Every so often an established show does what I like to call "the Emmy Episode", the episode where you just know the writers/director thought, "This is the episode that will get [insert actor here] nominated for their Emmy."
You notice it most in Law & Order: SVU. Next time you are watching
one of the inevitable SVU marathons think about that while either a Stabler or Benson-centric episode is on. My personal favorite is the
one where Olivia goes undercover in the woman's prison and almost gets
raped by one of the guards, but I digress.
Last night was, from what I can remember at least, Castle's first "Emmy
Episode." The tone was drastically different from the usually lighthearted flair Castle puts forth. That's not to say that was a bad thing,
"Kill Shot" was a powerful, and beautifully done episode.
Kate was finally forced to deal with the trauma of her shooting when the
gang comes up against a sniper. Now, Castle's writers could have taken
the easier route and glossed over Kate's trauma in the first episode or
two, but thankfully they didn't. Instead they brought Kate back,
seemingly fine until she gets knocked off kilter by being up against the
same type of killer who attempted to end her life. The result was a powerful and meaningful hour of television.
The entire episode was shot differently than any other episode, and the overall effects of this were gut wrenching and stunning
at the same time. The shots showing Beckett's heightened senses and the
complete chaos going through her due to her PTSD, were the perfect, terrifying
glimpse into what she was experiencing. The scene where she freaked out while home alone in her apartment and ends up accidentally cutting herself and ending up a terrified ball in the corner, gun drawn, was electrifying. In those short moments, we saw Beckett show more fear than in the entire almost four seasons, thus far.
Last night's episode was a complete 180 from the "normal" feel of Castle,
which is not a bad thing. It proved that the show has really come into
it's own. Not only can it have the episodes like "Heartbreak Hotel" full of hijinks and shenanigans, but also bring on the hard
hitting emotions, and both formats are amazingly well done. It was a great and important episode, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to more of the usual banter between this amazing cast...