by Stephen Janes
Warning: Some spoilers will appear below
Early in the episode, we get a sense that something dire is about to happen to strain the relationship between Castle and his daughter. Castle finally accepts that his daughter is in college and beginning to experience her life as an adult and is no longer his “little girl anymore.” With the minimal screen time that Alexis has received lately, it was an obvious hint she would somehow be a central figure here.
With the teaser last week showing what was to come, I’m actually appreciative that the writers went to Alexis being kidnapped so soon. It’s morbid to think such a way, sure, but it really kept the episode flowing and kept the audience emotionally involved.
Another character we rarely get a glimpse of is Martha Castle. While she can ride that fine line between annoying and sincere, her emotional conversations with her son really struck a note with the audience. Even though Martha again received little screen time, her character was used well and helped pluck that emotional string.
The normally optimistic Castle was everything but. He tells Beckett not to promise Alexis’ return unless she is absolutely sure she will be okay, which visibly puts strain on Beckett throughout the episode. Nathan Fillion isn’t normally known for his dramatic approach, but I thought he did a good job, especially when he turned a dark corner later in the episode.
When we finally see Alexis, she and a classmate (who was also kidnapped) go into super-sleuth mode in order to deduce their situation. We finally were given a glimpse at her calm, cool and intelligent demeanor, which helped her and her classmate escape their prison eventually.
The entire episode had a Taken influence to it. The idea of an unknown terrorist group kidnapping young women with no reason was too similar. While Taken was action packed and very fast moving, this episode of Castle was obviously dramatic with a game-changing twist at the end of the episode when we discover Alexis was taken to Paris, France.
It was obvious this would be more dramatic than previous episodes of Castle. With the unknown intentions of the kidnappers and Alexis’ location, any answer on how this will end is acceptable at this point. This is especially true when next week’s teaser ended with Castle saying the words, “You’re a spy, I’m your father.” My guess is that he was saying this as a ploy to help his daughter and her friend, but with this show any angle is approachable.
With the teaser for next week and the pseudo-conclusion this week, you’ll definitely want to watch this episode in preparation for the next, where we will hopefully be treated to a happy (and fitting) conclusion.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars