“Under Fire” – Castle

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 14.03.31We really need to stop beginning reviews with this particular idiomatic pun, but Castle certainly returned from hiatus with a bang! A great episode, and a great choice as first out of the Castle gates in 2014.

The plot was neither here nor there. A serial arsonist shouldn’t be (and wasn’t) particularly thrilling. The beauty of this episode came in its human collateral – Ryan and Espo. We can’t remember the last time we were so emotional after watching Castle. The last 10 minutes of “Under Fire” were tense, edge-of-your-seat, make-your-way-through-a-box-of-Kleenex scenes.

There was just so much emotion to get through – Beckett and Castle on the scene, Jenny going into labor and having to give birth without Ryan, the goodbye phonecall, the fact that Lanie didn’t get to say goodbye to Espo (not that she needed to, in the end, but still), the happy and tearful reunion… we’re wrecks.

If we had one complaint (and we do), it would be that there was a certain predictability to the episode. Not really in the boys’ survival – we were pretty confident that they weren’t going to go killing off any main characters, and at least one, if not both, was certain to make it through – but in the case itself. We’ve spoken a lot about the lack of mystery in many of these shows, and we did pick out the killer fairly early on, but, for once, we didn’t much care.

The mark of a fantastic episode. – 

Quoteworthy:
“If it’s a boy, Javier.”

“Javier. You’re going to name a white, Irish kid Javier…” – Ryan (to Jenny), Espo

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