It looks like it’s time for a very special episode of Castle– an expose into post-traumatic stress disorder, sure, that’s one thing, but also Stana Katic’s “I Want An Emmy” episode.
In the latest storyline, “Kill Shot,” Beckett (Katic) is front and center not because she is an ace detective but actually because she was a recent sniper victim. She may have physically survived, but the emotional scars dig deep– so deep she spaces out at work and spirals at home. It’s Beckett like we’ve never seen her before– out of control– when her NYPD unit hunt for a sniper who took out two seemingly random people on the streets of New York.
While Beckett stumbles, is a shell of her former self, and stays distant from her coworkers to keep her secret, Esposito (Jon Huertas) steps up and shines, utilizing his own Army training to provide immeasurable insight into the sniper’s training, actions, and mentality. It becomes an even stronger episode for Huertas when Castle (Nathan Fillion) confides in him about the changes he sees in Beckett and asks for his help in keeping her sane, even if it means trying to keep her away from the current case– even if it means giving her a talking to over another gun.
But it may not be enough for Beckett. She has it in her head that now she is damaged goods, and she is distracted, triggered by loud noises, reckless, and falling two steps behind her squad when she usually leads them. It’s a rocky road for her, made more complicated by the choppy internal sequences seemingly slapped onto the regular case of the week. With Castle at a loss and Esposito not completely in her shoes, she may not be brought back from the brink immediately. She may not find a way to “snap out of this” or feel entirely useful and strong again. Even when she bounces back, it may not be permanently. Sometimes burying one’s self in one’s work only makes the long-term effects worse because the problem is not dealth with or solved but simply hidden.
Care about the case? When we find out the connection the victims actually do share, we can’t help but wonder if this was Castle’s subtle way of taking a stance on the “Occupy” movement occurring on the same downtown Los Angeles streets on which the series often films. Check out the episode and then come back and comment here with your thoughts.
Castle airs on Mondays at 10pm, only on ABC. “Kill Shot” airs on November 21st 2011.
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