Castle - season 4 finale & other musings
I’m still new to Castle. I started from the beginning a few months ago, and got caught up literally the day the season 4 finale aired (yesterday). And I fully admit that it took me until really late in season 2 to fully appreciate the show. I actually told several people that I had no idea what all the fuss was about because while I immediately saw the appeal in several secondary characters, I really didn’t see anything special in Castle or Beckett. Thankfully I was wrong. But regardless, I feel like I haven’t yet earned a place in its fandom.
And as stupid as that sounds, I do mean “earned.” There’s something to be said for watching a show for years. TV is important to me, and characters on TV shows are important to me. When I watch a show each week for several years in a row, everything takes on deeper meaning. Shows become a part of my life. Characters become like friends and family. So as much as I find myself liking Castle, I’d feel like a fake if I tried to act the way I do about Grey’s or FNL or any other show that I’ve watched since the beginning.
I guess this rambling is all just a disclaimer of sorts; a long way of putting into context everything I’m about to say. Which is that yesterday’s finale was so freakin great. So unexpectedly emotional. Not that I didn’t expect it to be emotional, but I didn’t think it would be that emotional.
- Castle’s reaction when Beckett says she’ll watch those movies with him.
- Holding hands.
- Castle’s speech, no PLEA, to Beckett not to continue the case.
- Beckett’s outrage at how patronizing Castle was being.
- Beckett screaming Castle’s name as she hung on for dear life.
- Beckett resigning.
- Beckett sitting in the rain alone on the swing.
- That first kiss.
- Castle putting his hand on her scar.
Not to mention all the other moments. Esposito’s fierce and unflinching loyalty to Beckett. Ryan’s personal code and adherence to the rules that saved Beckett’s life but may have cost him Esposito’s trust and friendship. Alexis’s graduation speech and seeing her uncertain and scared about the future.
The one thing that’s been most consistent for me since the beginning of the show is how fantastic the supporting characters are. Lanie is my absolute favorite, Ryan and Esposito are perfect, and Martha is also perfect.
But I am now, finally, fully invested in Castle and Beckett. I mean, there have been some episodes I’ve adored them in, and I think they’ve got great chemistry so I’ve loosely shipped them for awhile. But after this finale, I’m going to be devastated if season 5 starts and they aren’t together. I was pleasantly surprised at how great Nathan Fillion was at conveying all Castle’s pent up emotions. The love and respect and frustration and terror he was feeling was written all over his face. And I was downright floored at how good Stana Katic was. Of all the characters, me practically in tears because of something Beckett said or did was the most unexpected.
My only complaint is that they should have picked a different song to play during the episode than Andrew Belle’s “In My Veins.” Which sounds stupid, but that was the song Grey’s used when Derek got shot. And Grey’s isn’t exactly a cult show with a small following. There are so many songs out there, I just think Castle could have chosen one that isn’t already associated with an emotional scene on another TV show.
Anyway, I can’t wait for September and Caskett and season 5!