ABC's Castle is a lot of fun when it takes on the lighter side of its characters, but every now and then it gears up to deliver a gut-punch of a dramatic episode. Now, in the first part of this two-episode story arc, "Target," Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) begin a murder investigation that also exposes a plot to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern businessman. First they think it might have something to do with terrorism, than the businessman's Egyptian enemies, and that's all juicy and international enough for any "Nikki Heat" novel, but the world of Castle is a bit more grounded than that. When it turns out that Alexis (Molly Quinn) is friends with this kidnapped girl and was actually taken along with her, too, because she was a "witness," that's when things really sober the NYPD up.
"Target" sets out to show just how serious these people can get when one of their own is at stake. It's nothing new to the show, except this time, that "one" is a completely innocent party-- not someone who risks her life everyday as a cop, not someone who voluntarily stands alongside those cops everyday, but instead someone who's guilty by association. Castle says she's "in the wrong place at the wrong time," but really, it may be a matter of digging a little deeper-- only everyone's so emotionally connected they can't see that at first. Even the Captain (Penny Johnson Jerald) tells Beckett to do whatever she has to to get his "little girl" back.
The turn of events is so dark and dire that it even inspires Beckett to break some rules and embrace Castle in the station, not caring who may see them. But it doesn't come without its own emotional strain for our beloved Caskett as Beckett is forced to adhere to other protocol, which includes keeping family member Castle in the dark about some things, as the investigation proceeds. Castle doesn't want Beckett to make any promises she can't keep about finding Alexis before it's too late, and we feel Beckett's helplessness right alongside her when the case dead-ends. The pressure to go above and beyond is hanging over everyone.
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