Castle 7.06 Review: The Time of Our Lives

Castle Season 7 Episode 6 Review: The Time of Our Lives

As soon as I heard, over the summer, that Terri Edda Miller was writing episode 6 of this season, I knew it was the wedding. Finally! And all in all, she’s the perfect person to the pen the nuptials, being so tied pretty legally to show creator Andrew Marlowe and very much the heart of the characters and their relationship.Castle is the kind of show that has always taken an equal view of the fantastical versus reality–with Castle as the believer and Kate as the skeptic comes with having X-Files alum on your staff. Usually a supernatural themed episode will end with a plausible explanation, yet stay open to the possibility of something more, but this episode is probably the farthest it’s ever taken the fantasy.

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And then they dance to “In My Veins,” which is when I started weeping. It was a short but beautiful wedding and a wonderful episode that explored our characters and who they are to each other. It’s nice to see how far they’ve come (while also showing the progression of our supporting characters as well) and to get so many wonderful callbacks to things the fans have watched out for or taken to heart all these years.

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ConStar Watches Castle “Time Will Tell”

My first thought during this episode was, “wow, it’s still not October yet?” Usually we can use the current date of (most) shows to guess the time of year the narrative is set in, but here, we’re still in August. Alexis has been with Pi for (only) a month. I thought the time skips between episodes would have been longer. There was the six week jump after the engagement, now its a month after DC started. So Castle and Beckett have been engaged for 2 and a half months? She only worked in DC for 2 months? I really thought we were heading into Fall, but I guess even wardrobe wise, they haven’t started wearing jackets yet?

Which all makes Alexis’ decision really the dumbest thing she’s ever done. Castle was right! You can’t move in with someone after only a month and say that, because you’re the “smart” one in the family and you “know what you’re doing” that it means it’s a good decision and it will all work out. It’s been a month. You don’t know him, you’ve never lived on your own, and I assume she’s going to try to make it work without Dad’s money (her mention of work-study job)? All of that makes this situation even harder, and I get that it’s a story to give Alexis something to do, but it makes her character seem really out of touch with her supposed smartness. Even Castle probably waited more than one month after knowing someone, before moving in with them (even if he was 19 also). I get that Pi and Alexis mirror Castle and Beckett, but I don’t get the having them move in together. The only parallel I see is this being what might have happened between Castle and Beckett had they gotten together after that first case. They could have sped into things and then things may have blown up later. So I’m waiting for the blow up between Alexis and Pi; because there’s no way she makes a rash decision like that and it all comes out okay.

The rest of the episode was pure fun, but is it the least grounded in reality than any of the other fantastical episodes? The alien one had a logical meaning, as did the ghost ones, etc. They didn’t try as hard as previous episodes to give a real life meaning to things; they crammed that last explanation in there but it was clearly not meant to stick. (I hadn’t even noticed the coffee stain detail on the letter until it was pointed out to us at the end.) Interesting choice; but I love time travel, and it was fun to see Josh Gomez and the Beard, and his future Caskett predictions had me on the floor with squee! Senator Beckett! Three kids! Serious literature (but the impending end of the Nikki Heat series?)! I wonder what this means in an overall timeline for the show. Fans have gleamed that maybe season 7 could be the last in terms of references by Andrew Marlowe to the future and contract negotiation years and stuff. I wonder if they have an endgame planned, however vague. Because usually when things like future jobs and kids are mentioned early, it means the audience won’t get to see them. But it could have also been a way to assure the audience that they’re not breaking them up any time soon (or! it could be that they are for a bit and to assure us they will get back together–but I don’t think they’ll go that way because Andrew loves us too much). Either way, it was a fun and wonderful moment for us to imagine Castle and Beckett’s future, whether we’ll get to see it or not.

Can I be a temporal anthropologist? I want to create that major at NYU Gallatin.

DOCTOR WHO REFERENCE!! And Espo watches it!!! Loved that!

“Maybe we should put something in our vows about following each other to creepy places.”

[Usually my Castle thoughts are after my second watch with the US airing, after I watch it Sunday after the Canadians–but I’m working late all week, so blog posts will be infrequent this week.]

ConStar Watches Castle “Number One Fan”

I love the morning in bed scene. Last episode Castle said it was crowded. Boy did he mean it. But there were so many little gems in the scene.

“Does that make me your sugar daddy?”

UGHHH PI! but “Mrs. C-to-be” !! #squee! I love how Beckett doesn’t like Martha’s coffee at all. Great background detail.

“Well, if there’s one thing you excel at Castle, it’s talking.”

“Cheeseburgers”

I’ve wanted a good cheeseburger all week and this just cements that desire.

“I’m kind of looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you so don’t do anything stupid okay?”

Also the way she helps him put on his vest and then smooths it over and then straightens his collar. I love their love.

“What? What do you want, Emma?”

“You! I just want you!”

Anyone else notice the “Always” reference?

I loved the detail of Beckett playing with her ring when watching Castle go inside. I didn’t notice it until tumblr pointed it out, but of course she gets to wear it when not working. I wonder if it’ll be a fun detail to spot now that she’s back: when she’s in civilian clothes/without (w/her style sometimes it’s hard to tell) and whether or not there will be moments when we’ll notice her take it off before doing something important/police related or back on after a long day at work.

Castle & Beckett kind of have matching bullet marks now. I know there’s been no reference to Beckett’s (I know getting w/Castle basically erased her scar/PTSD) but it’s still a subtle parallel. They could have made more of the moment, but I think they’re choosing to let fans insert the PTSD background. I think I’m okay with it, because I do understand that they can’t drag that on forever. Subtle references allow the viewers to feel intelligent; not banging it on our heads (“remember when Beckett got shot?!? Remember, remember?!” — that would get old probably).

“You are aware that you don’t work here.”

Loved those scenes. She can’t help herself and they can’t help but listen. I wonder if this means Sully is getting the shaft or if we’re getting a couple more episodes with him in it. They’ve gotta resolve the desk issue.

I love Gates sticking up for the boys, Beckett offering the back her up and Castle’s offer to– not– totally let them handle it. I bet Beckett and Gates will get more scenes together.

Why didn’t the guys see the footage of the Lawyer at the victims place before? Is that a plot hole? Or did they just not get to it yet?

Im glad Emma’s dad wasn’t the killer. Girl’s been through enough. though that actress must have cried in every one of her scenes. That’s a lot of emotion…

This post on tumblr refers to the fact that so far the cases have had to do with couples getting engaged/married. Doesn’t seem like the next one is about that, but we won’t know until next week. Interesting theme; I wonder if it’s building to anything or just a fun detail.

Beckett is back! But I wonder what the emotional arc for the next few episode might be. She’s kind of going backwards here and Sully is around and the boys have been doing things all summer without her. Will she have a hard time inserting herself back into precinct life? She had an easy time of it when she wasn’t officially back, but in the every day routine of things, will things get a bit awkward in the next episode? There will now be 5 people to the 12th Precinct Dream Team…

Also I’m really glad they’re letting us have our kisses. Before they were preventing them from ever kissing– and I get it; it was a move to maintain some of the tension between them. But I prefer when we get to see their kisses and I know other fans do too.

Can’t wait for next week! Joshua Gomez!