Title Get a Clue
Two-Sentence Summary Conspiracy theories abound as Castle and Beckett work to solve a murder that appears to have come straight from the pages of The Da Vinci Code or the unrated version of National Treasure. Putting together the mysterious puzzle pieces is a good distraction for Castle, whose relationship with Alexis is falling apart following her decision to move in with Pi.
Castle (before beginning a sword fight): I am really good at this.
My Thoughts Filler episodes are a fact of life for Castle fans—and really for fans of most television shows. These episodes aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but they’re hardly a show’s finest hour. And that’s exactly what “Get a Clue” was—a perfectly acceptable filler episode. It had some strong moments, but it didn’t hook me the way the rest of this season has so far. Maybe that’s because the emotional arc of this episode is one I’m just not connecting with—no matter how hard I try.
With that in mind, here are my five biggest takeaways from last night’s episode:
1. Nathan Fillion owns my heart, and I will never get it back.
“Get a Clue” allowed Fillion to show many different facets of Richard Castle, and he balanced them all with the ease we’ve come to expect from him. Whether he was throwing a snarky remark in Pi’s direction, raising his hand to offer a theory, or building epic tales of conspiracies, Fillion made me laugh out loud multiple times during the hour. It’s been six seasons, but I will never get tired of Castle’s theories and his excitement over sharing them. And that’s a credit to Fillion’s ability to keep his reactions from becoming staid or stale. While Fillion really brought the humor this week, he also brought the heartbreak. His final scene at Alexis’s doorway was filled with so much subtle desperation to reconnect with the little girl he feels is slipping away, and it absolutely crushed me. Was Castle the perfect guest when he visited Pi and Alexis? Of course not. But do I think he deserved to be treated like he did at the end of the episode? No, and I think that shows just how much Fillion is able to make us care about Castle and feel every emotion that he feels each week.
2. This Alexis storyline just isn’t working, and it needs to end.
After last week’s episode, we had a great discussion over here about Alexis. With some excellent points from very astute commenters lingering in my head, I went into this episode more open-minded about her storyline, but my open-mindedness apparently has its limits, which were reached within that very first scene. Yes, Castle was condescending, but Pi did live off of his generosity for more than an acceptable amount of time and yet still had the gall to turn up his nose at Castle’s offer of furniture. I don’t like Pi, and until the writers give him more depth, I’m not going to like him.
The final scene between Alexis and Castle left a really bad taste in my mouth as someone who has been a fan of their relationship since the pilot. I’m more than okay with Alexis asserting her independence, and I understand the need for the show to have some drama now that Castle and Beckett are happy. But to turn Alexis’s character from a smart, sweet girl to someone who unapologetically shuts the door in her clearly apologetic father’s face (the same father who saved her life in Paris last season) is going too far. Not to mention the fact that she had some pretty harsh things to say about his relationship with Beckett. I cringed when she made that remark about not knowing if her father marrying Beckett was a good idea or if she was the one. That’s something a character can never take back; we as an audience (99.99% of whom love the Castle/Beckett relationship) will never be able to see Alexis in the same way after she so coldly dismissed the relationship she’s watched her father develop over nearly six years. And to have her compare her relationship with Pi to her father’s relationship with Beckett was ridiculous. I sincerely hope we’re supposed to see that argument as the ridiculous, anger-fueled ramblings of a young girl who was hurt that her father didn’t tell her he was engaged (which was also very strange to me).
I know that Alexis is allowed to be hurt, to act out, and to behave like a real young woman with her own issues, mistakes, and faults. But we haven’t seen enough of these issues developing for them to make sense. And shutting the door on her visibly upset father was such a cold action. I know Castle was not perfect or faultless in this scenario, but Alexis’s reaction just felt like an overabundance of drama for drama’s sake. I hate saying this, but I’m not sure I can go back to loving this character as much as I once did after hearing all of the things she said to Castle in this scene. He’s still her father at the end of the day, and he deserves some respect (or maybe I’m just old-fashioned).
3. All Roman Holiday references are good references.
Whoever the Roman Holiday fan is among the Castle writing staff, I salute you for your perfect little nod to one of my favorite movies. References like that are one of the reasons I love this show so much.
4. This episode was beautiful to look at.
Everything about this episode was gorgeous. The set design was incredible—from the bohemian cuteness of Alexis and Pi’s apartment to the grandeur of the monastery. The lighting was perfect, balancing saturation and shadow brilliantly to enhance the tone of each scene. And the cinematography was some of the best I’ve ever seen on Castle. “Get a Clue” really was a feast for the eyes.
5. There are far too few sword fights on this show.
If we’re talking about feasts for the eyes, then we have to talk about Castle’s swordplay moment. It brought back memories of Mal learning to sword fight on Firefly, and I loved every second of it. Fillion looked like he was having the time of his life shooting that scene, and it fit the character for it to be so enjoyable. And is there anything more attractive than a good-looking man showing a little bit of his inner pirate? That answer—at least for me—will always be no.
I know there are plenty of other things to discuss about this episode, so I’m counting on you, fellow Castle fans, to help me get a good discussion going once again. See you in the comments!