Catching up on the thread, and isn't it good to have something to cheer about for once? After the crapfest that has been this misguided arc, the SPs and the last episode feel like much needed relief, like a cool drink of water in the desert. It's like the characters can finally get back to their real selves and stop being zombies, and the relationship is undead again, resurrected at last, and all the warmth and longing (and honest-to-god conversation!) that's been missing for much of the season is being pumped into it again.
The conversation at the end of Undead Again was a real relief as it felt like the characters were communicating honestly and directly with each other again, for the first time in a long time. It was so good to see Castle look at Beckett that way again, with real warmth. Been way too long. I did cringe a little at his "I think I understand.." because dude, you thought you understood last time and it turns out you were wrong! But Castle saying that he wanted to be there when the wall came down and Beckett telling him she wanted him there was them stepping up finally, which I've really needed to see from them. Part of me, the snarky part heh, was thinking, "if only you guys had said this on the swings in Rise!" ;), but then I guess AM would have had even less story for S4. ;)
I also didn't particularly like that they had clueless!Castle not knowing that he had been punishing Beckett (or at least that was what the writer was trying to tell the audience to think), though I guess maybe that's better than him intentionally punishing her for not loving him (or punishing her for her lie, to think better of him). I still think this whole arc has done damage to Castle's character with his dumbass behavior, lack of self awareness, reflection, self-respect even, and jumping to conclusions about Becket without considering plausible reasons for her action. Like, fialka
, I think it was, that said a few pages back, they could have done the secrets arc without writing Castle the way they did and kept him in character. He's a smarter and more sensitive man than they made him out to be. A missed opportunity in a season of missed opportunities to add depth to to his character and make him grow. If they had to do it the way they did it, then they should have shown him struggle with his emotions or at least show some introspection.
Enjoyed the zombie episode as a whole. It did have that classic old school S1/2 feel. Think the zombie episode along with the fairy tale episode are my favorite "lighter" episodes from this season. NF was a great zombie. (Shallow note: NF looked way better in zombie makeup than Elvis make up *shudder* Nathan, why do you insist on HH being one of your favorite episodes from S4?! :o) Castle creeping Esposito out was classic, as was his out to drive Beckett crazy. Loved Perlmutter as always. There was real life to Castle's character (despite the angst) which I think made a difference.
Moving onto the finale SPs, again, such a relief to see Castle finally having the guts to step up with his ILUs again at long last! It did give me a little bit of deja vu compared with the S3 finale confrontation, and it had a part of me thinking he should have said it then because the circumstances aren't really different except for the disappearance of Josh. I guess they are trying to mirror the S4 confrontation with S3's and showing that both have progressed. Castle's finally forthright with his feelings, and Beckett's at least hearing Castle out even after learning of his betrayal. I don't think she will run from Castle, but I think she will tell him that if he loves her, he'll let her do this. I do feel for both characters. If I were Beckett, yes, something like this would be very hard to put down when it seems like there's a chance at the truth. Castle's stuck between a rock and a hard place. He wants to be by her side but he doesn't want her to do this. I hope he doesn't "abandon" her even if she does decide to put herself at risk.
Loved emotive Castle, and all his love and fear and desperation came through. Loved Beckett's kind of stunned/freaked/still not knowing what to say reaction to Castle's ILU. Please give the actors more of this kind of meaty material to work with! I'd like to hear the writer and lover in Castle say more than what was in the SP. Something along the lines of how Beckett is far more than her mother's death, how she can best honor her mother by living a full life, how that life could hopefully include happiness with him etc. Make it first of all about her, who she is, and also the future they could have together if she would only choose it!
So much love for the "movie date" SP. The banter, the chemistry, the way they looked at each other! SK can sure bring the love eyeballs, and NF's stunned look were all so great. And I have to say Beckett reaching out for Castle's hand in the promo and her asking Castle to say something reassuring was far, far more intimate and touching, given the context and her motivations, than that other hand-holding. Thank God, NF and SK can still make the hand holding work and Royal didn't ruin it forever. ;) It's really something to see Beckett let Castle (or anyone!) inside her walls, finally. For all their partnership, she was still shutting him out in the S3 finale. So definite progress, from finale to finale, just not much in between. ;)
Like others have said, this better be a point of no return!
Edited by mad maverick, May 5, 2012 @ 3:53 PM.