‘Castle’ : Whoa, Mama!

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am,

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[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 13. There will be SPOILERS.]

Tonight’s Castle is a story of love and loss and murder and mayhem. Pretty much your standard fare with a little Pi (Myko Olivier) on the side. However, “Limelight” also smells a bit like social commentary on the slippery slope of fame and fortune.

On the one side you’ve got Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) and on the other are Mandy Sutton (Alexandra Chando of The Lying Game fame) and her mother, Marilyn (Lola Glaudini).

Both pairs live in the spotlight of the press. Mandy on the front page, with cameras dogging her every move while Castle makes it on a sidebar somewhere under the fold with no accompanying photos to speak of.

Castle’s fame is enough to make Beckett reticent to go splashing their recent relationship status change all over the papers at first, but by the end she decides that the truth is better than letting the rumor mill call the shots.

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The character of Mandy is an amalgam of all the child-stars-gone-wrong of the past 5 years. Spoiled and trying to appear apathetic to as many people as possible, she spends the first part of the episode  getting over her hangover and the second proving how willfully ignorant she is of the world around her. There’s an attempt at some girl-bonding with Alexis (Molly Quinn), which falls flat as the two of them respectively bemoan the first world problems of the rich and famous.

There’s also the parental side of the coin. Castle hems and haws and outright lies about his progress on a letter of recommendation that he’s promised to write for Pi for the entire hour. There’s still tension between he and Alexis so he’s going through the motions in order to appease her.

On the other hand, at least he doesn’t take things as far as Mandy’s mother. Marilyn Sutton is a sophisticated caricature of Mama Jean and all of the other showbiz moms out there; literally willing to kill to keep her baby girl in the spotlight.

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After several strong outings, “Limelight” comes across as only so-so. Of the three sub-plots, the Castle/Beckett sub-plot is the strongest, providing some great one-liners and good-natured banter between Kate and the boys. The mother/daughter plot is bloated and nothing is gained when Alexis is added to the mix.

A bright spot does emerge, however, when one dares to hope that Alexis pocketed her dad’s letter and, instead, kicked Pi to the curb once and for all. Also, the whole world now knows that Castle and Beckett are engaged and we are one episode closer to their Big Day.

What did you think?


Castle returns next Monday with “Dressed to Kill” @10pm on ABC.

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  1. :):):):):) Episode

    Well, I love the start of this episode and the end, but the middle was a little muddied. I have expressed it before, but I am a real Castle fan and I have been in appreciation of its quality, wit, banter, and classic romantic nuances from the great cinematic past. Nevertheless, the shifting sands are causing some concerns. I realize not every episode is going to be a home run, and yet, the ending was meaningful – acceptance of Castle’s world as part of what will and is Kate’ world. It was nice to see the character Kate – take charge, and place the wedding announcement in the news paper at the end of the episode. It was also good to see Alexis, but like most real fans of the series, there needs to be an episode that allows for fans and the characters Kate and Alexis to merge into family. Maybe Kate can include her in on the wedding craziness, we know Lanie will be Kate’s – Maid of Honor, but would it be nice if Kate, had two, the second being Alexis. Or Castle go off for a week and the two women work together on a mystery

    We need to return to Bracken, there are a number of ways this could happen… (1.) Castle started a fundraiser at Kate’s mom’ Law School, there could be an episode that deals with a murder related to an envelope that is passed to Kate and Castle, by a former associate of her mother’ that Kate knew nothing about. You could call the episode “Masked Murder”, because the episode would be centered around a “Masked Ball” for her mother’s scholarship fund – we haven’t really seen Kate and Castle on the town since their coming together – would be nice. (2.) In a Castle episode called the “Gift” Castle receives a mysterious envelope, of course it is from his father, and with a note… “Here is early “Wedding Gift” for you and Kate – love Dad”! and (3.) Castle has been going back through Kate’s mother’s old notes, you know the notes – that Kate nor her dad could decode. When Castle figures out that Kate’s mother uncovered something about Bracken’ past – that could finish Bracken. This is the closure that has to take place before the wedding. Also can we please move Kate up the ladder – please! No, woman with Kate’s talents would remain a “lead detective”, it is time for her to become Lt. Kate Beckett.

  2. It’s a shame when the guest stars are more interesting than what’s happening with the supporting characters in-focus. After watching one more (frail) attempt to validate Alexis’ role in the show, I got to thinking: Wouldn’t it be funny if this wasn’t Alexis at all? What if, by chance, Castle had rescued someone (way back in the ‘Taken’ knock-off episodes) who wasn’t really his daughter? Yeah, it’s far fetched but no sillier than his super-spy, one-night stand papa. Perhaps I was just entertaining myself after this throwaway episode…

    What little existed in the plot to advance Castle & Beckett’s wedding could have come in an earlier episode. The newspaper gossip angle worked quite well and the ensemble had fun with it, but it only took up maybe 5-10 minutes. It was the only chance the leads really had to shine, which was odd.

    It was fun to see Lola Glaudini, even in a thankless role. She was one of my favorite profilers on Criminal Minds. The young actress who played the (non) victim was also very good. I felt she carried the show and existed solely for Alexis to explain that she was dumping Pi.

    Hopefully the writers will figure out what to do with the character of Castle’s daughter or the actress will get a better handle on her portrayal. One or both have been too uneven since her graduation (and especially post-abduction).

    • Jason~

      There is some truth to you comments. I still think like many true Castle fans – that the couple Marlowe brought in… that they are not a god fit for this type of TV -cinema, and should be replaced. They need to bring back the chemistry and wit of the character leads, if they would go back to seasons 1-4 they might get it! Marlowe had a particular image, and its seems that other than a few of the old guard, the new bees have no clue. this is a show filled with sophistication and style.

  3. Glad our beloved Castle is back! I really enjoyed “limelight, deep cover, under fire,” the writing was on target, and the episodes timing was wonderful. We even heard Kate in “limelight” mentioned her aunt and face book, around the newspaper piece about Castle and Gina. This was a great transition, because we have all gone 6 years with no clues about Beckett’s life beyond her dad and her late mom, and the ever-changing landscape of boyfriends. This interaction becomes even more important as Caskett moves towards their nuptials – whatever they look like; and who will stand in for Kate, who does not have a mother as she approaches that most important day to support her? Will we see Kate and Castle with her family in an upcoming episode, a kind of meet the family? I do believe that things will be shaken up before the official wedding actually happens, but I am hoping for something other than city hall, maybe very private and personal as their “finally.” I also look forward to the endless craziness of these two trying to master – being married, the murders, the villains’, the family, and the fights, should be priceless. I am like most of the female population, wondering why after six years Kate is only a “lead detective still”. Marlowe, has not given us an answer to this obvious over-sight, because no woman with Kate’s talents would still be a lead detective, even my friends who are detective’ have stated as much. I would like to see an episode where we see Kate and Alexis really bond, in an episode where maybe they work closely Alexis [Alexis announces to Lanie that she is going to follow her example] in the morgue and Kate with Castle on a murder; and maybe a Castle who’s a little jealous, over their bonding. I would also like to see Martha and Kate in a more meaningful discussion; all these elements advance the story line and merge the characters as a kind of family unit. Now, this doesn’t mean that there won’t still be craziness there I am sure will be lots of that! Next, will the resolution with senator Bracken come from Castle’s dad, as a wedding gift? Maybe with a meaningful letter from his absentee dad, wishes that he will be to Kate, what he never was to Castle or his mother, signed with his real name. Based on how the episodes leading up to the resolution have been constructed thus far, it would take information carefully placed, in places – like the justice department, by a source much more powerful than a “mystery writer and lead detective” to bring senator Bracken to justice. Let’s hope our Castle writers get this one piece right… else, the conclusion of senator Bracken won’t make much sense.

    Castle Challenge 3.0/ 6.0 let’s get Castle there!

    See You In Castleland~