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

    One Comment

  1. hazelApril 1st, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this episode; any chance to learn more about the characters makes me happy!

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