Castle 4.03 “Head Case” Review

Castle 4.03 “Head Case” ReviewWell, I am very happy to say that for the first in a while I actually really enjoyed the case of the week. In last night’s ‘Head Case’, Castle and Beckett found themselves investigating a really unusual case. When they first got to the crime scene, there was a lot of blood, but the victim’s body was nowhere to be found. With a lot of twists and turns, this murder investigation took them to the world of cryogenic science that ultimately led to a very tragic end of an almost Shakespearean epic love story.

What really stood out for me in this episode was that it felt like classic Castle again. It had that seasons 1 and 2 vibe, in which there was drama, but the comedy and one liners we love so much finally made an appearance again and it was just so much fun to watch. Of course Castle, Beckett and the boys were all great, but the highlight of the episode for me was Lanie. Finally they gave Tamala Jones more screen time and gave her a chance to showcase her incredible comedic timing. I admit I am not usually a big Lanie fan — not that I don’t like her. I do. She is just so grossly underused that I still haven’t had enough time with her to become a fan — but she really was a joy to watch last night. All of my favorite scenes from ‘Head Case’included her. Let’s hope they will continue on this path as Tamala Jones is really talented and deserves more time and recognition than what she has been given lately.

Now, about Alexis. Did we really expect her to go to Stanford? Not at all, right? That said, I am not sure how I feel about this sudden change in her character. Sure, she is acting a lot more like a normal teenager, but it has been such a sharp one-eighty turn that I found myself baffled by her attitude. On the one hand, it is good that they are portraying her like a normal teenage girl, with emotions all over the place and I think it could be a great way for the character to grow. On the other hand, however, I am genuinely afraid that Alexis will turn into an annoying, whiny character because of this. As we got to see last night, she doesn’t handle rejection well and it was heartbreaking to watch Castle having no idea how to deal with the situation. The fact that he now thinks that maybe he overprotected and spoiled her a little too much can be a really interesting storyline as they both learn to deal with the fact that just because he has money doesn’t mean Alexis can have everything she wants.

Castle 4.03 “Head Case” ReviewWhat was interesting about ‘Head Case’, though, was the fact that they seem to be portraying the relationship between Castle and Beckett in a completely more blatant way. Subtlety was, up until season 3, the trademark of the show. The fans had to look carefully for those moments and interpret and analyze them thoroughly to get a hint of what it could all have possibly meant. Last night, they threw that subtlety out the window. From Beckett asking Castle if he thinks she needs a boob job to that final scene, it is so obviously clear that those two are head over heels in love with each other and, to be honest, it just makes it even more frustrating to watch them both pine for one another, but still hold back because they are afraid. In Stana Katic’s words, ‘He should just grab her, make out with her and make babies’already.

Other things worth mentioning:

  • Castle jumping after the head was hilarious;
  • The dead pigeon scene with Ryan and Esposito;
  • ‘No, I just sit down here all day and make stuff up. Of course I’m sure!’— Lanie
  • ‘That’s what all the great love stories are all about, right? Beating the odds.’— Beckett
  • I still don’t like Captain Gates, but I think I am in the minority team here.

All in all, ‘Head Case’was a really fun episode and I give it a solid B+. But I admit I am so excited for next week’s ‘Kick the Ballistics’as we are finally going to see the 3XK storyline resurface and it is also going to be Seamus Dever’s chance to shine since the episode will most likely focus on Detective Ryan. You can already check out the promotional photos for it right here.

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