This week's installment of Castle was not fantastic. 'Hedge Fund Homeboys' was an unfortunate reminder of just how much procedurals can suck when they get all...procedural. I don't know if it was the plot, the acting, or the writing, but something was off in this episode and the result was, to be frank, rather boring.
The murder that formed the backbone of this episode had potential. But (and I do hate to say this) it was poorly handled. I can see it being riveting and horrifying in the hands of CSI or CSI: NY, but somehow Castle's take on convoluted homicide plots fell short. The storyline felt too stretched out over the forty-some minutes, the central motivations were diluted by the sheer number of characters dealt with, and I found the final reveal to be lame and completely unemotional. Even this episode's Castle Moment couldn't save it.
'Hedge Fund Homeboys' was further brought down by the seeming eons spent on Castle's increasingly annoying daughter. Molly Quinn is adorable, don't get me wrong. But if she doesn't do something wrong or interesting (or both) real soon, I'll probably switch over to projecting doom on her. I understand the felt need to develop Castle's family relationships but, really, it could be stretched out a little bit longer. Spend some more time on his ex-wife and the poker club, I say!
What did not disappoint in this episode was the lead partnership. They didn't have as much banter, which was disappointing. But Nathan Fillion's physical comedy is one of my very favorite things to watch. And, I am becoming surer and surer with each passing episode that my judgment of Beckett is correct - she is a BAMF. Stana Katic isn't as loud and out there as her costar, but she plays cool and smart brilliantly, and her double-takes are amazing/hysterical. Return the focus back to them and mainly them, and Castle should have no problem. (On a sidenote, Castle's Beckett ring tone? Hi-larious.)
All in all, it was not a good episode but I'm definitely not willing to throw in the towel on this series. I want it to last at least long enough to see that DA guy again - no procedural is complete without an occasionally-recurring even-more-annoying-than-the-annoying-character character.
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