by Michael Seese
Sorry for the late post; our TV was out of commission last week. But I FIXED IT! Enough boasting.
Richard Castle is back, and I don't mean only from Canada. (The birthplace of Nathan Fillion, in case you didn't know.) No, he's back from his two-month mystery hiatus, back to solving crimes, and back to himself, now that he has a partial explanation of what happened. (Or does he... Personally, I think my theory still is in the running.)
As you might suspect from the previous paragraph, SPOILERS will be everywhere. Proceed at your own risk.
I thought "Montreal"was a pretty good episode. The mystery behind the murder seemed to get stranger and stranger as it went on. But I found the resolution to be plausible, as was the explanation as to why the victim could not go to the police.
(Oh, and true to Castle form, the victim's wife noted that "these last few weeks he had been having a hard time.")
Meanwhile, Castle was freelancing, trying to solve his own crime.
In fact, I thought the "split" near the end -- two minutes of Beckett and the boys on the case, two minutes of Castle in Canada -- was very effective.
And lots of humor. Some great lines:
Castle: "To find a needle in a haystack, do we not first need a haystack?"
Castle: "A tactical smooch is just one weapon in my arsenal."
Quick aside: That "tactical smooch" was out of character and, IMHO, one sign that my theory may be right.
Castle: "You picked up a man at grief counseling?"
Castle: "Tell me again how you got my phone number."
Crazy Guy: "I work for the phone company."
Castle: "Of course you do."
Castle: "Natalie went all Glenn Close on him."
Castle: "Need I remind you I'm a grown man. I don't need to ask your permission. That being said, please, please, please can I go?"
And the looks...
Captain Gate's complete surprise at the "tactical smooch."
And was it just me, or did the bank manager seem a little guilty when Castle asked, "Do I look familiar?"
Funny aside: When Beckett confronted the warehouse manager, "Mac," he bolted. In real life, would someone who (ostensibly) is not a career criminal do that? I mean, the cops know who you are, and probably where you live. Unless you have cash in the Cayman Islands, and a suitcase with your passport in your car, really, do you think you're going to get away?
Picky aside: I thought it strange that when castle returned to Montreal alone, and entered the (apparently) abandoned building where he recorded the goodbye messages, the faux Henry Jenkins just happened to be there waiting for him. That guy needs a life. Of his own, that is. I'm just sayin'.
With any luck, we'll get to "Clear & Present Danger" (which looks hilarious, BTW) tonight or tomorrow.
Let's hear your thoughts on "Montreal."