We have to say that there were definitely times during Monday night’s new episode of “Castle” that we watched with a massive degree of uncertainty over how we’re feeling about the show and what it’s become.
The great news about “Fidelis Ad Mortem” is that the nonsense of Castle and Beckett not being on the same page regarding LokSat is over. This really should have been the cast from the beginning; she should have just loomed him in and never separated, while he should have not hesitated to tell her about the missing time. The producers have made a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to tension; there are good long-term story arcs, but other than 3XK and Bracken, we’re not sure that the strength of “Castle” is in this realm.
Instead, we’re more inclined to say that the strength of the show now is in the story-of-the-week plots, and we’re absolutely going to say that the series gave us something entertaining tonight courtesy of what we ended up seeing with Beckett and her old academy. Any chance that we have to get a taste of Kate’s past is something we are going to appreciate, and we certainly felt that way about everything here. It was fun to get to see how revered she was at this place, and also see more of the side of her that kicks some butt and takes names. Through much of season 8, this has not been a side of the character we have necessarily seen that much of. We’ve been stuck inside reminiscing about the seasons that came before now.
As a whole “Fidelis Ad Mortem” was a mixed bag. For the story-of-the-week, it was fun; meanwhile, for the rest of installment it was more means to an end. Grade: C+.
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