Castle: The Lives of Others (Episode 100!)

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by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)

When a television show hits  episode number 100, it is often a time to evaluate how much longer a  show can continue to produce fresh content. The 100th episode of Castle turned out to be a well-scripted,  clever homage to the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller Rear Window, and turned out to be fantastically  entertaining.

As the episode  opens, Castle is shown with a full leg cast after a horrific skiing  accident that happened off-screen. Based on the way Castle was explaining  his injury, it would have been somewhat entertaining to see exactly  how Castle injured his leg. Suffering from cabin fever, Castle did everything  he could to entertain himself in humorous fashion.

As mentioned,  this episode pays homage to Rear Window. Castle  witnesses a murder in the apartment complex across from him and tried  everything to convince Detective Beckett that something happened. Not  finding any evidence or reason to believe him, Beckett believes Castle  is making up the murder in order to distract her. We haven’t seen too  much of ‘Caskett’ disagreeing this season, which was different.

One element  I appreciated this episode was the return of Alexis Castle, who we haven’t  really seen since her kidnapping in the two-part special. The character  of Alexis is a great character that is often underused and serves as  a great “sidekick” to her father. She is the only one who believes  her father’s theory and actually joins forces to help her crippled parent.

As Castle  and daughter are solving a murder, Beckett, Ryan and Esposito are busy  with their own investigation. The case wasn’t exactly too complex, but  it had some interesting elements (infrared lights, insurance policies  and cover-ups among others). The process of the investigation felt very  flat without Castle, and was definitely lacking something. It wasn’t  difficult to see the void not having Castle created, but there was still  some entertainment value from the case.

The show  gets back into its regular strut when Beckett joins Castle and attempts  to investigate his theory. What begins as a potential murder ends with  a surprise birthday coup directed by Martha Castle and Beckett. It turned  out the murder was actually a staged performance in order to surprise  Castle and entertain him in his crippled state. I loved every second  of it and hated the writers for coming up with something so deviously  crafty that scared me at first.

Ever since  Castle went Taken with the  two-part special, the show has been very strong with its writing direction.  These episodes are usually considered filler, but feel like anything  but. It was another strong showing for Castle and with  only four more episodes until the season finale, we seem to be riding  the high tide until the end. This episode was absolutely brilliant and,  minus “The Final Frontier” episode, is probably one of my personal  favorites this season. Must watch, hands down.

Castle: “Hey Beckett…about  how many crimes do you think we’ve solved together?”
Beckett: “Oh, I don’t know,  probably about a hundred?”


Castle: “Well then, here’s  to another hundred more.


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Castle will return in two weeks with  new episodes.

Rating: 4.5  out of 5 stars


    4 Comments

  1. DrewApril 2nd, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Best Castle episode in a long time! Great to see they still have gas in the tank!

  2. Michele SinopoliApril 2nd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Great script what I heard. I haven’t watch the fifth season because I’m on third season lol I know far behind. Sorry to hear Nathan’s ski accident.

  3. BenApril 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    The pose Ryan and Esposito make after Castle’s comment about playing Charlie’s Angels made my day. I’m a sucker for those little comedic gestures.

  4. Ed NelsonApril 2nd, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    holy cow. the best castle I have ever seen. I hope the rest of the season is as good.

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