Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 3 - "Countdown - Part 2" | ©2011 ABC/Karen Neal

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 3 - "Countdown - Part 2" | ©2011 ABC/Karen Neal

Tonight we find out if Beckett (Stana Katic) is going to survive the gun shot she took in the final minutes of the Season Three finale of the sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny detective whodunnit series CASTLE featuring author Richard “Rick” Castle (Nathan Fillion) solving crimes with his lady cop inspiration Detective Kate Beckett.

Okay, it’s a gimme that Beckett is going to pull through – kinda hard to continue the series if she didn’t. But there was Castle’s declaration of love as he held her in his arms as she slowly passed out. And that kind of got us here at ASSIGNMENT X wondering what we’ve got coming up this next season.

One thing we’re dead set against seeing is Beckett and Castle going back to the “will they, won’t they” back and forth of pretending that they don’t love each other. We can see Beckett trying to figure out how to accept Castle’s loving her for a little while, but, come on, gang. It’s been three seasons. Enough already. Which leads us to…

1. Castle and Beckett get together. Finally.

It isn’t just about the sex, though we want to see that, too. But these two are, like, best friends and partners and they still drive each other nuts with what they do. There’s Castle’s two failed marriages (or is it three?). Beckett’s issues with intimacy. Both of them are total control freaks. This could be the most fun TV relationship of all time. And, really, when you think about it, is there anything else you’d want to see this season? We didn’t think so.

2. Castle gets the upper hand on Alexis

The show isn’t all Castle and Beckett and the supporting characters and their relationships are a good chunk of what works so well. But every now and then, don’t you just want to slap Castle’s teen-age daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) and remind her that her dad is a pretty smart man and she should listen to him?

3. Somebody killed with a pen

It is mightier than the sword. In this case, literally. Admittedly, we cringe at all the potential puns that would come out of an episode featuring a pen as a murder weapon. But you gotta admit, it would be different. And macabre. And reasonably interesting, after all, who would use a pen as a murder weapon? Would it be a crime of passion or of cold calculation?

4. Capt. Roy Montgomery raised from the dead

Sadly, this one isn’t going to happen, but, dang, of all the characters to kill off, why Captain Montgomery (Reuben Santiago-Hudson)? Yes, the writers had possibly written themselves into a corner with Montgomery’s connection to Beckett’s mother’s murder, but it just seems so unfair that we have to lose Santiago-Hudson, who is a terrific actor.

5. More of Lanie and Esposito’s relationship

Actually, we have a good solid hint from Tamala Jones, who plays Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, that we are going to see more going on with Lanie and Detective Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas). All to the better because they are such a cute couple and why should Beckett and Castle be the only ones dealing with relationship angst?

6. Castle’s mother backing him up in a fight with Alexis

Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan) does function as a remarkable sounding board for her son Castle. But sometimes, just sometimes, we’d love it if she’d back Castle up instead of Alexis. Can you imagine the shocked look on Alexis’ face?

7. Ryan’s wedding

Last season, Detective Kevin Ryan (Seamus Deaver) got engaged. Wouldn’t it be cool to see the wedding? There could be a case involved – a missing bridesmaid or groomsman, a skanky uncle bumped off while the happy couple are off on their honeymoon and they have the key to the killer’s identity. Castle and Beckett trying to work out their relationship at the reception, because it’s not like weddings aren’t fraught with all kinds of emotional baggage.

8. A killer in a bunny suit

Jon Huertas, Tamala Jones, Seamus Dever, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Penny Johnson Jerald, Susan Sullivan and Molly Quinn in CASTLE - Season 4 | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Jon Huertas, Tamala Jones, Seamus Dever, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Penny Johnson Jerald, Susan Sullivan and Molly Quinn in CASTLE - Season 4 | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Okay. We’re stretching to come up with ten things, but what a great way to hide your identity. Say the suit was stolen and then the stiff is killed in plain view of witnesses, who all say the rabbit did it.

9. We find out who was behind the murder of Beckett’s mother

Again, stretching a tad, because we are of the opinion that the writers could milk this one for another season, maybe. Or maybe do the big reveal of the bad guy/gal pulling the strings, but then Beckett is frustrated by not being able to bring the person to justice. Nothing worse for a cop than to know whodunnit but not be able to get evidence solid enough to hold up in a trial.

10. A non-formula whodunnit episode or two

The weakest part of almost any Castle episode is the actual murder mystery. The writers are smart to focus on the characters, because that will keep the show lively and interesting. But it’s a little tiny bit sad that you can figure out whodunnit just by eliminating who hasn’t been accused in the first half hour. The mystery part of an episode is pretty formulaic, so it would be nice to see the writers fool us by changing up the formula every so often. After all, the mystery is fun, too.

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Comments:

  1. I couldn’t agree with this list more :0 the pen thing and the bunny suit thing are pure genius.

    Emily
  2. Yes to Ryan’s wedding! I’ve been waiting for that. I love him and I love his fiancee and I want to see them together and happy, plus a wedding could cause so much awesome awkwardness with Caskett AND Esplanie. Also, I’d really love to see more of the Old Haunt–maybe an engagement party there for Ryan and Jenny?

    Tuesday
  3. Mehhh… I really could do without melodrama, romantic drama, dramady, etc. Not interested in any character’s love life, this should not be a soap opera. Just give us interesting cases and Castle’s wit. Beckett’s mother case has already gone way too far, should be put to rest quickly. The only point that I agree is the pen murder – fantastic idea!

    NigelHampstead
  4. I love:1) the fact that you’re in a castle, and how beafuitul the castle is2) the moat3) the box of kd prominently displayed on ur shelf4) how the map is called Marco Polo5) the hot water bottle in a tarten cover6) how the tree reminds me of the whomping willow. minus the fact that it doesn’t seem to be a willow, and that it also doesn’t whomp.7) you (should be number 1 but doesn’t make sense that way eh?)

    Victor

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