I know Castle’s disappearance looked bad, but I got severely pissed off when they believed he just left Beckett. I mean seriously? Like they don’t know the guy or something. Beckett having doubts annoyed me most of all.
How many times is that woman going to doubt Castle loves her before she…
In all fairness though… the episode did encompass a two month period. Plenty of time for the characters’ fears and doubts to settle and take root.
Espo’s always been the one with the least faith and was most doubting with any case, not just Castle’s. Ryan was actually pretty much his usual believing and trusting self, who only started doubting when the evidence became too overwhelming even for him to just talk it away.
As for Beckett… Let’s not forget how difficult it was for her to let this whole relationship even happen. When it came to any kinds of relationships she had, trust was always THE most important aspect of them. And I think, in this episode, she held on to that trust for quite a while. Only after they found the tent did she really start doubting Castle, or better said, let herself doubt him completely, because yeah, since that footage that seed was definitely planted. And let’s not forget what Meredith once said, about how their marriage fell apart because Castle seemed to know everything about her, but she knew only bits about him. That was something that really worried Beckett, and something she most certainly may have taken into account when trying to rationalize the whole situation and the possibility of Castle being up to something she was not in on.
I think with this show, some people are lulled into this belief of Caskett’s perfect romantic, fairy-tale like relationship, with unconditional love and trust, while forgetting that Beckett is a very complex character, and so is Castle. She’s rational, but romantic, a cop but a girlfriend of her kidnapped boyfriend. Their relationship was never shown as some fairy tale. It’s dynamic with its ups and downs, doubts, arguments, hugs, kisses and whatnot, but most definitely not perfect. And this episode showed this, and based on all that, I think Beckett’s reactions were very much justified. And that seed of doubt will and should most definitely remain, because if it doesn’t it will be very much out of her cop character, despite her love for Castle, until they gather more evidence and figure out what the hell has happened and who is to blame for it.
Who bothered me the most though, were Martha and Alexis. The producer’s said there’ll be a reaction from them, especially Alexis, so I hope they make up for its lack in this episode, but did they really need to underplay it this much? It makes me think they know something, especially Martha, but at the same time I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. I’m trying to decide whether this should be classified as a mistake of the writers and producers of the show or if there’s more to this than meets the eye.
All in all, I don’t think we should throw away this episode and mark it as lame and be angry or disappointed with how it played off. It wouldn’t be the first time it took a few episodes for the premiere to make complete sense, that much we can rely on with complete certainty.
(Although, in my humble opinion, this episode was amazing, exactly because of all these reactions I see people having.)
P.S. Can we also just appreciate Stana’s awesome performance in this episode? xD