Castle Kill Shot S04E09 (ABC)

Castle title card via Wikipedia
Castle title card via Wikipedia

I’ve been a Nathan Fillion fan for quite a while. Ever since Firefly, I was really impressed by his acting. Since he is starring in a new series named Castle, I took it upon myself to watch it weekly.

Anyway, what do I like about Castle? Well it stars an obnoxious, womanizing novelist. Detective Kate Beckett is a closet hottie, played by Stana Katic. Her hotness is kind of hard to explain. The actress is quite hot, but in Castle, she toned it down. She doesn’t wear much makeup and favors a natural look, kind of like “Oh I’m hot, but I could be the girl next door, BTW, FYI, I’m still smoking hot.” That’s how I described her in my mind. She’s kind of got the ex-catwalk model look going for her, which is quite good.

So that’s a good point. Plus she’s Canadian and a good actress. That’s always a good combination.

Warning: spoilers ahead

The show centers around a novelist who is brought in to help deal with a string of murders which seem to be taken from the pages of his novels. At the same time, Castle has hit massive writer’s block after killing off the hero of his mystery book franchise, Derek Storm. Through Beckett, he is able to write once again.

Halfway between a drama and a romantic comedy, Castle is a fun show to watch. The characters play around a lot, making the viewer wonder when or if they will ever get together. It didn’t take Castle long to find out what makes Beckett tick. He uses clues and his imagination deftly.

ABC has started to release chapters of Richard Castle’s new book Heat Wave on its website. They are up to chapter 8 and I haven’t started yet, but it’s a pretty cool tie-in to the show.

The fourth season just started and needless to say that Beckett is still alive, although she’s different. The precinct is different too, thanks to a new female Captain. Breckett was incommunicado for a while, but when she comes back she’s surprised to learn that the investigation was shut down by Gates and that it made no progress. Castle helps her out, and they are warned by a man who received Montgomery’s files to stop investigating Beckett’s mother’s murder. It doesn’t stop Castle from continuing the investigation on his own.

This whole unrequited love between Beckett and Castle is getting a bit old. It reminds me of Bones and Booth in Bones. When will they get it on? Anyway, I don’t like episodes about hostage situations. They end up always being the same, except in a few movies. This one has a little twist, but it’s still a bit annoying. Still, you didn’t expect it to be about some lady who faked her death.

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Two women are talking about a wedding. One of them gets shot and killed. Her name is Sarah Vasquez. She’s a Kindergarten teacher. No one heard a shot or saw anything.

They question the fiancé Chris. He mentions a stalker. They got engaged a month ago.

Sarah was killed by a sniper, from 200 to 300 yards away. There is another victim the next day. Esposito spots a wing gage the sniper used. Beckett is really jumpy. The new victim is a man who had a predictable routine.

Beckett goes to see her therapist. She’s suffering from PTSD. He suggests that she steps away from the case. She wanted some meds.

The have the sniper on video, but he knew where the camera was. They found the place from where he shot the latest vic. It’s 600 yards away. Esposito finds the shell casing. He was a sniper. Castle finds a cutout paper doll.

They match it to Marcus Ford, an ex-Special Forces sniper. His prints were on casing. He isn’t the sniper. He’s got alibis for both shootings. The shooter got the bullet from Ford’s shooting range.

Ryan finds the other shooting perch. They find another one of those plastic cutout dolls.

Alexis recognizes the painting style and Castle matches it to a Petrozano. Castle figures out that the cutouts are clues to locations. It’s too late. There’s another shooting. There are no deaths. He shot at Emily Reed. She doesn’t know why.

Castle tells Esposito that Beckett is running herself out of control. She’s losing it. He’s the only one who knows what’s she’s going through. He needs to help her. He tells her to make her weakness her strength. He shows her the rifle that shot her.

The shooter was following her. He used the wrong ammo. He’s not that experienced. The latest shooting was into a conference room.

They have the shooter on video again. He had a disposable coffee cup from Café Primo. There’s only one in the city. Sarah also frequented it. Wyatt’s therapist lived nearby. All of the victims went there on a regular basis.

All of the victims had recent successes. At the coffee shop, he hears how well the victims are doing. That’s how he selects his victims. Beckett figures out that the shooter didn’t use a better sniping position because he had a limp.

They trace him. It’s Lee Travis. He lost his leg in a hit and run accident. They talk with the sister.

They find his latest perch. He plans on killing many people next time. They find his car. He is targeting a dozen people in Central Park. He’s targeting some kids part of a track team. They have a celebration planned in the east side of the park.

Beeckett finds the shooter, but he disarms her quickly enough. He was a Marine. He’s about to shoot her but he gets taken out by Esposito.

Beckett goes back into therapy to deal with her issues. Michael Dorn tells her that she needs to make peace with her mother’s death.

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