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castle-season-eight-dvdCastle limps to the finish line in its final season which separates the show’s couple by installing Beckett (Stana Katic) behind a desk and pushing Castle (Nathan Fillion) into the field as a private detective, often with the assistance of Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) and/or new recurring character Hayley Shipton (Toks Olagundoye).

Limiting Castle and Beckett’s time on-screen in several episodes removes much of the show’s trademark chemistry leading to a very up-and-down final season. The season is also saddled with another grand season-long conspiracy that is not fully resoloved. That said, Castle and Alexis’ father-daughter bonding proves entertaining and there is some fun to be had when Caskett is allowed to solve a few cases together.

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After eight seasons and 173 episodes Castle comes to a close not with a bang but a whimper. “Crossfire” offers fans of the show the conclusion of the LOCKSAT storyline (the same storyline that’s derailed much of the show’s final two seasons). With Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) separated again for much of the episode, Castle is abducted by one of LOCKSAT’s minions (Michael Teh) while LOCKSAT himself (Gerald McRaney) attempts to lure Kate into a similar trap.

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With the threat of LOCKSAT once again looming in the background, Castle goes for goofy in the attempted murder of a safety inspector (Jonathan Silverman) who survives poisoning, electrocution, and being shot in the head. With Castle (Nathan Fillion) consumed by the man’s incredible survival, something the writer attributes to super-powers, Beckett (Stana Katic), Ryan (Seamus Dever), and Esposito (Jon Huertas) are more concerned with finding the would-be killer.

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The recent news that Stana Katic will be leaving the show at the end of the season means should Castle be renewed for another year it’s likely future episodes will look more like “Backstabber” in which Hayley (Toks Olagundoye) gets herself into a jam and relies on the help of Castle (Nathan Fillion), Alexis (Molly C. Quinn), and their friends at the NYPD. After being used by a former friend and colleague for a less-than-legal break-in, Hayley finds herself in the middle of a murder as her past as a spy catches up with her.

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Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) are on the case when sonar operator and part-time tomb raider recently-returned from Turkey is found tortured and beheaded in a New York apartment. Learning that the victim had uncovered King Solomon’s tomb whose prizes included a lamp of legend sends Castle’s imagination into overdrive concerning genies and wishes while Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) try to focus on the more logical motives and suspects for the crime like both the victim’s partner and the unknown financier of the dig.

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After finally putting Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) back together again, Season Eight offers a surprise by making the reunited pair’s first case an episode the revolve almost entirely around Esposito (Jon Huertas). Although it certainly creates some continuity issues to reveal a convict ex-fiance for the police officer this late into the series, Angélica Celaya is so good in the role that when she eventually betrays Esposito it’s painful for the audience as well.

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Beckett (Stana Katic) heads back to the police academy when a cadet is found murdered. With the other cadets being the primary suspects, Beckett hangs around for a couple of days helping teach while doing a little not-as-subtle-as-she-thinks investigating. As last week’s episode gave us Castle-centric (Nathan Fillion) tale it’s not surprising to see most of the storyline is focused on Beckett this week. Even Castle’s appearances have more to do about her character, and her reaction to the truth about his lost memories, than the mystery writer’s own choices.

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Another Firefly cast member makes an appearance as Castle (Nathan Fillion) heads to Los Angeles. On the west coast along with Hayley (Toks Olagundoye) and Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) to investigate his missing time during his disappearance, Castle is recruited by a secret society of detectives to investigate the murder of one of its own members. A little digging into man’s death reveals he’s the latest victim of a pair of serial killers leaving victims in both New York and Los Angeles over the past few months. To earn his place within the society Castle will have to out snoop another detective (Summer Glau) also interested in the G.D.S.’s recent vacancy.

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Miscommunication proves to be an issue when solving the case of of a murdered former El Salvador police officer and current English as a Second Language student whose body was thrown into a tank of deadly snakes after his murder. By posing as a French-Canadian student Castle (Nathan Fillion) learns the victim was helping the other students in the class with various problems, one of which may have gotten him killed. Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) stumble into a Federal Investigation while Vikram (Sunkrish Bala) uncovers a judge (Grainger Hines) extorting immigrants revealing the motive for the murder.

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After being lured to an abandoned building under false pretenses, Castle (Nathan Fillion) awakes in a closed room with three other victims (Kevin Christy, Cyrus Farmer, and Kai Lennox) all tricked to coming to the same address and all drugged by a mysterious unseen adversary who forces the group to solve twisted games to survive. Tensions only increase when the group learns their voyeur wants them to kill each other off and, to increase their cooperation has trapped the men’s wives (Vedette Lim, Idara Victor) along with Beckett (Stana Katic) in an identical situation.

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