Castle 8×12 ‘The Blame Game’: Wanna play?

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If Saw and the Hunger Games had a terrible, anxiety riddled child with a lot of parental issues, you got this episode. Yeah, the killer was a given, and you always know that one idiot is going to try to shoot someone to save his dumb self when in peril, but even with those pitfalls this was a pretty strong episode.

As long as you didn’t pay attention to the mystery, or the plot that much and just really enjoy puzzles, like me!

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Day of flies?…I’m not really good at these games.

It was nice to see Castle in his element; solving extreme puzzles to solve a life or death situation. He is a mystery writer, which is the whole point of this show to begin with. That idea got lost along the way in the beginning of this season, but it is slowly coming back into prominence.

That and the fact that Kate and Rick will always face imminent death together was also nice (kind of) because we needed a taste of the old Beckett and Castle.

I don’t know if the writers and showrunners of this show noticed how far away they deviated from the original formula, but I’m glad that it’s slowly coming back with some new flavor thrown in.

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Source: ABC

Like this episode played with the same themes that have run through this show: Beckett and Castle will always sacrifice themselves for others, and they would never leave each other alone. Added onto this though was Alexis and her search for her father. As she’s gotten older, she has become more protective of her kidnap prone father, and it was nice to see that side of Alexis in full force as she worked with Hayley. Who’s the best mentor by the way.

It’s not that I’m saying that this was the BEST episode by any longshot. I mean if you didn’t know the priest was behind the entire thing just for the fact that his “almost” death was painstakingly set up while no one else’s was, I don’t know what to tell you.

Not to mention, did we ever get an explanation to what that little symbol meant besides the fact that the kids wore it, or was I just not paying attention?

No need to answer, we already know I wasn’t paying attention.

It’s just that this episode reminded me of past, stronger seasons, and hopefully if these good episodes keep coming, we’ll have a satisfying if not amazing season finale.

All in all, I like what’s going on with the show currently, and I actually can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next weeks.

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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