Castle contributor Alris is here to provide you his thoughts on this week's Castle. Find out what he thought after the jump!
Also, keep in mind, he's British!
Recap: A TV ghost hunter is murdered in a supposedly haunted house under unusual circumstances. Castle's imagination naturally runs riot. Beckett watches on despairingly. In the end, the killer is all too human and a twenty-year-old cold case is the key to unraveling the whole mystery.
I found this review very hard to write, as I didn't particularly like this episode, nor did I hate it. The whole episode just felt very meh. There were two episodes last season of Castle geeking out over paranormal phenomena (psychics and aliens), with Beckett being the Scully to Castle’s Mulder. Did we really need another? (The X-Files has a lot to answer for, such as why is it always the woman that's the skeptic?) This just felt like a Halloween episode for the sake of having a Halloween episode because it's TV convention to do Halloween episodes.
Oh and let’s not forget the writers’ attempt to break the record for Ghostbusters references in a single episode. The first was cool, but by the end, I just found them annoying. I thought last year’s episode around this time was far cleverer, mostly because they didn't really do a Halloween episode and went with 3XK instead. But since that got referenced in an episode two weeks ago, I knew we probably wouldn’t get any references this week. I knew that they were never going to actually break TV conventions.
GatesWatch - Not a single appearance by Gates the whole episode. After the last couple of episodes where she's been portrayed inconsistently and not given a whole lot to do, I don't think this bodes well for her character long term. We shall see, the jury is still out, and we need to see more going forward to make a decision.
FamilyWatch - Alexis makes a welcome return after being away last week (Maximus’s addendum: any episode with Molly Quinn in it is like automatically 10% improved). Anyone else think they were going to do an old school Alexis subplot that mirrors the case and then changed their mind? The way it opened with Castle explaining what not to do in a relationship and then doing it himself got played for laughs in the end, but it felt like it was setting something up. However, it was another instance of the show bringing close attention to the fact that he's just a guy with a family that runs off to help solve murders. This has been a running theme this season so far and makes me wonder where they're going with it.
Highlight of the Episode - I don't really have one this week, I don’t think. Castle geeking out and being shut down by Beckett has been done before. The Ghostbusters references were more of a running gag than a stand out moment. The "I ain’t afraid of no ghost" was so telegraphed and forced it just felt wrong, and ultimately was a huge let down for me (Maximus’s addendum: but she did it for him, that’s why it was great). I think it would have been better to have used it as a swift retort that Castle could react to rather than him dragging it out of her.
I just found the whole episode so average nothing really jumped out at me that I could say stands out as the best moment in the episode. Which is a shame, because usually even the bad Castle episodes have some great moments you can point to.
I'm sure our Most Benevolent Overlord and her Head Minion will disagree with me (2/2 so far) but what did you think?
Maximus’s addendum: 3/3!