Summer: Heroes and Villains

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Every week from now until the season premiere in September, we’ll be feature a random episode of the week. There’s no method to our madness other than we won’t select an episode twice and it won’t be a recently aired episode on ABC (in the last four weeks). So without further delay, this week’s episode is:

4×02 – Heroes & Villains

Logline: When an ex-con is mysteriously slain in an alley, Castle and Beckett believe a vigilante is behind the murder. But efforts to identify their suspect are thwarted when they discover that he roams the city in a Superhero costume — and may indeed be a Superhero. Can they capture and unmask the killer before he strikes again?

Original Air Date: September 26, 2011

Written by: David Amann

Directed by: Jeff Blackner

Guest Cast:

Jamie McShane as Tony the Butcher
Maura Soden as Mrs Faris
Valerie Azlynn as Officer Ann Hastings
Kenneth Mitchell  as  Paul Whittaker
James Ferris  as  Tyler Faris
Cody Kennedy  as  College Girl
Kenneth Mitchell  as  Paul Whittaker
Marc Schaffer  as  Mugger
Sheila Tejada  as Clerk
Eric Tiede  as  Mike Hoover

What we liked about this episode | 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.

The rewind scene | Normally, our rewind scenes are funny. But in this case, we’re going for the interrogation scene toward the end of the episode. Beckett is talking to Officer Hastings—there’s a parallel between the two. Hastings appropriately tries compare herself to Beckett. They have similar paths of origin. Hastings investigated the case because someone was setting her Lone Vengeance persona up and Beckett believes her that she had nothing to do with the murder victim getting sliced in two.

The follow-up rewind scene | Gates up until this point was made out to be a hard-ass who hated cops—after all, she was a detective with Internal Affairs. However, she shows herself to be one of those cops who’ll have another cops back if they’re good at their job. She had Hastings back and decided to not force Beckett to press charges.

The funny scene | And maybe this is the review scene—Beckett’s expression as she’s watching Hastings and the reporter kissing in the elevator. We know who she’s thinking of…

Best quote | Beckett has some words of wisdom for Hastings. One has to wonder if Beckett ever takes her own advice..

“Don’t be so driven by the past that you throw away the future.”

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