Castle 4.04 “Kick The Ballistics” Review

Castle 4.04 “Kick The Ballistics” Review

Castle 4.04 “Kick The Ballistics” ReviewI think it’s safe to say that ‘Kick the Ballistics’was a really intense episode, right? I had been really looking forward to this episode since it would bring back the 3XK storyline. While we didn’t get a resolution for this case and didn’t even see the infamous Triple Killer, I was actually really pleased with how this episode was handled. You all know how the continuity (or lack thereof) on Castle really bothers me. I may not be satisfied with how they handled it throughout the last season, but it is great when they pick up those loose threads that were left hanging several episodes back. I loved how they showed how the fact that Jerry Tyson had one upped Ryan really affected the detective and that was beautifully portrayed by Seamus Dever.

Even though I still think they could have handled the fallout of the 3XK episode back in early season 3 better, The Powers That Be did a wonderful job with ‘Kick the Ballistics’. In fact, that was probably the most Castleless Castle episode to date and you know what? As much as I love Nathan Fillion and think he is awesome, pushing him to the backburner — sort of — actually worked.

Castle 4.04 “Kick The Ballistics” Review

Of course that was due to a number of factors and if the writing, directing and, most importantly, acting hadn’t worked out, this episode would have tanked incredibly fast. I have been saying for a while now that, while Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion are great, it has been really nice to see the secondary characters flesh out more and get more screen time. An episode about Detective Ryan had been way overdue and it was great to see Seamus Dever getting his chance to shine. Because ‘Kick the Ballistics’only was an amazing episode due to his stellar performance. I knew he had it in him, but last night proved just how talented he really is and I am so glad he finally got his moment in the sun.
I usually don’t care much about the cases, but this time — maybe because it was so personal for all of them — I found myself really enjoying every twist and turn. The highlight of the episode for me was their sense of camaraderie, friendship and team work. I absolutely loved to see more of the relationship between Beckett and Ryan and how they really have that brother-sister bond. That was evidenced in several scenes throughout the episode, but the one that stood out for me in particular was when she breaks up the fight between him and Carver and then follows him into the break room. That entire sequence — up until they talk to Clifford Chang — was just such a great portrait of what their relationship is really like.

Castle 4.04 “Kick The Ballistics” ReviewSomething else I loved was how they were all united against Gates. I literally cheered when Ryan stood up to her and then everyone followed him out when she told him to take the rest of day off. Of course Beckett subtly giving her the finger — whether that was intentional or not — was just the icing on the cake. Then Esposito channeling the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was probably one of the most hilarious scenes on the series to date.

I honestly can’t even pick a favorite scene as I just really enjoyed the entire hour. Again, kudos to Seamus Dever for making this a very memorable episode.


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