Review: The Greater Good

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Hard to get into but at least we saw Gates reunite with her sister

When myself, my husband and my dog Ike cuddled up in bed to watch Castle last night, we had high hopes for this episode. It was talked about being a Gates episode (about time) and how it would some insight into who she is as a person. But soon and surely enough, this episode spiraled into something that I can even begin to describe exactly what it was. Almost immediately, save for the really cute (and adorable), Dr. Seuss rhyme, the episode derailed into the great abyss known as the TV show boredom. There’s a reason why the ratings have dropped this season and it is because of the extreme focus and zeroing on Caskett and off the beaten path stories combined with feeble attempts to create and develop backstories for characters that should have been done since day one.

Think about it, first-half of the season? Ratings were good. They were decent. But now? The ratings are off. Sure you can blame it on a number of things but the difference between the first half of the season and the second half of the season is that the first half didn’t zero in a whole lot on Caskett. The second half has and the show is paying for it in spades.

My husband with the eagle eye said that is the chick from the promo photos (and it was). So you know almost immediately that when a show feels the need to reveal the killer from the very beginning they’re doing it because the writers are afraid viewers might get confused about the plot. We weren’t confused. So it was the other half of the U.S. State’s Attorney team that let her idealistic nature burn her in the end and now she’ll go to jail for the rest of her life because she was attempting to do the greater good.

I’ve seen this story many times in my career. And the network executives tell producers the same thing every time: quite imitating other people!

It almost seems as if the show has replaced deeply ingrained subtext that is so buried, so vague with scenes that could be used as a template for the whole Beckett-on-a-quest for justice. Thanks Castle writers. I’ll be sure to note that in my black book when the season finale rolls around and everything that has happened since the start of the second half in some form or fashion comes around and smacks viewers. Who, will by the way, probably go “I didn’t see that coming.” You would have if you figure out that Castle like all other shows follows a particular pattern when it comes to story arcs.

Or as my husband likes to put: Some fans blinded by their own obsessions they fail to see the light.

Anyways, you could say one-third of the episode is about Caskett and their wedding invitations. When you have a strict budget, you know how to keep things small. Ryan and Jenny’s wedding is a perfect example. They didn’t have a lot of money so they had to keep their wedding small. But for Caskett? They could easily drop a few hundred grand on the wedding. But they, like many couples with money to burn, forget about the most important people at first: themselves. And at the end of the day, you want to share that special day with the people that matter the most to you in your life. Thankfully, the betrothed-to-be couple figure this important bit of information out at the end.

That reminds me of a story I have to share—when my husband and I were planning our wedding, our mothers decided they would do the invite list. And despite us wanting to keep our wedding a small and intimate affair they thought inviting cousin Jack five times removed was appropriate. My father, being the strict and military man he was, took said invite list and ripped it up saying “let’s let the kids decide who the want and be happy with it. And if you’re lucky, you’re both make the final list” he said with a wink and a smile. If we ever wanted to be invited over Christmas dinner again, we kept our mothers on the list. And as for cousin Jack? I’m sure he’ll survive considering I never met cousin Jack!

Back to the episode. The story or the case rather, was boring and not engaging. It wasn’t striking me as a classic Castle episode. And this has been part of the problem this season with the episodes. They have been all over the map. One week we get a good solid episode followed by a semi-okay episode only to be sacked in the end by a clunker. The show is suffering from an identity crisis.

The only true benefit of this episode was that Gates confided in Beckett (any takers on if this comes back round? I don’t gamble but I’m willing to put Monopoly money on it). And Gates reunited with her sister.

This episode for most part belongs in the clunker pile.

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