Who knew that it would be Korean food that would start to inform Rick of his missing time? “Castle” Monday night provided one of the most random flashes into the long-discussed “missing time” that we have seen to date, and it told him, eventually, that he has to head to Koreatown in Los Angeles in order to figure out what to do next. At first, it seemed like he was ready to head to Korea itself.
This little cliffhanger was tacked on what was otherwise a fun-but-forgettable episode, one that put Rick front and center as he tried to infiltrate an ESL class in order to solve a case. His alter ego? Jean Luc, a French Canadians still trying to get a grasp on the language. We do want to give Nathan Fillion some credit for nailing an accent that we feel many Americans don’t quite know even exists. It’s different from the standard French accent you tend to hear, and he hit that perfectly. (Fillion mentioned on Twitter during the show that he had spent several weeks as a teenager in Jonquiere, a town in Quebec. That research probably proved useful.)
As a whole this episode did a good job of getting everyone involved, whether it be Esposito (interesting wardrobe choice this time), Ryan, and even Alexis and Hayley, who had one of her larger roles on the show in some time. Alexis ended up stepping in help teach the class at the end of the episode, which suggests further to us that Alexis Castle is basically Mystery MacGyver and can figure out a way to prove herself useful in any situation.
Did we feel the story was lacking more Beckett? Absolutely, but we’ve also felt that way for most of the season. The biggest mystery of this entire season is why we’re not getting more Stana Katic, even if we are led to believe that she is spending a lot of time with Vikram on LokSat. Episode Grade: B.
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