Re: "Castle" season 4 begins tonight
From my posting over at CastleTV.net:
I'm a 36 year old guy and even a good half hour or so after seeing the finale i'm still wiping away the moisture in my eyes.. i'm so happy right now (as much as anyone should and could be happy about a fictional couple).
Being weak as me means you've seen the previews and the big special one where she rushes in to kiss him but as i expected the whole scenes were so much better in context and scope. They did it again.. after the brilliant but shocking season 3 finale they didn an equally brilliant but replaced the shock with huge emotions and i can only applaud the staff and Marlowe for pulling off such a finale.
I loved every bit of it.. the buildup through the first half which was intense but still yet another case of the week which soon turned dead serious. Castle's mounting fear and dread when he realizes that Beckett can't be controlled anymore putting her in immediate mortal danger was just heartbreaking to watch and my heart broke again when he confessed his love out in the open with no option to take it back.
It was even more of a "I Love you". He had no idea how she would react and he was at his end.. no more options save one. He put everything on the table and risked the love of his life turning away just to save her life.. if it meant she couldn't get past the "betrayal" so be it.. at least she would live and to me that is one of the biggest signs of love.. something that transcends sex, intimacy, watching movies together or going out. You risk your own well being, your own wishes and needs, your own happiness for the other without asking for anything in return. There is no bigger proof of love that i know of.
It was only natural that Beckett couldn't react to his feelings.. logic and rational arguments fall on deaf ears when emotions run this high and for me it would have felt wrong if she would have rushed into his arms immediately. I can understand her feelings of betrayal.. that case is the center of her life, she built everything around it and for someone she considered one of her best friends and maybe her love.. it must have felt even more painful. She drove Castle away for good in those moments when he realized she wouldn't stop and i can't blame him for leaving.. when you do everything for a person you love, give everything and that person still stays on their course then you have to make a decision.. be there for the inevitable end or walk away to salvage what little life you can get out of it and i can't blame Castle for leaving.
However it was not all done.. when she got her ass kicked by the assassin and was dangling from the roof she made the final leap.. she finally realized that she got something even more important in her life and that she wants that. Her development is complete, the wall is gone and she is ready.. i actually made a little "Awww.. the swings" when she walked and sat there in the pouring rain thinking her life over and where she stands. This was the most brilliant way to show her development over the 4th season.. it kind of started there with her wall metaphor and it ended there with the wall gone.
When she got to Castle's place it was all done.. the mother of all kissess, the passion and the small moments.. i especially loved how she placed his hand on her scar and i felt in that moment that it had become their scar. Here was the man who dove in front of a bullet ready to give his life for her and it will only be him who is allowed to touch it and see it.. it is Kate at her most vulnerable but that's ok because it'll be Rick who will be around with her.. forever.
I'm really happy how it turned out and it's maybe one of the best lovestories written on TV that i know of.. the development, the buildup, the pitfalls and the delays.. many of us know how life can play havoc with our feelings and that it can be cruel but also so rewarding when it finally happens.
Now it happened and i'll be smiling the entire summer when i think of Castle's hand on her scar.
I love this show.
"Chewie, we're home.."