After a season off, Castle returns to it’s annual mid-season two-parter during sweeps. And these episodes aren’t holding anything back as the return of not one but two creepy killers return to disrupt the merry lives of the Castles and the NYPD.
In “I, Witness” (S7E13), Castle finds himself a witness to the murder of his new client. The woman, who just happens to be an old college classmate, fears her husband is cheating on her and wants proof. And when he does, she wants to see it. So, P.I. Castle heads to her home where he witnesses her murder, or does he? This episode feels a bit like “The Lives of Others” (S5E17) in that there’s no body and no clues at the scene of the crime.
We’re in the second episode of the “P.I.-arc” and there are a few things that need to be addressed. Every fan is different and by that, not everyone likes the little nudges, the winks and they “hey did you see that” references. So with that, I say the “Philip Marlowe-esque” narration is egotistical (and not nearly as funny or cute the second time around) and “Baby Castle aka Det. Ryan” needs to tone it down a notch.
Where do I begin? If it weren't for the fact that this was a Hanning episode and directed by a new person to the Castle team and a semi-interesting take on Castle becoming a private investigator, this episode might have stunk to royal high heaven.
This episode could have been worse. I’m not one of these writers who’ll blow smoke just because I liked a few things in an episode and that wipes away the bitter taste left at the end. On the other hand, I don’t like being pessimistic and a Debby Downer all the time, either. So this is one of those situations where I liked the “story” but the choices within derailed what the good may have been.
When writers start ripping off movie titles for episode titles you know they’ve pulled the last bucket of water from the well. Such was the case for “Last Action Hero” where it was supposed to be Castle’s dream come true, meeting heroes from his childhood. The fact that he admitted it was his “bro-time” explains so much about him. The problems with this episode are the story. And if wasn’t for Beckett (and Stana) this episode might have been a total disaster.
I have nothing against the character of Esposito. I think Jon is a fine actor who’ll do good things in his post-Castle career. I can’t fault him for being given crappy story-lines and the refusal of the writers in the previous six seasons to develop his character the others into worthy secondary players.
Repeat after me, the show will get better, the show will get better. If you’ve read these recaps this season you know the deal. I’ve been frustrated with this season. I’m willing to say what that frustration is: I’m tired of Beckett’s character being marginalized and given only ONE opportunity to shine in episodes.
After 133 episodes, a derailed wedding that ended in flames and a two month disappearance brought us to this moment. The moment many fans have waited for all those episodes. They’re married, at last, and now we can move on from that to whatever the Castle writers come up with next.
From babysitting second graders to a commentary on the dangers of social media. What a contrast the past two weeks have been for Castle. “Meme is Murder” is a cautionary tale on cyberbullying to sharing too much information online. The social message with this episode is loud and clear: be careful of what you share online and once it’s out on the world wide web, it’s there to stay—forever.