It’s a classic Castle episode. And we learn a thing or two about Beckett—which is always a bonus in our book. She’s a comic book geek. And she’s slightly embarrassed when the comic book outs her as having pre-ordered the Derrick Storm graphic novel. There’s a good mystery and some good humor as well in this episode.
If you enjoy the campy humor, the far out costuming and the groovy music, then “That ‘70s Show” was definitely an episode you could get into. But if this type of fare wasn’t your sort of thing then you definitely didn’t dig this week’s episode. My problem with this episode goes from the over-the-top nature of the storyline to the seemingly forgettable Martha who knows Beckett wouldn’t go for the flower arrangement she had picked out for the soon-to-be-married couple.
“Deep Cover” features the return of James Brolin as Castle’s long-lost CIA father, Jackson Hunt. We like it when shows take a character that fans quickly warmed up to and add a backstory that makes us question whether or not we should really like the character. Terence Paul Winter is one of the strongest writers on the show and this episode proved why his works rank high with fans. And under the careful direction of Tom Wright, this episode didn’t disappoint.
The strong start to the season continues with the exciting conclusion to “Valkyrie.” The episode picks up immediately with Beckett telling Castle the bad news about being infected with the deadly toxin. And Castle and Beckett do get to work together on the case. But we can also see how the D.C. Arc will be resolved. Plus a little kickass and badass Beckett doesn’t hurt either. Mix that in with a little Beckett and Castle crime-solving, you got the makings of a great episode.
“The Squab and the Quail” gets a bad rap from fans because it seems so out of place and it has a relatively handsome guy with a killer British accent that kind of tempts Beckett to be unfaithful. And it also features a scene that has become a thorn in so many fans—Beckett nearly kissing the lovely Eric Vaughn. Figuring out what we liked about this episode was a little more difficult than we anticipated because we found it difficult to say that something didn’t work.
“Number One Fan” is a welcome reminder of what made this show successful. There is drama, comedy, and some suspense mixed in with a compelling story line. The way in which Beckett comes back wasn’t contrived in fact it was a way that I hadn’t really considered—and that’s good. I like being surprised like that.
Castle kicks off its second half with a bit of a musical sent in the world of A Capella. As for Castle and Beckett, they’re keeping their reunion a secret to keep LokSat in the dark while the investigation continues. That of course, sets up some awkward moments in public for the couple.
“Time Well Tell” returns the series to its quirky formula of fantasy and reality mixed in the “Beckett flavor” style of murders that littered the first three seasons of the series. Not only is the team back together but the eye-rolling of Beckett’s reality-based theories versus Castle’s fantasy-based theories remains a classic.
“And Justice for All…” is one of those Castle episodes that sends a clear message across: the United States is a melting pot whereby there’s a handful of people who exploit those in search of the American Dream.
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.