SPOILER ALERT: Beckett slaps the cuffs on Castle in the third season premiere.
Disclaimer: This post contains SPOILERS from the season premiere of Castle. If you don't want to know; don't read!
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Castle starts its third season in uncharted territory: with the dynamic duo of Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle himself (Nathan Fillion) separated. And while she perhaps should still be feeling some residual effects of the explosive events of the second season finale, she appears to be more preoccupied with the fact that though it is fall, when he said he would return, the only Rick Castle that appears to be around the city are the life-size cut-outs popping up in bookstores to advertise "Naked Heat." Well, at least he finished his new book!
(And who wouldn't want one of those "ruggedly handsome" life-size cutouts, by the way?)
But at least the body count is piling up to distract her, right? Well, sort of. After following a lead from one dead girl (a young teacher whose distraught boyfriend is special guest star Michael Rady), Beckett and company find themselves at the downtown apartment of another dead girl. With Castle standing over the D.B. with a gun in his hand. He claims it isn't what it looks like, but Beckett knows it never is. And she slaps the cuffs on him.
Say it isn't so!!!
But it is. And the scenes that follow show Beckett having just a little too much fun interrogating him. When Castle tells her she looks good, she replies: "You look good, too-- for murder!" Naturally, all he can retort is "Why are you so mad at me?" It may not be business as usual, but their fun, playful bantering is certainly back!
Of course, things turn out all right for Castle. Though the entire squad is pissed he hadn't called, they are able to exonerate him rather fast. Once at home he offers advice to his daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) that is exactly on the nose for what he should have done to smooth things over with Beckett. And so despite his pride, and his original plan of going back to the station only after his next book tour, he just can't stay away from this one. For more than just the reason that he knew one of the victims.
The case turns out to be more convoluted than anyone probably could have imagined. And the moment when Beckett and Castle look at each other and simultaneously exclaim "I know who the killer is" is therefore a bit too good to be true for a small-time detective and a man with a vivid imagination. But that is the charm of the show, is it not?
In many ways, this third season premiere is like a reboot for the show, then; it puts the two back at the beginning with Beckett setting down ground rules and Castle agreeing to just blindly follow. But they can never truly reboot their relationship because all of the past memories are still lingering.
The relationship between Castle and Beckett may be a bit strained at first in this new season, but the show can't have them stay mad at each other too long. The fans would revolt, for one thing! For another, they are like that bickering old, odd married couple: they know each other's rhythms and how to push each other's buttons, but even when they're mad, there is a hint of fun behind it. They challenge each other, and they have the potential to bring out the best in each other. So far, though, they are still fighting that latter part.
Hopefully the steps are finally in place for that to change when Castle returns to ABC on September 20th. It will be nice to see the characters finally start to grow and evolve as individuals due to the other's influence. That, after all, is the mark of true effects of intimacy.
Source: Danielle Turchiano of Examiner.com