by Michael Seese
So “G.D.S.” the previous week gave us Castle flying solo. Then in “Fidelis Ad Mortem” we had Beckett working a case sans Rick.
I thought “Fidelis Ad Mortem” had a cool vibe to it, for lack of a better term. Beckett returns to a place from her past, a place instrumental in defining the police officer and person she would become. Yet it didn't seem to carry the weight that burdened so much of her past. In contrast, she seemed quite at peace at the Academy.
Quick aside: I thought it was cool how they went all techno-thriller and introduced us to the cadets by typing out their names onscreen.
And I always enjoy it when they give us a well-developed, wholly realized character. This time, it was Sgt. Ortiz. A tough cookie, the stereotypical drill instructor. Yet, he clearly was human beneath the gruff exterior, as evidenced by his obvious affection for Beckett. And he had some great lines.
“Way to faceplant in front of a superior, Decker. This is Captain Beckett.”
“Respect her, or your ass will meet my boot.”
“Oh, it's gonna take more than a bullet to put me down for the long dirt nap.”
Other great lines:
Castle: “Careful. I made it [the coffee] a little strong this morning.”
Kate Beckett: “Yes, that will wake the dead.”
Castle: “Certainly would make your job a lot easier. One interview. ‘He's the guy who killed me.’ Case closed.”
Martha: “Read the dedication.”
Castle: " ‘For Richard. Without your constant stumbles in life, the advice in this book would not have been possible.’ Constant stumbles?”
Martha: “Let's not make this about you.”
Beckett: “That would be the height of irony, huh? Manage to successfully hide our relationship from LokSat only to get outed by your Mom.” (The disheveled hair in her face was a nice touch as well.)
Beckett: “I have been at the edge of that map and monsters lie there.”
Hayley: “You are a hot mess. I take it your talk with Beckett last night went well?”
Castle: “Less of a discussion, more of an Irish intervention.”
Picky aside: Ryan said the handwriting analyst would have a hard time determining who wrote the threatening notes since they were done in block letters. I'm no expert in graphology. But my understanding is that they could match samples, even if one of them was written while drunk, and using the wrong hand.
Picky aside 2, which contains a small SPOILER: Beckett is an experienced cop. When she got the call suggesting that Ortiz was the killer -- and he was standing right there -- ARMED, she would not have played her hand like that.
And kudos aside to my wife, who called the killer right away.
Please share your thoughts on “Fidelis Ad Mortem.”