Castle 8×14 ‘G.D.S’: California scheming

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And here I was completely excited because we were going to find out what really went on with Castle when he couldn’t remember anything, and of course, of course it has something to do with LOCKSAT. Of course. I swear to God, LOCKSAT’s identity better be one of the biggest twists of the century to get me all riled up for this show again.

Which is a shame because we finally got some character depth on Hayley, and she is just so wonderful and awesome that I really hope they give her, her own spin off (with Alexis obviously) because even though tonight’s bombshell was pretty big, I still don’t think it’s big enough to save the series, especially since we’re still focusing on a story line that caused so much trouble in the first half of the season.

But I need to stop focusing on that because this episode’s mystery was actually interesting.

Everything in California just seems a little wilder and stranger, and I loved the fact that there’s an underground detective society that wants Castle to solve the murder of one of their own.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

Then to learn that this “Phantom Killer” wasn’t just one but two people was really cool, and an actual good twist to the episode. Then to find out that it was the Hollywood bigwig, who as he was getting arrested for being a demented serial killer, still worried about a script more than the fact that he’s going to go to prison for a long time.

It just struck me as a really clever mystery that needed to happen since the mysteries this year have been kind of lacking.

And then we got a little insight into Hayley’s life and why she stayed with Castle and his daughter, and it was just so sweet to get to see this side of Hayley that isn’t always explored in shows with a “strong” female character. She’s such a good character, with an amazing actress behind her, that I really wish she showed up on the scene years before, so we could have a little more time with her awesome self.

Then immediately after we got a great scene with Hayley, it got ruined by the LOCKSAT stuff.

I do have to say that the humor in this episode was a lot better than it has been, and I did enjoy Espo, Ryan, and Lanie’s scenes.

All in all it was a pretty good episode, and maybe we’ll get more answers in the next two 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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