‘Castle’: Mind Games

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Castle and Beckett in Room 147 Castle: Mind Games

[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 16. There will be SPOILERS.]

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Whether or not it’s meant to set the stage for ABC’s new drama Mind Games - which premieres tomorrow night – tonight’s Castle does do a good job of showing how the human mind can be tampered with. “Room 147″ also sees the return of Alexis (Molly Quinn) and delivers the long-awaited news that Pi (Myko Olivier) is history.

At the start, the case is every bit as bland and boring as Castle (Nathan Fillion) says it is. A man is dead and a woman has confessed to killing him. The problem is, Anita (Alexie Gilmore) was seen by plenty of other people at a restaurant at the time of the murder. Only when two more people step up and confess to the killing as well does the plot become interesting.

What sells the bizarre chain of events is the casting of John Getz as Dr. Gustavo Bauer. Getz has made his fair share of TV guest spots over the last couple of years, in everything from NBC’s Law and Order: SVU to ABC’s NCIS: Los Angeles, and most recently on Fox’s Bones. Here, he’s the perfect man to sell the role of a creepy cult leader guilty of everything but murder.

Also pleasant is the return of Dr. Holloway (Phil LaMarr). The brilliant shrink from a few seasons back is a good fit for the man needed to figure out what is going on with the three would-be murderers. Sure, they could’ve just as easily gotten Lanie (Tamala Jones) to run labs and find a potentially mind-altering drug in the victims, but it would have been a stretch and LaMarr is always a welcome sight onscreen.

John Gertz in Castle Room 147 Castle: Mind Games

John Gertz as Dr. Gustavo Bauer.

On the personal front, wedding planning is set aside to further explore what the relationship between Alexis and Beckett (Stana Katic) is heading toward. When we last saw her, Alexis was exchanging first-world problems with a famous pop-star and came to the revelation that her father probably did know best about the whole Pi situation. The story picks up here with Alexis following through with the breakup, and finding herself caught between a rock a hard place.

So what’s a girl to do – go home and admit Dad was right after all, or suck it up and pay the bills as a form of self-flagellating penance? Enter Beckett, who picks up on Alexis’ quandary and meets up with her surreptitiously to offer her own advice.

Whether or not you think Alexis’ character has overstayed her welcome in the Castle universe, this is still a well-written sub-plot to show Beckett further integrating herself into Castle’s family. Katic offers a vulnerability that doesn’t stray into the saccharine and ultimately brings healing. Though no worries, her tough-as-nails side is back in full force next week when she heads on a dangerous undercover operation in the New York underground.

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Castle returns next Monday with “In the Belly of the Beast” @10pm on ABC.

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  1. This episode was Castle was Castlest – Funny!

    Question… If episode 6 x 20 is called the 70′s Show – di any body think about the fact that Richard “Castle” Rodgers is presently 40 years old – this means that in 1974/75 our Castle was a baby, and our Beckett would have been born five years after that date which places her at the very end of the 70′s – something like 1979 or 1980. So, based on what I have read the episode is suppose to be about – it makes no sense.

  2. View to the Beckett / Castle Fight of Their Relationship
    If this turns out to be a spoiler, sorry that is not my intent!

    Episode 6 x 16 – was big fun!

    However, it is episode 6 x 17, in which Marlowe separates our crime fighting dual, that will create a new and unexpected relationship tension between our crime fighting love birds. We will all be glued to whether our girl Kate Beckett makes it to the alter or not… with every nail biting moment of this episode. The real drama I believe will come afterward, as Castle questions whether Kate is ready to get married, by taking such a dangerous assignment, with no regard for their future life together. We know they will of course kiss and make up, but this is going to be real drama of the first order – so much so, that Castle could call off the wedding – but we all know – that this will only be a temporary state, but watching their drama, and working together, while on the outs will be very interesting.

    • Dear Castanati:

      I really think you have hit on something about in “the Belly of the Beast”. Along with Marlowe more than likely making this his Part I and Part II trademark who knows episode. There needs to be some tension created before those great “I Do’s”, that we are all holding our seats and popcorn for! Beckett did have the right to turn the assignment down, and yet, she takes it with very little regard for the future that she and Castle are planning… like you I think this will create some real tension in their relationship and possibly, our Castle cancelling the nuptials, no matter how briefly. I do think that this will create a dynamic that will be seen as they try to work together, while at an in pass over Kate recklessness; but I also think that Marlowe maybe setting the stage for Kate to transition into a new position at the 12th. Maybe that Lt. Kate Beckett that some of us have been waiting for?!?