‘Castle’: Even Steven

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Castle Season 6 Episode 9 Beckett Top Castle: Even Steven

[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 17. There will be SPOILERS.]

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“You’ll be out in no time.” Or so they say. But what fun would an episode of Castle be if those didn’t prove to be the famous last words they sound like? Turns out they spell nothing but trouble for Beckett (Stana Katic) as she’s hurled head first ‘In the Belly of the Beast.’

The first tip-off that this was not your everyday assignment is Gates’ (Penny Johnson Jerald) directive to leave Castle (Nathan Fillion) at home. It’s also never a good sign when the Deputy Commissioner is leaving as you’re heading in. Add that to the glib words of Captain Fowler (Carlos Gomez) quoted above and you’ve got a trifecta setup for an intense ride ahead. But it’s made clear that this is Beckett’s decision, free and clear, and she’s not backing down from where she thinks she can help.

It doesn’t take long for the op that was supposed to deliver Kate home in time for dinner to spiral into a textbook definition of a SNAFU. And yes, it’s everything we’ve come to enjoy in a good Castle thriller episode, but helping it along the way are the newbie, Harden (Kenneth Johnson), as well as a couple of old familiar faces: Vulcan Simmons (Jonathan Adams) and Senator William H. Bracken (Jack Coleman).

As he was back in Season 3, Simmons is the facade again here and yet again Adams’ stentorian voice lends credence to the role. The foley guys get props here too for the long walk to Simmons’ office. Being plunged from the stark void of the mansion’s labyrinthian hallways to the noisy chaos of counting machines interspersed with screams is unnerving on both sides of the screen.

Castle Season 6 Episode 17 Beckett Castle: Even Steven

Hands down, however, this is Katic’s turn to shine, and shine she does, delivering one of her best performances to date. A wide range of emotions are covered in a relatively short span of time, from the ease she exudes in Castle’s apartment to the gritty determination that she will escape this mess alive. No less riveting are her emotional letter to Rick and the interrogation scene with Simmons in his lair.

But as we said, Simmons is just the front man. The rest of it reeks of Bracken so bad Kate can smell it coming long before the news announces that his brand new campaign came fully funded. Funded with the laundered money she’d seen only hours before.

Technically, this episode isn’t a cliffhanger meant to leave fans dangling until the next new episode two weeks from now, but it does create a nice foundation for the writers to build upon the next time Bracken comes out to play.

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Castle returns on March 17th with ‘The Way of the Ninja’ @10pm on ABC.

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  1. One of the best Castle episodes to date. I knew Bracken was lurking around the corner, but what a way to reintroduce him. Stana was fabulous yet again. good stuff, does anyone think Bracken or Beckett for that matter will ever just let the other live in peace. my thinks the wedding will end on a cliffhanger ;)

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  3. Masterful, simply masterful!

    I had a feeling that Bracken was part of this, but I wanted to see how Marlowe would set up the final encounter between Kate and Bracken. I was kind of hoping it would be a two-part episode, but I was not disappointed, at all – Wow! The looming darkness and foreboding was just enough! I keep saying that Stana can act, and that she is more than just a pretty face. If there was any doubt, well she hit it out the ballpark, over the drive and right into Lake Michigan! This was a well-done and brilliantly executed episode, by all! Great job Alumnus, fantastic job!

  4. This is one of my favorite shows, but this is the kind of storytelling we needed in place of the Alexis/Pi story, not after. It’s good that they’re showcasing Stana Katic’s talent as she’s proven herself capable time and again. Nothing against Nathan Fillion, but he rests on the laurels of being a pop culture icon. This is Stana’s first real break and she’s done some stellar work throughout the series without much to do since their romantic relationship began.

    On a side note, it’s bizarre to rewatch Stana’s episodes of Heroes and see her interacting in a friendly capacity with Jack Coleman on that series compared to the nemeses dynamic they share here.

    • Hey Jason:

      I forget about her role on Heros’ – Ms. Katic is a gifted actor and if Nathan can stop being so d………… insecure – it would make everyone happy. Ms. Stana Katic deserves her limelight moments and more, she is by far one of the most gifted actors of her generation, and maybe any generation. Now, if someone would write great and meaningful scripts for her large talent. The episode reminds us why we love this show and its cast so much. Marlowe, great job with the writing – dude!

  5. Great job – Ms. Stana Katic, thank you for the “Wow moments”!

    Marlowe, love the darkness of this episode Castle could use more episodes like this
    one, but then maybe that is what you have planned.

  6. It has been a while since I posted anything about Castle or season 6… So, here goes.
    First episode 6×17 was in a class all by its self, and Ms. Katic gave us a flawless performance, thank you. Now, for what might happen next, we do Marlowe is holding out on the wedding date, this could be for a number of reasons, but my money is on there being an emerging storyline like Bracken’s end that will be part of the wedding chorus and drama. Maybe, Captains Gates, sister will tie these together in some way we all will just have to wait and see… but the fact that she is a US Attorney, may give way to Marlowe’s and the writing teams under current of possible twist as we head toward seasons end. In a recent interview Stana said, that they have to get married in season 6 – which I found to be an interesting play of words, since I am one of those individual who kind of expects them to end up at city hall in a season 7 opener. Marlowe does however, have to deal with Bracken this season so, this will be the darkness that invades the light and love, and plans of our crime dual, at least for the rest of this season. I still think it a good idea to us Castle’s dad as part of the story line that ends Senator Bracken, and I have seen several other pieces – where fans saw it as kind of a been a bad dad, but here is wishing you and Kate every happiness – wedding gift; but how this would play out I could see a letter to them, since no body really wants James Brolin – back on the set. Well, we will all have to wait and see, but I hope these new texture in the show continue.

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