Review/Recap Castle | ‘Driven’

By: Cynthia Ayala

“Kate Beckett is faced with the toughest case of her career after finding Castle’s car engulfed in flames”.

    -Synopsis provided by Shazam

Ah! Season 7 is here! The writing last season started to lose a lot of that humor that made this show such a strong show, but you can tell that the writers are trying to head back into that direction. However, in this episode while there wasn’t much humor to go on, which is forgivable because it was such an emotional episode.

With that in mind, it was a very good episode because it certainly put this viewer through a loop. Castle is kidnapped, but everyone has it in their head that he just left, abandoning Kate and faking his own kidnapping. That whole scenario just goes against everything that makes Castle the endearing character that he is and while everyone is trying to make Beckett lose hope, it’s unforgivable and an emotional rollercoaster, especially when they find him after two months.

But considering that this show is a drama, it has to have that element of anguish and drama to captivate the viewer, and this episode did just that, making it absolutely amazing. Story aside, which was executed very well, the show was directed and written very well, capturing the passage of time with narrative and shots of newspaper clippings. That allowed for the pace and the tension of the show to remain fast and high, another great trick to keep the audiences enraptured.

All of that aside there is no doubt that this show has a great and small ensemble that keeps them all connected with one another even after all these seasons. I mean, it’s season seven now but their dynamics are still as strong as they were in the first episode. But this new mystery adds some tension there and gives the team and the show a long term story line to build up and take apart.

This viewer is very happy with the direction this show is taking.

Directed by: Rob Bowman

Written by: David Amann

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Jon Huertas, Tamala Jones, Seamus Dever, Ruben Santiago-Hudson & Penny Johnson Jerald

Genre: Police procedural, Comedy-drama

Original Air Date/Time/Channel: September 29, 2014 | 10 PM EST | ABC

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