Castle 7×20 ‘Sleeper’: Not as painful as I thought

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I mean it would have been beating the dead horse that beat the dead horse if Rick was kidnapped again, but I never complain when we get to see Beckett kick some butt to get the answers she wants. So yeah, someone kidnap Castle again!

It was good, but it was…confusing and…a little anticlimactic.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

I’m not saying that the reason for what happened to Castle during the months he can’t remember wasn’t pretty cool because it was. He was the lynch pin in stopping Al Qaeda from attacking the country, so that’s pretty awesome, but there just feels like there are more unanswered questions than answered ones.

Like why he was shot and why he wanted his memories erased might be two of the bigger ones.

Those were also the ones I was really hoping would get answered tonight, but at least Castle can now kind of prove that he wasn’t lying about the whole terrifying experience.

Which ticks me off that Espo totally thought he was. I get that his character is protective of his people, and that he saw the fallout of Castle leaving Beckett, so of course he was angry. It has literally been months though! They are both happily married, and he’s still Espo’s trusted friend, so I didn’t get the re-kindling of that hostility. It didn’t add anything to the episode and just made Espo look like a complete jerk to one of his closest friends.

The mysteries of Castle’s missing memories were interesting in and of itself. It was like a huge jigsaw puzzle, and it was great that some funny moments (like the Chuck Norris look alike) were thrown in just to confuse both Castle and us as to what is actually real and what did Castle conjure up in his dreams after an all-day action movie marathon.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

It made the crime more interesting by mixing up the usual investigation. Of course Castle still had his board, pins, and sleep deprivation, to remind us of his obsessive P.I. days that I now kind of miss.

But I still can’t get over the ending! I wanted more answers dammit! Or maybe just a little more action and suspense. I think I’m just mad because I thought the whole situation would have at least been a two-parter, with someone’s life in danger.

Maybe since there are still many things left to answer there will be some big cliff hanger in the finale involving it, or at least have it be a big concern in the next season.

All in all it was a good episode, but not the high octane, action/espionage/mystery episode that I was hoping for.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.


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