I loved last night’s Castle. I don’t know if I can emphasize that enough. I am well aware that my tastes might not be shared by everyone, especially since it did two unusual things on Castle – one I know for sure was a first. But that would be spoiling things.
The body is found when a neighbor is returning home from work and finds someone running to the elevator with blood on his hands. He goes to the opened door and finds the very tortured and bloody body of a parole officer. Her clients are the non-violent offender type, so they are quickly ruled out. We visit with her step-brother (played by Tim Russ aka Tuvac from Star Trek Voyager), but they weren’t super close.
Our victim had filed a complaint against someone she thought was stalking her. It matches the description of the man seen fleeing the scene of the crime. And when he returns to her apartment and starts searching it, they pick him up.
And that’s when things get weird. This man (played brilliantly by Chuck’s Joshua Gomez) claims to be from 30 years in the future sent back to stop this woman’s murder. Somehow, it sets off a change of events that leads to billions of people dying. He’s quite insistent that they need to help him find the killer and that he isn’t it. The only real clue he offers is 12 58, and he doesn’t even know what that means.
Castle, naturally, falls all over it, but Beckett isn’t buying it. She books our time traveler for the murder.
Only Lanie calls to say it couldn’t have happened that way. She’s got the time of death narrowed down to a window during which the time traveler was under a psych lock down. In fact, the victims watch stopped at, wait for it, 12:58 AM. Meanwhile, the time traveler has disappeared from the lock up where he was being held for another psych evaluation.
They start tracking the victim’s last known movements and find out she’d picked up a prostitute the night of her death. They follow her back to the john who was hired to get someone with the victim to steal her keys. And the man who hired him? A violent parolee who had no record of existing going back more than six years.
This new suspect was arrested for attempting to bomb a science conference where the step-brother was speaking several years ago. Is he the next target? Beckett and Castle head out there too late. The wife confirms that the man who killed her husband is our suspect.
Through former ties in the environmental movement, Beckett and Castle track down the electrical plant where the suspect is hiding out. He gets the jump on them, and it’s looking like he will kill Castle until Time Traveler shows up and scares him off. The suspect has been asking “where is the child,” but Tim Traveler actually figures out he means
Chile (and I
know I’m spelling that wrong. Work with
me here). Chile is a brilliant scientist who
plays a big role in saving the future.
Maybe this is what everything is about.
had also been at that conference, and he’d written a letter to the
So it becomes a race to track this guy down. They finally find the friend he is staying with in
New York, the Chile is at the
planetarium, which is too far across town.
We switch over there and watch as the killer enters the planetarium and
starts stalking the aisles. Just as he’s
closing in on Chile,
Ryan and Esposito rush in with a bunch of other cops and arrest him.
Back at the precinct,
Chile explains that he is the one
who called in the bomb tip that sent this guy away six years ago. Revenge seems like a good motive, especially
since the killer isn’t talking. However,
Chile also says that
conference is what set him on the path to science in the first place, and Time
Traveler says the killer was going to bomb it in an attempt to kill Chile back
Now here’s the part where things get weird for this show. Every other time we’ve had a plot like this, everything has been explained by reality despite how it first appeared. As Time Traveler walks out the door, Castle finds that Time Traveler left his futuristic tracking device behind. He follows him to give it back, only have the guy disappear around a corner.
Meanwhile, there’s the letter that we got from the step-brother. The killer had a photocopy of it in his hideout, and it was stained with coffee. The original wasn’t. That is until the end when Beckett spilled coffee on it accidentally and it left a stain exactly like the one in the photo.
As I said, normally this show doesn’t leave any doubt behind when it introduces these sci-fi type plots. I found it interesting that they left this part of the mystery up to us.
Meanwhile, Time Traveler did spill a couple of tidbits about Castle and Beckett’s future. Beckett becomes a senator, Castle starts writing serious novels (which are much better than his mysteries), and they have three kids together. Reality or fiction? We may never know.
Then there’s the sub-plot. It was decidedly serious compared to the wackiness of the main story. Usually, the family sub-plot is lighter than the rest of the show or at least as light when you are dealing with a funny episode. When Castle trips over something of Pi’s in the middle of the night, he starts to lay down the law. It’s time for Pi to move out. Alexis agrees and announces that they’ve found a place to move in to together. Castle freaks out, naturally, and spends the rest of the episode trying to talk her out of doing it. The final scene finds Castle coming home just as Alexis is carrying out a box with the last of her stuff in it. It’s a sad moment as they say goodbye. A chapter in Castle’s life is ending whether he likes it or not.
Honestly, I’m very curious where they are going with the whole Pi sub-plot. This is the most we’ve seen of one of Alexis’ boyfriends in a long time. And I agree with Castle that this is moving very quickly. Some people are theorizing that Alexis is trying to figure out her own life with Castle and Beckett getting married. Is that the case? Is this really level headed Alexis at her best? Even the most mature people make mistakes every so often. Is that what this will be? I really can’t tell how they are going to play this one.
But I’ve got to go back to Joshua Gomez. Now, I’m not trying to knock any of the regulars, but he absolutely made this episode. His performance was over the top enough that you had to laugh but you could tell his character actually believed every word. I can’t imagine any actor playing the part as believably as he did. When I’d first heard he was cast and just a bit about the part, I knew it had the potential to be great. Frankly, this blew it completely away from anything I expected.
How did you feel about the open end to the time travel aspect of the episode? What did you think of it over all? And just where is Alexis going with the Pi storyline? Hit me up with your thoughts in the comments.