In the first installment of Castle’s two-part story, the writing walked the fine line of stretching credibility successfully enough to craft an interesting story. Unfortunately, this episode stretched things just a little too far. I’m not sure when the line was crossed, but I was a little disappointed how things came together in the end.
When, in the closing minutes of a story, someone turns out to be not what they seemed, it throws all of their previous actions into question. In the case of Sophia Conrad, the obvious facet of the story is everything CIA related. It might be fun to re-watch both episodes knowing that she was a double agent to see what tells might have been there, but I think the turn raised more questions than it answered.
Primarily, at least to Castle/Beckett shippers, was the conversation she had with Beckett. What was the point of sowing the seeds of doubt in Beckett’s mind if she was planning on executing them both? What about her previous relationship with Castle? Her affection for him, both current and when referring to the past, seemed real enough. Or does it even matter?
I am pretty sure one thing she said did matter a great deal. Her mentioning Castle’s father, in relation to the CIA, has got to have greater relevance than simply the ramblings of an “evil genius.” Castle has been peeling back the layers of Beckett’s mother’s murder for four seasons; I guess now it is time to add another mystery to live on the periphery of the overall narrative.
There’s one thing we should all be afraid of, however. Castle is not above being cute. In fact Rick Castle himself rocks the bad pun as well as anyone on television. Given that tone, it wouldn’t be completely outside the realm of reasonability that the two mysteries could somehow find themselves merged together. In fact, there’s a certain Mystery Man that we’ve met several times whose namelessness has been a more than a little suspect.
But, I hope the Castle writers are smarter than to go to cliché that hard. Right?
Usually, exposition heavy scenes don’t bother me, but this episode had one that was just over the top. Not only did Sophia have a comprehensive understanding of the players in the China/US economic dynamic, but also Beckett chimed in with a fairly impressive grasp of the implications of geo-political change worldwide. I get that they had to get that information across, but that was a little much.
Notes & Quotes