‘Castle’: Murder Is the New Black

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Castle Season 6 Episode 14 Castle Beckett Top Castle: Murder Is the New Black

[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 14. There will be SPOILERS.]
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Casual Castle fans who tuned in last Monday may have been a bit put off by the repeat that was aired in lieu of saving “Dressed to Kill” for Sweeps week tonight. And that might very well have been a good move, because not only does the episode live up to the buzz, but it looks like Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) could be heading down the aisle as early as this Spring!

But before we talk about what everyone will be talking about for the next two weeks, let’s stop to acknowledge that while this case wasn’t as pulse-pounding as some of the others this season, it was good in its own right. Sometimes procedurals have a tendency to drop the ball on the case side of things to make way for a character-driven plot. Not so here.

The first good choice made is featuring Frances Fisher as cut-throat fashion magazine editor Miranda King. There may be a bit of a marketing ploy going on here as Fisher also stars in ABC’s upcoming series Resurrection, but that’s easily forgiven as she brings the grace and class of a theater pro to the small screen – and she’s just b****y enough to plant enough doubt that she may have killed her own assistant.

Castle Season 6 Episode 14 King Castle: Murder Is the New Black

Frances Fisher in ‘Castle’

Once that suspicion is cleared away, however, her role shifts and she softens into a kind of surrogate mother to Kate in the dress scene.

From there, the remainder of the crime plot twists and turns in a few different directions until the killer is found. And while he’s not heavily featured, it is good to see Rob Estes back on the small screen.

Now to the wedding venue and the dress, because that’s where the heart of this episode resides. We’ve got Martha (Susan Sullivan) blazing the trail for the wedding plans like any good mother-in-law-to-be, while Castle and Beckett do their best to smile and nod. They do get a hot tip on a good venue out of it, though.

However, it’s the dress scene featured below that takes the episode to the next level.

Castle Season 6 Episode 14 King Beckett Castle: Murder Is the New Black

Fisher is the perfect person to deliver Kate to this moment, and from there, Stana Katic gives one of the most nuanced performances for her character that we’ve seen to date. She is half happy little girl getting to play dress up, dreaming of what her life is about to become. But then the other half is the grown woman who feels the raw ache of her mother’s absence and for a split second is emotionally paralyzed.

Of course we all knew that Matilda would give her the dress in the end, but like Castle, we also steeled ourselves for the declaration that Kate needs more time. Happily for us all, she doesn’t, and instead of pining away all summer, might fans be treated to a wedding finale this spring.

You’ll have a couple of weeks to speculate as Castle takes next Monday night off.

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Castle will return Monday, February 17th with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” @10pm on ABC.

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  1. I love this show but it had been going on for far too long. Time give it a series finale

    • Not even! – If you haven’t followed the series from its beginning, then one might think
      that – its quality merits at least 10 seasons – Marlowe has even indicated maybe 10 – 12. The 6th season of every TV series if you check TV history of shows per Castle – shows that this is the season that the principal writers are changing and adding for future plots and story lines. Just wait before you order your “Fat Lady to Sing.”

  2. Okay, I’m a loyal Castle fan and will be to the end, but can we please get on with the wedding. I don’t think there are any fans who don’t know that the spring rating wars are coming soon – so if you dear Marlowe are going to marry our favorite couple then… could you please give us a date? Maybe… Huhu? Pretty Please?!!!!

  3. Life for those of us, who love the Castle World, comes with its downside sometimes. Castle has continued to do very well in its Monday night slot, even with the new show on CBS in the same time slot. Yet, there are inconsistencies with the writing and that is problematic – everyone is chatting away about the up and coming nuptials and I will have my popcorn and tissues ready, like everyone else. Nevertheless, Castle needs at least five solid episodes before seasons end. I suspect that al the jumping around is about Marlowe consideration to put the wedding right in the heart of spring rating wars, but what does he do with senator Bracken, and Kate’ need for resolve here? The resolution between Castle/ Kate and 3XK with his associates suspect will become a major storyline from season 7 to season 8 – this one will be far reaching, and we may see some character changes (loss of life) due to this battle. Now, back to the wedding – who will step into the role as Kate’s mother for the wedding – we heard about an aunt a few episodes ago, will it be the aunt? In addition, why in the world haven’t we seen more conversation between Lanie and Kate about the wedding – what best girlfriend would not be part of such a major event? Or for that matter any of the other characters in Kate’s life like her old high school friend Madison? There has not been a lot of follow through in season six as nuptial talked about and there should be.

    Note: I love high fashion, but that dress missed the mark!

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