Review of Castle – Season 3 Episode 24

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Once in a while, an episode of TV comes along that I feel compelled to talk about, and the season 3 finale of Castle is one of them. The show in general is pretty lighthearted with some serious moments thrown in. This episode was very intense, and was done beautifully.

To be honest, there have only been a handful of episodes I’ve been really impressed with this season, Don’t get me wrong, there have been many great episodes this season, but many of them are fun and don’t take themselves very seriously. After a two-parter episode halfway through the season, the people behind the show had me convinced they still “had it”. The finale episode solidifed that belief.

When we spend time to watch TV, we are investing part of ourselves in getting to know the characters, the tone, and everything that makes the show what it is. Just like in real life, how we feel in a moment matters in how much we remember later on. It will be a very long time before I forget the moments in the episode. I can honestly say I teared up at different moments. THAT is powerful.

It seemed that every moment of this episode was carefully planned out, every expression practiced, and every plot twist perfected. Everything from when Ryan and Esposito find out Captain Montgomery committed a crime and their reaction, to his death in the hanger, to Beckett’s crying and screaming reaction his sacrificing his life for hers, and of course when Castle confesses his love for Beckett in what appears to be her deathbed (nice cliffhanger, but she’ll be back).

They consider Castle to be part of their precinct family. The scene with Beckett making absolutely sure Esposito, Ryan, and Castle would never let it be known how Capt Montgomery died, in order to protect his good name. And the funeral scene, with Castle as one of the people holding the caskett.

There were moments during the season that went by without hardly a mention, such as Castle and Beckett’s kiss, and when they were trapped in the walk-in fridge. My initial reaction was ‘how the hell do they move on from that, like nothing happened?’ Well, in the finale, they acknowledged them, and make it crystal clear that although the show has teased their eventual romance, they have no intention of ignoring it, but at the same time they will continue to pay respect to their on-the-job relationship.

This episode also made clear that although Castle and Beckett have arguments, even when it’s something she passionately cares about, she wants Castle there with her every step of the way.

I’ve seen some comments online that a relationship between Castle and Beckett will ruin the show. Not a chance, at least not with the due care the writers are giving to that element of the show. If anything, it will make the show stronger.

There have been very few shows I’ve become invested in during my life, and this is one of them. I am very excited for season 4 and what it will bring to this show.

A more detailed review can be found here.

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