The night Castle fans have been painstakingly waiting for since mid-May finally arrived last night, and it was everything the powers that be promised and this Examiner had hoped it to be. Would Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) survive the shooting? Would she remember Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) saying he loved her, before she blacked out? Who was the shooter, and what is next for the dynamic duo after the events in Season 3? Last night’s premiere episode, “Rise”, answered all this and more, effectively setting the stage for Season 4, which is off to an amazing start.
If you haven’t seen the Season 4 premiere of Castle yet, be aware that this is a recap with major spoilers. You can find the episode for online streaming at Hulu, ABC, or for download at Amazon and iTunes. Continue reading at your own discretion.
“Rise” opens with a short montage reminding viewers of what happened in the Season 3 finale, “Knockout” and proceeds into flashes of the inside of an ambulance which is rushing to the hospital. The scene cuts to Beckett on a gurney, bursting through hospital doors with medics and Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones) frantically working to save her life. Lanie’s desperate plea, “Stay with me! Don’t you die on me, Kate Beckett!” while Castle is chasing after them is heartwrenching in every sense of the word. When the trauma team arrives to wheel Beckett into surgery, Castle and Lanie look defeated and helpless, knowing there’s nothing to do but wait.
Momentarily, the rest of the cast arrives, setting in motion a series of even more intense, emotional scenes. Detectives Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Ryan (Seamus Dever) share, much to their dismay, news that the sniper escaped despite how many police officers were in attendance at the funeral. Castle’s mother Martha (Susan Sullivan) and daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) arrive next and dash to his side just before Beckett’s father Jim (Scott Paulin) appears and asks “Where’s Katie? Where’s my daughter?”
While her friends and family band together to wait for news on her condition, Beckett herself goes into surgery with none other than her boyfriend Josh (Victor Webster) initially at the helm of the trauma team. He begins working to save her despite doctor ethics, stating that “she’s dying.” When he finally lets the replacement doctor take his place, Josh has a brief, but heated confrontation with Castle in the waiting area, shoving him into the wall and blaming him for pushing into Johanna Beckett’s murder investigation, Captain Montgomery’s death, and Beckett’s shooting.