Castle: Death Gone Crazy
by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)
We get a brief glimpse of our victim Beau Randolph, who runs the fictional version of “Girls Gone Wild” in the Castle universe. Apparently, partying with beautiful (albeit questionable) women and a consistent flow of adult beverages has Randolph depressed. The audience begins to think that Randolph may not be such a moral mess but quickly becomes a victim before his full story is told.
I have never tried to understand a process that I wasn’t familiar with. For instance, I am completely unaware of how a detectives workflow actually progresses, unless it’s in fictional New York or Los Angeles. While the first suspect that Richard Castle and Detective Beckett was brought in, she practically progressed the case for the crime-fighting duo. It wasn’t such a natural progression, which made this scene almost forced. Again, there is a reason I write reviews for shows and not write scripts for the shows, but this seemed really lame and just weird.
We are all familiar with Castle’s parental paranoia towards his daughter Alexis. Constantly telling her to change her apparel or her lifestyle, we get another glimpse of Alexis’ seemingly secret life when her father discovers a vlog that she posted online. I love the chemistry between Molly Quinn and Nathan Fillion in their brief time together and I still wish Quinn would get more screen time as opposed to being that character that just appears briefly. Early on, they get into an argument about the vlog but clear the air at the end of the episode. These scenes are always pretty sappy yet witty, I just wish there was more of them.
This episode featured another extensive look at Detective Esposito, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. Last week’s episode, Esposito had a soft side for a street-raised teenager that I’m sure melted many hearts and earned him brownie points. This week, he was smitten with a cleared suspect when she admitted to breaking somebody’s nose working as a bodyguard. We already know so much about Castle and Beckett that it’s always a welcome change when Ryan or Esposito receive more attention.
It’s interesting to note how the tertiary cast has received reduced screen time this season. We already knew that Alexis wouldn’t be seen as much due to her being at college and Castle’s mother Martha taking auditions. Captain Gates has had very few appearances lately and you have to wonder if she’s being saved for something much larger ahead. As I mentioned earlier, we have been seeing a little more of Esposito and Ryan, so it is quite possible this shift is more of a fan service.
I think this episode had one of the most simplistic yet entertaining plot twists this season. It’s not that it was unpredictable or totally unexpected, but it was well thought out and actually made logical sense. Despite the rather slow and iffy movement of the episode, the realistic conclusion of the investigation was entertaining to watch.
A good episode and actually one that I would recommend people watch. It doesn’t move the ‘Caskett’ storyline in any way nor does it introduce new elements to the show, but it was casually entertaining. Even if you have no interest in watching this episode but taped it on your DVR, be sure to check the sneak peek for the next episode, which prominently features Beckett and William Bracken sharing a stage together. The interaction between Bracken and Beckett helped make this seasons premiere absolutely stellar, and I cannot wait to see how it progresses.
Mark your calendars, kids. Castle will return with dramatic results in two weeks as of this posting.
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars