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Good episode overall. Castle's "That was incredible!" and immediate coverup was nicely done. Beckett looked great, as usual. Ryan and Espisito got the bum end, but they'll recover.
But why does it seem like every show has to have some kind of ongoing background storyline? Who killed Beckett's mom? We have the episode where she finds the killer, but doesn't find out who hired him. That's for another episode. Then we get the episode where we find out who hired him, but it was part of larger scheme. That's for another episode. We keep getting one step closer, but it becomes frustrating when the writers can keep adding more and more steps. We don't know if there will be one more step and they can wrap it up, or ten more. We can find out more about the larger scheme, and who's running it, but it will turn out that it was part of something else, an even larger operation. And so on.
I know, I know. It's to keep the "suspense" up and keep us watching. But at this point, there is no suspense for me because I just don't care anymore. Knowing I'm being manipulated like that just annoys me more than anything else.
Don't get me wrong; I still like the show and will keep watching, but it has nothing to do with "Who killed Beckett's mom?" It's episodic television. We have character growth, we have the evolving/developing relationship between Castle and Beckett, we have other characters relationships, we just don't need a "grand story arch" to give it cohesion. It would be fine without.