Castle: The Wild Rover
by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)
Warning: Minor spoilers ahead
This week’s episode of Castle introduced us into the world of Irish mob-bosses, undercover detective work and delicious baking goods. It was an interesting setting for a new episode, and an even more interesting outcome.
Early in the investigation, we find out that Detective Ryan was undercover prior to joining the homicide division. More importantly, he was undercover with the Irish mafia on Stanton Island, who acts as a spearhead for the investigation due to his prior work. Nobody knew of Ryan’s past and it was an interesting twist on a normally neutral character.
A majority of the episode was dedicated to seeing Ryan (or Fenton) work undercover. Ryan is usually played as the humorous sidekick, but seeing him turn into a hardcore street-savvy gangster was very well done. Every scene he entered it was surprising what Ryan was trying to do in order to sell his cover. Things get even more interesting when Ryan’s cover is blown and he suspects he’s in danger.
The way this episode ended was, in my mind, a perfect blend that defines the style of Castle. With Ryan breaking his cover and explaining how everything has fallen into place, he begins to introduce the mafia to his team, Detective Esposito, Beckett and Castle. The way this scene was executed was near perfection, capped off with a witty remark from Castle.
There weren’t a lot of interesting happenings with the rest of the crew as they waited for Ryan to do his job and get out. Apparently, Castle muttered the word ‘Jordan’ in his sleep, which he reveals was the subject of a fraudulent paper he turned in as a child. He claimed the paper was well received and vowed he would learn to write as good as what was presented in front of him. Beckett’s initial worry turned into more love when Castle divulged in his secret.
Riding the coattails of last week’s episode, this carried a lot of momentum and turned out to be very good. I enjoyed seeing a secondary character take the spotlight in the way Ryan did. We also find out that he and his wife (portrayed by his real-wife) are pregnant, and end the episode by celebrating. I’m sure this means we will see more of Ryan in the coming weeks, which isn’t a bad idea at all. Overall, this was a good episode and I love the momentum this show is carrying leading to the one-hundredth episode next week.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars