Castle: Target


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


  1. AmyFebruary 20th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Rick and Alexis’s relationship is one of my favorite things about Castle so I knew this week was going to be brutal. I thought Nathan was brilliant in this episode- both as the distraught, panicky father and as the father that will stop at nothing to find out the location of his daughter. I’m anxiously waiting to see where the second half of the episode takes us and how Castle’s father figures into all of it.

  2. DeirdreFebruary 20th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I loved Monday night’s episode, but I missed the sneak peek for next week. Does anyone know where I can find it online?

  3. Stephen JanesFebruary 20th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Deirdre, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post links here, but do a YouTube search for ‘Castle 5×16 Promo : “Hunt” [HD]’ and you can watch next’s weeks preview.

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