I can honestly say that I did not want to watch it this week. I literally gave up all faith on this show, their writers, their directors, and the poor actors who were just trudging through weeks of butt jokes and slapstick. I didn’t even watch Sundays episode live I was so turned off by the whole thing. But then these two episodes happened, and all is well for now.
I do have to say that Sundays ‘Witness For The Prosecution’ has probably been my favorite of the season so far, and that is for one reason: it was just like an episode from any of the previous season. The mystery was a twisty, Ryan and Esposito did actual police work, Castle was competent, and obviously Caskett was super adorbz, as they always need to be.
I honestly have nothing bad to say about this episode because it was just refreshing to have a bit of the old Rick Castle back, who can be still be both a P.I. and an author. I mean I would still have no idea that a new Nikki Heat book even came out if it weren’t for this episode, and hell it’s been out since September!
Even the LOCKSAT stuff didn’t get me down because all the melodrama has been kind of washed away.
What I’m saying is that this episode was just a perfect amalgamation of the plots, sub-plots, and themes that have been missing from the show lately. And I was so happy about it.
Now the next episode ‘Dead Red’ had a kind of confusing plot, but I don’t think anyone was paying attention because Vasily Zhirov needs his own spin off show. He not only garnered basically all of my attention because I had to figure out what he was saying for most of the episode but also because he was just so charming, so adorable, and so funny for a man that tortures and murders dudes for a living.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Cold War, diplomatic stuff was interesting and everything, but Vasiliy and his love for Castle and Beckett, and his amazing enthusiasm just made this episode so much fun without dropping IQ points.
That seems to be a running theme with this new season: great guest stars. From Ethan Slaughter to Mia Laszlo these eccentric sidekicks are entertaining, and are a great way to take focus off of the tiring main character drama.
That ending was absolutely beautiful by the way, and I hope the next Nikki Heat story features a Russian named Vladimir Ice.
Even the more dramatic moments were good in this episode too. Especially with Castle meeting his step-mom for the first time. I’m glad they were able to talk about Castle’s almost deep-seated anger with the ones he loves most keeping secrets from him to make sure he’s safe. For some reason I didn’t even connect that what Beckett did was exactly what his father did, and it was interesting to see how Castle is trying to deal with that.
All in all, I’m so glad we got these episodes. I still think this is going to be the last hurrah for this show, but I’m hoping they’ll keep up the pace with great episodes like we got this week.