A Murder Is Forever: Canadian Review

If you haven't seen tonight's new episode of Castle yet, you might not want to read this...

It has been a stellar start to the sixth season of Castle, with the first seven episodes being a perfect mixture of profound character growth, witty comedy, powerful drama, intense suspense, and a great deal of commentary on relationships and family-related matters. After focusing on the Castle and Alexis storyline over the past few episodes, one that has truly been compelling and emotional to watch unfold, theCastle team returned to its bread and butter, looking to Castle and Beckett to carry the story in Sunday’s sweet and meaningful relationship-heavy episode.

Penned by Castle newcomers and industry veterans, Dara Resknik Creasey and Chad Gomez Creasey, and directed by the infamous and always incredible Bill Roe, “A Murder Is Forever” followed Castle and Beckett as they explored the challenges of cohabitation while investigating the murder of a famous relationship expert. The case itself provided the perfect backdrop to enhance the personal storyline between television’s most captivating couple, while also being a compelling story in and of itself, one that explored the complexities of relationships and the sacrifices that we make for the ones we love. It was a beautifully written episode, one full of deeper meanings and commentaries on love, and it was certainly a convincing first outing for the Castleteam’s newest writing duo.

When  Alice Clark, the relationship expert to New York’s most powerful couples, was found murdered, Castle and Beckett were faced with the challenge of unraveling the mystery surrounding a rare man-made diamond that she had stolen and how it connected to her tragic death. The entire NYPD team was back and better than ever in this episode, with Penny Johnson Jerald returning as Captain Gates, Tamala Jones back as Lanie, and both Jon Huertas (Esposito) and Seamus Dever (Ryan) taking on a larger roles this week. The case itself was a rather interesting story, full of the typical twists and turns of a Castle investigation, yet it also provided a perfect link to the personal storyline between Castle and Beckett as the two found themselves in a hilarious dispute throughout the hour.

In the opening segment of the episode, Castle awoke to a clearly disturbed Beckett. She voiced her disdain for a piece of animal art that Castle had hanging in his bedroom, asking if he would consider moving it to another room to make her more comfortable now that she was spending so much time there. While it was clear that Beckett still had her own apartment and the two were not yet living together exclusively, it was rather wonderful to hear Beckett refer to the loft as her home. Even still, as most couples themselves can relate to, her rather simple request to make the space more comfortable for her became an absolute power struggle between the two. What ensued throughout the hour were numerous scenes of clever banter between the dynamic duo, and a story that not only delved into a perfect and realistic challenge for Castle and Beckett’s relationship but also one that highlighted the stark differences between men and women and how they deal with such challenges.

While Castle fought not to give up something that symbolized his very identity and succumb to having his territory taken over, Beckett played her way through the dispute like it was a chess game, cleverly making him think he was winning before delivering a blow that would make him rethink his strategy. It was very much a realistic portrayal of a typical relationship power struggle and it provided a wonderful array of cute and playful scenes for Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion to shine in. It showcased, once again, the incredible chemistry these two have when playing off of one another and challenging one another.

As the two made their way to the crime scene early on in the episode, Beckett attempted to appeal to Castle by letting him know that his home was now becoming theirs together instead. But when he still seemed unwilling to budge, trying to guilt her into rescinding her request, Beckett responded with a seemingly sincere apology before dryly telling him that she could just stay at her own place instead, clearly not something that Castle wanted to hear. A little later on, Castle tried a new angle, quoting Alice’s book to illustrate to Beckett that he was simply acting on his basic animal instincts, offering his “territory” to Beckett exactly as it was. Of course, Beckett countered his new tactic with an even more convincing one, hilariously telling him, “And if you want to be invited into my territory again, you should probably rethink that.” Well played, detective. Well played indeed.

Halfway through the hour, Castle tried yet another tactic to win this power struggle in a wonderful scene that also brought back a number of classic Castle elements: coffee, Castle’s “I was thinking” line, and the infamous elephant figurines on Beckett’s desk. Castle tried to butter Beckett up by bringing her a coffee and started the conversation off with his classic line before he tried to convince her that her desk at work was also a shared living space for them and that he would feel more comfortable in that space if she got rid of her elephants. Seeing through his rather desperate attempt to force her to back down, Beckett countered with a hilarious dose of reverse psychology, calling his bluff and telling him that if he did not like her elephants, neither did she. Knowing his bluff had been called, Castle sulked and admitted that he actually did like the elephants, with Beckett smiling and enjoying her moment of victory.

In the end, Castle and Beckett solved their case together. Perhaps it was the lessons learned throughout their case mixed with the final chapter of Alice’s book that convinced Castle that he had a very easy sacrifice to make in order to make Beckett feel more at home in the loft. With that, he surprised the love of his life with a perfect replacement for the lion painting in his bedroom; a shadowbox that framed a handful of seashells the couple had collected on their first walk on the beach in the Hamptons together. It was the perfect gesture, one that showcased that Castle had kept those seashells to preserve that wonderful memory together, as well as that he was committed to making the loft theirs now, filled with their memories and their stories together rather than just his own. It was a touching and moving conclusion to the episode and it once again put the focus on Castle and Beckett’s future together.

It may still be a while before these two exchange their official vows together, but episodes like this certainly make it well worth the wait. After all, it is truly all about the journey and that journey, so far, has been extraordinary. Castle and Beckett are not the only ones who love their story.

Source: TheLoop.ca
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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