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“YES! Richard Edgar Alexander Rogers Castle, I will marry you. Yes! Yes!” Kisses, a large diamond, Rick’s pledge: “I’m not proposing to you to keep you here, or because I’m afraid I’m going to lose you. I can’t imagine my life without you.” Rick will do whatever it takes; he believes they will make it work if they work together.
But Kate wants this shot in DC. Unconditional love comes to mind, truly a selfless response from a man deeply in love, perhaps for the first time. He will let her go, to hold on to her, support her and love her. And to the nay-sayers, a mature man, but we always knew that.
Love has changed everything. Love has made Rick the man he always was. And we are delighted with the return of their banter and obvious love.
Kate’s sputtering acceptance of yes and not no was pure Rick and Kate: delightful. They are in sync as only they can be. Even when Rick is putting the investigation at risk, Kate is extraordinarily proud of him. They bounce ideas off each other verbally, their own foreplay, sealed with some kisses too, and we fans rejoice.
Rick thought his four years of being right there waiting for Kate to see him there was a long wait. Our four months’ wait for Kate’s answer was impossible. We urged her, pleaded with her to just say yes. We twittered and tweeted, tumblred, twisted, and were teased; we face booked and fretted and argued and analyzed every expression on Kate’s beautiful face.
After Kate’s sweet acceptance, the scene jumps ahead two months and we learn the newly engaged couple have not seen each other for six weeks and Rick simply cannot wait. I am reminded of a conversation between Rick and his daughter at the end of “Rise,” season four’s premiere.
Alexis fears for her father, afraid that he could have been killed when Kate was shot. But she is growing up, understanding love’s secrets, desires and need.
“Does she make you happy?” Alexis asks her father.
Contemplating how he will answer his child’s personal question, Rick wonders can she understand.
“Yes, she does,” he tenderly reveals to her and to himself. He is a patient man.
“Is it enough?” Alexis maturely asks.
“It is enough for now.” This has always been Rick’s selfless answer when it comes to loving Kate and waiting for her to heal and find herself. It makes us like him just a little bit more…to quote Kate at one point when Rick reveals his desire to always strive to earn the applause.
Healing throughout seasons four and five, Kate now wears Rick’s engagement ring on a chain, close to her healed heart, along with her mother’s ring she wore for years, a remembrance of the past, of Kate’s tremendous loss and the great love she and her murdered mother shared.
Kate has grown secure and has let go of the past heartbreak to embrace a future to enjoy her new love, and their engagement, keeping hope and joy alive.
Missing and needing Kate, Rick makes a surprise DC visit one evening; with Kate overjoyed to see him, the evening ends very lovingly. In the morning Kate is catching up on her new, highly classified case and Rick teases to see, to no avail. The banter and sweet comments so welcomed continue.
Enter Rachel McCord, Kate’s mentor and new partner, and off Kate goes, inadvertently leaving behind a fallen photo, a piece of important evidence.
Although trying to return it, to his credit, Rick cannot resist and eventually enlists Espo to help him track down the photo and the serial number of the apparent blown transformer, bribing the guys with Knicks floor seats.
The table is set for a roller coaster ride, a wild exciting adventure that has everything in it, everything a Castle devotee could long for: romance and tenderness, humor, banter and awareness, non- stop adventure, a good story, fun and danger with the actors stellar in their roles, perfect foils and lovers and the writing and direction superb.
Simultaneously, yet in their own way, Rick and Kate both learn that the transformer controls the power in an Arlington neighborhood and with the power sabotaged, a highly trained ex military black ops, saboteur supposedly steals a highly classified security encryption system which serves as a gateway to shutting down a satellite, leaving portions of the military blind.
Operating alone, both Rick and Kate make the intuitive leap that the agent never left the building, a similar circumstance to the perpetrator, never leaving, hiding under the bed in “Rise.”
They both theorize the saboteur probably escaped via drainage tunnels a la “The Old Haunt,” the tunnels emptying out in a nearby golf course. Even apart they are on the same wave length.
And it is here where McCord and Beckett encounter Rick asking questions and it is an echo of season three’s opener “A Deadly Affair,” with Rick on the scene, using his own detection devices. That time Kate was thoroughly annoyed and arrested him.
Of course, she was angry with his leaving her and taking his ex wife Gina to the Hamptons, thus renewing their affair.
Also Rick was reluctant to return, really agitating Kate and her compatriots…her guys. This time she has mixed feelings, mostly pride, but now he is jeopardizing her job, national security and even their freedom.
Rachel tries to warn Kate about inadvertently leaking classified information, but in Rachel’s case it is a long ago word spoken in her sleep to a guy she picked up in a bar.
It isn’t the same; and the emptiness is telling if Kate listens carefully; the revelation is sad and lonely and desperate. Rachel is a kind woman, but a driven woman, totally career oriented, some ten years older or more than Kate.
Well Kate knows that driven closed-off personality. Kate is recovered from that with Rick’s steady love. Did Rachel ever have a love or did she forsake it and family for her career? How many more years can she continue to run around the city and world, chasing saboteurs and murderers?
As for Kate, many episodes suggest Kate wants home and children. The negatives are boldly in front of her. What will it take to bring it all home to Kate? Life is short. Don’t wake up some fine day wondering “what if.”
She loves Rick and his family. In “Cops and Robbers “the longing look she has for Rick’s reunion with Alexis speaks volumes. She is so proud of the father and son he is and of his bravery and intelligence and his way of enveloping and caring for his loved ones.
He is a care giver, a protector, but so is she. She is the one who honors the victims in a close caring relationship. He is the one who sees the roses; sees the humanity.
Seeing Rick’s devotion to family and his daughter, Kate knows he will do whatever it takes to keep them safe…Kate, included. She knows this first hand when Alexis’ life is on the line and when she, too, only has minutes to live in “Still.” He is her bomb buddy. She will be sorely tried and tested to save him.
Every family interaction screams love of family and Rick and devotion to Kate’s motherless inner child. She wants a home. She wants new traditions.”In Little Girl Lost” Kate cares for and tenderly carries the little girl who had been “kidnapper” by her own mother and aunt.
Both Will, Kate’s former boyfriend, and Rick look on with love, admiration, pride and desire for the woman who is truly Kate; the woman under the outward coat of steely, protective armor.
But Rick agrees to go home from DC in the morning, after cooking her dinner and serving her the best mood producing red wine. On his way back to her apartment, however, Rick is kidnapped off the streets by Jack Bronson and forced into the ex military man’s car.
Seriously ill, Bronson drives erratically and asks Rick if “they know about Valkyrie?” Rick knows nothing. The man drops dead and Rick crashes the car but is not injured.
Interrogated, Rick informs the agents about Valkyrie, Bronson’s last words. And Kate and Rachel learn about Bronson’s girlfriend Jeanette Miller who has disappeared off the grid and suspected of having the encryption system.
Wanting to help and be a team again, a saddened Rick speaks to Kate from his heart:
“I can’t make it like it was before.”
“Maybe it will be better.” Kate feels that they will be like other couples and talk in the evenings with each other. Rick knows though that she cannot talk about classified information, and things seem rather bleak to the man of sunshine and hope. He is desperately needing her and wanting to be near her.
“We are going to make this work I promise.” With a decided role reversal, Kate seeks to uplift Rick’s spirits.
There for each other, Kate holds Rick’s hand, their fingers stroke in their secret loving way, their way of kissing when being observed; their touch of love and communication has always been and Kate seeks to reassure Rick with her touch, stroking his hand and sharing her strength and love.
It is remarkable the depth of their awareness.
Once before in “Cloudy with a Chance of Murder,” Rick bolsters Kate with his words of love: “Maybe we’ll continue to be amazing. We don’t have the answers, we just have to live with the questions and find a way.” Both are invested in this love; helping each other when the other is down.
It is mature and self sacrificing. Now it seems to be Kate’s turn to be strong and supportive.
Rick returns home to Alexis’ boyfriend Pi, he who lost his passport, the fruitarian who camps in the casa de Castle abode much to Rick’s dismay. Pi senses Rick’s down mood and suggests he talk it out with someone and Rick knows just with whom to speak: Espo and Ryan.
Owing to Kate’s expertise, Kate and her partner find Jeanette and locate the encryption system in a locker in Union Station. Indeed, Jeanette claims her boyfriend Jack was set up and sadly learns of his death. Kate believes her.
Echoes again of “Set Up “when Rick believes there is more than meets the eye, and to quote Rick, Kate insists: “Something else is going on,” but Rachel is satisfied with the results, for they have the encryption system; case closed in her book.
As a matter of fact, Kate’s intuition and attention to detail has been amazing, her skills surpassing her new partner’s. Kate will not quit until all the loose ends are tied up.
Like the deception or misdirection in “Cops and Robbers,” the stolen encryption device theft is a smoke screen for what is really the target. Kate insists Jack Bronson would not be so sloppy and obvious. Kate’s work is excellent and determined; it will need to be as the story progresses.
Speaking to the guys, Rick mentions the word Valkyrie, and when Rick quotes Jack’s last words “going off to dreamworld,” Espo’s antennae goes up, for he has served in special ops and knows that Beckett is in over her head.
“Dreamworld is a ghost base”…non- existent as it were. This is highly dangerous territory.
Settling down at home and researching Dreamworld, Rick is interrupted by agents who escort him back to DC. They take a sample of Rick’s blood. The people who set up Jack were interested in another target on the 8th floor, Kate insists, and they stole enough deadly chemical agents to kill thousands of people, beginning with Jack, the toxin introduced to him through the ventilation of his auto.
Because of Kate and her finely honed skills, the true objective has been determined.
Kate walks into the room to explain to Rick. She moves close to him, a tableau of the two of them facing possible radiation exposure in “Setup.” So close to him, physically and mentally, Kate holds Rick’s hands and speaks calmly.
It all dawns on Rick; he was in the car with Jack. Kate gently tells the man she loves: “You have less than a day to live.” This reality is otherworldly.
Kate’s father once told Martha that his daughter always felt safest with her son watching her back. Martha reveals to Jim that Rick, too, felt that way about his Katie. It seems Kate will now be tested to save the man she loves.
They will solve it; they will work together as always, against time to save Rick. Rick must believe. The mind flashes back to “Still,” how can it not go there, and Kate’s last ten minutes to live? Rick will not leave her; they will sort out the story; they will save her; he will save her; and so too will Kate…save Rick.
She has to. Right now it is unimaginable. How close to death will Rick come? As Kate once said in “Head Case,” “That’s what the great love stories are about, right, beating the odds.” I don’t know if she had these kinds of odds in mind.
They have been in dire circumstances before…together. They must solve the case, uncover the story; find an antidote or a solution together as always. They have come through fire, ice, water, and bombs together; this may be the most deadly. Rick has one day to live.
There is always a story. Fortunately we only have a week to torment ourselves fret and worry, or figure it out. It’s so only television. Right? No!
What is dreamworld and who or what is Valkyrie? Once again we think of past episodes and “Pandora” and possible world or mass destruction…for that matter “Countdown,” too.
Upon hearing the title of season six’s premiere “Valkyrie,” many of us dashed to our research, falling over each other for the aha moment. Take your pick; too many examples. What the heck is the meaning, significance or the answer to the title of the first episode? ”Valkyrie!” We ponder.
“Prose Edda” written in the 13th century became my source of definition of the Norse lore: Why? Terri Edda Miller. I was on to something…maybe or perhaps totally off the reservation in my title searching.
And the volumes of research break down for me: Valkyrie…“There are still others whose duty it is to serve in Valhalla. They bring drink and see to the table and the ale cups.” I speculate.
An interpreter concludes: “These women are called valkyries, and they are sent by Odin to every battle, where they choose which men are to die and they determine who has victory.” For some, Valkyrie literally means “chooser of the slain.” Valkyrie? Dreamworld.
Once upon a time when Alexis was fretting over the difficulty in communicating over the distance with her Ashley, her dad gave her this advice, and even though it was early season four, in”Demons” to be specific, one can see the recognition flash over Rick’s face as he speaks his words of advice and wisdom to his daughter… and to himself:
“Nobody said long distance was easy…Any relationship…is going to have challenges, but if a relationship doesn’t work out, it’s usually because the relationship wasn’t strong enough to begin with.
I promise you this: If two people believe in something, really believe, anything, even the impossible is possible.”
Rick and Kate have overcome so much, have been tried and tested in life’s cauldron; perhaps now, one more time, the impossible can become possible.