Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It’s an explosive Castle on “Tick, Tick, Tick…”

Could this be the end of Nikki Heat aka Kate Beckett? In a cliffhanging nail bitter, a nearly naked, just out of the shower Beckett was apparently blown up just in time for Richard Castle to watch her apartment explode at the end of Monday’s “Tick, Tick, Tick…”

(spoiler alert, in case you haven’t figured it out)

Of course, this is only the 17 out of 22 episodes for the season, so chances are certain Beckett will somehow survive. The second part of the two-parter, “Boom!” should prove interesting because the show is good enough to make sure Castle and the other characters suffer before they learn Beckett’s ultimate fate.

“Tick, Tick, Tick…” is certainly one of the better Castle’s this season. The case kicked off with Castle announcing that his new novel, starring Beckett knockoff Nikki Heat, was going to be turned into a movie. Banter ensued, as it always does, and there was even a home based storyline involving Richard’s mom moving in with her boyfriend. Typical fun stuff.

But of course none of that matters when dead bodies start showing up, and when they have the pattern of a serial killer who has a thing for Nikki Heat. It isn’t long before the FBI takes over with Dana Delany running things as Special Agent Jordan Shaw, who turns Castle’s head with her fancy cop equipment and her history of catching bad guys. Apparently she was Kate Beckett in his eyes, before Kate was Kate Beckett.

Of course, the bad guy gets caught too easily, as Castle discovers a few minutes too late and the big boom takes out Beckett‘s place. The preview for next week promises someone “else” will die. Let’s hope it’s not Dana Delany, cause it’s wonderful to see someone throw Beckett off her game so effectively.

All in all, this is turning out to be one of the best episodes of an already good season and one that will impact the series, if for no other reason than Castle and Beckett will no longer be able to pretend their relationship is strictly professional. We’ll have to wait to see if this is really a game changer for the series, but it’s time for the Castle/Beckett relationship to head to the next level… not sexually, but emotionally.

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