes of the season. There was a lot of drama in this episode—a lot of it. And most of it centered on Ryan and his wife, Jenny who’s about to go into labor. When the show puts the Castle and Beckett relationship in the backstreet, it allows for nice moments between the secondary characters.
Yes, I know the episode is not called that but it might as well have been. After 42 minutes, I’m not entirely sure what it is I watched. It said Castle on the screen but at the end I was left with a migraine and nausea. This was a filler episode. Did it serve its purpose? It’s almost kind of funny that in 5×21 (“The Squab and the Quayle”) had Castle so enthralled in a game that he ignored Beckett. And in 6×21 we’re treated to almost a reply of those same events, only this time its Scrabble.
“The Nose” is one of those episodes that has potential and makes a good selling point at the very end. Stephanie Weir (MadTV) guest stars as a witness with a unique ability: a keen sense of smell that makes her a recluse in life but learns something in the end. Not often a guest starring character is allowed an opportunity for growth. Written by new to the Castle verse Nancy Kiu, “The Nose” is one of the strongest episodes in the post-season premiere outings. It didn’t have a lot of drama, but there was a fair amount of comedy.
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.
What a refreshing episode “Child’s Play” was. I know a lot of people felt “Clear & Present Danger” was a return to form. But for me, “Child’s Play” is my “Number One Fan” from last season. I haven’t smiled like this in a long time—not since “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I feel good.