Castle: Still


by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)

In addition to minor spoilers, this episode involved a bomb scare, which some readers may find insensitive based on recent events.

I don’t recall an episode of Castle going from zero to “holy crap” as quickly as this one did. After arriving at the apartment of a bombing suspect, Detective Beckett steps on a pressure activated bomb. Beckett must stand on the bomb until the bomb squad can find a way to defuse it and get Beckett to safety. Castle stays with Beckett as the episode constantly shows flashbacks from previous episodes. It was nice to see some past moments between Castle and Beckett, which mainly featured comments taken out of context, humorous slapstick moments and a plethora of hairstyles from both Beckett and Castle.

While Beckett and Castle are working through their situation, a bomb squad arrives to basically say the situation is not looking good. Considering the episode was dealing with a bomb threat, I would have liked to see more emotion and development from the bomb squad. There isn’t much else to say about these characters, as their appearances were far, few and minor.

Back to Beckett and Castle, it was a lot of fun with the flashbacks, but I always have mixed feelings with these types of episodes. On one hand, I really enjoy the montage style of best moments, but then again the actual episode was really short considering the number of actual new scenes shown. It’s a mixed feeling but the end result was still entertaining.

Back at the precinct, Detectives Ryan and Esposito, as well as Captain Gates were doing everything that they could to gain the cooperation of the arrested bomber. Things get interesting when the bomber stabs himself with a pen, killing himself before revealing how to disarm the bomb. To add to the negative, the bomb has a timer that started when Beckett first activated the explosive.

To lighten the mood, Castle and Beckett spent their time arguing over who fell in love with whom first. The argument even gets Esposito and Ryan involved when Beckett calls them to ask for the truth. Neither really gives an answer, which leaves the question open. Emotions go from light to gut-wrenching as Beckett is given the ten-minute warning and Castle is asked to leave. It bothered me a bit seeing Beckett’s faced drenched in tears while Castle seemed not to care.

Although appearing emotionless, Castle returned to Beckett with coffees in hand, vowing to diffuse the bomb in some way. In typical ‘Caskett’ fashion, the couple find the answer they were looking for and save the day. Why they couldn’t figure it out when the bomb was first activated, well that wouldn’t make for good television now would it?

I think the biggest shocker of this episode came when Captain Gates nearly ordered Castle and Beckett to kiss each other. She claimed she knew all along the two were a couple but only “played dumb” for plausible deniability. She adds she will continue to look the other way as long as the two remain professional about their relationship; a feat we all know will be impossible for Richard Castle to accomplish.

Originally, this episode was supposed to air last week, but was swapped with “The Squab and the Quail” for sensitivity reasons. The dynamic between Castle and Beckett was a little off based on how the previous episode ended, but this was due to the episodes being aired out of order. With that being said, this episode wasn’t that bad, but was a bit of a rip-off considering half of my viewing time was spent watching old scenes. I thought the scenes between Beckett and Castle were fairly flat considering they were standing over a bomb and just really lacked any substance or content.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


  1. David (Hooky)April 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I thought is was an amazing episode and I loved the flashbacks….I am predicting a proposal for the season finale.

  2. MeghanApril 30th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I actually prefer that the episodes were switched. I just don’t imagine that Kate would almost kiss Mr. Fantastic after a bomb scare and all the sweet flashbacks they shared that affirm their feelings for each other. But you’re right that it seemed to be out of place considering that now Kate wonders if their relationship is ever going to continue to move forward or become stagnant (The Squab and the Quail).

  3. NatalieApril 30th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I loved this ep. As clip episodes go, this one was amazing! I laughed myself stupid.

    But Beckett and Castle appearing flat, as opposed to what exactly? Castle is every the optimist, to Beckett’s realist. I think he proved that in this episode by refusing to leave. Castle never got crazy emotional because he NEVER believed this was the end, and that i believe is true to his character.

    It’s hard to believe that this episode was supposed to be before last weeks though… It has Castle and Beckett doing a complete 360… i hope the writers know what they’re doing.

  4. AmyMay 1st, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I loved this episode. I didn’t feel like it was flat at all. No, Castle wasn’t an emotional wreck but he rarely gets that way. He was in “save Kate” mode, much like in the first episode of the season when he was desperately grasping as straws to figure things out. You can hear it in his voice when he states he’s not leaving and when he states that Ryan and Esposito have figure out the little boys name.

  5. gregMay 1st, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    As much as I like the storyline I really don’t like flashback episode because it lets the viewer know that the show couldn’t think of anything better. I really hope the rest of the season is better.

  6. Stephen JanesMay 19th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    When I said it was flat, the two biggest things that bothered me were the emotional tension (or lack of) and the flashbacks. I suppose it’s because I’m not as suave of a human being as Nathan Fillion but if my wife stepped on a bomb and was asked to stand still for an hour, I would be as calm and cool. Just maybe a small emotional breakdown would have been more catered to the sequence of events, you know?

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