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CASTLE Season 4 Premiere: ‘Rise’ Brings Secrets, Secrets and More Secrets

September 19, 2011 by  

So…what did you think of the CASTLE season premiere?

Was “Rise” everything you hoped it would be? Was it worth the painful summer break?

And as angsty-awesome as Castle and Beckett were, they’re not being entirely truthful with each other, so let’s talk about what we learned in the hour [Warning, spoilers for “Rise” ahead]

Beckett is a lying liar who lies: (And before you yell at me, I say that with affection.) Beckett may have told Castle she doesn’t remember the shooting (and therefore, his subsequent “I love you” confession — how much did Nathan Fillion rock that scene with his devastated facial expressions when Beckett claimed she had only heard about his efforts?!), but, um, she remembers everything. Everything, people. So Kate Beckett is going to be walking around for the foreseeable future, knowing Castle loves her. He, however, apparently going to go back to that comfortable place where he comes thisclose to telling her five times an episode that he loves her, but instead goes the “safer” route of using words like “care,” etc.

What I’m most interested is seeing how Beckett handles this new knowledge now that she and Castle are back to working side-by-side. (And yes, whether she suspected his feelings before this or not, this is new knowledge. His confession after her shooting was the first time he actually admitted out loud that he loved her.) When the inevitable women come his way, will she be extra annoyed by the flirtation? Will she admit she has feelings for him before her mother’s case is solved? (BTW, BRAVO, Beckett! So glad she was able to admit her mother’s death had impacted her ability to have healthy relationships so far and she wanted to be able to give herself fully to that future relationship…even if it would mean waiting until she had closure.)

Castle is a sneaky sneak: Oh boy, Castle. As much as I feel like the secret Beckett is keeping is a ticking time bomb, the secrets Castle is hiding is nuclear. I was pleasantly surprised that Castle wasn’t the person Montgomery sent the files to, but the information quickly made its way to our favorite writer anyway.

The only problem? Castle isn’t going to tell Beckett about the file. In fact, he agreed to willingly steer her away from her mother’s case in order to protect her life — something that certainly won’t matter much to Beckett when she finds out. We all know how she reacted when she merely found out Castle had reopened her mother’s case at the end of season 1. (For those who forgot: she stopped speaking with him and they went months without working together.) So this? This is going to hurt her. This could seriously compromise the trust between the partners. I have absolutely no clue how the writers are going to get out of this and I can’t wait to find out. (But, um, please don’t have Alexis blab the news to Beckett.)

What did you think of the CASTLE season premiere? Which secret is likely to get out first — Beckett’s or Castle’s? Did you like Captain Gates?

Sound off below!


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16 Responses to “CASTLE Season 4 Premiere: ‘Rise’ Brings Secrets, Secrets and More Secrets”

  1. Kath (canakatydid) on September 19th, 2011 10:23 pm

    It was so good!! The writing, the acting, the production values, everything so spot on! We advance the plot but with roadblocks…love Castle stays true to a vision and a long term arc!!

  2. Monica on September 19th, 2011 10:28 pm

    The episode felt really weird to me , I was expecting something else. But it was good , and Stana was beyond amazing.

  3. Jennifer on September 19th, 2011 10:34 pm

    Episode was absolutely awesome — just the right mix of touching, frustrating, funny, difficult. I like your points here. Good assessment (and good question as to how the writers are going to get out of that mess they have created with the secret and how she doesn’t deal too well with him keeping them from her).

    On a side note, I’m a really big fan of Beckett’s hair curly/wavy. Not so sure I’m all in for the long and straight look on her. I kinda hope they at least mix it up.

  4. Shelly B on September 19th, 2011 10:38 pm

    I thought Alexis was heartbreaking in this episode. Her fear for her father was played so well, as was his promise to not grow up too much.

    I hope Beckett gets busted on her secret first, but I have a feeling it will be Castle who is found out. I agree with the kudos for Beckett’s ability to recognize her “wall” and her willingness to work on it.

    Now I want to know about Michael Dorn playing the therapist. I have a feeling this is not a one-off part for him. Do you know anything about that, Marisa?

  5. Eridapo on September 19th, 2011 11:10 pm

    Yes. It was amazing…. I love this show. When Castle reminder her of what she told him back on season one finale, it tells me this show knows a little something about continuity. Castle is Beckett’s rock. She knows it, and he knows it.

  6. ellen on September 19th, 2011 11:15 pm

    as much as I love CASTLE this story is so old. The typical ILY on a deathbed followed by denials and pretense…. Running away from him for three months ….. She knows that he doesn’t know that she knows he loves her. I think the first time I saw this was on the old soap the DOCTORS.

    Having said that–it works for now– because the actors are sooooo good and so intense they actually make a very typical story pop–NK/KS and of course– SS is the best.
    Beckett in therapy has a lot of potential—–she is the more closed of the pair and her loss is different than Castle’s dad. It will be interesting to see how this is used going forward.
    Glad to have them back—although one expects Becket and Castle to be changed by this experience I don’t want them to lose what they had–their humor and banter……

  7. Ellen on September 20th, 2011 6:34 am

    Did anyone else notice that in the secret mailed package was the story and picture of Kate telling how she was shot at Montgomery’s Funeral. How could Montgomery, the dead guy at the funeral add a picture of the shooting, he was dead when it happened. Does this mean someone else sent the secret package? Or was this an error on the writers part?
    Does anyone know the answer to this??

  8. verna on September 20th, 2011 8:56 am

    The newspaper was already on the desk when the envelope landed on it and then scattered around – I had to back it up to check the same thing!

    I agree about the side note – Kate looked different with the straight hair. SK’s looks have naturally changed over the years as do everyone’s, but I miss the days when she had a unique look (hair included). Now it’s almost as if she is the same lead from any other show.

    Otherwise – good episode, I just wanted to give Castle a big hug he looked so miserable and troubled at times!

  9. janice on September 20th, 2011 10:18 am

    Hmmmm—Where have I seen this storyline before? He loves her, but she can’t commit because of emotional issues regarding her mother and/or father. Let’s see—- I remember! BONES!!!! Probably just a coincidence. I’m sure the Castle producers/writers have probably never even watched Bones.

  10. docvap on September 20th, 2011 12:41 pm

    I thought this episode was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!! Andrew Marlowe did a fantastic job of bringing us a premier that was just as epic as the season 3 finale. He surpassed my expectations and I look forward to this season more than ever! BRAVO!!

  11. verna on September 20th, 2011 4:02 pm

    Can’t they at least share a big ol’ hug or something? You’ve gotta give us SOMETHING!!!

  12. ToZiKa on September 20th, 2011 11:34 pm

    I really liked the episode. And I can kinda understand why Beckett lied and I can totally understand why Castle is keeping his knowledge a secret from Beckett.
    I can understand that that might cause problems in the future, but keeping her safe is way more important than making sure she’s not going to get mad sometime later on.
    And I think that maybe the fact that she now knows him a lot better and she knows that he loves her, might make her realize that she didn’t like what he did, but she understands why he did it. Because she would probably try to do the exact same thing if she were in his shoes.

    I have faith that the writers will get that detail out of the way without causing too much fighting between Caskett.

    @Janice: That was a very different situation! Maybe they both had emotional problems, but the rest of it was very different. Brennan is/was unable to even recognize normal feelings and emotions and couldn’t interact normally with anyone. She never learned any real social skills and never gets pop culture references. None of that is the case for Beckett.

  13. Chris on September 21st, 2011 3:20 pm

    I loved this episode. LOVED it!
    I thought it was perfect the way they let Beckett-Castle relationship move to a higher level, where:
    – she knows, and whether she tells him soon or not, her perception of him is changed forever. Very interesting set up for the season. Might feel a betrayal to him when he knows, however if it happens when Beckett is ready for “them”, I don’t think he will complain.
    – he’s determined to solve her mom’s murder case. I can see how this can create trust issues later, on the other hand if he comes with solid leads, or even solves it, she will easily get over it. This is the first item on my wish list: the case solved THIS season, and Castle cracking it.
    – they are so open with each other in some sense. She telling him straight that she acknowledges her own issues and “wall” and him replying “we will figure it out, that wall inside won’t be there forever”. aaawww!! Can’t they be sweeter? Or more direct about how they feel and what they want?
    – Alexis finally talks straight to her dad. Does she make you happy? question was very frank. He was still telling her that he owed Beckett to help her, but Alexis called him on his feelings, letting him know she got what there is behind. I really like that his family is open now about his feelings for Beckett.

    The whole episode set up, the frantic and intense opening, the darker lights, costumes and make up to show a very fragile and vulnerable Beckett when she went back to work… it was all perfect.
    Perfect continuity also. Kudos to the writers because this show doesn’t let you down, there are no loose ends.

    And last but not least: Josh is gone!!!!! yoohoo!!

    Have a feeling it’s going to be a great season.

  14. UniGarden on September 22nd, 2011 9:13 am

    @janice: if they wanted to copy Bones they would let them have grief-sex over Montgomerys death and Beckett would have been pregnant and had to tell Castle that he (of all the many potentials) was the father

  15. Aiswarya on September 22nd, 2011 2:02 pm

    @janice: Oh just shut up with the Bones comparisons already. They’ve gotten old. And stupid. And guess what? No one cares.

  16. Howard on September 23rd, 2011 10:44 pm

    Did anyone else notice that Beckett had no scar after she was shot. In the second half of the episode she wore and open neck blouse. It was suppose to be 3 months after the hospital and there was no scar shown. The blouse opened where her heart was…during the surgery scene they showed her heart exposed.