An astrophysicists’ body is found in her car, the cause of death is explosive decompression. Castle jokes that she was killed in outer space, and soon the team’s evidence all leads to high-tech space gear, a mysterious government agent who tries to stop the investigation, and, ironically, alien abductions. What happens when “Castle” goes sci-fi?

Find out in our review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Bethany Rooney
  • Writers: Shalisha Francis
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Lyle Lovett, Lance Henriksen

Episode: “Murder Most Fowl”

The team must search for answers to the astrophysicists’ murder by investigating her recent work and relationships, and at first they only find inexplicable, “other-worldly” answers. As the team grapples with their belief in alien existence to solve the case, Castle must face a more feasible task: having dinner with Ashley’s parents before Ashley can go on a Castle-family camping trip.

The Good:

  • Meet the Parents: The role reversal between adult and child with Alexis and Castle is priceless, especially as Castle whines “you’re gonna leave me alone?” while Alexis instructs him on how to act at dinner.  Even more intriguing is the parallel between Castle’s relationship with Alexis and his relationship with Beckett, who also treats him like a child when she humorously tells him the importance of his impression on Ashley’s parents and lovingly ignores his dramatic theories.
  • The Abduction and Interrogation: Castle and Beckett’s abduction scene is not only suspenseful, the parallels between Castle and Beckett’s separate interrogations contrast Beckett and Castle’s personalities beautifully. Beckett asks serious questions while Castle asks outlandish ones, making the scene equally intense and funny. It’s fascinating to see Beckett seemingly believing in the alien abductions at this point in contrast to her earlier rejection and disbelief of alien existence being involved in their case.

The So-So:

  • The Dinner: Castle’s dinner with Alexis’ parents is brief and for the most part, uneventful. We get to see how the dynamics of the family will be with Ashley in Alexis’ life, but the dinner scene is built up from the beginning of the episode as an awkward, and potentially hilarious scene, but instead everything goes smoothly and is cut short by Beckett’s case. In hindsight, it would have been nice to better understand Ashley’s parents’ characters since they will be joining their son on the Castle-family camping trip, and thus, we will be seeing more of them.

The Quotable:

  • Castle: “I’m not asking you to dye your hair red and call me Mulder…”
  • Beckett: “Please. Let’s just stick it in and get this over with.”
  • Beckett: “So long as you don’t act like yourself.” Castle: “Ahh, nice one.”
  • Becktt: “My advice: keep the boyfriend close and the parents, closer.”
  • Castle: “Not to mention over half a million of my own followers on Twitter”
  • Castle: [speaks Chinese] Beckett: “Semester abroad?” Castle: “No, a TV show I used to love.”
  • Ryan: “[are] those hickeys?” Espesito: “yes.” Beckett: “no.” Castle: “I wish.”

Overall:

Castle meets Ashley’s parents and helps Beckett solve another case. What will the team solve next?

Rating: 9/10

“Castle” TV Show airs every Monday night on ABC.

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