by Stephen Janes
Warning: Major spoilers mentioned below.
Many two-part features are used as a method to introduce game-changing plot lines or to shake up the sturdy foundation of some characters. The shake up for this episode can be easily described by two often-uttered words: Holy crap.
When the FBI tells the New York Police Department that they cannot find Alexis, Castle goes into full Liam Neeson mode and decides he is going to save his own daughter. Castle meets with one of his old contacts, which leads him to a strange underground recording studio engineered by a blind guy who looked like Moby. It was interesting to say the least.
Castle continued his search with Aurie, who believes Alexis is more valuable than Castle advertised. As Aurie tries to turn Castle over, a man named Jackson Hunt (revealed to be a fake name) shoots down Aurie and the captors. Hunt was actually somewhat identified earlier through a police sketch, but claims to be a good guy and wants to help Castle. Castle doesn’t want to believe a word he says until Hunt drops the Darth Vader like bomb. Yes, Jackson Hunt is Richard Castle’s father, the grandfather to Alexis. Castle’s dad works as a secret operative.
So it was expected that Castle’s father was going to make an appearance this season in some capacity. I wasn’t completely prepared for Castle’s father to be a secret operative. In addition, with Castle spending so much time around suspects who lie to him on a regular basis, I was surprised he was able to trust his father so quickly and with very little defiance. Their reunion lasted a whole two scenes, but I’m sure we will see more of Papa Castle in some capacity, especially since we have no idea who he really is.
Thanks to his father, Castle was able to save his daughter and bring her back home unharmed. The sudden twist (and the action of getting Alexis free) was well-done and could have been predicted by some, but not many. The twist ending was very short-lived and really served as the only extended action in the episode. I would have preferred more explosions and action happening in the episode, but I don’t think anybody will deny that it was riveting.
Back in New York, Beckett was doing everything she could to aid Castle. I loved the scene where she went from investigative cop to angry and passionate friend. This Beckett rage is not seen often, but it’s always well done. Her screen time was very limited, which was expected, and she really didn’t have much of a purpose. I honestly could have done with more time spent on Castle in France, but you can’t just cut such a major character, regardless of their importance.
This was episode felt very short in comparison to recent episodes. Perhaps it was the more straightforward plot and progression or the exciting nature of the episode, but either way, this was a very enjoyable episode and one of the better ones this season. While not close to being perfect, it was a good episode. With the three-week break the show is taking, I think this two-part episode could have been combined into one special event for an even more dramatic send-off.
Castle will return in three weeks with new episodes at the regular time.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars