21 February, 2012

Castle 4.16 -- Linchpin


If you subscribe to the magic bullet theory (or THIS), than perhaps you didn't like Monday night's 'Castle' two-part conclusion.

But if you're a conspiracy theorist who lies awake at night wondering about Lee Harvey Oswald, 'Castle' delivered a wonderful episode following last week's "Pandora."

Or, if you're like me and blame Kennedy's assassination on Lyndon B. Johnson [editor's note: this nutjob does not represent the opinion of the site], then you can't fully decide on whether "Linchpin" was a great episode or if it sucked. And considering I'm currently writing a review of the episode, I should probably make a decision, huh?

Whether or not you believe in the conspiracy theories that are out there, chances are that they intrigue you in some way. They're fun to try to piece together, to disprove, or to debate. They are also fun to watch, especially when played out with two characters that I think everyone who watches this show really likes.

So even though I didn't buy the likelihood of a CIA agent turning against the United States in a ridiculously crazy plot to start a World War III, I can still enjoy the episode for what it was.

Entertaining.

And for a show with little mythology (we'll get to that later), we just want to have some fun in the week-to-week cases. Plausibility, while bothersome sometimes, doesn't matter much.

Normally when I watch procedurals on TV, I just sit back and let it happen. Perhaps I'm in the minority here, but I don't try to solve the crime before they do. Maybe it's because I'm lazy (or stupid). But with a crazy conspiracy going on in this episode, I tried.

I went into it thinking it was Gates, but should have known better that they wouldn't have just introduced our bad guy in the previous episode without some sort of twist. So I automatically believed him when he said there was a CIA traitor. So then I assumed it was Danberg, since he conveniently didn't notice Gates getting murdered and it had to be someone we knew, not some random CIA agent.

And my suspicion appeared to be confirmed, when the computer hack was tracked back to him and he took a hostage to escape (it was fun to see everyone turn on Agent Tran for a few seconds first). But when Sophia went on the elevator to go after him and told them to lock the place down, I wondered why should she be allowed to leave? What if she was the traitor?

Despite figuring it out before Beckett and Castle did, I have to give this episode credit for all the twists and turns and the utter chaos in a fun and unique story. Problems or plausibility aside, that's still better than a run-of-the-mill murder episode.

And this was no ordinary episode. While we still aren't any closer to figuring out the Beckett sniper situation or her mother's murder, we have a new mythology aspect to the show that we will constantly wonder about: who the hell is Castle's father!?

NOTABLE QUOTABLES:

CASTLE TO BECKETT, in the submerged car: "Stay here." (Um, yeah, where was she going to go?)

ESPOSITO, complaining about not knowing what's going on: "I was special forces. I used to eat classified for breakfast. And writer boy can know? ... I'm glad you're OK."  (It should be Ryan who is complaining, because I think I saw him for a whole two seconds in this episode.)

SOPHIA, YELLING AT CASTLE: "You're the same reckless, immature, self-centered jackass that you always were and you put this investigation at risk. You're sorry? We're on the verge of the next 9/11 or worse. This isn't one of your damn books, Rick. This is real life and when things go bad you can't just re-write the ending like you did with us."  (Seems like she was more angry about the relationship than with the world coming to an end. Just saying.)

CASTLE: "I thought you were the bad guy?
GAGE: "If I were the bad guy, you'd be dead by now." (Why didn't I think of that?)


RANDOM OBSERVATIONS:

--I much prefer "linchpin" to be spelled with the 'y'. Lynchpin. Yes, that looks better. 

--So Castle has a touch-screen board trying to decipher the Beckett sniper situation. Pretty cool. Remind anyone of this!?

--I know cops are bad-ass and all and need to stay calm, but neither Beckett or Castle freaked out while underwater? Forget the fact that I can't swim, I would be going crazy. And be dying.

--That scene was pretty intense for a brief moment, but it would've been nice to fully see how they got, but instead the camera panned out, we heard some gunshots and then all the sudden Beckett and Castle are on the beach. Disappointing.

--Poor Castle saves Beckett's life and then gets grilled by her about his previous sexual relations with Sophia. Where is the appreciation, damnit!?

--Does it bother anyone else that on television it ALWAYS comes down to the final second? 'Chuck' bomb defusals almost always have one second left, the games on 'Friday Night Lights' always come down to the last play and the bad guys on 'Castle' always gets taken down right before they do something bad. That happened twice in this episode alone. I get that it adds to the suspense, but man this is getting old already.

--Sorry, 'shippers, but it looks like Sophia is the new reason why Castle and Beckett won't hook up for a while. She said she regretted sleeping with Castle and ruining that burning desire. That  may cause Beckett to think twice about hooking up with Castle.

SCORE: 89 out of 100

It was a good conclusion to a fun little mystery/conspiracy. It could have been better and more realistic, so I'll take a few points off for it. But ultimately, who cares. It's an episode I'll look fondly back on. I mean, who doesn't love see bonding over near-death experiences and asking who's your daddy?


13 comments:

  1. Yeah I mean, Castle plotlines can get just as preposterous as Chuck plotlines usually were, but luckily I don't watch either of those shows for the realistic, gritty and tightly-woven spy or cop stories. ;-) Neither of these shows are Homeland or L&O, and neither of them are MEANT to be that, either. Since they are both meant to be more on the lighthearted side and even the ever-so-slightly campy side at times, it works for me.

    And given that I can forgive the somewhat preposterous storylines, I really enjoyed this ep of Castle. It was definitely the most ridiculous out of the 3 2-parter eps they've done in each season so far, just because they've graduated from working with the FBI to the Homeland Security Department to the CIA, but I still thought it was fun. It had everything I wanted: suspense, drama, and really good character interactions. Being the shipper-at-heart that I am, I've been feeling like the Castle/Beckett chemistry has been totally missing for pretty much the whole first half of this season. But in the past few episodes, they've been working back into it, and there was some really good stuff in this one.

    "That [car sinking] scene was pretty intense for a brief moment, but it would've been nice to fully see how they got, but instead the camera panned out, we heard some gunshots and then all the sudden Beckett and Castle are on the beach. Disappointing."

    Totally. One of those moments that you could tell they rushed through it so that they could fit all the rest of the story into 42 minutes.

    "Sorry, 'shippers, but it looks like Sophia is the new reason why Castle and Beckett won't hook up for a while. She said she regretted sleeping with Castle and ruining that burning desire. That may cause Beckett to think twice about hooking up with Castle."

    HA I will admit that I really groaned during that scene. But Beckett saying "I think Sophia tells a lot of lies" is still giving me hope!! Grrrr!!

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  2. Stephen J. Bartowski's mystery son is Rick Castle ? Scott Bakula anyone ?

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  3. This week we get a plot where the main character's ex is a traitorous spy working for a shadowy intelligence organization at least partially within the government trying to destroy it, and only he and his sexy, ass-kicking partner/WTWT love interest can stop the plot. Oh, and his missing father is apparently a spy.

    Is it just me or does this sound very familiar?(Not that I'm complaining.)

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  4. This week we get a plot where the main character's ex is a traitorous spy working for a shadowy intelligence organization at least partially within the government trying to destroy it, and only he and his sexy, ass-kicking partner/WTWT love interest can stop the plot. Oh, and his missing father is apparently a spy. Is it just me or does this sound very familiar?(Not that I'm complaining.)

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  5. Btw, Magnus will definitely want to punch me for this comment, but can we use a Castle banner that is newer than the dark ages (err, ok, season 1) and where Beckett's hair isn't so horrible? Hehehee. You know like the season 3 one:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_9L71vcB43Ck/TT4QvMacAMI/AAAAAAAAA_E/X86l9LGwpig/s1600/castle.jpg

    And umm ... hahah ok well I can't find a good version of the season 4 poster that actually has the "Castle" title on it. But the season 3 one is way better than season 1. ;-)

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    1. Oops there was supposed to be a last sentence on there that said "ducks for flying objects," but I accidentally used html characters in it. Anyway I am now ducking for flying objects.

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    2. "can we use a Castle banner that is newer than the dark ages"

      Now this is the only banner we will ever use! MOOHAHAHAHA!

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    3. HAHA I half expected you to go out and actually try to find a worse/uglier one or something just totally ridiculous (like something not even Castle-related) to put up there, after seeing my comment. ;-)

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  6. I finally watched this episode.

    Talk about trying too hard...

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    1. Magnus stop defecating all over my Castle parade!!

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    2. Hahaha well if you mean "pooh" in the sense of "Winnie the Pooh", like cute and cuddly, then yes, I agree with you 100%. :) How you could poo on pooh, I just do not know.

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  7. If Sophia Turner had been a genuine American CIA agent, I would share your disbelief that she turned against the US. But she wasn't - it's my understanding that she was a KGB agent who'd embedded herself into the CIA. I mean, she was all like "This was never my country!" in Russian (which Castle wouldn't understand but Beckett would, seeing as we learned in S2 E1 that she speaks Russian). Just saying.

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