Castle Cliff Notes: Driven

Happy season premiere everyone!  After a very long hiatus, Castle fans worldwide were anxiously awaiting this day to help find Castle and figure out what stopped the wedding of Caskett!  The episode definitely didn’t disappoint and took the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions while the team searched for Castle.  There was action, emotion, twists and turns, and enough people saying dinghy to fill your yearly “dinghy” word quota as we slowly uncovered the evidence behind Castle kidnapping… or not? And how about characters possibly choosing not to remember significant events?  Sound familiar from season 4 perhaps?!?!  (Don't worry.. I'm just speculating! In Castle we trust!)  Season 7 started off with a bang and picking my first 5 moments of the year was definitely a challenge.  So let’s get in our dinghy and sail through these moments!

5. Return of the Murder Board
                In what was more of a montage than a moment, we Kate at home opening her shutters to reveal her personal murder board that once held her moms case. She starts to post articles and photos that inform us that it has been months since Castle disappeared and her board starts to fill.  We also see her following her own leads, calling various agencies and places trying to find some piece of evidence that could break the case.  Now I know in the past Beckett’s murder board has led to some debate because she ends up getting lost in the case and putting herself in some dangerous situations but I was happy to see it return.  You knew she was serious about breaking the case when the shutters revealed the board (not that we needed more proof besides her love for Castle).  Also, unless the title character was going to die we knew she would end up finding him and hopefully not getting pulled into a dark place with his case.  So while I did enjoy the Beckett murder board return I hope to not see it anytime soon once Castle’s case is solved and hope to spend happier times with Caskett!

4. Coffee Delivery
                It’s a short moment, but one I really enjoyed.  Still searching for Castle, you see someone hand Beckett her routine coffee.  Immediately, Beckett’s eyes light up and she gasps and for a moment you feel the same hope she does that Castle has returned.  Her expression of joy quickly switches into one of disappointment though she realizes Esposito was the one to bring her the coffee.  He looks at her and just says “we’ll find him” knowing what Beckett was thinking.  My emotions went from pulse quickening excitement to feeling a pit in my stomach when I realized it wasn’t Castle. I love that Javier embraced his brother role and was trying to keep an eye out for Beckett when he knew she probably wasn’t thinking about herself first.  There was definitely a wide range of emotions in a short amount of time which is why I loved this scene and its crazy rollercoaster ride.  Props to Stana for the excellent acting through the whole episode!

3. Crushing the Evidence
                Tracing Castle’s GPS, Kate, Javi, and Ryan are led to a junkyard.  The Hamptons police officer recommends waiting for backup but Beckett has other plans yelling “not a chance in hell!”  They are led through the junkyard until they see the black escalade that begins to be crushed.  Beckett sees the operator and the team begins to chase him down.  Sandwiched between Javi and Ryan with their weapons drawn, the junkyard worker is cornered but Beckett comes flying in and body slams him to the ground.  She starts screaming “what have you done?!” and has to be forcibly removed off the operator by Javier and Ryan.  Why do I like this moment?  Who doesn’t love badass Beckett?!?  You could just feel the personal involvement Beckett had in this case compared to any other case and I loved seeing her fight for answers. And how about the interrogation that followed?  “Then after that there’s 9 more.”  I love the intensity.  Beckett will do whatever it takes to help those close to her and I enjoy watching every second of it. Never. Ever. Mess with Kate Beckett!

2.  Campfire Stories
                Castle and Beckett end up at Castle’s campsite to try and jog his memory and get answers after he leaves the hospital.  Castle says that nothing looks familiar, but Beckett tells him she just wants to know the truth because he owes her that much.  Castle continues to tell her he wasn’t there but Beckett explains that everything has his prints and DNA on it. She then says “I believed in you.  I convinced myself that the evidence didn’t matter that everything that seemed so obvious couldn’t possibly be true. I was searching for you.  I didn’t even know if you were alive or if you were dead and you were right here. Right where you wanted to be." He explains that he would never pitch a tent in that spot because of previous research for a failed book but Beckett isn’t convinced.  Beckett then tells Castle that there is a witness but it turns out their “witness” wasn’t who they thought he was.  So far in the episode, Beckett had tried to keep her emotions in check and then at this moment she finally lets it all out about the struggles she had while Castle was gone.  She even brings up the point that she was disregarding evidence because she trusted Castle so much. The emotion and frustration were so clear and you could see how helpless Castle felt as she laid it all out for him and he had no explanation for the tent or evidence.  I still feel like Kate has doubts, and she probably will until the case it solved, but you could tell she regained some trust and hope when they were back at the precinct talking about theories with Ryan and Esposito.

1. There’s No Place Like Home
                 Back at the loft, Castle asks how Beckett didn’t lose hope while he was missing.  She admits that she did but she would develop rituals to hold onto hope.  Amused, Castle asks “like what?” and Beckett tries to shyly dodge the questions saying its “stupid.”  She eventually tells Castle she would stare at his photo on the murder board and think that if she looked at it long enough it would keep him alive.  She also tells him she wouldn’t let anyone touch his chair and she almost shot the night janitor when he tried to move it.  Small peaks into Caskett’s personal life are viewer gold and this was no exception.  I love that follow the evidence Kate Beckett held onto hope even if the evidence didn’t provide the right leads.  She has come a long way in 7 seasons and I’m happy to see continued character development.  Whatever it was that kept Castle alive, a little hope and continued rituals didn’t hurt. J The lightheartedness doesn’t last long though when our duo realizes they can’t pick up where they left off but rather they will have to “find their way home.”  I’m not worried though, it may take a while sometimes but Caskett always finds their way to the happiness and they will get there soon.      

We are officially back!  Do you believe Castle? Or do you think he had some knowledge about what was going on and was possibly trying to protect Beckett or his family?  How long until Caskett finds their way home? Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct

Xo Always ~DenialLove

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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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